Momoko Kōchi

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Momoko Kōchi
Momoko Kōchi in 1954
Momoko Ōkōchi

(1932-03-07)March 7, 1932
DiedNovember 5, 1998(1998-11-05) (aged 66)
Tokyo, Japan
Other namesMomoko Hisamatsu
Years active1953-1998
SpouseSadataka Hisamatsu (1961-1998)

Momoko Kōchi (born Momoko Okouchi March 7, 1932 - November 5, 1998) was a Japanese actress.[1] She is best known for her roles in the original Godzilla, playing the character of Emiko Yamane. Kōchi later played the same role in Godzilla vs. Destoroyah in 1995. She starred in The Mysterians, playing Hiroko Iwamoto.

Kōchi was discovered in 1953 in Toho's New Face Contest.[2] By the late 1950s she found herself typecast into science fiction and horror movies. She decided to pursue formal acting.[1] In the 1960s she was on stage doing Shakespeare.[1] She also did occasional television commercials.[1] She didn't act in movies again until 1995. Kōchi died at age 66 in Tokyo Japan on November 5, 1998[3] from intestinal cancer.[4]

Selected filmography[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1954 Godzilla Emiko Yamane
1955 Half Human Machiko Takeno
1957 A Rainbow Plays in My Heart (わが胸に虹は消えず, Waga mune ni niji wa kiezu) Ikuko Asō
The Mysterians Hiroko Iwamoto
1958 The Badger Palace (大当り狸御殿, Oatari tanukigoten) aka The Princess of Badger Palace
1995 Godzilla vs. Destoroyah Emiko Yamane

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Bruce Eder. "Momoko Kochi". AllMovie. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  2. "Godzilla (1954) Review". Film Takeout. Archived from the original on 20 May 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  3. "Momoko Kôchi". Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  4. "The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volume 10". Retrieved 12 December 2015.

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