Sayuri Yoshinaga (吉永 小百合, Yoshinaga Sayuri, born 13 March 1945) is a Japanese actress and activist. 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."
Sayuri Yoshinaga in 1962
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.
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 121 films, mostly in the lead or supporting role. 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.
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.
|1960||Kenju burai-chō Denkō Setsuka no Otoko||Dan Noriko|
|1960||Mutekiga Ore o Yondeiru||Hamazaki Yukiko|
|1962||Foundry Town||Jun||Kirio Urayama||Lead role|
|1963||Beyond the Green Hills||Katsumi Nishikawa||Lead role|
|1968||Monument to the Girls' Corps||Toshio Masuda||Lead role|
|1972||Tora-san's Dear Old Home||Utako||Yoji Yamada|
|1974||Tora-san's Lovesick||Utako||Yoji Yamada|
|1978||August Without the Emperor||Satsuo Yamamoto|
|1983||The Makioka Sisters||Yukiko Makioka||Kon Ichikawa|
|1984||Station to Heaven||Masanobu Deme||Lead role|
|Ohan||Ohan||Kon Ichikawa||Lead role|
|1987||Film Actress||Kinuyo Tanaka||Kon Ichikawa||Lead role|
|1988||A Chaos of Flowers||Akiko Yosano||Kinji Fukasaku||Lead role|
|1992||Gekashitsu||Bandō Tamasaburō V||Lead role|
|1993||Yearning||Bandō Tamasaburō V||Lead role|
|1998||Diary of Early Winter Shower||Shinichiro Sawai||Lead role|
|2000||Nagasaki burabura bushi||Yukio Fukamachi||Lead role|
|2001||Sennen no Koi Story of Genji||Murasaki Shikibu||Tonkō Horikawa||Lead role|
|2005||Year One in the North||Isao Yukisada||Lead role|
|2008||Kabei: Our Mother||Yoji Yamada||Lead role|
|2010||About Her Brother||Yoji Yamada||Lead role|
|2012||A Chorus of Angels||Junji Sakamoto||Lead role|
|2014||Cape Nostalgia||Izuru Narushima||Lead role|
|2015||Nagasaki: Memories of My Son||Nobuko Fukuhara||Yoji Yamada||Lead role|
|2018||Sakura Guardian in the North||Tetsu Ezure||Yōjirō Takita||Lead role|
|2019||The Bucket List||Isshin Inudo||Lead role|
|1976||Kaze to Kumo to Niji to||Takako||NHK||Taiga drama|
- 1961: Elan d'or Award for Newcomer of the Year
- 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
- 1986: Kinuyo Tanaka Award
- 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
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- "吉永小百合121本目の映画が製作決定！天海祐希共演でハリウッド映画をリメイク". Movie Walker. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
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- Gray, Scott A. (January 24, 2013). "The Makioka Sisters - Directed by Kon Ichikawa". Exclaim!.
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- Shackleton, Liz (November 3, 2012). "Toei sings with A Chorus Of Angels". Screen International.
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