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1. Tao Okamoto Tao Okamoto Actress, The Wolverine
2. Rinko Kikuchi Rinko Kikuchi Actress, Pacific Rim
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. 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 Both of Ken Watanabe's parents were teachers: his mother taught general education and his dad taught calligraphy. He became interested in acting at the age of 24 when a director of England's National Theatre Company, where he was studying, told him that acting was his special gift. Ken is mostly known in Japan for playing samurais...
7. Brian Tee Brian Tee Actor, The Wolverine Brian Tee was born in Okinawa, Japan, to a Japanese father and a Korean 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...
8. Glenn Howerton Glenn Howerton Writer, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
9. 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...
10. Chiaki Kuriyama Chiaki Kuriyama Actress, Kill Bill: Vol. 1
11. Tamlyn Tomita Tamlyn Tomita Actress, The Day After Tomorrow
12. Masi Oka Masi Oka Actor, Friends with Benefits
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. 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...
15. 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...
16. 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...
17. 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...
18. 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...
19. 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...
20. Naoko Mori Naoko Mori Actress, Hackers
21. Leisha Hailey Leisha Hailey Actress, All Over Me
22. Richard T. Jones Richard T. Jones Actor, Collateral
23. 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...
24. 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...
25. 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...
26. 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...
27. Toru Iwatani Toru Iwatani Miscellaneous Crew, Pac-Man Mr. Iwatani is the creator of Pac-Man, one of the world's most popular video games of all time.
28. Hiro Kanagawa Hiro Kanagawa Actor, Godzilla His play Tiger of Malaya premiered in 2003 in a co-production between Factory Theatre, Toronto, and the National Arts Centre, Ottawa and was subsequently produced by the Gateway Theatre, Richmond, BC. His latest play The Patron Saint of Stanley Park premiered in 2010 at the Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver and was a Christmas hit...
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. Tatsuya Fujiwara Tatsuya Fujiwara Actor, Battle Royale
32. 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...
33. Yûki Kudô Yûki Kudô Actress, Rush Hour 3
34. 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...
35. 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...
36. 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...
37. 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...
38. Masako Nozawa Masako Nozawa Actress, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
39. Isao Takahata Isao Takahata Director, Grave of the Fireflies
40. Kiyoshi Kurosawa Kiyoshi Kurosawa Director, Cure
41. 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")...
42. Suzuka Ohgo Suzuka Ohgo Actress, Memoirs of a Geisha
43. Yoko Ono Yoko Ono Self, Imagine: John Lennon Yoko Ono was born on February 18, 1933, in her ancestral estate in Tokyo. Her father, named Eisuke Ono, was the descendant of a 9th Century Emperor of Japan. Her mother, named Isoko Yasuda Ono, was the granddaughter of Zenijiro Yasuda, the founder of Yasuda Bank. Yoko was 2 years old when she was brought to California...
44. Shin Koyamada Shin Koyamada Actor, The Last Samurai Shin Koyamada is an actor known for bringing more than physical action skills to the set. He brings the same determination and focused work ethic that he used to train and hone his martial arts and athletic skills to every aspect of his acting performance, all while staying good natured, friendly, and a pleasure to work with...
45. 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...
46. Tura Satana Tura Satana Actress, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Tura Satana started exotic dancing when she was only 13 years old. She integrated acrobatics, humor, and sensual beauty to her dancing art form. As a dancer, she started doing guest appearances in films such as Our Man Flint and Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? and made several films with low-budget auteur Ted V. Mikels...
47. 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...
48. Asami Asami Actress, The Machine Girl
49. 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...
50. 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...
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