Princess Mononoke Actress Mitsuko Mori Dead at 92

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Mitsuko Mori

Mit­suko Mori

Actress Mit­suko Mori, the voice of Hii-sama in the orig­i­nal Japan­ese ver­sion of Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 film Princess Mononoke, died Sat­ur­day at a Tokyo hos­pi­tal. She was 92.

She died due to heart fail­ure caused by pneumonia.

Mori was nom­i­nated for the Award of the Japan­ese Acad­emy for Best Actress in con­nec­tion with her lead­ing role as Yuriko Hiro­sawa (The Authoress) in 2000’s Kawa no nagare no you ni. She received the Order of Cul­ture and the People’s Honor Award.

Mori por­trayed the main char­ac­ter in Horoki over 2,000 times. In addi­iton, she played the main role in the pop­u­lar TV drama Jikan desu yo (It’s time).

She was born Mitsu Murakami in Kyoto on May 9, 1923.

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