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 active1998–present
LabelsUniversal Music Group Japan
Stardust Promotion
Associated actsMasaharu Fukuyama, galaxias![1]
Websitewww.koshibasaki.com
 
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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 active1998–present
LabelsUniversal Music Group Japan
Stardust Promotion
Associated actsMasaharu Fukuyama, galaxias![1]
Websitewww.koshibasaki.com

Kō Shibasaki (柴咲 コウ?, born August 5, 1981), is a Japanese actress and singer. Her legal name is Yukie Yamamura.[citation needed] She is managed by Stardust Promotion.

Biography[edit]

Music career[edit]

Shibasaki has two units: Koh+ (with Masaharu Fukuyama) and 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.

Although 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 "Lover Soul" was 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.

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.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

YearTitleRole
2000Tokyo RaidersYumi
2000Tokyo Trash BabyKyoko
2000Battle RoyaleMitsuko Souma
2001Run! IchiroNakajima Miho
2001KakashiIzumi Miyamori
2001GoTsubaki Sakurai
2002SoundtrackMisa, Misa (2 roles) (heroine)
2002Makeup Artist KewaishiNakatsu Sayo
2002DriveSakai Sumire
2003YomigaeriRui
2004Chakushin AriYumi Nakamura
2004Crying Out Love, In the Center of the WorldRitsuko Fujimura
2005Chakushin Ari 2Yumi Nakamura (Cameo)
2005Maison de HimikoSaori
2006Kenchō no HoshiAki Ninomiya
2006Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Death in LoveReina
2006Memories of MatsukoWatanabe Asuka
2006Nihon Chinbotsu (Japan Sinks)Reiko Abe
2007DororoDororo
2007Maiko Haaaan!!!Fujiko Osawa
2008Shaolin GirlRin
2008Suspect XKaoru Utsumi
2010Shokudo KatatsumuriRinko
2010ŌokuTokugawa Yoshimune
2013Su-chan Mai-chan Sawako-sanMorimoto Yoshiko
2013Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant SeaNanami Fujii (voice)
201347 RoninMika
2014A Bolt from the BlueHanamura Etsuko
2014Over Your Dead Body

Television[edit]

YearTitleRole
1998Shin-D-
1999L×I×V×EAkiko Taniguchi
1999P. S. Genkidesu, ShunpeiMika Kawai
1999Kowai DouwaRapunzel
1999Warui OnnaBartender Ayaka
2000Black JackKeiko Toyama
2000Another Heaven ~eclipse~Rumi Kiuchi
2000Densetsu no KyoushiRie
2000Tuesday Suspense Theater (Angel Dressed in Black)Nurse
2000Straight NewsMina Hamasaki
2000Face ~Mishiranu Koibito~Mako Okuno
2000School Ghost Stories: Spring Mononoke SpecialYoung wife
2001Let's Go! Nagata-choSuzuko Hirose
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 RekishiMasako Yame
2011Diplomat Kosaku KurodaRikako Ogaki
2013Ando Lloyd ~A.I. Knows Love?~Asahi Ando

Discography[edit]

Shibasaki has sold over 4 million singles combined.[3]

Studio albums[edit]

Compilation albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

TitleRelease datePeak chart positions
Oricon[4]Japan Hot 100[5]
"Trust my feelings"July 24, 200250×
"Tsugi no Shizuku" (月のしずく) - as RuiJanuary 15, 20031×
"Nemuri Renai Yoru wa Nemuri Ranai Yume o" (眠レナイ夜ハ眠ラナイ夢ヲ)June 4, 20037×
"Omoide Dakede wa Tsurasugiru" (思い出だけではつらすぎる)September 3, 20039×
"Ikutsuka no Sora" (いくつかの空)January 14, 200410×
"Katachi Aru Mono" (かたち あるもの)August 11, 20042×
"Glitter"February 16, 20056×
"Sweet Mom"October 5, 20053×
"Kage" (影)February 15, 20062×
"Invitation"August 9, 20069×
"Actually"December 6, 200620×
"at home"February 21, 200724×
"Hito Koi Meguri" (ひと恋めぐり)March 28, 20078×
"Prism" (プリズム)May 30, 200720×
"Kiss Shite" (KISSして) - as Koh+November 21, 20073×
"Yoku Aru Hanashi: Mofuku no Onna-hen" (よくある話 〜喪服の女編〜)June 4, 2008614
"Saiai" (最愛) - as Koh+October 1, 200853
"Taisetsu ni Suru yo" (大切にするよ)March 4, 20091623
"Love Soul" (ラバソー 〜lover soul〜)September 16, 200938
"Honto dayo" (ホントだよ)April 4, 201088
"Euphoria"November 3, 20101537
"Mukei Spirit" (無形スピリット)February 9, 20111215
"Wish"April 20, 20111223
"Strength"March 14, 20122633
"Another World"June 13, 20121219
"My Perfect Blue/Yukuyuku wa" (My Perfect Blue/ゆくゆくは)October 31, 20122835
"Love Searchlight" (ラブサーチライト)April 16, 20142221

DVDs[edit]

Awards[edit]

Movies[edit]

Award ceremonyAwardResult
25thJapan Academy PrizeOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Newcomer of the YearWon
75thKinema Junpo Best 10Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleWon
26thHochi Film AwardBest Supporting ActressWon
23rdYokohama Film FestivalBest Supporting ActressWon
44thBlue Ribbon AwardsBest New ArtistWon
14thNikkan Sports Film AwardBest New ArtistWon
56thMainichi Film AwardSports Nippon Grand Prix Newcomer of the YearWon
11thTokyo Sports Film AwardBest New ArtistWon
12thJapan Film Critics AwardsBest New ArtistWon
16thTakasaki Film FestivalBest New ActressWon
Award ceremonyAwardResult
29thFumiko Yamaji AwardsBest ActressWon
1stOsaka Film FestivalBest performance by an actress in a leading roleWon

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