Multi-award winning actor Koji Yakusho dominated film awards ceremonies in Japan in 1996 as lead actor in the films Shall We Dance?, Sleeping Man, and Shabu Gokudo. He appeared as the lead in Shohei Imamura’s Palme d’Or winner The Eel (1997) and received the Best Actor Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival for Cure (1997). He later won acting prizes for the Cannes-premiered Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001) and The World of Kanako (2014). For his outstanding achievements in the creative field, Yakusho received the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Emperor of Japan in 2012.
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