Japanese movie actresses can be as talented as they are stunning. Many of them land roles in movies seen in America because of their fit physiques and awesom fighting moves. There are a few Japanese movie actresses, however, that stand out above the rest.

  1. Chara. This Japanese movie actress' real name is Miwa Watabiki. She is multi-talented and has worked as a singer and actress. Her major films include “Picnic” and “Swallowtail Butterfly.” Both of these films brought her awards at the Yokohama Film Festival, and she was nominated at the Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.

  2. Masami Nagasawa. Playing in both television and major movies, Masami Nagasawa has had a very accomplished career in her young life. She was born in 1987 and started her career as a performer in 2000. She’s acted in movies, including “Godzilla: Tokyo SOS,” “Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World” and “Crossfire.”

  3. Yukie Nakama. This Japanese actress comes from a humble fisherman’s family with five children other than herself. She managed to build herself up to super stardom, however, starring in multiple movies from 1996 to the present. Some of these movies include “Love Song,” “Trick 2” and “Gokusen the Movie.”

  4. Erika Sawajiri. Having spent most of her career in Japan, Erika Sawajiri is accomplished in several fields, including television acting, music video performances and of course, movies. She is mainly a dramatic actress, and she has worked with several prominent Japanese production companies, including Asmik Ace, Shochiku and Gaga Communications.

  5. Maki Horikita. This Japanese movie actress is known for her leading roles and for her work as an endorser. She also does some modeling for magazines, as well as starring in roles on television programs. She kicked off her career in 2003, and she has continued to star in movies up to the present, including several roles in 2010 and others planned for 2011.