March 14, 2010

Kumi Mizuno

screenshot from Invasion of Astro-Monster

screenshot from Ebirah, Horror of the Deep

Kumi Mizuno
Best known for her role of Miss Namikawa in Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965). Kumi Mizuno is, indisputably, Toho's most popular actress. Mizuno was born in 1937. In the late 50's and early 60's Mizuno's career was booming, and she quickly became a favorite of director Ishiro Honda.

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 60's. 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.

Kumi's role as Daiyo in Gojira, Ebirâ, Mosura: Nankai no daiketto (1966) was one of her most memorable performances. (from IMDB)



Interview with Kumi Mizuni:

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