Japanese movie stars died in 2007

Here are 2 famous actresses from Japan died in 2007:

Miyoshi Umeki

Miyoshi Umeki (May 8, 1929 Otaru-August 28, 2007 Licking) otherwise known as Umeki, Miyoshi was a Japanese singer and actor.

Miyoshi Umeki was one of the first Asian actresses to achieve widespread success in Hollywood during the 1950s-1960s. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film "Sayonara" in 1958. She also starred in the Broadway musical "Flower Drum Song" and later reprised her role in the film adaptation. Before her acting career, she worked as a nightclub singer in Japan and later in the United States. Umeki was one of six children and grew up in a Presbyterian household. She died in Licking, Missouri at the age of 78.

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Sayoko Yamaguchi

Sayoko Yamaguchi (September 19, 1949 Yokohama-August 14, 2007 Tokyo) was a Japanese model, actor and costume designer.

She started her career as a model at the age of 22, after being discovered by fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto. She quickly rose to fame, becoming the first Asian woman to appear on the cover of American Vogue in 1977. She also modeled for other renowned designers such as Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto, and was known for her androgynous, avant-garde style.

In addition to her modeling work, Yamaguchi also acted in films such as "The Trial of the Moke" and "Winter Kills". She also worked as a costume designer for the film "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters", which was directed by Paul Schrader.

Yamaguchi was known for pushing boundaries both in fashion and in her personal life. She was open about her bisexuality and had relationships with both men and women. She passed away in 2007 from acute pneumonia at the age of 57.

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