Ryōko Hirosue

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Ryōko Hirosue
広末 涼子
Hirosue at press event in kimono and facing camera
Hirosue in 2022
Born (1980-07-18) 18 July 1980 (age 43)
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1994–2023
Takahiro Okazawa
(m. 2003; div. 2008)
Jun Izutsu
(m. 2010; div. 2023)
Musical career
LabelsWarner Music Japan

Ryōko Hirosue (広末 涼子, Hirosue Ryōko, born 18 July 1980) is a Japanese actress and singer, best known to international audiences 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[edit]

Hirosue was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture and grew up on Kōchi city, Kōchi prefecture, Japan. She joined the "P&G" cosmetic model competition at age 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 at Waseda University but did not graduate.



Hirosue made her television debut in 1995 at age 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 finale 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 Sitges - Catalan 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 the French Film Wasabi written by Luc Besson and directed by Gérard Krawczyk. 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 17 January 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 and she only made one appearance in 2004 in the film Hana and Alice and one appearance on 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, broadcast by Fuji TV, and Long Wedding Road!, which was broadcast by TBS. Hirosue also made a guest appearance in the third episode, "Rattles", of the detective 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 Yū Aoi, Kyōka Suzuki, Yūko Takeuchi, Rena Tanaka and Yukie Nakama.[5]

In June 2023, in light of the extramarital affair incident, she announced that she will be retiring from the entertainment industry.[6]

Personal life[edit]

She married Okazawa Takahiro in December 2003. The marriage ended in early 2008. On 9 October 2010 she married Jun Izutsu, a candle artist. They met in Haiti in March 2010 participating in earthquake relief efforts.[7][8] Her cousin is a former member of the House of Representatives in Japan.

She has three children. She gave birth to her first son in April 2004. On 10 March 2011 she had her second son.[9][10] On 17 July 2015, she gave birth to her third child, a daughter.[11]

In 7 June 2023, Shūkan Bunshun reported that Hirosue was allegedly having an extramarital affair with married Michelin-star chef Shusaku Toba after being spotted entering the Cerulean Tower Tokyo Hotel together.[12] This was later confirmed by Hirosue herself through her personal instagram apologizing on the incident.[13] Her agency announced her divorce with Jun Izutsu on 26 July 2023.[14] She holds custody of her three children as their guardian.[14]



  • 20th Century Nostalgia (1997)
  • Poppoya (1999) - Yukiko Sato
  • Himitsu (1999) - Monami / Naoko-daughter and Mother
  • Zawa-zawa Shimo-Kitazawa (2000) - Flea Market Girl
  • Wasabi (2001) - Yumi Yoshimido
  • Jam Films (2002) - (segment "Arita")
  • Collage of Our Life (2003) - Shizuru Satonaka
  • Hana and Alice (2004) - Editor
  • Presents Aikagi (2006) - Yukari
  • Bubble Fiction: Boom or Bust (2007) - Mayumi Tanaka
  • Little DJ (2007) - Tamaki - adult
  • Koneko no Namida (2007) - Yuko
  • Departures (2008) - Mika Kobayashi
  • Goemon (2009) - Chacha
  • Villon's Wife (2009) - Akiko
  • Zero Focus (2009)
  • Flowers (2010) - Kei
  • Key of Life (2012) - Kanae Mizushima
  • Love: Masao-kun ga Iku! (2012) - Satomi
  • Orpheus' Lyre (2013) - Yoko
  • Snow on the Blades (2014) - Setsu
  • Lingering Spirits (2014)[15] - Yuko Kasahara
  • Nutcracker Fantasy (2014)[16]
  • Hana's Miso Soup (2015)[17] - Chie Yasutake
  • Mixed Doubles (2017) - Yayoi Yoshioka
  • Love × Doc (2018) - Reiko
  • Life in Overtime (2018)
  • We Make Antiques! Kyoto Rendezvous (2020) - Shino
  • Step (2020)
  • Family Bond (2020)
  • The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Princess (2020)
  • The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Hero (2022)[18]
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles: Sherlock the Movie (2022)[19]
  • 2 Women (2022) - Shōko Shiraki[20]
  • Hard Days (2023) - Misako Kudō[21]


Year Title Network Role
1995 Sashow Taeko Saigo no Jiken Fuji TV Naomi Hayase
Heart ni S
1996 Konna Watashi ni Dare ga Shita Fuji TV Akane Yamashita
Shota no Sushi Miharu Sekiguchi
Long Vacation Takako Saito
Maho no Kimochi / Mokuyou no Kaidan
1997 Beach Boys Fuji TV Makoto Izumi
Boku ga Boku de Aru Tame ni Yako Naruse
1998 Seikimatsu no Uta: Konoyo no Hate de Ai o Utau Shoujo Fuji TV Sumire Ogawa
Sekai de Ichiban Papa ga Suki Tami Nakamachi
Seija no Koushin TBS Arisu Tsuchiya
1999 Lipstick Fuji TV Ai Hayakawa
2000 Oyaji TBS Suzu
Summer Snow Yuki Katase
2001 Dekichatta Kekkon / Shotgun Marriage Fuji TV Chiyo Kotani
2002 Ai Nante Irane Yo, Natsu TBS Takazono Ako
Otousan Makoto Shindo
2003 Moto Kare TBS Makoto Saeki
Ushinawareta Yakusoku Fuji TV Ayako Shinohara
2005 Slow Dance Fuji TV Mino Koike
2006 Ai to Shi o Mitsumete TV Asahi Miko
2008 Yasuko to Kenji Nippon TV Erika Tsubaki
2009 Triangle Kansai TV Sachi
Mr. Brain - Ep.1 TBS
2010 Ryōmaden NHK Kao Hirai
2013 Legal High SP Fuji TV Beppu Toshiko
Legal High 2
Starman – A Love Story (Sutaman-Kono Hoshi no Koi) Kansai TV Sawako Uno
2014 Wakamonodachi / All ABout My Siblings 2014 – Ep. 4 Fuji TV Mizuki Yoshikawa
2015 Ouroboros TBS Kashiwaba Yuiko
The Eternal Zero (TV series, 2015) TV Tokyo Keiko Saeki
2016 Naomi and Kanako Fuji TV Naomi Oda
2017 Inagakike no Moshu Wowow Kyoko Inagaki
Caution, Hazardous Wife Nippon TV Yuri Ōhara
2018 Boku to Shippo to Kagurazaka TV Asahi Tokiwa Kase
2019 An Artist of the Floating World NHK Setsuko Murakami
2021 Sakura no Tou (Cherry Blossom's Tower) TV Asahi Mizuki Sawa
2022 Riding a Unicorn TBS Sachi Haneda[22]
2023 Ranman NHK Hisa Makino[23]


Theater performances
Year Title Role Venue Date Ref.
English Japan
2012 Bring Me My Chariot of Fire に炎の戦車を Lee Soon-woo Tokyo's Akasaka ACT Theater November 3rd to December 1st [24][25]
Osaka's Umeda Arts Theater in Japan December 8th to 11th
2013 Seoul's Haeoreum Theater of the National Theater of Korea January 30th to February 3rd [26]



  • Arigato! (1997)
  • Private (1999)


  • "Maji de Koisuru Gobyōmae" (1997)
  • "Daisuki!" (1997)
  • "Wind Prism" (1997)
  • "Jeans" (1998) (featuring B-side "Private")
  • "Summer Sunset" (1998)
  • "Tomorrow" (1999)
  • "Kajitsu" (2000)

Compilations and live albums[edit]

  • Winter Gift 98 (1998)
  • RH Singles &... (1999)
  • RH Debut Tour 1999 (1999)
  • Super Idol Series (Fukada Kyoko vs Hirosue Ryoko) (2000)
  • RH Remix (2001)
  • Hirosue Ryoko Perfect Collection (2002)


  • R (1996)
  • H (1996)
  • No Make (1998)
  • FLaMme (1998)
  • Le Secret (1999)
  • Relax (1999)
  • Ryoko Hirosue CF Special (1999)
  • Happy 20th Birthday (2000)
  • Teens 1996–2000 (2000)
  • Newyork RH Avenue 2003 (2003)
  • Triangle Photographs (2009)


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 - Catalan 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
2022 2 Women and The Hound of the Baskervilles Nikkan Sports Film Awards: Best Supporting Actress[27] Nominated
2 Women Hochi Film Awards: Best Supporting Actress[28] Nominated
2023 Mainichi Film Awards: Best Supporting Actress[29] Nominated
2 Women and The Hound of the Baskervilles Blue Ribbon Awards: Best Supporting Actress[30] Pending
2 Women, The Hound of the Baskervilles and others Kinema Junpo Awards: Best Supporting Actress[31] Won


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