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1. Samaire Armstrong Samaire Armstrong Actress, It's a Boy Girl Thing
2. Hayao Miyazaki Hayao Miyazaki Director, Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded Studio Ghibli...
3. Takuya Kimura Takuya Kimura Actor, Howl's Moving Castle
4. Hiroyuki Sanada Hiroyuki Sanada Actor, Life 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...
5. Sonoya Mizuno Sonoya Mizuno Actress, Ex Machina
6. 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...
7. 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...
8. 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...
9. 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...
10. Sora Aoi Sora Aoi Actress, Fuk sau che chi sei
11. Takeshi Kitano Takeshi Kitano Actor, The Blind Swordsman: 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...
12. 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...
13. Masi Oka Masi Oka Actor, Hawaii Five-0 Masayori "Masi" Oka is a Japanese American actor, producer and digital effects artist. He became widely known for his role on NBC's Heroes as Hiro Nakamura and in CBS' Hawaii Five-0 as Doctor Max Bergman. Oka was born in Tokyo, Japan, to Setsuko Oka. His parents divorced when he was one month old; he was raised in a single parent family and has never met his father...
14. Ko Shibasaki Ko Shibasaki Actress, 47 Ronin 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 thanks to her excellent performance in the movie Battle Royale as Mitsuko Soma...
15. Mie Hama Mie Hama Actress, You Only Live Twice Mie Hama was born in Tokyo, Japan on November 20, 1943 in a blue-collar Tokyo family whose small cardboard factory burned down in World War II. She grew up poor. She first started out working as a bus fare collector. While working, she was spotted by producer Tomoyuki Tanaka when she was only sixteen years old...
16. Hirokazu Kore-eda Hirokazu Kore-eda 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. His first feature, Maborosi, based on a Teru Miyamoto novel and drawn from his own experiences while filming August Without Him...
17. 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...
18. Togo Igawa Togo Igawa Actor, Eyes Wide Shut 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...
19. Sôta Fukushi Sôta Fukushi Actor, Kamen Rider Fourze
20. Shun Oguri Shun Oguri Actor, Kurôzu zero
21. Masako Nozawa Masako Nozawa Actress, Dragon Ball Z: Doragon bôru zetto
22. 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...
23. 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 The Thick-Walled Room. Nakadai was subsequently cast in the lead role in Kobayashi's monumental...
24. Yûki Kudô Yûki Kudô Actress, Rush Hour 3 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 movie called Mystery Train...
25. Yoko Ono Yoko Ono Self, Imagine: John Lennon Yoko Ono was born on Saturday, February 18th, 1933, in her ancestral estate in Tokyo, Japan. 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...
26. Akiko Wakabayashi Akiko Wakabayashi Actress, You Only Live Twice Akiko Wakabayashi was born on August 26, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan. During her work in movies, she became one of Japan's most popular actresses of their cinema's "Golden Age", ranking with actresses Kumi Mizuno and Mie Hama. One of her first films was Akiko, which was named after her...
27. Haruka Abe Haruka Abe Actress, Cyberbully 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...
28. Rola Rola Actress, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter ROLA is a multiracial Japanese model, TV personality and actress that debuted at the age of 16 in Japan. She is known for her colorful personality and distinct style in Japan as well as internationally. She has covered numerous fashion magazines and continues to 'wow' her fans with her various looks...
29. Satomi Ishihara Satomi Ishihara Actress, Shin Godzilla Born Kuniko Ishigami in 1986, Satomi began acting professionally in 2003 at age 17 and has not looked back since. She has devoted equal time to television serials and the world of movies and in the process won several awards such as Best Actress at both the 27th Japan Academy Prize and 46th Blue Ribbon Awards for My Grandpa...
30. Shin'ya Tsukamoto Shin'ya Tsukamoto Actor, Tetsuo, the Iron Man
31. Jin Akanishi Jin Akanishi Actor, 47 Ronin Jin Akanishi made his debut in March, 2006 as a member of KAT-TUN releasing a single album and DVD at the same time. All three releases reached #1 on the Oricon weekly ranking. By April, the single sold over a million copies. In January 2010, his first Japanese feature film "BANDAGE" was released. Before the film hit theaters...
32. Hideo Kojima Hideo Kojima Writer, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Hideo Kojima was born August 24th, 1963 in Setagaya, Tokyo, later moving to Kobe and growing up there. His love of Americana gave him his major two interests of writing and creating film, which are the causes of why he is so well known today. During the mid 1980's, his interests pushed him to pursue looking for a career in film making...
33. Franklin J. Schaffner Franklin J. Schaffner Director, Person to Person 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...
34. Ikue Ôtani Ikue Ôtani Actress, Pokémon
35. Kenji Mizoguchi Kenji Mizoguchi Director, Ugetsu Coming from a lower class family Mizoguchi entered the production company Nikkatsu as an actor specialized in female roles. Later he became an assistant director and made his first film in 1922. Although he filmed almost 90 movies in the silent era, only his last 12 productions are really known outside of Japan because they were especially produced for Venice (e.g...
36. Yuki Kaji Yuki Kaji Actor, Giruti Kuraun
37. Gaku Space Gaku Space Actor, Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist Born in Tokyo, Japan, Gaku Space began his teenage years following in his father's footsteps as a professional baseball player. Struck by Denzel Washington's acting and his opening of doors for African American actors, he decided to forgo baseball and pursue his passion for acting. After graduating from Business School in Japan, he relocated to Los Angeles to study acting and learn English...
38. Seijun Suzuki Seijun Suzuki Director, Branded to Kill Seijun Suzuki was born in Nihonbashi, Tôkyô, on May 24, 1923. In 1943, he entered the army to fight at the front. In 1946, he enrolled in the film department of the Kamakura Academy and passed the assistant director's exam. For the next few years, he worked as an assistant director at several studios...
39. Ryuichi Sakamoto Ryuichi Sakamoto Composer, The Revenant
40. Asami Asami Actress, The Machine Girl
41. Yûsuke Iseya Yûsuke Iseya Actor, Blindness
42. Min Tanaka Min Tanaka Actor, 47 Ronin
43. Aoi Miyazaki Aoi Miyazaki Actress, Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki
44. Mamoru Oshii Mamoru Oshii Director, Ghost in the Shell Mamoru Oshii is a Japanese filmmaker, television director and screenwriter. Famous for his philosophy-oriented storytelling, Oshii has directed a number of popular anime, including Urusei Yatsura (1981-1984), Angel's Egg (1985), Patlabor: The Movie (1989), Ghost in the Shell (1995), and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)...
45. Shintarô Katsu Shintarô Katsu Actor, The Tale of Zatoichi
46. Kento Yamazaki Kento Yamazaki Actor, Anazâ
47. Patricia Ayame Thomson Patricia Ayame Thomson Actress, Seinfeld Patricia Ayame Thomson is an UCLA Graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Arts. Patricia has guest-starred in over 50 Network Television Shows including "Seinfeld," "Friends," "Wings," "Wayans Bros.," "Saved by the Bell" (The New Generation,) "Designing Women," "Days of Our Lives," "(The...
48. Aya Ueto Aya Ueto Actress, Azumi Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1985, Aya Ueto received her first break in August 1997 when, at the age of 11, she won the Special Jury Prize at the 7th All-Japan Bishoujo Contest. After this initial success, she tried her hand at both acting and singing, appearing in various minor TV drama roles, as well as a low budget action movie...
49. Kaori Momoi 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 awards...
50. Meiko Kaji Meiko Kaji Actress, Lady Snowblood Meiko Kaji was born on March 24, 1947 in the Kanda area of Tokyo, Japan. Following graduation from the Yakumo Academy High School in Meguro, Tokyo, Japan in 1965, Kaji first began acting in films in the mid-1960's under her real name of Masako Ôta. She was given the stage name Meiko Kaji by director Masahiro Makino...
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