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Kagawa Kyōko—A New Look at Japan’s “Most Unassuming Star”

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This article will discuss the actress Kagawa Kyōko, Kyōko has appeared in some of the greatest Japanese films, starring opposite such luminaries as Mifune Toshirō, Tanaka Kinuyo, and Hasegawa Kazuo, although still her name is not as well known outside of Japan as that of some of her contemporaries. In a career that has spanned 50 years, she has appeared in close to 120 films. In 1998 she received the Shiju Hoshō award from the Emperor, an award given in the fields of art and scholarship. Many of her films have won awards in Japan (Mother, Inazuma, Tokyo Story have all figured into the Best Ten of the Kinema Jumpō awards). Talking to her is like watching a large portion of the history of Japanese cinema pass before one’s eyes.

Keywords: Japanese films; Kagawa Kyōko; feminist; interview

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2004

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  • Asian Cinema is a seminal journal, which has been published since 1995 by the Asian Cinema Studies Society under the stewardship of Professor John Lent. From 2012 Asian Cinema will be published by Intellect as part of our Film Studies journal portfolio. The journal currently publishes a variety of scholarly material - including research articles, interviews, book and film reviews and bibliographies - on all forms and aspects of Asian cinema. The journal's broad aim is to advance understanding and knowledge of the rich traditions of the various Asian cinemas, thereby making an invaluable contribution to the field of Film Studies in general.
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