Makiko Esumi

Japanese Actor and Writer
Born Dec 18, 1966

, née Makiko Hirano is a Japanese model, actress, writer, essayist, and lyricist. Esumi is most well known for her role as Chinatsu Tsuboi in the Japanese television drama series Shomuni. Esumi won the 1995 Rookie of the Year Award at both the 19th Annual Japan Academy Prize ceremonies and at the 38th Blue Ribbon Awards for her role in the 1995 film Maborosi. She was nominated in 2002 for the Best Actress Award at the 26th Annual Japan Academy Prize ceremonies for her role in Inochi.… Read More

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1966 Birth Born on December 18, 1966.


1989 22 Years Old She was injured in 1989 while playing and decided to pursue a career in show business after watching actress and singer Miki Imai on television while recovering in the hospital. … Read More
1995 28 Years Old In 1995, Esumi made her acting debut as Yumiko in Maborosi, a film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. … Read More
1996 29 Years Old Esumi married photographer Rowland Kirishima in February 1996, though they divorced only nine months later. … Read More


1998 31 Years Old She is probably best known for her leading role as the rebellious office lady Tsuboi Chinatsu in the Shomuni series of TV dramas, the first of which aired on Fuji TV from April to July 1998. … Read More
2000 33 Years Old Esumi made her singing debut on 26 April 2000 with the release of her One Way Drive single. … Read More
2001 34 Years Old Esumi was described as "stunning" in her lead role of Stray Cat in the 2001 Pistol Opera, one of Seijun Suzuki last films.
2002 35 Years Old She was nominated in 2002 for the Best Actress Award at the 26th Annual Japan Academy Prize ceremonies for her role in Inochi.
2003 36 Years Old Esumi and Fuji TV director Shin Hirano were married in 2003.
2004 37 Years Old That same year, she began appearing in Japanese government television and print advertisements encouraging the public to make their pension contributions, but started a small scandal in 2004 when it was reported that she was not making those same pension contributions herself. … Read More
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Her eldest daughter was born in February 2005, and a second daughter was announced in July 2009 as due to be born in December. … Read More


2007 40 Years Old In a 20 May 2007 article in the Asahi Shimbun, Esumi revealed that her younger brother had died at the age of 36 the previous May of complications due to cancer. … Read More
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