Actress Machiko Kyo (b. 1924)

Rashomon Ugetsu Jirocho Fuji

RashomonAkira Kurosawa (1950)
The Tale of Genji – Kozaburo Yoshimura (1951)
Ugetsu – Kenji Mizoguchi (1953)
Gate of Hell – Teinosuke Kinugasa (1953)
Street of Shame – Kenji Mizoguchi (1956)
The Loyal 47 Ronin – Kunio Watanabe (1958)
Jirocho FujiKazuo Mori (1959)
Floating Weeds – Yasujiro Ozu (1959)

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

Machiko Kyo holds the distinction of having played three of the most memorable female starring roles in the history of classic jidai-geki: the assaulted wife in Rashomon, the ethereal Lady Wakasa in Ugetsu, and Lady Kesa in Gate of Hell. Even with those stellar performances to her credit, I treasure her most as the sassy prostitute Mickey in Mizoguchi's Street of Shame.

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