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Akiko Wakabayashi

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Akiko Wakabayashi (born December 13, 1939 in Ōta, Tokyo) is a Japanese actress, best known in English-speaking countries for her role as Bond girl, Aki in the 1967 James Bond movie You Only Live Twice. Prior to this, she made many movies in her native Japan, especially Toho Studio's monster movies such as Dagora, the Space Monster and Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (both of which were also released under various other titles). When production of You Only Live Twice began, Wakabayashi was originally 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. Wakabayashi, as Aki in the movie You Only Live Twice. At her suggestion, the character of Suki was renamed to Aki. This is probably partly because[citation needed] in 1966, Woody Allen took the Japanese action film International Secret Police: Key of Keys (in which both Mie Hama and Wakabayashi starred), re-edited, re-dubbed, re-plotted, and renamed it What's Up, Tiger Lily?. In the film, Wakabayashi's character was "Suki Yaki" whereas her You Only Live Twice co-star Hama played "Teri Yaki". 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 due to injuries sustained while making a movie. Description above from the Wikipedia article Akiko Wakabayashi, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Aug 26, 1941 In Ōta, Tokyo, Japon
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Song for a Bride 1958-02-11
Latest Project:
Series Shirley's World 1972-04-07
Known For
Poster of Shirley's World
Poster of Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
Poster of King Kong vs. Godzilla
Poster of Girl from Hong Kong
Series Shirley's World Unknown 1972-04-07
Movie You Only Live Twice Aki 1967-06-13
Movie The Thin Line Sayuri Sugimoto 1966-02-12
Movie What's Up, Tiger Lily? Suki Yaki 1966-11-02
Movie Adventure in Kigan Castle Spuria, Chamberlain's daughter 1966-04-28
Movie Key of Keys Bai-Lan 1965-10-22
Movie Hello, Baby! Unknown 1964-03-20
Movie Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster Mas Selina Salno 1964-12-20
Movie Dogora Gang Moll 1964-08-11
Movie A Keg of Powder Girl Taken at Haneda 1964-12-09
Movie King Kong vs. Godzilla Tamiye (uncredited) 1963-06-26
Movie Lost World Of Sinbad Yaya's maid 1963-10-26
Movie Interpol Code 8 1963-08-31
Movie King Kong vs. Godzilla Tamiye 1962-08-11
Movie The Weed of Crime Unknown 1962-12-08
Movie Akiko Akiko 1961-02-24
Movie Girl from Hong Kong Anna Suh 1961-08-29
Movie Acchan no bebi gyangu Midori 1961-09-17
Movie The Orientals 1960-04-08
Movie The Beast Shall Die Hostess at the Rollita B 1959-06-09
Movie Song for a Bride 1958-02-11