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Keiju Kobayashi

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Occupation  Actor
Years active  1942–2009

Name  Keiju Kobayashi
Role  Actor
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Born  November 23, 1923 (1923-11-23) Gunma, Japan
Died  September 16, 2010, Tokyo, Japan
Awards  Japan Academy Prize for Special Award from the Chairman
Movies  Whisper of the Heart, Sanjuro, Nihon Chinbotsu, The Return of Godzilla, Battle of Okinawa
Similar People  Hisaya Morishige, Kihachi Okamoto, Toshiro Mifune, Mikio Naruse, Shinobu Hashimoto

SANJURO - Trailer - HQ - (1962)

Keiju Kobayashi (小林桂樹, Kobayashi Keiju, 23 November 1923 – 16 September 2010) was a Japanese actor. Born in Gunma Prefecture, he began acting at the Nikkatsu studio after dropping out of Nihon University and made his film debut in 1942. In a career that spanned 65 years, he appeared in over 250 films, most famously in the "Company President" (Shachō) comedy films made at Toho, where he worked alongside Hisaya Morishige, Daisuke Katō, Norihei Miki, and others. There he helped define the popular image of the postwar salaryman. He also won many awards for his acting, including best actor awards at the Mainichi Film Awards for The Naked General in 1958 (where he played Kiyoshi Yamashita), for Kuroi gashū in 1960, and for The Elegant Life of Mr Everyman in 1963. Kobayashi appeared in films made by such notable directors as Akira Kurosawa, Yasujirō Ozu, Mikio Naruse, and Kihachi Okamoto. He continued to give powerful performances after largely moving to television in the late 1960s.


He died on 16 September 2010 of heart failure at the age of 86.

Selected filmography

  • Night School (1956)
  • Shūu (1956)
  • A Holiday in Tokyo (東京の休日, Tōkyō no kyūjitsu) (1958)
  • The Naked General (裸の大将, Hadaka no taishō) (1958)
  • Kuroi gashū (黒い画集) (1960)
  • The End of Summer (1961)
  • Burari Bura-bura Monogatari (1962)
  • The Elegant Life of Mr Everyman (江分利満氏の優雅な生活, Eburi Man-shi no yūgana seikatsu) (1963)
  • Sanjuro (1962)
  • The Sword (1964)
  • Samurai Assassin (1965)
  • Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor (1969)
  • Battle of Okinawa (1971)
  • Submersion of Japan (1973)
  • Tora-san, the Intellectual (1975)
  • The Return of Godzilla (1984)
  • Tree Without Leaves (1986)
  • A Taxing Woman (1987)
  • Whisper of the Heart (1995) – Shirō Nishi (voice)
  • Koi Suru Kanojo, Nishi e (2008)
  • Selected television appearances

  • Kaze to Kumo to Niji to (1975)
  • Edo no Kaze (1975~1981)
  • Edo no Uzu (1978)
  • Edo no Gekitou  (1979)
  • Tokugawa Ieyasu (1983) - Taigen Sessai
  • Haru no Hatō (1985) - Fukuzawa Yukichi
  • Honours

  • Medal with Purple Ribbon (1985)
  • Order of the Rising Sun, 4th Class, Gold Rays with Rosette (1994)
  • References

    Keiju Kobayashi Wikipedia