We are terribly sad to report today that one of Japan’s most beloved classic film actresses, Yuriko Hoshi [星 由里子], has passed at the relatively young age of 74. She will be deeply missed by the tokusatsu fandom, and of course her friends and family.
Hoshi-san is best known to Toho enthusiasts for her roles in two of the Showa era’s finest films, Mothra vs Godzilla and Ghidorah, The Three Headed Monster; though her career was long and prolific outside of these works having starred in almost 100 films over an incredible six decades. She made a return to the Godzilla franchise in 2000’s Godzilla vs Megaguirus, and had made a successful television & film career in her final years. Her final film, Oh’oka Echizen: Shirasu ni Saita Shinjitsu, was released on Japanese television this past year.
Yuriko Hoshi actress. She passed away.Very sorry and disappointed.
– Yuji Nishimura
Confirmation of Hoshi’s tragic passing comes to us from friend Yuji Nishimura, better known as Mr. M1 to fans.
Our deepest condolences to her family and friends during this difficult time, and to all fans feeling the loss of another Showa-era great.
Rest in peace, Hoshi-san. Your talent, bravery, and beauty will continue to inspire generations of film-lovers for ages to come.