Kō Shibasaki

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Kō Shibasaki
Native name柴咲 コウ
Birth nameYukie Yamamura (山村 幸恵?)
Born(1981-08-05) August 5, 1981 (age 32)
OriginToshima, Tokyo, Japan
GenresPop
OccupationsSinger, actress
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2000–present
LabelsUniversal Music Group Japan
Associated actsMasaharu Fukuyama, galaxias![1]
Websitewww.universal-music.co.jp/shibasaki
 
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Kō Shibasaki
Native name柴咲 コウ
Birth nameYukie Yamamura (山村 幸恵?)
Born(1981-08-05) August 5, 1981 (age 32)
OriginToshima, Tokyo, Japan
GenresPop
OccupationsSinger, actress
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2000–present
LabelsUniversal Music Group Japan
Associated actsMasaharu Fukuyama, galaxias![1]
Websitewww.universal-music.co.jp/shibasaki

Yukie Yamamura (山村 幸恵?, born August 5, 1981), better known by her stage name Kō Shibasaki (柴咲 コウ Shibasaki Kō?), is a Japanese actress and singer. She is considered one of Japan's most beautiful women.[2]

Biography[edit]

Music career[edit]

Shibasaki has two units: KOH+ (with Masaharu Fukuyama) and the recently formed galaxias! (with DECO*27 and TeddyLoid).[1] Shibasaki made her debut in the music industry in 2002 with her first single, "Trust My Feelings", but she became recognized for her second single, "Tsuki no Shizuku", which was used for the movie Yomigaeri.

Though unable to compose (mainstream) music on her own, Kō Shibasaki writes the lyrics for most of her songs. Many of her singles have become theme songs for various films, dramas, and commercials. Her single "ラバソー~lover soul~" is the ending theme song for the live action drama Otomen.

Acting career[edit]

Shibasaki debuted in 2000 when she portrayed the cold, deadly, and promiscuous Mitsuko Souma in the cult classic Battle Royale. Her acting career took off with this film and also raised her international profile not only in Japan, but all over East Asia. Shibasaki also won critical acclaim for her role as Tsubaki Sakurai in the 2001 film, Go, which earned her several awards, including the Best Supporting Actress Award of Japanese Academy, the Hōchi Movie Award, the Kinema Junpō Award. Since her debut in 2000, Shibasaki has worked in numerous television shows, movies and commercials. Her stage name is taken from the main character of Junko Kawakami's manga Golden Delicious Apple Sherbet.

Shibasaki was also originally slated to play the role of Yuki Yubari, the sister of the character Gogo Yubari alongside her former Battle Royale co-star Chiaki Kuriyama, in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. However she ended up dropping out of the project due to commitments in Japan, and her character was eventually erased from the script altogether.

In March 2011, it was announced that Shibasaki would make her "Hollywood debut" in a Keanu Reeves-led adaptation of the famous Chushingura story. A story of samurai loyalty and revenge and titled 47 Ronin, it is billed as the first ever English-language adaptation of the legend based on historical events in the early 18th century.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

YearTitleCharacter
2000Battle RoyaleMitsuko Souma
2001KakashiIzumi Miyamori
2001GoTsubaki Sakurai
2002SoundtrackMisa
2003YomigaeriRui
2004Chakushin AriYumi Nakamura
2004Socrates in LoveRitsuko Fujimura
2005Chakushin Ari 2Yumi Nakamura (Cameo)
2005Maison de HimikoSaori
2006Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu Hokuto no Ken: Raō Den Jun'ai no ShōReina
2006Kenchō no HoshiAki Ninomiya
2006Nihon ChinbotsuReiko Abe
2007DororoDororo
2007Shin Kyūseishu Densetsu Hokuto no Ken: Raō Den Gekitō no ShōReina
2007Maiko Haaaan!!!Fujiko Osawa
2008Shaolin GirlRin
2008Suspect XKaoru Utsumi
2010Shokudo KatatsumuriRinko
2010ŌokuTokugawa Yoshimune
2013Su-chan Mai-chan Sawako-sanMorimoto Yoshiko
2013Galileo XXKaoru Utsumi
201347 RoninMika

Television[edit]

YearProgram NameCharacter Name
2000Face: Mishiranu KoibitoMako Okuno
2001Let's Go - Nagata-cho
2002Yume no CaliforniaKotomi Oba
2002Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no HoshiYuki Mizashita
2003Good Luck!!Ayumi Ogawa
2003Dr. Koto ShinryoujoAyaka Hoshino
2004Orange DaysSae Hagio
2006Dr. Koto Shinryoujo (second season)Ayaka Hoshino
2007GalileoDetective Kaoru Utsumi
2010Wagaya no RekishiYame Masako
2011Diplomat Kosaku KurodaOogaki Rikako
2013American Horror Story: CovenMegumi Nagasaki
2013Andou LloydAndou Asahi

Discography[edit]

Kō Shibasaki has sold over 4 million singles combined.[4]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

DVDs[edit]

References[edit]

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