Akiko Wakabayashi

Intro Japanese actress
A.K.A. Wakabayashi Akiko
Is Actor
From Japan
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender female
Birth 26 August 1941, Ōta-ku, Japan
Star sign Virgo

Akiko Wakabayashi (若林 映子, Wakabayashi Akiko, born 26 August 1941) is a retired Japanese actress.

Career

Wakabayashi is best known in English-speaking countries for her role as Bond girl Aki in the 1967 James Bond movie You Only Live Twice. Before this, she had made many movies in her native Japan, especially Toho Studio's monster movies, such as Dagora, the Space Monster (1964) and Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964), both of which were also released under various other titles. In Ghidorah, she played a mystical princess, who could predict the future and was also a prophetess. When production of You Only Live Twice began, Wakabayashi was slated to play the role of Kissy Suzuki whilst her co-star Mie Hama played Suki, one of Tiger Tanaka's top agents. When learning English proved to be a major hurdle to Hama, the women switched roles, with Hama now playing the smaller part of Kissy and Wakabayashi playing the larger part of Suki. At her suggestion, the character of Suki was renamed Aki. They had acted together in King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) and Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi (1965). In 1971 she made an appearance in an episode of Shirley's World. Wakabayashi made only one more film (and a guest TV appearance) before disappearing from both the big and small screen. In an interview in G-FAN magazine (No. 76), Wakabayashi said she retired from acting owing to injuries sustained while making a movie.

Selected filmography

Song for a Bride (1958) Josei SOS (1958) Yajû shisubeshi (1959) Osorubeki hiasobi (1959) Le orientali (1960) – Sadako Shin santô jûyaku: Ataru mo hakke no maki (1960) – Haruko Momoyama Akiko (1961) – Akiko Girl from Hong Kong (1961) – Anna Suh Yato kaze no naka o hashiru (1961) – Sawa Ganba (1961) Ai no uzu shio (1962) Kurenai no sora (1962) King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) – Tamiye Gekkyû dorobo (1962) Ankokugai no kiba (1962) Nippon jitsuwa jidai (1963) Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: shirei dai hachigo (1963) – Mie Tsugawa Walleyed Nippon (1963) – Nashiko The Lost World of Sinbad (1963) – Yaya's maid Kon'nichiwa akachan (1964) – Shizuko Nagata Dogara, the Space Monster (1964) – Gangster Hamako Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kayaku no taru (1964) – Girl Taken at Haneda Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964) – Princess of Sergina Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi (1965, footage used to make What's Up, Tiger Lily?) – Bai-Lan Onna no naka ni iru tanin (1966) – Sayuri Sugimoto Kiganjô no bôken (1966) – Spuria, Chamberlain's daughter Arupusu no wakadaishô (1966) You Only Live Twice (1967) – Aki Diamonds of the Andes (1968) – Reiko

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