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Kumi Mizuno in one of her most celebrated roles, Miss Namikawa in Invasion of Astro Monster

Best known for her role of Miss Namikawa in Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965). Kumi Mizuno is, indisputably, Toho's most popular actress. Mizuno was born in 1937 with the birth name Maya Igarashi. By the time she started working for Toho on A Bridge for Us Alone (1958), her second movie, her name had changed to Kumi Mizuno. In the late 50's and early 60's Mizuno's career was booming, and she quickly became a favorite of director Ishiro Honda. Mizuno was often paired with Nick Adams, whenever he did a film for Toho; consequently, rumors of a romance between the two were common occurrence until Mizuno denied it during a interview in 1996. Despite the huge number of films she did early on in her career, Mizuno is best known for her Sci-fi roles in the two Godzilla films and the two Frankenstein films done by Toho in the mid 60's. She became such a cult figure amongst the kaiju fandom that Toho brought her back in 2002 to play a role in Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla and again in 2004 for Godzilla: Final Wars.


Acting Toho Filmography

  • A Bridge for Us Alone (1958) - Chie Kimura
  • A Holiday in Tokyo (1958)
  • The Spell of the Hidden Gold (1958)
  • Herringbone Clouds (1958)
  • The Three Treasures (1959) - Azami
  • President Taiheiki (1959)
  • Whistle in My Heart (1959)
  • One Day I... (1959) - Hideko Kawamura
  • Seniors, Juniors, Co-Workers (1959)
  • Fox and Tanuki (1959) - Sagawa Kayoko
  • Lips Forbidden to Talk (1959)
  • Wanton Journey (1960)
  • The Gambling Samurai (1960) - Kiku
  • Westward Desperado (1960)
  • Challenge to Live (1961)
  • The Merciless Trap (1961)
  • The Crimson Sea (1961)
  • B.G. Story: Nijusai and the Journal (1961)
  • Witness Killed (1961)
  • Counterstroke (1961)
  • Big Shots Die at Dawn (1961)
  • The Underworld Bullet Marks (1961)
  • Kill the Killer! (1961)
  • Gorath (1962)
  • Woman of Design (1962)
  • The Crimson Sky (1962)
  • Operation X (1962)
  • Operation Enemy Fort (1962)
  • Chushingura (1962) - Saho
  • Weed of Crime (1962)
  • Matango (1963) - Mami Sekiguchi
  • Samurai Pirate (1963) - Miwa, Rebel Leader
  • Sink or Swim (1963) - Tomie Tazawa
  • Warring Clans (1963)
  • Interpol Code 8 (1963)
  • Trap of Suicide Kilometer (1964)
  • Jigoku Sakusen (1964)
  • Blood and Diamonds (1964)
  • Whirlwind (1964) - Witch
  • Frankenstein vs. Baragon (1965) - Sueko Togami, Doctor
  • Key of Keys (1965)
  • Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965) - Miss Namikawa
  • White Rose of Hong Kong (1965)
  • Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966) - Daiyo
  • The War of the Gargantuas (1966) - Akemi
  • The Killing Bottle (1967)
  • Love is in the Green Valley (1974) - Mother
  • Mysterious Robber Ruby (1988)
  • Rainbow Kids (1991) - Kanako Yanagawa, 1st Daughter
  • Graduation Journey: I Came from Japan (1993)
  • Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla (2002) - Machiko Tsuge, Prime Minister
  • Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) - Akiko Namikawa, Earth Defense Force Commander
Staff
Directors
Showa era Ishiro HondaEiji TsuburayaSFX directorMotoyoshi OdaKoichi KawakitaAssistant SFX directorJun FukudaYoshimitsu BannoMikio Naruse
Heisei era Koji HashimotoKazuki OmoriTakao Okawara
Millennium series Takao OkawaraMasaaki TezukaShusuke KanekoHirofumi IshigakiRyuhei Kitamura
TriStar Pictures Roland Emmerich
MonsterVerse Gareth EdwardsJordan Vogt-Roberts
Post-Millennium Hideaki AnnoShinji HiguchiKobun ShizunoHiroyuki Seshita
Miscellaneous Willis O'Brien
Producers
Showa era Tomoyuki Tanaka
Millennium series Shogo Tomiyama
TriStar Pictures Dean Devlin
MonsterVerse Thomas TullJon JashniMary ParentBrian RogersYoshimitsu Banno
Writers
Showa era Shinichi SekizawaTakeo MurataTakeshi Kimura
Heisei era Kazuki Omori
Millennium series Wataru Mimura
TriStar Pictures Dean Devlin
MonsterVerse Max Borenstein
Post-Millennium Hideaki Anno
Composers
Showa era Akira IfukubeMasaru Sato
Heisei era Reijiro KorokuKouichi SugiyamaTakayuki Hattori
Millennium series Michiru OshimaKow Otani
MonsterVerse Alexandre DesplatHenry Jackman
Post-Millennium Shiro Sagisu
Actors and actresses
Showa era Akira TakaradaAkihiko HirataMomoko KochiTakashi ShimuraFuyuki MurakamiRaymond BurrHiroshi KoizumiTadao TakashimaHideyo AmamotoKumi MizunoSusumu KurobeSeiji ŌnakaKoji FuruhataDon MessickTGPH
Heisei era Megumi OdakaMasahiro TakashimaJirō DanMayumi ŌkuwaKaori AizawaKenichirō Shimamura
Millennium series Natalia D. AdamsOrga vocalizations
Paramount Pictures Peter CullenKing Kong vocalizations
TriStar Pictures Frank WelkerGodzilla vocalizations
MonsterVerse Aaron Taylor-JohnsonKen WatanabeElizabeth OlsenJuliette BinocheSally HawkinsDavid StrathairnBryan CranstonCarson BoldeCJ AdamsAl Sapienza
Post-Millennium Ren MatsuzawaMiwa SasakiHiroki HasegawaYutaka TakenouchiSatomi Ishihara
Suit actors
Showa era Haruo NakajimaKatsumi TezukaHiroshi SekitaKōji SoraSatoshi FuruyaKoetsu OmiyaShinji TakagiHideto OdachiIsao ZushiTadakki WatanabeToru Kawai
Heisei era Wataru FukudaRyō HaritaniKenpachiro SatsumaHurricane Ryu HarikenTsutomu KitagawaMizuho YoshidaAkira OhashiToshinori Sasaki
Millennium series Rie OtaToshinori SasakiHirofumi IshigakiKazuhiro Yoshida
TriStar Pictures Kurt Carley
MonsterVerse T.J. Storm
Post-Millennium Mansai Nomura
Miscellaneous
Printed media staff Noriyoshi OhraiHurricane Ryu HarikenChris MowryMatt FrankJeff ZornowPriscilla Tramontano

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