Takashi  Shimura

Shimura Takashi

  • Name: Shimura Takashi
  • Native name: 志村喬
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: March 12, 1905
  • Died: February 11, 1982
Takashi Shimura was a Japanese actor. He was born in Ikuno, Hyogo, Japan. His debut as actor was the film Akanishi Kakita (Capricious Young Man, 1936) and cast in the Kenji Mizoguchi's film Osaka Elegy (1936).

In company with Toshiro Mifune, Shimura is the actor most closely associated with Akira Kurosawa and he appeared in 21 of Kurosawa's 30 films. His roles include the doctor in Drunken Angel (1948), the veteran detective in Stray Dog (1949), the flawed lawyer in Scandal (1950), the woodcutter in Rashomon (1950), the mortally ill bureaucrat in Ikiru (1952), and the lead samurai Kambei in Seven Samurai (1954).

In fact, Kurosawa's cinematic collaboration with Shimura, from 1943 to 1980, started earlier and lasted longer than his work with Mifune (1948–65). Shimura appeared in the director's debut film Sanshiro Sugata (1943), and the last film of Kurosawa's in which he acted was Kagemusha (1980), for which Kurosawa specifically wrote a part for Shimura. However, the scene was cut from the Western release and so many did not know that he had been part of the film. The DVD release of the film by The Criterion Collection restored Shimura's footage.

Outside of his career working with Kurosawa, Shimura is probably best known for his roles in several Japanese monster films, including the scientist Kyohei Yamane in the first two Godzilla films (and the first to reprise the role before Raymond Burr in the English form of Godzilla and Megumi Odaka in the Heisei Godzilla films).

Shimura died on February 11, 1982 in Tokyo, Japan, from emphysema at the age of 76. (wikipedia) Edit Biography
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
1978 Bara Kaikyo
Japanese Drama, 1978, 26 eps
Sakaguchi Eigo (Support Role)
26
Sakaguchi Eigo
Support Role
0.0
1978 Kazoku Netsu
Japanese Drama, 1978, 14 eps
Kuronuma Shigemitsu (Support Role)
14
Kuronuma Shigemitsu
Support Role
0.0
1977 Kashin
Japanese Drama, 1977, 52 eps
Chikuin (Support Role)
52
Chikuin
Support Role
5.0
1976 Baketan Kazoku
Japanese Drama, 1976, 12 eps
Okei (Support Role)
12
Okei
Support Role
0.0
1976 Akai Unmei
Japanese Drama, 1976, 28 eps
Yoshino Gouzou (Support Role)
28
Yoshino Gouzou
Support Role
10.0
1974 Ooka Echizen Season 4
Japanese Drama, 1974, 25 eps
(Support Role)
25
Support Role
0.0
1974 Tokaido Neechan Jingi
Japanese Drama, 1974, 13 eps
(Support Role)
13
Support Role
0.0
1973 Mito Komon Season 4
Japanese Drama, 1973, 35 eps
(Ep. 32) (Guest Role)
35
(Ep. 32)
Guest Role
6.0
1972 Ooka Echizen Season 3
Japanese Drama, 1972, 31 eps
(Support Role)
31
Support Role
0.0
1971 Mito Komon Season 3
Japanese Drama, 1971, 28 eps
(Ep. 18) (Guest Role)
28
(Ep. 18)
Guest Role
8.0
1971 Hitozuma Tsubaki
Japanese Drama, 1971, 1 eps
(Unknown)
1
Unknown
0.0
1971 Ooka Echizen Season 2
Japanese Drama, 1971, 28 eps
(Ep. 8, 12, 16, 27) (Guest Role)
28
(Ep. 8, 12, 16, 27)
Guest Role
0.0
1970 Kazerai Sensei
Japanese Drama, 1970, 10 eps
Principal Tanzawa (Support Role)
10
Principal Tanzawa
Support Role
0.0
1970 Onimotsu Konimotsu
Japanese Drama, 1970, 18 eps
(Main Role)
18
Main Role
0.0
1970 Mito Komon Season 2
Japanese Drama, 1970, 33 eps
(Ep. 4) (Guest Role)
33
(Ep. 4)
Guest Role
6.0
1970 Ooka Echizen
Japanese Drama, 1970, 28 eps
Umino (Support Role)
28
Umino
Support Role
2.0
1967 San Shimai
Japanese Drama, 1967, 52 eps
Misawa Heizaemon [Kingoro's father] (Support Role)
52
Misawa Heizaemon [Kingoro's father]
Support Role
6.0
1964 Niji no Sekkei
Japanese Drama, 1964, 103 eps
(Unknown)
103
Unknown
0.0
1964 Ako Roshi
Japanese Drama, 1964, 52 eps
Onodera Juunai (Support Role)
52
Onodera Juunai
Support Role
5.0
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
1981 Nihon Philharmonic Orchestra: Hono no Dai go Gakusho
Japanese Movie, 1981,
[Nakamoto Akira's father] (Support Role)
[Nakamoto Akira's father]
Support Role
5.0
1980 Kagemusha
Japanese Movie, 1980,
Taguchi Osakabe (Support Role)
Taguchi Osakabe
Support Role
7.7
1980 Doran
Japanese Movie, 1980,
Kosuke Miyagi (Support Role)
Kosuke Miyagi
Support Role
8.0
1978 Tora-san 22: Talk of the Town Tora-san
Japanese Movie, 1978,
Suwa Hyoichiro (Support Role)
Suwa Hyoichiro
Support Role
7.5
1978 Love and Faith
Japanese Movie, 1978,
Sen no Rikyu (Main Role)
Sen no Rikyu
Main Role
7.0
1975 Hadashi no Seishun
Japanese Movie, 1975,
(Unknown)
Unknown
0.0
1974 The Tattered Banner
Japanese Movie, 1974,
Furukawa Ichibei (Support Role)
Furukawa Ichibei
Support Role
2.0
1973 Zatoichi's Conspiracy
Japanese Movie, 1973,
Sakubei (Support Role)
Sakubei
Support Role
7.8
1972 A Yakuza Has His Way
Japanese Movie, 1972,
Matsubara Masagoro (Bit part)
Matsubara Masagoro
Bit part
0.0
1971 Gorotsuki Mushuku
Japanese Movie, 1971,
Asakawa Genzo (Unknown)
Asakawa Genzo
Unknown
0.0
1969 Tora-san, Our Lovable Tramp
Japanese Movie, 1969,
Suwa Hyoichiro (Support Role)
Suwa Hyoichiro
Support Role
7.3
1969 Brutal Tales of Chivalry 5
Japanese Movie, 1969,
(Support Role)
Support Role
7.0
1968 The Day the Sun Rose
Japanese Movie, 1968,
Tsuneemon (Support Role)
Tsuneemon
Support Role
5.0
1968 Zatoichi and the Fugitives
Japanese Movie, 1968,
Dr. Junan (Support Role)
Dr. Junan
Support Role
7.6
1968 The Bride from Hades
Japanese Movie, 1968,
Hakuodo (Support Role)
Hakuodo
Support Role
6.7
1968 Industrial Spy
Japanese Movie, 1968,
(Support Role)
Support Role
7.0
1968 The Sands of Kurobe
Japanese Movie, 1968,
Ashimura (Managing Director (Main Role)
Ashimura (Managing Director
Main Role
7.6
1967 Japan's Longest Day
Japanese Movie, 1967,
Shimomura Hiroshi (Support Role)
Shimomura Hiroshi
Support Role
7.5
1967 When the Cookie Crumbles
Japanese Movie, 1967,
Kudo (Support Role)
Kudo
Support Role
0.0
1966 Zesshou
Japanese Movie, 1966,
Sonoda Sobei (Support Role)
Sonoda Sobei
Support Role
4.0
1965 The Snake Princess
Japanese Movie, 1965,
Juzo (Support Role)
Juzo
Support Role
0.0
1965 The Retreat from Kiska
Japanese Movie, 1965,
[Military Command president] (Support Role)
[Military Command president]
Support Role
2.0
1965 Sugata Sanshiro
Japanese Movie, 1965,
Mishima (Support Role)
Mishima
Support Role
7.2
1965 Red Beard
Japanese Movie, 1965,
Tokubei Izumiya (Support Role)
Tokubei Izumiya
Support Role
8.0
1964 Kwaidan
Japanese Movie, 1964,
{Miminashi Hoichi no Hanashi} Head priest (Support Role)
{Miminashi Hoichi no Hanashi} Head priest
Support Role
7.6
1964 Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
Japanese Movie, 1964,
Dr. Tsukamoto (Support Role)
Dr. Tsukamoto
Support Role
7.3
1964 Blood and Diamonds
Japanese Movie, 1964,
(Unknown)
Unknown
2.0
1964 Kyofu no Jikan
Japanese Movie, 1964,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1963 The Lost World of Sinbad
Japanese Movie, 1963,
Rasetsuo (Support Role)
Rasetsuo
Support Role
6.8
1963 High and Low
Japanese Movie, 1963,
Chief of Investigation Section (Support Role)
Chief of Investigation Section
Support Role
8.0
1962 Chushingura
Japanese Movie, 1962,
Chisaka Hyobu (Support Role)
Chisaka Hyobu
Support Role
7.6
1962 The Whale God
Japanese Movie, 1962,
[Village elder] (Support Role)
[Village elder]
Support Role
7.2
1962 Gorath
Japanese Movie, 1962,
Kensuke Sonoda - Paleontologist (Support Role)
Kensuke Sonoda - Paleontologist
Support Role
6.7
1962 Sanjuro
Japanese Movie, 1962,
Kurofuji (Support Role)
Kurofuji
Support Role
8.0
1961 Two Sons
Japanese Movie, 1961,
Ando Hisamitsu (Support Role)
Ando Hisamitsu
Support Role
0.0
1961 Minami no Shima ni Yuki ga Furu
Japanese Movie, 1961,
Lieutenant General Asakawa (Support Role)
Lieutenant General Asakawa
Support Role
0.0
1961 Yojimbo
Japanese Movie, 1961,
Tokuemon (Unknown)
Tokuemon
Unknown
8.1
1961 Hare Kosode
Japanese Movie, 1961,
Unokichi (Support Role)
Unokichi
Support Role
0.0
1961 Daredevil in the Castle
Japanese Movie, 1961,
Katsumoto Katagiri (Support Role)
Katsumoto Katagiri
Support Role
7.4
1960 The Bad Sleep Well
Japanese Movie, 1960,
Administrative Officer Moriyama (Support Role)
Administrative Officer Moriyama
Support Role
7.8
1960 Loincloth Doctor
Japanese Movie, 1960,
[Boss Matsuemon] (Support Role)
[Boss Matsuemon]
Support Role
1.0
1960 Evening Stream
Japanese Movie, 1960,
Sonoda Koichiro (Support Role)
Sonoda Koichiro
Support Role
6.2
1960 Afraid to Die
Japanese Movie, 1960,
Hirayama Gohei (Support Role)
Hirayama Gohei
Support Role
6.6
1960 Storming Squadron
Japanese Movie, 1960,
Honda Sato Mamoru (Support Role)
Honda Sato Mamoru
Support Role
0.0
1959 The Prickly Mouthed Geisha
Japanese Movie, 1959,
Masagoro [Koharu’s father] (Support Role)
Masagoro [Koharu’s father]
Support Role
0.0
1959 The Three Treasures
Japanese Movie, 1959,
Elder Kumaso (Support Role)
Elder Kumaso
Support Role
6.2
1959 The Silent Murder
Japanese Movie, 1959,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1959 Sengoku Gunto Den
Japanese Movie, 1959,
Toki Saemon (Support Role)
Toki Saemon
Support Role
6.0
1959 Kotan no Kuchibue
Japanese Movie, 1959,
Tazawa-sensei (Support Role)
Tazawa-sensei
Support Role
6.5
1959 Sazae-san no Kekkon
Japanese Movie, 1959,
President Tomioka (Support Role)
President Tomioka
Support Role
0.0
1958 The Hidden Fortress
Japanese Movie, 1958,
General Izumi Nagakura (Guest Role)
General Izumi Nagakura
Guest Role
7.8
1958 Nichiren and the Great Mongol Invasion
Japanese Movie, 1958,
Yasaburo (Main Role)
Yasaburo
Main Role
7.6
1958 Seven from Edo
Japanese Movie, 1958,
Sagamiya (Support Role)
Sagamiya
Support Role
0.0
1958 Mother
Japanese Movie, 1958,
Ijuin (Support Role)
Ijuin
Support Role
0.0
1957 The Mysterians
Japanese Movie, 1957,
Dr. Tanjiro Adachi (Support Role)
Dr. Tanjiro Adachi
Support Role
6.9
1957 Yuki no Wataridori
Japanese Movie, 1957,
(Unknown)
Unknown
0.0
1957 Untamed
Japanese Movie, 1957,
Rice mill owner (Support Role)
Rice mill owner
Support Role
7.8
1957 Sanjurokunin no Jokyaku
Japanese Movie, 1957,
Detective Yamagami (Support Role)
Detective Yamagami
Support Role
0.0
1957 Be Happy, These Two Lovers
Japanese Movie, 1957,
[Masako's father] (Support Role)
[Masako's father]
Support Role
6.0
1957 Town with Mountains and Rivers
Japanese Movie, 1957,
Hayakawa Sataro (Support Role)
Hayakawa Sataro
Support Role
0.0
1957 Throne of Blood
Japanese Movie, 1957,
Noriyasu (Support Role)
Support Role
7.8
1956 Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island
Japanese Movie, 1956,
Sado Nagaoka the court official (Support Role)
Sado Nagaoka the court official
Support Role
7.8
1955 I Live in Fear
Japanese Movie, 1955,
Dr. Harada (Support Role)
Dr. Harada
Support Role
7.3
1955 To Love and Forgive
Japanese Movie, 1955,
Kuraga Seiichiro (Support Role)
Kuraga Seiichiro
Support Role
0.0
1955 No Response from Car 33
Japanese Movie, 1955,
Police Officer Harada (Support Role)
Police Officer Harada
Support Role
0.0
1955 No Time for Tears
Japanese Movie, 1955,
Tatsurô Shimamura (Main Role)
Main Role
5.0
1955 Love Never Fails
Japanese Movie, 1955,
[Nobuo's Father] (Support Role)
[Nobuo's Father]
Support Role
0.0
1955 Godzilla Raids Again
Japanese Movie, 1955,
Kyohei Yamane-hakase (Support Role)
Kyohei Yamane-hakase
Support Role
6.4
1954 Seven Samurai
Japanese Movie, 1954,
Kambei Shimada (Main Role)
Main Role
8.6
1954 Godzilla
Japanese Movie, 1954,
Kyohei Yamane-hakase (Support Role)
Kyohei Yamane-hakase
Support Role
7.8
1953 Eagle of the Pacific
Japanese Movie, 1953,
Colonel A [Staff officer of the army] (Support Role)
Colonel A [Staff officer of the army]
Support Role
6.9
1953 Fengyun Child of Love
Japanese Movie, 1953,
Okamoto (Support Role)
Okamoto
Support Role
0.0
1953 Escape Zone
Japanese Movie, 1953,
Sengoku Fuminosuke (Support Role)
Sengoku Fuminosuke
Support Role
0.0
1953 The Last Embrace
Japanese Movie, 1953,
Watanabe / Nabesan (Support Role)
Watanabe / Nabesan
Support Role
3.0
1952 The Man Who Came to Port
Japanese Movie, 1952,
Okabe (Support Role)
Okabe
Support Role
4.0
1952 Ikiru
Japanese Movie, 1952,
Watanabe Kanji (Main Role)
Main Role
8.2
1952 Beauty and the Thieves
Japanese Movie, 1952,
Yoshimichi (Support Role)
Yoshimichi
Support Role
0.0
1952 Sword for Hire
Japanese Movie, 1952,
Togishi Soji (Support Role)
Togishi Soji
Support Role
7.3
1952 The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail
Japanese Movie, 1952,
Kataoka (Support Role)
Kataoka
Support Role
7.1
1952 Foghorn
Japanese Movie, 1952,
(Support Role)
Support Role
3.0
1952 Vendetta of Samurai
Japanese Movie, 1952,
Jinza (Support Role)
Jinza
Support Role
6.7
1951 The Life of a Horsetrader
Japanese Movie, 1951,
Rokutaro Kosaka (Support Role)
Rokutaro Kosaka
Support Role
4.0
1951 Kemono no Yado
Japanese Movie, 1951,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1951 The Idiot
Japanese Movie, 1951,
Oono (Support Role)
Oono
Support Role
7.5
1951 Elegy
Japanese Movie, 1951,
(Support Role)
Support Role
2.0
1951 Beyond Love and Hate
Japanese Movie, 1951,
(Support Role)
Support Role
2.0
1950 Rashomon
Japanese Movie, 1950,
[Woodcutter] (Support Role)
[Woodcutter]
Support Role
8.0
1950 ‎Jiruba no Tetsu
Japanese Movie, 1950,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1950 Ten'yawan'ya
Japanese Movie, 1950,
(Unknown)
Unknown
6.0
1950 Ikari no Machi
Japanese Movie, 1950,
Miyabe (Support Role)
Miyabe
Support Role
6.0
1950 Scandal
Japanese Movie, 1950,
Hiruda Otoyoshi (Support Role)
Hiruda Otoyoshi
Support Role
7.2
1950 The City of Violence
Japanese Movie, 1950,
Sagawa [Bureau chief] (Main Role)
Sagawa [Bureau chief]
Main Role
6.0
1950 Escape from Prison
Japanese Movie, 1950,
(Support Role)
Support Role
2.0
1949 Stray Dog
Japanese Movie, 1949,
Detective Sato (Main Role)
Main Role
7.7
1949 Spring Flirtation
Japanese Movie, 1949,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1949 The Quiet Duel
Japanese Movie, 1949,
Fujisaki Takashiho (Support Role)
Fujisaki Takashiho
Support Role
7.5
1949 Lady from Hell
Japanese Movie, 1949,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1948 Toki no Teizo
Japanese Movie, 1948,
[Tokubetsu clerk] (Bit part)
[Tokubetsu clerk]
Bit part
0.0
1948 Drunken Angel
Japanese Movie, 1948,
Doctor Sanada (Main Role)
Main Role
7.8
1947 Spring Awakens
Japanese Movie, 1947,
Ogura Kenzo (Support Role)
Ogura Kenzo
Support Role
7.5
1947 Snow Trail
Japanese Movie, 1947,
Nojiro (Main Role)
Main Role
7.6
1947 Four Love Stories
Japanese Movie, 1947,
{First Love} [Masao's father] (Support Role)
{First Love} [Masao's father]
Support Role
0.0
1946 No Regrets for Our Youth
Japanese Movie, 1946,
Dokui [Police commissioner] / "Poison Strawberry" (Guest Role)
Dokui [Police commissioner] / "Poison Strawberry"
Guest Role
7.6
1945 Rush Stationmaster
Japanese Movie, 1945,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1944 The Way of Drama
Japanese Movie, 1944,
Shinanoya Zengoro (Support Role)
Shinanoya Zengoro
Support Role
5.6
1944 The Most Beautiful
Japanese Movie, 1944,
Ishida Goro (Main Role)
Main Role
6.1
1944 Colonel Kato's Falcon Squadron
Japanese Movie, 1944,
(Support Role)
Support Role
6.0
1943 Navy
Japanese Movie, 1943,
Mutaguchi Takao (Main Role)
Mutaguchi Takao
Main Role
2.0
1943 Sanshiro Sugata
Japanese Movie, 1943,
Murai Hansuke (Support Role)
Murai Hansuke
Support Role
7.3
1942 Nanpo Hattenshi Umi No Gozoku
Japanese Movie, 1942,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1941 Kurama Tengu: Satsuma no Misshi
Japanese Movie, 1941,
Kaneda Yosuke (Support Role)
Kaneda Yosuke
Support Role
0.0
1940 Fengyun Shogi, Part 1
Japanese Movie, 1940,
"Effortlessly Mishan" (Support Role)
"Effortlessly Mishan"
Support Role
0.0
1940 Tsuba Ronin Part 2
Japanese Movie, 1940,
[Foreigner Sierikov] (Support Role)
[Foreigner Sierikov]
Support Role
0.0
1939 Tsubanari Ronin: Zenpen
Japanese Movie, 1939,
Foreigner Sierikov (Support Role)
Foreigner Sierikov
Support Role
0.0
1939 Singing Lovebirds
Japanese Movie, 1939,
Shimura Kyosai (Main Role)
Shimura Kyosai
Main Role
8.0
1939 Rogoku no Hanayome: Kaiketsu-hen
Japanese Movie, 1939,
Togi Saburobee (Support Role)
Togi Saburobee
Support Role
0.0
1938 Onmitsu Shichishoki Kohen
Japanese Movie, 1938,
Shimamori Naruse (Support Role)
Shimamori Naruse
Support Role
0.0
1938 Yajikita Dochuki
Japanese Movie, 1938,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1938 Onmitsu Shichishoki Zenpen
Japanese Movie, 1938,
Shimamori Naruse (Support Role)
Shimamori Naruse
Support Role
0.0
1938 Narihira Sentaro
Japanese Movie, 1938,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
1936 Capricious Young Man
Japanese Movie, 1936,
Taranoshin Tsunomata (Support Role)
Taranoshin Tsunomata
Support Role
4.0
1936 Osaka Elegy
Japanese Movie, 1936,
[Inspector] (Support Role)
[Inspector]
Support Role
7.3
1934 Hanasaku Ki: Zenpen ~ Namiko no Maki
Japanese Movie, 1934,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
1979 Onnatachi no Chushingura "Inochi Moyuruji"
Japanese Special, 1979, 1 eps
Horibe Kanamaru (Support Role)
1
Horibe Kanamaru
Support Role
2.0
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Shimura Takashi

Takashi  Shimura
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  • First Name: Takashi
  • Family Name: Shimura
  • Native name: 志村喬
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: March 12, 1905
  • Died: February 11, 1982

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