Ayako Fujitani

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Ayako Fujitani
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Fujitani (center) with Pepe Serna and Dave Boyle
Ayako Faith Fujitani

(1979-12-07) December 7, 1979 (age 39)
Other namesAyako Seagal
OccupationActress, writer
Height1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Javier Gullón
(m. 2016)
Parent(s)Miyako Fujitani (mother)
Steven Seagal (father)

Ayako Fujitani(藤谷 文子,Fujitani Ayako, born December 7, 1979) is a writer and actress. [1] She is fluent in English and Japanese. Fujitani is currently a guest star as Kyoko, the wife of Takehaya (Hiroyuki Sanada) in the apocalyptic drama The Last Ship . [2]

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Early life

Ayako Fujitani was born in Osaka, Japan. She is the daughter of Steven Seagal from his first wife, aikido master Miyako Fujitani. As a teenager, she also resided in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Other film roles include parts in the French film Sansa (2003) and in Michel Gondry's "Interior Design" segment of Tokyo! (2008).

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She also stars in Dave Boyle's 2014 film, Man from Reno as the protagonist, a Japanese crime novelist named Aki. She also appeared in Dave Boyle's film, Daylight Savings as Erika, a love interest of the protagonist, Goh Nakamura.

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After spending a few teenage years in Los Angeles studying acting and English, Ayako began to write for the Japanese magazine Roadshow. Her literary skills became more evident with the publication of her coupled novellas Touhimu (Flee-Dream) and Yakeinu (Burnt Dog). The former is often incorrectly referred to as semi-biographical, though it is a completely fictional story of a young suicidal girl trying to make sense of life, death, family, and love. The latter is the story of the relationship between a man and the girl he has raised in his cellar.

Along with writer and director Hideaki Anno, Ayako co-adapted her novella Touhimu (Flee-Dream) into the film Shiki-Jitsu in 2000. It was the first non-animated feature released by Studio Ghibli under the Studio Kajino label. She also stars in the title role. Shiki-Jitsu won the Artistic Award at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival and showed at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

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Ayako has established herself as a writer in Japan of both fiction and non-fiction, contributing essays and short stories to various national publications. [3]

In 2014, Fujitani co-wrote a Ermenegildo Zegna-commissioned short film with Park Chan-wook, Chung Chung-hoon and Michael Werwie that Park also directed, and that Clint Mansell scored entitled A Rose Reborn starring Jack Huston and Daniel Wu. [4]

Other pursuits

In 2006, she directed a short drama for TV Tokyo's Drama Factory program.

Ayako has also displayed musical talent, being a member of the band Father's Girls.

Personal life

She has been married to screenwriter Javier Gullón since 2016. The couple has one daughter.


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