Actress Isuzu Yamada (1917-2012)

Throne of Blood The Lower Depths Yojimbo

Osaka Elegy – Kenji Mizoguchi (1936)
Sisters of the Gion – Kenji Mizoguchi (1936)
The Famous Sword – Kenji Mizoguchi (1945)
Tateshi DanpeiMasahiro Makino (1950)
Shozo, a Cat and Two Women – Shiro Toyoda (1956)
Throne of BloodAkira Kurosawa (1957)
The Lower DepthsAkira Kurosawa (1957)
Tokyo Twilight – Yasujiro Ozu (1957)
YojimboAkira Kurosawa (1961)
Daredevil in the CastleHiroshi Inagaki (1961)
The Shogun's Samurai – Kinji Fukasaku (1978)
Sure Death! – Masahisa Sadanaga (Hissatsu, 1984)
Sure Death: Brown, You Bounder! – Joo Hirose (1985)

(Key films outside the jidai-geki genre are listed in gray)

A grande dame of the Japanese cinema, Isuzu Yamada is best known for the prestige films she made with the likes of Kenji Mizoguchi. She also dabbled in chambara with notable results, dating from silent movies about swordsman Tange Sazen through the 1980s action series Sure Death!

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