Yasuko Sawaguchi

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Yasuko Sawaguchi
Yasuko Sawaguchi
Born June 11, 1965
Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Actress
Notable role(s) Naoko Okumura, Erika Shiragami, Kaya, Oto Tachibana
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 Audition, 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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