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Best known for her role of Miss Namikawa in Invasion of Astro-Monster, 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 50s and early 60s 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 an 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-60s.

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.


Filmography

Acting credits

  • 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 Togawa, Doctor
  • The Killing Bottle (1967)
  • Love is in the Green Wind (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: Ishiro HondaEiji TsuburayaSFX directorMotoyoshi OdaKoji HashimotoKoichi KawakitaAssistant SFX directorJun FukudaYoshimitsu BannoMikio Naruse
Producers: Tomoyuki Tanaka
Writers: Shinichi SekizawaTakeo MurataTakeshi Kimura
Composers: Akira IfukubeMasaru Sato
Actors and actresses: Akira TakaradaAkihiko HirataMomoko KochiTakashi ShimuraFuyuki MurakamiRaymond BurrHiroshi KoizumiTadao TakashimaHideyo AmamotoKumi MizunoSusumu KurobeSeiji ŌnakaKoji FuruhataDon MessickTGPH
Suit actors: Haruo NakajimaKatsumi TezukaHiroshi SekitaKōji SoraSatoshi FuruyaKoetsu OmiyaShinji TakagiHideto OdachiIsao ZushiTadakki WatanabeToru Kawai
Directors: Kazuki OmoriTakao OkawaraWriters: Kazuki Omori
Composers: Reijiro KorokuKouichi SugiyamaTakayuki Hattori
Actors and actresses: Megumi OdakaMasahiro TakashimaJirō DanMayumi ŌkuwaKaori AizawaKenichirō Shimamura
Suit actors: Wataru FukudaRyō HaritaniKenpachiro SatsumaHurricane Ryu HarikenTsutomu KitagawaMizuho YoshidaAkira OhashiToshinori Sasaki
Printed media: Noriyoshi OhraiHurricane Ryu Hariken
Directors: Takao OkawaraMasaaki TezukaShusuke KanekoHirofumi IshigakiRyuhei Kitamura
Producers: Shogo Tomiyama
Writers: Wataru Mimura
Composers: Michiru OshimaKow Otani
Actors and actresses:Natalia D. AdamsOrga vocalizations
Suit actors: Rie OtaToshinori SasakiHirofumi IshigakiKazuhiro Yoshida
Directors: Roland Emmerich
Producers: Dean Devlin
Writers: Dean Devlin
Actors and actresses: Frank WelkerGodzilla vocalizations
Suit actors: Kurt Carley
Directors: Gareth EdwardsJordan Vogt-Roberts
Producers: Thomas TullJon JashniMary ParentBrian RogersYoshimitsu Banno
Writers: Max Borenstein
Composers: Alexandre DesplatHenry Jackman
Actors and actresses: Aaron Taylor-JohnsonKen WatanabeElizabeth OlsenJuliette BinocheSally HawkinsDavid StrathairnBryan CranstonCarson BoldeCJ AdamsAl SapienzaTom HiddlestonSamuel L. JacksonJohn GoodmanBrie LarsonJing TianToby KebbellJohn OrtizCorey HawkinsJason MitchellShea WhighamThomas MannJohn C. ReillyMillie Bobby BrownKyle ChandlerVera FarmigaO'Shea Jackson Jr.Aisha HindsAnthony RamosCharles DanceRandell HavensThomas MiddleditchBradley WhitfordZhang Ziyi
Suit actors: T.J. Storm
Directors: Hideaki AnnoShinji HiguchiKobun ShizunoHiroyuki Seshita
Writers: Hideaki Anno
Composers: Shiro SagisuTakayuki Hattori
Actors and actresses: Ren MatsuzawaMiwa SasakiHiroki HasegawaYutaka TakenouchiSatomi IshiharaMamoru MiyanoTakahiro SakuraiKana HanazawaTomokazu SugitaYuuki KajiJunichi Suwabe
Suit actors: Mansai Nomura
Directors: Willis O'Brien
Actors and actresses: Peter CullenKing Kong vocalizations
IDW Publishing: Chris MowryMatt FrankJeff ZornowPriscilla Tramontano
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