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Isao Kimura

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Isao Kimura (木村 功 Kimura Isao), also known as Kō Kimura, was a Japanese actor. He appeared in several films directed by Akira Kurosawa. The first was Stray Dog (1949) as Yusa the criminal. Perhaps his most notable collaboration with Kurosawa was in Seven Samurai as the youngest of the samurai, Katsushiro. During his career he also appeared in several films directed by Mikio Naruse as well as appearing in the famous Lone Wolf and Cub film series. In addition to a film career spanning almost thirty years, Kimura founded and directed an acting company which ultimately went bankrupt. He died of esophageal cancer at 57 years old.

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Jun 22, 1923 In Senda, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Love of the Actress Sumako 1947-08-16
Latest Project:
Movie Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create: Stray Dog 2002-10-25
Known For
Poster of High and Low
Poster of Throne of Blood
Poster of A Lonely Woman in a Lonely Land
Poster of Ikiru
Movie Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create: Stray Dog Interviewee (archival) 2002-10-25
Movie Invitation from the Beach Toshihiko Kurahashi 1978-04-08
Movie My Brother Father 1976-12-25
Movie Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell Hyoe Tsuchigumo 1974-04-24
Movie Pastoral: To Die in the Country Film Critic 1974-12-28
Movie Confessions Among Actresses Director Nose 1971-11-17
Movie Fill the Cup with Blood 1969-10-08
Movie Affair in the Snow Kazuo Imai 1968-01-31
Movie Black Lizard Kogoro Akechi 1968-07-31
Movie Secret Information Goro Izawa 1968-05-14
Movie The Affair Mitsuhuru 1967-05-13
Movie Journey Unknown 1967-11-12
Movie Impasse Shingo, Ibuki 1967-12-01
Movie Sazen Tange and The Secret of the Urn Yagyu Genzaburo 1966-05-25
Movie Snow Country Shimamura 1965-04-10
Movie Conquest Inspector Enya 1965-11-21
Movie Miyamoto Musashi V: Musashi vs Kojiro Hon'iden Matahachi 1965-09-04
Movie Miyamoto Musashi: The Duel at Ichijo Temple Hon'iden Matahachi 1964-01-01
Movie The Shape of Night Saitô 1964-05-30
Movie Cruel Story of the Shogunate's Downfall 1964-12-12
Movie Assassination Tadasaburo Sasaki 1964-07-04
Movie High and Low Detective Arai 1963-03-01
Movie Yakuza of Seki Morisuke of Hakoda 1963-01-01
Movie Bloody Record of the Shinsengumi Unknown 1963-05-12
Movie Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai Hirotaro Iguchi 1963-04-28
Movie Miyamoto Musashi: Birth of Two Sword Style Hon'iden Matahachi 1963-09-14
Movie Knightly Advice Unknown 1962-01-31
Movie Our Marriage Yutaka Matsumoto 1962-03-18
Movie The Temple of Wild Geese Atsumichi Uda 1962-01-21
Movie Nippon no obaachan Unknown 1962-01-03
Movie Miyamoto Musashi: Showdown at Hannyazaka Heights Hon'iden Matahachi 1962-11-17
Movie Four Sisters Shoji Ohtsu 1962-07-01
Movie The Thinking Leaf Unknown 1962-05-16
Movie Miyamoto Musashi Hon'iden Matahachi 1961-05-27
Movie The Prickly-Mouthed Geisha Goes to Sado Unknown 1961-08-05
Movie Hero of the Red Light District 1960-09-03
Movie Tokyo Detective Girl 1959-09-23
Movie Akutoku Iwase Shichiro 1958-02-19
Movie Little Peach Ryokichi Urushiyama, the husband 1958-05-13
Movie Beyond the Seasonal Wind 1958-06-10
Movie Summer Clouds Okawa 1958-09-02
Movie Throne of Blood Phantom samurai 1957-01-15
Movie Rice Unknown 1957-03-04
Movie The Story of Pure Love Segawa Hospital doctor 1957-10-15
Movie Price of Beauty Kazuhiko Uematsu 1957-03-13
Movie I Saw the Killer Takeo Fujisaki 1956-01-29
Movie Tengoku wa doko da Unknown 1956-04-23
Movie The Sacrifice of the Human Torpedoes Ensign Tamai 1955-01-09
Movie Beautiful Days 1955-05-25
Movie A Billionaire Koroku Tate 1954-11-22
Movie The End of a Day Unknown 1954-02-03
Movie Cape Ashizuri 1954-01-01
Movie Seven Samurai Katsushiro Okamoto 1954-04-26
Movie A Lonely Woman in a Lonely Land 1953-02-20
Movie Mr. Pu Unknown 1953-04-14
Movie The Yamabiko School Unknown 1952-05-01
Movie Ikiru Intern 1952-10-09
Movie Vacuum Zone Kitani 1952-12-10
Movie Dancing Girl Nozu 1951-01-01
Movie Elegy Unknown 1951-02-22
Movie Still I Live On Mizuno 1951-07-04
Movie Weeping Doll Nomine 1951-05-19
Movie The Angry Street Unknown 1950-05-14
Movie Stray Dog Yusa 1949-10-17
Movie The Love of the Actress Sumako 1947-08-16