Kaji Meiko

Masako Ota

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  • First Name: Masako
  • Family Name: Ota
  • Native name: 梶芽衣子
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Female
  • Born: March 24, 1947
  • Age: 72

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Masako Ota

Kaji Meiko

  • Name: Kaji Meiko
  • Native name: 梶芽衣子
  • Given name: Ota Masako
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Female
  • Born: March 24, 1947
  • Age: 72
Meiko Kaji, born March 24, 1947 in Chiyoda, Tokyo is a Japanese actress and singer. She has appeared in about 100 films, with her most famous roles being outlaw characters in early 1970s films, such as the rebels of the Stray Cat Rock series, the assassin Lady Snowblood, or the murderous Sasori from the Female Convict 701: Scorpion series.

Meiko Kaji was born in the Kanda area of Tokyo and graduated from the Yakumo Academy high school in Meguro, Tokyo. She began work in the film industry under her real name, Masako Ota, at Nikkatsu studio in 1965 after graduating from high school. In 1969 she appeared in "Nihon Zankyoden", one of a series of films directed by Masahiro Makino, who recognized her acting ability and gave her the stage name of Meiko Kaji. From 1970 to 1971 she appeared in the Noraneko Rokku (Stray cat/Alleycat Rock) series of films about delinquent young people.

In 1971, Nikkatsu moved into the pink film business, and to avoid this, Kaji moved to Toei. There she made the Female Convict 701: Scorpion series of films. In 1973 she took on the role of Yuki in the revenge-themed film Lady Snowblood, followed by a sequel, Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance. She went on to appear in several of Kinji Fukasaku's films, such as Yakuza Graveyard (1976). In 1978, she starred in Sonezaki Shinjū, for which she earned nominations for Best Actress at five different awards shows, winning four of them.

Kaji has worked in television since the 1980s. In 1989 she portrayed Omasa, an informant, in the television jidaigeki Onihei Hankachō (the Shochiku–Fuji Television version starring kabuki actor Nakamura Kichiemon II).

She is also a singer. She sang the theme song to Lady Snowblood, "Shura no Hana" (修羅の花), and the theme song of the Female Convict Scorpion series, "Urami Bushi" (怨み節). When these songs were both used in Kill Bill, it led to a revival of interest in her music. Her songs were released on CD for the first time. This encouraged her to resume her musical career. In 2009 she released a single Onna wa yametai. In 2011 Kaji put out her first new album in 31 years, Aitsu no suki-so-na burūsu (あいつの好きそなブルース) with songs written by Ryudo Uzaki and Yoko Aki.

With the renewed interest in her due to Kill Bill, she also received many offers of acting roles from Hollywood, but refused them all, saying she could not give a good performance in a language other than Japanese.

(Source: Wikipedia)
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2019 What Did You Eat Yesterday?
Japanese Drama, 2019, 12 eps
Kakei Hisae (Support Role)
12
Kakei Hisae
Support Role
8.6
2017 Joshu Seven
Japanese Drama, 2017, 8 eps
Ichijou Ryo [Kotone's foster parent] (Support Role)
8
Ichijou Ryo [Kotone's foster parent]
Support Role
7.3
2012 Kekkon Shinai
Japanese Drama, 2012, 11 eps
Kirishima Yoko (Support Role)
11
Kirishima Yoko
Support Role
7.5
2006 Nogaremono Orin
Japanese Drama, 2006, 21 eps
Kosaka Tae (Support Role)
21
Kosaka Tae
Support Role
6.5
2004 Ooku: Dai-isho
Japanese Drama, 2004, 11 eps
(Support Role)
11
Support Role
8.4
2003 Anata no Tonari ni Dareka Iru
Japanese Drama, 2003, 10 eps
Matsumoto Shimako (Support Role)
10
Matsumoto Shimako
Support Role
7.6
1995 Hanayome Wa 16-sai
Japanese Drama, 1995, 10 eps
(Unknown)
10
Unknown
7.2
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
1978 The Love Suicides at Sonezaki
Japanese Movie, 1978,
O-Hatsu (Main Role)
O-Hatsu
Main Role
7.0
1976 Yakuza Graveyard
Japanese Movie, 1976,
Keiko Matsunaga (Main Role)
Keiko Matsunaga
Main Role
7.3
1976 Lullaby of the Earth
Japanese Movie, 1976,
[Young girl ] (Support Role)
[Young girl ]
Support Role
8.0
1974 Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance
Japanese Movie, 1974,
Kashima Yuki (Main Role)
Kashima Yuki
Main Role
7.2
1973 Lady Snowblood
Japanese Movie, 1973,
Lady Snowblood (Main Role)
Lady Snowblood
Main Role
7.7
1974 Jeans Blues: No Future
Japanese Movie, 1974,
Hijiriko (Main Role)
Hijiriko
Main Role
8.0
1973 Female Convict Scorpion: Beast Stable
Japanese Movie, 1973,
Nami Matsushima (Main Role)
Nami Matsushima
Main Role
7.6
1973 The Yakuza Papers 2: Hiroshima Deathmatch
Japanese Movie, 1973,
Uehara Yasuko (Main Role)
Uehara Yasuko
Main Role
8.2
1972 Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41
Japanese Movie, 1972,
Nami Matsushima (Main Role)
Nami Matsushima
Main Role
7.4
1972 Wandering Ginza Butterfly 2: She-Cat Gambler
Japanese Movie, 1972,
Nami (Main Role)
Nami
Main Role
6.8
1972 Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion
Japanese Movie, 1972,
Matsu (Main Role)
Matsu
Main Role
7.3
1972 Wandering Ginza Butterfly
Japanese Movie, 1972,
Nami (Main Role)
Nami
Main Role
7.0
1971 Stray Cat Rock: Beat '71
Japanese Movie, 1971,
Furiko (Main Role)
Furiko
Main Role
3.5
1970 Stray Cat Rock: Machine Animal
Japanese Movie, 1970,
Maya (Main Role)
Maya
Main Role
0.0
1970 Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter
Japanese Movie, 1970,
Mako (Main Role)
Mako
Main Role
5.0
1970 Stray Cat Rock: Wild Jumbo
Japanese Movie, 1970,
C-ko (Main Role)
C-ko
Main Role
7.3
1970 Melody of Rebellion
Japanese Movie, 1970,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
1970 Blind Woman’s Curse
Japanese Movie, 1970,
Akemi Tachibana (Main Role)
Akemi Tachibana
Main Role
7.7
1970 Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss
Japanese Movie, 1970,
Mei (Main Role)
Mei
Main Role
6.5
1968 Retaliation
Japanese Movie, 1968,
Saeko Hayafune (Support Role)
Saeko Hayafune
Support Role
0.0
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
2018 Inugamike no Ichizoku
Japanese Special, 2018, 1 eps
Miyagawa Kokin (Support Role)
1
Miyagawa Kokin
Support Role
7.6
2007 Shimane no Bengoshi
Japanese Special, 2007, 1 eps
Ishizuka Yoko (Support Role)
1
Ishizuka Yoko
Support Role
7.0
1984 Ennetsu Shonin
Japanese Special, 1984, 1 eps
(Support Role)
1
Support Role
0.0
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