Hara Setsuko

Masae Aida

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  • First Name: Masae
  • Family Name: Aida
  • Native name: 原節子
  • Also Known as: はら せつこ;會田昌江;あいだ まさえ
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Female
  • Born: June 17, 1920
  • Died: September 5, 2015

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Hara Setsuko

  • Name: Hara Setsuko
  • Native name: 原節子
  • Also Known as: はら せつこ;會田昌江;あいだ まさえ
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Female
  • Born: June 17, 1920
  • Died: September 5, 2015
Hara Setsuko became one of Japan's best-loved stars over her 30-year film career. Her signature character type, variations on a daughter devoted to her parents and home, inspired the nickname that stayed with her until retirement: the Eternal Virgin. To some extent, reality mirrored her roles in these films. In a society that considers marriage and parenting almost obligatory, she remained single and childless, something of a controversy in Japan in the 1950s. Fortunately she was popular enough to avoid criticism, but the 1950s were still a hard decade. She was plagued by ill health, missing out on several top roles as a result, and she witnessed the death of her camera-man brother in a freak train accident on set.

In 1963, shortly after the death of her mentor, director Ozu Yasujiro, she suddenly walked away from the film industry. At age 43, and at the height of her popularity, she bluntly refused to perform again, angering her fans, the industry, and the press. She implied acting had never been a pleasure and that she had only pursued a career in order to provide for her large family; this explanation is seen as the cause of her popularity backlash. She moved to a small house in picturesque Kamakura where she remained, living alone (though apparently sociable with friends), and refusing all roles offered.

She is undoubtedly known mostly for her work with Ozu Yasujiro, making six films with the great director, including the so-called Noriko trilogy, of which Tokyo Story (1953) is probably the best-known. She also worked with Kurosawa Akira, Naruse Mikio, Inagaki Hiroshi, and many others. (Source: IMDb)
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
1961 The End of Summer
Japanese Movie, 1961,
Akiko (Main Role)
Akiko
Main Role
7.3
1960 Late Autumn
Japanese Movie, 1960,
Akiko (Main Role)
Akiko
Main Role
8.2
1960 Daughters, Wives and a Mother
Japanese Movie, 1960,
Sanae Soga (Main Role)
Sanae Soga
Main Role
6.0
1959 The Three Treasures
Japanese Movie, 1959,
Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess (Support Role)
Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess
Support Role
8.3
1958 A Holiday in Tokyo
Japanese Movie, 1958,
Chairman (Support Role)
Chairman
Support Role
0.0
1957 Tokyo Twilight
Japanese Movie, 1957,
Takako Numata (Main Role)
Takako Numata
Main Role
8.6
1956 Aijo no Kessan
Japanese Movie, 1956,
Katsuko (Support Role)
Katsuko
Support Role
0.0
1954 Sound of the Mountain
Japanese Movie, 1954,
Ogata Kikuko (Main Role)
Ogata Kikuko
Main Role
7.6
1953 Tokyo Story
Japanese Movie, 1953,
Noriko Hirayama (Support Role)
Noriko Hirayama
Support Role
8.3
1953 Fengyun Child of Love
Japanese Movie, 1953,
Yukiko (Support Role)
Yukiko
Support Role
0.0
1952 Tokyo Sweetheart
Japanese Movie, 1952,
Yuki (Main Role)
Yuki
Main Role
0.0
1951 Repast
Japanese Movie, 1951,
Okamoto Michiyo (Main Role)
Okamoto Michiyo
Main Role
7.5
1951 Early Summer
Japanese Movie, 1951,
Noriko Mamiya (Main Role)
Noriko Mamiya
Main Role
8.1
1951 The Idiot
Japanese Movie, 1951,
Nasu Taeko (Main Role)
Nasu Taeko
Main Role
7.8
1949 Late Spring
Japanese Movie, 1949,
Somiya Noriko (Main Role)
Somiya Noriko
Main Role
7.8
1949 Blue Mountain Range
Japanese Movie, 1949,
Shimazaki Yukiko (Main Role)
Shimazaki Yukiko
Main Role
0.0
1949 Here's to the Young Lady
Japanese Movie, 1949,
Ikeda Yasuko (Main Role)
Ikeda Yasuko
Main Role
6.5
1947 A Ball at the Anjo House
Japanese Movie, 1947,
Anjo Atsuko (Main Role)
Anjo Atsuko
Main Role
8.3
1946 No Regrets for Our Youth
Japanese Movie, 1946,
Yagihara Yukie (Main Role)
Yagihara Yukie
Main Role
8.0
1942 The Green Earth
Japanese Movie, 1942,
(Unknown)
Unknown
0.0
1942 Sky of Hope
Japanese Movie, 1942,
Chizuko (Support Role)
Chizuko
Support Role
0.0
1941 Shido Monogatari
Japanese Movie, 1941,
Kuniko (Main Role)
Kuniko
Main Role
0.0
1936 Kochiyama Soshun
Japanese Movie, 1936,
Onami (Support Role)
Onami
Support Role
0.0
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