Script error Yuriko Yoshitaka (吉高 由里子 Yoshitaka Yuriko?)Script error (born July 22, 1988) is a Japanese actress who is represented by the Japanese agency Amuse.


Yoshitaka made her acting debut in 2006. She was given the lead role in the live-action adaptation of Hitomi Kanehara's award-winning novel Snakes and Earrings in 2007. Portraying Lui, a teenager whose life goes into a downward spiral after meeting the forked-tongued and tattooed Ama, and challenging a nude scene, the role was Yoshitaka's breakthrough role.[1][2] The Japanese public began to take notice of her, and in a poll conducted by Oricon, Yoshitaka was the fifth promising young actress of 2009[3] and 2009's freshest female celebrity.[4] In 2010, Oricon again conducted a poll on the most promising actress and she managed climb up to top the poll.[5]

Yoshitaka began to receive more work in 2008 as she appeared in Flow's music video "Arigatō" (ありがとう?, "Thanks")Script error, was given her first lead role in the comedy drama Konno-san to Asobo (紺野さんと遊ぼう Let’s Play with Konno-san?)Script error and took up the lead role in the film Yubae Shōjo (夕映え少女 A Girl in the Sunset?)Script error before the theatrical release of her other lead film Snakes and Earrings.

In 2009, Yoshitaka was given the role of the suicidal Kairi Hayakawa in the romantic-comedy drama Love Shuffle. Later in the year, she portrayed Yūki Matsunaga (松永 由岐 Matsunaga Yūki?)Script error in the police drama Tokyo Dogs with Shun Oguri and Hiro Mizushima as her co-stars.[6]

In 2010, she starred as all three sisters in a short drama series titled Tofu Shimai (豆腐姉妹 lit. Tofu Sisters?)Script error.[7] It was announced on May 13, 2010 that Yoshitaka was given her first lead role in a network television drama series called Mioka (美丘?)Script error, portraying a university student with an incurable illness.[8]

She is set to play Tae Kojima of the two-part 2011 live-action adaptation of the sci-fi and action manga Gantz.[9][10] It was announced that Yoshitaka will take up the lead role in Kōji Maeda's movie Konzen Tokkyū, portraying a young woman dating multiple men in hopes of finding the right one to marry. The movie is set to premiere in Spring 2011.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

While she was preparing for her role in Snakes and Earrings, Yoshitaka was involved with a traffic accident in September 2007, causing her to fracture her jaw. She stayed in the ICU for five days as a result.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Jikō Keisatsu Episode 6 guest appearance
2006 Children Drama special
2006 PS Rashōmon Episode 2 guest appearance
2006 Ii Onna
2007 Jodan Ja Nai! Episode 8 guest appearance
2007 Snakes and Earrings Lui Lead role
2007 Yonimo Kimyona Monogatari: Countdown
2008 Ashita no Kita Yoshio Shinobu Yoimachi
2008 Atsu-hime Otetsu
2008 Konno-san to Asobo Miyuki Konno Lead role
2008 Average
2008 Taiyō no Umi no Kyōshitsu Akari Yashima
2008 Tonsure Mika Kashiwaba Lead role with Yōichi Nukumizu
2008 Average 2
2008 The Naminori Restaurant
2009 Love Shuffle Kairi Hayakawa
2009 Hontō ni Atta Kowai Hanashi: Chi Nurareta Ryokan Moe Yasuda Television special, lead role
2009 Shiroi Haru Shiori Nishida
2009 Ikemen Shin Sobaya Tantei Episode 5 guest appearance
2009 Tokyo Dogs Yūki Matsunaga
2010 Tofu Shimai Three sisters: Kinuyo, Momen, Yuriko Lead role, 5-episode drama
2010 Mioka Mioka Minegishi Lead role
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Zoo "Seven Rooms" Room 7 girl
2006 Noriko's Dinner Table Yuka Shimbara
2007 Maruyamacho Seta
2007 Kayokyoku Dayo, Jinsei wa
2007 Adrift in Tokyo Fufumi
2008 Yubae Shōjo Lead role
2008 Kimi no Tomodachi Hanai Kyōko
2008 Cyborg She Student in the 22nd Century
2008 Hebi ni Piasu Lui Lead role
2009 Juryoku Pierrot Natsuko
2009 Kaiji Jinsei Gyakuten Game
2010 Subete wa Umi ni Naru
2011 Gantz Tae Kojima
2011 Konzen Tokkyū Chie Lead role

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Organization Award Work Result
2007Yokohama Film FestivalBest NewcomerNoriko's Dinner TableWon[13]
2008Japan Academy AwardsBest NewcomerSnakes and EarringsNominated[14]
2009Blue Ribbon AwardsBest NewcomerWon[15][16]
Japan Movie Critics AwardsBest New ActressWon[17]


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