Machiko Kyo was born Yano Motoko, on March 25, 1924, in Osaka, and is a legendary Japanese actress who appeared in several big films of the 1950s. She received critical acclaim for her work in two of the greatest Japanese films of the 20th century, Kurosawa’s Rashomon, and Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu. Before joining the Daiei film company in 1949, Machiko trained as a dancer, and danced at the OSSK (Shouchiku, Shoujo Kageki of Osaka).
Machiko found film success in a variety of roles, including a non-Japanese film called The Teahouse of the August Moon, where she played a young geisha named Lotus Blossom, and appeared opposite Marlon Brando and Glenn Ford. For her role, she was nominated for a Golden Globe, a great feat for an Asian actress at the time. In 1995, she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Japanese Academy. She also won the Kinema Junpo Award for Best Actress in Amai ase (1964) and won the Mainichi Film Concours Awards for Best Actress in Amai ase (1964), Itsuwareru… read more
One of the great stars from Japan's Golden Age of moviemaking. She holds the distinction of being the only actor I can think of who starred in films by all 6 of my favourite Japanese directors - Ozu, Kurosawa, Mizoguchi, Ichikawa, Naruse and Masumura. Not only that, she starred in the first Best Foreign Film Oscar winner (Gate of Hell) and also appeared in a 60's New Wave classic (The Face Of Another). She even found time to go to Hollywood to appear alongside Marlon Brando! A true legend...
What other actor/actress in the world can claim to have worked with four of the world's greatest directors in some of their finest works? "Ugetsu", "Street Of Shame", "Rashomon", "Floating Weeds", "Older Brother, Younger Sister". And that's before you get onto her work with other, also very talented directors. Amazing. (And she was hot.)