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
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Seishi Yokomizo Series II Masquerada
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
A wealthy Japanese sugar factory manager in Hawaii finds his wife sinking into depression and madness.
Pastoral: To Die in the Country
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
The final film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series has a conflict between Ogami Itto and the Yagyu clan.
Confessions Among Actresses
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 ...
Affair in the Snow
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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...
Sazen Tange and The Secret of the Urn
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...
Miyamoto Musashi V: Musashi vs Kojiro
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...
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.
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.
Cruel Story of the Shogunate's Downfall
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.
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
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
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...
Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai
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
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
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
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...
The Thinking Leaf
The novel of the same name is based on it.
Nippon no obaachan
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...
Two sisters fall in love with the same man.
The Temple of Wild Geese
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...
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
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...
Hero of the Red Light District
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 ...
Beyond the Seasonal Wind
A Japanese film.
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...
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.
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...
Throne of Blood
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
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...
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.
The End of a Day
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...
1950s Japanese drama.
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....
An ethical, young tax collector new to his area encounters absurd individuals and groups.
At the End of the Clouds
Many pilots are depicted in the movie.
A Lonely Woman in a Lonely Land
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...
A math teacher loses his job while falling in love with a local girl.
The Yamabiko School
A story of a passionate teacher and his great effort for the children in a poor village.
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.
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.
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
About the struggles of day labourers to achieve dignity and a standard of living above the starvation level. Utilising the Zenshinza theatrical troupe.
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.
The Angry Street
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...
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 ...
The Love of the Actress Sumako
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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