Makiko Esumi
Japanese actor and writer
Makiko Esumi
, 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.
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TELEVIEWS / What will we see in the light of July's digital dawn? - The Daily Yomiuri
Google News - over 5 years
This July, Makiko Esumi returns to the small screen after a four-year hiatus to star as a top coroner in the medical mystery Burudokuta (Wednesday, 10 pm, NTV). Not sure how they concocted this katakana title, which transliterates as "bull doctor
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NYTimes - over 13 years
A selective listing by critics of The Times of new or noteworthy movies playing this weekend in New York City. * denotes a highly recommended film. Ratings and running times are in parentheses. ''BRUCE ALMIGHTY,'' starring Jim Carrey, Jennifer Aniston and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Tom Shadyac (PG-13, 94 minutes). Mr. Carrey embodies the scary
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FILM REVIEW; Climbing the Assassin Career Ladder
NYTimes - over 13 years
For those who thought Seijun Suzuki's high-strung, lawless and watchably frenzied shoot-out drama ''Branded to Kill'' (1967) was hard to follow, his femalecentric hybrid remake/sequel ''Pistol Opera,'' which makes marginally more sense, will come as a relief. Or should I say ''relive,'' because that is the goofy subtitled translation of what Dark
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NYTimes - almost 15 years
WHILE William Wyler was directing THE GOOD FAIRY (1935), he fought constantly with his 23-year-old star, Margaret Sullavan. But when he took her out to dinner in an attempt to make peace, he quickly fell in love and married her. The film -- about Luisa Ginglebusher, a lovely young orphan and movie usher, pursued by her lecherous boss -- was a box
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CRITIC'S CHOICE/FILM; Milestone for Milestone: 10 Years of Gems
NYTimes - over 16 years
Few films have used natural light and landscape to evoke an emotional state with the insight and exquisite subtlety of Hirokazu Kore-eda's 1995 film, ''Maborosi,'' a movie that distills the profound disquiet of its main character, Yumiko (Makiko Esumi), a young widow raising a little boy. Made by the same Japanese director who had an art-house hit
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A Longing For Death And Life
NYTimes - over 20 years
''Maborosi'' was shown as part of this year's New Directors/New Films series. Following are excerpts from Stephen Holden's review, which appeared in The New York Times on March 29. The film -- in Japanese with English subtitles -- opens today at the Lincoln Plaza, Broadway at 63d Street. Hirokazu Kore-eda's exquisitely beautiful film ''Maborosi''
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FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW;Suicide, Mourning and a Different Sense of Reality
NYTimes - almost 21 years
Hirokazu Kore-eda's exquisitely beautiful film "Maborosi" follows the spiritual odyssey of Yumiko (Makiko Esumi), a young Japanese woman recovering from her husband's inexplicable suicide. But that description doesn't begin to evoke the essence of a movie that is a pictorial tone poem of astonishing visual intensity and emotional depth. Watching
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Makiko Esumi
  • 2007
    Age 40
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Sources: Sources: Esumi has released two artistic nude photo books: Esumi in October 1996 (ISBN 4947648406, Little More); and E-Mode in November 1999 (ISBN 4898150128, Little More). She has also published two works of literature: an autobiography titled, published in December 1997 (ISBN 4048835149, Kadokawa Shoten) and reprinted in July 1999 (ISBN 4043488017, Kadokawa Shoten); and an essay titled, published in March 2006 (ISBN 4083330546, Shueisha).
  • 2005
    Age 38
    Esumi is married to Fuji TV director Shin Hirano and is distantly related to Koji Ezumi, a goalkeeper for Omiya Ardija. She was previously married to photographer Rowland Kirishima. She gave birth in 2005 to her first daughter, with her second due to be born in December 2009.
    More Details Hide Details She is represented by the talent management firm Ken-On. While a high school student, Esumi worked as a miko at Izumo-taisha. After graduating from high school, she signed with the Japan Tobacco Women's Volleyball team (now the JT Marvelous in the V.League).
    Her eldest daughter was born in February 2005, and a second daughter was announced in July 2009 as due to be born in December.
    More Details Hide Details Esumi wrote a personal note about this announcement which her talent agency subsequently published on their site.
  • 2004
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She stated that she thought she had been making the payments, and then corrected the issue by becoming current on her contributions. Esumi's image was removed from the ads at the direction of the Social Insurance Agency after the scandal broke.
  • 2003
    Age 36
    Esumi and Fuji TV director Shin Hirano were married in 2003.
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  • 2002
    Age 35
    She was nominated in 2002 for the Best Actress Award at the 26th Annual Japan Academy Prize ceremonies for her role in Inochi.
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  • 2001
    Age 34
    Esumi was described as "stunning" in her lead role of Stray Cat in the 2001 Pistol Opera, one of Seijun Suzuki last films.
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  • 2000
    Age 33
    Esumi made her singing debut on 26 April 2000 with the release of her One Way Drive single.
    More Details Hide Details The title song was used as the ending theme to the second Shomuni series, with the lyrics by Esumi and the music by guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei.
  • 1998
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A second series aired from April to June 2000, with a third airing from July to September 2002. Several specials were also produced.
  • 1996
    Age 29
    Esumi married photographer Rowland Kirishima in February 1996, though they divorced only nine months later.
    More Details Hide Details After her scandal in which she cheated on her husband while he was on a Business Trip. Her affair with a young Japanese actor was widely covered by the media.
  • 1995
    Age 28
    In 1995, Esumi made her acting debut as Yumiko in Maborosi, a film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda.
    More Details Hide Details Edward Guthmann of the San Francisco Chronicle gave her acting high praise, describing it as "extraordinary" and stating she played the role with "delicacy and physical grace". Esumi won the 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 Maborosi.
  • 1989
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She then focused on a career as a fashion model.
  • 1966
    Born on December 18, 1966.
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