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Kôji Yakusho

[ Yakusho, Kôji ]
Profile and general info
Name in native language: 役所 広司 (やくしょ こうじ)
Family name: Yakusho
Also known as: 橋本広司 / Hashimoto Koji
Country: Japan
Birth date: [60 years old]
Birth place: Isahaya, Nagasaki, Japan
Bio
Born Hashimoto Koji in 1956 in Nagasaki, 'Yakusho' was a 20-year old working at a municipal ward office (yakusho, geddit?!) in Tokyo when a visit to see the Gorky play The Lower Depths convinced him that he wanted to pursue an acting career. He was one of 4 chosen out of 800 applicants to the Mumeijyuku acting studio. While at the school he met actress Kawatsu Saeko, the woman who would become his wife. He became popular in 1983 after appearing in an NHK period drama and began to establish a solid career as a TV and stage actor. He also had a part in the popular Itami Juzo hit Tampopo (1986).

But it was in 1996-7 that Yakusho's career really took off. It was a massive year for him by any standard: the romantic comedy Shall We Dance? was a huge hit that caught the public imagination and started a social dance craze (and was later re-made in Hollywood, with Richard Gere in Yakusho's lead role); The Eel (Unagi), a darker, more intense movie, won critical plaudits and the Palme d'Or prize at Cannes; Lost Paradise (Shitsurakuen) gained instant cult status in Japan with its sexually-charged portrayal of middle-aged forbidden love and also made a star of actress Kuroki Hitomi; Cure was an intelligent thriller; and another lesser-known film, Bouncing Young Girls (Bounce Kogyals), while less successful showed his ability to play a darker, more sinister character. Suddenly Yakusho was everywhere, advertising Kirin beer and curry, appearing in Shakespeare and adorning every magazine cover.

You might have expected this kind of success and workload to take its toll but that hasn't been the case. 1997's hits were followed up by critical successes in Charisma (Karisuma 1999), Spellbound (Kinkyu Fushoku Retto: Jubaku, 1999), Dora Heita (1999), Eureka (2000) and Seance (Korei, 2000) which brought even more awards to this talented and versatile actor. He made his Hollywood debut in the movie adapatation of the bestselling novel "Memoirs of a Geisha" in 2005.

source: Japan Zone
Trivia
  • His name Yakusho (a Japanese word meaning "public office") originates from the fact that he worked at Chiyoda Ward Office of Tokyo before starting his acting career.
  • Frequently cast by director Kiyoshi Kurosawa; he is one of his favorite actors.
Filmography
As an actor:
  • 2012 Waga Haha
  • 2010 Saigo no chuushingura
  • 2010 Jûsan-nin no shikaku
  • 2010 Kagai jugyô: yôkoso senpai
  • 2010 Wagaya no rekishi
  • 2009 Gama no abura
  • 2009 Ekiro
  • 2009 Zerachin shirubâ love
  • 2009 Tsurugidake: Ten no ki
  • 2008 Pako to mahô no ehon
  • 2008 Tôkyô sonata as Dorobô
  • 2007 Zô no senaka
  • 2007 Silk as Hara Jubei
  • 2007 Kokoro
  • 2007 Arugentin babâ
  • 2006 Soredemo boku wa yattenai
  • 2006 Sakebi
  • 2006 Babel as Yasujiro Wataya
  • 2006 Uchôten hoteru
  • 2005 Memoirs of a Geisha as Nobu
  • 2005 Lorelei
  • 2004 Warai no daigaku
  • 2004 Reikusaido mâdâ kêsu
  • 2004 Toride naki mono
  • 2004 Tôkyô genpatsu
  • 2004 Yudan taiteki
  • 2003 Hotaru no hoshi
  • 2003 Dopperugengâ
  • 2002 Totsunyûseyo! Asama sansô jiken
  • 2001 Akai hashi no shita no nurui mizu
  • 2001 Kairo
  • 2000 Kôrei
  • 2000 Eureka
  • 2000 Dora-heita as Koheita Mochizuki, aka Dora-Heita
  • 2000 Swing Man
  • 1999 Kin'yû fushoku rettô: Jubaku
  • 1999 Karisuma
  • 1998 Tadon to chikuwa
  • 1998 Ningen gôkaku
  • 1998 Kizuna
  • 1997 Cure
  • 1997 Baunsu ko gaurusu
  • 1997 Otona no otoko
  • 1997 Unagi
  • 1997 Shitsurakuen
  • 1996 Shabu gokudo
  • 1996 Hacchôbori torimono-banashi
  • 1996 Nemuru otoko
  • 1996 Shall we dansu?
  • 1995 Kamikaze takushî
  • 1995 Shimizu Jirochô monogatari
  • 1993 Kyokutô kuroshakai
  • 1993 Gurenbana
  • 1992 Goodbye: Watashi ga koroshita Dazai Osamu
  • 1990 Pod severnym siyaniyem
  • 1990 Takeda Shingen as Takeda Shingen
  • 1987 On'na sakasemasu
  • 1986 Inochi
  • 1985 Tampopo
  • 1984 Miyamoto Musashi as Miyamoto Musashi
  • 1983 Tokugawa Ieyasu
  • 1982 Tono monogatari
  • 1982 Himeyuri no Tô
  • 1982 Kiryûin Hanako no shôgai
  • 1981 Nihon no atsui hibi bôsatsu: Shimoyama jiken
  • 1981 Takushî sanba
  • 1980 Sekai meisaku dôwa: Mori wa ikiteiru
  • 1979 Eireitachi no oenka: saigo no sôkeisen
  • 1979 Yami no karyudo
  • 2009 Gama no abura
  • 2009 Gama no abura
  • 2011 The 34th Annual Japan Academy Awards
  • 2009 Bokura no jidai
  • 2009 Gaia no yoake
  • 2007 Scorsese on Imamura
  • 2004 Smap×Smap
  • 2000 The 23rd Annual Japan Academy Awards
  • 1986 Making of 'Tampopo'
  • 2009 SmaSTATION
As a director:
  • 2009 Gama no abura
  • 2009 Gama no abura
  • 2011 The 34th Annual Japan Academy Awards
  • 2009 Bokura no jidai
  • 2009 Gaia no yoake
  • 2007 Scorsese on Imamura
  • 2004 Smap×Smap
  • 2000 The 23rd Annual Japan Academy Awards
  • 1986 Making of 'Tampopo'
  • 2009 SmaSTATION
Self:
  • 2011 The 34th Annual Japan Academy Awards
  • 2009 Bokura no jidai
  • 2009 Gaia no yoake
  • 2007 Scorsese on Imamura
  • 2004 Smap×Smap
  • 2000 The 23rd Annual Japan Academy Awards
  • 1986 Making of 'Tampopo'
  • 2009 SmaSTATION

Videos

External links

Profile at Japan Zone
link to: http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/yakusho_koji.shtml
«Born Hashimoto Koji in 1956 in Nagasaki, 'Yakusho' was a 20-year old working at a municipal ward office (yakusho, geddit?!) in Tokyo when a visit to see the Gorky play The Lower Depths convinced him that he wanted to pursue an acting career. He was one of 4 chosen out of 800 applicants to the Mumeij...» (show all)
Unofficial Koji Yakusho fan site, created by Pymmik
link to: http://www.pymmik.com/
«Koji Yakusho was born in Isahaya city, Nagasaki Prefecture on January 1st, 1956, as the youngest of five brothers. His name was then Koji HASHIMOTO. After graduating from Nagasaki Prefectural High School of Technology (in 1974), he found employment in Tokyo at a KUYAKUSHO or a municipal ward offic...» (show all)

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Movies

Filmography

(partial)
Tokyo SonataTokyo Sonata

Tokyo Sonata

as Dorobô

Year: 2008

Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific OceanLorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean

Lorelei

as Masami Shin'ichi

Year: 2005

PulsePulse

Kairo

as Ship Captain

Year: 2001

Eel, TheEel, The

Unagi

as Takuro Yamashita

Year: 1997

Shall We Dance?Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dansu?

as Shohei Sugiyama

Year: 1996

 




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