Kou Shibasaki

柴咲コウ

Kou Shibasaki柴咲 コウShibasaki Kō?, bornYukie Yamamuraon August 5, 1981 in Toshima, Tokyo )is a Japanese singer and actress.

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 Kou Shibasaki's Music career

Shibasaki made her debut in the music industry in 2002 with her first singleTrust My Feelings, but she became recognized for her second singleTsuki no shizukuwhich was used for the movieYomigaeri. The song was one of the most successful J-Pop hits of 2003. Her first album peaked at number 2 and spent 68 weeks on the Oricon charts. Her second album was considered to be a commercial disappointment, in comparison to her first album, lasting 9 weeks and reaching a peak position of number 5.

Shibasaki's first Christmas song , " Actuality ", was released in December 2006. " At Home " was released later on February 21, 2007. Both failed to reach the top 10 on the Oricon charts. " Hito Koi Meguri ", released on March 28, 2007, reached number 8 on the charts. It became her first single to reach the top 10 since " Invitation ". On April 25, 2007, Shibasaki's third albumKikiwas released and went straight to number one. On August 3 and 5, Shibasaki held her first concerts - "Kou Shibasaki Premium Live" in Osaka and Tokyo. 2400 participants of the concert were selected from over 30,000 applicants for the tickets (which accompanied the KiKi album).

In April 2008, the singer released two greatest hits albums, entitled The Single Best and The Back Best , each contained various tracks from the past. The Single Best topped the Oricon while The Back Best kept third, this broke Shibasaki's own record for it was her first time to reach top 1 on the weekly chart. In addition to that, she broke the record of Ayumi Hamasaki for maintaining both albums in top 3.

Though unable to compose (mainstream) music on her own, Kou Shibasaki writes the lyrics for most of her songs. Many of her singles have become theme songs for various films, dramas, and commercials. Her latest single"ラバソー~lover soul~"is the ending theme song for the live action drama Otomen .

She's also the voiceprovider from the Vocaloid 'Galaco'.

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 Kou Shibasaki's Acting career

She was discovered at the age of 14 by an agent and has worked in numerous television shows, movies and commercials. Her stage name is taken from the main character of Junko Kawakami's mangaGolden Delicious Apple Sherbet.

She became famous outside Japan for her role in the 2000 film,Battle Royale, in which she portrayed the insane, ruthless Mitsuko Souma ; her acting career took off with this movie and also raised her international profile particularly in East Asia . Shibasaki also won acclaim for her role in 2001 film,Go, which earned her several awards, among which theBest Supporting Actress Award of Japanese Academy, theHōchi Movie Award, theKinema Junpō Award.

In 2002, Shibasaki took a supporting role as Yuki Miyashita in the television mystery drama , Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi , where she co-starred with Takuya Kimura earning her an award as "Best Supporting Actress" while the show was named Best Drama at the 33rd Television Drama Academy Awards in Japan. She also starred in both seasons of Fuji TV dramaDr. Koto Shinryojo, which aired in 2003 and 2006 respectively. The show was awarded Best Drama at the 38th Television Drama Academy Awards for its first season. In 2003, she re-unites with her former co-star Takuya Kimura in a television drama about an airline pilot (Takuya Kimura) called Good Luck!! . The story revolves around an up-and-coming pilot, Hajime Shinkai and Kou plays his love-interest as an airline mechanic with a fear of flying . She made another international debut with the famous horror filmChakushin Aridirected byTakashi Miikewhere she portrays the innocent and vulnerableYumi Nakamura.

She had also been slated to play the part of Yuki Yubari , the twin sister of Gogo Yubari , in Quentin Tarantino 'sKill Bill. She dropped out of the project due to commitments in Japan, and the character was eventually erased from the script altogether.

In 2005, Shibasaki appeared in the independent Japanese filmMaison de Himiko. In this film, she plays Saori, an unhappy young woman whose father is gay. In 2006, she took the title role inDororo, working with Satoshi Tsumabuki (her co-star from the 2004 television drama,Orange Days). The film topped the Japanese box office for nearly six weeks. Shibasaki participated in two more movies,Maiko Haaaan!!! (2007)andShaolin Girl(2008).

Shibasaki returned to television in 2007 in the dramaGalileoas the female lead co-starring with Masaharu Fukuyama . Highly rated among viewers (it finished its 10 episode run with an average viewership rating of 22%), the role continued her winning run in the medium when she won "Best Supporting Actress" at the 55th Television Drama Academy Awards. The show also won 5 other awards, including "Best Drama". It was followed by a film sequel,Suspect X, which was the 3rd best-selling film of 2008 in Japan.

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 Kou Shibasaki's Commercials

  • Nippon Unilever - Pond's Double White (1998–1999)
  • Kose
Junkisei (2002-2003)
Fasio (2002-2004)
Salon Style (2003-2005)
Esprique Select (2005-2006)
  • Suntory
Lipyua (2002)
Freixenet (2006-2009)
Lipton Limone (2010-current)
  • Sony - Walkman (2003)
  • Kirin Beverage
Wo (2003)
Volvic Water(2005)
  • Ajinomoto
Let's Quiq! Pasta (2003)
Let's Quiq! Risotto (2004)
  • Alcon - Opti-Free Plus (2003–2005)
  • Glico
Pocky (2003-2005)
Mousse Pocky (2004)
Mousse Pocky Royal (2004-2005)
Posca (2008)
  • Epson
Colorio (2003)
Dreamio (2003-2005)
Offirio (2003-2006)
  • Toyota
Corolla Run X (2004)
Prius (2010-current)
  • Nintendo - Mother 3 (2006)
  • Daihatsu - Move Custom (2006–2008)
  • Onward - Kumikyoku (2006–2009)
  • Seiko - Lukia (2007)
  • ANA - Nippon 2 (2007)
  • Kanebo - Coffret d'or (2007-current)
  • Jaccs Card (2008-current)
  • Fujifilm - Finepix (2009)
  • Fujitsu - FMV (2010-current)

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 Kou Shibasaki's Selected filmography

Movies

YearFilm NameCharacter Name
2000 Battle Royale Mitsuko Souma
2001 Kakashi Izumi Miyamori
2001 Go Tsubaki Sakurai
2002 Soundtrack Misa
2003 Yomigaeri RUI
2004 Chakushin Ari Yumi Nakamura
2004 Sekai no Chūshin de, Ai wo Sakebu Ritsuko Fujimura
2005 Chakushin Ari 2 Yumi Nakamura (Cameo)
2005 Maison de Himiko Saori
2006 Hokuto no Ken: Raoh Gaiden Junai no Shō Reina
2006 Kenchō no Hoshi Aki Ninomiya
2006 Nihon Chinbotsu Reiko Abe
2007 Dororo Dororo
2007 Maiko Haaaan!!! Fujiko Osawa
2008 Shaolin Girl Rin
2008 Suspect X Kaoru Utsumi
2010 Shokudo Katatsumuri Rinko
2010 Ōoku Tokugawa Yoshimune
2012 47 Ronin Mika

Television

YearProgram NameCharacter Name
2000 Face ~ Mishiranu Koibito~ Mako Okuno
2001 Let's Go - Nagata-cho
2002 Yume no California Kotomi Oba
2002 Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi Yuki Mizashita
2003 Good Luck!! Ayumi Ogawa
2003 Dr. Koto Shinryoujo Ayaka Hoshino
2004 Orange Days Sae Hagio
2006 Dr. Koto Shinryoujo(second season) Ayaka Hoshino
2007 Galileo Detective Kaoru Utsumi
2010 Wagaya no Rekishi Yame Masako

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 Kou Shibasaki's Discography

Original albums

  1. Mitsu(?)– February 11, 2004 (number 2) (440,540 copies sold)
  2. Hitori Asobi(ひとりあそび?)– December 14, 2005 (number 4) (113,063 copies sold)
  3. Kiki(嬉々♥?)– April 25, 2007 (number 3) (119,975 copies sold)
  4. Love Paranoia– November 18, 2009 (number 2) (91,103 copies sold)

Compilation albums

  1. Single Best– March 12, 2008 (number 1) (558,523 copies sold)
  2. The Back Best– March 12, 2008 (number 3) (68,897 copies sold)
  3. Love & Ballad Selection– June 30, 2010 (number 9) (40,585 copies sold)

Singles

  1. "Trust My Feelings" – Released July 24, 2002
  2. "Tsuki no Shizuku"(月のしずく?)(as Rui)– January 15, 2003
  3. "Nemurenai Yoru wa Nemuranai Yume o"(眠レナイ夜ハ眠ラナイ夢ヲ?)– June 4, 2003
  4. "Omoide Dake de wa Tsurasugiru"(思い出だけではつらすぎる?)– September 3, 2003
  5. "Ikutsuka no Sora"(いくつかの空?)– January 14, 2004
  6. "Katachi Aru Mono"(かたちあるもの?)– August 11, 2004
  7. "Glitter" – February 16, 2005
  8. "Sweet Mom" – October 5, 2005
  9. "Kage"(?)– February 15, 2006
  10. "Invitation" – August 9, 2006
  11. "Actuality" – December 6, 2006]
  12. "At Home" – February 21, 2007
  13. "Hitokoi Meguri"(ひと恋めぐり?)– March 28, 2007
  14. "Prism"(プリズム?)– May 30, 2007
  15. "Kiss Shite"(KISSして?)(as Koh+; collaboration withMasaharu Fukuyama)– November 21, 2007
  16. "Yoku Aru Hanashi (Mofuku no Onna Hen)"(よくある話~喪服の女編~?)– June 4, 2008
  17. "Saiai"(最愛?)(asKoh+)– October 1, 2008
  18. "Kimi no Koe" (digital single) – September 13, 2008
  19. "Taisetsu ni Suru yo"(大切にするよ?)– March 4, 2009
  20. "Lover Soul"(ラバソー~lover soul~?)– September 16, 2009 (number 3) (24,338 copies sold)
  21. "Honto Da yo"(ホントだよ?)– April 14, 2010
  22. (collaboration withAndrop)

DVDs

  1. "Kou Shibasaki Single Clips" – February 11, 2004
  2. "Kou Shibasaki Invitation Live" – October 31, 2007
  3. "Live Tour 2008 -1st- DVD" November 26, 2008

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