Ryo Ishibashi

Ryo Ishibashi

Highest Rated: 100% Kids Return (1996)

Lowest Rated: 12% The Grudge 2 (2006)

Birthday: Jul 20, 1956

Birthplace: Fukuoka, Japan

A multi-talented Japanese actor and musician who's graced the silver screen in dozens of supporting roles since the early '90s, Ryo Ishibashi is perhaps most famous for playing Detective Nakagawa in the American horror blockbuster "The Grudge." A former frontman for Japanese rockers ARB (Alexander Ragtime Band), Ishibashi played a series of bit parts in the late '80s before taking up acting full-time in 1990. Frequently cast as a man of steely resolve in action and horror films, the actor became a particular favorite of cult directors Takashi Miike and Takeshi Kitano, making strong performances in the former's grisly 1999 horror feature "Audition" and the latter's well-received 2000 gangster thriller "Brother." But Ishibashi himself would garner significant cult fame for his portrayal of Kuroda, a spooked investigator on the trail of a wave of seemingly unconnected suicides, in director Sion Sono's controversial 2002 film, "Suicide Club." The performance drew the attention of American producer-director Sam Raimi, who cast Ishibashi in a similar role in the 2004 remake of the Japanese film "The Grudge," as well as its 2006 sequel, "The Grudge 2."

Highest rated movies

Kids Return
Suicide Club
Mitsuko Delivers
The Grudge
The Grudge 2




No Score Yet 66% Ace Attorney Gou Karuma (Character) - 2012
43% 40% Mitsuko Delivers Jiro (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 38% MW Kazuyuki Sawaki (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 35% Shamo Unknown (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 14% Sasori Jyono (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 23% Inju: The Beast in the Shadow Ryuji Mogi (Character) - 2008
13% 51% War Shiro (Character) $22.5M 2007
No Score Yet 72% Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (46-okunen no koi) Unknown (Character) - 2006
12% 40% The Grudge 2 Det. Nakagawa (Character) $39.1M 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Another Lonely Hitman Unknown (Character) - 2005
40% 46% The Grudge Det. Nakagawa (Character) $110.2M 2004
No Score Yet 80% Aiki Masatsugu Hiraishi (Character) - 2002
57% 69% Suicide Club Detective Kuroda (Character) - 2001
47% 79% Brother Ishihara (Character) $447.8K 2000
82% 80% Audition Shigeharu Aoyama (Character) $110.8K 1999
No Score Yet 19% Back to Back Koji (Character) - 1996
100% 89% Kids Return Local Yakuza Chief (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 54% Blue Tiger Gan (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 42% American Yakuza Shuji Sawamoto (Character) - 1993


No Score Yet No Score Yet Smoking Unknown (Character) 2018
63% 89% Masters of Horror Eiji Sato (Character) 2007