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Yuji Don Okumoto (雄二・ドン・奥本, Yūji Don Okumoto, born April 20, 1959) is an American actor and filmmaker best known for his intimidating movie roles, primarily as a villain, such as Chozen Toguchi in The Karate Kid Part II. His other films include Aloha Summer, Nemesis, Pearl Harbor and The Truman Show, as well as guest roles on television series such as T.J. Hooker, Knots Landing, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Bones.

Yuji Okumoto
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Yuji Don Okumoto

(1959-04-20) April 20, 1959 (age 60)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
ResidenceSeattle, Washington, U.S.
Other namesYujii Okumoto
Years active1985-present
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Spouse(s)Angela (Present)

Early lifeEdit

Yuji Okumoto, a third generation Japanese American (Sansei), was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended Hollywood High School, where he played both baseball and basketball and Cal State Fullerton, where he eventually took up acting. Okumoto has also been involved with several theater companies, including the celebrated East West Players, where he appeared in the play, Webster Street Blues.


Okumoto's first feature film role was in the 1985 comedy film Real Genius as Fenton. Later in 1985, he appeared in Better Off Dead as Yee Sook Ree, a Korean immigrant who along with his non-English speaking brother Chen (Brian Imada) frequently challenges Lane Myer (John Cusack) to drag races whenever they are together at a set of traffic lights. Yee Sook Ree learned his English from watching Wide World of Sports and spoke like Howard Cosell.

He is also well known for his convincing portrayal of the venomous, ever-smiling Chozen Toguchi in The Karate Kid Part II. He played a Korean character, Shu Kai Kim, in the 1989 film True Believer alongside James Woods and Robert Downey Jr. Okumoto then played the role of Pete Kapahala in the 1999 Disney Channel original movie Johnny Tsunami and its 2007 sequel Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board. In 2005, he played a role in Lane Nishikawa's film Only the Brave about the Japanese American segregated fighting unit, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team of World War II. He also played alongside Ken Watanabe in Christopher Nolan's 2010 thriller Inception. Okumoto was announced to have joined Nicholas Gyeney's Seattle-based drama, Ultra Low, in February 2017. The film is scheduled to begin production the following March.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Okumoto lives in Seattle, Washington, where he and his family own a Hawaiian-themed restaurant, Kona Kitchen/Yuji Lounge.


Year Title Role Notes
2018 Ultra Low Yuji Film
2015 Beta Test The Surgeon Film
2010 Inception Saito's Attendant Film
2009 Anatomy of a Fly Politician Film (short)
2009 Black Coffee David Film (short)
2009 Bones Bruce Takedo (2005 TV series) Episode: "The Girl in the Mask"
2009 Katana Kenji (2009 TV series) Episode: "Pilot" (also producer and writer)
2008 Mask of the Ninja Nakano TV movie
2008 Heroes and Villains Naomasa Ii (2007 TV series documentary) Episode: "Shogun"
2008 Touch Ken Film (short)
2007 Cookies for Sale Grumpy Man Film (short)
2007 Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board Pete TV movie
2007 The Unit Mr. Michael (2006 TV series) Episode: "The Broom Cupboard"
2006 End Game Doctor Lee Film
2006 Only the Brave Sgt. Yukio 'Yuk' Nakajo Film
2006 Big Momma's House 2 Parsons Film
2005 The Crow: Wicked Prayer Pestilence Film
2003 True Crime: Streets of LA Additional Voices Video Game (voice)
2003 Partners One Eye TV movie
2001 V.I.P. Morton Zhou (1998 TV series) Episode: "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Val"
2001 A Kitty Bobo Show Graffiti TV movie
2001 Ticker Embassy Consul Film
2001 Pearl Harbor Japanese Shy Bomber Film
2001 The District Officer (2000 TV series) Episode: "A Southern Town"
2001 Max Steel n/a (2001 TV series) Episode: "Seraphim" (voice)
2001 Throne of Darkness Swordsman Video Game (voice)
2000 I'll Remember April Matsuo Yomma Film
2000 Guilty as Charged Davis TV movie
2000 Fortress 2: Re-Entry Sato Film
2000 Martial Law Mr. Strinc (1998 TV series) Episode: "Scorpio Rising"
1999 Johnny Tsunami Pete TV movie
1999 Just Shoot Me! Kevin Tanaka (1997 TV series) Episode: "Miss Pretty" (uncredited)
1998 JAG Jiro Kitamura (1995 TV series) Episode: "Innocence"
1998 The Truman Show Japanese Family Film
1998 The Sentinel Lo (1996 TV series) Episode: "Love Kills"
1998 Sorcerers Secretary Film
1997 Players Mr. Hayashi (1997 TV series) Episode: "Rashocon"
1997 The Game Nikko Hotel Manager Film
1997 Contact Electrical Film
1997 Mean Guns Hoss Film
1997 Blast FBI Agent Film
1996 Walker, Texas Ranger Chang (1993 TV series) Episode: "Higher Power"
1996 Superman Security Guard (1996 TV series) (voice) Episode: "A Little Piece of Home"
1996 Kindred: The Embraced Lieutenant Kwan (1996 TV series) Episodes: "Bad Moon Rising", "Prince of the City"
1995 Hard Justice Jimmy Wong Video
1995 Murder, She Wrote Kim Huan (1984 TV series) Episode: "Murder a la Mode"
1995 Vanishing Son Nguyen (1995 TV series) Episode: "Holy Ghosts"
1995 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Chen Chow (1993 TV series) Episode: "Chi of Steel"
1995 Johnny Mnemonic: The Interactive Action Movie Shinji Video Game (voice)
1995 3x3 Eyes: Legend of the Divine Demon Naparva Video (voice: English version) (as Yujii Okumoto)
1994 Red Sun Rising Yuji Film
1994 Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills Lester Kuriyama TV movie
1994 Blue Tiger Lieutenant Sakagami Film
1994 Bloodfist V: Human Target Tommy Film
1993 American Yakuza Kazuo Film
1993 Brainsmasher... A Love Story Wu Video
1993 Robot Wars Chou-Sing Film
1993 Silent Cries Mickey Film (uncredited)
1991-1993 Knots Landing Art Nam (1979 TV series) 6 Episodes: "1001 Nights of Anne Matheson" (1991), "Lost at Sea" (1991), "Rescue Me" (1992), "Bye Bye Love" (1992), "The Getaway" (1993)
1992 Nemesis Yoshiro Han Film
1991 3x3 Eyes Chou/Transvestite #2 Video (voice: English version) (as Yujii Okumoto)
1991 American Playhouse Teruo Kuroda (1982 TV series) Episode: "Hot Summer Winds"
1990 Midnight Caller Lee Minh (1988 TV series) Episode: "Home to Roost"
1990 Only One Survived Peter Fujko TV movie
1990 Murder in Paradise n/a TV movie
1989 True Believer Shu Kai Kim Film
1988 Hunter Jimmy (1984 TV series) Episodes: "The Baby Game", "Heir of Neglect"
1988 Aloha Summer Kenzo Konishi Film
1987 Simon & Simon Masaki (1981 TV series) Episode: "Desperately Seeking Dacody"
1986 The Karate Kid Part II Chozen Film
1986 T. J. Hooker Howie Kalanuma (1982 TV series) Episode "Blood Sport"
1986 The Check Is in the Mail... Bellboy Film
1985 Better Off Dead Yee Sook Ree Film
1985 Real Genius Fenton Film
1985 Crime Killer Vietnam Soldiers Film

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (February 20, 2017). "Lauren Holly To Star In Indie 'Ultra Low'; Mollee Gray Set For 'The Favorite'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 21, 2017.

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