Shima Iwashita

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Shima Iwashita
Born (1941-01-03) January 3, 1941 (age 79)
Years active1958–present
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
  • Masahiro Shinoda (m. 1967)

Shima Shinoda (篠田 志麻, Shinoda Shima), better known as Shima Iwashita (岩下 志麻 Iwashita Shima; born January 3, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan), is a Japanese actress who has appeared in about 100 films and many TV productions. She is married to film director Masahiro Shinoda, in whose films she has frequently appeared. She won the award for best actress at the 2nd Hochi Film Award for her performance in Shinoda's Ballad of Orin.[1]


Iwashita's father was the actor and film producer Kiyoshi Nonomura (野々村潔)(1914-2003). Her maternal aunt Shizue Yamagishi (山岸しづ江)was married to the kabuki actor Kawarasaki Chōjūrō IV (四代目 河原崎長十郎)(1902-1981), who starred in Sadao Yamanaka's 1937 Humanity and Paper Balloons, one of the most influential early Japanese talkies, and was one of the founders in 1931 of the Zenshinza Theatre Company (劇団前進座).


After attending No 3 Municipal Primary School and No 3 Municipal Middle School in Musashino City to the west of Tokyo, Iwashita proceeded first to Tokyo Metropolitan Musashi High School then Myōjō Gakuen High School before entering the Arts Faculty of Seijo University, which she left before taking a degree.


In a career lasting (so far) 60 years, Iwashita has appeared in some 40 TV productions (1958-2014) and about 100 films (1960-2003). She made her TV debut in 1958 in the daytime drama serial Basu-dōri ura (バス通り裏: Just Off the Main Street). Her first film role was in Keisuke Kinoshita's 1960 The River Fuefuki (笛吹川: Fuefukigawa). She remained with the production company Shōchiku from then until 1976. Also in 1960, she had the small part of a young woman at a reception desk in Yasujirō Ozu's Late Autumn (秋日和: Akibiyori). Ozu again cast her as Chishū Ryū's daughter Michiko in the 1962 An Autumn Afternoon, his last film (he died shortly after completing it). According to the critic Nobuo Chiba, Ozu had Iwashita in mind for a role in the film he was preparing at the time of his death, Radishes and Carrots (大根と人参: Daikon to ninjin)(Nobuo Chiba, Ozu Yasujirō and the 20th Century: 千葉信夫,「小津安二郎と20世紀」, p. 337) In an article in the 12 October 2011 edition of the weekly magazine Shūkan Shinchō(週刊新潮), Iwashita was quoted as saying that whenever she is abroad she is still very frequently asked about Ozu. In 1986, she starred in Gokudō no onnatachi (極道の妻たち: Yakuza Wives), which turned out to be the first in a series of (so far) 16 immensely popular films. (Up to 2013: Iwashita has not appeared in all of them.)

Iwashita has appeared in a large number of commercials for a variety of products. For many years she was the face of the Nippon Menard Cosmetic Company. Iwashita has been married to the director Masahiro Shinoda since 1967.

Selected filmography[edit]


Year Film Role Notes
1960 Late Autumn Uketsuke no josei: woman on reception desk
1962 Harakiri Miho Tsugumo
An Autumn Afternoon Michiko Hirayama Leading role
1963 Twin Sisters of Kyoto Chieko/Naeko Leading role
1964 Assassination Oren
1965 Sword of the Beast Taka
1967 Portrait of Chieko Chieko Takamura Leading role
1969 Double Suicide Koharu / Osan Leading role
Red Lion Tomi
1971 Silence Kiku
1974 Himiko Himiko Leading role
1977 Ballad of Orin Orin Leading role
1978 The Demon Oume Leading role
Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron Chiyo
1982 Suspicion Ritsuko Sahara Leading role
Onimasa Uta Kiryuin
1984 MacArthur's Children Tome
Fireflies in the North Yu Nakamura
1986 Gonza the Spearman Osai
1990 Childhood Days Shizue Kazama
1993 Kozure Ōkami: Sono Chiisaki Te ni
1995 Sharaku Troupe Leader
1997 Moonlight Serenade Fuji
1999 Owls' Castle Kita no Mandokoro
2003 Spy Sorge Mrs. Konoe


Year Title Role Notes
1979 Kusa Moeru Hōjō Masako Leading role, Taiga drama
1987 Dokuganryū Masamune Yoshihime Taiga drama
2000 Aoi Ogō Taiga drama


On stage, Iwashita played Desdemona to the Othello of Keita Asari (浅利慶太) .



  1. ^ 報知映画賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Archived from the original on 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2010-01-25.

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