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1. Brian Tee Brian Tee Actor, The Wolverine Brian Tee was born in Okinawa, Japan, to a Korean father and a Japanese mother. He moved to Hacienda Heights, California, when he was two. Tee was a star football captain at his Glen A. High School. During high school, he worked at Blackjack Pizza, where fellow Hacienda resident Fergie frequently visited...
2. Rinko Kikuchi Rinko Kikuchi Actress, Pacific Rim
3. Tao Okamoto Tao Okamoto Actress, The Wolverine
4. Samaire Armstrong Samaire Armstrong Actress, It's a Boy Girl Thing
5. Hayao Miyazaki Hayao Miyazaki Director, Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan's greatest animation directors. The entertaining plots, compelling characters, and breathtaking animation in his films have earned him international renown from critics as well as public recognition within Japan. The Walt Disney Company's commitment to introduce the films...
6. Ken Watanabe Ken Watanabe Actor, Inception Ken Watanabe was born on October 21, 1959 in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. In 1978, he moved to Tokyo to pursue his career as an actor. He drew the attention of the critics when Yukio Ninagawa, a famous Japanese director, chose him for the lead role in one of his plays even though Ken was still an acting student...
7. Hiroyuki Sanada Hiroyuki Sanada Actor, The Wolverine Hiroyuki Sanada was born on the 12th of October, 1960 in Tokyo. He made his film debut when he was 5 in Game of Chance (Shin'ichi Chiba played the lead role.) Sanada's father died when he was 11. Sanada joined Japan Action Club, organized and run by Sonny Chiba, when he was 12. Sanada first became famous as an action star for his role in The Shogun's Samurai...
8. Glenn Howerton Glenn Howerton Writer, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
9. Masi Oka Masi Oka Actor, Friends with Benefits
10. Tamlyn Tomita Tamlyn Tomita Actress, The Day After Tomorrow
11. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Actor, Hachi: A Dog's Tale Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa got his first big break as an actor when he was cast in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor. A US Army brat, he was born in Tokyo and lived in various cities while growing up. His father was in the army, stationed at Ft. Bragg (NC), Ft. Polk (LA) and Ft. Hood (TX). His mother was an actress from Tokyo...
12. Olivia de Havilland Olivia de Havilland Actress, The Adventures of Robin Hood Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her surname comes from her paternal grandfather...
13. Akira Kurosawa Akira Kurosawa Writer, Yojimbo After training as a painter (he storyboards his films as full-scale paintings), Kurosawa entered the film industry in 1936 as an assistant director, eventually making his directorial debut with Sanshiro Sugata. Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater creative freedom...
14. Chiaki Kuriyama Chiaki Kuriyama Actress, Kill Bill: Vol. 1
15. Victoria Principal Victoria Principal Actress, Earthquake Victoria Principal is the elder of two daughters born to Bertha Ree (Veal) and Victor R. Principal. Her paternal grandparents were Italian, while her mother's family was from Gordon, Georgia, and South Carolina. Her father, a United States Air Force sergeant, was often transferred to different duty stations...
16. Mako Mako Actor, Memoirs of a Geisha Born in Japan, Mako was living there with his grandparents while his parents studied art in the United States, when Japan and the U.S. went to war in 1941. His parents remained in the U.S., working for the Office of War Information, and, at the cessation of the conflict, were granted U.S. residency by Congress...
17. Leisha Hailey Leisha Hailey Actress, All Over Me
18. Joan Fontaine Joan Fontaine Actress, Rebecca Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to California in the hopes of improving their health...
19. Tadanobu Asano Tadanobu Asano Actor, Thor Asano Tadanobu is a Japanese film actor. His father, an actors' agent, suggested he take on what became his first role, in the TV show "Kimpachi Sensei," at the age of 16. His film debut was in the 1990 Swimming Upstream (Bataashi Kingyo (1990)), though his first major critical success was in Shunji Iwai's Fried Dragon Fish...
20. Kenny Apel Kenny Apel Actor, Captain Planet 4
21. Richard T. Jones Richard T. Jones Actor, Collateral
22. Liv Ullmann Liv Ullmann Actress, Persona Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar Bergman in such films as Persona...
23. Takashi Miike Takashi Miike Director, 13 Assassins Takashi Miike was born in the small town of Yao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. His main interest growing up was motorbikes, and for a while he harbored ambitions to race professionally. At the age of 18 he went to study at the film school in Yokohama founded by renowned director Shôhei Imamura, primarily because there were no entrance exams...
24. Takeshi Kitano Takeshi Kitano Actor, Zatoichi Takeshi Kitano originally studied to become an engineer, but was thrown out of school for rebellious behavior. He learned comedy, singing and dancing from famed comedian Senzaburô Fukami. Working as a lift boy on a nightclub with such features as comic sketches and striptease dancing, Kitano saw his chance when a comedian suddenly fell ill...
25. Ko Shibasaki Ko Shibasaki Actress, 47 Ronin Kou Shibasaki was born on the 5th august 1981 in Tokyo, her real name is Yukie Yamamura (Shibasaki Kou it's 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. She's beginning to be more...
26. Naoko Mori Naoko Mori Actress, Hackers
27. Merle Dandridge Merle Dandridge Actress, The Last of Us Merle was born in Okinawa, Japan to a mother of Korean and Japanese descent and an African-American father serving in the U.S. Air Force. After graduating high school in Papillion, Nebraska, she attended the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University in Chicago on a full-ride scholarship and graduated with a BFA in Theatre...
28. Koyuki Koyuki Actress, The Last Samurai Gaining her first exposure to Western audiences in Edward Zwick's 2003 film The Last Samurai, 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 beyond modelling...
29. Hiro Kanagawa Hiro Kanagawa Actor, Godzilla Hiro was born in Sapporo, Japan and spent his childhood in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA. He returned to Japan at age 14 and attended International Christian University High School in Tokyo where he acted in his first student films and stage productions and studied classical guitar...
30. Gackt Gackt Actor, Bunraku Gackt Camui, was born in Okinawa, Japan. His father was a music teacher, and his mother also a teacher. He is the second of three children, with an older sister and younger brother. His musical education began early, and he started learning classical music theory and piano from the age of three. After exposure to rock music during his teenage years he practiced electric guitar and drums intensely...
31. Shin'ichi Chiba Shin'ichi Chiba Actor, Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Pivotal figure in the 1970s explosion of martial arts cinema as lethal "fists for hire" trouble shooter, Takuma (Terry) Tsurugi, starring in the phenomenally popular and ultra violent "The Street Fighter" series of action films. Sonny Chiba wasn't a graceful, fluid fighter like screen icon Bruce Lee...
32. Tatsuya Fujiwara Tatsuya Fujiwara Actor, Battle Royale
33. Yasujirô Ozu Yasujirô Ozu Director, Tokyo Story Tokyo-born Yasujiro Ozu was a movie buff from childhood, often playing hooky from school in order to see Hollywood movies in his local theatre. In 1923 he landed a job as a camera assistant at Shochiku Studios in Tokyo. Three years later, he was made an assistant director and directed his first film the next year...
34. Isao Takahata Isao Takahata Director, Grave of the Fireflies
35. Pamela Franklin Pamela Franklin Actress, The Legend of Hell House British actress Pamela Franklin has worked with many notable actors and directors throughout her career. A somewhat underrated actress, she had a wide range of emotions that she brought to her many versatile characters. Franklin was born in Yokohama, Japan, and her father was an importer/exporter. She...
36. Eriko Tamura Eriko Tamura Actress, Dragonball: Evolution Having starred in over 20 films and television series in Japan, Eriko Tamura is quickly emerging one of Hollywood's most sought after new talents. Eriko joined the highest rated new show of the 2006 - 2007 television season, NBC's drama "Heroes," about a group of seemingly everyday people who discover they have super powers...
37. Suzuka Ohgo Suzuka Ohgo Actress, Memoirs of a Geisha
38. Togo Igawa Togo Igawa Actor, Memoirs of a Geisha Togo Igawa is an actor/director living in England. He trained in Japan at The Haiyuza Theatre Company Acting School and Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music. In 1986, he became the first Japanese actor to become a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. His work spans stage, film, anime, games and television...
39. Shô Kosugi Shô Kosugi Miscellaneous Crew, Black Eagle Easily the best known actor/martial artist during the 1980s ninja cinema craze, Kosugi was a proficient martial artist & skilled weapons performer which was highlighted in his several starring roles. Kosugi grew up as the youngest child and only son of a Tokyo fisherman, and began his martial arts training at the age of five studying karate at a local dojo...
40. Shion Sono Shion Sono Director, Love Exposure Shion Sono is a Japanese director, writer and poet. Born in Aichi Perfecture in 1961 he started his career working as a poet before taking his first steps in film directing. As a student he shot a series of short films in Super 8 and managed to make his first feature films in the late 80s and early 90s...
41. Masako Nozawa Masako Nozawa Actress, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection 'F'
42. Kazuaki Kiriya Kazuaki Kiriya Director, Goemon
43. Peter Miles Peter Miles Actor, Quo Vadis
44. Satoshi Kon Satoshi Kon Writer, Tokyo Godfathers Satoshi Kon was born in 1963. He studied at the Musashino College of the Arts. He began his career as a Manga artist. He then moved to animation and worked as a background artist on many films (including Roujin Z by 'Katsuhiro Otomo'). Then, in 1995, he wrote an episode of the anthology film Memories (this Episode was "Magnetic Rose")...
45. Jin Akanishi Jin Akanishi Actor, 47 Ronin Not only is Jin an actor, he is also still a solo artist - aka singer in Japan who works under Warner Music Japan Group and Johnny Entertainment. He has performed overseas too - in North America in 5 cities last year for his American album - Japonicana. He also released two #1 North American iTunes singles - Test Drive ft Jason Derulo and Sun Burns Down respectively...
46. Mie Hama Mie Hama Actress, You Only Live Twice Mie Hama was born in Tokyo, Japan on November 20, 1943. She first started out working as a bus fare collector. While working, she was spotted by producer Tomoyuki Tanaka , and was soon employed at Toho Studios. She appeared in a bevy of drama and sci-fi films, including King Kong vs. Godzilla, where she became...
47. Yûki Kudô Yûki Kudô Actress, Rush Hour 3
48. Tsuyoshi Ihara Tsuyoshi Ihara Actor, Letters from Iwo Jima Ihara Tsuyoshi was born on November 6, 1963, in Kokura, Kyushu. He grew up in Osaka, and after graduating high school, he joined JAC (Japan Action Club) which is headed by Shin'ichi Chiba (aka Chiba Shinichi), which is a company of stunt and action actors. He made his debut in 1983 in a stage drama called "The Midnight Party." Since then...
49. Hirokazu Koreeda Hirokazu Koreeda Director, Still Walking Born in Tokyo in 1962. Originally intended to be a novelist, but after graduating from Waseda University in 1987 went on to become an assistant director at T.V. Man Union. Snuck off set to film _Lessons from a Calf (1991)_. His first feature, Maborosi, based on a Teru Miyamoto novel and drawn from his own experiences while filming _August Without Him (1994)_...
50. Tatsuya Nakadai Tatsuya Nakadai Actor, Ran Japanese leading man, an important star and one of the handful of Japanese actors well known outside Japan. Nakadai was a tall handsome clerk in a Tokyo shop when director Masaki Kobayashi encountered him and cast him in Kabe atsuki heya. Nakadai was subsequently cast in the lead role in Kobayashi's monumental...
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