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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
Megumi Hayashibara Castle in the Sky, The End of Evangelion, Pokémon: The First Movie

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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

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Liv Ullmann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Liv Ullmann A Bridge Too Far, Persona, Cries and Whispers

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Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Planet of the Apes, Pearl Harbor, Elektra

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Moon Sung-keun is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Moon Sung-keun Virgin Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Green Fish, Oki's Movie

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Misako Uno is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Misako Uno The Grudge 2

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Takeshi Kitano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Takeshi Kitano Battle Royale, Fireworks, Outrage

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Masako Nozawa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Masako Nozawa Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound, Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug

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Chishu Ryu is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Chishu Ryu Tokyo Story, Red Beard, Late Spring

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Masaharu Satō is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Masaharu Satō Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge, Dragon Ball Z: Bio-Broly

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Haruma Miura is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Haruma Miura Crows ZERO 2, Kimi ni Todoke, Sky of Love

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Stephanie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Stephanie Pride

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Mayumi Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Mayumi Tanaka Castle in the Sky, Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound

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Toshiyuki Morikawa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Toshiyuki Morikawa Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Appleseed, Bleach: Memories of Nobody

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Masami Kikuchi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Masami Kikuchi Otaku no Video, Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle, Sailor Moon S the Movie

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Yuji Oda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Yuji Oda Graduation Journey: I Came from Japan, Bayside Shakedown: The Movie, Bayside Shakedown 2

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Mako Iwamatsu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Mako Iwamatsu Pearl Harbor, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Destroyer

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Renji Ishibashi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Renji Ishibashi Audition, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Outrage

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Eimei Esumi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Eimei Esumi A Woman Called Sada Abe, Tokyo Drifter, A Colt Is My Passport

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Yoshio Harada is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Yoshio Harada Nightmare Detective, Still Walking, Shogun's Samurai

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Makoto Raiku is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Makoto Raiku Konjiki no Gash Bell!! Movie 1: Unlisted Demon 101

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Aino Kishi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Aino Kishi Samurai Princess, Mask the Kekkou: Reborn, Digital Channel DC71

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Naoto Takenaka is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Naoto Takenaka Sword of the Stranger, The Happiness of the Katakuris, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

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Hiroyuki Sanada is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Hiroyuki Sanada The Wolverine, Rush Hour, The Last Samurai

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Tadanobu Asano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Tadanobu Asano Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Battleship

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Kenji Kodama is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Kenji Kodama Ran

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Takako Honda is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Takako Honda Bleach: Memories of Nobody, Halo Legends, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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Yuka is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Yuka A Letter to Momo, Koi ni utaeba

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Chō is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Chō Sword of the Stranger, Redline, A Letter to Momo

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Hiromi Tsuru is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Hiromi Tsuru Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound, Trigun: Badlands Rumble

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Bin Shimada is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Bin Shimada Memories, Trigun: Badlands Rumble, Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming

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Hisao Egawa is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Hisao Egawa Pokémon 4Ever, Memories, Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound

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Rie Tanaka is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Rie Tanaka Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners - Overlooking View, Final Plus - The Chosen Future, Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider Fourze & OOO: Movie War Mega Max

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Toku Nishio is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Toku Nishio Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, Dragon Ball Z: The Return of Cooler, Robot Carnival

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Taro Ishida is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Taro Ishida Akira, Metropolis, Godzilla^! Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack

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Susumu Terajima is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Susumu Terajima Ran, Ichi the Killer, Nobody Knows

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Houka Kinoshita is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Houka Kinoshita Sonatine, Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, Shinobi: Heart Under Blade

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Takeshi Aono is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Takeshi Aono Ninja Scroll, Metropolis, Redline

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Eiko Nagashima is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Eiko Nagashima Haruka^! nosutarujii, Human Beasts, Like a Rolling Stone

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Toshiro Mifune is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Toshiro Mifune Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Midway

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Sab Shimono is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Sab Shimono Waterworld, Midway, Gung Ho

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Akira Ishida is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Akira Ishida The End of Evangelion, Evangelion 1.11: You Are (Not) Alone, Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion

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Kazuya Kosaka is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Kazuya Kosaka Deer Friend, Graduation Journey: I Came from Japan, Dry Lake

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Daisuke Gōri is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Daisuke Gōri Ninja Scroll, Redline, Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone

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Kappei Yamaguchi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Kappei Yamaguchi A Goofy Movie, Kiki's Delivery Service, One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta

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Daisuke Ryu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Daisuke Ryu Ran, Kagemusha, Zero Woman Returns

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Kaneto Shiozawa is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Kaneto Shiozawa Vampire Hunter D, Robot Carnival, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie

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Kōji Yakusho is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Kōji Yakusho Babel, Memoirs of a Geisha, 13 Assassins

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Tetsurō Tamba is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Tetsurō Tamba You Only Live Twice, Harakiri, The Twilight Samurai

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Akio Ohtsuka is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Akio Ohtsuka Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service, Ghost in the Shell