Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Actress/ Producer Takiko Mizunoe, 1915-2009

by Chris MaGee

You may not be familiar with the name Takiko Mizunoe, but I am sure that you've heard of some of these films - "Branded to Kill", "Rusty Knife", "I Am Waiting", "Crazed Fruit", "Season of the Sun". No, Mizunoe didn't star in all these 50's and 60's classics, but she did serves as their producer. Sadly Mizunoe passed away on Monday at her Kanagawa Prefecture home at the age of 94.

Mizunoe got her start as an actress both on stage and on screen in the 1930's. In the pre-war era she gained popularity as “cross-dressed fair lady” due to her penchant for appearing on stage dressed in a suit and bowler hat ( as you can see above). Although she would appear on film in a handful of roles after the war, most notably in Kei Kumai's 1974 film "Sandakan House No. 8", her main role in the Japanese film industry was behind the camera fostering new talent and working with directors like Seijun Suzuki and Ko Nakahira to bring their films to the screen.

Our condolences go out to Mizunoe-san's family and friends. Thanks to Japan Today for the details on this.

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