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…
Born in 1956, Kōji Yakusho is an acclaimed Japanese actor and one of Asia’s most successful and internationally recognised performers.
In 2005 he co-starred in Memoirs Of A Geisha, which was nominated for six Academy Awards. In the following year, he co-starred in Babel, a film that was honoured by the Cannes Film Festival and earned various awards, including those in the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.
Along with his international success, Yakusho has starred in a wide array of films in his home country, where his diverse acting range has garnered him high praise, including The Eel (1997) and Eureka (2001). He was awarded Best Leading Actor at the Chicago International Film Festival for his magnetic performance in Under the Open Sky (2020).
He received the Best Actor Award at the Cannes International Film Festival 2023 for his performance in Perfect Days (2023).
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