Yuriko Yoshitaka

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Yuriko Yoshitaka
Native name
吉高 由里子
Born (1988-07-22) July 22, 1988 (age 30)
Years active2006–present
AgentAmuse, Inc.
Notable work
Snakes and Earrings (2008), Tokyo Dogs (2009), Gantz (2011), Bokura ga Ita (2012)
Height1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)

Yuriko Yoshitaka (吉高 由里子, Yoshitaka Yuriko, born July 22, 1988) is a Japanese actress who is represented by the Japanese agency Amuse.


Yoshitaka made her acting debut in 2006. She was given the lead role in the live-action adaptation of Hitomi Kanehara's award-winning novel Snakes and Earrings in 2007. Portraying Lui, a teenager whose life goes into a downward spiral after meeting the forked-tongued and tattooed Ama, the role was Yoshitaka's breakthrough role.[1][2] The Japanese public began to take notice of her, and in a poll conducted by Oricon, Yoshitaka was the fifth promising young actress of 2009[3] and 2009's freshest female celebrity.[4] In 2010, Oricon again conducted a poll on the most promising actress and she managed climb up to top the poll.[5]

Yoshitaka began to receive more work in 2008 as she appeared in Flow's music video "Arigatō" (ありがとう, "Thanks"), was given her first lead role in the comedy drama Konno-san to Asobo (紺野さんと遊ぼう, Let’s Play with Konno-san) and took up the lead role in the film Yubae Shōjo (夕映え少女, A Girl in the Sunset) before the theatrical release of her other lead film Snakes and Earrings.

In 2009, Yoshitaka was given the role of the suicidal Kairi Hayakawa in the romantic-comedy drama Love Shuffle. Later in the year, she portrayed Yūki Matsunaga (松永 由岐, Matsunaga Yūki) in the police drama Tokyo Dogs with Shun Oguri and Hiro Mizushima as her co-stars.[6]

In 2010, she starred as all three sisters in a short drama series titled Tofu Shimai (豆腐姉妹, lit. Tofu Sisters).[7] It was announced on May 13, 2010 that Yoshitaka was given her first lead role in a network television drama series called Mioka (美丘), portraying a university student with an incurable illness.[8]

She played Tae Kojima in the two-part 2011 live-action adaptation of the sci-fi and action manga Gantz.[9][10] She also took the lead role in Kōji Maeda's movie Konzen Tokkyū, portraying a young woman dating multiple men in hopes of finding the right one to marry. It premiered in Spring 2011.[11]

From March 31, 2014 to September 27, 2014 she portrayed Hanako Muraoka (1893–1968) in Hanako to Anne (花子とアン, Hanako to An), a Japanese television drama series, the 90th Asadora series broadcast on NHK. She hosted the 65th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen on New Year's Eve 2014 alongside Arashi.

Personal life[edit]

While she was preparing for her role in Snakes and Earrings, Yoshitaka was involved with a traffic accident in September 2007, and she suffered a fractured jaw. She stayed in the Intensive-care unit (ICU) for five days as a result.[12]


TV drama[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Jikō Keisatsu Episode 6 guest appearance
2006 Children Drama special
2006 PS Rashōmon Episode 2 guest appearance
2006 Ii Onna
2007 Jodan Ja Nai! Episode 8 guest appearance
2007 Yonimo Kimyona Monogatari: Countdown
2008 Ashita no Kita Yoshio Shinobu Yoimachi
2008 Atsuhime Otetsu Taiga drama
2008 Konno-san to Asobo Miyuki Konno Lead role
2008 Average
2008 Taiyo to Umi no Kyoshitsu Akari Yashima
2008 Tonsure Mika Kashiwaba Lead role with Yōichi Nukumizu
2008 Average 2
2008 The Naminori Restaurant
2009 Love Shuffle Kairi Hayakawa
2009 Hontō ni Atta Kowai Hanashi: Chi Nurareta Ryokan Moe Yasuda Television special, lead role
2009 Shiroi Haru Shiori Nishida
2009 Ikemen Shin Sobaya Tantei Episode 5 guest appearance
2009 Tokyo Dogs Yūki Matsunaga
2010 Tofu Shimai Three sisters: Kinuyo, Momen, Yuriko Lead role, 5-episode drama
2010 Mioka Mioka Minegishi Lead role
2011 The Reason I can't Find Love Saki Ogura Lead role
2012 Vampire Prosecutor 2 Luna Extended cast
2013 Galileo 2 Misa Kishitani Lead Role
2014 Anne and Hanako Hanako Muraoka Lead role
2017 Tokyo Tarareba Musume Rinko Kamata Lead role
2018 Seigi no Se Ririko Takemura Lead role


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Zoo "Seven Rooms" Room 7 girl
2006 Noriko's Dinner Table Yuka Shimbara
2007 Maruyamacho Seta
Kayokyoku Dayo, Jinsei wa
Adrift in Tokyo Fufumi
2008 Yubae Shōjo Lead role
Cyborg She Student in the 22nd Century
Your Friends Hanai Kyōko
Snakes and Earrings Lui Lead role
2009 Gravity's Clowns Natsuko
Kaiji 2 Yumi Ishida
2010 Subete wa Umi ni Naru Shizuko
2011 Gantz Tae Kojima
Gantz: Perfect Answer Tae Kojima
Cannonball Wedlock Chie Lead role
2012 Robo-G Yoko Sasaki
We Were There: Part 1 Nanami Takahashi Lead role
We Were There: Part 2 Nanami Takahashi Lead role
2013 The Story of Yonosuke Shoko Yosano
Midsummer's Equation Misa Kishitani
2017 Yurigokoro Misako Lead role
2018 Killing For The Prosecution Saho Tachibana

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2007 Yokohama Film Festival Best Newcomer Noriko's Dinner Table Won[13]
2008 Japan Academy Awards Best Newcomer Snakes and Earrings Won[14]
2009 Blue Ribbon Awards Best Newcomer Won[15][16]
Japan Movie Critics Awards Best New Actress Won[17]
2018 41st Japan Academy Prize Best Actress Yurigokoro Nominated


  1. ^ ""Snakes and Earrings" lead revealed". Tokyograph. 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  2. ^ "Oricon: 2009's fresh stars". Tokyograph. 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  3. ^ "Oricon: 2009's promising young actresses". Tokyograph. 2009-01-31. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  4. ^ "Oricon: 2009's fresh stars". Tokyograph. 2009-07-02. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  5. ^ "Oricon: promising actors and actresses for 2010". Tokyograph. 2010-01-22. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  6. ^ "Oguri, Mizushima star in Fuji TV cop drama". Tokyograph. 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  7. ^ "Yoshitaka plays three sisters in WOWOW drama". Tokyograph. 2010-04-29. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
  8. ^ "Yoshitaka stars in drama series "Mioka"". Tokyograph. 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2010-07-10.
  9. ^ 吉高由里子、二宮と初共演…映画「GANTZ」ヒロイン役 (in Japanese). Hochi. 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  10. ^ "Yoshitaka joins Ninomiya, Matsuyama in "Gantz"". Tokyograph. 2010-01-24. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  11. ^ "Yuriko Yoshitaka wears wedding dress for next movie". Tokyograph. 2010-08-14. Retrieved 2010-08-15.
  12. ^ 「蛇にピアス」吉高由里子、体当たり演技の影に交通事故体験も! (in Japanese). Livedoor News. 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  13. ^ "'Yureru' claims 4 awards at Yokohama". Tokyograph. 2007-02-04. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  14. ^ ""Okuribito" gets 13 nominations for Japan Academy Awards". Tokyograph. 2008-12-21. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  15. ^ "Awards for Hebi ni Piasu". IMDB. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  16. ^ "51st Blue Ribbon Awards". Tokyograph. 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2010-01-25.
  17. ^ "18th Japan Movie Critics Awards". Tokyograph. 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2010-01-25.

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