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Rila Fukushima (福島 リラ, Fukushima Rira) is a Japanese fashion model and actress best known for her comic book roles in film and TV and has appeared in projects such as the superhero film The Wolverine (2013) as Yukio, Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana in the TV series Arrow and as the Red Robed Geisha in Ghost in the Shell (2017).

Rila Fukushima
Ghost In The Shell World Premiere Red Carpet- Rila Fukushima (37404702191) (cropped).jpg
Fukushima at the Ghost In The Shell world premiere red carpet, 2017
Native name
福島 リラ
Born (1989-01-16) January 16, 1989 (age 30)
Tokyo, Japan
Years active2012–present
Notable credit(s)
Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana (Arrow)

Life and careerEdit

Rila Fukushima was born in Tokyo, Japan.[1]

Originally attempting to secure a position as a model agent at a Tokyo agency, she was persuaded to try modelling instead.[2] Her career has included work for numerous labels and brands in various shows and campaigns.[3]

Fukushima also starred in the 2013 superhero film The Wolverine as Yukio[4] and in 2014, she appeared in the Taiga drama Gunshi Kanbei as Omichi.[5]

Fukushima replaced Devon Aoki in the role of Tatsu Yamashiro/Katana for the third season of The CW television show Arrow.[6] In 2015, she appeared in the HBO series Game of Thrones in a season 5 episode as a Red Priestess in Volantis.[7][8] She recently starred in Million Yen Women as Minami Shirakawa on Netflix.[citation needed]

She was chosen as one of the women of the year 2013 by Vogue Japan.[9]



Year English title Original title Role Notes
2010 Karma: A Very Twisted Love Story Rei Short Movie
2013 The Wolverine Yukio
2014 Twilight: Saya in Sasara TWILIGHT ささらさや Erica
2015 Gonin Saga GONIN サーガ Yoichi
Warrior Tasu TV Movie
2016 Terra Formars テラフォーマーズ Sakakibara
2017 Ghost in the Shell Red Robed Geisha
2019 Honeybees and Distant Thunder Jennifer Chang

TV seriesEdit

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2014 Gunshi Kanbei 軍師官兵衛 Omichi
The Long Goodbye ロング・グッドバイ Lily TV Mini-Series
2014–2016; 2019 Arrow Tatsu Yamashiro / Katana 15 episodes
2015 Game of Thrones Red Priestess Episode: "High Sparrow"
2017 Million Yen Women 100万円の女たち Minami Shirakawa 12 episodes
2018 Blindspot Akiko Episode: "Hella Duplicitous"

Music VideosEdit

Year Song title Role Notes
2012 All I want Is You by M-Flo Girl Lead Tweeted by Fukushima in 2012[10]


  1. ^ "Piece of Mind - Tales of Endearment". Archived from the original on 2016-08-24. Retrieved 2016-02-05.
  2. ^ Kristin Studeman (2011-11-23). "Meet The Muse: Rila Fukushima | style file". Archived from the original on 2013-11-10. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
  3. ^ Rila Fukushima at Fashion Model Directory
  4. ^ "WOLVERINE Adds Japanese Actors | Collider | Page 178330". Collider. 2013-07-26. Retrieved 2013-11-10.
  5. ^ ハリウッドから大河直行!福島リラ 「軍師官兵衛」日本デビューへ (in Japanese). Sponichi. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  6. ^ "'Wolverine' Star Rila Fukushima Replacing Devon Aoki on 'Arrow'". The Wrap. August 27, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014.
  7. ^ "Game of Thrones: "High Sparrow" Review". Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Game of Thrones Recap: "High Sparrow"". Retrieved 27 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Women of the Year 2013 受賞者スペシャルムービー|ファッション・ビューティ・セレブの最新情報|VOGUE JAPAN". VOGUE JAPAN (in Japanese). Retrieved 2015-11-22.
  10. ^ "Rila Fukushima on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-06-02.

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