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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Tomio Aoki (October 7, 1923 in Yokohama, Japan – January 24, 2004 in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan) aka Tokkan Kozō was a Japanese film actor. Aoki became famous as a child actor after debuting at the age of six in silent films directed by Yasujirō Ozu. His leading role in Ozu's 1929 short comedy Tokkan kozo gave Aoki his nickname. I Was Born, But... (1932), Passing Fancy (1933) and An Inn in Tokyo (1935) were three other Ozu films in which Aoki had notable roles. Aoki disappeared from Japanese cinema in 1940, at the age of 16, but returned to film acting in Kon Ichikawa's The Burmese Harp (1956). During the 1960s he appeared in films for directors Seijun Suzuki and Teruo Ishii before retiring again in 1972. He again returned to the screen in 1995 in Makoto Shinozaki's Okaeri, and appeared in Suzuki's Pistol Opera (2001). He continued appearing in films, and in short comedies by Shinozaki until his death in 2004. He shared the Best Actor award at the French Three Continents Festival with two of his co-stars for Shinozaki's Not Forgotten (2000). By the time of his death, at the age of 80, Aoki had performed in over 300 films. Description above from the Wikipedia article Tomio Aoki, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.
Sunday, October 7, 1923, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Saturday, January 24, 2004
1932 I Was Born, But...Keiji (as Tokkan-Kozou) 1933 Apart from YouShôkiku's younger brother 1934 A Story of Floating WeedsTomi-boh 1935 An Inn in TokyoZenko 1936 The Only Son 1937 What Did the Lady Forget?Tomio 1956 The Burmese HarpOyama 1956 The Thick-Walled Room 1956 Suzaki Paradise: Red Light DistrictIce Man 1957 A Sun-Tribe Myth from the Bakumatsu Era 1958 Nishi Ginza Station 1961 Pigs and BattleshipsKyuro 1963 Youth of the BeastTerumi Matsui 1964 Intentions of Murder 2001 Pistol OperaLimited to the 15 most popular items