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RIP Harue Akagi, truly one of the greats of the acting world

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Actress Harue Akagi, who died on Nov. 29 at the age of 94, chose acting as her career when she left school at 16.

But landing an acting role did not come easily. Even though she did fairly well in auditions, she invariably ended up in second place.

After agonizing over her choices, Akagi made up her mind to volunteer for the role of an old woman in a costume drama.

She nailed the role perfectly and without any apparent effort. The director was hugely impressed.

While male actors were being sent to the front during World War II, Akagi even played sword-wielding male roles. But when more and more movies began to take on the rigidity of propaganda films glorifying the war effort, she moved to Manchuria in the hope of pursuing her theatrical career without........

© The Asahi Shimbun