| Eijiro Funakoshi|
March 17, 1923 (1923-03-17) Tokyo, Japan
March 17, 2007, Shizuoka, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Yumiko Hasegawa (m. 1958–2007)
Blind Beast, Fires on the Plain, Being Two Isn't Easy, Afraid to Die, All Mixed Up
Eiichiro Funakoshi, Yasuzo Masumura, Kon Ichikawa, Natto Wada, Noriaki Yuasa
Eiji Funakoshi Wikipedia
Eiji Funakoshi (船越 英二, Funakoshi Eiji, 17 March 1923 – 17 March 2007) was a Japanese actor. He received the Kinema Junpo Award for Best Actor and the Mainichi Film Concours for Best Actor for his performance in Fires on the Plain.
Born Eijirō Funakoshi on March 17, 1923 in Tokyo, Eiji Funakoshi signed up for the Daiei Motion Picture Company in 1947 and made his acting debut the following year with Beautiful Enemy. In a career that spanned three decades Funakoshi starred in a variety of genres and worked for directors Kōzaburō Yoshimura, Mikio Naruse, Kon Ichikawa and Yasuzo Masumura.
Funakoshi was a favorite actor of internationally renowned director Kon Ichikawa. Perhaps their most notable film was the World War II drama Fires on the Plain (Nobi, 1959). Funakoshi played the lead role of Imperial Army Private Tamura, a soldier stationed on Leyte Island in the Philippines. Fires on the Plain won awards in Japan and overseas, including prizes for Kon Ichikawa from the Blue Ribbon in Japan and the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland.
For several years, Funakoshi portrayed Tanokura Magobei, a close associate of the shogun, on Abarenbō Shōgun.
Son Eiichirō Funakoshi is also a famous actor in Japan.
Eiji Funakoshi died of a stroke at 10:57pm on March 17, 2007, on his 84th birthday.Medal with Purple Ribbon (1989)
Order of the Rising Sun, 4th Class, Gold Rays with Rosette (1995)