Takako Irie (?? ???, Irie Takako, 7 February 1911 – 12 January 1995) was a Japanese film actress.
Born in Tokyo into the aristocratic Higashibojo family (her birth name was Hideko Higashibojo (??? ??, Higashibojo Hideko)), she graduated from Bunka Gakuin before debuting as an actress at Nikkatsu in 1927.
She became a major star, even starting her own production company, Irie Productions, in 1932.
One of Kenji Mizoguchi's silent film masterpieces, The Water Magician, was produced at that company with Irie starring.
She appeared in many advertisements, as well as on fans and other commercial goods.
Irie was also the subject of a folding screen painting by Nihonga artist Nakamura Daizaburo, which appeared in the 1930 Teiten (Imperial Exhibition), and which is today in the collection of the Honolulu Museum of Art; toy dolls were also produced based on this image.In the postwar period, Irie became known as a "ghost cat actress" (bakeneko joyu) for appearing in a series of kaidan (ghost story) movies.
One of her late memorable roles was in Akira Kurosawa's Sanjuro, where she plays Mutsuta's wife, the lady who warns Sanjuro (Toshiro Mifune) that "the best sword stays in its scabbard".
Her husband, Michiyoshi Tamura, was a film producer.
Their daughter, Wakaba Irie, is also an actress.
Irie's brother, Yasunaga Higashibojo, was a film director and screenwriter.