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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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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 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
Liv Ullmann 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
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa 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
Moon Sung-keun 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
Misako Uno 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
Takeshi Kitano 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
Masako Nozawa 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
Chishu Ryu 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
Masaharu Satō 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
Haruma Miura 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
Stephanie 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
Mayumi Tanaka 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
Toshiyuki Morikawa 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
Masami Kikuchi 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
Yuji Oda 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
Mako Iwamatsu 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
Renji Ishibashi 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
Eimei Esumi 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
Yoshio Harada 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
Makoto Raiku 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
Aino Kishi 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
Naoto Takenaka 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
Hiroyuki Sanada 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
Tadanobu Asano 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

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Kenji Kodama is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from Japan
Kenji Kodama Ran Kenji Kodama is a Japanese anime director, and storyboard artist. He is best known for directing the anime Case Closed and working with the anime Lupin III, as well as discovering Joe Hisaishi ...more

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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 Takako Honda is a Japanese voice actress. She is the regular dubbing voice actress for Halle Berry, Hilary Swank and Milla Jovovich.

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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 Yuka is a gravure idol, model, fashion model, actress, and TV personality.

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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 Cho is a voice actor.

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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 Hiromi Tsuru is a Japanese voice actress from Kanagawa Prefecture. She is currently affiliated with Aoni Production. She is most known for the roles of Bulma, Ukyo Kuonji, Dokin-chan, Madoka ...more

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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 Bin Shimada is a Japanese voice actor. He is affiliated with the talent management firm Aoni Production.

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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 Hisao Egawa is a Japanese voice actor from Tokyo who works for Aoni Production. Egawa is most known for the roles of Shin'ichi Maki in Slam Dunk, Geki Kuroiwa in Brave Command Dagwon, Geki Hyūma ...more

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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 Rie Tanaka is a Japanese singer and voice actress. Notable among her numerous roles are Lacus Clyne in Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny, Chi and Freya in Chobits, ...more

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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 Toku Nishio is an actor.

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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 Taro Ishida is an actor.

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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 Susumu Terajima is a Japanese actor who has appeared in over 100 films, 15 television commercials, three promotional videos, and numerous television dramas in a career spanning over 20 years. He ...more

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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 Hôka Kinoshita is an actor.

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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 Takeshi Aono was a Japanese voice actor and actor from Asahikawa, Hokkaidō. He was attached to Aoni Production at the time of his death. He graduated from Hokkaidō Asahikawa Higashi High

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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 Eiko Nagashima is an actress.

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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 Toshiro Mifune was a Japanese actor who appeared in almost 170 feature films. He is best known for his 16-film collaboration with filmmaker Akira Kurosawa in such works as Rashomon, Seven ...more

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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 Sab Shimono is an American actor who has appeared in dozens of movies and television shows in character roles.

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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 Akira Ishida is a Japanese voice actor. He was a part of Mausu Promotion from 1988 until March 2009. He is a member of Gerbera Peerless Ltd. For his portrayal of "Athrun Zala" in ...more

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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 Kazuya Kosaka was an actor and singer.

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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 Daisuke Gōri was a Japanese voice actor, narrator and actor from Kōtō, Tokyo. Throughout his life, he was attached to TV Talent Center Tokyo, Yoshizawa Theatre School and then Mausu Promotion; ...more

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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 Mitsuo Yamaguchi, better known by his stage name Kappei Yamaguchi, is a Japanese voice actor and actor from Fukuoka, affiliated with Gokū and 21st Century Fox. He is best known for the roles of ...more

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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 Daisuke Ryu is an actor.

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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 Toshikazu Shiozawa, better known by the stage name Kaneto Shiozawa, was a Japanese voice actor from Tokyo. At the time of his death, he was attached to Aoni Production. He had a distinctive ...more

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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 Kōji Hashimoto, known professionally as Kōji Yakusho, is a Japanese actor.

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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 Tetsurō Tamba was a Japanese actor.

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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 Akio Ōtsuka is a Japanese actor and voice actor from the Tokyo Metropolitan area. He is attached to Mausu Promotion. The astringent and calm quality of his voice has landed him many roles in ...more