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      Kôji Yakusho

      Kôji Yakusho

      Highest Rated: 100% The Blood of Wolves (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 7% Silk (2007)

      Birthday: Jan 1, 1956

      Birthplace: Isahaya, Japan

      Bitten by the acting bug after seeing "The Lower Depths" by Maxim Gorky, Kôji Yakusho attended numerous plays and in 1978 auditioned with 800 others for a coveted spot at the prestigious Mumeijyuku acting studio. Winning one of four spots into the studio, the young novice soon changed his family name of Hashimoto to the stage name of "Yakusho," which literally means "ward office." He soon won small roles in feature films, including the 1979 movies "Eireitachi no Oenka" and "Yami no Karyudo." After marrying fellow actor, Saeko Kawatsu in 1982, Yakusho starred in the television series "Tokugawa Ieyasu," which brought him national recognition. In popular demand, Yakusho appeared in several other popular Japanese television series, including "Sambiki ka Kiru" in 1985. Yakusho also continued appearing in feature films throughout the 1980s, but it was the following decade that he rose to international prominence with the romantic charmer "Shall We Dance?" in 1996, followed by the tragic "Shitsurakuen" ("A Lost Paradise"), and the 1997 drama "The Eel," which went on to win the Palme d' Or at Cannes. Yakusho worked steadily in Japanese cinema through the early 2000s, and in 2005 had a co-starring role in the Hollywood feature "Memoirs of a Geisha," followed by "Silk" in 2007. Yakusho turned to directing in 2009 with the feature film "Gama no Abura," in which he also starred. In 2010, Yakusho starred in Miike Takashi's epic samurai movie "13 Assassins."

      Highest rated movies

      100% The Blood of Wolves
      100% Tampopo
      98% Oh Lucy! 96% Perfect Days
      95% 13 Assassins
      94% Cure
      91% Eureka
      91% Shall We Dance?

      Photos

      MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, Koji Yakusho, 2005, (c) Columbia BABEL, Koji Yakusho, 2006. ©Paramount Classics 13 ASSASSINS, (aka JUSAN-NIN NO SHIKAKU), from left: Masachika Ichimura, Koji Yakusho, 2010. ©Magnet Releasing TAMPOPO, Koji Yakusho, 1985 SHALL WE DANCE?, (aka SHALL WE DANSU?), Tamiyo Kusakari, Koji Yakusho, 1996, (c) Miramax WARM WATER UNDER A RED BRIDGE, Mitsuko Baisho, Koji Yakusho, 2001 13 ASSASSINS, (aka JUSAN-NIN NO SHIKAKU), 2010. ©Magnet Releasing DOPPELGANGER, (aka DOPPERUGENGA), Koji Yakusho, 2003, (c) Tartan Films EUREKA SHALL WE DANCE?, (aka SHALL WE DANSU?), Reiko Kusamura, Yu Tokui, Hiromasa Taguchi, Koji Yakusho, 1996, (c) Miramax SHALL WE DANCE, (aka SHALL WE DANSU?), Tamiyo Kusakari, Koji Yakusho, 1996 WARM WATER UNDER A RED BRIDGE, Misa Shimizu, Koji Yakusho, 2001 WARM WATER UNDER A RED BRIDGE, Koji Yakusho, Misa Shimizu, 2001 WARM WATER UNDER A RED BRIDGE, Misa Shimizu, Koji Yakusho, 2001 CURE, (aka KYUA), Koji Yakusho (right), 1997 THE WORLD OF KANAKO, (aka KAWAKI), Koji Yakusho, 2014. ©GAGA RETRIBUTION, (aka SAKEBI), Koji Yakusho, 2006. ©Avex Entertainment RETRIBUTION, (aka SAKEBI), Manami Konishi, Koji Yakusho, 2006. ©Avex Entertainment 13 ASSASSINS, (aka JUSAN-NIN NO SHIKAKU), 2010. ©Magnet Releasing HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI, (aka ICHIMEI), from left on set: Ebizo Ichikawa, director Takashi Miike, Koji Yakusho, 2011. ©Shochiku Company

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      96% 89% Perfect Days Hirayama (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $3.8M 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Father of the Milky Way Railroad Masajiro Miyazawa (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window Sosaku Kobayashi (Voice) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Familia Seiji Kamiya (Character) - 2022
      90% No Score Yet Under the Open Sky Masao Mikami (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Pass: Last Days of the Samurai Tsugunosuke Kawai (Character) - 2019
      100% 91% The Blood of Wolves Shogo Ogami (Character) - 2018
      91% 79% Mirai Grandfather (Voice) $682.2K 2018
      87% 68% The Third Murder Misumi (Character) $89.3K 2017
      98% 82% Oh Lucy! Komori (Character) $374.3K 2017
      No Score Yet 58% Sekigahara Ieyasu Tokugawa (Character) - 2017
      68% 62% The World of Kanako Akikazu Fujishima (Character) $15.3K 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Samurai Chronicle Unknown (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 62% The Kiyosu Conference Katsuie Shibata (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Terminal Trust Shinzo Egi (Character) - 2012
      77% 75% Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Kageyu (Character) $60.2K 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Admiral Yamamoto: The Battle Of Pearl Harbor Isoroku Yamamoto (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 77% Waga Haha no Ki Kosaku (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Isoroku Yamamoto, the Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet Isoroku Yamamoto (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chronicle of My Mother Kosaku (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 76% The Woodsman and the Rain Katsuhiko (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Admiral Yamamoto Unknown (Character) - 2011
      95% 88% 13 Assassins Shinzaemon Shimada (Character) $802.5K 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Chushingura Magozaemon Senoo (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 13 assasins Shinzaemon Shimada (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gelatin Silver, Love Unknown (Character) - 2009
      7% 29% Silk Hara Jubei (Character) $1.1M 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walking My Life Yukihiro Fujiyama (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Argentine Baba Unknown (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 40% Retribution Noboru Yoshioka (Character) - 2006
      69% 77% Babel Yasujiro (Character) $34.3M 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suite Dreams Unknown (Character) - 2006
      36% 83% Memoirs of a Geisha Nobu (Character) $57.0M 2005
      No Score Yet 22% Lorelei I-507 Unknown (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 88% University of Laughs Mutsuo Sakisaka (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lakeside Murder Case Shunsuke Namiki (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fireflies: River of Light Unknown (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hunter and the Hunted Unknown (Character) - 2004
      56% 52% Doppelganger Michio Hayasaki (Character) - 2003
      76% 60% Pulse Ship Captain (Character) - 2001
      81% 76% Warm Water Under a Red Bridge Yosuke Sasano (Character) $62.0K 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Doraheita Koheita Mochizuki, aka Dora-Heita (Character) - 2000
      91% 91% Eureka Makoto (Character) $46.6K 2000
      80% 63% Seance Sato (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 76% Charisma Goro Yabuike (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 93% License to Live Fujimori (Character) - 1999
      53% 74% Bounce Ko Gals Oshima (Character) - 1998
      94% 84% Cure Ken-ichi Takabe (Character) $94.6K 1997
      81% 82% The Eel Takuro Yamashita (Character) $413.8K 1997
      No Score Yet 62% Lost Paradise Shoichiro Kuki (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lost Paradise Unknown (Character) - 1997
      91% 89% Shall We Dance? Shohei Sugiyama (Character) $9.7M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sleeping Man Kamimura (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 91% Kamikaze Taxi Kantake (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Another Way Unknown (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Department Store Robbery Cello player (Character) - 1987
      100% 93% Tampopo Man in White Suit (Character) $224.1K 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fir Trees Remain Unknown (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Magistrate of the Floating World Unknown (Character) - 1981

      TV

      Credit
      50% 74% The Days Masao Yoshida (Character) 2023