Actress Hibari Misora (1937-1989)

The Swordsman and the Actress Bull's Eye of Love Ishimatsu the One-Eyed Avenger

Tsukigata Hanpeita – Kokichi Uchide (1952)
The Swordsman and the ActressYasushi Sasaki (1955)
Warrior's FluteYasushi Sasaki (1955)
Mysteries of Edo – Shoji Matsumura (1956)
Peach Boy – Tsuneyo Kobayashi (1956)
Scramble for Fortune – Ryo Hagiwara (1956)
The Young Boss – Kiyoshi Sakei (1958)
Detective Hibari: Case of the Gold HairpinsTadashi Sawashima (1958)
First Love of Okon – Kunio Watanabe (1958)
Tange Sazen: Secret of the Golden SpellSadatsugu Matsuda (1958)
Bride of Peacock Castle – Shoji Matsumura (1959)
Bull's Eye of LoveMasahiro Makino (1959)
The 47 Masterless SamuraiSadatsugu Matsuda (1959)
Lord Mito 2Sadatsugu Matsuda (1959)
Gentle BreezeTadashi Sawashima (1959)
A Spectacular ShowdownYasushi Sasaki (1959)
Magistrate Toyama 4: Edo Official and ApprenticeTadashi Sawashima (1959)
A Young RabbleYasushi Sasaki (1959)
A Young Rabble 2 – Hisaichi Kono (1959)
Ishimatsu the One-Eyed AvengerTadashi Sawashima (1960)
Mighty ShosukeSadatsugu Matsuda (1960)
Samurai VagabondsTadashi Sawashima (1960)
Benten KozoYasushi Sasaki (1960)
Heavenly DragonEiichi Kudo (1960)
Bride of White CastleTadashi Sawashima (1961)
Flowers on the RoadEiichi Kudo (1961)
Hibari is Fashion CrazyYasushi Sasaki (1961)
Little Tengu – Daisuke Yamazaki (1961)
Princess Sen and HideyoriMasahiro Makino (1962)
Tengu PriestYasushi Sasaki (1962)
Travels of Hibari & Chiemi: The Tumultuous JourneyTadashi Sawashima (1962)
While Traveling – Toshikazu Kono (1962)
River Washes Away the MoonYasushi Sasaki (1963)
Road in the Mist – Kokichi Uchide (1963)
Travels of Hibari & Chiemi: The Lovebird's 1000 Ryo UmbrellaTadashi Sawashima (1963)
Snake PrincessTadashi Sawashima (1965)
Actress vs. the Greedy SharksTadashi Sawashima (1966)
Princess Raccoon – Seijun Suzkui (posthumous CGI appearance, 2005)

Singer/actress megastar Hibari Misora reached heights of popularity in '50s and '60s Japan comparable to our adoration of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, combined. Her many film roles generally revolved around song and dance numbers, even her ventures into jidai-geki. Surprisingly, her samurai-era movies are pretty good if you're in the mood to suspend disbelief and enjoy some light entertainment. Misora's real-life lesbianism sometimes indirectly and coyly manifested itself, as in her recurring penchant for playing male roles. In fact, her performance as the one-eyed folklore yakuza Ishimatsu ranks admirably with Shintaro Katsu's and Kinnosuke Nakamura's manly efforts.

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