Best Japanese Actors

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The Top Ten

1 Matsumoto Jun

In addition, he is a cool member of the best boy band in Japan. He is also an awesome actor as well.

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2 Kenichi Matsuyama

Who could forget his performance as L?
Brilliant!

Ken'ichi Matsuyama, best actor ever!

Kenichi-san.. Who will think that the one who played as "L" in death note and "Negishi" in Detroit Metal City is the same actor? He is very clever actor! Psycological, action, comedy, and romance, he can play all of that genre :3

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3 Toshiro Mifune

I just lost faith in humanity toshiro mifune is considered the best Japanese actor of all time. I can't believe that you call bunch of good looking boys actors? I thought this is a list of a BEST ACTOR not sexiest actor. Watch rashomon, seven samurai, I live in fear, yojimbo, high and low, sanjuro, red beard.

No contemporary equals him

Best Japanese actor ever!

His unrelentingly passionate performance as the belligerent Kikuchiyo in 'Seven Samurai' is one of the greatest.

4 Ikuta Toma

Amazing actor. Almost all of them are good. Hard to decide. I would vote for all of them, because they are talented. I love Hana Kimi and there is no one I don't like all amazing.

Hana Kimi and Hanamizuki were my favourite works of his, especially Hanamizuki! The film was so sad and romantic

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5 Matsuda Shota
6 Oguri Shun

He was great when he played in Crows Zero! So cool! When he played in Hana Yori Dango, he's totally get perfect role as Hanazawa Rui!

7 Ken Watanabe

I loved his acting skills in The Last Samurai.

8 Akira Kamiya
9 Yuu Shirota
10 Tatsuya Nakadai

The Newcomers

? Yuichi Nakamura

I love him.

The Contenders

11 Ryo Nishikido

Awesome dude who can really act

I love Ryo chan

Sexy and hadsome

Great actor!

12 Satoh Takeru

Very talented, he started when he was 17-18 in a challenging role like Kamen Rider, to end up in 2012 with the best Rurouni Kenshin that there will ever be

He is simply, amazing! You have to watch him in the Rurouni Kenshin Live action Movie

Takeru is the best!

Don't forget BECK! he's so young when he did it..

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13 Minoru Chiaki Minoru Chiaki Minoru Chiaki was a Japanese actor who appeared in such films as Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, Seven Samurai and The Hidden Fortress.

Another Kurosawa regular, one with a friendly, affable, gentle face that's still great for any role.

14 Kamatari Fujiwara
15 Ninomiya Kazunari

Nino I love him so much he is a good actor

16 Daisuke Kato

He's fantastic in both comedic and dramatic roles. Over in Japan he might be revered but overseas he is seriously underrated. - SourNote2014

His chubby, likable face makes him suitable for any role.

17 Miura Haruma

I like him in Koizora.. The best movie ever, better than Titanic

18 Takashi Shimura

Takashi Shimura is one of the most versatile character actors I've seen. He can play the most noble of men and the lowest of scoundrels with dedication and conviction. He is truly incredible. - SourNote2014

19 Yoshio Tsuchiya
20 Kamenashi Kazuya
21 Yamashita Tomohisa

One of the best actors I have seen. He is able to put a lot of emotions into his acting. He won the award "Best Newcomer" at age 15. In all the shows I've seen him in, he always seems to steal the scene. He has great talent.

Very hardworking. He can play a very convincing role in all his drama series. I enjoy his transformation to different characters in kurosagi

22 Sho Kosugi

I love Sho Kosugi. He's one f my favorite actors. He's a great actor and a kickass ninja! He's a badass!

23 Nakai Kiichi
24 Yuki Furukawa

Yuki furukawa is the best actor for me he so cool, talented, and handsome I found artist in Japan..

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25 Tadanobu Asano

He is the best actor in the world!

26 Ryosuke Miura

Who could forget the best Ankh that will ever be?

27 Takahiro Sakurai
28 Kôji Mitsui

With his lean, sardonic yet appealing face and distinctive, nasal voice, Mitsui had a strange charm to him. - SourNote2014

29 Abe Hiroshi

Abe Hiroshi can make me laugh and yet feel serious at the same time. He is immensely tall-- which the directors like to play with in his shows-- and manages to smile in that sort of attractive yet distant manner that makes his roles feel lifelike.

30 Takashi Sorimachi

He's the best in Great Teacher Onizuka as Onizuka. He's the Japanese actor who made my feelings rush in every way; smile, laugh, cry and most importantly, have fun. That's why I think he deserves a place in this list!

31 Hiroshi Tamaki
32 Chiaki Kuriyama

I love her as Gogo Yubari in Kill Bill. She was born for that part. She can play a hero or a villain. I can't think of anyone better to play the sadistic, blood-thirsty Gogo Yubari.

33 Hiroyuki Sanada
34 Yamada Takayuki

The best ever! his acting is amazing!

35 Nakayama Yuma
36 Takumi Saito
37 Yuya Matsushita
38 Erika Sawajiri Erika Sawajiri
39 Hiro Mizushima
40 Masaharu Fukuyama
41 Kento Yamazachi
42 Fujiwara Tatsuya

Great actor especially when he's playing nanahara shuya in battle royale.

43 Ryosuke Yamada
44 Takao Osawa

He Is Attractive, Handsome, He is great actor, talented he can play roles I enjoyed so much when I watch his movies and drama ❤❤❤❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

45 Isuzu Yamada
46 Tatsuya Mihashi
47 Kyoko Kagawa

She's incredibly talented. She has a lot of range. - SourNote2014

48 Takeshi Katô
49 Kô Nishimura
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Top Remixes

1. Toshiro Mifune
2. Akira Kamiya
3. Tatsuya Nakadai
SourNote2014
1. Satoh Takeru
2. Ryosuke Miura
3. Ken Watanabe
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1. Matsumoto Jun
2. Ikuta Toma
3. Kenichi Matsuyama
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