Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role 1958
SEX WORKER ROLE
Eiko in A Girl Named Tamiko 1962
Character Is A Prostitute
Miyoshi Umeki in A Girl Named Tamiko 1962
The name Eiko in “A Girl Named Tamiko” has a beautiful ring. After her success with both the Broadway and film versions of “Flower Drum Song,” Miyoshi took the role of Eiko. However, it seems such a throwaway part as she has nothing to do. In fairness, roles for Asians are still pretty limited even today. So back in the 1960s, they were practically non-existent. As an Asian performer, you have to take what you get offered. In this film, Miyoshi plays a kindhearted Japanese prostitute living in Tokyo. Within the first 30 minutes of the film, her white male lover dumps her.
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