Sayuri Yoshinaga

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Sayuri Yoshinaga
Born (1945-03-13) March 13, 1945 (age 72)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actress
Years active 1957–present

Sayuri Yoshinaga (吉永 小百合, Yoshinaga Sayuri, born 13 March 1945) is a Japanese actress. She has won four Japan Academy Best Actress awards, more than any other actress, and has been called "one of the foremost stars in the postwar world of film."[1]


Her first media appearance was in the radio drama "Akado Suzunosuke" in 1957, and she has been one of the most popular actresses in Japan since the 1960s, with fans called "Sayurist" (Sayurisuto) - for example, Akiyuki Nosaka and Tamori.[citation needed]

She made a contract with the movie corporation Nikkatsu and played the lead role in many of its films. In 1962, Yoshinaga played a junior-high school girl in her most famous film, "Foundry Town", and got the Japan Record Award for "Itsudemo Yume wo" (Always Keep the Dream) with the male singer Yukio Hashi. In the 1970s and 1980s, Yoshinaga appeared in films made by other companies, as well as in TV drama serials, commercials, and talk shows. After this period, she returned to films and she has featured in commercials for some big companies such as Sharp Aquos, Nissey and Kagome. She has been awarded the Japan Academy Prize four times. Yoshinaga has appeared in over 110 films, mostly in the lead or supporting role.[citation needed]

Yoshinaga starred in Kon Ichikawa's Ohan and The Makioka Sisters.[2][3] She also starred in Yoji Yamada's Kabei: Our Mother and About Her Brother.[4][5]

In 2012, she starred in Junji Sakamoto's A Chorus of Angels.[6]


Yoshinaga graduated from Waseda University, the Schools of Letters, Arts and Sciences II in 1969. Under a tight schedule, she took the runners-up value in the school among the graduates in that year. In 1975, she married Taro Okada, a TV director worked in Fuji Television, keeping her maiden name "Yoshinaga" as her stage name. She has no children.[citation needed]

From the 1980s, after playing Yumechiyo in TV drama, a hibakusha geisha by Atomic bombings of Hiroshima, she has worked for the anti-nuclear movement. Her most well-known action is reading the poems about atomic bombs over 20 years, and she worked without guarantees for voice guidance in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. She is also famous for supporting a Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) club, Seibu Lions. Yoshiaki Tsutsumi, the former owner of this team is a fan of Yoshinaga, and she bought a pension from Tsutsumi's Seibu Railway group.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Tatsuo, Inamasu (December 7, 2012). "Yoshinaga Sayuri: Last of the Silver Screen’s National Heroines". Retrieved 2013-09-21.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ Thomas, Kevin (March 16, 1985). "Movie Review : 'Ohan': When A Woman Molds A Man". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ Gray, Scott A. (January 24, 2013). "The Makioka Sisters - Directed by Kon Ichikawa". Exclaim!. 
  4. ^ Stewart, Henry (May 17, 2009). "Kabei: Our Mother". Slant Magazine. 
  5. ^ Webb, Charles (July 16, 2010). "Japan Cuts 2010: About Her Brother Review". Twitch Film. 
  6. ^ Shackleton, Liz (November 3, 2012). "Toei sings with A Chorus Of Angels". Screen International. 
  7. ^ 報知映画賞ヒストリー. Cinema Hochi (in Japanese). Yomiuri Shimbun. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 

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