Koji Yakusho

Highest Rated: 100% Oh Lucy! (2018)
Lowest Rated: 7% Silk (2007)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Isahaya, Nagasaki, Japan
Koji Yakusho is one of Japan's most gifted and popular leading men. Whether playing a befuddled white-collar worker struggling to master the two-step or a burned-out police detective trying to unlock a series of bizarre murders, Yakusho's combination of handsome "everyman" looks and natural screen presence make him the actor of choice for many of Japan's leading directors, including Juzo Itami, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and Shohei Imamura.Born Koji Hashimoto, Yakusho graduated from a technical high school in Nagasaki and got a job as a civil servant in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo. In 1976, he became obsessed with theater after his friend gave him a ticket to see Donzoko by Maxim Gorky. His first big break was being chosen out of 800 applicants to study at the Mumei-juku (Studio for Unknown Performers) run by noted actor and '60s icon Tatsuya Nakadai. Because of his experience as a civil servant, Nakadai gave him the stage name Yakusho, which can mean either "municipal office" or "acting versatility." In 1983, he got a major role as feudal warrior Oda Nobunaga in a TV miniseries about the life of the first Shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa. Later, he played the Man in the White Suit, who gleefully transgresses all social norms involving food and sex in some of the most memorable scenes of Juzo Itami's Tampopo (1986). For much of the '80s and early '90s, Yakusho appeared in a handful of films, along with a number of television shows, until he landed the lead in Shall We Dance? (1996), in which his awkward missteps on the dance floor and shy attempts at getting to know the object of his affection seemed to embody the typical Tokyo office worker. His performance clearly struck a chord with audiences, as it was the biggest film of the year in Japan and one of the highest-grossing Japanese movies abroad. In 1997, he solidified his standing as a leading man in three of that year's most popular and talked-about films. As Yamashita in Shohei Imamura's prize-winning Unagi, Yakusho delivered a masterfully deadpan performance as an ex-con trying to reconstruct his life after murdering his wife. In Yoshimitsu Morita's popular Shitsurakuen, the second-highest grossing film of the year after the record-breaking Mononoke Hime (1997), Yakusho played a middle-aged editor who falls into a passionate, self-destructive relationship with a married woman. Finally, in cult favorite Cure, directed by maverick auteur Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Yakusho brilliantly played a cop pushed to the edge of the abyss by his search for a string of seemingly unconnected murders. Since then, Yakusho has teamed up with Kurosawa for License to Live (1998) and Charisma (1999).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
86% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) Misumi 2018
100% Oh Lucy! Komori 2018
No Score Yet Sekigahara Ieyasu 2017
82% Mifune: The Last Samurai Actor $62.2K 2016
68% The World Of Kanako (Kawaki) Akikazu Fujishima 2015
No Score Yet The Emperor in August Actor 2015
No Score Yet Higurashi no ki (A Samurai Chronicle) Actor 2014
No Score Yet Kiyosu kaigi (The Kiyosu Conference) Actor 2013
76% Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Kageyu $60.7K 2012
No Score Yet Shabu Gokudo Actor 2012
No Score Yet Isoroku Yamamoto, the Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet (Rengô kantai shirei chôkan: Yamamoto Isoroku) Actor 2011
95% 13 Assassins Shinzaemon Shimada $0.9M 2011
No Score Yet Saigo no chuushingura (The Last Chushingura) Senoo Magozaemon 2011
No Score Yet Waga haha no ki (Chronicle of My Mother) Actor 2011
94% Tokyo Sonata (Tokyo Sonata) Dorobo $0.2M 2009
No Score Yet Gelatin Silver, Love (Zerachin shirubâ love) Actor 2009
No Score Yet Toad's Oil Actor Screenwriter Director 2009
No Score Yet Toad's Oil (Gama no abura) Screenwriter Director Actor 2009
No Score Yet Pako to mahô no ehon (Paco and the Magical Picture Book) Actor 2008
7% Silk Hara Jubei $1.2M 2007
No Score Yet Sakebi (Retribution) Actor 2007
No Score Yet I Just Didn't Do It (Soredemo boku wa yattenai) Mr. Arakawa 2006
69% Babel Yasujiro $34.3M 2006
No Score Yet Uchôten hoteru (Suite Dreams) Actor 2006
35% Memoirs of a Geisha Nobu $57.1M 2005
74% Pulse (Kairo) Boat Captain 2005
No Score Yet Lorelei, (Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean) Actor 2005
No Score Yet Warai no daigaku (University of Laughs) Actor 2004
No Score Yet Hotaru no hoshi (Fireflies: River of Light ) Actor 2004
50% Doppelganger (Dopperugengâ) Actor 2003
79% Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (Akai Hashi No Shita Noo Nurui Mizu) Yosuke Sasano 2002
No Score Yet Totsunyûseyo! Asama sansô jiken (The Choice of Hercules) Actor 2002
91% Eureka Actor 2001
No Score Yet Dora-Heita (Alley Cat) (Playboy) Koheita Mochizuki (Dora-Heita) 2001
No Score Yet Charisma Goro Yabuike 2000
80% Seance Katsuhiko 2000
No Score Yet Retribution Actor 1999
No Score Yet Ningen gokaku (License to Live) Fujimori 1999
81% The Eel (Unagi) Takuro Yamashita 1998
92% Cure Ken-ichi Takabe 1998
No Score Yet Tadon to chikuwa Actor 1998
53% Baunsu ko gaurusu (Bounce KO Gals) Oshima 1997
No Score Yet Lost Paradise Actor 1997
91% Shall We Dance? (Shall We Dansu?) Shohei Sugiyama 1996
No Score Yet Kamikaze Taxi Kazumasa Kantake 1995
100% Tampopo Man in White Suit $0.3M 1985

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