Japanese Actresses

by treasureplanet-997-192782 | created - 27 Jun 2011 | updated - 04 Sep 2013 | Public

1. Yû Aoi

Actress | Kanojo ga sono na wo shiranai toritachi

Aoi Yu, born Natsui Yu in Kasuga, Fukuoka, which is a de facto suburb of Fukuoka City, is a Japanese actress, voice actress, model and TV personality who has become a beloved tour de force in Japan and beyond. In 1999, at the age of 14, she made her stage debut as Polly in the musical production of...

She played the role of Polly in the musical "Annie" in 1999. Two years afterward, she achieved the movie first performance with Director Shunji Iwai's "All About Lily Chou-Chou", and expressed the schoolgirl's youth.

2. Sakura Andô

Actress | Manbiki kazoku

With parents in the show business perhaps it is not surprising that Ando Sakura would become an actress and, moreover, also end up marrying an actor. She was born to actor/director Okuda Eiji and celebrity Kazu Ando on 18.02.1986. Her great grandfather was prime minister Tsuyoshi. Her older sister ...

In 2010, she was chosen as the Best supporting actress with Japanese movie mag "Kinema Junpo's top ten". She is mainly playing an active part in the independent movie. His father is actor Eiji Okuda.

3. Ruriko Asaoka

Actress | Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro aiaigasa

Ruriko Asaoka was born on July 2, 1940 in Changchun, Jilin, China as Nobuko Asai. She is an actress, known for Tora-san's Rise and Fall (1975), Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro kurenai no hana (1995) and Machibuse (1970). She was previously married to Koji Ishizaka.

She was born in Manchuria, and her screen debut was in 1954. Since then, she has been recognized by people as "a fashionable actress", and is appearing on 150 movies by the present. In 2011, She starred on the movie, called the action film "Dendera", describing old women's revenge thrown away into the snow-covered mountain by her family.

4. Kumiko Asô

Actress | Kairo

Born Hiramaru Kumiko in Chiba Prefecture's Sanbu-gun (now separated into Sanmushi and rural Sanbu-gun), which is next door to Narita, Japan on the 17th of June 1978, Kumiko Aso began her film career with 1995's Bad Guy Beach despite a lack of interest in acting at the time. It was 1998's Dr. Akagi,...

Born in Chiba. In 1998, She starred with the pure girl's role to "Kanzo Sensei" by Director Shohei Imamura, and won many movie prizes in Japan. Now, she appears on both a movie and a teleplay and is doing natural comedy performance.

5. Haruka Ayase

Actress | Umimachi Diary

Born Tademaru Aya in Asaminami Ward, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture in March 1985, Ayase Haruka is a former gravure idol who went on to become a mainstream model, singer and actress. She was athletic during her school days and participated in several sports. She began acting with an ...

A young Japanese actress. She stars on many movies and is popular at mainly fine comedy performance. She was also a singer.

6. Chieko Baishô

Actress | Hauru no ugoku shiro

Chieko Baishô was born on June 29, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Howl's Moving Castle (2004), Tora-san's Runaway (1970) and Tora-san's Rise and Fall (1975). She has been married to Reijiro Koroku since 1993. She was previously married to Mamoru Komiya.

She was born to Tokyo and emigrated to Ibaraki Prefecture in wartime. She first appeared on the movie in 1961. Then, she appears on the movie of Director Yoji Yamada who makes a humane comedy frequently. she played the polite role of the eldest daughter on the series movie "Otoko wa Tsuraiyo", and acquired national popularity. (This series continued to 48 works, and she appeared on those all) In 2004, She performed heroine Sophy's voice by Director Hayao Miyazaki's animation "Howl's Moving Castle", and she all played voice from Sophy's girlhood to the old woman.

7. Mitsuko Baishô

Actress | Ikiteru uchiga hana nanoyo shin-dara sore madeyo to sengen

Mitsuko Baisho was born in 1946 and after studying at the Shochiku School of Dance and Music, she started a remarkable film career. She has made over sixty films, has been in at least ten masterpieces, has worked for the greatest Japanese filmmakers (Kurosawa: 'Kagemusha', 'Dreams'; Imamura: '...

8. Yûko Daike

Actress | Zatôichi

Yûko Daike was born on August 9, 1971 in Kôchi, Japan. She is an actress, known for The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003), Fireworks (1997) and Ju-on: The Curse 2 (2000).

Her screen debut is Takeshi's "Kid's Return".

9. Sumiko Fuji

Actress | Omocha

Sumiko Fuji was born on December 1, 1945 in Gobo, Wakayama, Japan as Junko Shundô. She is an actress, known for The Geisha House (1998), Okoma: The Orphan Gambler (1971) and Hula Girls (2006).

10. Ayako Fujitani

Actress | Gamera daikaijû kuchu kessen

Ayako Fujitani was born on December 7, 1979 in Osaka, Japan as Ayako Faith Fujitani. She is an actress and writer, known for Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995), Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion (1996) and Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999). She has been married to Javier Gullón since 2016.

11. Naomi Fujiyama

Actress | Kao

Naomi Fujiyama was born on December 28, 1958 in Osaka, Japan. She is an actress, known for Face (2000), The Projects (2016) and Kigeki meoto zenzai (1968).

12. Eri Fukatsu

Actress | Odoru daisosasen the movie 2: Rainbow Bridge wo fuusa seyo!

Fukatsu Eri was born in the southern prefecture of Oita. She participated in the Miss Harajuku Grand Prix held in Tokyo's Harajuku neighbourhood at age thirteen and, upon winning it, quickly moved into the world of entertainment releasing singles and albums, appearing on the small and big screen ...

13. Setsuko Hara

Actress | Banshun

Setsuko Hara became one of Japan's best-loved stars over her 30-year film career. Her signature character type, variations on a daughter devoted to her parents and home, inspired the nickname that stayed with her until retirement: the Eternal Virgin. To some extent, reality mirrored her roles in ...

15. Ai Hashimoto

Actress | Kokuhaku

Kumamoto-native Hashimoto Ai debuted in 2008 via an audition at Sony's Newcome that her mother pushed her to attend. Her mother loves celebrities. She has two sisters with her being the middle one. Her mother believed she is the one daughter who could make it in the audition. Immediately after the ...

16. Kanako Higuchi

Actress | Rônin-gai

Kanako Higuchi was born on December 13, 1958 in Niigata, Japan. She is an actress, known for Rônin-gai (1990), Casshern (2004) and Letter from the Mountain (2002). She has been married to Shigesato Itoi since 1993.

17. Rumi Hiiragi

Actress | Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

Rumi Hiiragi was born on August 1, 1987 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Spirited Away (2001), Ponyo (2008) and From Up on Poppy Hill (2011).

18. Ryôko Hirosue

Actress | Okuribito

Kochi on the island of Shikoku was bombed from the air and razed to the ground by the USA during 1945, but Kochi castle still stands as a historical point of interest. More recently the city has acted as the birth place of short-haired tomboyish singer and actress Hirosue Ryoko. She signed up for ...

19. Maki Horikita

Actress | Always san-chôme no yûhi

Horikita Maki (born Marina Hara) was born in Tokyo the eldest of three sisters in 1988. She was a tomboy growing up and by the time of her retirement also had short hair as she was older. In-between she was an attractive actress, model and corporate product endorser with longer hair between 2003 ...

20. Etsuko Ichihara

Actress | Kimi no na wa.

Etsuko Ichihara died in the early hours of 13.01.2019 at age 82 in Tokyo, Japan due to heart failure. She had outlived her husband and had no children. She had been ill and hospitalized, but discharged on the 30th of December allowing her to spend New Year's at home. She returned to another ...

21. Chizuru Ikewaki

Actress | Neko no ongaeshi

Chizuru Ikewaki was born on November 21, 1981 in Higashiosaka, Japan. She is an actress, known for The Cat Returns (2002), Osaka Story (1999) and The Light Shines Only There (2014).

22. Ayumi Ishida

Actress | Tokei - Adieu l'hiver

Ayumi Ishida was born on March 26, 1948 in Osaka, Japan. She is an actress, known for Tokei - Adieu l'hiver (1986), House on Fire (1986) and Yaju-deka (1982).

23. Shima Iwashita

Actress | Seppuku

Shima Iwashita was born on January 3, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Hara-Kiri (1962), Ballad of Orin (1977) and Clouds at Sunset (1967). She has been married to Masahiro Shinoda since 1967.

24. Kyôko Kagawa

Actress | Tengoku to jigoku

Born in Namegata, Ibaraki Prefecture in 1931, Kagawa Kyoko (also Makino Kyoko) has endured through the golden age of Japanese cinema, into the end of the century and onto the new to act in many of the more important films from her native country. Growing up she had aspired to learn English and then...

25. Shihori Kanjiya

Actress | Suwingu gâruzu

It was not long after Tokyo-born Kanjiya Shihori's start in the acting profession that she found herself in popular films like Survive Style 5+ and Swing Girls. After several lead roles in TV serials she won both the Rookie Of The Year Elan D'or Award in 2008 and the Best Supporting Actress ...

26. Miho Kanno

Actress | Dolls

Saitama Prefecture is next door to Tokyo and also is where Kanno Miho was born. The actress attended Shukutoku Daigaku and studied Communications, but did not graduate. When at junior High school in 1992 she auditioned for an idol group on TV, which was her foray to becoming famous. She began ...

27. Kirin Kiki

Actress | Manbiki kazoku

She began acting after high school as part of a theatre troupe. Her stage name was Yuuki Chiho. Years later she would relay that she only started acting for the money. Her father had wanted her to become a pharmacologist, but she missed her examination due to a fractured foot. She changed her alias...

28. Rinko Kikuchi

Actress | Babel

Rinko was born Kikuchi Yuriko in Hadano just south of Tokyo. The town is known mainly for its green tea and public baths. She is the youngest of three siblings. After being scouted on the street, she began modeling in her hometown and subsequently began acting under her birth name before switching ...

29. Tae Kimura

Actress | Gururi no koto

Kimura Tae was born in Tokyo. She was a member of the drama club at her junior high school, but enjoyed being a spectator more than being on stage. When in high school she saw actress Kirin Kiki on TV in Daidoroko No Sejyo and was inspired to become an actress. She has been active in the ...

30. Yoshino Kimura

Actress | Kokuhaku

Yoshino Kimura was born on April 10, 1976 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Confessions (2010), Blindness (2008) and Lost Paradise (1997). She has been married to Noriyuki Higashiyama since October 23, 2010.

31. Keiko Kishi

Actress | Tasogare Seibei

Keiko Kishi was born on August 11, 1932 in Yokohama, Japan. She is an actress, known for The Twilight Samurai (2002), Kah-chan (2001) and Brother (1960). She was previously married to Yves Ciampi.

32. Satomi Kobayashi

Actress | Tenkôsei

Satomi Kobayashi was born on May 24, 1965 in Kyoto, Japan. She is an actress, known for I Are You, You Am Me (1982), Pale Moon (2014) and The Reason (2004). She was previously married to Kôki Mitani.

33. Eiko Koike

Actress | Seppun

Eiko Koike was born on November 20, 1980 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for The Kiss (2007), Rebirth (2011) and 2LDK (2003). She has been married to Wataru Sakata since August 29, 2007.

34. Kyôko Koizumi

Actress | Tokyo Sonata

One goes to Atsugi to see the American war machine at work or see where one of Japan's leading pop singers was born. Born in Kanagawa just south of Tokyo in 1966, Koizumi Kyoko participated in and won the Staa Tanjo! ('A Star Is Born') television talent program in 1981 and subsequently released her...

35. Koyuki

Actress | The Last Samurai

Gaining her first exposure to Western audiences in Edward Zwick's 2003 film The Last Samurai (2003), Koyuki was well-known in Japan for years before that. She first caught the attention of the public in 1997 by winning an exclusive modelling contract with the magazine Non-no, but quickly grew ...

36. Yûki Kudô

Actress | Memoirs of a Geisha

Kudoh Yuki is an accomplished Japanese singer, former teen idol and actress whose resume includes more than half a dozen records, starring roles in Japanese, Japan-Iran and Japan-Canada films, stage and anime productions. She was only seventeen when she was working overseas, in the USA, filming a ...

37. Komaki Kurihara

Actress | Shinobugawa

Komaki Kurihara was born on March 14, 1945 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for The Long Darkness (1972), Tora-san's Island Encounter (1985) and Ekipazh (1980).

38. Mitsuko Kusabue

Actress | Dai tozoku

Mitsuko Kusabue was born on October 22, 1933 in Yokohama, Japan. She is an actress, known for The Lost World of Sinbad (1963), Miyamoto Musashi (1984) and Shikonmado - Dai tatsumaki (1964).

39. Shioli Kutsuna

Actress | Deadpool 2

Kutsuna Shioli was born in Australia, but moved to Japan at age 14 in order to pursue a career in acting. Shioli won the 11th Japan Bishojo Contest in 2006. This award chooses the most beautiful young girl in Japan. Her first role came next year when she was part of the cast of 3 Nen B Gumi ...

40. Atsuko Maeda

Actress | Tabi no owari sekai no hajimari

Atsuko was born on July 10, 1991 in Ichikawa. She rapidly shot to stardom at age 14 as a member of the hugely successful J-Pop girl band AKB48 (named after the Akihabara district of Tokyo where the group has its own theater). After 7 years, she launched her solo music career, then did acting for ...

41. Kaho Minami

Actress | Hotaru

Kaho Minami was born on January 20, 1964 in Amagasaki, Japan. She is an actress and producer, known for Hotaru (1989), Dream Street (1989) and Four Days of Snow and Blood (1989). She was previously married to Ken Watanabe and Jinsei Tsuji.

42. Hikari Mitsushima

Actress | Ai no mukidashi

The short-haired Mitsushima Hikari was born in Okinawa, which is Japan's southernmost prefecture and mostly occupied by the American military since World War II. Mitsushima's grandmother was French-American. Her siblings are a model, a basketball player and an actor. Hikari began her entertainment ...

43. Nobuko Miyamoto

Actress | Marusa no onna

Wife of quirky Japanese director, Jûzô Itami, and star of most of his movies. In late 1997 her husband comitted suicide, over a magazine's allegations of him having an extra-marital affair.

44. Aoi Miyazaki

Actress | Ôkami kodomo no Ame to Yuki

Miyazaki Aoi is a former child actor whose professional career started at age four in advertisements, commercials and as an extra. She was born in Tokyo in 1985. Her serial and feature film debuts came in 1999 when she was fourteen. In that year she starred in her film debut Ano Natsu No Hi and ...

45. Rie Miyazawa

Actress | Yu wo wakasuhodo no atsui ai

She started her career playing innocent girl-next door types in movies and TV dramas, but shocked the Japanese public in the early 90s by starring in the movie Erotic Liaisons, and then by appearing nude in a photo book titled, "Santa Fe". As a result, the conservative NHK network dropped her from ...

46. Kaori Momoi

Actress | Memoirs of a Geisha

This unique actress was born in 1952 in Tokyo. She is the daughter of a professor of international politics and a jewel designer. She began studying ballet at young age and attended the British Royal Academy of Dance for 3 years from the age of 12. Since her movie debut in 1971, she has won many ...

47. Masako Motai

Actress | Soredemo boku wa yattenai

Born in Shibuya, Tokyo. A Japanese actress joined in Shasha Co.. Started acting in around 1972, created an acting band called Gekidan Sanjyumaru with Eri Watanabe in 1979. At the time she was directing, yet she began to act later on. In 1984, she played a role of a teacher in a TV drama called "...

48. Nae

Actress | Letters from Iwo Jima

Nae was born on May 12, 1970 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan as Nae Tazawa. She is an actress, known for Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Inland Empire (2006) and A Class to Remember (1993).

49. Hiromi Nagasaku

Actress | Funuke domo, kanashimi no ai wo misero

Hiromi Nagasaku was born on October 14, 1970 in Ibaraki, Japan. She is an actress, known for Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers! (2007), Rebirth (2011) and The Furthest End Awaits (2014). She has been married to Maro Naitô since April 27, 2009. They have one child.

50. Masami Nagasawa

Actress | Gintama

She was born in Iwata, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan on June 3, 1987. Her father Nagasawa Kazuaki was a professional football player and on Japan's national team who later became a coach for Jubilo Iwata. She won the Toho Cinderella contest in 1999 and joined the entertainment business in 2000 with ...

51. Riisa Naka

Actress | Toki o kakeru shôjo

Riisa Naka was born on October 18, 1989 in Higashisonogi, Nagasaki, Japan. She is an actress, known for The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006), Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City (2010) and Summer Wars (2009). She has been married to Akiyoshi Nakao since April 18, 2013. They have one child.

52. Miki Nakatani

Actress | Kiraware Matsuko no isshô

Miki Nakatani was born on January 12, 1976 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Memories of Matsuko (2006), Ring 2 (1999) and Ringu (1998).

53. Fumi Nikaidô

Actress | Jigoku de naze warui

Nikaido Fumi has been active in the movie industry a dozen years and already has as many nominations and wins to her name. She was born in American outpost Okinawa in 1994 and first appeared on screen in 2009. She had won an award celebrating young actresses for the film Himizu at the Venice Film ...

54. Suzuka Ohgo

Actress | Memoirs of a Geisha

Suzuka Ohgo was born on August 5, 1993 in Zama, Japan as Meriko Kitamura. She is an actress, known for Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Gokusen (2002) and Kamen Rider Zero-One: Real×Time (2020).

55. Shinobu Ôtake

Actress | Seishun no mon

Shinobu Ôtake was born on July 17, 1957 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for The Gate of Youth (1975), The Incident (1978) and Railroad Man (1999). She was previously married to Sanma Akashiya and Seiji Hattori.

56. Nene Ohtsuka

Actress | Utsutsu

Nene Ohtsuka was born on June 14, 1968 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Utsutsu (2002), The Laughing Frog (2002) and Man Walking on Snow (2001). She has been married to Seiichi Tanabe since 2002. She was previously married to Sandaime Uotake Shigeo Hamada.

57. Machiko Ono

Actress | Moe no suzaku

The Nara-born actress got an early start in the much praised and oft discussed The Taste Of Tea before staying with the profession and graduating to adult roles. Before that, however, the youngest of four sisters had debuted in Suzaku after, legend has it, director Naomi Kawase spotted her cleaning...

58. Maki Sakai

Actress | Gozonji! Fundoshi zukin

Maki Sakai was born on May 17, 1970 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Gozonji! Fundoshi zukin (1997), Biru to doubutsuen (2008) and Drop (2009).

59. Eriko Satô

Actress | Funuke domo, kanashimi no ai wo misero

Eriko Satô was born on December 19, 1981 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers! (2007), Cutie Honey: Live Action (2004) and Doomsday: The Sinking of Japan (2006).

60. Erika Sawajiri

Actress | Shinobi

Born to a Japanese father and an Algerian mother in Tokyo Erika had a well-off upbringing and engaged in dancing, playing piano and horseback riding. Her father owned several race tracks, which ensured her access to horses. However, her father died due to cancer while she was in junior high school,...

61. Ko Shibasaki

Actress | Batoru rowaiaru

Ko Shibasaki was born on August 5, 1981 in Tokyo. Her real name is Yukie Yamamura (Ko Shibasaki is a main character of her favorite manga). She started her career at 14 when her talent was discovered by a star agent. She has worked in many TV shows and commercials, starting to become more famous ...

62. Misa Shimizu

Actress | Okoge

Misa Shimizu was born on September 25, 1970 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Okoge (1992), Sumo Do, Sumo Don't (1992) and Future Memories: Last Christmas (1992). She has been married to Charles Bulkley since November 26, 1998. They have two children.

63. Kin Sugai

Actress | Gojira

Sugai Kin was born Susai Kimiko in Tokyo in 1926. She died in August 2018. Upon graduation from high school she worked in the public sector as an office worker around the end of World War II. However, she always wanted to become an actress and did not want to give up on her dream despite the steady...

64. Anne Suzuki

Actress | Snow Falling on Cedars

Tokyo-born Suzuki An is a Japanese actress who was a former child-actress that nonetheless was in the successful Hana And Alice playing the role of a schoolgirl next to Aoi Yu. She would return to this role in 2015. She attended the expensive 'celebrity mill' Horikoshi High School, which Aoi Yu ...

65. Kyôka Suzuki

Actress | Sukedachi-ya Sukeroku

Kyôka Suzuki was born on May 31, 1968 in Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. She is an actress, known for Vengeance for Sale (2001), The Kiyosu Conference (2013) and Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989).

66. Yûko Tanaka

Actress | Amagi goe

Yûko Tanaka was born on April 29, 1955 in Osaka, Japan. She is known for her work on Amagi Pass (1983), Hibi (2005) and The Milkwoman (2005). She has been married to Kenji Sawada since 1989.

67. Keiko Toda

Actress | Majo no takkyûbin

Keiko Toda was born on September 12, 1957 in Nagoya, Japan. She is an actress, known for Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001) and Vampire Hunter D (1985).

68. Tomochika

Actress | Jigoku de naze warui

Tomochika was born on August 2, 1973 in Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan as Yukiko Tomochika. She is an actress, known for Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013), Meet Me After School (2018) and A Courtesan with Flowered Skin (2014).

69. Yôko Tsukasa

Actress | Kinokawa

Yôko Tsukasa was born on August 20, 1934 in Sakai-minato, Japan as Yoko Shoji. She is an actress, known for The Kii River (1966), Yojimbo (1961) and Two in the Shadow (1967). She has been married to Hideyuki Aizawa since 1969.

70. Kazue Tsunogae

Actress | Kamen raidâ Ryûki

Kazue Tsunogae was born on October 21, 1954 in Shizuoka, Japan. She was an actress, known for Kamen Rider Ryuki (2002), Kamen Rider 555: Paradise Lost (2003) and Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion (1996). She was married to Akira Emoto. She died on October 27, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

71. Kaoru Yachigusa

Actress | Miyamoto Musashi

Kaoru Yachigusa was born on January 6, 1931 in Osaka, Japan. She was an actress, known for Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954), With Beauty and Sorrow (1965) and Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956). She was married to Senkichi Taniguchi. She died on October 24, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

72. Hiroko Yakushimaru

Actress | Always san-chôme no yûhi

Hiroko Yakushimaru was born on June 9, 1964 in Tokyo, Japan. She is known for her work on Always: Sunset on Third Street (2005), Princess Raccoon (2005) and W's Tragedy (1984). She was previously married to Kôji Tamaki.

73. Kimiko Yo

Actress | Okuribito

Yo Kimiko was born in Yokohama, a city just south of Tokyo to a Japanese mother and Taiwanese father on the 12th of May 1956. Her cousin was actress Bunjaku Han. She became active in front of the camera in 1987 and has been a feature of Japanese television and cinema ever since. She had begun ...

74. Hideko Yoshida

Actress | Shaso

Hideko Yoshida was born on January 7, 1944 in Ishikawa, Japan. She is an actress, known for Shaso (1989), The Pillow Book (1996) and Tidal Wave (1973).

75. Sayuri Yoshinaga

Actress | Kyûpora no aru machi

Veteran Japanese actress Yoshinaga Sayuri was born in Shibuya, Tokyo as World War II drew to a close. She graduated from Tokyo's Waseda University and later married director Okada Taro. She signed with the famous Nikkatsu Studio and has starred in films like Foundry Town ('Kyupora No Aru Machi'), ...

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