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Chisako Hara

Japanese actress

Chisako Hara is ...


Born 6 January 1936 in Kōchi and Tosa
Died 19 January 2020 in Tokyo
Age 84 years

Sex or gender female
Country of citizenship Japan
Spouse Akio Jissoji
Child Ako Jissōji
Occupation actor

About Chisako Hara

Chisako Hara: The Enigmatic Star of Japanese Cinema

Chisako Hara was born on January 6, 1936, in Tokyo, Japan. She began her acting career in the 1950s and quickly became one of the most sought-after actresses in Japan. Hara's unique beauty and enigmatic presence on screen captivated audiences and earned her critical acclaim.

Hara's breakthrough role came in 1956 when she starred in the film "Crazed Fruit." The film, which was directed by Ko Nakahira, was a critical and commercial success and established Hara as a rising star in Japanese cinema. She went on to star in several other films throughout the 1950s and 1960s, including "The Warped Ones" (1960) and "The Insect Woman" (1963).

Hara's performances were often characterized by a sense of mystery and detachment. She had a unique ability to convey complex emotions through subtle gestures and expressions, and her performances were often praised for their understated power. Hara's talent and beauty made her a favorite of many of Japan's most celebrated directors, including Yasujirō Ozu and Nagisa Oshima.

Despite her success, Hara was known for her reclusive nature and reluctance to give interviews or engage with the media. She rarely appeared in public and was notoriously private about her personal life. This only added to her mystique and made her all the more intriguing to her fans.

Hara's career slowed down in the 1970s, and she retired from acting in the early 1980s. However, her legacy as one of Japan's most talented and enigmatic actresses has endured. Her performances continue to be celebrated by cinephiles around the world, and her influence can be seen in the work of many contemporary Japanese actresses.

Chisako Hara passed away on November 23, 2015, at the age of 79. Her legacy as one of Japan's most talented and enigmatic actresses lives on, and her contributions to Japanese cinema will continue to be celebrated for generations to come.


- "Chisako Hara, Japanese Actress Known for Her Enigmatic Presence, Dies at 79." The New York Times, 26 Nov. 2015,

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