Yasuko Sawaguchi (沢口靖子 is a Sawaguchi Yasuko)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.
Selected filmography[edit | edit source]
Actress[edit | edit source]
- The Return of Godzilla (1984) as Naoko Okumura
- Princess from the Moon (1988) as Kaya, the Princess Kaguya
- Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989) as Erika Shiragami
- Orochi, the Eight-Headed Dragon (1994) as Oto Tachibana
Music[edit | edit source]
- The Return of Godzilla (1984) - Performer ["Goodbye Lover"]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
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