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Machiko Kyo an awe-inspiring star of Japanese film’s golden age

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Actress Machiko Kyo, who died May 12 at age 95, was still new to the movies when she sighed at her face in the mirror. Her eyebrows were too thick for a period drama. This wouldn't really matter if she was a stage actress, she reckoned, as makeup would solve the problem.

But on the silver screen, a close-up shot would fully reveal the "flaw."

When she was cast in a starring role in "Rashomon," she solved the problem by shaving her eyebrows. Her professionalism impressed even the esteemed director Akira Kurosawa.

Born in Osaka in 1924, Kyo was 3 years old when her parents separated, consigning her to a lonely childhood. She dreamed of joining Osaka Shochiku Kagekidan, a girls' revue........

© The Asahi Shimbun