Eiji Funakoshi

Eiji Funakoshi
Born Eijiro Funakoshi
(1923-03-17)March 17, 1923
Tokyo, Japan
Died March 17, 2007(2007-03-17) (aged 84)
Occupation Actor

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.[1]

Funakoshi was a favorite actor of internationally renowned director Kon Ichikawa.[1] 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.

Eiji Funakoshi died of a stroke at 10:57pm on March 17, 2007, on his 84th birthday.[1]


Year Film Role
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)
Tsuruo Ichioka
The Hole
(穴 Ana)
Koisuke Sengi
1958 The Loyal 47 Ronin
(忠臣蔵 Chūshingura)
Tsunanori Uesugi
1959 Fires on the Plain
(野火 Nobi)
1960 Jokyo
(女経 Jokyo)
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)
Heima Kadokura
1964 Manji
Kotaro Kakiuchi
1965 Gamera
(大怪獣ガメラ Daikaijū Gamera)
Dr. Hidaka
1966 Shiroi Kyoto
Professor Kikukawa
1969 Gamera vs. Guiron
(ガメラ対大悪獣ギロン Gamera Tai Daiakujū Giron)
Dr. Shiga
1969 Blind Beast
(盲獣 Mōjū)
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)



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