|Birth Date||:||01 October 1924|
|Birth Place||:||Yonago, Tottori, Japan|
Nobuko Otowa was a Japanese actress. She appeared in 134 films between 1950 and 1994. She gave up a career as a star to appear in Story of a Beloved Wife and became the mistress of the director Kaneto Shindo. She later married him in 1977 after his previous wife divorced him and then died.
A Last Note [3 June 1995]
A Last Note is a 1995 Japanese film directed by Kaneto Shindo. It was chosen as Best Film at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony.
Abare Gôemon [15 January 1966]
Akuto [21 November 1965 (Japan)]
Akuto is a 1965 Japanese film directed by Kaneto Shindo starring Kyōko Kishida. It is based on a story by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki.
An Inn at Osaka [20 April 1954]
Atakake no Hitobito [Seiji Hisamatsu]
By Player [27 August 2000]
By Player is a 2000 Japanese biographical film directed by Kaneto Shindo based on the life of actor Taiji Tonoyama.
Children of Hiroshima [6 August 1952]
Japanese citizens deal with the devastating aftermath of the explosion of the atomic bomb.
Dobu [27 July 1954]
Flashbacks reveal the tragic life of a mentally unhinged, broken-down prostitute (Nobuko Otowa) in Japan.
Edo Porn [12 September 1981 (Japan)]
Edo-era artist Katsushika Hokusai becomes known for his iconic and erotic woodblock prints.
Ekisutora [7 August 1982]
Epitome [8 April 1953]
Epitome is a 1953 Japanese drama film written and directed by Kaneto Shindo.
Floating Vessel 
Floating Vessel is a 1957 black-and-white Japanese film directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa.
Gen to fudômyô-ô [17 September 1961]
Hanayome-san wa sekai-ichi [2 November 1959]
Hanayome-san wa sekai-ichi is a 1959 Japanese comedy film written and directed by Kaneto Shindo and starring Frankie Sakai.
Immortal Love [16 September 1961 (Japan)]
A woman marries an impaired man against her will and problems soon develop when her estranged lover returns.
Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director [24 May 1975 (Japan)]
Kenji Mizoguchi: The Life of a Film Director is a 1975 Japanese documentary film on the life and works of director Kenji Mizoguchi, directed by Kaneto Shindo. It runs 150 minutes and can be found on the second disc of the Region 1 Criterion Collection release of Ugetsu.
Kuroneko [24 February 1968 (Japan)]
In this ghost story based on a folk tale of feudal Japan, a group of samurai mercenaries led by Raiko Minamoto (Kei Satô) storm the home of Yone (Nobuko Otowa) and her daughter, Shigei (Kiwako Taichi), pillaging their food before raping and murdering the pair and finally burning the house down. When the samurai are set upon by vengeful vampire-like ghosts, it falls to the warrior Gintoki (Kichiemon Nakamura) to slay the malicious spirits, but his connection to the victims leads to conflict.… MORE
Life of a Woman [23 November 1953]
Life of a Woman is a 1953 Japanese drama film written and directed by Kaneto Shindo.
Live Today, Die Tomorrow! [31 October 1970 (Japan)]
Live Today, Die Tomorrow! is a 1970 Japanese drama film based on the true story of Norio Nagayama. It was directed by Kaneto Shindo based on his own screenplay, and starred Daijiro Harada and Nobuko Otowa.
Long Way to Okinawa [7 March 1962]
Lost in the Wilderness [7 June 1986 (Japan)]
Love Betrayed [27 October 1973]
Lucky Dragon No. 5 [18 February 1959]
Twenty-three crew members on a Japanese fishing vessel are exposed to radioactive fallout from a hydrogen bomb test.
Miss Oyu [22 June 1951 (Japan)]
Miss Oyu is a 1951 black-and-white Japanese film directed by Kenji Mizoguchi. It is based on the 1932 novel The Reed Cutter by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki.
Monument to the Girl's Corps [21 September 1968]
Aa Himeyuri no Tou : A tragedy of Himeyuri's troops who served in Okinawa during the Pacific War and spread over the fire.
Onibaba [21 November 1964 (Japan)]
An impoverished mother and daughter-in-law kill soldiers and steal their belongings. After the mother learns of the son's death, she dons a mask to scare her daughter-in-law into staying with her.
Red Lion [10 October 1969]
A samurai becomes a pawn in a political power struggle when he's sent to announce the emperor's latest tax cuts.
Room for Let [2 June 1959]
A potter rents a room in an old mansion full of bizarre people.
Sakura-tai Chiru [30 April 1988]
Sanka [29 December 1972]
Shiro to kuro [10 April 1963]
Pressure of Guilt is a 1963 drama film directed by Hiromichi Horikawa.
Shirogane Shinjū [5 February 1956]
Shirogane Shinjū is a 1956 Japanese drama film written and directed by Kaneto Shindo. It is based on a novel of the same name by Torahiko Tamiya.
Sorrow Is Only for Women [26 February 1958]
Sorrow Is Only for Women is a 1958 Japanese drama film written and directed by Kaneto Shindo.
Story of a Beloved Wife [7 September 1951]
Story of a Beloved Wife is a 1951 Japanese drama film written and directed by Kaneto Shindo. It was Shindo's debut film as a director. It is an autobiographical work based on Shindo's first marriage.
Strong Women, Weak Men [30 June 1968]
The Approach of Autumn [1 October 1960]
Autumn Has Already Started or The Approach of Autumn is a 1960 Japanese film directed by Mikio Naruse.
The Ceremony [5 June 1971 (Japan)]
Members of the youngest generation of a Japanese family must submit to cruelly enforced traditions.
The Go Masters [15 September 1982 (Japan)]
Young Chinese Kuang Yishan (Sun Daolin), an apt player of the ancient strategy game Go, is sent to Japan to study with one of its great masters, Rinsaku Matsunami (Rentarô Mikuni). Through Matsunami's tutelage, the boy grows into a champion. But during World War II, he's forced to swear allegiance to Japan. When his son with a local woman is killed in combat, he attempts to get revenge through the game, challenging his former master to a match that lasts for more than three decades.… MORE
The Horizon [11 February 1984 (Japan)]
A Japanese woman is sold to a farmer in San Francisco before World War II.
The Incident [3 June 1978]
The Incident is a 1978 Japanese film directed by Yoshitaro Nomura. Among many awards, it was chosen as the Best Film at the Japan Academy Prize ceremony.
The Last War [8 October 1961]
People (Frankie Sakai, Nobuko Otowa, Akira Takarada) die slowly and painfully in World War III as a midair collision leads to nuclear devastation.
The Life of Chikuzan [17 March 1977 (Japan)]
A blind samisen player wanders across Japan for 50 years and becomes a musical sensation.
The Naked Island [23 November 1960 (Japan)]
A study in the constant struggle of agrarian life, this dialogue-free, black-and-white film depicts one family's difficult existence. The sole inhabitants of an island in Japan's Seto Inland Sea, the impoverished family sees their tough life as farmers become even more challenging when the oldest son (Shinji Tanaka) falls deathly ill while his parents (Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama) are away gathering water. Confronted with this tragedy, the family must work even harder to survive.… MORE
The Scent of Incense [Keisuke Kinoshita]
The Strange Tale of Oyuki [6 June 1992]
The life and work of author and observer Nagai Kafu, 1879 - 1959, include writings that give a glimpse into Tokyo's pleasure quarters in the early part of the 20th century.
The Strangling [2 June 1979 (Japan)]
The Tale of Genji [2 November 1951]
Genji, the son of the emperor, is renowned for his charm and good looks. Because, he cannot get over his obsession with his father's young bride, he wanders from one affair to another to seek resolution.
The Three Undelivered Letters [6 October 1979 (Japan)]
Tree Without Leaves [15 November 1986]
A portrait of an aging novelist shows recollections of his beloved mother, who died when he was 10.
Waga michi [7 September 1974]
Yasha [31 August 1985]
Shuji (Ken Takakura) was once a feared member of the Yakuza crime syndicate, but he's reformed his ways, abandoned his old life and left the city for a small coastal fishing town where he's become an honest fisherman and respected patriarch. He's also struck up a friendship with Keiko (Yuko Tanaka), the beautiful young bar owner, so when her thug ex-boyfriend appears in town looking for money, Shuji finds himself falling into old habits to get rid of him and protect his friend.… MORE
- 01 October 1924.
- Yonago, Tottori, Japan.