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Kazuko Yoshiyuki

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Occupation  Actress
Role  Film actress
Name  Kazuko Yoshiyuki
Years active  1958–present

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Born  9 August 1935 (age 80) (1935-08-09) Tokyo, Japan
Parents  Eisuke Yoshiyuki, Aguri Yoshiyuki
Siblings  Junnosuke Yoshiyuki, Rie Yoshiyuki
Nominations  Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Movies and TV shows  Departures, Tokyo Family, Empire of Passion, Gochisosan, When Marnie Was There
Similar People  Junnosuke Yoshiyuki, Aguri Yoshiyuki, Manami Fuji, Isao Hashizume, Kyoko Kishida

Upcoming movie  Kazoku Wa Tsuraiyo

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Kazuko Yoshiyuki (吉行和子, Yoshiyuki Kazuko) (born 9 August 1935) is a Japanese film actress and essayist.



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Early life

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Kazuko was born in Tokyo as a first daughter of Eisuke Yoshiyuki, a writer, and Aguri. She has an older brother, Junnosuke Yoshiyuki, a novelist, and a sister, Rie Yoshiyuki, a poet.

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A lifelong sufferer of asthma since she was two years old, she was frequently taken as a child to Okayama, where her grandparents lived, for a change of air. She graduated from Joshigakuen Girls High school in Tokyo in 1954.


She started her career as an actress with theatre troupe Gekidan Mingei in 1955, appearing in the role of Sophie in Junji Kinoshita's A Japanese Called Otto in 1966. Her major breakthrough on the stage came when she played Anne Frank in The Diary of a Young Girl in 1977.

She made her debut on the screen in 1955 and has appeared in more than 60 films since then. She won Best Supporting Actress award in 1959 Mainichi Film Award, then won Best Actress in 1978 Japan Academy Prize for her role in the film Empire of Passion.

She has also appeared in more than a hundred different Japanese television dramas.


  • Foundry Town (1962) - as a factory worker
  • Lady Snowblood (1974) - as Aya Tokunaga
  • Empire of Passion (1978) - as Seki
  • Kikujiro (1999) - as a grandmother of Masao
  • Taboo (1999) - as Matsu
  • Lily Festival (2001) - as Rie Miyano
  • Tsuribaka Nisshi 15 (2004) - as Nobuko Fukumoto
  • J-Horror Theater Yogen (2004) - as Satoko Mikoshiba
  • Wool 100% (2006) - as Kame
  • Maiko Haaaan!!! (2007) - as Satsuki
  • Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)
  • Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (2008) - as Toki (voice actress)
  • Cyborg She (2008) - as a grandmother of Jiro
  • Departures (2008) - as Tsuyako Yamashita
  • 20th Century Boys (2008) - as mother of Moroboshi
  • Yuriko, Dasvidaniya (2011) - as Yoshie Chujyo
  • The Love and Death of Kaoru Mitarai (2013) - as Kaoru Mitarai
  • When Marnie Was There (2014) - as Nanny (voice actress)
  • Natsumi's Firefly (2016)
  • The Book Peddler (2016) - as Tome Miyoshi
  • What a Wonderful Family! (2016)
  • What a Wonderful Family! 2 (2017)
  • Miracles of the Namiya General Store (2017)
  • Ajin: Demi-Human (2017)
  • Destiny: Kamakura Story (2017)
  • Television

  • Kaze to Kumo to Niji to (1976) - as Kera
  • Tokugawa Ieyasu (1983) - as Nene
  • The Sniffer (2016)
  • References

    Kazuko Yoshiyuki Wikipedia