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Kōji Yakusho is a Actor and Director Japonais born on 1 january 1956 at Isahaya (Japon)

Kōji Yakusho

Kōji Yakusho
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Birth name Kōji Hashimoto
Nationality Japon
Birth 1 january 1956 (63 years) at Isahaya (Japon)

Kōji Hashimoto (橋本 広司, Hashimoto Kōji, born 1 January 1956), known professionally as Kōji Yakusho (役所 広司, Yakusho Kōji), is a Japanese actor.


Yakusho was born in Isahaya, Nagasaki, the youngest of five brothers. After graduation from the Nagasaki Prefectural High School of Technology in 1974, he worked at the Chiyoda municipal ward office, or yakusho, in Tokyo, from which he later took his stage name. In 1976, he saw a production of Maxim Gorky's The Lower Depths and was inspired, first to watch, and then later to take part in, as many plays as possible.

In the spring of 1978 he auditioned for Tatsuya Nakadai's the Mumeijuku (Studio for Unknown Performers) acting studio, and was one of four chosen out of 800 applicants. While at the school he met actress Saeko Kawatsu, whom he married in 1982. Their son was born in 1985.

In 1983, he landed the role of Oda Nobunaga in the year-long NHK drama Tokugawa Ieyasu and was catapulted to fame. He also appeared in a TV version of Miyamoto Musashi from 1984 to 1985. For several years, he played Kuji Shinnosuke (or "Sengoku"), one of the title characters in the jidaigeki Sambiki ga Kiru!. He played a major character in Juzo Itami's 1986 Tampopo.

In 1988, he was given a special award for work in cinema by the Japanese Minister of Education, Science, Sports and Culture and continued to appear in films and in a number of TV shows through the '90s.

In 1996 and 1997, Yakusho enjoyed several major successes. The Eel, directed by Shohei Imamura, in which he played the eel-loving lead, won the Palme d'Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. Lawrence Van Gelder in the New York Times called his performance "unerring." A Lost Paradise, about a double-suicide, was second only to Princess Mononoke at the Japanese box office.

International breakthrough: Shall We Dance?
Shall We Dance? was a major hit in Japan that inspired a domestic dance craze. Ballroom groups and dance schools multiplied in the country after the film's release, and people who previously would never admit to taking lessons, Western style social dancing being taboo, announced that they did with pride. Director Masayuki Suo said of his lead, until that point was known mostly for playing good-looking samurai, "we thought he could play this overworked, tired Japanese businessman, and he did.... [H]e pulled everything off and took his dance training so seriously."

The film also was one of Japan's highest-grossing movies outside the country. It earned $9.5 million in the US and inspired a remake starring Jennifer Lopez with Richard Gere playing Yakusho's role.

Yakusho next won the Hochi Film Award for Best Actor for Bounce Ko Gals, a film which dealt with high school prostitution specifically, and money worship in general. He collaborated with horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa in Cure, License to Live, Seance, Charisma, Pulse, Doppelganger, Retribution, and Tokyo Sonata. Yakusho found further recognition with international audiences to some extent with roles in such films as Memoirs of a Geisha and Babel. In the latter, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, he played the father of the deaf-mute played by Rinko Kikuchi.

Further evolution
In 2009, he debuted as director and writer of Toad's Oil. In 2010 and 2011 he was part of both ensemble casts in Takashi Miike's samurai films, 13 Assassins and Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai. The latter was in 3D and the first 3D film to be in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

In the 2011 war drama film Rengō Kantai Shirei Chōkan: Yamamoto Isoroku, Yakusho portrayed Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. Yakusho was reportedly the only actor considered for the role, and that had he not accepted it, the film would have been canceled.

Best films

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Babel (2006)

Usually with

Masato Harada
Masato Harada
(7 films)
Mamoru Hosoda
Mamoru Hosoda
(2 films)
Masayuki Suo
Masayuki Suo
(3 films)
Shinji Aoyama
Shinji Aoyama
(2 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Kōji Yakusho (48 films)

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Mirai (2018)

Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Actors Haru Kuroki, Kumiko Asō, Gen Hoshino, Masaharu Fukuyama, Kōji Yakusho
Roles Grandfather (voice)
Rating73% 3.6709153.6709153.6709153.6709153.670915
Un petit garçon de quatre ans a des difficultés à accepter l'arrivée de sa petite sœur dans la famille, jusqu'à ce que les choses prennent une tournure magique.
The Third Murder, 2h4
Directed by Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Origin Japon
Genres Drama
Actors Masaharu Fukuyama, Kōji Yakusho, Suzu Hirose, Yuki Saitō
Roles Misumi

Un homme d'une soixantaine d'années, Misumi, tue le patron qui vient de le licencier sur les berges d'un fleuve, puis brûle son corps.
Sekigahara (2017)
, 2h30
Directed by Masato Harada
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, War, Historical
Actors Junichi Okada, Kasumi Arimura, Kōji Yakusho, Masahiro Higashide, Kenichi Matsuyama, Ayumi Ito
Roles Tokugawa Ieyasu
Rating63% 3.1503853.1503853.1503853.1503853.150385
Le film revient sur la célèbre bataille de Sekigahara (surnommée au Japon « la bataille qui décida de l’avenir du pays ») qui se déroula en 1600 et mis fin à l'époque Sengoku caractérisée par des troubles internes chroniques.
The Boy and the Beast
Directed by Mamoru Hosoda
Origin Japon
Genres Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Animation
Actors Aoi Miyazaki, Shota Sometani, Kōji Yakusho, Sumire Morohoshi, Haru Kuroki, Kappei Yamaguchi
Roles Kumatetsu (voice)
Rating77% 3.8549053.8549053.8549053.8549053.854905
A lost boy in Tokyo, Kyuta, slips into an alternate universe, where he is raised by a bear-man, Kumatetsu, who fights for a living. Kumatetsu trains Kyuta in the art of fighting over the years, but eventually Kyuta is thrust into a cataclysmic adventure which spans both worlds.
The World of Kanako, 1h58
Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Actors Kōji Yakusho, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Joe Odagiri, Nana Komatsu, Fumi Nikaidō, Ai Hashimoto
Roles Akikazu Fujishima
Rating65% 3.2982053.2982053.2982053.2982053.298205
A former detective, Akihiro Fujishima (Kōji Yakusho), tries to search for his daughter Kanako (Nana Komatsu), who has been missing for a few days, and learns about his daughter's secret life.
A Samurai Chronicle, 2h9
Directed by Takashi Koizumi
Genres Drama
Themes Sports films, Martial arts films, Samurai films
Actors Kōji Yakusho, Junichi Okada, Maki Horikita, Mieko Harada
Roles Toda
Rating69% 3.4594653.4594653.4594653.4594653.459465
A retired samurai must redeem himself for a crime that he committed earlier in his life. A squire is sent by the prime minister of Japan to keep watch over him.
The Kiyosu Conference, 2h18
Directed by Kōki Mitani
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Kōji Yakusho, Yo Oizumi, Kyōka Suzuki, Yūki Amami, Fumiyo Kohinata, Koichi Sato
Roles Katsuie Shibata
Rating64% 3.243673.243673.243673.243673.24367
Après le suicide forcé de Nobunaga Oda lors de l'incident sur Honnō-ji, les puissants Katsuie Shibata, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, Nagahide Niwa et Tsuneoki Ikeda se retrouvent pour désigner un successeur. La conférence deviendrait la première décision politique prise par le groupe japonais. La réunion était connue sous le nom de Kiyosu Kaigi.
The Terminal Trust, 2h24
Directed by Masayuki Suo
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Tamiyo Kusakari, Kōji Yakusho, Takao Osawa, Tadanobu Asano
Roles Shinzo Egi
Rating69% 3.481053.481053.481053.481053.48105
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, 2h8
Directed by Takashi Miike
Origin Japon
Genres Drama
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Samurai films
Actors Ichikawa Ebizō XI, Eita, Kōji Yakusho, Hikari Mitsushima, Naoto Takenaka, Takehiro Hira
Roles Kageyu
Rating73% 3.6974353.6974353.6974353.6974353.697435
Hanshiro, un samouraï sans ressources, demande au clan Ii l'autorisation de commettre le suicide rituel des samouraïs (Seppuku) au sein de leur résidence. Il est reçu par l'intendant Kageyu qui tente de l'en dissuader en lui racontant l'horrible histoire d'un jeune rōnin qui s'était présenté à eux avec la même demande.
Isoroku Yamamoto, the Commander-in-Chief of the Combined Fleet, 2h20
Directed by Izuru Narushima
Genres War, Historical
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Political films
Actors Kōji Yakusho, Hiroshi Abe, Hiroshi Tamaki, Toshirō Yanagiba, Mieko Harada, Asaka Seto
Roles Isoroku Yamamoto
Rating67% 3.3934153.3934153.3934153.3934153.393415
The film presents Yamamoto's family life, his attempts to prevent the impending conflict with the United States amid World War II and his run-ins with Japanese war hawks. The Japanese military establishment entangles Yamamoto in the war and orders him to prepare the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The Woodsman and the Rain, 2h9
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Kōji Yakusho, Shun Oguri, Kengo Kora, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Masatō Ibu, Kyusaku Shimada
Roles Katsuhiko
Rating70% 3.527473.527473.527473.527473.52747
Katsuhiko Kishi est bûcheron. Un jour, débarque dans son village de montagne, un jeune réalisateur Koichi Tanabe et son équipe. Ils viennent pour tourner un film de zombies. Rencontrant quelques problèmes pendant le tournage, le bûcheron va être amené à les aider…
13 Assassins, 2h21
Directed by Takashi Miike
Origin Japon
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Sports films, Transport films, Martial arts films, Samurai films
Actors Kōji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yūsuke Iseya, Goro Inagaki, Sōsuke Takaoka, Kazuki Namioka
Roles Shinzaemon Shimada
Rating75% 3.798453.798453.798453.798453.79845
In the 1840s, Japan, as the Tokugawa Shogunate faces extinction, a corrupt lord named Matsudaira Naritsugu of Akashi freely rapes, tortures, and murders his own citizens. He is protected because the Shogun is his half-brother. However, the Justice Minister realizes the threat he poses if Naritsugu should further ascend, and hires a trusted older Samurai, Shinzaemon, to ambush and murder Naritsugu. Unfortunately, the conversation is overheard by the Samurai Hanbei, a childhood friend of Shinzaemon who has persisted in loyalty toward Naritsugu.