by gleekout29 | created - 27 Mar 2021 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

1. Ken Watanabe

Actor | The Last Samurai

Ken Watanabe was born on October 21, 1959 in Uonuma, Japan. Both of his 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 Theater Company, where he was studying, told him ...

2. Yuki Matsuzaki

Actor | Letters from Iwo Jima

Hollywood-based actor, writer, director and producer Yuki Matsuzaki, born in Miyazaki, Japan began acting at the age of 7 in a small theatrical group that performed for children. He performed over 50 shows in local theaters until he was 18. Upon graduating high school, he decided to dedicate his ...

3. Shidô Nakamura

Actor | Huo Yuan Jia

Shidô Nakamura was born on September 14, 1972 in Tokyo, Japan. He is an actor and director, known for Fearless (2006), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) and Red Cliff (2008). He has been married to ? since February 1, 2015. He was previously married to Yûko Takeuchi.

4. Takayuki Yamada

Actor | Jûsan-nin no shikaku

Takayuki Yamada was born on October 20, 1983. He first started out co-starring in a handful of dramas before making a big splash on Waterboys (2003). He followed up with Fireboys (2004), his award winning performance in Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World (2004), Churasan 3, H2 and ...

5. Hiroyuki Sanada

Actor | Tasogare Seibei

Hiroyuki Sanada was born on October 12, 1960 in Tokyo. He made his film debut when he was 5 in Game of Chance (1965) (Shin'ichi Chiba played the lead role.) His father died when he was 11. He joined Japan Action Club, organized & run by Sonny Chiba, when he was 12. He 1st became famous as an action...

6. Miki Sugimoto

Actress | Zeroka no onna: Akai wappa

Miki Sugimoto is almost inseparable from fellow 1970s Toei film star Reiko Ike. Both stared in numerous "sukeban" films throughout the 1970s and helped build a generation of "Toei porn".

A fashion model and star of "Go Go Girl in All Night Fuji" (a Japanese TV program), she made her film debut in "...

7. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Actor | Mortal Kombat

Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa got his first big break as an actor when he was cast in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor (1987). 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...

8. Mieko Harada

Actress | Ran

Mieko Harada was born on December 26, 1958 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress and writer, known for Ran (1985), Dreams (1990) and Begging for Love (1998). She is married to Ryo Ishibashi. They have two children.

9. Reiko Ôshida

Actress | Zubekô banchô: Yume wa yoru hiraku

Reiko Oshida, while not as prolific as other Sukeban stars like Miki Sugimoto and Reiko Ike, got her career started early, winning the 1966 International Teen Princess pageant (held in Chicago, Illinois) and appearing in the Daiei Studios film "School for Thieves" (Kigeki: dôrobô gakkô, 1968) as ...

10. Nanami Sakuraba

Actress | Samâ uôzu

Nanami Sakuraba was born on October 17, 1992 in Izumi, Kagoshima, Japan. She is an actress, known for Summer Wars (2009), The Last Ronin (2010) and Attack on Titan Part 1 (2015).

11. Osamu Mukai

Actor | Naruto: Shippûden

Osamu Mukai was born on February 7, 1982 in Yokohama, Japan. He is an actor, known for Naruto: Shippûden (2007), S: Saigo no Keikan - Dakkan: Recovery of Our Future (2015) and Dogwood Tree (2010). He has been married to Ryôko Kuninaka since December 28, 2014. They have two children.

12. Merle Dandridge

Actress | Half-Life 2

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 ...

13. Sonoya Mizuno

Actress | Ex Machina

Sonoya Mizuno's a Japanese-born English actress, model & ballet dancer. She was born on July 1, 1986 in Tokyo, Japan. She graduated from the Royal Ballet School.

She has starred in Ex Machina (2014), Annihilation (2018) & Devs (2020). She had minor roles in La La Land (2016), Beauty and the Beast (...

14. Samaire Armstrong

Actress | It's a Boy Girl Thing

Samaire Rhys Armstrong is an American actress and fashion designer. She is known for her roles in Stay Alive, The O.C., It's a Boy Girl Thing, and as Juliet Darling in the ABC television series, Dirty Sexy Money. She has appeared on television as Elaine Richards in the ABC fantasy-drama ...

15. 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 ...

16. Glenn Howerton

Actor | It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Glenn Franklin Howerton is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his roles as Dennis Reynolds in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, for which he is also a writer and executive producer, and Jack Griffin in A.P. Bio, as well as the lead role in the short-lived sitcom That '80s Show.

17. Tamlyn Tomita

Actress | The Day After Tomorrow

Tamlyn Tomita was born on January 27, 1966 in Okinawa, Japan. She is an actress and writer, known for The Day After Tomorrow (2004), The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and The Eye (2008).

18. Brian Tee

Actor | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Brian Tee can be seen as a series regular on the hit NBC television drama "Chicago Med," produced by Dick Wolf. Tee plays "Dr. Ethan Choi," the sexy doctor on rotation who found his calling in medicine while serving in the Navy. He is a tireless yet impulsive doctor who suffers from his own trauma ...

19. Leisha Hailey

Actress | The L Word

Born on July 11, 1971 in Okinawa, Japan, she is an American actress and musician, best known for the role of Alice Pieszecki in The L Word (2004) and for being one half of the electropop duo Uh Huh Her. She was born to American parents in the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands...

20. Victoria Principal

Actress | Vigilante Force

Principal is the elder daughter of Ree (née Veal) and Victor Rocco 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, so the ...

21. Soji Arai

Actor | Pachinko

Soji Arai has been cast as Mozasu, a series regular on Apple TV+ "Pachinko" based on Min Jin Lee's worldwide best-selling novel.

Soji Arai was born in Niigata, Japan. He is the son of second generation Korean-Japanese (Zainichi) parents. After graduating from Waseda University, he made a major ...

22. Sion Sono

Director | Ai no mukidashi

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...

23. James Pax

Actor | Big Trouble in Little China

James Pax, is an American producer born of English Father and Chinese mother. James graduated from New York University with a degree in business who then went on to study film production & directing at the University of Southern California. He has lived and worked around the globe in countries & ...

24. Kazuya Tanabe

Actor | Tokyo Vice

Kazuya Tanabe was born on July 31, 1985 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. He is an actor, known for Tokyo Vice (2022), Kate (2021) and The Terror (2018).

25. Takehito Koyasu

Actor | Shin seiki Evangelion Gekijô-ban: Air/Magokoro wo, kimi ni

Takehito Koyasu was born on May 5, 1965 in Yokohama, Japan. He is an actor and writer, known for Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997), JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (2012) and Initial D: Second Stage (1999).

26. Hideo Kojima

Writer | Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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 ...

27. Hiroyuki Watanabe

Actor | Everly

Hiroyuki Watanabe was born on December 9, 1955 in Mito, Japan. He was an actor and producer, known for Everly (2014), In Full Bloom (2019) and Palma (2021). He was previously married to Hideko Hara. He died on May 3, 2022 in Kanagawa, Japan.

28. Hiroshi Abe

Actor | Aruitemo aruitemo

Hiroshi Abe was born on June 22, 1964 in Kanagawa, Japan. He is an actor, known for Still Walking (2008), Godzilla 2000: Millennium (1999) and After the Storm (2016).

30. Hira Ambrosino

Actress | The Terror

Hira Ambrosino was born & raised in Japan. She grew up in different cities in Japan, including Nagoya, Tokyo, Yokohama, and Shizuoka. Studied music composition and classical piano performance at the Oberlin College Conservatory of music. She has a Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, from Towson ...

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