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Odagiri at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
|Native name||オダギリ ジョー|
|Born||Jō Odagiri (小田切 譲 Odagiri Jō?)
February 16, 1976
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".
Odagiri co-starred with Zhang Ziyi in Seijun Suzuki's Princess Raccoon, with Tadanobu Asano and Tatsuya Fuji in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Bright Future, with Ryo Kase in Lee Sang-il's Scrap Heaven, and with Jang Dong-gun in Kang Je-gyu's My Way.
Commonly known just as Odajō, he is known for his unusual hairstyle and eclectic style of dressing. He has achieved considerable success as an actor, having been awarded Best New Actor by the Japanese Academy for his role in Azumi, and Best Supporting Actor in Blood and Bones.
He has starred in such films as the Katsuhiro Otomo-directed live-action movie adaptation of the manga and anime series, Mushishi, where he was featured as the main character, Ginko, as well as other well-known films such as Shinobi: Heart Under Blade.
He is also well known by much of the tokusatsu fandom in his starring role as Yusuke Godai from Kamen Rider Kuuga. Odagiri has expressed on multiple occasions his difficulty playing the role however. Odagiri is also very famous in Brazil due to his roles of Bijomaru Mogami in Azumi and Yusuke Godai in Kamen Rider Kuuga.
Odagiri Joe was born in Tsuyama, Okayama prefecture, a small town in central Japan renowned for its beautiful cherry blossoms in the spring. 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 movie directing at California State University in Fresno, but mistakes in the application process landed him in acting classes. He often says that Fresno is his second homeland.  Two years after studying in Fresno and later starring in a few stage performances in Japan, Odagiri found himself catapulted to fame in his role in the Kamen-Rider series, playing the central character, Godai Yuusuke.
Since then, Odagiri has appeared in many movies and dramas. He won the Best New Actor Award at the 2003 Japan Academy Awards for his role as the uniquely bisexual nemesis in the film "Azumi", and in the following year, was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Award for his performance in director Kitano Takeshi's 2004 film, "Blood and Bones" (血骨). He is slated to appear in numerous more films in 2005 [needs update], including Maison de Himiko, where he portrays a homosexual man in a relationship with the protagonist (played by Shibasaki Kou's father).
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.They were subsequently married on February 16, 2008, which was also a birthday for both of them. In February 2011, their first child, a son, was born.
- Platonic Sex (2001)
- Terrors (2001)
- Satorare (2002)
- Mokka no Koibito (2002)
- Azumi (2003), Bijomaru Mogami
- Bright Future (2003), Yuuji Nimura
- Shinsengumi! (2004), Saitou Hajime
- Kaikyo o Wataru Violin (2004)
- Out of This World (2004)
- Pacchigi! (2004)
- Blood and Bones (2004), Takeshi
- Black Kiss (2004)
- In the Pool (2005)
- Into a Dream (2005)
- Hazard (2005)
- House of Himiko (2005), Haruhiko Kishimoto
- Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005), Gennosuke Kouga
- Scrap Heaven (2005), Tetsu
- Princess Raccoon (2005), Amechiyo
- Big River (2006), Teppei
- The Uchōten Hotel (2006)
- Jikou Keisatsu (2006), Shuuichirou Kiriyama
- Retribution (2006), Dr. Takagi
- Mushishi (live-action) (2006), Ginko
- The Pavillion Salamandre (2006), Hoichi Tobishima
- Sway (2006), Takeru Hayakawa
- Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad (2007)
- Sad Vacation (2007)
- Adrift in Tokyo (2007), Fumiya Takemura
- Plastic City (2008), Kirin
- Dream (2008), Jin
- The Warrior and the Wolf (2009), Lu Shenkang
- Air Doll (2009), Sonoda
- I Wish (2011)
- My Way (2011), Tatsuo Hasegawa
- The Great Passage (2013)
- Real (2013)
- Human Trust (2013)
- Zaion: I Wish You Were Here (2001), Tamiya Yuuji
- 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)
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