Takashi Shimura

BirthDay:

12 Mar 1905

BirthPlace:

Ikuno, Hyogo, Japan

BirthName:

Shoji Shimazaki

Bio:

Japanese character actor Takashi Shimura was one of the finest film actors of the 20th century and a leading member of the "stock company" of master director Akira Kurosawa. A native of southern Japan, Shimura was a descendant of the samurai warrior class. Following university training, he founded a theatre company, Shichigatsu-za ("July Theatre"). In 1930 he joined a professional company, Kindai-za ("Modern Theatre"). Four years later he signed with the Kinema Shinko film studio. He found a niche playing samurai roles for various studios, then signed a long-term contract with Toho Studios in 1943. He appeared in an average of six films a year for Toho over the next four decades. His greatest critical acclaim came in more than 20 roles for Kurosawa, though he is almost as well recognized outside Japan for his kindly doctor role in the original "Godzilla" (Godzilla (1954)). Shimura's triumph was his unforgettable performance as a dying bureaucrat in Kurosawa's Ikiru (1952). He continued to act steadily, in good films and bad, almost until his death, culminating with Kurosawa's Kagemusha (1980). He is often described as filling the spot for Kurosawa that Ward Bond filled for John Ford--an ever-present and reliable character player who consistently supplied a solidity and strength to whatever film he appeared in. Shimura was, to be sure, even a finer actor than Bond, and his range was enormous, from "Ikiru"'s diffident clerk to the leader of the Seven Samurai in Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954). He died in 1982, a reluctant icon of Japanese cinema.
Filmography

Actor ( 240 credits )

Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Kyohei Yamane-hakase (archive footage) (2 episodes, 20
Nihon Philharmonic Orchestra: Honoo no dai gogakusho (1981)
Tempyo no iraka (1980)
Dôran (1980) Kosuke Miyagi
Kagemusha (1980) Gyobu Taguchi
A un (1980)  Hatsutaro Mizuta (4 episodes, 1980)
Talk of the Town Tora-san (1978) Hiroshi's Father
Love and Faith (1978) Sen Rikyu
Godzilla (1977) Dr. Yamane
Zoku ningen kakumei (1976)
Shinkansen daibakuha (1975) JNR President
Hissatsu shiokiya kagyô (1975)  Bugyô Torii (1 episode, 1975)
The Family (1974) Yasuda - Makiko's father
Nosutoradamusu no daiyogen (1974) Pediatrician
Ranru no hata (1974) Shihei Furukawa
Karajishi keisatsu (1974)
Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973) Sakubei
Tasukenin hashiru (1973)  Tatewaki Ôtawara (1 episode, 1973)
Dokkoi daisaku (1973)  Jinpei
Gokudo makari touru (1972)
Gokuaku bozu - Nomu utsu kau (1971)
Tora-san's Love Call (1971) Hyouichiro Suwa (Hiroshi's father)
Gorotsuki mushuku (1971)
Yomigaeru daichi (1971) Gondo
Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro renka (1971)
The Militarists (1970) Editor (uncredited)
Am I Trying (1969) Hyôichirô Suwa
Samurai Banners (1969)
Shôwa zankyô-den: Karajishi jingi (1969)
Otoko janaika (1969)
Shin Abashiri Bangaichi: Runin-masaki no ketto (1969)
Nihon boryoku-dan: kumicho to shikaku (1969)
The Vagrant Comes to a Port Town (1969)
Ah kaiten tokubetsu kogetikai (1968)
Gion matsuri (1968) Tsuneemon
The Sands of Kurobe (1968) Ashimura
Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968) Dr. Junan
Peony Lantern (1968) Fortune Teller
Sangyo supai (1968)
Gendai yakuza: yotamono no okite (1968)
Shin Abashiri Bangaichi (1968) Tetsutarô Fujigami
Onna tobakushi amadera kaichô (1968)
Japan's Longest Day (1967) Information Bureau Director Hiroshi Shimomura
Gyangu no teiô (1967)
When the Cookie Crumbles (1967) Kudo
Kaze (1967)
The Chivalrous Life (1967)
Zesshô (1966) Sôbei Sonoda
Kaerazeru hatoba (1966) Detective Egusa
Bangkok no yoru (1966)
Noren ichidai: jôkyô (1966)
Showa saidai no kaoyaku (1966)
Taiheiyô kiseki no sakusen: Kisuka (1965) Military Command president
Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965) Axis Scientist
Buraikan jingi (1965) Genkichi Jinnai
Sanshiro Sugata (1965) Mishima
Samurai Assassin (1965) Narihisa Ichijô
Matatabi san ning yakuza (1965)
Red Beard (1965) Tokubei Izumiya
Kono koe naki sakebi (1965)
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) Dr. Tsukamoto
Kwaidan (1964) Head priest (segment "Miminashi Hôichi no hanashi")
Brand of Evil (1964) Tsukamoto, manager
Tensai sagishi monogatari: Tanuki no hanamichi (1964) Komai
Chi to daiyamondo (1964)
Attack Squadron! (1963) Admiral
The Lost World of Sinbad (1963) King Raksha
Tsukiyo no wataridori (1963) Nagisa yo yuki jo
High and Low (1963) Chief of Investigation Section
Taiyô wa yondeiru (1963)
Gorath (1962) Kensuke Sonoda - Paleontologist
Chûshingura (1962) Hyôbu Chisaka
Sanjuro (1962) Kurofuji
Long Way to Okinawa (1962)
Kujira gami (1962)
Kurenai no sora (1962)
Zoku sararîman shimizu minato (1962)
Different Sons (1961)
Mothra (1961) News Editor
Structure of Hate (1961)
The Gambler's Code (1961) Hacchônawate Tokubei
Daredevil in the Castle (1961) Katagiri
Zoku sararîman Chûshingura (1961) Honzo Kadokawa
Harekosode (1961)
Yojimbo (1961) Tokuemon - Sake Brewer
Ai to honoho to (1961) Yoshii
Restoration Fire (1961) Yahei
Fundoshi isha (1961) Matsuoemon
The Bad Sleep Well (1960) Administrative Officer Moriyama
Storm Over the Pacific (1960) Tosaku
Master Fencer Sees the World (1960)
Man Against Man (1960) Chotaro Masue
Sararîman Chûshingura (1960) Honzo Kadokawa
Evening Stream (1960)
Afraid to Die (1960) Gohei Hirayama
Sen-hime goten (1960) Sadonokami Honda
Nippon tanjô (1959) Elder Kumaso
The Saga of the Vagabonds (1959) Saemon Toki
Kagero ezu (1959) Ryoan
Taiyô ni somuku mono (1959) Ichikawa - detective
Whistle in My Heart (1959)
Tetsuwan tôshu Inao monogatari (1959)
Sora kakeru hanayome (1959) Shichibei
Beran me-e geisha (1959)
Shobushi to sono musume (1959)
The Hidden Fortress (1958) The Old General, Izumi Nagakura
Theater of Life (1958)
Point and Line (1958) Kasai
Seven from Edo (1958)
The Loyal 47 Ronin (1958) Jûbei Ôtake
Ohtori-jo hanayome (1958)
Nichiren and the Great Mongol Invasion (1958) Yasaburô
Ken wa shitte ita (1958)
Throne of Blood (1957) Noriyasu Odagura
The Mysterians (1957) Dr. Tanjiro Adachi
Untamed Woman (1957)
Dotanba (1957)
Zoku aoi sanmyaku Yukiko no maki (1957)
Aoi sanmyaku Shinko no maki (1957)
Yuunagi (1957) Yasunori Igawa
A Dangerous Hero (1957)
Bôkyaku no hanabira: Kanketsuhen (1957)
Sanjûrokunin no jôkyaku (1957) Yamagami - Detective
Be Happy, These Two Lovers (1957)
Yama to kawa no aru machi (1957)
Bôkyaku no hanabira (1957)
Narazu-mono (1956) Juzo
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) Dr. Yamane
The Underworld (1956) Tsunejiro Furuya
Kyatsu o nigasuna (1956) Nagasawa
Young Tree (1956) Hanako's Father
Shin, Heike monogatari: Yoshinaka o meguru sannin no onna (1956) Sanemori Saito
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956) Sado Nagaoka the court official
I Live in Fear (1955) Domestic Court Counselor Dr. Harada
Godzilla Raids Again (1955) Kyohei Yamane-hakase
Sugata naki mokugekisha (1955) Insepctor Kasai
Geisha Konatsu: Hitori neru yo no Konatsu (1955) Sakuma
Muttsuri Umon torimonocho (1955)
Shin kurama tengu daisanbu (1955)
Sanjusan go sha otonashi (1955)
No Time for Tears (1955) 'Sparrows' Coach Shimamura
Love Never Fails (1955) Nobuo's father
Mekura neko (1955)
Godzilla (1954) Kyohei Yamane-hakase
Bazoku geisha (1954) Kotaro Yamabe
Shin kurama tengu daini wa: Azuma-dera no ketto (1954)
Shin kurama tengu daiichi wa: Tengu shutsugen (1954)
Haha no hatsukoi (1954)
Kimi shinitamo koto nakare (1954)
Asakusa no yoru (1954) Komazo
Seven Samurai (1954) Kambei Shimada
Jirochô sangokushi: kaitô-ichi no abarenbô (1954)
Eagle of the Pacific (1953) Colonel A, staff officer of the army
Yoru no owari (1953) Yoshikawa
The Last Embrace (1953) Watanabe, alias Nabesan
The Life of Oharu (1952) Old Man
Sword for Hire (1952)
Ikiru (1952) Kanji Watanabe
Fuun senryobune (1952)
The Man Who Came to Port (1952) Okabe
Oka wa hanazakari (1952) Kenkichi Kimura
Bijo to touzoku (1952) Yoshimichi
Foghorn (1952)
The Skin of the South (1952)
Araki Mataemon: Kettô kagiya no tsuji (1952)
The Idiot (1951) Ono, Ayako's father
The Life of a Horsetrader (1951) Rokutaro Kosaka
Hopu-san: sararîman no maki (1951)
Mesu inu (1951) Horie
Aoi shinju (1951)
Kedamono no yado (1951)
Elegy (1951)
Beyond Love and Hate (1951)
Nusumareta koi (1951)
Scandal (1950) Attorney Hiruta
Rashomon (1950) Woodcutter
Yoru no hibotan (1950)
The Angry Street (1950) Kimiko's father
Pen itsuwarazu, bôryoku no machi (1950)
Ore wa yojinbo (1950)
Ma no ogon (1950)
Escape from Prison (1950)
Tenya wanya (1950)
Ginza Sanshiro (1950)
The Quiet Duel (1949) Dr. Konosuke Fujisaki
Stray Dog (1949) Det. Sato
Ishimatsu of the Forest (1949)
Jigoku no kifujin (1949) Chief of Police
Onna no issho (1949)
Drunken Angel (1948) Sanada
Daini no jinsei (1948)
Spring Awakens (1947) Kenzô Ogura
Snow Trail (1947) Nojiro
Chikagai nijuyojikan (1947)
Four Love Stories (1947) Masao's father (episode 1)
Waga seishun ni kuinashi (1946) Police Commissioner 'Poison Strawberry' Dokuichigo
Juichinin no jogakusei (1946)
Asu o tsukuru hitobito (1946) Theatre manager
Minshu no teki (1946)
Aru yo no tonosama (1946)
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail (1945) Kataoka
Kita no san-nin (1945)
Ai to chikai (1945) Murai's father, principle
Tokkan ekichô (1945)
San-jaku sagohei (1944) Yasukichi Ito
Shibaidô (1944)
Kato hayabusa sento-tai (1944)
Ichiban utsukushiku (1944) Chief Goro Ishida
Nichijô no tatakai (1944)
Sanshiro Sugata (1943) Hansuke Murai, Sayo's father
Kaigun (1943)
Himetaru kakugo (1943) Ryôkichi Ishikawa
Hahakogusa (1942)
Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijoji ketto (1942)
Umi wo wataru sairei (1941)
Edo saigo no hi (1941)
Miyamoto Musashi: Dai-san-bu - Kenshin ichiro (1940)
Zoku Shimizu minato (1940)
Oda Nobunaga (1940)
Tsubanari ronin (1939) Sherikov
Oshidori utagassen (1939) Kyosai Shimura
Edo no akutarô (1939)
Zoku mazô - Ibara Ukon (1939)
Shunjû ittôryû (1939)
Mazô (1938)
Yajikita dôchûki (1938)
Akagaki Genzô (1938) Jôzaemon Sakaya
Shadows of Darkness (1938)
Shamisen yakuza (1938) Heisuke
Kurama Tengu (1938) Kichinosuke Saigô
Shusse taikoki (1938)
Jigoku no mushi (1938)
Jiraiya (1937) Gundayû Yao
Chikemuri Takadanobaba (1937) Takusan
Taki no shiraito (1937)
Akanishi Kakita (1936) Taranoshin Tsunomata
Osaka Elegy (1936) Inspector
Akagaki Genzô (1936)
Chûretsu nikudan sanyûshi (1936)
Chûji uridasu (1935)