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Akiko Wakabayashi Biography and Filmography
Akiko Wakabayashi
Birthday: August 26, 1941
Birth Place: Tokyo, Japan
Height: 5' 4"
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Akiko Wakabayashi was born on August 26, 1941 in Tokyo, Japan. During her work in movies, she became one of Japan's most popular actresses of their cinema's "Golden Age," ranking with actresses Kumi Mizuno and Mie Hama. One of her first films was Akiko (1961), which was named after her. Interestingly, the movie title shares both her real and character names. Her career took off when she came to Toho Studios, appearing in a host of sci-fi films, including that of the sexy gangster moll in Uchu daikaijû Dogora (1964) and the bewitching alien-possessed princess in San daikaijû: Chikyu saidai no kessen (1964). However, in the Western Cinema, she is probably best known for her role as Bond girl Aki in the 007 epic You Only Live Twice (1967), appearing along side actor Sean Connery. When production of the 007 film began, Wakabayashi was originally chosen to play Bond girl Kissy Suzuki and her co-star, Mie Hama is to play Bond girl Suki. As Hama had a difficult time mastering the English language, the two actresses switched roles. In addition, Wakabayashi suggested her character name be Aki instead of Suki.In the late 1960s to early 1970s, Japan's movie industry experience an economic slump, which resulted in severe budget cuts. During that time, Wakabayashi made a rather abrupt end to her acting career, and has never been seen on the big screen since. Whether or not the economic slump played a factor, Wakabayashi remains one of the most memorable actresses of Japan, especially to Toho Studios' sci-fi fandom.
Sekido o kakeru otoko (1968)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
[ Lois Maxwell ][ Nancy Sinatra ][ Mie Hama ][ Karin Dor ]
What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
[ Mie Hama ]
Arupusu no wakadaishô (1966)
Kiganjô no bôken (1966)
[ Mie Hama ]
Onna no naka ni iru tanin (1966)
Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi (1965)
[ Mie Hama ]
San daikaijû: Chikyu saidai no kessen (1964)
Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: hiba no maki (1964)
Uchu daikaijû Dogora (1964)
Konnichiwa aka-chan (1964)
Daitozoku (1963)
[ Mie Hama ]
Yabunirami Nippon (1963)
Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: shirei dai hachigo (1963)
Nippon jitsuwa jidai (1963)
[ Mie Hama ]
Ankokugai no kiba (1962)
[ Mie Hama ]
Gekkyû dorobo (1962)
Kingu Kongu tai Gojira (1962)
[ Mie Hama ]
Kurenai no sora (1962)
Ai no uzu shio (1962)
Ganba (1961)
Yato kaze no naka o hashiru (1961)
Akiko (1961)
Shin santô jûyaku: Ataru mo hakke no maki (1960)
Asorubeki hi asobi (1959)
Yajû shisubeshi (1959)
Orientali, Le (1959)
Hanayome sanjuso (1958)
  • Along with Mie Hama, Wakabayashi was one of the first Asian "Bond Girls" when the two of them appeared in 1967's You Only Live Twice (1967).

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