Hiroko Yakushimaru

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Hiroko Yakushimaru
Born Hiroko Yakushimaru (薬師丸 博子 Yakushimaru Hiroko?)
(1964-06-09) June 9, 1964 (age 50)
Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Koji Tamaki (January 1991 - June 1998)

Hiroko Yakushimaru (薬師丸 ひろ子 Yakushimaru Hiroko?, born June 9, 1964 in Tokyo) is a Japanese actress and singer.

Biography[edit]

After passing the audition for the film produced by Haruki Kadokawa, she began her acting career. Along with teen idols Tomoyo Harada and Noriko Watanabe who debuted from Kadokawa Haruki Corporation, she was often dubbed as one of "Kadokawa Sannin-musume" in her early career.[1]

Yakushimaru made her acting debut in the 1978 movie Never Give Up. In 1981, she came into prominence with Sailor Suit and Machine Gun, the film where she played the leading role and recorded the same-titled theme song.

Since rising to fame, Yakushimaru has gained success as both an actress and a pop singer, mainly during the 1980s. She had also worked as a prolific recording artist until her marriage with Kōji Tamaki, the leader of the band Anzen Chitai.[2] According to the Japanese Oricon chart, combined sales of her singles and albums have been estimated approximately 5.9 million copies to date.[3][4]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Never Give Up 野性の証明 (Yasei no Shomei?) Yoriko Nagai
1979 G.I. Samurai (戦国自衛隊 Sengoku Jieitai?) Young samurai
1980 Toward the Terra Jonah Matsuka (voice)
Tonda Couple (翔んだカップル?) Kei Yamaba (leading role)
1981 Nerawareta Gakuen (ねらわれた学園?) Yuka Mitamura (leading role)
Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (セーラー服と機関銃 Sailor-Fuku to Kikanju?) Izumi Hoshi (leading role)
1982 Yosooi no Machi (装いの街?) Kayoko Ōdate (leading role)
1983 Detective Story (探偵物語 Tantei Monogatari?) Naomi Arai (leading role)
Legend of the Eight Samurai (里見八犬伝 Satomi Hakkenden?) Shizu-hime (leading role)
1984 Main Theme Shibuki Ogasawara (leading role)
W's Tragedy (Wの悲劇 W no Higeki?) Shizuka Mita (leading role)
  • Blue Ribbon Award for Best Actress
  • Nominated — Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role[8]
  • Japan Academy Prize for Popularity Award (Character)[9]
1985 Yabanjin no Yo ni (野蛮人のように?) Tamako Arisugawa (leading role)
1986 Cabaret waitress (cameo)
Shinshi Dōmei (紳士同盟?) Etsuko Kirino (leading role)
1988 Downtown Heroes Fusako Nakahara (leading role)
1989 Ready! Lady Ryoko Takahashi (leading role)
1990 Byōin e Ikō (病院へ行こう?) Midori Yoshikawa (leading role)
Tasmania Monogatari (タスマニア物語?) Naoko Hirashima
  • Japan Academy Prize for Popularity Award (Character)[10]
1992 Kira Kira Hikaru (きらきらひかる?) Shoko Kishida (leading role)
1993 Nurse Call Kozue Igarashi (leading role)
1997 Magnitude: Asu e no Kakehashi (マグニチュード 明日への架け橋?) Yoko Hioki
2003 Kisarazu Cat's Eye: Nihon Series (木更津キャッツアイ 日本シリーズ?) Mirei Asada
2004 Lakeside Murder Case Minako Namiki
2005 Princess Raccoon (オペレッタ狸御殿 Operetta Tanuki-Goten?) O'Hagi no Tsubone
Tetsujin 28-Gō (鉄人28号?) Yoko Kaneda
Always: Sunset on Third Street (ALWAYS 三丁目の夕日 Always Sanchōme no Yūhi?) Tomoe Suzuki
2006 Aogeba Tōtoshi (あおげば尊し?) Mari Minegishi
Kisarazu Cat's Eye: World Series (木更津キャッツアイ ワールドシリーズ?) Mirei Asada
Arigatō (ありがとう?) Yoshiko Iida
2007 Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust (バブルへGO!!~タイムマシンはドラム式~ Bubble e Go! Time Machine wa Drum Shiki?) Mariko Tanaka
Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 (ALWAYS 続・三丁目の夕日 Always Zoku Sanchōme no Yūhi?) Tomoe Suzuki
  • Nominated — Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role[14]
Megane Morishita ("Megane"'s Friend)
2008 Utatama Yuko Senuma
2009 Heaven's Door Mariko Shiraishi
2010 Kondo wa Aisaika (今度は愛妻家?) Sakura Kitami
  • Nominated — Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role[15]
Hanamizuki (ハナミズキ?) Ryoko Hirasawa
2011 Wasao (わさお?) Setsuko Kikutani (leading role)
2012 Always Sanchōme no Yūhi '64 Tomoe Suzuki

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 Teki ka? Mikata ka? 3 tai 3 (敵か?味方か?3対3?) Third daughter of the wife
1979 Yosooi no Machi (装いの街?) Kayoko Ōdate (leading role) It was released in cinemas later.
1997 Mrs. Cinderella Mizuho Kayama (leading role)
1981 Ren’ai Chudoku (恋愛中毒 Love addiction?) Miu Minazuki (leading role)
2000 Africa Pole Pole Naoko
2002 Mama no Idenshi (ママの遺伝子 Mom’s gene?) Nanami Fujiki (leading role)
2002 Honkon Myōjō Mei (香港明星迷 Hong Kong star fans?) Satomi Kudo (leading role)
2002 Kisarazu Cat's Eye Mirei Asada
2004 Black Jack ni Yoroshiku ~Namida no Gan Byōtō-hen (ブラックジャックによろしく 〜涙のがん病棟編〜 Say hello to Black Jack: The part of the tragic cancer ward?) Yoshie Tsujimoto
Ningen da mono ~Mitsuo Aida Story~ (にんげんだもの〜相田みつを物語〜?) Chie Aida (leading role)
2005 Tiger & Dragon Katsuko Shiraishi Guest of Episode 6
1 Litre no Namida (1リットルの涙 1 Liter of Tears?) Shioka Ikeuchi
Umeko Momoko Kawai
2007 Byakkotai Shige Sakai
1 Litre no Namida: Special Edition - Tsuioku Shioka Ikeuchi
Papa no Namida de Ko wa Sodatsu (パパの涙で子は育つ The child grew up with tears of dad?) Fumika Kawamura
2008 Aiba Monogatari (愛馬物語 Favorite horse story?) Sachiko Nozoe
Homeless Chūgakusei (ホームレス中学生 Homeless junior high student?) Keiko Tamura
Sen no Kaze ni natte Drama Special "Nadeshiko-tai ~Shōjo tachi dake ga Mita Tokkōtai – Fūinsareta 23 nichikan~" (千の風になって ドラマスペシャル「なでしこ隊〜少女達だけが見た特攻隊・封印された23日間〜?) Tome Torihama
Aruga mama no Kimi de Ite (あるがままの君でいて?) Yuka Enomoto
2009 Senjō no Melody (戦場のメロディ Melody of battlefield?) Hamako Watanabe (leading role)
2010 Unubore Deka (うぬぼれ刑事 Conceit detective?) Nobuko Maehara Guest of Episode 5
Gekai Suma Hisayoshi (外科医 須磨久善 Surgeon Hisayoshi Suma?) Chiyoko Suma
Q10 Kuriko Yanagi
2011 Zenkai Girl (全開ガール Girl full throttle?) Shoko Sakuragawa
2012 Tsuma ga Otto wo Okuru Toki (妻が夫をおくるとき When a wife sees off her husband?) Fukuko Ishii (leading role)
Kurumaisu de Boku wa Sora wo Tobu (車イスで僕は空を飛ぶ I fly in the sky by my wheelchair?) Haruko Hasebe
2013 Amachan (あまちゃん Amachan?) Hiromi Suzuka

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart positions Label
JPN[16]
1982 Seishun no Memoire (青春のメモワール?)
(featuring monologue by Hiroko Yakushimaru)
  • Collection of excerpts from the motion pictures that Yakushimaru starred in: Never Give Up (1978) and Nerawareta Gakuen (1981)
  • Released: April 21, 1982
1 Nippon Columbia
1984 Kokinshū (古今集?)
  • 1st studio album
  • Released: February 14, 1984
1 Toshiba EMI/East World
1985 Yume Jūwa (夢十話?)
  • 2nd studio album
  • Released: August 8, 1985
2
1986 Hana Zukan (花図鑑?)
  • 3rd studio album
  • Released: June 9, 1986
2
1987 Hoshi Kikō (星紀行?)
  • 4th studio album
  • Released: July 6, 1987
3
First Live: Hoshi Kikō (ファースト・ライヴ 星紀行?)
  • Live album
  • Released: December 25, 1987
94
1988 Sincerely Yours
  • 5th studio album
  • Released: April 6, 1988
8
1989 Lover's Concerto
  • 6th studio album
  • Released: February 15, 1989
2
1990 Heart's Delivery
  • 7th studio album
  • Released: March 28, 1990
3
1991 Primavera
  • 8th studio album
  • Released: March 13, 1991
13
1998 Koibumi: Love Letter (恋文?)
  • 9h studio album
  • Released: February 2, 1998
BMG Funhouse
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
(JP)[16]
Label
1986 Best Collection 7 Toshiba EMI/East World
1988 Sentence (Sentence~セ・ン・テ・ン・ス~ Se N Te N Su?) 18
1989 Best Now 56
1991 Best Now 2
1998 Twin Best
1999 Singles
2000 2000 Best
Love Collection: 1981-2000 BMG Funhouse
2002 Golden Best (ゴールデン☆ベスト?) Toshiba EMI
2003 Pure Sweet (Box set)
2007 Essential Best EMI Music Japan
2011 Uta Monogatari (歌物語?) 43
[17]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or the information is unknown.

Singles[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
(JP)[18]
Label
1981 "Sailor-fuku to Kikanjū" (セーラー服と機関銃?) 1 Kitty Records
1983 "Tantei Monogatari" (探偵物語?) 1 Toshiba EMI/East World
"Main Theme" (メイン・テーマ?) (1983) 2
1984 "Woman (W no Higeki Yori)" (Woman "Wの悲劇"より?) 1
1985 "Anata o Motto Shiritakute" (あなたを・もっと・知りたくて?) 2
"Ten ni Hoshi, Chi ni Hana" (天に星.地に花.?) (New remix long version) 12
"Suteki na Koi no Wasurekata" (ステキな恋の忘れ方?) 4
1986 "Sasayaki no Step" (ささやきのステップ?) 3
"Shinshi Dōmei" (紳士同盟?) 2
1987 "Mune no Furiko" (胸の振子?) 8
1988 "Shūgakushō" (終楽章?) 10
"Jidai" (時代?) 9
1989 "Kataritsugu Ai ni" (語りつぐ愛に?) 6
"Windy Boy" 12
1990 "Te o Tsunaideite" (手をつないでいて?) (1990) 35
1991 "Kaze ni Notte" (風に乗って?) 35
1997 "Kōsaten (Sō, Sore ga Sō)" (交叉点 〜そう それがそう〜?) 51 BMG Funhouse
"Koibumi (Aishū-hen)" (恋文 〜哀愁篇〜?)
1998 "Smile Smile Smile" (smile スマイル smile?)
2000 "Love Holic"
2011 "Boku no Takaramono" (僕の宝物?) 169 EMI Music Japan
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 歌で甦る角川映画!26日アルバム発売 (2/2ページ) "Kadokawa films revives in music: compilation album to be released on January 26 (Page 2)". Sankei Sports (in Japanese) (Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd). 2011-01-23. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  2. ^ 玉置浩二が豊乳美女…青田典子と結婚へ "Kōji Tamaki marries Noriko Aota". Asahi Shimbun (in Japanese) (The Asahi Shimbun Company). 2010-05-08. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  3. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970–2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9. 
  4. ^ Oricon Single Chart Book: Complete Edition 1968–2010. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2011. ISBN 4-87131-088-4. 
  5. ^ 第2回ヨコハマ映画祭 "1980年日本映画個人賞" (in Japanese). Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  6. ^ 日本アカデミー賞公式サイト "第4回優秀作品" (in Japanese). Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ 日本アカデミー賞公式サイト "第5回優秀作品" (in Japanese). Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ シネマ報知 "ブルーリボン賞ヒストリー (Cinema Hochi - History of the Blue Ribbon Awards)" (in Japanese). Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ 日本アカデミー賞公式サイト "第8回優秀作品" (in Japanese). Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  10. ^ 日本アカデミー賞公式サイト "第14回優秀作品" (in Japanese). Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  11. ^ 日本アカデミー賞公式サイト "第29回優秀作品" (in Japanese). Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  12. ^ シネマ報知 "ブルーリボン賞ヒストリー (Cinema Hochi - History of the Blue Ribbon Awards)" (in Japanese). Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  13. ^ シネマ報知 "報知映画賞ヒストリー (Cinema Hochi - History of the Hochi Film Awards)" (in Japanese). Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  14. ^ 日本アカデミー賞公式サイト "第31回優秀作品" (in Japanese). Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  15. ^ 日本アカデミー賞公式サイト "第34回優秀作品" (in Japanese). Retrieved May 3, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b a-薬師丸ひろ子 "- Yamachan Land (Archives of the Japanese record charts) - Albums Chart Daijiten - Hiroko Yakushimaru" (in Japanese). 2007-12-30. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  17. ^ 薬師丸ひろ子-リリース-ORICON STYLE-ミュージック "Highest position and charting weeks of Uta Monogatari by Hiroko Yakushimaru". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon Style. Retrieved May 1, 2011. 
  18. ^ s-薬師丸ひろ子 "- Yamachan Land (Archives of the Japanese record charts) - Singles Chart Daijiten - Hiroko Yakushimaru" (in Japanese). 2007-12-30. Retrieved 2012-02-23. 

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