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Keiko_Matsuzaka

Keiko Matsuzaka

(born July 20, 1952) is an actress from Ōta, Tokyo. Her father was a naturalized South Korean; her mother, a Japanese. Active as a child actress in the 1960s, she came into her own as an adult with Daiei, then in 1972 with Shochiku.

Keiko played the "Madonna" role in the 1981 film Naniwa no Koi no Torajirō, the 27th in the Otoko wa Tsurai yo series. The producers called on her again for that role in Torajirō no Endan, the 46th of the 49 installments (1993). Keiko also appeared in Legend of the Eight Samurai (1983), Shin Izakaya Yūrei (1996), Dr. Akagi by Shōhei Imamura (1998), Runin: Banished by Eiji Okuda (2004), and Inugamike no Ichizoku (scheduled for release in 2007).

Her early television appearances have included the tokusatsu superhero series Ultra Seven (1968). She portrayed Nohime, wife of Oda Nobunaga, in the 1973 NHK Taiga drama Kunitori Monogatari. From 1973 to 1981, she appeared in Edo o Kiru, including five seasons as the character Oyuki. The 1975 Taiga drama Genroku Taiheiki featured Keiko as Aguri (Yōzen'in), the wife and later widow of Asano Naganori in the dramatization of the events of the Forty-seven Ronin. She then appeared in Kusa Moeru in the same time slot in 1979, and portrayed Sada (Kawakami Sadayakko), the lead role in the 1985 Taiga drama Haru no Hatō. Having portrayed Aguri, Keiko also played Riku, the wife of Oishi Yoshio, in Chūshingura Yōzen'in no Inbō, broadcast on January 2, 2007. She has made numerous other television appearances in series and specials, jidaigeki, contemporary dramas, and variety shows. Currently she is portraying the role of a major character Ikushima in the 2008 NHK Taiga Drama Atsuhime.

Matsuzaka has represented a variety of products and companies in television commercials. These include Nippon Menard Cosmetic Co., Nissin Foods, Yutoku Phamaceutical Industries, Nissan Sunny, Rohto Pharmaceutical Co., Kleenex, and Ōtsuka Foods.

Among her other works are songs released in 1979 and 2002, and a book of photographs of her, also in 2002.

Filmography

Film

  • The Inugamis (2006)
  • The Go Master (2006)
  • Waru (2006)
  • Miracle in Four Days (2005)
  • Colour Blossoms (2004)
  • Runin: Banished (2004)
  • Shoro nagashi (2003)
  • The Ripples (2002)
  • The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)
  • Pinch Runner (2000)
  • Sakuya: Slayer of Demons (2000)
  • Ping Pong Bath Station (1998)
  • Dr. Akagi (1998)
  • Shin izakaya yurei (1996)
  • A Mature Woman (1994)
  • Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Torajiro no endan (1993)
  • Goodbye Mama (1991)
  • The Sting of Death (1990)
  • Hana no ran, aka A Chaos of Flowers (1988)
  • Lady Camellia, aka Princess Tsubuki (1988)
  • The Great Department Store Robbery (1987)
  • Carefree Goddesses (1987)
  • Final Take: The Golden Age of Movies (1986)
  • Beyond the Shining Sea (1986)
  • House on Fire (1986)

  • Nezumi kozo kaito den (1984)
  • Shanghai Rhapsody (1984)
  • Make-up (1984)
  • Legend of the Eight Samurai (1983)
  • Meiso chizu (1983)
  • Theatre of Life (1983)
  • Fall Guy (1982)
  • The Go Masters (1982)
  • Lovers Lost (1982)
  • Otoko wa Tsurai yo: Naniwa no koino torajiro (1981)
  • The Gate of Youth (1981)
  • Bad Sorts (1980)
  • The Three Undelivered Letters (1979)
  • Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron (1978)
  • The Incident (1978)
  • Double Clutch (1978)
  • The Last Samurai (1974)
  • Stray Dog (1973)
  • Ai yori aoku (1973)
  • Miyamoto Musashi, aka Sword of Fury (1973)
  • Kuro no honryu, aka Ordinary Darkness (1972)
  • Play (1971)
  • Ju hyo ereji (1971)
  • Rikugun rakugohei (1971)
  • Green Light to Joy (1967)


Television

  • Chūshingura Yōzen'in no Inbō (2007)
  • Yoshitsune (2005)
  • Proof of the Man (2004)
  • Paato-taimu tantei 2 (2004)
  • Paato-taimu tantei (2002)
  • Prince Shotoku (2001)
  • Skip (1996)

  • Haru no Hatō (1985)
  • Kusa Moeru (1979)
  • Genroku Taiheiki (1975)
  • Edo o Kiru (1973-81)
  • Kunitori Monogatari (1973)
  • Ultra Seven (1968)


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