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Ryoko Hirosue

is a Japanese actress and pop star, best known in the West for her role in the Luc Besson-produced Wasabi.

Early life

Hirosue was born in Kochi, Kochi Prefecture, Japan. She joined the "P&G" cosmetic model competition at the age of 14 and made her television debut the following year singing on the program ,TK Music Camp. She made her television drama debut and is well known for her work as a spokesmodel for NTT DoCoMo. She studied in Waseda University but did not graduate.



Hirosue made her television debut in 1995 at the age of 15 in Fuji TV's Heart ni S. More prominent roles made her way the following year when she co-starred with Takuya Kimura in Fuji TV's Long Vacation which swept the 9th Television Drama Academy Awards (Japan) with 10 wins including the award for "Best Drama". She was also named "Best Newcomer" at the 10th Television Drama Academy Awards the same year when she starred in Fuji TV's comedy series, Shota no Sushi. In 1997, she appeared in the finalé of medical drama, Hoshi no Kinka and the special episode of Odoru Daisousasen before making her breakthrough performance in Fuji TV's comedy series, Beach Boys, where she was awarded "Best Supporting Actress" at the 14th Television Drama Academy Awards. Hirosue also made her film debut in the same year when she appeared in 20-seki Nostalgia which won her critical acclaim. She was awarded the Sponichi Grand Prize New Talent Award at the Mainichi Film Awards, Best New Talent at the Yokohama Film Festival and perhaps most importantly, the Newcomer of the Year award at the 21st Japanese Academy Awards.

In 1998, Hirosue reprised her role in the special episode of Beach Boys while also appearing in four other television dramas in the same year. In 1999, she returned to the big screen in Poppoya and Himitsu. Her performances in both films won her much praise from award-giving bodies of Japan and she received two nominations at the 23rd Japanese Academy Awards for Best Actress (for Himitsu) and Best Supporting Actress (for Poppoya). Her international profile also increased when she received the Best Actress prize for her performance in Himitsu at the 30th Catalonian International Film Festival.

She returned prominently to television in 2000 playing Yuki Katase in the drama, Summer Snow, which won 5 awards at the 26th Television Drama Academy Awards including "Best Supporting Actress" and "Best Drama" before showing off her comedic chops in TBS's Oyaji. The latter role again won her "Best Supporting Actress" at the 27th awards ceremony.


In 2001, Hirosue made her international film debut in Luc Besson's Wasabi. Not being able to speak French for her role, she had to learn her lines phonetically. She also reunited for the fourth time on television with her frequent co-star, Yutaka Takenouchi (they starred together in Long Vacation, Beach Boys and Seikimatsu no Uta), in Fuji TV's romantic comedy series, Dekichatta Kekkon, starring as an expectant couple who did not know each other well before their one-night stand leading to the planning of a shotgun wedding. The series also starred Hiroshi Abe who won Best Supporting Actor at the 30th Television Drama Academy Awards.

In 2002, Hirosue appeared in the film, Renai Shashin, and the low-rated television drama, Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu before capping the year in the family drama series, Otousan. She reunited with her Summer Snow lead co-star, Tsuyoshi Dōmoto, in 2003's romance series, Moto Kare. Her portrayal as the initially flippant ex-girlfriend, Makoto Saeki, won her "Best Supporting Actress" yet again at the 38th Television Drama Academy Awards.

In 2004, Hirosue married Takahiro Okazawa (岡沢高宏) on January 17, 2004 and gave birth to her son on 10 April, 2004. They later divorced in March 2008. Her marriage and new motherhood decreased her workload when she only made one appearance in 2004 in the film, Hana and Alice, and in 2005's Fuji TV's romance drama, Slow Dance.


Hirosue returned to film and television in 2006 by appearing in three television dramas, a TV movie and a film. In 2007, she co-starred for the third time with Hiroshi Abe (her fellow actor in Dekichatta Kekkon and Haruka naru Yakusoku) in the film, Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust. She also appeared in two TV movies, Mama ga Ryori wo Tsukuru Wake, aired by Fuji TV and Long Wedding Road! which was broadcast by TBS. Hirosue also made a guest appearance in the third episode of detective-mystery series, Galileo.

She will be starring in a supporting role in NTV's comedy series, Yasuko to Kenji, from July 2008 onwards.



This is the list of dramas Hirosue acted in:

Years Drama Cast as
2008 Yasuko to Kenji Erika Tsubaki
2006 Ai to shi wo mitsumete Miko
2005 Slow Dance Mino Koike
2003 Moto Kare Makoto Saeki
Ushinawareta Yakusoku
2002 Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu Takazono Ako
2001 Dekichatta Kekkon / Shotgun Marriage Chiyo Kotani
2000 Oyaji Suzu
Summer Snow Yuki Katase
1999 Lipstick Ai Hayakawa
1998 Seikimatsu no uta: Konoyo no hate de ai o utau shoujo Sumire Ogawa
Sekai de ichiban papa ga suki
Seija no koushin Arisu Tsuchiya
1997 Beach Boys Makoto Izumi
Boku ga boku de aru tame ni
1996 Konna watashi ni dare ga shita
Shota no sushi Miharu Sekiguchi
Long Vacation Takako Saito
Maho no kimochi / Mokuyou no kaidan
1995 Sashow taeko saigo no jiken
Heart ni S
Miracle World - 10th Anniversary


  1. Goemon (2009)
  2. Okuribito (2008)
  3. Koneko no Namida (2007)
  4. Little DJ (2007)
  5. Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust (2007)
  6. Presents ~Aikagi~ (2006)
  7. Hana and Alice (2004)
  8. Collage of Our Life (2003)
  9. "Arita" from Jam Films (2002)
  10. Wasabi (2001)
  11. Poppoya (1999)
  12. Himitsu (1999)
  13. 20th Century Nostalgia (1997)


  1. Hirosue Ryoko Perfect Collection (2/27/2002)
  2. RH Remix (8/29/2001)
  3. Kajitsu (11/1/2000)
  4. Super Idol Series (Fukada Kyoko vs Hirosue Ryoko) (6/1/2000)
  5. Winter Gift 98 (9/1/1999)
  6. Private (2/1/1999)
  7. RH Singles &... (11/1/1999)
  8. Wind Prism (7/1/1999)
  9. Summer Sunset (7/1/1999)
  10. RH Debut Tour 1999 (7/1/1999)
  11. Tomorrow (2/1/1999)
  12. Arigato (1997)


Years Awards

  • Awards of the Japanese Academy: Won Newcomer of the Year
  • Mainichi Film Concours: Won Sponichi Grand Prize New Talent Award
  • Yokohama Film Festival: Won Best New Talent


  • Nikkan Sports Film Awards: Won Best New Talent



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