Joe Odagiri

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Joe Odagiri
Joe OdagiriTIFFSept09.jpg
Native name オダギリ ジョー
Born Jō Odagiri (小田切 譲 Odagiri Jō?)
(1976-02-16) February 16, 1976 (age 38)
Okayama, Japan
Occupation Actor, musician
Spouse(s) Yuu Kashii

Jō Odagiri (小田切 譲 Odagiri Jō?, born February 16, 1976), better known by his stage name Joe Odagiri (オダギリ ジョー Odagiri Jō?) is a Japanese actor and musician. South China Morning Post described him as "a rebel, something made evident by his grungy, gothic style".[1]


Odagiri co-starred with Zhang Ziyi in Seijun Suzuki's Princess Raccoon,[2] with Tadanobu Asano and Tatsuya Fuji in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Bright Future,[3] with Ryo Kase in Lee Sang-il's Scrap Heaven,[4] and with Jang Dong-gun in Kang Je-gyu's My Way.[5]

He has starred in films such as Atsushi Funahashi's Big River,[6] Masanori Tominaga's The Pavillion Salamandre,[7] and Kim Ki-duk's Dream.[8]

He has also appeared in films such as Junji Sakamoto's Out of This World,[9] Shinji Aoyama's Sad Vacation,[10] and Hirokazu Koreeda's I Wish.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Odagiri Joe was born in Tsuyama, Okayama prefecture. Though he was accepted by Kochi University, he turned it down for an opportunity to study in the United States. He had originally intended to study film directing at California State University in Fresno, but mistakes in the application process landed him in acting classes.[12] He often says that Fresno is his second homeland.[13]

On December 27, 2007, at a news conference in Tokyo, Odagiri announced his engagement to actress Yuu Kashii, who is exactly 11 years younger than him.[14]







  • Joe Odagiri: Sweater Book (2000)
  • Odagirism (2001)


  • Jissya: A Photobook of Joe Odagiri (2000)
  • Four Years Ago (2006)



  • White (2006)
  • Black (2006)


  • T (2000)
  • Hazard (2003)
  • Cherry the Dustman (2006)


  1. ^ Mak, Clara (July 19, 2012). "Q&A: Joe Odagiri - South China Morning Post". South China Morning Post. 
  2. ^ Kermode, Mark (July 1, 2006). "Film of the week: Princess Raccoon - From the Observer - The Observer". The Observer. The Guardian. 
  3. ^ Gonzalez, Ed (January 30, 2004). "Bright Future - Film Review - Slant Magazine". Slant Magazine. 
  4. ^ Humanick, Rob (July 17, 2007). "Scrap Heaven - Film Review - Slant Magazine". Slant Magazine. 
  5. ^ Bell, Robert (April 20, 2012). "My Way - Directed by Kang Je-Kyu - Film Reviews -". Exclaim!. 
  6. ^ Edwards, Russell (October 21, 2005). "Big River - Variety". Variety. 
  7. ^ Matthijs, Niels (October 26, 2011). "PAVILLION SALAMANDRE (Masanori Tominaga) Review - Twitch". Twitch Film. 
  8. ^ Marshall, Lee (September 29, 2008). "Dream (Bi Mong) - Reviews - Screen". Screen International. 
  9. ^ Schilling, Mark (January 28, 2004). "Play democracy for me - The Japan Times". The Japan Times. 
  10. ^ Schilling, Mark (September 7, 2007). "Sad Vacation - The Japan Times". The Japan Times. 
  11. ^ Young, Deborah (September 22, 2011). "I Wish: Film Review - The Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  12. ^ Odagiri, Joe (October 2001). Odagirism (in Japanese). Bijyutsu Publishing Inc. ISBN 4-568-22113-7. 
  13. ^ "EXエンタテイメント:オダギリ ジョー第2の故郷 フレズノに帰る" (in Japanese). Express Co, Ltd. 
  14. ^ "オダギリジョーさん、香椎由宇と結婚へ" (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved December 28, 2007. 

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