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Joe Odagiri

Jō Odagiri (小田切 譲 Odagiri Jō, born February 16, 1976), better known by his stage name Joe Odagiri (オダギリ ジョー Odagiri Jō), is a Japanese actor and musician. South China Morning Post described him as "a rebel, something made evident by his grungy, gothic style" Odagiri Joe was born in Tsuyama, Okayama prefecture, a small town in central Japan renowned for its beautiful cherry blossoms in the spring. Though he was accepted by Kochi University, he turned it down for an opportunity to study in the United States. He had originally intended to study movie directing at California State University in Fresno, but mistakes in the application process landed him in acting classes. It may have been a blessing in disguise, for two years after studying in Fresno and later starring in a few stage performances in Japan, Odagiri would find himself catapulted to fame in his role in the Kamen-Rider series, playing the central character, Godai Yuusuke. He became the predecessor of the "Ikemen Hero" craze (literally, "good-looking actors playing hero roles in popular TV series"). Since then, Odagiri has appeared in many movies and dramas. He won the Best New Actor Award at the 2003 Japan Academy Awards for his role as the uniquely bisexual nemesis in the film "Azumi", and in the following year, was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Award for his electrifying performance in internationally acclaimed director Kitano Takeshi's 2004 film, "Blood and Bones". Odagiri's creative acting skills and strong presence in films have secured him a place in stardom. He is slated to appear in numerous more films in 2005, including "Maison de Himiko", where he portrays a homosexual man in a relationship with the protagonist (played by Shibasaki Kou's father).

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Feb 16, 1976 In Tsuyama, Okayama Prefecture, Japan
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First Appeared:
In the series Kamen Rider 1971-04-03
Latest Project:
Movie Human, Space, Time and Human 2018-02-01
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Movie Midnight Diner 2 Kogure 2016-11-05
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Series Taro's Candy House Sakurai Taro 2015-10-21
Movie Foujita Foujita 2015-11-24
Series Villiany Ganbo Tamotsu Ijyuin 2014-04-14
Series The Thorns of Alice Yusuke Nishimon 2014-04-11
Series River's Edge Investigative Agency Okawabata Muraki 2014-04-18
Movie The World of Kanako Detective Aikawa 2014-07-04
Movie Midnight Diner Kogure 2014-11-01
Movie Real Editor 2013-06-01
Series Yae's Sakura Joseph Hardy Neesima 2013-01-06
Movie Mr. Go owner of baseball team Junichi Ito 2013-07-17
Movie The Great Passage Masashi Nishioka 2013-04-13
Movie Airport Unknown 2013-12-28
Movie The Human Trust Eiji Kugenuma 2013-10-19
Movie Present for You 2013-10-04
Movie I Wish Kenji Kinami 2011-06-11
Movie Poongsan North Korean solider 1 2011-06-23
Movie My Way Tatsuo Hasegawa 2011-12-21
Series Atami's Police Investigators Kenzo Hoshizaki 2010-07-30
Movie A School Behind Bars Junpei Ishikawa 2010-10-11
Movie Looking For Cherry Blossoms Unknown 2009-01-21
Movie Air Doll Sonoda (the doll maker) 2009-09-26
Movie The Warrior and the Wolf Lu Shenkang 2009-10-02
Movie Plastic City Kirin 2008-01-01
Movie Then Summer Came Tamio Kanzaki 2008-07-19
Movie Dream Jin 2008-09-26
Movie Sad Vacation Goto 2007-09-08
Movie Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad Boku 2007-04-14
Movie Mushi-Shi: The Movie Ginko 2007-09-20
Movie Adrift in Tokyo Fumiya Takemura 2007-11-10
Movie Big River Unknown 2006-01-20
Movie Suite Dreams Ukon 2006-01-14
Movie Sway Takeru Hayakawa 2006-07-08
Movie Retribution Seishinkai Takagi 2006-09-03
Movie The Pavilion Salamandre Houichi Tobishima 2006-09-16
Movie Princess Raccoon Amechiyo 2005-05-28
Movie Pacchigi! Sakazaki 2005-01-22
Movie In the Pool Tetsuya Taguchi 2005-05-21
Movie Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers Suzume's Husband 2005-07-02
Movie Into a Dream 2005-06-11
Movie Scrap Heaven Tetsu Katsurai 2005-10-08
Movie La maison de Himiko Haruhiko 2005-08-27
Movie Prayer Beads (segment "Echoes") 2004-05-08
Movie Out of This World 2004-02-07
Movie Black Kiss Unknown 2004-10-01
Movie Blood and Bones Takeshi Park 2004-11-06
Movie The Ambivalent Future: Kiyoshi Kurosawa Himself 2003-02-08
Movie Bright Future Yûji Nimura 2003-01-18
Movie Azumi Bijomaru Mogami 2003-05-10
Movie Mokka No Koibito 2002-11-30
Series Zaion: I Wish You Were Here Unknown 2001-10-04
Movie Platonic Sex Toshimi Iwasaki 2001-10-20
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