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Eiji Okada Poster

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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 13 June 1920Chiba, Japan
Date of Death 14 September 1995Japan  (heart failure)

Mini Bio (1)

Eiji Okada was born on June 13, 1920 in Chiba, Japan. He was an actor, known for Woman in the Dunes (1964), Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) and The Ugly American (1963). He was married to Wasa, Aiko. He died on September 14, 1995 in Japan.

Spouse (1)

Wasa, Aiko (? - ?)

Trivia (7)

Japanese star whose success in the masterpiece "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" (1960) allowed him to break out internationally in the 60s.
Marlon Brando personally chose Okada for a co-starring role in his 1963 political potboiler "The Ugly American." This would be Okada's only Hollywood film.
Broke traditional Japanese "fierce samurai" stereotypes with more haunting, sensitive, even comical performances in the 50s and 60s.
Founded a theatre company with actress wife Aiko Wada.
Studied at Keio University.
He couldn't speak French while shooting Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959) and learned his lines phonetically.
He was a supporter of the Japanese Communist Party.

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