Akiko Wakabayashi

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Akiko Wakabayashi
Akiko Wakabayashi
Born December 13, 1939
Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Former actress
First work Song for a Bride (1958)
Notable work You Only Live Twice (1967)
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Akiko Wakabayashi (若林 映子,   Wakabayashi Akiko) is a former Japanese actress.


After unsuccessful auditions for The Hidden Fortress and the unmade Toho film Uminari, Wakabayashi made her debut in the 1958 Ishiro Honda film Song for a Bride.[1] As a Toho contract player, she was frequently cast alongside Mie Hama, including in King Kong vs. Godzilla. Her character's boyish disguise in Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster was based on her own preferred style.[2] Tetsuro Tamba recommended her and Hama for the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice. Neither actress knew any English, but Wakabayashi picked it up much faster. As a result, she swapped roles with Hama to play the character with more dialogue, Japanese spy Aki. She retired from acting prematurely due to injuries she sustained on the job.[1] Her final role was in an episode of the 1971-72 series Shirley's World.

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This is a list of references for Akiko Wakabayashi. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Vacquer, Armand; Homenick, Brett (Summer 2006). G-Fan. No. 76. Daikaiju Enterprises. pp. 8–11.
  2. Ryfle, Steve; Godziszewski, Ed (2017). Ishiro Honda: A Life in Film, from Godzilla to Kurosawa. Wesleyan University Press. ISBN 9780819570871.


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