Yasuko Sawaguchi

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Yasuko Sawaguchi
Yasuko Sawaguchi
Occupation/Role Actress
Character(s) played Naoko Okumura, Erika Shiragami, Kaya, Oto Tachibana
Birthday June 11, 1965
Birthplace Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Height 159 centimeters
First work Karate Cop III: Song of the Sea (1984)
Notable work Spirited Away (2001)

Yasuko Sawaguchi (沢口靖子,   Sawaguchi Yasuko) is a Japanese actress. In 1984 at the the age of 18, Sawaguchi became the first winner of the Toho Cinderella Contest, and subsequently made her film debut in Karate Cop III: Song of the Sea. That same year she was selected as the female lead Naoko Okumura in the 30th anniversary revival of the Godzilla series, The Return of Godzilla, a role for which she won "Newcomer of the Year" at the 9th Japan Academy Awards. Sawaguchi also experienced a career as a singer in the 1980's and performed the tie-in song "Goodbye Lover" for the aforementioned film. While she continued to appear in films over the ensuing years, Sawaguchi became a prominent actress on television and continues to appear in Japanese television dramas to this day. Outside of her live-action roles, Sawaguchi is best known for her voice role as Chihiro's mother in Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away.

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