Keiko Kishi, Eternally Rebellious

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Pascal-Alex Vincent

Born in 1932, Keiko Kishi has been one of the first Japanese actresses known worldwide. Her decision to move to France and to marry director Yves Ciampi in 1957 – after he filmed her in Typhoon Over Nagasaki starring Jean Marais and Danielle Darrieux – caused a huge scandal in Japan.
Despite this transgression, Keiko Kishi continued acting in her home country with Kon Ichikawa, Yasujiro Ozu, Masaki Kobayashi… building unique bridges between Japanese and European cultures. Free and rebellious, she emancipated herself from the many obstacles she encountered in the film industry, and created her own production company in her early twenties.
Let’s look back at the story of a pioneer, an inspiration for many generations.

Festivals & Awards

Festival Lumière 2023 – Documentaries on Cinema

Original title: KEIKO KISHI, UNE FEMME LIBRE

Production: PAPER MOON

Nationality: France

Year of production: 2023

Running time: 52'

Language: French

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