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Yoko Shimada

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Yōko Shimada (島田 陽子 Shimada Yōko?, born 17 May 1953, Kumamoto) is a Japanese actress. She is best known to Western audiences for her portrayal of "Mariko" in the 1980 miniseries Shōgun. She was the only female member of Shōgun's massive cast of Japanese actors shown speaking English, for which she relied on a dialogue coach, as she was not fluent in the language at the time. Her English improved greatly during the production, however, allowing her to work in a few English language films during the 1980s and 1990s. In 1981, she won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series-Drama and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy award for her work on Shōgun.

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May 17, 1953 In Kumamoto, Japan
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Castle of Sand 1974-10-19
Latest Project:
Movie Kanon 2016-10-01
Known For
Poster of God in Jail
Poster of The Hunted
Poster of Shogun
Poster of Shogun
Movie Kanon Sumiko 2016-10-01
Movie God in Jail Unknown 2016-04-01
Movie Mikkai Unknown 2011-01-01
Movie The Faithless Love Unknown 2011-02-01
Movie The Deep Red Dr. Tanaka 2005-09-17
Movie Undiscovered Tomb Ivy 2003-01-01
Movie The Making of Shōgun 2003-09-23
Movie Crying Freeman Lady Hanada 1995-04-23
Movie The Hunted Mieko 1995-02-24
Movie Ring! Ring! Ring! The Champion Belt of Tears Unknown 1993-05-08
Movie Minamoto Yoshitsune Kaneuri Kichiji 1990-12-31
Movie Labyrinth Romanesque Tae Akimoto 1988-01-15
Movie The Man Who Assassinated Ryoma 1987-10-17
Movie My Champion Miki 1981-01-01
Movie Shogun Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko 1980-09-15
Series Shogun Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko 1980-09-15
Movie Dog of Fortune Reiko Kitamori 1979-06-02
Movie Dead Angle 1979-07-04
Series Ōgon no Hibi Hosokawa Gracia 1978-01-08
Movie Truckstar Goes to Hokkaido Unknown 1976-08-07
Movie The Inugamis Tamayo Nonomiya 1976-10-16
Movie I Am a Cat Yukie 1975-05-31
Movie Visitor After Dark 1975-10-10
Movie The Castle of Sand Reiko 1974-10-19