Birth Place Matching "Tokyo, Japan" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
2. Tao Tsuchiya
Actress | Orenji
Born in Tokyo, Japan Tsuchiya Tao received her first break in Tokyo Sonata, which would go on to become a popular movie and even win the Un Certain Regard - Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008. Prior to that she had appeared in a 2007 commercial for Gamesoft. She was chosen for the ...
Actress | Suspicion
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 ...
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...
Actress | The Heiress
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 ...
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...
Director | Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi
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 ...
10. Akira Kurosawa
Writer | Kakushi-toride no san-akunin
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 (1943). Within a few years, Kurosawa had achieved sufficient stature to allow him greater...
11. Kento Yamazaki
Actor | Orenji
Kento Yamazaki was born on September 7, 1994 in Tokyo, Japan. He is an actor, known for Orange (2015), Heroine Disqualified (2015) and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable - Chapter 1 (2017).
12. Haruka Abe
Actress | Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
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 ...
13. Eleanor Matsuura
Actress | Wonder Woman
Eleanor Matsuura (born c. 1983) is an English actress, who is best known for her roles as Hannah Santo in Spooks: The Greater Good, Bev in Utopia and as PC Donna Prager in Cuffs.
Matsuura was born in Tokyo and raised in Hertfordshire, England. She was trained at the Central School of Speech and ...
14. Liv Ullmann
Actress | Viskningar och rop
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 ...
15. 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 ...
16. Takeshi Kitano
Actor | Zatôichi
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 ...
17. Miya Cech
Actress | Always Be My Maybe
Recently named by Refinery 29 as an "Unforgettable Breakout Star" of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival for her role as Sammy Ko in "Marvelous and the Black Hole", actress Miya Cech is described as "a revelation" and "enthralling to watch". Critics call her "A standout" and "perfectly cast" in her ...
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 (1961), which was named after her. ...
19. Takehiro Hira
Actor | Giri/Haji
Takehiro started his career in theatre. He has been in numerous plays including "Hamlet" directed by Yukiko Ninagawa, which starred Michael Maloney, Peter Eagan and Daniel Rigby. However, his international career has started when he played Kazu in "Lost Girls and Love Hotels" in 2018. He plays the ...
20. Masi Oka
Actor | Heroes
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; ...
21. Hirokazu Koreeda
Director | Manbiki kazoku
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 (1995), based on a Teru Miyamoto novel and drawn ...
22. Tatsuya Nakadai
Actor | Seppuku
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 (1956). Nakadai was subsequently cast in the lead role in...
23. Ko Shibasaki
Actress | Batoru rowaiaru
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 ...
24. Yasujirô Ozu
Director | Tôkyô monogatari
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 ...
27. Shô Kosugi
Actor | Ninja Assassin
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 ...
28. Togo Igawa
Togo Igawa is an actor/director living in England. In 1968 he joined the Theatre Centre 68 (precursor of the Black Tent Theatre), and went on to tour throughout Japan, performing in more than 120 cities. In 1983 he moved to England. In 1986, the opening season for the Swan Theatre in Stratford-upon...
29. Dôri Sakurada
Dôri Sakurada was born on December 7, 1991 in Tokyo, Japan. He is an actor, known for Farewell Kamen Rider Den-O: Final Countdown (2008), Super Kamen Rider Den-O & Decade Neo Generations: The Onigashima Battleship (2009) and Kamen Rider OOO, Den-O, & All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders (2011).
30. Yoko Ono
Actress | Isle of Dogs
Yoko Ono was born on Saturday, February 18th, 1933, in her ancestral estate in Tokyo, Japan. Her father, Eisuke Ono, was the descendant of a 9th Century Emperor of Japan. Her mother, Isoko Yasuda Ono, was the granddaughter of Zenijiro Yasuda, the founder of Yasuda Bank. Yoko was two years old when ...
32. Sayaka Akimoto
Actress | Urutoraman sâga
Sayaka Akimoto is Japanese female actor.
She started her career in the entertainment industry as a member of the Japanese pop music group, "AKB48", in 2006.
While active as a singer and dancer, she also appeared in many television series and movies as an actor.
She has performed her own action scenes ...
34. 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 ...
35. Peter Miles
Actor | Quo Vadis
Peter Miles was born on April 1, 1938 in Tokyo, Japan as Gerald Richard Perreau-Saussine. He was an actor and writer, known for Quo Vadis (1951), They Saved Hitler's Brain (1968) and The Madmen of Mandoras (1963). He died on August 3, 2002 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Actress | Minamata
French and Japanese actor Minami is known for her performances in Vision (2018) alongside Juliette Binoche and Minamata (2020) alongside Johnny Depp.
Minami started her career at 13 with her role in Battle Royale (2000). She has since worked with a wide array of important directors in Japan ...
37. Shun Oguri
Shun Oguri was born on December 26, 1982 in Tokyo, Japan. He is an actor and director, known for Gintama 2 - The Exceedingly Strange Gintama-chan (2018), No Longer Human (2019) and Weathering with You (2019). He has been married to Yû Yamada since March 14, 2012.
38. Kenji Mizoguchi
Director | Ugetsu monogatari
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 ...
Director | Patton
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 ...
41. Tetsurô Tanba
Actor | You Only Live Twice
Tetsurô Tanba was born on July 17, 1922 in Tokyo, Japan as Shozaburo Tanba. He was an actor and writer, known for You Only Live Twice (1967), Three Outlaw Samurai (1964) and Hara-Kiri (1962). He was married to Hoki. He died on September 24, 2006 in Tokyo.
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," ...
43. Saori Hayami
Actress | Koe no katachi
Hayami Saori is Tokyo native voice actress, radio announcer and part-time singer who was born on 29.05.1991. Hayami won the 10th Seiyu Awards for Best Supporting Actress. She became interested in animation and Audrey Hepburn at elementary school and attended voice acting classes when at junior high...
45. Yûki Kudô
Actress | Memoirs of a Geisha
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 ...
46. Gorô Miyazaki
Director | Kokuriko-zaka kara
Graduated from Shinshu University, Faculty of Agriculture, Goro Miyazaki started his career as a construction consultant, and he designed parks or public institutions. Because his father, Hayao Miyazaki, is a world-famous filmmaker, he always had complex feeling towards his father. He decided not ...
47. Mamoru Oshii
Director | Inosensu: Innocence
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 ...
48. Masako Nozawa
Masako Nozawa was born on October 25, 1936 in Nippori, Arakawa, Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods (2013), Dragon Ball: Curse of the Blood Rubies (1986) and Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone (1989). She was previously married to Masaaki Tsukada.
49. Meiko Kaji
Actress | Shurayukihime
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 ...
50. Erika Sawajiri
Actress | Shinobi
Born to a Japanese father and an Algerian mother in Tokyo Erika had a well-off upbringing and engaged in dancing, playing piano and horseback riding. Her father owned several race tracks, which ensured her access to horses. However, her father died due to cancer while she was in junior high school,...