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List of famous film actors and actresses from Japan, listed by their popularity with photos when available. Japan has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Japanese screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Japan and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Japanese actors?" and "Which movies stars are from Japan?"

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of Japan in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Japanese film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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Megumi Hayashibara is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Castle in the Sky, The End of Evangelion, Pokémon: The First Movie
Megumi Hayashibara is a Japanese voice actress, singer, radio personality, and lyricist from Tokyo. She is affiliated with Woodpark Office. She is best known for her roles in Love Hina, Saber ...more
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Shincho Kokontei III is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Shincho Kokontei III Pom Poko
Kokondei Shinchou was an actor.
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Liv Ullmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
A Bridge Too Far, Persona, Cries and Whispers
Liv Johanne Ullmann is a Norwegian actress and film director. She is known as one of the "muses" of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Ullmann won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – ...more
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Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Planet of the Apes, Pearl Harbor, Elektra
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is a Japanese-American actor, sports physiologist, martial artist and Stuntman In addition to his extensive film work, he has appeared on television in Star Trek: The Next ...more
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Moon Sung-keun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Green Fish, Oki's Movie
Moon Sung-keun is a South Korean actor and politician. Moon was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1953. His father was Rev. Moon Ik-hwan, who fought for democracy alongside Kim Dae-jung under the ...more
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Misako Uno is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
The Grudge 2
Misako Uno is a Japanese actress, talent agent, fashion designer, essayist. She also works with the Japanese pop group AAA as the group's main dancer and main vocalist, while also doing ...more
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Takeshi Kitano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Battle Royale, Fireworks, Outrage
Takeshi Kitano is a Japanese director, comedian, singer, actor, show host, film editor, presenter, screenwriter, author, poet, painter, and one-time video game designer who has received critical ...more
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Masako Nozawa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound, Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug
Masako Nozawa is a Japanese actress and voice actress from Tokyo. Throughout her life, she has been affiliated with Production Baobab, 81 Produce and Office Nozawa; she is currently affiliated ...more
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Chishu Ryu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Tokyo Story, Red Beard, Late Spring
Chishū Ryū was a Japanese actor who, in a career lasting 65 years, appeared in over 160 films and about 70 TV productions.
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Masaharu Satō is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge, Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly
Masaharu Satō is a Japanese voice actor currently working for Aoni Production. Satō was born in Tokyo. Along with the late Kōji Totani, he is considered the No. 1 supporting actor of the ...more
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Haruma Miura is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Crows ZERO 2, Kimi ni Todoke, Sky of Love
Haruma Miura is an actor and a singer.
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Stephanie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Pride
Stephanie is a member of the musical group, The Grace.
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Mayumi Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Castle in the Sky, Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound
Mayumi Tanaka is a Japanese voice actress from Tokyo currently affiliated with Aoni Production. She is best known for the roles of Ryuunosuke Fujinami in Urusei Yatsura; Koenma in Yu Yu Hakusho; ...more
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Toshiyuki Morikawa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Appleseed, Bleach: Memories of Nobody
Tomoyuki Morikawa is a voice actor.
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Masami Kikuchi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Otaku no Video, Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle, Sailor Moon S the Movie
Masami Kikuchi is a Japanese voice actor who works for Troubador Ongaku Jumusho.
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Yuji Oda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Graduation Journey: I Came from Japan, Bayside Shakedown: The Movie, Bayside Shakedown 2
Yūji Oda is a Japanese actor and singer. He is one of Japan's 11 most popular male entertainers, according to an NHK survey taken in 2004.
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Mako Iwamatsu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Pearl Harbor, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer
Mako Iwamatsu was a Japanese-born American actor and voice artist who has been nominated for numerous awards. Many of his acting roles credited him simply as Mako where he omits his surname. He ...more
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Renji Ishibashi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Audition, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Outrage
Renji Ishibashi, born Renji Ishida is a Japanese actor. He won the award for best supporting actor at the 15th Hochi Film Award for Rōnin-gai.
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Eimei Esumi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
A Woman Called Sada Abe, Tokyo Drifter, A Colt Is My Passport
Hideaki Esumi was an actor.
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Yoshio Harada is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Nightmare Detective, Still Walking, Shogun's Samurai
Yoshio Harada was a Japanese actor best known for playing rebels in a career that spanned six decades.
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Makoto Raiku is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Konjiki no Gash Bell!! Movie 1: Unlisted Demon 101
Makoto Raiku is a screenwriter.
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Aino Kishi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Samurai Princess, Mask the Kekkou: Reborn, Digital Channel DC71
Aino Kishi, born February 1, 1988 is a Japanese former gravure model, actress, singer and AV idol.
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Naoto Takenaka is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Sword of the Stranger, The Happiness of the Katakuris, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence
Naoto Takenaka is a Japanese actor, comedian, singer, and director from Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture affiliated with From First Production. He is married to idol singer and actress ...more
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Hiroyuki Sanada is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
The Wolverine, Rush Hour, The Last Samurai
Hiroyuki Sanada, MBE is a Japanese actor.
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Tadanobu Asano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Battleship
Tadanobu Satō, better known by his stage name Tadanobu Asano, is a Japanese actor. He is known for his roles as Dragon Eye Morrison in Electric Dragon 80.000 V, Kakihara in Ichi the Killer, ...more