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Setsuko Hara

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Setsuko Hara (born June 17, 1920) is a Japanese actress who appeared in six of Yasujirō Ozu's films, most notably as Noriko in the 'Noriko Trilogy': Late Spring (1949), Early Summer (1951) and Tokyo Story (1953). Her other films for Ozu were Tokyo Twilight (1957), Late Autumn (1960) and finally The End of Summer in 1961. She was born  Masae Aida in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture. She came to prominence as an actress at an early age, in the 1937 German-Japanese co-production Die Tochter des Samurai (Daughter of the Samurai), known in Japan as Atarashiki Tsuchi (The New Earth), directed by Arnold Fanck and Mansaku Itami. She also starred in films by Akira Kurosawa, Mikio Naruse and other prominent directors. She is called "the Eternal Virgin" in Japan and is a symbol of the golden era of Japanese cinema of the 1950s, although she is mostly unknown in the US. She suddenly quit acting in 1963 (the same year as Ozu's death), and has since led a secluded life in Kamakura, refusing all interviews and photographs. Her last major role was Riku, wife of Ōishi Yoshio, in the 1962 film, Chushingura. She was the inspiration for the protagonist of the 2001 movie Millennium Actress. Description above from the Wikipedia article Setsuko Hara, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Jun 17, 1920 In Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Priest of Darkness 1936-04-30
Latest Project:
Movie Late Spring 1972-07-21
Known For
Poster of Late Spring
Poster of Late Autumn
Poster of Daughters, Wives and a Mother
Poster of Temptation
Movie Late Spring Noriko Somiya 1972-07-21
Movie 47 Samurai Riku Oishi 1963-10-03
Movie The End of Summer Akiko 1961-10-29
Movie Life of a Country Doctor 1961-05-29
Movie Late Autumn Akiko Miwa 1960-11-13
Movie Daughters, Wives and a Mother Sanae Soga 1960-05-21
Movie The Three Treasures Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess 1959-11-01
Movie Woman Unveiled 1958-01-15
Movie Tokyo Twilight Takako Numata 1957-04-30
Movie Sudden Rain Fumiko Namiki 1956-01-14
Movie Nobuko Rides on a Cloud Mom 1955-06-07
Movie Sound of the Mountain Ogata Kikuko 1954-01-15
Movie Tokyo Story Noriko Hirayama 1953-11-03
Movie The Noriko Trilogy Noriko Somiya, Noriko Mamiya, Noriko Hirayama 1953-11-03
Movie The Idiot Taeko Nasu 1951-05-23
Movie Early Summer Noriko Mamiya 1951-10-03
Movie Repast Michiyo Okamoto 1951-11-23
Movie The Rainbow-Colored Flower Teruko 1950-10-14
Movie The Blue Mountains: Part I Yukiko Shimazaki 1949-07-19
Movie Here's to the Young Lady Yasuko Ikeda 1949-03-09
Movie A Woman in the Typhoon Area Kuriko Sato 1948-09-18
Movie Temptation 1948-04-01
Movie The Ball at the Anjo House Atsuko, 2nd daughter 1947-09-27
Movie No Regrets for Our Youth Yukie Yagihara 1946-10-29
Movie Three Women of the North 1945-08-05
Movie 怒りの海 1944-05-25
Movie Toward the Decisive Battle in the Sky 1943-05-01
Movie Suicide Troops of the Watchtower Yoshiko 1943-04-15
Movie The War at Sea from Hawaii to Malay Kikuko 1942-12-02
Movie The Snake Princess Koto Hime 1940-04-03
Movie The Daughter of the Samurai Misuko Yamato 1937-02-04
Movie Priest of Darkness Onami 1936-04-30