Yumi Shirakawa (Akiko Yamazaki)

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Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Yumi Shirakawa joined Toho when she was just 19, in 1956. By the end of the year, Toho had catapulted the beautiful actress into her first starring role, alongside Kenji Sahara in RODAN (Sora no Daikaiju Radon, 1956). Director Ishiro Honda took a shine to her and cast her in several of his subsequent movies, both science fiction (THE MYSTERIANS, THE H-MAN) and not (INAO-STORY OF AN IRON ARM, THE SCARLET MAN). Shirakawa's innately noble good looks tended to typecast her, and her early roles were either beleaguered victims or patrician ice princesses. Read more...