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Cause of death  Liver cancer
Role  Actress
Occupation  Actress
Died  December 22, 1994
Years active  1950–1994
Children  Jiro Shindo
Name  Nobuko Otowa

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Born  1 October 1924 (1924-10-01) Yonago, Tottori, Japan
Spouse  Kaneto Shindo (m. 1978–1994)
Awards  Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Movies and TV shows  Oshin, Onibaba, The Naked Island, Kuroneko, Tree Without Leaves
Similar People  Kaneto Shindo, Ayako Kobayashi, Yuko Tanaka, Kozaburo Yoshimura, Keisuke Kinoshita


Nobuko Otowa (乙羽 信子, Otowa Nobuko, 1 October 1924 – 22 December 1994) was a Japanese actress. She appeared in 134 films between 1950 and 1994. She gave up a career as a star to appear in Story of a Beloved Wife and became the mistress of the director Kaneto Shindo. She later married him in 1977 after his previous wife divorced him and then died. She posthumously won the award for best supporting actress at the 19th Japan Academy Prize for A Last Note, having been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer during its production. Half of her ashes are scattered on the island of Sukune in Mihara, Hiroshima where The Naked Island was filmed.


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Japan Academy Prize

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  • 1996 – Best Supporting Actress, A Last Note
  • Blue Ribbon Awards

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  • 1966 – Best Supporting Actress, Lost Sex
  • 1953 – Best Actress, Epitome, Life of a Woman and Yokubo
  • Kinema Junpo Awards

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  • 1996 – Best Supporting Actress, A Last Note
  • Mainichi Film Awards

  • 1996 – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • 1993 – Best Supporting Actress, The Strange Story of Oyuki
  • 1968 - Best Actress, Operation Negligee and Kuroneko
  • 36th Venice International Film Festival

  • 1979 - Pasinetti Award (Best Actress), The Strangling
  • References

    Nobuko Otowa Wikipedia