Article: Top Ten Japanese Celebrities In Hollywood

The cinema stars are admired and respected always. Hollywood has a reputation as a land of affluence and fame grew. And here are some Japanese superstars making their nation proud by enrolling in Hollywood.

1. Yoshi Ando

Yoshi was born and raised in Yokohama, Japan, and has always been fascinated by films, particularly epics, thrillers, and dramas tale that enriches, strengthen and nourish us as human beings. Yoshi moved to Los Angeles a few weeks after 9/11 and quickly joined the unions. He had been perfecting his skills, inspired by Daniel Day-Lewis and Mifune Toshiro, and made great impressions through indie films and an Oscar-nominated film.


2. Yutaka Takeuchi

Yutaka Takeuchi, born and raised in Gifu, Japan, began by quoting Will Smith's inspirational speech on the Art of Acting. After that, he worked nonstop and saved money to take on the task of pursuing an acting career in Los Angeles. Shortly after touching American soil in March 2000, he won his first significant film role in The Last Samurai.


3. Kayako Takatsuna

Kaya began her acting and dancing careers during her academic years. Since graduating from high school, she has appeared in various films, including Dave Boyle's "White on Rice," which premiered in Japan last March.


4. Yuu Asakura

She was born and raised in Japan before relocating to Hollywood in 2001 to seek a career in the entertainment industry. She began her career in theatre and dance, working on modest projects ranging from stages to films, comedy to drama, and Japanese to English, before going on to larger productions.


5. Mako Iwamatsu

Mako was a legendary Japanese actor during his time. He was born in Kobe, and when the war broke out in 1941, he moved to America. He starred in films such as "Memoirs of a Geisha," "Pearl Harbor," and "Seven Years in Tibet." He remained active until he died in 2006 when he succumbed to cancer. After his death, his final films 'Rise: Blood Hunter' and 'TMNT - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were released.


6. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Tagawa is fluent in English, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. He was born to a Japanese mother and a Japanese-American father. He is famous for the films "Pearl Harbor," "Planet of the Apes," and "Memoirs of a Geisha," but he has also appeared in dozens of TV shows and short films.


7. Ken Watanabe 

One of Hollywood's most well-known Japanese actors, Ken, has appeared in numerous hit films in recent years, including 'Inception,' 'Batman Begins,' 'Godzilla,' and 'The Last Samurai.' 


8. Hiroyuki Sanada

Sanada's career as an actor began when he was five years old, and he hasn't stopped since. While he is most known for his Japanese films, he has also appeared in Hollywood films such as The Wolverine and Rush Hour 3.


9. Hiro Kanagawa

Born in Japan, Kanagawa spent his childhood in the USA and Canada. Kanagawa has appeared in several films, including 'Godzilla,' 'The Five People You Meet in Heaven,' and 'Elektra.'


10. Masi Oka 

Oka is most known for 'Heroes' and 'Hawaii Five-O,' and  Friends with Benefits. You'll find him in programs and films like Along Came Polly, Legally Blonde 2, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Gilmore Girls.