Isao Kimura

Isao Kimura

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1923-06-22 · Deathday: 1981-07-04 (58 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Senda, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan

65 Movies · 1 TV show

Also Known As: 木村功 · Kō Kimura · Исао Кимура

Biography

Isao Kimura (木村 功, Kimura Isao, June 22, 1923 – July 4, 1981), also known as Kō Kimura, was a Japanese actor. He entered the Haiyūza theatre troupe in 1946. He appeared in several films directed by Akira Kurosawa. The first was Stray Dog (1949) as Yusa the criminal. Perhaps his most notable collaboration with Kurosawa was in Seven Samurai as the youngest of the samurai, Katsushiro. During his career he also appeared in several films directed by Mikio Naruse as well as appearing in the famous Lone Wolf and Cub film series. In addition to a film career spanning almost thirty years, Kimura founded and directed an acting company which ultimately went bankrupt. He died of esophageal cancer.

Movies & TV shows

2002.

1 Movie
Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create: Stray Dog

Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create: Stray Dog

2002
The documentary was made for the Masterworks re-release of its films. "Stray Dog" is the focus of this one.

1978.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Seishi Yokomizo Series II Masquerada

Seishi Yokomizo Series II Masquerada

1978
Kindaichi becomes involved in the case of an actress whose husbands keep dying mysteriously — and her new fiancé has just received a threatening letter.
Invitation from the Beach

Invitation from the Beach

1978
A wealthy Japanese sugar factory manager in Hawaii finds his wife sinking into depression and madness.

1976.

1 Movie

1974.

2 Movies
Pastoral: To Die in the Country

Pastoral: To Die in the Country

1974
A young boy's coming of age tale set in a strange, carnivalesque village becomes a recreation of a memory that the director has twenty years later.
Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell

Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell

5.27
1974
The final film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series has a conflict between Ogami Itto and the Yagyu clan.

1971.

1 Movie
Confessions Among Actresses

Confessions Among Actresses

1971
In this intricately layered Japanese film, the nature of actresses and what they gain from acting is explored. The lives of three actresses are laid bare, and scenes from their lives are woven in and ...

1969.

1 Movie
Fill the Cup with Blood

Fill the Cup with Blood

1969
There are two deliveries in the "Yakuza Hijoshi" series. The main character, played by Ando Noboru, is torn between his old friends and the organization.

1968.

3 Movies
Affair in the Snow

Affair in the Snow

1968
In an isolated mountain resort, a woman gets involved in a love triangle between herself, her volatile lover and her ex-boyfriend, for whom she had platonic feelings.
Black Lizard

Black Lizard

1968
Japanese sixties comedy featuring a cunning female jewel thief named Black Lizard who tries to kidnap Sanaye, a wealthy jeweler's beautiful daughter as part of a plot to steal the jeweler's expensive ...
Secret Information

Secret Information

1968
At the request of a friend named Oba, a criminal named Sagara was arrested and spent eight years in prison. He wants to find out who did it.

1967.

3 Movies
Impasse

Impasse

6
1967
Shingo and Ritsuko have a baby. They are a happy couple, but soon Ritsuko wants to know who is the true father of Takashi, who was born through artificial insemination.
The Affair

The Affair

6
1967
As a young woman, Oriko criticized her widowed mother for pursuing relationships with younger men. After her mother passes away, she finds herself in an unhappy, loveless marriage and begins to unders...

1966.

1 Movie
Sazen Tange and The Secret of the Urn

Sazen Tange and The Secret of the Urn

1966
Loyal samurai Samanosuke is attacked, mutilated, and left for dead while carrying out a mission for his clan. He recovers but has lost an eye and an arm. Taking a new identity as Tange Sazen, he searc...

1965.

3 Movies
Miyamoto Musashi V: Musashi vs Kojiro

Miyamoto Musashi V: Musashi vs Kojiro

1965
The fifth and final installment with the build up of the epic battle between Sasaki Kojiro and Miyamoto Musashi. With all the familiar characters making appearances: Otsu (Musashi's great love), Akemi...
Snow Country

Snow Country

1965
This movie is based on an immortal literary work "The Snow Country," a story about a life of geisha Komako who lives in a region with heavy snowfalls.
Conquest

Conquest

1965
Provincial 18th century governor Moronao, attracted to the wife of a court magistrate, tries to seduce her and when she rejects his advances plots to send her husband into battle.

1964.

5 Movies
Cruel Story of the Shogunate's Downfall

Cruel Story of the Shogunate's Downfall

1964
A headstrong young man seeks to join the Shinsengumi, but while his determination impresses his superiors, questions begin to arise as to his true identity and intentions.
Assassination

Assassination

1964
Civil unrest and major political maneuvering saw the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate after four black ships anchored at Edo Bay. At a time when assassination had become a disturbing political tool, Shin...
The Shape of Night

The Shape of Night

1964
There is a hostess at the bar. One of the regulars, Eiji Kitami, invites her out on a date. She was 19 when she spent the night at a hotel. After moving in together, they have a passionate love affair...
Miyamoto Musashi: The Duel at Ichijo Temple

Miyamoto Musashi: The Duel at Ichijo Temple

1964
At the oddest and most coincidental moments, Musashi's potentially greatest opponent, Kojiro, jumps in and out of the story. Otsu succumbed to madness. Musashi is going to beat the functionaries of th...

1963.

5 Movies
Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai

Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai

6
1963
Generations of his ancestors sacrificed themselves for the sake of their cruel lords, as he recounts his gruesome family history after his fiancée attempted suicide. The samurai, the military nobility...
High and Low

High and Low

3.14
1963
An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for a large sum of money.
Yakuza of Seki

Yakuza of Seki

1963
A young yakuza, Yatappe, wanders around the country in search of his long-lost little sister, Oito. While traveling, he rescues a young girl, Osayo, whose father entrusts her to him with his dying wis...
Miyamoto Musashi: Birth of Two Sword Style

Miyamoto Musashi: Birth of Two Sword Style

1963
In the third installment of Yoshikawa's novel Musashi, things continue from the 2nd film at the end of battle, where Miyamoto continues on a mission of learning; with the introduction of his arch-riva...

1962.

7 Movies
The Thinking Leaf

The Thinking Leaf

1962
The novel of the same name is based on it.
Nippon no obaachan

Nippon no obaachan

1962
Two obaachans become fast friends listening to music in front of a record store. They both boast about their loving sons but in reality, one had just escaped a retirement home and the other was lookin...
Our Marriage

Our Marriage

1962
Two sisters fall in love with the same man.
The Temple of Wild Geese

The Temple of Wild Geese

1962
When Satoko's master dies, she is given to the temple's lascivious head priest. She is drawn to Jinen, a young man who has watched his cruel master and Satoko's dependence on him. Jinen is both fascin...
Four Sisters

Four Sisters

1962
A story about the lives of four sisters and their mother who must come to terms with each of their decisions in life.
Miyamoto Musashi: Showdown at Hannyazaka Heights

Miyamoto Musashi: Showdown at Hannyazaka Heights

1962
The remake of Yoshikawa's novel continues with the second installment in which Takezo, soon to be Miyamoto Musashi, emerges from the Himeji Castle after three years of intense contemplation and philos...

1961.

2 Movies
Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi

1961
Musashi used to be known as Takezo before he became the man of legend. His beginning is not very good. He is on the losing side of the historic battle at Sekigahara after siding with the Toyotomi. Mat...

1960.

1 Movie
Hero of the Red Light District

Hero of the Red Light District

1960
A successful textile industrialist from the provinces, who is beloved by his employees for his kindness, cannot find a wife because of a birthmark on his face. Even the courtesans in Yoshiwara refuse ...

1959.

1 Movie
Tokyo Detective Girl

Tokyo Detective Girl

1959
Emiko is a private eye.

1958.

4 Movies
Beyond the Seasonal Wind

Beyond the Seasonal Wind

1958
A Japanese film.
Akutoku

Akutoku

1958
The story of a modern youth who is attracted to the evil path is depicted in a movie adaptation of a novel by Funayama Kaoru. Saburi Shin, a well-known actor who also demonstrated his skill as a direc...
Little Peach

Little Peach

1958
Anzukko (Little Peach) is the daughter of a successful writer. She turns down each one of her suitors, until she marries a beginning writer named Ryokichi. Their life quickly sinks into despair.
Summer Clouds

Summer Clouds

1958
A war widow and her mother-in-law run a farm. The two begin an affair when the reporter comes to interview her. He will not leave his wife. Her older brother tries to marry off his children and hang o...

1957.

3 Movies
Throne of Blood

Throne of Blood

4
1957
After returning to their lord's castle, the samurai warriors befriended a spirit who predicted their futures. When the first part of the spirit's prophecy comes true,Washizu's scheming wife, Asaji, pr...
The Story of Pure Love

The Story of Pure Love

1957
Junai Monogatari AKA Story of Pure Love is about two poor youths, Mitsuko and Kando, rebelling against society in various ways, who are desperately trying to be together despite tortuous circumstances...
Rice

Rice

1957
The life of farmers in Kasumigaura is depicted in a touching story. An attempt to start a fishery business in a farming community makes people angry.

1956.

2 Movies
Tengoku wa doko da

Tengoku wa doko da

1956
There is a Japanese drama.

1955.

2 Movies
Beautiful Days

Beautiful Days

1955
A family of florists are the focus of the romantic drama directed by Masaki Kobayashi.

1954.

4 Movies
The End of a Day

The End of a Day

1954
The war experiences of the Philippines. Leutenant Hanada is with a local girl. Lieutenant Uji was ordered to shoot Hanada. Uji tracks Takagi, a sharpshooter. As Uji is isolated from the main force, he...
Cape Ashizuri

Cape Ashizuri

1954
1950s Japanese drama.
Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai

4.18
1954
A samurai responds to a village's request for protection. The town needs protection from bandits, and the villagers give the soldiers food, while the samurai teach the people how to defend themselves....
A Billionaire

A Billionaire

1954
An ethical, young tax collector new to his area encounters absurd individuals and groups.

1953.

3 Movies
At the End of the Clouds

At the End of the Clouds

1953
Many pilots are depicted in the movie.
A Lonely Woman in a Lonely Land

A Lonely Woman in a Lonely Land

1953
Onna Hitori Daichi wo Yuku (A Lonely Woman in a Lonely Land, Kinuta Production, 1953) was the second feature film directed by Kamei Fumio, who is known as a master of documentary films, and followed h...
Mr. Pu

Mr. Pu

1953
A math teacher loses his job while falling in love with a local girl.

1952.

3 Movies
The Yamabiko School

The Yamabiko School

1952
A story of a passionate teacher and his great effort for the children in a poor village.
Ikiru

Ikiru

5.3
1952
A middle-aged man has worked in the same position for decades. After being diagnosed with cancer, he begins to look for meaning in his life.
Vacuum Zone

Vacuum Zone

1952
Kitani, a Japanese soldier, was released from prison just before the end of the war. Kitani's past and reasons behind his prison sentence are told in a flashback.

1951.

3 Movies
Elegy

Elegy

1951
Wataru Naohiko who has the prosecutor general as his father became a young composer and its symphony "saint" invoked the world echoed. But his disciple Uchiyama and his best friend prosecutor Daisuke ...
Still I Live On

Still I Live On

1951
About the struggles of day labourers to achieve dignity and a standard of living above the starvation level. Utilising the Zenshinza theatrical troupe.
Dancing Girl

Dancing Girl

1951
The relationship between a writer and his ballet teacher wife, who has been in a relationship with another man for years, leads to the break up of the family.

1950.

1 Movie
The Angry Street

The Angry Street

1950
There is a lot of location shooting in the rebuilt city, including downtown streets, residential neighborhoods, the campus of the University of Tokyo, and the high life of jazz dance halls. The two un...

1949.

1 Movie
Stray Dog

Stray Dog

5
1949
A bad day gets worse for a young detective when a pickpocket takes his gun from him on a crowded bus. Desperate to right the wrong, he goes undercover in Tokyo to find the stray dog whose desperation ...

1947.

1 Movie
The Love of the Actress Sumako

The Love of the Actress Sumako

1947
The stage director Shimamura, who is bringing western theatre to Japan, falls in love with the outspoken actress Sumako Matsui, and leaves his family to be with her, while trying to keep his Art Theat...
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