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Masahiro Motoki

Masahiro Motoki
Born Motoki Masahiro (本木雅弘)
(1965-12-21) 21 December 1965
Okegawa, Japan
Years active 1982 - present
Spouse(s) Yayako Uchida (1995-)
Awards Asian Film Award for Best Actor
2009 Departures
Japanese Academy Award for Best Newcomer
1990 226
Japanese Academy Award for Best Actor
1993 Sumo Do, Sumo Don't
2009 Departures
Blue Ribbon Award for Best Actor
1993 Sumo Do, Sumo Don't
2009 Departures
Hochi Film Award for Best Actor
1992 Sumo Do, Sumo Don't
Japanese Professional Movie Award for Best Actor
1992 Bang!
Kinema Junpo Award for Best Actor
2009 Departures
Mainichi Film Concours for Best Actor
1999 The Bird People in China
Nikkan Sports Film Award for Best Actor
1999 The Bird People in China
Tokyo International Film Festival (Best Actor)
1993 Last Song
Yokohama Film Festival (Best Actor)
1993 Sumo Do, Sumo Don't

Masahiro Motoki (本木 雅弘 Motoki Masahiro, born December 21, 1965 in Okegawa, Japan) is a Japanese actor. He portrayed protagonist Daigo Kobayashi in Departures, which won the 81st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. His performance earned him the Award for Best Actor at the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards, at the 3rd Asian Film Awards and at the 32nd Japan Academy Prize.[1]


  • Career 1
  • Family 2
  • Filmography 3
  • Television appearances 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Motoki started his entertainment career as a member of boy band Shibugaki Tai (シブがき隊 Shibugakitai) (name of the group is abbreviation of tough (渋い Shibui) kids (ガキ gaki), which makes it an homonym of astringent persimmon (渋柿 Shibugaki)) that made a debut in 1982 under the management of Johnny & Associates. They were top idols for a good part of the eighties in Japan.

When the band broke up, he turned to acting. His first main role in film was as a Zen monk in comedy Fancy Dance (ファンシイダンス Fanshii Dansu) directed by Masayuki Suo. Motoki again starred in Suo's next film Sumo Do, Sumo Don't (シコふんじゃった。 Shiko Funjatta.) which practically introduced Motoki to the audience outside Japan. He then worked with directors such as Takashi Miike (The Bird People in China (中国の鳥人 Chūgoku no Chōjin)) and Shinya Tsukamoto (Gemini (双生児 Sōseiji)).

His breakthrough on the international stage came with the 2008 film Departures (おくりびと Okuribito) directed by Yōjirō Takita. He played cellist-turned-mortician protagonist in this dramatic film which received the Best Foreign Language Film award at the 81st Academy Awards, as well as six acting awards for Motoki. The film project started from Motoki's idea after he read a book written by an encoffinment professional.


He married essayist and musician Yayako Uchida, the daughter of actress Kirin Kiki and rock'n roll singer Yuya Uchida, in 1995. He adopted his wife's surname as a mukoyōshi, thus his real name on the official registry is now Masahiro Uchida.[2] They currently have three children.


  • Shibugakitai Boys & Girls (シブがき隊 ボーイズ & ガールズ Shibugakitai Bōizu & Gāruzu) (1982)
  • Third-class High school boys (三等高校生 Santō Kōkōsei) (1982)
  • Headphone Lullaby (ヘッドフォン・ララバイ Heddofon Rarabai) (1983)
  • Barrow Gang BC (バロー・ギャングBC Barō Gyangu BC) (1985)
  • Four Days of Snow and Blood (226 Nī Nī Roku) (1989)
  • Raffles Hotel (ラッフルズホテル Raffuruzu Hoteru) (1989)
  • Fancy Dance (ファンシイダンス Fanshii Dansu) (1989)
  • Beppin no machi (べっぴんの町 Beppin no machi) (1989)
  • Balloons (ふうせん Fūsen) (1990)
  • Heat Wave (陽炎 Kagerō) (1991)
  • Bang! (遊びの時間は終わらない Asobi no jikan wa owaranai) (1991)
  • Sumo Do, Sumo Don't (シコふんじゃった。 Shiko Funjatta.) (1992)
  • Dioxin from fish!! (魚からダイオキシン!! Sakana kara Daiokishin!!) (1993)
  • Last Song (ラストソング Rasuto songu) (1993)
  • The Mystery of Rampo (RAMPO Ranpo) (1994)
  • The Five (GONIN Gonin) (1995)
  • Shall We Dance? (Shall we ダンス? Sharu Wī Dansu?) (1996)
  • Tokiwa: The Manga Apartment (トキワ荘の青春 Tokiwasō no Seishun) (1996)
  • BUGS (BUGS Baguzu) (1997)
  • The Bird People in China (中国の鳥人 Chūgoku no Chōjin) (1998)
  • Gemini (双生児 Sōseiji) (1999)
  • Richard Sorge - Spy of Fire (スパイ・ゾルゲ Supai Zoruge) (2003)
  • Ganryujima (巌流島 Ganryūjima) (2003)
  • Tekkon Kinkreet (鉄コン筋クリート Tekkon Kinkurīto) (2006) (voice only)
  • The Longest Night in Shanghai (夜の上海 Yoru no Shanhai) (2007)
  • Departures (おくりびと Okuribito) (2008)
  • Tenkū no Hachi (天空の蜂 Tenkū no Hachi) (2015)

Television appearances

  • Sempachi Sensei (2年B組仙八先生 Ni nen B gumi Sempachi Sensei) (1981)
  • Himitsu no Akko-chan (ひみつのアッコちゃん Himitsu no Akko chan) (1987)
  • Tale of an announcer’s woes (アナウンサーぷっつん物語 Anaunsā Puttsun Monogatari) (1987)
  • Easier than a kiss (キスより簡単 Kisu Yori Kantan) (1987)
  • I wanna hold your hand (抱きしめたい! Dakishimetai!) (1988)
  • Love in paradise (恋のパラダイス Koi no Paradaisu) (1990)
  • Taiheiki (太平記 Taiheiki) (1991)
  • Is Mom beautiful!? (ママってきれい!? Mama tte Kirei!?) (1991)
  • Invisible You (あなただけ見えない Anata Dake Mienai) (1992)
  • News na aitsu (ニュースなあいつ Nyūsu na Aitsu) (1992)
  • Journey to the West (西遊記 Saiyūki) (1993)
  • One day, tell me you love me (いつか好きだと言って Itsuka suki da to itte) (1993)
  • Otama & Kozo (お玉・幸造夫婦です Otama Kōzō Fūfu desu) (1994)
  • White love story (最高の片想い Saikou no Kataomoi) (1995)
  • Since I met you (君と出逢ってから Kimi to Deatte Kara) (1996)
  • Tokugawa Yoshinobu (徳川慶喜 Tokugawa Yoshinobu) (1998)
  • The chuckles of neighbours (隣人は秘かに笑う Rinjin wa Hisoka ni Warau) (1999)
  • Style! (スタイル! Sutairu!) (2000)
  • Black Jack (ブラックジャック Burakku Jakku) (2000)
  • A Wednesday Love Affair (水曜日の情事 Suiyōbi no Jōji) (2001)
  • Prince Shotoku (聖徳太子 Shōtoku Taishi) (2001)
  • The Happy Prince (幸福の王子 Kōfuku no Ōji) (2001)
  • Iron Chef: Japan Cup 2002 (料理の鉄人 Ryōri no Tetsujin) (2002)
  • 87% (87% Hachijū-nana pāsento) (2005)
  • The Dining Table at Natsume's (夏目家の食卓 Natsume ke no Shokutaku) (2005)
  • On the Single Bed Tonight (今夜ひとりのベッドで Kon'ya Hitori no Beddo de) (2005)
  • Saka no Ue no Kumo (坂の上の雲 Saka no Ue no Kumo) (2009)


  1. ^ 第32回日本アカデミー賞優秀作品 (in Japanese).  
  2. ^ "Motoki Masahiro". Nihon jinmei daijiten (in Japanese). Kodansha. Retrieved 18 November 2010. 

External links

Awards and achievements
Asian Film Awards
Preceded by
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
for Lust, Caution
Best Actor
for Departures
Succeeded by
Wang Xueqi
for Bodyguards and Assassins
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