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Ethnicity
  
Japanese

Height
  
1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)


Name
  
Kazuko Shirakawa

Role
  
Actress

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Born
  
September 20, 1947 (age 76) (
1947-09-20
)
Nagasaki, Japan

Movies
  
The Devil's Path, Vengeance Is Mine, After Life, The 19‑Year‑Old’s Map, Black Rain

TV shows
  
Natsuko's Sake, Aikotoba wa Yuki, Shiroi Kage, Yoru ni Dakarete, Seiji no Mikata

Kazuko Shirakawa (白川 和子, Shirakawa Kazuko) (born September 30, 1947) is a Japanese actress who is best known for her appearances in Nikkatsu's Roman Porno films during the 1970s. She appeared in Nikkatsu's first film in the Roman Porno series, Apartment Wife (1971), and is considered the first of the three "Nikkatsu Queens" of the 1970s. After 1976 she embarked on a successful career in mainstream film.

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Early career

Shirakawa was born in Nagasaki, on Japan's southernmost main island of Kyūshū. She debuted in pink films in 1967, at first working in supporting roles. Though her early performances in films such as Nihon Cinema's Technique of Fainting have been called "green," she still overshadowed the nominal star of the movie. It was in her films for independent studios in the late 1960s that Shirakawa established her on-screen character as that of a "naive whore." The naivete was not entirely an act, since, in an interview for Book Cinematheque, Shirakawa admitted that she was a virgin until after her debut for Nikkatsu in 1971.

By 1968, Shirakawa was starring in these low-budget softcore films. Top Secret Account of Japanese Customs and Manners: Breasts had Shirakawa playing the role of an innocent geisha, though the story took second place in this film which was "primarily concerned with exposing Kazuko Shirakawa's impressive chest as often as possible." About these early performances, Shirakawa later said, "I was scared to death. I didn't know how to express the ecstasy expected from these parts."

Also in 1968, she starred in Sex Before Marriage for Tokyo Koei studio. Like Shirakawa, Yamamoto would gain lasting fame later making Roman porno films with Nikkatsu's. In 1969, Shirakawa co-starred in Hunting Breasts, another breast-fixated opus. Starring the buxom Minoru Sawada, and directed by Sawada's husband, the film was a financial failure at the time, but has gained a cult audience in recent years.

Nikkatsu

Until the late 1960s, the "pink film" market was almost entirely the domain of low-budget independent companies. At the beginning of the 1970s, now losing their audiences to television and imported American films, Japan's major film studios were struggling for survival. In order to attract a new audience, Toei entered the sexploitation market in 1971 with its "Pinky Violence" series. Takashi Itamochi, president of Nikkatsu, Japan's oldest major film studio, then made the decision to put his own company's high production values and professional talent into the lucrative pink film genre.

As one of the leading actresses of the pink film, Nikkatsu hired Shirakawa to star in its first effort in this genre. Most actresses who moved to Nikkatsu after starring in independent pink films had to change their stage names. However Nikkatsu did not demand that Shirakawa do this. Nikkatsu launched its Roman Porno series in November 1971 with Apartment Wife: Affair In The Afternoon, which featured Shirakawa in the starring role. The film became a huge hit and made Shirakawa, "the first mega-star of Nikkatsu's lucrative pinku eiga period in the '70s." The film was such a success it inspired 20 sequels within seven years, and launched the high-profile Roman porno version of pink film which Nikkatsu would make almost exclusively, at an average rate of three per month, for the next 17 years.

Later career

Kazuko Shirakawa has gone on to a successful mainstream film career. She had roles in three films by Shohei Imamura, and appeared in director Hirokazu Koreeda's After Life (1998).


Filmography

Actress
2023
Shunga Sensei
2022
Mountain Woman
2022
Shiromeshi shugyôsô (TV Series)
- Zeppin ryôshi-meshi mugen namerô wa namida-aji (2022)
2021
AIBOU: Tokyo Detective Duo (TV Series) as
Misuzu Tanaka
- Episode #20.8 (2021) - Misuzu Tanaka
2021
Cold Case: Shinjitsu No Tobira (TV Mini Series) as
Yoko
- Episode #3.7 (2021) - Yoko
2020
Shiranai musuko (Short) as
Hiroko Hayashi
2019
Miss Accident Investigation (TV Series) as
Sakaki
- Episode #1.8 (2019) - Sakaki
2019
Special Investigation Nine (TV Series) as
Sachi Murakami
- Episode #2.2 (2019) - Sachi Murakami
2018
Vision
2018
I Will Never Forgive
2017
Bôkyô
2017
Radiance as
Yasuko Ozaki
2017
Dawn of the Felines as
Madam of SM Club
2016
The Tsukasaburô Yamagiwa Story
2015
Nurse in Black (TV Movie)
2011
Dendera as
Hono Ishizuka
2011
2 Channel no Noroi - VOL. 3 (Video)
2011
Cannonball Wedlock as
Old woman
2010
Danchizuma: Hirusagari no jôji
2009
Ichiou no suitei (TV Movie)
2008
Ôsaka Hamuretto as
Yae
2005
Fight (TV Series) as
Midwife
- Episode #1.145 (2005) - Midwife
2005
Yogoreta shita (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (2005)
2004
Teru teru kazoku (TV Series) as
Miho Asazuki
- Episode #1.131 (2004) - Miho Asazuki
- Episode #1.130 (2004) - Miho Asazuki
- Episode #1.129 (2004) - Miho Asazuki
2002
Shiroi kage tokubetsu hen (TV Movie)
2002
Blessing Bell as
Bar-owner
2001
Lily Festival as
Renako Yokota
2001
Shiroi kage (TV Mini Series) as
Mitsu
- Episode #1.10 (2001) - Mitsu
- Episode #1.8 (2001) - Mitsu
- Episode #1.7 (2001) - Mitsu
- Episode #1.6 (2001) - Mitsu
- Episode #1.9 (2001) - Mitsu
- Episode #1.5 (2001) - Mitsu
- Episode #1.4 (2001) - Mitsu
- Episode #1.3 (2001) - Mitsu
- Episode #1.2 (2001) - Mitsu
- Episode #1.1 (2001) - Mitsu
2000
Aikotoba wa yuuki (TV Series) as
Setsuko Ooyama
1999
Fûmon (TV Movie)
1999
Hakusen Nagashi hatachi no kaze (TV Movie) as
Wataru's mother
1998
Dai-nana kankai hoko: Osaki Midori o sagashite
1998
After Life as
Nobuko Amano, who talks about her affair with a married man
1998
Isshô asonde kurashitai as
Yuko
1997
Happy People
1996
Hakusen nagashi (TV Series) as
Wataru's mother
1995
Teito monogatari gaiden
1995
The Stairway to the Distant Past as
Sachiko Shibata
1994
A Summer with You (TV Series) as
Kiriko Sano
1992
Sosuke Loses His Lover as
Tamae
1990
The Kôsuke Kindaichi Series 11: The Devil's Song (TV Movie)
1990
Swimming Upstream as
Babah, Kaoru's grandmother
1990
Donmai
1989
Black Rain as
Old Woman with white flag
1989
Inochi kagayaite (TV Movie)
1988
The Asami Mitsuhiko Mystery 3 (TV Movie)
1986
Fureai (TV Series)
1985
Haru no kane
1984
Someday, Someone Will Be Killed as
Moeko Nagayama
1984
Sukanpin walk as
Super
1984
Mitsugetsu
1983
The Family Game as
Mieko's mother
1983
Akujo kamakiri as
Mrs. Matsumiya
1982
Farewell to the Land as
Prayer
1981
Nogiku no haka as
Sei Tomura
1981
Why Not? as
Yamikumo-dayu
1980
Shôni byôtô (TV Movie)
1979
Jukyusai no chizu
1979
Vengeance Is Mine as
Sachiko Yoshizato
1978
The Young Animals
1977
Double Suicide at Nishijin
1977
Rashamen as
Toyoko
1976
Seishun no satsujinsha as
Keiko's mother
1975
Nihon porno-shi: Nureba katsudô daishashin
1973
Naked Resume: True Story of Kazuko Shirakawa as
Kazuko Shirakawa
1973
Akai tori nigeta? as
Fujiko Nakane
1973
Overly-Ripe Breasts: Married Women as
Haruko Maruoka
1973
The Hotspring Resort Masseuse as
Aiko
1973
Apartment Wife: Night of the Rape as
Teruko Tokura
1972
Mahiru no jôji as
Wife
1972
Afternoon Affair: Rear Window as
Ayuko
1972
Ichijo Sayuri: Nureta yokujo as
Mari / stripper
1972
Love Affair Exposed as
Natsuko Maki
1972
Powerful Sex Biography: I Give You Death as
Kayoko
1972
Manatsu no Yoru no Jôji as
Misa
1972
White Skin Glimmering in the Darkness as
Kyôko Munakata
1972
Mid-Afternoon Love Affair as
Yasuko Makimura
1972
Apartment Wife: Secret Rendezvous as
Nobuko Kôsaka
1972
Night and Day as
Shodai Ôhori
1972
Student Wife: Weeping Silently as
Harue
1972
Drifter's Affair as
Hiroko
1972
Beads from a Petal as
Akiko
1972
Tasogare no joji as
Reiko Akitsu
1971
Iro no michi: Onna no michi
1971
Nihon porno Olympic: Chikubi-yama no seien
1971
Crazy for Love as
Kanako Yajima
1971
Nozoki ma
1971
Sex oku no tehi
1971
Apartment Wife: Affair in the Afternoon as
Ritsuko Kasai
1971
Maruhi yokujô monogatari: Body arai
1971
Sei kurabe
1971
Tameshi ne
1971
Sekai sex taizenshû
1971
Joshi gakusei sex hyakutai
1971
Mukidô musume seikyôiku hada awase
1971
Nise sanfu jinkai
1971
Sex irogokudô
1971
Tsuma to otto no kôkan
1971
Jokyôshi no tawamure
1971
Nugasete nugasete ôshôbu
1971
Sengo baishun-shi: Yoru no seitai
1971
Zetsurin otoko sen'ichiya
1970
Irozeme
1970
Shojo seikôkan
1970
Mesubachi no yokujô
1970
Nihon shinshitsu monogatari
1970
Car Sex
1970
Nippon erotica
1970
Iro manbiki
1970
Kôshoku kaishun monogatari
1970
Onna-yu, onna-yu, onna-yu
1970
Iroboke shijû-hattai
1970
Nikutai hijack: Koroshi no mae no kairaku
1970
Shôwa iro-gôden: Uwaki no technique
1970
Sex no kaihô
1969
Chikan no genkai as
Yukie
1969
Josei jishin
1969
Sex ryokô
1969
Mori tsuma
1969
Onna no nanatsu dôgu
1969
Doku aru keiken
1969
Hitozuma sen'ichiya
1969
Hada no motsure
1969
Onna no shizuku
1969
Joniku: Kuruiseme
1969
Hikisakareta jodaisei
1969
Shojo bakuro
1969
Pika-pika harenchi
1969
Shikiyoku sanjûsô: Damasareta megitsune
1969
Oiroke tenshi
1969
Yarô to jôfu
1969
Zero o tsuki-agero
1969
Kôshoku bôzu yon-hachi jû-te kiri
1969
Modaeru oka: Himitsu club
1968
Ana jikake
1968
Anote Konote as
Kayo, the Maid
1968
Anote Konote as
Kayo, the Maid
1968
Chibusa no mitsuryô
1968
Hikisakareta shojo
1968
Jorô keibatsu-shi
1968
Joshi gakusei zankoku hakusho: Makkana ubuge
1968
Nozoku: Tômei no technique
1968
Shin jinsei yonjuhatte uraomote
1968
Akai chibusa: Iro gokudô
1968
Nihon seihanzai-shi: Hakuchû no bôkôki
1968
Shisshin no technique as
Miwa, Student at women's college
1968
Ozashiki shijûhattai as
Yuriko
1968
Sex Drive as
High school coed, Mari
1968
Onna to otoko no ajikurabe as
Akiko
1968
Aru ninshin
1968
Kuzetsu: Ano te kono te as
Kayo (Maid)
1968
Irokurui as
Yuriko
1968
Konzen kôjôki as
Fusae (girl student)
1968
Jotai no kawaki
1968
Nihon maruhi fûzokushi: Chibusa as
Mitsue
1967
Makka na jûyoku (as Mitsuko Azuma)
1967
Yoru no hyakutai
1967
Joshiryô as
Ayumi
1967
Maruhi onna gari
1967
Onna gari
Writer
1989
Inochi kagayaite (TV Movie) (biography)
Self
2010
Tahara soichiro no yuigon (TV Special) as
Self
2009
Roman poruno densetsu 1971-1988 (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
2002
Mondo Macabro (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- The Erotic Empire (2002) - Self

References

Kazuko Shirakawa Wikipedia


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