Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Most Popular Best Japanese Actresses 2017. Japan is known for being the exporter of all things strange and wonderful. Their actresses are no different. Japanese film has long been an obsession for Americans, from anime to horror. It’s time to get to know some of the actresses that make Japanese films so interesting, strange, and wonderful. In this list we’ll explore the best Japanese actresses of 2017 and what makes each of them unique and special. Let’s get started.
List of Top 10 Most Popular Best Japanese Actresses 2017
10. Haruka Ayase
Haruka Ayase was born March 24, 1985 in Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. She is an actress and singer. She’s been active in the musical and film industries since 2000. Her first role in a television drama was in 2001 in the show Kindaichi Shonen no Jikembo II SP. Most recently, she was in Never Let Me Go. Her first film was in 2002, called Justice. Since then she has been in films such as My Girlfriend is a Cyborg, The Magic Hour, Happy Flight, and A Man Called Pirate in 2016.
9. Reon Kadena
Reon Kadena was born February 19, 1986 in Sakai, Osaka, Japan. She goes by two other names: Leon Kadena and Minamo Kusano. She is a Japanese glamour model and actress. She made her theatrical debut in an erotic drama called Piikan Fufu in 2005. She has appeared on many television dramas such as Maid Deka and Kamen Rider x Kamen Rider OOO & W Featuring Skull: Movie War Core. Her most recent film role was in The Pinkie in 2014.
8. Rie Miyazawa
Rie Miyazawa was born April 6, 1973 in Tokyo, Japan. She is a Japanese actress and former fashion model. She made her debut in a Kit Kat ad at age 11. Since then she has done many films, commercials, and television shows. Her first film role was in 1988 in Seven Days’ War. After that, she went on to be in films such as The Twilight Samurai, The Face of Jizo, Hana, Yume no Manimani, The Book of the Dead, and most recently Sherlock Holmes in which she voices Irene Adler. She is also known for her work on the stage, which she began in 1991.
7. Nozomi Sasaki
Nozomi Sasaki was born February 8, 1988. She is an actress, model, and singer. Most notably, she’s known as a professional fashion model and Japanese glamour model. She has become “famous as a gravure idol and main ringside commentator/spokeperson for the mixed martial arts competition Dream Fighting Championships and the kickboxing competition K-1 World Max since 2009,” according to her Wikipedia page. Her first film role was in 2008 as Remi in Handsome Suit. Most recently, she was in The Last Cop in 2017.
6. Rinko Kikuchi
Rinko Kikuchi was born January 6, 1981 in Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan. She’s been active as an actress since 1999. She’s married to Shota Sometani and they have one child. She is famous for a few American films such as Pacific Rim and 47 Ronin. Her most recent film project is Terra Formars in 2016. Her first television role was in 1999 on Bakayaro! Special 2. Most recently on television, she was in To Give a Dream playing the role of Mikiko Abe. She’s won many awards including Best Supporting Actress at the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards and Best Breakthrough Performance from the Online Film Critics Society Awards.
5. Yui Aragaki
Yui Aragaki was born June 11, 1988 in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. She is an actress, singer-songwriter, model, and radio host. She got her start in 2005 with her role in the TBS drama, Dragon Zakura. After that, she was cast in many other dramas such as Code Blue, Smith, Zenkai Girl, Legal High 2, and most recently, Kizuna: Hashire Kiseki no Kouma. She has done voice acting in a few animes and has also starred in films. She first appeared in film in 2007 in movies like Waruboro, Koisuru Madori, and Koizora. Her most recent film role was in S The Last Policeman – Recovery of Our Future.
4. Yukie Nakama
Yukie Nakama was born October 30, 1979 in Urasoe, Okinawa, Japan. She has been active in the film industry since 1994. In 1996, she was on the television drama Mo gaman Dekinai. She went on to play roles on dramas like Trick, Gokusen, Tokyo Wankei, and most recently, Beauty and the Fellow/Beauty and the Man in 2015. Her first film was Tomoko no Baai in 1996. Other films that she has been in include Ring 0: Birthday, Love Song, Trick Movie, Flowers, and her most recent project, The Big Bee, which came out in 2015. She is also known for her performance of the theme song in the video game Rockman X4.
3. Masami Nagasawa
Masami Nagasawa was born June 3, 1987 in Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan. She has been active as an actress since 2000. In 2008, she filmed her first love scene in the film Gunjo, which is based on a novel by Ayako Miyagi. The film was directed by Yosuke Nakagawa and was produced by 20th Century Fox. She is also known for her role on the TBS drama, Boku no Imoto. Her first role was in the film Crossfire and her most recent role is in the film Gin Tama, which will premiere in 2017. She plays Tae Shimura in this role. She is one of the Top 10 Most beautiful Japanese Actresses 2017.
2. Mao Inoue
Mao Inoue was born January 9, 1987 in Yokohama, Japan. She is known as a Japanese idol and known to television audiences as Akane Imai. She first started acting when she was 5 years old and has been in many television dramas in Japan since then. Her first film was in 2006 and it was called Check it Out, Yo! with Hayato Ichihara. In 2009, she put her education first and stepped out of the spotlight. Her most recent role is in the film Rudolf the Black Cat. She plays Rudolf and is the lead voice actor.
1. Keiko Kitagawa
Keito Kitagawa was born August 22, 1986 in Kobe, Japan. In America, Kitagawa is most notably known for her role in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. In Japan, she has been an exclusive model for Japan’s Seventeen magazine. She started acting in 2003 and played Sailor Mars in the Sailor Moon live action show Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon which ran from 2003-2004. Her first film roles were in 2006, Mamiya Kyodai, Mizu ni Sumu Hana, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and Cherry Pie. Her most recent project will come out in 2017 and is I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, as strange as that sounds.
All of these actresses bring different sets of strengths to their roles. Some of them are glamour models, others are Japanese idols, and others still are singers. Each of them has something that makes them one of the best and most popular Japanese actresses in 2017.