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Occupation  Actress
Spouse  Taro Okada (m. 1973)
Role  Actress

Name  Sayuri Yoshinaga
Years active  1957 - present
Albums  NEW BEST ONE, いつでも夢を
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Born  March 13, 1945 (age 70) (1945-03-13) Tokyo, Japan
Movies  Cape Nostalgia, A Chorus of Angels, About Her Brother, The Makioka Sisters, Kabei ‑ Our Mother

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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."


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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.

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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.

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

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


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.

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.


  • Foundry Town (1962)
  • Beyond the Green Hills (1963)
  • Monument to the Girls' Corps (1968)
  • Tora-san's Dear Old Home (1972)
  • Tora-san's Lovesick (1974)
  • August Without the Emperor (1978)
  • The Makioka Sisters (1983)
  • Station to Heaven (1984)
  • Ohan (1984)
  • Eiga Joyu (1987), as Kinuyo Tanaka
  • A Chaos of Flowers (1988)
  • Yearning (1993)
  • Sennen no Koi Story of Genji (2001)
  • Year One in the North (2005)
  • Kabei: Our Mother (2008)
  • Ototo (2010)
  • A Chorus of Angels (2012)
  • Cape Nostalgia (2014)
  • Nagasaki: Memories of My Son (2015)
  • Kita no Sakuramori (2018)
  • Television

  • Kaze to Kumo to Niji to (1976)
  • Awards

  • 1962: Japan Record Award
  • 1984: 9th Hochi Film Award - Best Actress for Ohan and Station to Heaven
  • 1985: Japan Academy Prize - Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
  • 1989: Japan Academy Prize - Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
  • 1997: Japan Record Award for Concept
  • 2001: Japan Academy Prize - Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
  • 2006: Japan Academy Prize - Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
  • 2006: Medals of Honour with Purple Ribbon
  • 2010: Person of Cultural Merit
  • 2015: Kikuchi Kan Prize
  • References

    Sayuri Yoshinaga Wikipedia

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