best japanese actor working now

by kusanagi_jaya | created - 09 Jan 2015 | updated - 09 Jan 2015 | Public

based on their acting of course (my personal view only)

1. Masato Sakai

Actor | Kuraimâzu hai

Masato Sakai was born on October 14, 1973 in Miyazaki, Japan. He is an actor, known for Climbers High (2008), After School (2008) and The Two in Tracksuits (2008). He has been married to Miho Kanno since April 2, 2013. They have one child.

2. Ryûhei Matsuda

Actor | Fune wo amu

The uniquely beautiful and talented Ryuhei Matsuda was born May 9, 1983, in Tokyo, to Miyuki Matsuda and Yûsaku Matsuda. Six years later, Ryuhei's life took a tragic turn when his father died from bladder cancer at the age of 40. Ryuhei and his mother persevered, and unlike most offspring of famous...

3. Kôji Yakusho

Actor | Jûsan-nin no shikaku

Yakusho Koji is an acclaimed and famed Japanese actors who has appeared in many notable films, including Tampopo, Unagi and Babel, but may be best known internationally for his role in Shall We Dance, which at the time of its release was Asia's biggest film export. He was born in the southern city ...

4. Joe Odagiri

Actor | Shinobi

Joe Odagiri was born on February 16, 1976 in Tsuyama City, Okayama, Japan. He is an actor and director, known for Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005), Adrift in Tokyo (2007) and Azumi (2003). He has been married to Yû Kashii since February 16, 2008.

5. Ken Watanabe

Actor | The Last Samurai

Ken Watanabe was born on October 21, 1959 in Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Both of his parents were teachers: his mother taught general education and his dad taught calligraphy. He became interested in acting at the age of 24, when a director of England's National Theatre Company, where he was...

6. Hiroyuki Sanada

Actor | Tasogare Seibei

Hiroyuki Sanada was born on the 12th of October, 1960 in Tokyo. He made his film debut when he was 5 in Game of Chance (1965) (Shin'ichi Chiba played the lead role.) Sanada's father died when he was 11. Sanada joined Japan Action Club, organized and run by Sonny Chiba, when he was 12. Sanada first ...

7. Tadanobu Asano

Actor | Mongol

Asano Tadanobu is a Japanese film actor. His father, an actors' agent, suggested he take on what became his first role, in the TV show "Kimpachi Sensei," at the age of 16. His film debut was in the 1990 Swimming Upstream (Bataashi kingyo (1990)), though his first major critical success was in ...

8. Teruyuki Kagawa

Actor | Out

Teruyuki Kagawa was born on December 7, 1965 in Tokyo, Japan. He is an actor, known for Out (2002), Sway (2006) and Pickpocket (2000).

9. Ryo Kase

Actor | Letters from Iwo Jima

Ryo Kase was born on November 9, 1974 in Kanagawa, Japan.

Shortly after birth his family moved to Washington, United States, where he spent most of his childhood.

Kase began his acting career in 2000 and gained his first starring role in Kazuyoshi Kumakiri's Antenna (2004). He then went on to work ...

10. Toshiyuki Nishida

Actor | Tsuribaka nisshi 14

Toshiyuki Nishida was born on November 4, 1947 in Fukushima, Japan. He is an actor and executive, known for Tsuribaka nisshi 14 (2003), Emperor (2012) and Tsuribaka nisshi 6 (1993).

11. Kiichi Nakai

Actor | Mibu gishi den

Kiichi Nakai was born on September 18, 1961 in Tokyo, Japan. He is an actor, known for When the Last Sword Is Drawn (2002), 47 Ronin (1994) and Warriors of Heaven and Earth (2003). He has been married to Mayu Yoshitani since September 2000.

12. Hiroshi Abe

Actor | Gojira ni-sen mireniamu

Hiroshi Abe was born on June 22, 1964 in Kanagawa, Japan. He is an actor, known for Godzilla 2000 (1999), Still Walking (2008) and Thermae Romae (2012).

13. Ken'ichi Matsuyama

Actor | Death Note

Kenichi Matsuyama was born in Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture. In 2001, Matsuyama started his career modeling and the following year made his debut as an actor landing a small role in the NTV drama Gokusen (2002). In 2003, Matsuyama made his film debut in a supporting role in Bright Future (2002). His ...

14. Yô Ôizumi

Actor | Omoide no Mânî

Yô Ôizumi was born on April 3, 1973 in Ebetsu, Hokkaido, Japan. He is an actor and writer, known for When Marnie Was There (2014), Spirited Away (2001) and Howl's Moving Castle (2004). He has been married to Kumiko Nakajima since May 2, 2009.

15. Fumiyo Kohinata

Actor | Autoreiji: Biyondo

Fumiyo Kohinata was born on January 23, 1954 in Mikasa, Hokkaido, Japan. He is an actor, known for Beyond Outrage (2012), Fullmetal Alchemist (2017) and The Outrage (2010).

16. Yutaka Matsushige

Actor | Shurayukihime

Yutaka Matsushige was born on January 19, 1963 in Fukuoka, Japan. He is an actor, known for The Princess Blade (2001), Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005) and Dear Doctor (2009).

17. Shôta Sometani

Actor | Himizu

Shôta Sometani was born on September 3, 1992 in Japan. He is an actor, known for Himizu (2011), Parasyte: Part 1 (2014) and A Liar and a Broken Girl (2010). He has been married to Rinko Kikuchi since December 31, 2014.

18. Ryûnosuke Kamiki

Actor | Kimi no na wa.

Ryûnosuke Kamiki was born in Fujimi, Japan. He was diagnosed with a rare disease soon after he was born and was lucky enough to become one of the 1% who survived the disease. To celebrate this miracle, his mother decided to register him as a child actor in an agency to record his growth. He acted ...

19. Yûsuke Iseya

Actor | Blindness

Yûsuke Iseya was born on May 29, 1976 in Tokyo, Japan. He is an actor and director, known for Blindness (2008), 13 Assassins (2010) and Kakuto (2002).

20. Ebizô Ichikawa

Actor | Mugen no jûnin

Ebizô Ichikawa was born as Horikoshi Takatoshi. He is an actor, known for Blade of the Immortal (2017), Musashi (2003) and Ask This of Rikyu (2013). He has been married to Mao Kobayashi since March 3, 2010. They have two children.

21. Tetta Sugimoto

Actor | Okuribito

Tetta Sugimoto was born on July 21, 1965 in Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Japan. He is an actor, known for Departures (2008), White Snake Enchantment (1983) and Samurai Resurrection (2003).

22. Tomokazu Miura

Actor | Shiosai

Tomokazu Miura was born on January 28, 1952 in Enzan, Yamanashi, Japan as Minoru Miura. He is an actor and writer, known for Shiosai (1975), M/Other (1999) and Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 (2007). He has been married to Momoe Yamaguchi since November 19, 1980. They have two children.

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