Junko Terashima (寺島 純子, born 1 December 1945), known professionally as Sumiko Fuji (富司 純子, Fuji Sumiko) is a Japanese actress. She originally began acting under the name Junko Fuji (藤 純子), becoming famous as the female lead in yakuza films opposite such stars as Kōji Tsuruta and Ken Takakura. She even starred in her own series as the sword-wielding gambler Red Peony in the Hibotan Bakuto series. Initially retiring in 1972 after getting married, she began appearing on TV in 1974 under her real name. She later returned to films in 1989 using the name Sumiko Fuji, and expanded her acting repertoire. She won a Blue Ribbon Award for best supporting actress in 1999 and 2006. She is married to the kabuki actor Onoe Kikugorō VII and is the mother of the actress Shinobu Terajima and the kabuki actor Onoe Kikunosuke V.
Fuji was born in Wakayama as the third child and younger daughter of future film producer Koji Shundo. Her family eventually moved to Osaka, where, as a big fan of Takarazuka Revue, Fuji started to attend a dancing, singing and acting school during junior high. At 17 her family moved to Kyoto, shortly after which her and her older sister Nobuko started to appear on the local TV show Hai Hai, Mahinadesu. After visiting Toei's Kyoto studio, Fuji attracted the attention of director Masahiro Makino, who invited her to appear in one of his films. Although Shundo initially opposed his daughter entering show business, wanting a "normal" life for her instead, he acquiesced figuring it would be better she work for Toei instead of their rivals.In 1963, Fuji made her film debut in Makino's Hashu Yukyoden: Otoko no Sakazuki, and went on to appear in 10 movies that year while making regular appearances on NHK and TV Asahi television dramas. Mark Schilling wrote that by the mid-1960s, Fuji was the leading actress for Toei, often playing the love interest for Kōji Tsuruta and Ken Takakura in Ninkyo eiga. But she reached her peak in popularity between 1968 and 1972, starring as a sword-wielding gambler in the Hibotan Bakuto series of films. In 1972, Fuji married a kabuki actor she met while making the NHK drama Minamoto no Yoshitsune. After making Makino's Kanto Hizakura Ikka, she retired from acting that same year. Schilling wrote that the popularity of Ninkyo eiga subsequently declined, and a search for a successor failed.
Movies & TV shows
Garden of Camellias
The story centers on Kinuko who lives together with her granddaughter Nagisa in the house she once shared with her late husband and where she raised her children. On a spring morning, on the important...
Children of the Sea
Ruka is a young girl whose parents are separated and whose father works in an aquarium. When two boys, Umi and Sora, who were raised in the sea by dugongs, are brought to the aquarium, Ruka feels draw...
During the Edo period, a gifted swordsman was exiled from his clan when he questioned the misconduct of his leader. Years after, his dying wife wish was for him to go back to his clan.
2 Movies · 1 TV show
Murder on the Orient Express
The Japanese adaption of Agatha Christie's famous whodunit "Murder on the Orient Express".
Gisou no Fuufu
45-year-old Kamon Hiro works as a librarian because she loves books. Although she is worshiped as the “aloof beauty” and “ideal female” for her beautiful, gentle smile and amiability, she actually dis...
Ayumi Nitta is a member of the hospital cleaning staff. Ayumi discovered she was pregnant after having a one-night stand with Wataru. He dismissed her claim as a joke when she told him. Wataru refused...
Casting Blossoms to the Sky
In 2011, a journalist arrives in Nagaoka, a Japanese village that underwent destruction during both World War 2 and the 2004 Chuetsu Earthquake, and is now notable for the fireworks it launches annual...
It's a Beautiful Life - Irodori
A group of elderly women come together to sell vegetable leaves.
1 TV show
The History of Our Family
The mini-series was shown on Fuji TV from April 9, 2010 to April 11, 2010 to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The show had a star- studded cast.
Kenji is your typical teenage misfit. He is good at math, bad with girls, and spends most of his time hanging out in the all-powerful online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he ...
A life-size inflatable sex doll will come to life one day. Without her owner's knowledge, she goes for a stroll around town and falls in love with Junichi. Junichi works at the same store as she start...
The Cherry Orchard: Blossoming
Remake of a hit film from 1990, "The Cherry Orchard" which Nakahara himself directed, based on a popular comic book from Akimi Yoshida. The story takes place at a prestigious girls high school where e...
Yamazakura, The Cherry Tree in the Hills
Based on a short story written by Shuhei Fujisawa (who also wrote Twilight Samurai, The Hidden Blade, Love and Honor), the film depicts the uneasy life of Noe Isomura (Rena Tanaka) with the difficult ...
Sweet Rain: Accuracy of Death
A person dies. After observing the person for seven days, he is supposed to make a decision. He is outside in the rain. Her death is due in seven days. She works for a manufacturing company. Exhausted...
Young women in a small Japanese town want to revive their home's declining fortunes by building a Hawaiian village tourist attraction.
Murder of the Inugami Clan
Inugami Sahei (Nakadai Tatsuya), who built up the wealth of the Inugami Clan, passes away, leaving a will with Furudate, his legal adviser, for his daughters Matsuko (Fuji Sumiko), Takeko (Matsuzaka K...
Takao Osawa is an elementary school teacher in Tokyo. He is going to lose his sight gradually. He leaves his job to return to his hometown of Nagasaki, where his mother lives. Takayuki strolls around ...
Masato is a bad boy, but very in love with music. He meets a girl, Miki, who has serious diseases but is optimistic toward life. They start to work together in a CD shop and catch every chance to show...
The Geisha House
Set in the late 1950s, when geisha culture was threatened by moral crusades, it tells the story of Omacha (Miyamoto Maki), a young girl who sees the geisha life as a way to lift her poverty-stricken f...
Wait and See
A salaryman faces a major life change as his firm undergoes financial difficulties. To add to his troubles, a man claiming to be his long-estranged father shows up at his house requesting shelter. One...
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Wind of the Ryūkyū Islands
The series tells The story of the 1609 invasion of Ryûkyû by forces from the Japanese domain of Satsuma, an event which changed the course of Ryukyuan history dramatically.
Chizuko's Younger Sister
The Kitao family is coping with the loss of the eldest daughter, Chizuko, who was killed in a freak accident the year prior. When the other daughter Mika is suddenly in a dangerous situation, Chizuko ...
Eiji Kawano (Kunie Tanaka) has recently broken from the Japanese company he used to work for. As an immigrant to Tasmania, he has been won over by the island's immense natural beauty, and he is consci...
Red Peony Gambler: Execution of Duty
There is a final chapter in the Hibotan Bakuto series. Oryu the Red Peony visited an old dying Boss of an ally family and promised her that she would help guide the new Boss. There is a turf war break...
The Kanto Scarlet Cherry Gang
The Ni Family is a group of firefighters. When their leader dies, Tsuruji becomes the boss. Will she be able to stop the gang from taking over the area?
Bitter Tears of a Woman Gambler
Bunta Sugawara replaces Koji Tsuruta as the leading man for this sequel of Okoma, the Orphan Gambler.
A dramatic captivating tale tells of widowed Tei (Junko Fuji), she has become a coalmine operator and is determined to be successful despite mining being a predominantly male domain. Overcoming the na...
Trials of an Okinawa Village
A female of a trucking company had run-ins with bad guys. Her hometown is threatened by usurers. She needs her people to help.
Red Peony Gambler: Here to Kill You
There is a stunning Hibotan Bakuto series. After her father was killed, Oryu the Red Peony began her soul-searching journey. She met villagers whose crops and livelihoods were being destroyed by pollu...
Okoma, the Orphan Gambler
Taking place in Shinshu in the 1920s, Tsumakoi Okoma, while traveling to hone her gambling skills, teams up with the vagabond Tsukuba Tsuneji and comes into conflict with gamblers plotting to take ove...
The Last Kamikaze
Japanese military leaders increase suicide attacks on Allied ships after World War II. The leader of the Kamikaze squad had second thoughts about suicide runs. When he has to deal with a pilot who won...
Brave Red Flower of the North
An exciting tale of action on the distant northern island of Hokkaido around the beginning of the 20th Century starring two of the biggest names in Yakuza film history, Fuji Junko and Takakura Ken. Si...
The Japan Derby Race
A story about a man who stakes his life on horse racing.
The Silk Hat Boss 2
The Silk Hat Boss becomes involved in a car imports business during his trip to Atami.
Gamblers: The Drifter
Gamblers: The Drifter
House of Gamblers
Ken Takakura stars as Ryoji one of the Aramasa family's loyal lieutenants whao takes the burden of his family being insulted by the Tanuma's family goons, by retaliating on his own. After injuring the...
Brutal Tales of Chivalry 7: Hell Is a Man's Destiny
Shujiro Hanada went to prison after he slashed a few other players. The world has changed since he was released. The Great Kanto Earthquake claimed the lives of his father and sister. Jukichi invited ...
Silk Hat Boss
In a strange outfit and full of youthful energy, the Boss Kumatora raises hell. The first movie of a new series starring Wakayama Tomisaburo as Boss Kumatora from the Red Peony Gambler series. The Kum...
Red Peony Gambler: Oryu's Return
Oryu searches for blind child she left behind and get involved in a Yakuza turf war that takes place in the Tokyo Theater.
A Lively Geisha
The man who helped geisha Koshizu is back. She will repay the debt that has been there for a long time when she learns that Yukichi's business is in trouble.
Team of Ruffians
Prisoners with special skills from all over Japan are sent to the battlefront on a mission.
Brutal Tales of Chivalry 5: Man With The Karajishi Tattoo
The fifth in a powerful series looks at honor, brutality and duty. Hidejuro killed the boss of a rival family. He is taken in by a company of quarry workers, whose boss has a strict code of non-violen...
A yakuza member embarks on a trail of revenge for his murdered boss. Senzo, the successor of the Mita Family, searches for the man bearing a tattoo of a dragon who is said to be responsible for the de...
Red Peony Gambler: Biographies of a Gambling Room
Junko Fuji reprises his role as Oryu the Red Peony, a wandering female yakuza on a soul- searching journey after the death of her father. After collecting her sickly follower from jail, she was taken ...
Memoir of Japanese Assassinations
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, assassins changed the course of Japanese history.
Red Peony Gambler: Second Generation Ceremony
The introduction of the railroad system brought about the industrual revolution. Construction workers and boatmen fought. The second generation leader of theYano Family is Oryu the Red Peony. The cere...
A gang is scheming to steal a lucrative coal business from struggling miners during the turbulent Meiji Era. The movie has a stellar cast, thrilling story and Takakura Ken's violent swordplay.
Red Peony Gambler: Flower Cards Game
The happiness and sadness of Red Peony Oryu's life is depicted in the third chapter of the Red Peony Gambler saga. This story takes place in the middle of the Meiji era. Oryu wants to regain her famil...
10 Movies · 1 TV show
The Ooku of Edo Castle could not be seen from the outside for 300 years. There were fierce power struggles among the women.
The early years of the Showa era were set in a historical film.
Sailors gave their lives for their country as human torpedoes towards the end of the war.
Showdown of Men 4: Tetsu, the White Tiger
Tetsu, is a honourable and noble yakuza caught in a conflict between rival clans, and obligations each has toward their yakuza boss and brothers. A railroad line brings changing times to a community. ...
The Young Eagles of the Kamikaze
The souls of flight school graduates killed in World War II are honored in the film. Young boys apply to flight schools to become pilots. Once they become pilots, they must give their lives for their ...
Pinku was from 1968.
Hishakaku and Kiratsune: A Tale of Two Yakuza
Uchida's last film was Theatre of Life. At a time when the samurai genre had overtaken the yakuza as Toei's main cash crop, Goro Tanada wrote a gangsterized adaptation of Ozaki's story for Uchida. His...
A fight is taking place over the ownership of a bicycle race track.
Big Time Gambling Boss
Tokyo in 1934. The boss of the clan that controls gambling agonizes and some of his followers propose to Nakai to take his place, but he refuses the offer and suggests they choose Matsuda, who is in p...
Red Peony Gambler: Gambler's Obligation
A local boss of a silk farming town shows kindness to a gambler by letting her stay at his house. When a rival gang wants to take over the town's businesses, Oryu is obliged to protect his children an...
Red Peony Gambler
Ryuko was raised by her father, a gambler named Senzo Yano in Kumamoto, Kyushu, after her mother died when she was little. When she turned 18 years old, her father was attacked and killed by a strange...
The Domain: Where The Blade Enters
The Domain: Where The Blade Enters
The Domain: White Blade
The Domain: White Blade
Showdown of Men 2
In World War II, students were trained to become Kamikaze pilots.
Contemporary Tales of Chivalry 4
His business was sabotaged by the rival clan of Shujiro.
The Shogun and His Mistresses
Three tales of women that resided in the Shogun's harem (o-oku) during the Edo period.
The Chivalrous Life
A former military man is helping the leader of a yakuza group defend themselves against other gangs.
8 Movies · 1 TV show
The Domain: Duel at Thunder Gate
The life of entertainers in Asakusa’s pleasure quarters. An exciting yakuza story with superb action.
The Domain: Kanda Festival Showdown
The Domain: Kanda Festival Showdown
Minamoto no Yoshitsune
The chronicles of the life of Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159 - May 17th, 1189). He was a late Heian and early Kamakura general of the Minamoto clan of Japan. Yoshitsune was the ninth son of Minamoto no ...
Showdown of Men
Code Between Brothers 3
A man is traveling.
Contemporary Tales of Chivalry: The Lone Wolf
The families of the yakiuza are at odds.
Code of Ruffians
The Jinya Group has seven days to complete a mountain road project or it will lose a major dam construction job to the Ojika Group.
Blood of Revenge
Asajiro lives between a rock and a hard place, he has to keep his business clean and running, tame his late oyabun's hot-blooded son and suffer the throes of his impossible love for beautiful geisha H...
The film is a good set-in-per-WW2 ninky type film.
True Osaka Grit
Based on a novel by Kôen Hasegawa
The Domain: Kanto Legends of Chivalry
Third part of Nihon Kyokakuden series is set in Kanto in 1924. Ken Takakura playing a ship's mate befriending fish shop owners harassed by yakuza.
The story of three gamblers who traveled Japan during the samurai era and lived by their wits and sword skills. The story of a different drifter's life is told in 3 different parts. A man is on the ru...
The Kingdom of Jirocho 4
The Jirocho gang is continuing their adventures.
The main character Tachibana Isaburo is released from prison and discovers that his boss is dead. He is offered to become the leader of the group, but refuses. A young fashion villain, a Yakuza boss w...
The feud between the two delivery companies heated up when the head of Kibamasa fell ill.
Shingo's Final Duel
After Aoi Shingo, the illegitimate son of Shogun Yoshimune has gained prominence as the finest swordsman in the land, he tries to lead a peaceful life with his mother far away from the seat of governm...
Gamblers and Racketeers
Komatsu Takioka is boss of a Yakuza group rival to Masakichi Kijima boss of the Kikuya group which supports the town vendors unlike Takioka, who will stop at nothing to undermine the vendors and take ...
The Detective Fencer
Young swordsman Shintaro must fight against evil officials who plot to overthrow the youthful Shogun.
Fighting Tatsu, the Rickshaw Man
Richshaw man Tatsu has wandered to Osaka from Tokyo. He has quarrels with Kimiyakko, a geisha, and throws her into the river. But later, he falls in love with her. Yasaburo, the oyabun of the Nishikaw...
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.
The Kingdom of Jirocho 1
The tale of real-life Yakuza boss Shimizu Jirocho is told from his earliest beginnings as a gambler on the road as he forms his gang and sets out on the path to fame and fortune. One of the smartest a...
The Yagyu Military Art: The One-Eyed Ninja
The famed ninja Yagyu Jubei fights to suppress a coup d’etat plotted against Tokugawa Shogunate.
The Yagyu Military Art: The Buried Conspiracy
Yagyu Jubei must protect the Yagyu scroll that holds the secret of the infamous assassination plotted by the Tokugawa government 30 years ago.
The Thirteen Assassins
A sadistic Daimyo (feudal lord) rapes a woman and murders both her and her husband, but even when one of his own vassals commits suicide to bring attention to the crime, the matter is quickly hushed u...
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