Ryōko Hirosue in July 2010
|Native name||広末 涼子|
|Born||Hirosue Ryōko (廣末 涼子?)
18 July 1980
Kōchi, Kōchi, Japan
Ryōko Hirosue (広末 涼子 Hirosue Ryōko?, born July 18, 1980) is a Japanese actress and singer, best known in the West for her roles in the Luc Besson-produced Wasabi and the Academy Award-winning Japanese film Departures. She also starred in the 2008 comedy series Yasuko to Kenji.
Hirosue was born in Kōchi, Japan. She joined the "P&G" cosmetic model competition at the age of 14 and made her television debut the following year singing on the program,TK Music Camp. She made her television drama debut and is well known for her work as a spokesmodel for NTT DoCoMo. She studied in Waseda University but did not graduate.
Hirosue made her television debut in 1995 at the age of 15 in Fuji TV's Heart ni S. She was also named "Best Newcomer" at the 10th Television Drama Academy Awards the same year when she starred in Fuji TV's comedy series, Shota no Sushi. In 1997, she appeared in the finalé of medical drama, Hoshi no Kinka and the special episode of Odoru Daisousasen before making her breakthrough performance in Fuji TV's comedy series, Beach Boys, where she was awarded "Best Supporting Actress" at the 14th Television Drama Academy Awards. Hirosue also made her film debut in the same year when she appeared in 20-seki Nostalgia which won her critical acclaim. She was awarded the Sponichi Grand Prize New Talent Award at the Mainichi Film Awards, Best New Talent at the Yokohama Film Festival and perhaps most importantly, the Newcomer of the Year award at the 21st Japanese Academy Awards.
In 1998, Hirosue reprised her role in the special episode of Beach Boys while also appearing in four other television dramas in the same year. In 1999, she returned to the big screen in Poppoya and Himitsu. Her performances in both films won her much praise from award-giving bodies of Japan and she received two nominations at the 23rd Japanese Academy Awards for Best Actress (for Himitsu) and Best Supporting Actress (for Poppoya). Her international profile also increased when she received the Best Actress prize for her performance in Himitsu at the 30th Catalonian International Film Festival.
She returned prominently to television in 2000 playing Yuki Katase in the drama, Summer Snow, which won 5 awards at the 26th Television Drama Academy Awards including "Best Supporting Actress" and "Best Drama" before showing off her comedic chops in TBS's Oyaji. The latter role again won her "Best Supporting Actress" at the 27th awards ceremony.
In 2001, Hirosue made her international film debut in Luc Besson's Wasabi. Not being able to speak French for her role, she had to learn her lines phonetically. She also reunited for the fourth time on television with her frequent co-star, Yutaka Takenouchi (they starred together in Long Vacation, Beach Boys and Seikimatsu no Uta), in Fuji TV's romantic comedy series, Dekichatta Kekkon, starring as an expectant couple who did not know each other well before their one-night stand leading to the planning of a shotgun wedding. The series also starred Hiroshi Abe who won Best Supporting Actor at the 30th Television Drama Academy Awards.
In 2002, Hirosue appeared in the film, Renai Shashin, and the low-rated television drama, Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu before capping the year in the family drama series, Otousan. She reunited with her Summer Snow lead co-star, Tsuyoshi Dōmoto, in 2003's romance series, Moto Kare. Her portrayal as the initially flippant ex-girlfriend, Makoto Saeki, won her "Best Supporting Actress" yet again at the 38th Television Drama Academy Awards.
In 2004, Hirosue married model Takahiro Okazawa on January 17, 2004 and gave birth to her son on 10 April 2004. They later divorced in March 2008. Her marriage and new motherhood decreased her workload when she only made one appearance in 2004 in the film, Hana and Alice, and in 2005's Fuji TV's romance drama, Slow Dance.
Hirosue returned to film and television in 2006 by appearing in three television dramas, a TV movie and a film. In 2007, she co-starred for the third time with Hiroshi Abe (her fellow actor in Dekichatta Kekkon and Haruka Naru Yakusoku) in the film, Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust. She also appeared in two TV movies, Mama ga Ryori o Tsukuru Wake, aired by Fuji TV and Long Wedding Road! which was broadcast by TBS. Hirosue also made a guest appearance in the third episode of detective-mystery series, Galileo.
On October 9, 2010 she married Jun Izutsu, a candle artist. They met in Haiti in March 2010 participating in earthquake relief efforts. She has two children. Her Cousin is a former member of the House of Representatives in Japan.
- 20th Century Nostalgia (1997)
- Poppoya (1999)
- Himitsu (1999)
- Wasabi (2001)
- "Arita" from Jam Films (2002)
- Collage of Our Life (2003)
- Hana and Alice (2004)
- Presents Aikagi (2006)
- Koneko no Namida (2007)
- Little DJ (2007)
- Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust (2007)
- Departures (2008)
- Zero Focus (2009)
- Villon's Wife (2009)
- Goemon (2009)
- Flowers (2010)
- Love: Masao-kun ga Iku! (2012)
- Kagi Dorobō no Method (2012)
- Orpheus' Lyre (2013)
- Mindset (2014)
- Zakurozaka no Adauchi (2014)
|1995||Sashow Taeko Saigo no Jiken|
|Heart ni S|
|1996||Konna Watashi ni Dare ga Shita|
|Shota no Sushi||Miharu Sekiguchi|
|Long Vacation||Takako Saito|
|Maho no Kimochi / Mokuyou no Kaidan|
|1997||Beach Boys||Makoto Izumi|
|Boku ga Boku de Aru Tame ni|
|1998||Seikimatsu no Uta: Konoyo no Hate de Ai o Utau Shoujo||Sumire Ogawa|
|Sekai de Ichiban Papa ga Suki|
|Seija no Koushin||Arisu Tsuchiya|
|Summer Snow||Yuki Katase|
|2001||Dekichatta Kekkon / Shotgun Marriage||Chiyo Kotani|
|2002||Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu||Takazono Ako|
|2003||Moto Kare||Makoto Saeki|
|2005||Slow Dance||Mino Koike|
|2006||Ai to Shi o Mitsumete||Miko|
|2008||Yasuko to Kenji||Erika Tsubaki|
|2013||Legal High SP||Beppu Toshiko|
|Legal High 2||Beppu Toshiko|
- Arigato! (1997)
- Private (1999)
- "Maji de Koisuru Gobyōmae" (1997)
- "Daisuki!" (1997)
- "Wind Prism" (1997)
- "Jeans" (1998) (featuring B-side "Private")
- "Summer Sunset" (1998)
- "Tomorrow" (1999)
- "Kajitsu" (2000)
Compilations and live albums
- Winter Gift 98 (1998)
- RH Singles &... (1999)
- RH Debut Tour 1999 (1999)
- Super Idol Series (Fukada Kyoko vs Hirosue Ryoko) (2000)
- RH Remix (2001)
- Hirosue Ryoko Perfect Collection (2002)
- R (1996)
- H (1996)
- No Make (1998)
- FLaMme (1998)
- Le Secret (1999)
- Relax (1999)
- Ryoko Hirosue CF Special (1999)
- Happy 20th Birthday (2000)
- Teens 1996-2000 (2000)
- Newyork RH Avenue 2003 (2003)
- Triangle Photographs (2009)
||This section of a biography of a living person does not include any references or sources. (February 2013)|
|1998||20th Century Nostalgia||Awards of the Japanese Academy: Newcomer of the Year||Won|
|20th Century Nostalgia||Mainichi Film Concours: Sponichi Grand Prize New Talent Award||Won|
|20th Century Nostalgia||Yokohama Film Festival: Best New Talent||Won|
|20th Century Nostalgia||Osaka Film Festival: Best New Talent||Won|
|1999||-||Nikkan Sports Film Awards: Best New Talent||Won|
|2000||Himitsu||Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival: Best Actress||Won|
|Himitsu||Awards of the Japanese Academy: Best Actress||Nominated|
|Poppoya||Awards of the Japanese Academy: Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2008||Departures||Awards of the Japanese Academy: Best Actress||Nominated|
|Departures||Yokohama Film Festival: Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|2009||Zero Focus||Awards of the Japanese Academy: Best Actress||Nominated|
|2013||Key of Life||Blue Ribbon Awards:Best Supporting Actress||Won|
- "Actress Ryoko Hirosue divorces". Mainichi Shimbun. March 13, 2008. Archived from the original on March 14, 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
- Mondello, Bob (May 29, 2009). "Movie Review - From Japan, Elegant (And Eloquent) 'Departures' : NPR". NPR.
- 映画「ゼロの焦点」 (in Japanese). Toho Co. 2009. Retrieved November 9, 2009.
- ヴィヨンの妻 ～桜桃とタンポポ～ (in Japanese). WELVA CORP. 2009. Retrieved November 9, 2009.
- Schilling, Mark (Jun 25, 2010). "'Flowers' - The Japan Times". The Japan Times.
- 広末涼子再婚！！ＨＰで発表 お相手はキャンドル・ジュン氏 (in Japanese).
- 広末電撃再婚も仕事への影響はなし？ (in Japanese).
- 広末涼子、妊娠１６週目 所属事務所が発表 (in Japanese).
- Official website (Japanese)
- Ryoko Hirosue on Warner Music Japan (Japanese)
- Ryōko Hirosue at the Internet Movie Database
- Ryōko Hirosue at the Japanese Movie Database (Japanese)