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Hara Setsuko (born Aida Masae on June 171920 in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture) is a famous Japanese actress who appeared in many of Ozu Yasujiro's films. She also starred in pictures by Kurosawa Akira, Naruse Mikio and other prominent directors. She is called "the Eternal Virgin" in Japan and was a symbol of Japanese film's golden era of the 1950s. After she suddenly quit acting in 1962, Hara has led a secluded life in Kamakura, refusing all interviews. It has been suggested that Hara was an inspiration for the character of Chiyoko in Millennium Actress.
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