Ryōko Hirosue

Ryōko Hirosue

Ryōko Hirosue at the Yosakoi Matsuri in July 2010
Native name 広末 涼子
Born Hirosue Ryōko (廣末 涼子)
(1980-07-18) 18 July 1980
Kōchi, Kōchi, Japan
Occupation Actress, singer
Spouse(s) Takahiro Okazawa
(m. 2004; div. 2008)

Jun Izutsu (m. 2010)
Children 3

Ryōko Hirosue (広末 涼子 Hirosue Ryōko, born July 18, 1980) is a Japanese actress and singer, best known in the West for her roles in the Luc Besson-produced Wasabi and the Academy Award-winning Japanese film Departures. She also starred in the 2008 comedy series Yasuko to Kenji.

Early life

Hirosue was born in Kōchi, 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. 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.

Hirosue married model Takahiro Okazawa on January 17, 2004 and gave birth to her son on 10 April 2004. They later divorced in March 2008.[1] 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 o 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, Rattles, of detective-mystery series, Galileo.

She had a supporting role in NTV's comedy series, Yasuko to Kenji in 2008.

She portrayed Mika Kobayashi opposite Masahiro Motoki in the 2008 Japanese film Departures, which won the 81st Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film.[2]

In 2009, she is starring in the remake of the mystery film Zero Focus[3] and the adaptation to film of the novel Villon's Wife by Osamu Dazai.[4]

She co-starred in the 2010 film Flowers with Yu Aoi, Kyoka Suzuki, Yuko Takeuchi, Rena Tanaka and Yukie Nakama.[5]

Personal life

On October 9, 2010 she married Jun Izutsu, a candle artist. They met in Haiti in March 2010 participating in earthquake relief efforts.[6][7] She has two children.[8] Her cousin is a former member of the House of Representatives in Japan. On July 17, 2015, she gave birth to her third child, a girl.




Year Title Role
1995 Sashow Taeko Saigo no Jiken
Heart ni S
1996 Konna Watashi ni Dare ga Shita
Shota no Sushi Miharu Sekiguchi
Long Vacation Takako Saito
Maho no Kimochi / Mokuyou no Kaidan
1997 Beach Boys Makoto Izumi
Boku ga Boku de Aru Tame ni
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
1999 Lipstick Ai Hayakawa
2000 Oyaji Suzu
Summer Snow Yuki Katase
2001 Dekichatta Kekkon / Shotgun Marriage Chiyo Kotani
2002 Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu Takazono Ako
Otousan Makoto Shindo
2003 Moto Kare Makoto Saeki
Ushinawareta Yakusoku
2005 Slow Dance Mino Koike
2006 Ai to Shi o Mitsumete Miko
2008 Yasuko to Kenji Erika Tsubaki
2009 Triangle Sachi
2010 Ryōmaden Kao Hirai
2013 Legal High SP Beppu Toshiko
Legal High 2 Beppu Toshiko
2015 Ouroboros Kashiwaba Yuiko
2016 Naomi and Kanako Naomi Oda




Compilations and live albums



Year Nominee/work Award Result
1998 20th Century Nostalgia Awards of the Japanese Academy: Newcomer of the Year Won
20th Century Nostalgia Mainichi Film Concours: Sponichi Grand Prize New Talent Award Won
20th Century Nostalgia Yokohama Film Festival: Best New Talent Won
20th Century Nostalgia Osaka Film Festival: Best New Talent Won
1999 - Nikkan Sports Film Awards: Best New Talent Won
2000 Himitsu Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival: Best Actress Won
Himitsu Awards of the Japanese Academy: Best Actress Nominated
Poppoya Awards of the Japanese Academy: Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2008 Departures Awards of the Japanese Academy: Best Actress Nominated
Departures Yokohama Film Festival: Best Supporting Actress Won
2009 Zero Focus Awards of the Japanese Academy: Best Actress Nominated
2013 Key of Life Blue Ribbon Awards:Best Supporting Actress Won


  1. "Actress Ryoko Hirosue divorces". Mainichi Shimbun. March 13, 2008. Archived from the original on March 14, 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2008.
  2. Mondello, Bob (May 29, 2009). "From Japan, Elegant (And Eloquent) 'Departures'". NPR (movie review).
  3. 映画「ゼロの焦点」. Zero focus (in Japanese). Toho. 2009. Retrieved November 9, 2009.
  4. ヴィヨンの妻 ~桜桃とタンポポ~. Cinema today (in Japanese). Welva. 2009. Retrieved November 9, 2009.
  5. Schilling, Mark (Jun 25, 2010). "'Flowers'". The Japan Times.
  6. 広末涼子再婚!!HPで発表 お相手はキャンドル・ジュン氏. Chunichi (in Japanese). Oct 10, 2010.
  7. 広末電撃再婚も仕事への影響はなし?. Nikkan sports (in Japanese). Oct 10, 2010.
  8. 広末涼子、妊娠16週目 所属事務所が発表. Head lines (in Japanese). Yahoo. Nov 22, 2010.
  9. 映画『想いのこし』公式サイト [Omoinokoshi Official website cast] (in Japanese). Omoinokoshi Production Committee. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  10. 映画『くるみ割り人形』 [Kurumiwari Ningyō Official website] (in Japanese). Sanrio Co.,Ltd. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  11. 映画『はなちゃんのみそ汁』公式サイト [Hanachan no Misoshiru Official website]. hanamiso.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 2015-04-30.
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