Yoshino Kimura

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Yoshino Kimura
Yoshino Kimura Tokyo Intl Filmfest 2005.jpg
Yoshino Kimura October 22, 2005
Native name 木村 佳乃
Born (1976-04-10) April 10, 1976 (age 40)
London, England, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 1996–present
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 5 12 in)
Spouse(s) Noriyuki Higashiyama (m. 2010)
Children 2[1]

Yoshino Kimura (木村 佳乃 Kimura Yoshino?, born 10 April 1976) is an English-born Japanese actress and former idol singer. She appeared on an episode of the Showtime series Masters of Horror. Kimura won the "Rookie of the Year" prize at the 21st Japan Academy Awards for her appearance in Shitsurakuen.[2]


Kimura appeared as Shizuka in the recent spaghetti-western Sukiyaki Western Django. As of 25 June 2007 she is slated to star in a new Japanese soap opera to be set in Australia.[3] Kimura also voiced Master Tigress in the Japanese dub of Kung Fu Panda and Kung Fu Panda 2. She also appears in Blindness as the First Blind Man's Wife. On 24 October 2010 she married Noriyuki Higashiyama.[4]

In 2007, Kimura took the title role in a TV Asahi tanpatsu (単発, TV movie), entitled Teresa Teng Monogatari (テレサ・テン物語), portraying the late Taiwanese superstar, who was (and continues to be) popular throughout Asia.

She played Kazusa Monzen and Aoi Monzen in the 2008 film Orochi: Blood.[5]

She also did the voice of Claire Folley in the game Professor Layton and the Unwound Future.



  • Blindness (2008) – First Blind Man's Wife
  • Confessions (2010) – Yuko Shimomura
  • Hot Road (2014) – Kazuki's mother
  • Iya na Onna (2016) – Natsuko Kotani
  • Hoshigaoka Wonderland (2016)



  1. ^ 東山紀之&木村佳乃夫妻に第1子女児誕生 「命の詩を聞かせてくれました」 (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 28, 2009. Retrieved May 26, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Neighbours effect' tried on Japanese," BBC
  4. ^ Noriyuki Higashiyama, Yoshino Kimura, now married
  5. ^ "Orochi". fantasiafest.com. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 

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