Kôji Yakusho

Koji Yakusho

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

Lowest Rated: 7% Silk (2007)

Birthday: Jan 01, 1956

Birthplace: Isahaya, apan

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% No Score Yet Under the Open Sky Unknown (Character) - 2020
100% 100% The Blood of Wolves Shogo Ogami (Character) - 2018
90% 80% Mirai Grandfather (Voice) $682.2K 2018
No Score Yet 56% Sekigahara Ieyasu Tokugawa (Character) - 2017
98% 83% Oh Lucy! Komori (Character) $374.3K 2017
87% 66% The Third Murder Misumi (Character) $89.3K 2017
68% 61% The World of Kanako Akikazu Fujishima (Character) $15.3K 2014
No Score Yet 62% The Kiyosu Conference Katsuie Shibata (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Admiral Yamamoto: The Battle Of Pearl Harbor Isoroku Yamamoto (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 76% Waga Haha no Ki Kosaku (Character) - 2011
76% 75% Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Kageyu (Character) $60.2K 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Chronicle of My Mother Kosaku (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 73% The Woodsman and the Rain Katsuhiko (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Admiral Yamamoto Unknown (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Chushingura Magozaemon Senoo (Character) - 2010
95% 88% 13 Assassins Shinzaemon Shimada (Character) $802.5K 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walking My Life Yukihiro Fujiyama (Character) - 2007
7% 29% Silk Hara Jubei (Character) $1.1M 2007
No Score Yet 39% Retribution Noboru Yoshioka (Character) - 2006
69% 77% Babel Yasujiro (Character) $34.3M 2006
No Score Yet 18% Lorelei I-507 Unknown (Character) - 2005
35% 83% Memoirs of a Geisha Nobu (Character) $57M 2005
No Score Yet 88% University of Laughs Mutsuo Sakisaka (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lakeside Murder Case Sunsuke Namiki (Character) - 2004
50% 51% Doppelganger Michio Hayasaki (Character) - 2003
80% 76% Warm Water Under a Red Bridge Yosuke Sasano (Character) $62K 2001
74% 60% Kairo Ship Captain (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Doraheita Koheita Mochizuki, aka Dora-Heita (Character) - 2000
80% 63% Seance Sato (Character) - 2000
91% 92% Eureka Makoto (Character) $46.6K 2000
No Score Yet 75% Charisma Goro Yabuike (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 93% License to Live Fujimori (Character) - 1999
53% 77% Bounce Ko Gals Oshima (Character) - 1998
81% 82% The Eel Takuro Yamashita (Character) $413.8K 1997
92% 84% Cure Ken-ichi Takabe (Character) $94.6K 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 The Great Department Store Robbery Cello player (Character) - 1987
100% 93% Tampopo Man in White Suit (Character) $224.1K 1985


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