End Credits #37: Cinema's 2015 Lost Treasures Setsuko Hara
These are some of Cinema's sad departures of 2015 taken from my personal notes soon after hearing of the tragic events:
Currently being reported is the death of Japanese actress Setsuko Hara which occurred on September 5, 2015 at age 95. She was one of Japan's most beloved actresses most notably for her carefully subdued, emotive performances in six of Yasujiro Ozu's films: Late Spring, Early Summer, Tokyo Story (considered by many to be one of the greatest films ever made, her captivating performance a substantial part of that), Tokyo Twilight, Late Autumn, and The End of Summer. She also starred in films for Akira Kurosawa: No Regrets for Our Youth and Mikio Naruse: Repast and appeared in Hiroshi Inagaki's epic Chūshingura as well as many other highly regarded cinematic works. Her thirty year film career ended by her decision to retire soon after Ozu's death in 1963. Setsuko Hara (June 17, 1920 - September 5, 2015) R.I.P.