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01-02-2007, 02:17 AM
Biography for Koyuki (I)
Date of birth: 18 December 1976 (makes her 30)
Location: Kanagawa, Japan
Birth name: Koyuki Katou
Height5' 7" (1.70 m)
Gaining her first exposure to Western audiences in Edward Zwick's 2003 film " The Last Samurai " (2003), Koyuki was well-known in Japan for years before that.
She first caught the attention of the public in 1997 by winning an exclusive modelling contract with the magazine Non-no, but quickly grew beyond modelling and has earned acclaim as an actress through her many roles on Japanese television and in several Japanese films.
Aoki Ôkami: chi hate umi tsukiru made (2007) (Filming)
... aka The Blue Wolf: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (International: English title)
Always san-chôme no yûhi (2005) .... Hiromi Ishizaki
... aka Always - Sunset on Third Street (International: English title)
Drag - on Dragoon2: Fuin no kurenai, haitoku no kuro (2005) (VG) (voice: Japanese version) .... Manah
... aka Drakengard 2 (USA)
Warau Iemon (2004) .... O-Iwa (Tamiya Iwa)
"Boku to Kanojo to Kanojo no ikiru michi" (2004) (mini) TV Series .... Yura Kitajima
The Last Samurai (2003) .... Taka
... aka The Last Samurai: Bushidou (USA: poster title)*****************************************************
many more..................which is before "The Last Samurai" very beautiful and great woman........................
Koyuki started her model career in 1995 and has since starred in various Japanese dramas, TV and magazine ad campaigns and films. She frequently appears in Japanese print and television marketing campaigns for electronics company Panasonic. Her first, and to date only, international film was "The Last Samurai" where she played Taka, the wife of a Samurai slain by "Tom Cruise".
01-02-2007, 02:22 AM
This lil lady is so sexy... she was in a sex scene in Last Samurai where she was putting clothes on Tom Cruise... and is was sexy! ;)
She communicated more with her eyes in that movie than most Actresses could have done with 1000's of words. :p
01-02-2007, 02:25 AM
some more pictures of Koyuki.........................
01-02-2007, 02:51 AM
After watching her in 'The Last Samurai', I had such a drive to want to go to Japan and stay in the areas where they still practice the old traditions. Sometimes, it's just so relaxing to leave all the technology behind. Especially when it is with you day and night. True silence and a clear night sky is a thing of the past for city folk such as me..
~ Crys ^^
Oldies3Ladies say: Miss Crys - you come to Hong Kong and we take you with us into Southern China rural areas and you will find this "true silence and clear night sky.....It is not a thing of the past.....
my parents (Yijie) live in small rural town just over in Southern China. It is very peaceful and quiet. You can see the stars at night and hear many sounds that you would never hear anywhere else.
You come we take you....................
01-12-2007, 10:05 PM
Not only in China, we still have these serene place in Malaysia where it is totally out from the city..
Back to Koyuki, for me she still have the stunning look even though this year she is already 31..as a wise man would say, the older the ginger the better it taste (those chinese, u should know this phrase)
01-12-2007, 10:35 PM
Koyuki started her model career in 1995 and has since starred in various Japanese dramas, TV and magazine ad campaigns and films.
She frequently appears in Japanese print and television marketing campaigns for electronics company Panasonic.
Her first, and to date only, international film was "The Last Samurai"
where she played Taka, the wife of a Samurai slain by Tom Cruise.
Always: Sunset on Third Street (2006)
The Last Samurai (2003)
Spy Sorge (2003)
Kairo (2001) TV Dramas (http://www.answers.com/topic/japanese-television-drama)
"Boku to kanojo to kanojo no ikiru michi" (2004)
"Kimi wa petto" (2003)
"Beautiful Life" (2000)
"Ikebukuro West Gate park" (2000)
"Love Complex" (2000)
"Ren'ai kekkon no hōsoku" (1999)
01-12-2007, 10:39 PM
Alive (2002 film)
Alive is a 2002 Japanese action/horror film and the fourth film by cult director Rhyhei Kitamura.
It stars Hideo Sakaki (the villain from Versus (http://www.answers.com/topic/versus-film), first Kitamura important work) as the protagonist, Tenshu, with Tak Sakaquchi (the hero from Versus) having a small role as Zeros, the villain, at the climax.
This film did not manage to gain as wide a cult following due to the slow pace of the storyline and virtual lack of action compared to Versus; however, it has registered with die-hard Kitamura fans who have managed to overlook these minor flaws.
01-12-2007, 10:43 PM
Always - Sunset on Third Street
Set in a digitally recreated postwar Tokyo (in 1958), Takashi Yamazaki (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/filmography.html?p_id=362078)'s Always -- Sunset on Third Street (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=341270) tells the story of a few people who live and work in a rundown neighborhood, and their impact on one another's lives.
Mutsuko (Maki Horikita (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/filmography.html?p_id=459495)) arrives from the country, awed by the size of Tokyo, and eager to take on her new position working for the president of an automobile company. She's disappointed when she learns the "automobile company" is a small garage run by the struggling but industrious Suzuki (Shin'ichi Tsutsumi of One Missed Call (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=306534)), and he's upset when he learns that the auto mechanic he thought he was hiring is actually a bicycle repairwoman.
Soon enough, Mutsuko settles in with Suzuki, his wife (Hiroko Yakushimaru (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/filmography.html?p_id=437935) of Princess Raccoon (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=330644)), and their impish little boy, Ippei (Kazuki Koshimizu (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/filmography.html?p_id=459496)). Across the street, Chagawa (Hidetaka Yoshioka (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/filmography.html?p_id=32215) of The Hidden Blade (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=317342)) runs the candy store, but he's also a frustrated novelist who earns a little money by writing boys' adventure stories.
He has a crush on the local pub owner, Hiromi (Koyuki (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/filmography.html?p_id=298047) of The Last Samurai (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=284009)), and she uses that to her advantage when she's saddled with Junnosuke (Kenta Suga (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/filmography.html?p_id=459497) of Godzilla: Final Wars (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=306183)), the abandoned son of an acquaintance.
One night, she convinces the drunk, smitten Chagawa to take the boy in, promising to visit occasionally.
She does, and soon the unlikely trio begins to resemble a family themselves. Always -- Sunset on Third Street (http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=341270) is based on a popular manga, and was a hit in Japan, winning a number of awards.
The film had its North American premiere at the Subway Cinema's 2006 New York Asian Film Festival with director Yamazaki in attendance.
01-12-2007, 10:44 PM
There isn't a single "gotcha" horror-film moment in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's fiercely original, thrillingly creepy "Pulse," which opened in Japan in 2001. But there are very few moments that don't evoke a dreamlike dread of the truly unknown.
All good horror stories are metaphors, and this is one for the painful isolation of contemporary life, but with a literal and chilling proposition: maybe death does not bring welcome oblivion.
Maybe, one character suggests, it brings "eternal loneliness" instead. Mr. Kurosawa (no relation to Akira Kurosawa), who also wrote the screenplay, gives J-horror, as this Japanese genre is known, a good name.
01-12-2007, 11:59 PM
ALWAYS 2 is shooting now. So, look for a new film with Koyuki this year.
01-14-2007, 01:11 AM
Have you watched The Last Samurai? Most girls I know watched it for Tom Cruise!!! So, if you like him, I am sure you would have watched it too. I really like that movie primarily because it deals with the Orient. But as I watch it more often (---- lent me the DVD)
I like the Japanese actress more.
Her name is Koyuki and she happens to be a model. Wonderfully simple features but she is so gracefully beautiful (not essentially good looking, but ...).
There are 2 scenes when I really fell in love with her.
There is one in which Tom comes over to her to let her know that he is leaving.
She is washing her hair in the spring. She turns and sees him and the sheer pleasure of seeing him is evident on her face. Beautiful expressions. He excuses himself and continues to tell her what he has come to tell her.
She slowly pushes (there is a better word for this action but I simply can't recall) her arm back into the sleeve of her kimono and turns. Fine kimono, fine hair, fine features. She notices that he wears his uniform and her expressions change, softly but quite marked. And he tells her that he has to leave.
All she says is "Hai" (Japanese for yes). He tells her that she has been kind to him and he shall never forget her. She is quite in love with him now, but like a sophisticated woman of her times, she cannot acknowledge it.
When he says this to her, you should see the pain on her face. She says nothing and bows her head. I would have died then and there. Such grace, such finesse. What could I, but worship such a woman? In another scene (actually this precedes the one I described above), Tom apologizes to Koyuki for killing her husband.
She realizes that there was no fault of his, and she tells him that her husband did his duty, and Tom did his. She accepts his apology with a simple statement, "I accept your apology...". You should see the change in expression on her face from a casual expression (before he apologizes) to sheer pain (when he apologizes).
Her face changes from marble (we need a word like marblesque in English to suggest the smooth texture of such a face) to pink to deep pink when her veins stand out and her breath is drawn in raggedly.
You have to look hard to notice it. Remarkable. Finally her face relaxes and tears of joy slide down her face. Just one or two tears. She doesn't present herself in excess.
Tom cruise was wonderful too, and I am surprised that he didn't even get a nomination. Every expression of her's is wonderful.
You want to ever know who I would call a classy woman?
Watch this movie, and watch for Koyuki
The word I was looking for (as I mentioned above) was "tucks". Nothing fabulous, but most appropriate.
Tucks does have a very soothing connotation
Source Material: http://inagardencalledlife.blogspot.com/2005/01/koyuki-san.html
01-14-2007, 01:18 AM
Koyuki : Name
1976 December 18th : Date of birth
Kanagawa prefecture : Native place
O type : Type of blood
Shooter seat : Constellation
H170/B83/W58/H85/S25.0 : Size
Aroma therapy/book-reading/tennis : Hobby
01-14-2007, 01:27 AM
In society, that flesh and mind were born, and it had, the human who is formed as an expression in existing form, tens of thousands people one person it is.
You do not know the probability which selects the occupation, such person actor which extent to. The person, Koyuki just that it was. I heard unintentionally.
“Is koyuki to stack the discipline of performance from small time?”
“It could call, at all” was returned. .
The expression power which Koyuki's fearfully [ru] should, if it disciplines simply only stacking, is not the type that it can be acquired. Not to be wrong they are natural ones. I tremble before such person.
Also the movie itself trembles. Because because, the movie originally there where it is the human abnormal play of the raw body blankly is the media which makes that the sufficient appearance which exists is described proud. Having standing in corner of the room, with close-up taking, walking it makes run by, simply the sufficient human who exists how doing whether it keeps changing into expression, it is showing the arm of the movie making.
But, Koyuki is different.
How you probably will take, but it makes somewhere stand, but that picture becomes her picture, the center always is she.
“This shot is plugged and in such sense?” that Koyuki's flesh questions.
“The thing which you would like to express this without being?” that Koyuki's mind approaches.
I had scratched the cold sweat.
Nature as my expression person and the like this to be dangerous it is possible to be. What it is questioned is nature of the movie itself. The movie, the [ma] [tsu] you question expression it is as expected the [ri] being able?
Being the media which after all, is no more than ambiguous showing ones?
It was the fearful actor.
However it is to be the easy thing quiet person where usually. *+++++++++++++++++++++++++*
01-14-2007, 01:30 AM
Koyuki.....................some nice pictures of her..........................
01-13-2012, 10:22 AM
Matsuyama Kenichi, Koyuki become parents
Posted on January 8, 2012 by tokyograph
Image from: Sankei Sports
Actress Koyuki (35) gave birth to her first child on January 5th, it has been learned. Both she and her husband, actor Matsuyama Kenichi (26), announced the happy news through their management agencies on Sunday.
Koyuki and the baby boy are said to be healthy. According to Koyuki’s agency, she will focus on taking care of the child for now, but she expects to return to acting by the end of the year.
Matsuyama, on the other hand, is currently busy as the star of this year’s NHK taiga drama “Taira no Kiyomori.” The series premieres tonight (January 8).
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