It is Cult Faction’s sad duty to report that Japanese film, television, stage, and anime actress Haruko Kato passed away on Monday. She was 92.
Kato is known for her roles in stage plays, as well as live-action television dramas such as the 1964 Shichinin no Mago series, and the 1974 Terauchi Kantarō Ikka series. In anime, she is perhaps best known as the voice of Madam Suliman in Hayao Miyazaki‘s Howl’s Moving Castle anime film. She also voiced the Madame in Miyazaki’s Kiki’s Delivery Service film in 1989. She also had a minor role as Giny in the 1969 anime film Senya Ichiya Monogatari (One Thousand and One Nights).