July 20, 1956 |
Kurume, Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan
|Spouse(s)||Mieko Harada (1987–present)|
Ryo Ishibashi (石橋 凌 Ishibashi Ryō?, born July 20, 1956) is a Japanese actor. He is known around the world for his roles in the classic Japanese Horror films Suicide Club and Audition. He is also recognized in America for his role as Nakagawa in The Grudge and The Grudge 2.
Ishibashi was born in Kurume, Fukuoka, Kyūshū, Japan. He started his career by starting his own band called the ARB (Alexander Ragtime Band) in 1977. The band made their debut in 1978, and made over a dozen albums until they broke up in 1990. Ishibashi has subsequently resumed his musical activity and re-formed ARB with an album, Real Life in 1998. In 1986, Ishibashi made his movie debut in the film A-Hômansu in which ARB's 13th single "After 45" was used as its theme song. Ryo Ishibashi has been concentrating on his acting career, and has appeared in several movies outside his native country Japan, and became an internationally recognized celebrity.
He won the award for Best Actor at the 11th Yokohama Film Festival for A Sign Days and at the 5th Japan Film Professional Awards he took the Best Actor award for his role as a yakuza hitman in Another Lonely Hitman.
Ishibashi has been married to Mieko Harada since 1987 and has three children.
- A Homansu (1986)
- A Sign Days (1989)
- American Yakuza (1993)
- Blue Tiger (1994)
- Natural Woman (1994)
- Another Lonely Hitman (1995)
- Back to Back (1996)
- Kids Return (1996)
- Audition (1999)
- Brother (2000)
- Suicide Club (2002)
- Moon Child (2003)
- The Grudge (2004)
- The Grudge 2 (2006)
- Shamo (2007)
- War (2007)
- Gyakuten Saiban (2012)
- 第１１回ヨコハマ映画祭 １９８９年日本映画個人賞 (in Japanese). Yokohama Film Festival. Retrieved 2010-04-10.
- "日本映画プロフェッショナル大賞1995年・第5回" [The 5th Japan Film Professional Awards in 1995]. allcinema (in Japanese). Retrieved 2015-05-03.
- Ryo Ishibashi at the Internet Movie Database
- Ryo Ishibashi Official Website (actor)
- Ryo Ishiabshi Official Website (singer)