Ryoko Hirosue — Career Achievement Award

ryokoRyoko Hirosue is one of the most recognized faces in Japan. She is an award winning actress, who is best known in the West for her role in the Luc Besson produced WASABI co-starring Jean Reno and DEPARTURES, the winner of the Oscar® for Foreign Language Film (also the HIFF 2008 Audience Award).

Hirosue made her television debut in 1995 at the age of 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. But her breakthrough came with her performance in the wildly popular TV drama BEACH BOYS in 1997, for which she was awarded “Best Supporting Actress” at the 14th Television Drama Academy Awards.

Her film career took off with her international debut in WASABI and she subsequently appeared in a number of Japanese films that would go on to film festival acclaim, including the Oscar® winning DEPARTURES, the time travel comedy BUBBLE FICTION: BOOM OR BUST and VILLON’S WIFE. In addition, she co-starred in Kenji Uchida’s KEY OF LIFE, which won the Halekulani Golden Orchid for Best Narrative Feature at HIFF 2012. All of these recent films have screened as part of HIFF, making Ms. Hirosue’s work one of the most prolific in the Festival’s film programming.

She plays the lead in her latest film HANA’S MISO SOUP, turning in her best performance yet. HANA’S MISO SOUP will debut in Japanese cinemas this holiday season.