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1. Rinko Kikuchi Rinko Kikuchi Actress, Pacific Rim
2. Samaire Armstrong Samaire Armstrong Actress, It's a Boy Girl Thing
3. 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...
4. 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...
5. 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...
6. Glenn Howerton Glenn Howerton Actor, Gun Fever
7. Tamlyn Tomita Tamlyn Tomita Actress, The Day After Tomorrow
8. 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...
9. 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...
10. 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...
11. Tao Okamoto Tao Okamoto Actress, The Wolverine
12. Brian Tee Brian Tee Actor, The Wolverine A Los Angeles native and mixture of multiple Asian descents, Tee is proficient in both Japanese and Korean, and holds a bachelor's degree in Dramatic Arts - Acting from the University of California, Berkeley. Tee is best known for his starring role as the lead villain "DK, the Drift King," in Universal Pictures' The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift...
13. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Actor, Planet of the Apes 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...
14. Chiaki Kuriyama Chiaki Kuriyama Actress, Kill Bill: Vol. 1
15. 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...
16. Tadanobu Asano Tadanobu Asano Actor, Thor Described by some as a cross between Johnny Depp and Toshirô Mifune, Asano Tadanobu is certainly the hippest, if not the single most important, Japanese film actor working today. 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...
17. 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...
18. 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...
19. Richard T. Jones Richard T. Jones Actor, Collateral
20. Masi Oka Masi Oka Actor, Get Smart
21. 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...
22. 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...
23. Leisha Hailey Leisha Hailey Actress, All Over Me
24. Takashi Shimizu Takashi Shimizu Director, The Grudge
25. Takeshi Kitano Takeshi Kitano Actor, Zatoichi Takeshi Kitano was born in Tokyo in 1947 and entered show business in 1972 as "Beat" Takeshi, the stage name he continues to use today as a performer. As part of the comic duo Two Beats, Kitano was one of the leading figures in the manzai (stand-up comedy) boom in the late 1970s. With his distinctive art of speech and his idiosyncratic perspective...
26. Naoko Mori Naoko Mori Actress, Hackers
27. 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...
28. Tatsuya Fujiwara Tatsuya Fujiwara Actor, Battle Royale
29. 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...
30. 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...
31. 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...
32. Takeru Satô Takeru Satô Actor, Rurôni Kenshin: Meiji kenkaku roman tan
33. Sessue Hayakawa Sessue Hayakawa Actor, The Bridge on the River Kwai Sessue Hayakawa was born in Chiba, Japan. His father was the provincial governor and his mother a member of an aristocratic family of the "samurai" class. The young Hayakawa wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a career officer in the Japanese navy, but he was turned down due to problems with his hearing...
34. 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...
35. Soon-Tek Oh Soon-Tek Oh Actor, Mulan Born in Japan but raised in Korea, actor Soon-Teck Oh (or Soon-Tek Oh or Soon-Taik Oh) is of Korean heritage. He came to the United States as a teenager in 1959, studied at UCLA and trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Long associated with the versatile Los Angeles' East-West Players theatre company...
36. Suzuka Ohgo Suzuka Ohgo Actress, Memoirs of a Geisha
37. 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...
38. 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...
39. Isao Takahata Isao Takahata Director, Grave of the Fireflies
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. Makoto Shinkai Makoto Shinkai Writer, 5 Centimeters Per Second
42. Yûki Kudô Yûki Kudô Actress, Rush Hour 3
43. 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...
44. 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...
45. 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...
46. Franklin J. Schaffner Franklin J. Schaffner Director, Planet of the Apes Franklin J. Schaffner was one of the most innovative creative minds in the early days of American network television, utilizing a moving camera in the days when most television directors kept the camera static. His eye for visuals was developed in the dozens of live television programs he directed on prestigious shows such as Studio One in Hollywood and Playhouse 90...
47. 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 directed an episode of the anthology film Memories (this Episode was "Magnetic Rose")...
48. 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...
49. Haruka Abe Haruka Abe Actress, 47 Ronin Haruka Abe is an Anglo-Japanese actress based in London, United Kingdom. Born in Tokyo, Haruka spent her childhood split between New York, London and Tokyo, moving between the three cities with her family. Aged 8 she decided to try acting and at age 9 she played Bilbo Baggins in her school play adaptation of The Hobbit...
50. Yû Aoi Yû Aoi Actress, Tekkonkinkreet
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