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Shirley Yamaguchi (1920–2014)

Shirley Yamaguchi was born to Japanese parents in Manchuria in 1920. She used the Chinese name Li Xianglan (Ri Koran in Japanese) and made pro-Japanese films in Japanese-occupied areas in China. She also was a popular singer and some of her hits, including "fragrance of the night" (Ye Lai Xiang), remain popular even today. After the Japanese ... See full bio »


(age 94) in Tokyo, Japan

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Scandal Miyako Saijo
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 1958 Yi ye feng liu
Ge Qiuxia (as Li Xianglan)
 1958 Tôkyô no kyûjitsu
May Kawaguchi (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
 1958 Ankoru watto monogatari utsukushiki aishu
Angela (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
 1957 Shen mi mei ren (as Li Xianglan)
 1957 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- The Enemy (1957) ... Hana
 1956 Madame White Snake
Madam White (as Yoshiko Yomaguchi)
 1956 Navy Wife
 1955 House of Bamboo
 1955 Jin ping mei
Pan Jinlian (as Li Hsiang-lan)
 1955 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Guest Vocalist
- Episode #4.37 (1955) ... Guest Vocalist
 1954 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
- Presento (1954) ... Presento
 1953 The Last Embrace
Yukiko Nogami (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
 1952 Fuun senryobune (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
 1952 Shanhai no onna
Li Lili (Singer) (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
 1952 Sword for Hire
Oryo (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
 1952 Muteki
Chiyo (Hana) (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
 1952 Japanese War Bride
Tae Shimizu
 1950 Scandal
Miyako Saijo (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
 1950 Desertion at Dawn
Harumi (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
 1949 Human Patterns (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
 1949 Ryusei
 1948 Jonetsu no ningyo
Yoshiko Yomaguchi
 1948 Waga shogai no kagayakeru hi (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
 1948 Koun no isu (as Yoshiko Yamaguchi)
 1944 Yasen gungakutai
Ai Ran (as Ri Koran)
 1944 Wan shi liu fang (as Li Xiang Lan)
 1944 Watashi no uguisu (as Ri Koran)
 1943 Chikai no gassho (as Ri Koran)
 1943 Sayon no kane
Sayon (as Ri Kôran)
 1942 Ying chun hua (as Li Xiang Lan)
 1941 Soshu no yoru (as Ri Koran)
 1941 Kimi to boku
Manchurian girl (as Ri Koran)
 1941 Tie xie hui xin (as Li Xiang Lan)
 1940 Shina no yoru
Chinese orphan (as Ri Koran)
 1940 Toyuki
Liqin, typist (as Ri Koran)
 1939 Byakuran no uta: zenpen: kôhen
Li Xue Xiang (as Li Hsiang-lan)
 1938 Mi yue kuai che
Bride (as Li Xiang Lan)
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Alternate Names:

Li Hsiang-lan | Ri Koran | Ri Kôran | Li Xiang Lan | Hsiang-Lan Li | Hsiang-lan Li | Xianglan Li | Li Xianglan | Yoshiko Yamaguchi | Yoshiko Yomaguchi

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She was elected to the first of several terms in the House of Councillors, the upper body of Japan's parliament in 1974. Her life story has been made into a musical that has appeared on Tokyo stages. See more »


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