One of the most versatile character actors in the world cinema, he believably played the weak, timid and elderly clerk Watanabe in Ikiru (1952). Then, also believably, two years later he played the powerful, tough and skillful samurai Shimada, the ...
[when working with Akira Kurosawa] I realize myself best. And yet he never dictates. Rather, he allows you to do your best, and for him you do it.
Deep, rich voice
Ikuno, Hyogo, Japan
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