Kō Shibasaki

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Kō Shibasaki
Native name 柴咲 コウ
Birth name Yukie Yamamura (山村 幸恵?)
Born (1981-08-05) August 5, 1981 (age 32)
Origin Toshima, Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1998–present
Labels Universal Music Group Japan
Stardust Promotion
Associated acts Masaharu Fukuyama, galaxias![1]
Website www.koshibasaki.com

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

Year Title Character
2000 Tokyo Raiders Yumi
2000 Tokyo Trash Baby Kyoko
2000 Battle Royale Mitsuko Souma
2001 Run! Ichiro Nakajima Miho
2001 Kakashi Izumi Miyamori
2001 Go Tsubaki Sakurai
2002 Soundtrack Misa, Misa (2 roles) (heroine)
2002 Makeup Artist KEWAISHI Nakatsu Sayo
2002 Drive Sakai Sumire
2003 Yomigaeri Rui
2004 Chakushin Ari Yumi Nakamura
2004 Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World Ritsuko Fujimura
2005 Chakushin Ari 2 Yumi Nakamura (Cameo)
2005 Maison de Himiko Saori
2006 Kenchō no Hoshi Aki Ninomiya
2006 Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Death in Love Reina
2006 Memories of Matsuko Watanabe Asuka
2006 Nihon Chinbotsu (Japan Sinks) Reiko Abe
2007 Dororo Dororo
2007 Maiko Haaaan!!! Fujiko Osawa
2008 Shaolin Girl Rin
2008 Suspect X Kaoru Utsumi
2010 Shokudo Katatsumuri Rinko
2010 Ōoku Tokugawa Yoshimune
2013 Su-chan Mai-chan Sawako-san Morimoto Yoshiko
2013 Case Closed: Private Eye in the Distant Sea Fujii Nanami (Cameo)
2013 47 Ronin Mika
2014 Seiten no Hekireki Hanamura Etsuko

Television[edit]

Year Program Name Character Name
1998 shin-D -
1999 L×I×V×E Taniguchi Akiko
1999 P. S. Genkidesu, Shunpei Kawai Mika
1999 Kowai Douwa Rapunzel
1999 Warui Onna Bartender Ayaka
2000 Black Jack Toyama Keiko
2000 Another Heaven ~eclipse~ Kiuchi Rumi
2000 Densetsu no Kyoushi Rie
2000 Tuesday Suspense Theater (Angel Dressed in Black) Nurse
2000 Straight News Hamasaki Mina
2000 Face ~Mishiranu Koibito~ Mako Okuno
2000 School Ghost Stories: Spring Mononoke Special Young Wife
2001 Let's Go! Nagata-cho Hirose Suzuko
2002 Yume no California Kotomi Oba
2002 Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi Yuki Mizashita
2003 Good Luck!! Ayumi Ogawa
2003 Dr. Koto Shinryoujo Ayaka Hoshino
2004 Orange Days Sae Hagio
2006 Dr. Koto Shinryoujo (second season) Ayaka Hoshino
2007 Galileo Detective Kaoru Utsumi
2010 Wagaya no Rekishi Yame Masako
2011 Diplomat Kosaku Kuroda Oogaki Rikako
2013 Ando Lloyd ~A.I. Knows Love?~ Andou Asahi
2014 American Horror Story: Freak Show TBA

Discography[edit]

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

Studio albums[edit]

  • Mitsu (?) (2004)
  • Hitori Asobi (ひとりあそび?) (2005)
  • Kiki (嬉々♥?) (2007)
  • Love Paranoia (2009)
  • Circle Cycle (2011)
  • Lyrical Wonder (2012)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Single Best (2008)
  • The Back Best (2008)
  • Love & Ballad Selection (2010)
  • Orb: Kō Shibasaki 10th Anniversary Premium Box (2012)

Singles[edit]

Title Release Date Peak chart positions
Oricon[5] Japan Hot 100[6]
Trust my feelings July 24, 2002 50 ×
Tsugi no Shizuku (月のしずく) - as RUI January 15, 2003 1 ×
Nemuri Renai Yoru ha Nemuri Ranai Yume Wo (眠レナイ夜ハ眠ラナイ夢ヲ) June 4, 2003 7 ×
Omoide Dakede wa Tsura Sugiru (思い出だけではつらすぎる) September 3, 2003 9 ×
Ikutsuka no Sora (いくつかの空) January 14, 2004 10 ×
Katachi Aru Mono (かたち あるもの) August 11, 2004 2 ×
Glitter February 16, 2005 6 ×
Sweet Mom October 5, 2005 3 ×
Kage (影) February 15, 2006 2 ×
invitation August 9, 2006 9 ×
actually December 6, 2006 20 ×
at home February 21, 2007 24 ×
Hito Koi Meguri (ひと恋めぐり) March 28, 2007 8 ×
Prism (プリズム) May 30, 2007 20 ×
KISS Shite (KISSして) - as KOH+ November 21, 2007 3 ×
Yoku Aru Hanashi ~Mofuku no Onna-Hen~ (よくある話 〜喪服の女編〜) June 4, 2008 6 14
Saiai (最愛) - as KOH+ October 1, 2008 5 3
Taisetsu Ni Suru Yo (大切にするよ) March 4, 2009 16 23
Love Soul (ラバソー 〜lover soul〜) September 16, 2009 3 8
Hontodayo (ホントだよ) April 4, 2010 8 8
EUPHORIA November 3, 2010 15 37
Mukei Sprit (無形スピリット) February 9, 2011 12 15
wish April 20, 2011 12 23
Strength March 14, 2012 26 33
ANOTHER:WORLD June 13, 2012 12 19
My Perfect Blue/Yukuyuku wa (My Perfect Blue/ゆくゆくは) October 31, 2012 28 35
Love Searchlight (ラブサーチライト) April 16, 2014 - -
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

"×" denotes periods where charts did not exist or were not archived.

DVDs[edit]

  • Kō Shibasaki Single Clips (2004)
  • Kō Shibasaki Invitation Live (2007)
  • Live Tour 2008 -1st- DVD (2008)

Awards Received[edit]

Movies[edit]

  • For her role in the 2001 movie, Go
Award Ceremony Award Result
25th Japan Academy Prize Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Newcomer of the Year Won
75th Kinema Junpo Best 10 Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Won
26th Hochi Film Award Best Supporting Actress Won
23rd Yokohama Film Festival Best Supporting Actress Won
44th Blue Ribbon Awards Best New Artist Won
14th Nikkan Sports Film Award Best New Artist Won
56th Mainichi Film Award Sports Nippon Grand Prix Newcomer of the Year Won
11th Tokyo Sports Film Award Best New Artist Won
12th Japan Film Critics Awards Best New Artist Won
16th Takasaki Film Festival Best New Actress Won
Award Ceremony Award Result
29th Fumiko Yamaji Awards Best Actress Won
1st Osaka Film Festival Best performance by an actress in a leading role Won

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