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Eijirô Tôno Poster

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Born in Gunma, Japan
Died

Mini Bio (1)

Eijirô Tôno was born on September 17, 1907 in Gunma, Japan. He was an actor, known for Yojimbo (1961), Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) and Tokyo Story (1953). He died on September 8, 1994.

Trivia (2)

Father of Eishin Tôno.
In recent years, two Japanese movies have consistently appeared in "best of" polls in both Japan and the West as the two greatest Japanese films ever made: Tokyo Story (1953) by 'Yasujiro Ozu' and Seven Samurai (1954) by Akira Kurosawa. For example, in a 2009 poll by the venerable Japanese film magazine Kinema Junpo, the Ozu film was voted best Japanese movie of all time, with the Kurosawa film second. But as the two filmmakers worked for different studios, with completely different crews, only Tôno Eijirô worked on both films. In Tokyo Story (1953), he plays the elderly protagonist's bitter drinking buddy, Numata, and in Seven Samurai (1954) he plays the small role of the desperate kidnapper who is confronted by the future leader of the samurai, Kambei.

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