Youki Kudoh

Youki Kudoh

Highest Rated: 89% Mystery Train (1989)

Lowest Rated: 18% 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



No Score Yet 50% Karakara Unknown (Character) - 2012
42% 43% The Limits of Control Molecules (Character) $425K 2009
No Score Yet 64% L: Change the World Dr. Mikiko Kujo (Character) - 2008
18% 63% Rush Hour 3 Jasmine (Character) $140.1M 2007
35% 83% Memoirs of a Geisha O-Kabo (Pumpkin) (Character) $57M 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wind Carpet Kinue Nagai (Character) - 2003
47% 66% Blood: The Last Vampire Saya (Voice) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blood Unknown (Character) - 2000
39% 68% Snow Falling on Cedars Hatsue Miyamoto (Character) $14.4M 1999
No Score Yet 35% Heaven's Burning Midori (Character) - 1997
82% 79% Picture Bride Riyo (Character) $531.1K 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet War and Youth Unknown (Character) - 1991
89% 87% Mystery Train Mitsuko (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 90% The Crazy Family Erika Kobayashi (Character) - 1985


93% 100% Undeclared Unknown (Guest Star) 2002


Midori Takada says: This is strange country. I can breathe here.

Midori Takada says: When we do it, we can go backward.

Sayuri says: How could you?! You don't know what you have done!

Pumpkin says: But I do.

Sayuri says: I do not understand. Why did you have to bring the chairman?

Pumpkin says: Because I know how you feel about him. A long time ago, you took something from me. The only thing I ever truly wanted. Well, now you know how it feels.

Hatsumomo says: Who is responsible for this?! [slams the poster on the table]

Mother says: Ask Mameha.

Hatsumomo says: I'm asking you okasan.

Pumpkin says: How come Sayuri gets to be the lead?

Mother says: It's your own fault. You should practice more.