Eiji Funakoshi (船越 英二 Funakoshi Eiji?, 17 March 1923 – 17 March 2007) was a Japanese actor. He received the Kinema Junpo Awards for Best Actor and the Mainichi Film Concours for Best Actor for his performance in Fires on the Plain.
Born Eijirō Funakoshi on March 17, 1923 in Tokyo, Eiji Funakoshi signed up for the Daiei Motion Picture Company in 1947 and made his acting debut the following year with Beautiful Enemy. In a career that spanned three decades Funakoshi starred in a variety of genres and worked for directors Kōzaburō Yoshimura, Mikio Naruse, Kon Ichikawa and Yasuzo Masumura.
Funakoshi was a favorite actor of internationally renowned director Kon Ichikawa. Perhaps their most notable film was the World War II drama Fires on the Plain (Nobi, 1959). Funakoshi played the lead role of Imperial Army Private Tamura, a soldier stationed on Leyte Island in the Philippines. Fires on the Plain won awards in Japan and overseas, including prizes for Kon Ichikawa from the Blue… read more