Ayako Fujitani (Actress and writer)

Ayako Fujitani

Ayako Fujitani is a multi-talented actress, novelist, and essayist from Osaka.

Native name
藤谷文子 (FUJITANI Ayako)
Occupation
Actress and writer
Birthplace
Yodogawa-ku, Osaka, Osaka
Born
December 16, 1979 (age 36)
Height
5' 5" (164 cm)
Blood type
A
Genres
Films, stage, TV dramas

History

Fujitani was born in Osaka on December 17, 1979 to American actor Steven Seagal and his first wife, aikido master Miyako Fujitani. She began her career as a model and martial arts performer before making her film debut in Shusuke Kaneko's "Gamera". She spent her teen years living with her father in Los Angeles studying English and acting, as well as contributing articles to the Japanese magazine "Roadshow".

In 2000, Hideaki Anno adapted her self-reflective novella, Touhimu (Flee-Dream), to the film Shiki-Jitsu, which she was tapped to star in alongside indie director Shunji Iwai. The film went on to win an artistic prize at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival, cementing her status as an up-and-coming young actress. Her brother is actor and model Kentaro Seagal.

Filmography as actor

Year Movie Role
2008 Death of Domomata Hamada
2008 Tokyo! Hiroko
2000 Shiki-Jitsu Girl
2000 Pyrokinesis Waitress

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  • Shiki-Jitsu Japanese movie poster

    Review: Shiki-Jitsu

    Shiki-Jitsu (literally “Ritual Day”) was Hideaki Anno’s second live-action feature film—the first being Love & Pop. But visually, the two films couldn’t be further apart. Although...

    9 years ago

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Last Updated 08 Dec 2014 at 23:03