Nobuko Otowa and Eiji Funakoshi in 1952 Japanese movie Ataka-ke no hitobito
March 17, 1923
|Died||March 17, 2007 (aged 84)|
Eiji Funakoshi (船越 英二 Funakoshi Eiji, 17 March 1923 – 17 March 2007) was a Japanese actor. He received the Kinema Junpo Award for Best Actor and the Mainichi Film Concours for Best Actor for his performance in Fires on the Plain.
Born Eijirō Funakoshi on March 17, 1923, in Tokyo, Eiji Funakoshi signed up for the Daiei Motion Picture Company in 1947 and made his acting debut the following year with Beautiful Enemy. In a career that spanned three decades Funakoshi starred in a variety of genres and worked for directors Kōzaburō Yoshimura, Mikio Naruse, Kon Ichikawa and Yasuzo Masumura.
Funakoshi was a favorite actor of internationally renowned director Kon Ichikawa. Perhaps their most notable film was the World War II drama Fires on the Plain (Nobi, 1959). Funakoshi played the lead role of Imperial Army Private Tamura, a soldier stationed on Leyte Island in the Philippines. Fires on the Plain won awards in Japan and overseas, including prizes for Kon Ichikawa from the Blue Ribbon in Japan and the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland.
For several years, Funakoshi portrayed Tanokura Magobei, a close associate of the shogun, on Abarenbō Shōgun.
Son Eiichirō Funakoshi is also a famous actor in Japan.
|1953||Older Brother, Younger Sister
(あにいもうと Ani Imōto)
|1957||A Girl Isn't Allowed to Love
(薔薇いくたびか Bara ikutabika)
|1958||The Loyal 47 Ronin
|1959||Fires on the Plain
|1961||Ten Dark Women|
|1962||Being Two Isn't Easy
(私は二歳 Watashi wa nisai)
|Goro, the father|
|1963||An Actor's Revenge
(雪之丞変化 Yukinojō Henge)
(大怪獣ガメラ Daikaijū Gamera)
|1969||Gamera vs. Guiron
(ガメラ対大悪獣ギロン Gamera Tai Daiakujū Giron)
|1975||Tora-san's Rise and Fall
(男はつらいよ 寅次郎相合い傘 Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Torajirō Aiaigasa)