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Youki Kudoh



Delicately beautiful Japanese actress Youki Kudoh skyrocketed from obscurity to national fame in her native Japan in the early '80s. Talent agents discovered the then-12-year-old girl on the streets of Tokyo and recruited her for a singing career; seemingly within no time, she garnered a massive fan base as a pop sensation -- her country's equivalent of Britney Spears or Jessica Simpson. By her 22nd birthday, Kudoh had 11 albums to her credit and segued into acting on an international scale, alternating between arthouse-style independent films, such as the Jim Jarmusch-directed U.S. production Mystery Train (1989), and buttered-popcorn fare, such as the 1997 Australian action thriller Heaven's Burning.



Kudoh achieved much greater recognition in the States when she landed the covetable lead role of Hatsue Imada, the Japanese-American lover of reporter Ishmael Chambers (Ethan Hawke) in Scott Hicks' meditation on WWII-era Japanese internment, Snow Falling on Cedars (1999). After scattered minor roles over the next several years, Kudoh followed up her impressive, multi-layered portrayal for Hicks with a performance as Pumpkin in Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), director Rob Marshall's follow-up to the 2002 blockbuster Chicago. In 2006, Kudoh hearkened back to A-list Tinseltown fare as the female lead in the action-filled Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker buddy comedy Rush Hour 3.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Karakara
  • Junko
2012
No Score Yet Zatoichi the Last
  • Actor
2010
42% The Limits of Control
  • Molecules
2009
No Score Yet L: Change the World
  • Actor
2008
18% Rush Hour 3
  • Dragon Lady
2007
No Score Yet Saga no gabai-baachan (Granny Gabai)
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • The Woman
2006
35% Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Pumpkin
2005
50% Blood - The Last Vampire
  • Saya
2001
No Score Yet Blood
  • Actor
2000
40% Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Hatsue
1999
No Score Yet Heaven's Burning
  • Midori Takada
1998
82% Picture Bride
  • Riyo
1995
88% Mystery Train
  • Mitsuko
1989
No Score Yet Typhoon Club (Taifû Kurabu)
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet The Crazy Family
  • Erika Kobayashi
1986

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