Yumi Shirakawa - Bio and Creative Works

Yumi Shirakawa

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Yumi Shirakawa was a Japanese film and television actress. She was called the Japanese Grace Kelly when she debuted. She was scoted and joined Toho film company. In the same year, she made her film debut with Narazumono. Her notable films are Rodan (1956), The H-Man(1958), and Yasujirō Ozus film The End of Summer (1961). She was married to actor Hideaki Nitani until his death in 2012. - Wikipedia

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TV SERIES • 2011

Character: Akemi Harumi

Kaseifu no Mita is a 2011 Japanese television drama series. The story revolves around a family who is grieving over their mother's recent suicide. They hired Mita as a housekeeper to upkeep the house, which has been thrown into disarray. Mita, who is played by actress Nanako Matsushima, will do anything that her employer orders her to do, except smiling or revealing her past.

TV SERIES • 2009

Character: Chiyo Kawai

Niini no Koto o Wasurenaide is a special drama that was broadcast on NTV on August 29, 2009 which starred Ryo Nishikido in the title role. The special was based on a true story and the original Novel of the same name by Kawakami Masumi.

MOVIE • 2009

Character: Tencha

The second Anmitsu Hime TV-movie.

TV SERIES • 2008

Character: Ayame Hitotsubashi

Ando Natsu is a heartwarming story rich in Japanese aesthetics and culture set in historic Asakusa, Tokyo. Follow Natsu as she strives to achieve her dreams and discovers the wealth of warmth and tradition in the community she finds herself welcomed into.

MOVIE • 2008

Character: Shibucha

At age 16, a tomboy princess, Princess Anmitsu, has no love interest in her life and worries her parents. Despite their concern, Anmitsu runs away from the castle to venture into the commoners' life. During her daring adventure, she befriends a group of children who make a living by pick-pocketing. At the same time, she finally meets her prince charming Senbei, the leader of the group. However, she soon finds herself in an awkward position when she learns of the children's new plot: they are planning to steal the treasures from her own castle. Will she be able to put a stop to it without revealing her true identity?

MOVIE • 2007

Character: Haruba

The tale of hardship, love, determination and life of Mineko, a young maiko (apprentice geisha) in the Gion district of Kyoto.

TV SERIES • 2004

Character: Hanae Nakamura

TV SERIES • 2003

Character: Kimiko Morris

A young woman whose life has been a breeze up to now suffers a disappointment in love which acts as the impetus for her to start working at a law firm, a completely new field to her. This love comedy depicts how the young woman, while struggling with love and with her work, comes to know what the real worth of a person as she strives to change into a can-do woman recognized by everyone. Reika Nanjo has the attractiveness of a polished diamond. She's been raised to believe that good looks and finely honed physical proportions are a woman's most important assets.

TV SERIES • 1996

Character: Togashi Yuko

When a woman is viciously raped, the traumatic event robs her of her self-confidence and ability to love as she had loved before. With special attention to her story of personal triumph over adversity, this touching drama recounts the tale of two lovers attempting to regain the happiness and level of affection that was theirs before her attack. --TBS

TV SERIES • 1988-1989

Character: Tsuya

The year is 1947, August. Ono Junko's family is being evacuated to Wakayama and the father is going to war. A few years later, the father has returned from Manchuria but he also brought a boy that had been abandoned by his mother. The boy is Yuta and the family will adopt him.

MOVIE • 1966

Character: Queen Izato

Osami, a soldier-of-fortune from Japan, joins with priest Ensai in a quest for the ashes of the great Buddha. Their journey takes them to a kingdom in the Middle East, where they find intrigue and romance in the court of an evil king.

MOVIE • 1964

Character: Takako Morita

After a bombing raid destroys the family store and her husband, Reiko rebuilds and runs the shop out of love stopped short by destruction.

MOVIE • 1962

Character: Ume

The story tells of a group of samurai who were left leaderless (becoming ronin) after their daimyo (feudal lord) was forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official named Kira Yoshinaka, whose title was Kōzuke no suke. The ronin avenged their master's honor after patiently waiting and planning for over a year to kill Kira. In turn, the ronin were themselves forced to commit seppuku for committing the crime of murder.

MOVIE • 1962

Character: Tomoko Sonoda

In 1980, a giant planetoid named Gorath is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. Even though it is smaller than Earth, its mass is huge enough to crush the Earth and destroy it. A mission sent to observe Gorath is destroyed after all the orbiting ships are drawn into the planetoid. A later mission is sent to observe and the crew barely leaves before suffering the same fate. However Astronaut Tatsuo Kanai is left in a catatonic state due to his near death experience. The Earth's scientists then come up with a desperate plan to build giant rockets at the South Pole to move Earth out of Gorath's path before it is too late.

MOVIE • 1961

Character: Nakanishi Takako

The family of an older man who runs a small sake brewery become concerned with his finances and his health after they discover him visiting an old mistress from his youth.

MOVIE • 1961

Character: Sanae

This Japanese film speculates on the events which lead the U.S. and the Soviet Union into a nuclear Armageddon.

MOVIE • 1960

Character: Akiko Nakajo

Men are being murdered by a psycho called "The Telegian," who uses a matter-transmitting device to locate his victims.

MOVIE • 1959

Character: Junko

Ryuta and Mineo Komatsu are brothers, both yakuza (gangsters). Mineo, although complicit in crime, even murder, wants out of the gangster life, hoping to become a successful singer instead. Ryuta loves his brother, but Mineo's possible defection presents problems for the gang, and Ryuta realizes he must kill his brother if he wants to survive.

MOVIE • 1958

Character: Chikako Arai, singer in the nightclub

Nuclear tests create a radioactive man who can turn people into slime.

MOVIE • 1957

Character: Etsuko Shiraishi

In Japan, scientifically advanced invaders from the war-destroyed planet Mysteroid cause an entire village to vanish, then send a giant robot out to storm the city by night, after which they request a small patch of land on Earth and the right to marry earthling women, claiming to be pacifists. Mankind must decide whether to capitulate or to resist.

MOVIE • 1956

Character: Kiyo

Mining engineer Shigeru investigates the disappearance and death of his fellow coworkers when prehistoric nymphs are discovered emerging from the mines. After an attack on the local village, Shigeru heads deeper into the mines only to make a more horrifying discovery in the form a prehistoric flying creature. Soon a second monster appears as the two converge in Fukuoka.

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