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Hideko Takamine

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Cause of death  Lung cancer
Role  Actress
Name  Hideko Takamine

Years active  1929–1979
Occupation  Actress
Children  Akemi Saito
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Born  March 27, 1924 (1924-03-27) Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan
Died  December 28, 2010, Tokyo, Japan
Spouse  Zenzo Matsuyama (m. 1955–2010)
Awards  Japan Academy Prize for Special Award from the Chairman
Movies  Floating Clouds, Twenty‑Four Eyes, When a Woman Ascends t, Carmen Comes Home, Yearning
Similar People  Mikio Naruse, Setsuko Hara, Zenzo Matsuyama, Keisuke Kinoshita, Kinuyo Tanaka

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Hideko Takamine (高峰 秀子, Takamine Hideko, March 27, 1924 – December 28, 2010) was a Japanese actress who began as a child actor and maintained her fame in a career that spanned half a century.


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Early life

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Takamine was born in Hakodate, Hokkaidō in 1924. Her first role was in the Shochiku studio's 1929 film Mother (Haha), which brought her tremendous popularity as a child actor. Soon she was billed as Japan's Shirley Temple.


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After moving to the Toho studio in 1937, her dramatic roles in Kajirō Yamamoto's Tsuzurikata kyōshitsu and Uma brought her added fame as a girl star. Some of her film appearances from the 1930s and 1940s were lost during the Second World War when Japan's film archives were damaged by bombing and fires.

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In 1950, she made what was considered a very daring move by breaking with the Japanese studio system, leaving the Shin Toho Studio and becoming a much sought-after freelance actress. Her films with directors Keisuke Kinoshita and Mikio Naruse during the 1950s and early 1960s made her Japan's top star. Her performance as a dedicated small town teacher observing her students' lives over several decades in Kinoshita's The Twenty-four Eyes (1954) is credited with that film's tremendous success and enduring popularity in Japan. Another powerful performance was as a tenant farmer's daughter who is raped and forced to marry the cruel landlord's crippled son in the 1961 film Immortal Love.

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Takamine was especially favored by director Mikio Naruse, starring in a dozen of his films and portraying strong-willed, hardworking women struggling in poverty or lowly positions, and often held down by the traditional family system. Some examples include her roles as the tragic, love-struck heroine in Floating Clouds (1955) and an aging Ginza bar hostess desperate to escape her circumstances in When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960).

Personal life

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She married director-writer Zenzo Matsuyama in 1955, but set a precedent by choosing not to give up her acting career. She made many of her most memorable films in the 1960s and retired from making movies in 1979.

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After retiring as an actress, she published her autobiography and several essay collections.


She died of lung cancer on 28 December 2010 at the age of 86.



  • Tokyo Chorus (1931)
  • Hideko the Bus-Conductor (1941)
  • Horse (1941)
  • Ahen senso (1943)
  • Those Who Make Tomorrow (1946)
  • Ginza Kankan Musume (1949)
  • The Munekata Sisters (Munekata kyōdai) (1950)
  • Carmen Comes Home (1951)
  • Lightning (1952)
  • Entotsu no mieru basho (1953)
  • Twenty-four Eyes (1954)
  • Floating Clouds (1955)
  • Nagareru (1956)
  • A Wife's Heart (1956)
  • Untamed (1957)
  • Yorokobi mo kanashimi mo ikutoshitsuki aka The Lighthouse or Times of Joy and Sorrow or Years of Joy and Sorrow (1957)
  • Rickshaw Man (1958)
  • When a Woman Ascends the Stairs (1960)
  • Daughters, Wives and a Mother (Musume Tsuma Haha) (1960)
  • Immortal Love (1961)
  • Burari Bura-bura Monogatari (1962)
  • A Wanderer's Notebook (1962)
  • A Woman's Life (Onna no rekishi) (1963)
  • Yearning (1964)
  • References

    Hideko Takamine Wikipedia

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