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      Yûki Kudô

      Yûki Kudô

      Highest Rated: 89% Mystery Train (1989)

      Lowest Rated: 17% Rush Hour 3 (2007)

      Birthday: Jan 17, 1971

      Birthplace: Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan

      Youki Kudoh is a Japanese actress who has had solid crossover success in American films. She made her film debut at 13 in the 1984 Japanese comedy "Gyakufunsha kazoku," for which she earned the Best New Actress award at the Yokohama Film Festival. From there Kudoh appeared in several more Japanese feature films as the lead or in key supporting roles through the mid-to-late 1980s, before cult indie director Jim Jarmusch cast her as one of the leads in his 1989 crime comedy "Mystery Train." Kudoh played the wide-eyed half of a young Japanese couple making a journey to Memphis, to worship at the shrine of Elvis and Sun Records, and earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for the role. In 1991, Kudoh played the lead in Japanese director Tadashi Imai's final film, "Sensou to seishun," for which she earned a Blue Ribbon Award for Best Actress. She went on to reunite with Jarmusch 20 years after "Mystery Train" for his far less popular crime drama "The Limits of Control," and along the way worked with big name Hollywood actors including Russell Crowe in the 1997 Australian crime drama "Heaven's Burning," with Ethan Hawke and Max von Sydow in the Oscar-nominated "Snow Falling on Cedars" in 1999, and with von Sydow again, as well as Jackie Chan, in the action comedy blockbuster "Rush Hour 3," in 2007.

      Highest rated movies

      Mystery Train
      Picture Bride
      The Limits of Control
      Snow Falling on Cedars
      Memoirs of a Geisha
      Rush Hour 3

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      MYSTERY TRAIN, Youki Kudoh, Masatoshi Nagase, 1989, (c) Orion SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, Youki Kudoh, 1999 PICTURE BRIDE, Youki Kudoh, Akira Takayama, 1994. ©Miramax PICTURE BRIDE, Youki Kudoh, Tamlyn Tomita, 1994. ©Miramax PICTURE BRIDE, Akira Takayama, Youki Kudoh, 1994. ©Miramax SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, Ethan Hawke, Youki Kudoh, 1999. (c) Universal Pictures. SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, Ethan Hawke, Youki Kudoh, 1999 PICTURE BRIDE, Youki Kudoh, 1994. ©Miramax SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, Youki Kudoh, Ethan Hawke, 1999 HEAVEN'S BURNING, Youki Kudoh, 1997, © Trimark Pictures SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS, Youki Kudoh, 1999. (c) Universal Pictures. THE LIMITS OF CONTROL, Youki Kudoh, 2009. Ph: Teresa Isasi-Isasmendi/©Focus Features KARAKARA, from left: Gabriel Arcand, Youki Kudoh, 2012. ©Bitters End RUSH HOUR 3, Youki Kudoh, 2007. (c)New Line Cinema RUSH HOUR 3, Youki Kudoh, Jackie Chan, 2007. (c)New Line Cinema THE LIMITS OF CONTROL, from left: Isaach De Bankole, Youki Kudoh, 2009. Ph: Teresa Isasi-Isasmendi/©Focus Features RUSH HOUR 3, Youki Kudoh, 2007, (c)New Line Cinema RUSH HOUR 3, Youki Kudoh, Jackie Chan, 2007, (c)New Line Cinema KARAKARA, from left: Gabriel Arcand, Youki Kudoh, 2012. ©Bitters End KARAKARA, from left: Gabriel Arcand, Youki Kudoh, 2012. ©Bitters End

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Brighton Miracle Nellie Jones (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet When I Was Most Beautiful Unknown (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Girl in the Apple Farm Unknown (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 50% Karakara Unknown (Character) - 2012
      43% 43% The Limits of Control Molecules (Character) $425.0K 2009
      No Score Yet 64% L: Change the World Dr. Mikiko Kujo (Character) - 2008
      17% 63% Rush Hour 3 Jasmine (Character) $140.1M 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Granny Gabai Unknown (Character) - 2006
      36% 83% Memoirs of a Geisha Pumpkin (Character) $57.0M 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wind Carpet Kinue Nagai (Character) - 2003
      50% 66% Blood: The Last Vampire Saya (Voice) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blood Unknown (Character) - 2000
      39% 67% Snow Falling on Cedars Hatsue Miyamoto (Character) $14.4M 1999
      No Score Yet 36% Heaven's Burning Midori (Character) - 1997
      82% 79% Picture Bride Riyo (Character) $531.1K 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet War and Youth Yukari Hanafusa (Character) - 1991
      89% 87% Mystery Train Mitsuko (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Labyrinth Romanesque Fuyumi (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shaolin vs. Vampire Unknown (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Typhoon Club Rie Takami (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 87% The Crazy Family Erika Kobayashi (Character) - 1985

      TV

      Credit
      93% 75% Undeclared Unknown (Guest Star) 2002