Yôko Shimada

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Kumamoto City-born Shimada Yoko is best known in the west as Mariko from the 1980 mini-series Shogun. The lady-in-waiting role created an interest in Japan and its culture overseas and introduced Japanese history to foreign audiences. She won the Golden Globe For Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Drama category and was nominated for ... See full bio »

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Shogun Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko
Crying Freeman Lady Hanada
The Hunted Mieko Takeda
The Inugami Family Tamayo Nonomiya


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 2016 Kanon
 2016 God in Jail
 2011 The Faithless Love (Video)
 2011 Mikkai (Video)
 2010 To Live as an Actress
Yôko Shimada
 2005 The Deep Red
Dr. Tanaka
 2002 Undiscovered Tomb
Professor Ivy Chan
 2002 Hero Zheng Chengong
Gong's Mother
 1995 Crying Freeman
Lady Hanada (as Yoko Shimada)
 1995 The Hunted
Mieko Takeda
 1993 The Totsugawa Keibu Series 3 (TV Movie)
Yuki katori
 1993 Oka no ue no himawari (TV Series)
 1991 Doten
 1990 Minamoto Yoshitsune (TV Mini-Series)
Kaneuri Kichiji
 1988 Hanazono no meikyu
Tae Akimoto
 1984 Sanga moyu (TV Series)
 1982 Chicago Story (TV Series)
- Not Quite Paradise: Part 1 (1982) ... Wing
 1981 Ritoru champion
Miki Tsuwa
 1981 Kyukei no koya (TV Movie)
 1980 Shogun (TV Mini-Series)
Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko
- Episode #1.5 (1980) ... Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko
- Episode #1.4 (1980) ... Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko
- Episode #1.3 (1980) ... Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko
 1980 Shogun (TV Movie)
Lady Toda Buntaro - Mariko
 1979 Dog of Fortune
Reiko Kitamori
 1979 Hakuchyu no shikaku
 1977 Village of Eight Gravestones
Yôzô's Wife (uncredited)
 1977 Fushoku no kôzô (TV Series)
 1976 The Inugami Family
Tamayo Nonomiya
 1975 I Am a Cat
 1974 The Castle of Sand
 1971 Kamen Rider (TV Series)
Hiromi Nohara
- Chameleon-The God of Death (1971) ... Hiromi Nohara
- The Mutant Mantis-Man (1971) ... Hiromi Nohara
- The Man-Eating Sarasenian (1971) ... Hiromi Nohara
- Monster, Scorpion Man (1971) ... Hiromi Nohara
 1963 Kôkan nikki
 1960 Jûrokusai
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Photo book: "Kir Royal" (colllection of nude photos).

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3 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Yoko Shimada


5' 7¼" (1.71 m)

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She is best known to Western audiences for her portrayal of Mariko (Lady Toda Buntaro) in the 1980 miniseries, Shogun with Richard Chamberlain and Toshiro Mifune. She, Takeshi Ôbayashi (Urano), and Masumi Okada (Brother Michael) were the only members of Shogun's massive cast of Japanese actors shown speaking English.

Her film and TV career dates back to the early 1970s, and she continues to appear... See more »

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