Setsuko Hara (1920–2015)


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Setsuko Hara became one of Japan's best-loved stars over her 30-year film career. Her signature character type, variations on a daughter devoted to her parents and home, inspired the nickname that stayed with her until retirement: the Eternal Virgin. To some extent, reality mirrored her roles in these films. In a society that considers marriage ... See full bio »

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(age 95) in Kanagawa, Japan

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Known For

Late Spring Noriko Somiya
(1949)
Ojôsan kanpai Yasuko Ikeda
(1949)
No Regrets for Our Youth Yukie Yagihara
(1946)
Tokyo Story Noriko Hirayama
(1953)

Filmography

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 1962 Chushingura
Riku
 1962 Musume to watashi
Chizuko Iwatani
 1961 The End of Summer
Akiko
 1961 Musume to watashi (TV Series)
- Episode #1.1 (1961)
 1960 Late Autumn
Akiko Miwa
 1960 Fundoshi isha
Iku, Wife of Keisai
 1960 Musume tsuma haha
Sanae Sakanoshi, the eldest daughter
 1960 The Wayside Pebble
Oren Aikawa
 1959 The Three Treasures
Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess
 1959 Onna gokoro
Isoko
 1958 Tôkyô no kyûjitsu
Chairman
 1958 Onna de aru koto
Ichiko
 1957 Zokuzoku Ôban: Dotô hen
Kanako Arishima
 1957 Saigo no dasso
Tomiko
 1957 Zoku Ôban: Fûun hen
Kanako Arishima
 1957 Chieko-sho
Chieko Takamura
 1957 Tokyo Twilight
Takako Numata
 1957 Ôban
Kanako Mori
 1956 Ani to sono musume
Akiko Mamiya
 1956 Jôshû to tomo ni
Sugiyama, manager
 1956 Aijô no kessan
Katsuko
 1956 Shûu
Fumiko
 1955 Uruwashiki haha
Mitsuyo Ôta
 1955 Non-chan kumo ni noru
Nobuko's mother
 1954 Sound of the Mountain
Kikuko Ogata
 1953 Tokyo Story
Noriko Hirayama
 1953 Shirauo
Sachiko
 1952 Tokyo Sweetheart
Yuki
 1952 The Wind Blows Twice
Kanae Hisamatsu
 1951 Repast
Michiyo Okamoto
 1951 Early Summer
Noriko Mamiya
 1951 The Idiot
Taeko Nasu
 1950 Joi no shinsatsushitsu
Dr. Tajima
 1950 Nanairo no hana
Teruko Kashiwagi
 1950 Shirayuki sensei to kodomo tachi
Kayoko Amamiya
 1949 Late Spring
Noriko Somiya
 1949 Zoku aoi sanmyaku
Yukiko Shimazaki
 1949 Aoi sanmyaku
Yukiko Shimazaki
 1949 Ojôsan kanpai
Yasuko Ikeda
 1949 Tonosama Hotel
Aki Nagaoka
 1948 Taifuken no onna
Kuriko Sato
 1948 Fujisancho
 1948 Yuwaku
Takako
 1947 Sanbon yubi no otoko
Shizuko
 1947 Anjô-ke no butôkai
Atsuko Anjô
 1947 Kakedashi jidai
Miyako Tomoda
 1946 No Regrets for Our Youth
Yukie Yagihara
 1946 Reijin
Keiko
 1946 Hometown in Green
Maki Kuriyama
 1945 Koi no fuunjî
Yukiko Hasebe
 1945 Kita no san-nin
Sumiko Ueno
 1944 Young Eagles
 1944 Ikari no umi
Mitsuko Hiraga
 1943 Kessen no ôzora e
Sugie Muramatsu
 1943 Neppû
Kumiko Takagi
 1943 Wakaki hi no yorokobi
Yasuko Hozumi
 1943 Bôrô no kesshitai
Yoshiko
 1943 The Opium War
Airan [Ai Lan]
 1942 Haha no chizu
Kirie
 1942 Midori no daichi
Wife Hatsue
 1942 Wakai sensei
Tomiko Hirayama
 1942 The Sand Dune (Short)
 1942 Currents of Youth
Makiko, his sister
 1942 The Sky of Hope
Chizuko
 1941 Shidô monogatari
Kuniko
 1941 Kekkon no seitai
Haruko Sanno
 1941 Ôinaru kanô
 1941 Ani no hanayome
Akiko
 1940 Shimai no yakusoku
Sachiko
 1940 Onna no machi
Ine
 1940 Hebihimesama
Koto Hime
 1940 Totsugu hi made
Yoshiko
 1940 Toyuki
Showa Kinema actress
 1940 Hikari to kage (go)
Sahoko Katsura
 1940 Hikari to kage (zen)
Sahoko Katsura
 1939 Tokyo no josei
Setsuko Kimizuka
 1939 Woman's Classroom: Part Two
Chen Feng-ying
 1939 Machi
Sonomi Kihara
 1939 Shanhai rikusentai
Mingzhu - Chinese girl
 1939 Chushingura (Go)
Oteru
 1939 Chushingura (Zen)
Oteru
 1939 Uruwashiki shuppatsu
Tomiko Hôjô
 1938 Fuyu no yado
 1938 Shogun no magô
Kireii Nae Sasano
 1938 Den'en kôkyôgaku
Yukiko
 1938 The Giant
Chiyo
 1937 Haha no kyoku I
Keiko
 1937 Haha no kyoku II
Keiko
 1937 Atarashiki tsuchi
Misuko Yamato
 1936 Seimei no kanmuri
Ayako Arimura
 1936 Priest of Darkness
Onami
 1936 Hakui no kajin
Yukiko
 1935 Tama o nagero (Short)
Student
 1935 Shînya no taiyô
Kimie Oda
 1935 Tamerau nakare wakodo yo
Osetsu
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5' 4¼" (1.63 m)
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Trivia:

Given how her character's name in her screen debut Tamerau Nakare Wakodo Yo was 'Setsuko,' Aida Masae chose the name for her professional alias going forward. See more »

Nickname:

The Eternal Virgin

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