Japanese movie stars died in 2012

Here are 5 famous actresses from Japan died in 2012:

Chikage Awashima

Chikage Awashima (February 24, 1924 Tokyo City-February 16, 2012 Tokyo) also known as Keiko Nakagawa or Awashima Chikage was a Japanese actor.

She made her debut in film in 1949 and appeared in over 160 films throughout her career. Awashima was known for her roles in dramas such as "Tokyo Twilight" (1957) and "Early Spring" (1956). She was also a regular cast member of the long-running television series "Wataru Seken wa Oni Bakari". In addition to her acting work, Awashima was a founding member of the Japanese Actors' Union and was known for her advocacy for better working conditions for actors. She was posthumously awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette for her contributions to the film industry in Japan.

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Isuzu Yamada

Isuzu Yamada (February 5, 1917 Chūō-ku, Osaka-July 9, 2012 Inagi) a.k.a. Mitsu Yamada, Bell, Yamada Isuzu, ベルさん, 山田 美津, yamada Mitsu, 山田 五十鈴, 山田五十鈴 Yamada Isuzu or Yamada was a Japanese actor. She had one child, Michiko Saga.

Isuzu Yamada was a renowned Japanese actress who made significant contributions to the country's film industry. Born in Osaka in 1917, she made her acting debut at the age of 16 in the movie 'Naniwa Elegy.' She subsequently landed several prominent roles in the Japanese film industry and became one of the most acclaimed actresses of her time.

Yamada's career spanned several decades, during which she acted in over 100 films, including 'Tokyo Twilight,' 'Yojimbo,' 'Throne of Blood,' and 'The Makioka Sisters.' She also acted in several international films, such as the Soviet-Japanese co-production 'Okaasan' and the Hollywood movie 'The Wind Cannot Read.'

In addition to her acting career, Yamada was a writer and published several books, including her autobiography 'Isuzu Yamada: An Actress from Japan.' She received several awards and accolades for her contributions to the film industry, including the Order of Culture, Japan's second-highest civilian award.

Yamada passed away in 2012 at the age of 95, leaving behind a legacy as one of Japan's most respected and celebrated actresses.

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Mitsuko Mori

Mitsuko Mori (May 9, 1920 Kyoto-November 10, 2012 Tokyo) otherwise known as Mitsu Murakami, Mori Mitsuko, Murakami Mitsu, 村上美津 or 森 光子 was a Japanese actor.

She became famous during the post-war period of Japan's film industry, particularly after her performance in the 1951 film adaptation of "The Life of Oharu" (Oharu no Kogai), directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. Her work in this film earned her critical acclaim, leading to more roles in other important Japanese films of the time. In addition to her work in films, Mori was also a prominent stage actress, appearing in numerous productions throughout her career. Her contributions to Japanese theater earned her the prestigious Best Actress award at the Mainichi Art Awards in 1950. Outside of her performing career, Mori was also known to be a fierce advocate for women's rights, often using her platform to speak out against gender inequality in Japan.

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Keiko Tsushima

Keiko Tsushima (February 7, 1926 Tsushima-August 1, 2012 Tokyo) also known as Shizuko Kojima or Mori Naoko was a Japanese actor.

Keiko Tsushima was born in Tsushima, Nagasaki, Japan. She began her acting career in 1949 and became best known for her role as the female lead in the classic 1954 Japanese film, "Seven Samurai," directed by Akira Kurosawa. She went on to appear in various Japanese films and television shows throughout the 1950s and 1960s. In addition to her work as an actor, Tsushima was also a philanthropist and worked for various causes, including children's charities and disaster relief efforts. She passed away in Tokyo on August 1, 2012, at the age of 86.

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Noriko Sengoku

Noriko Sengoku (April 29, 1922 Setagaya-December 27, 2012 Tokyo) a.k.a. Reiko Mori was a Japanese actor.

She started her acting career in the 1940s and appeared in over 100 films during her lifetime. Some of her notable films include "The Ballad of Narayama" (1958), "The Human Condition" (1959), and "Street of Shame" (1956). Sengoku was known for her versatility as an actress, as she played a wide range of characters in her films. She was awarded the Blue Ribbon Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1956 for her role in the film "Carmen Comes Home". In addition to her film career, Sengoku also appeared in several television dramas and was recognized for her contributions to Japanese culture.

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