Career overview

Eri Ishida is a household name in Japan, but may not be well known internationally - yet.

She won the Best Actress award at the Asia Pacific Film Festival, Best Supporting Actress at the Japan Academy Awards in 1989 & 1991, and the Yokohama Film Festival among other prominent competitions.

She attended the Cannes Film Festival in support of director Kiju Yoshida's ‘Wuthering Heights’ (1988). Eri took on the title character in the Australian film ‘AYA’ (1991) directed by Solrun Hoass. She starred in ‘Apocalypse of Love’ (1998), the first film to be publicly exhibited when cultural exchanges were restored between Japan and Korea. Eri attended the 2007 Venice Film Festival with director Shinji Aoyama's ‘Sad Vacation’ which made its debut there.

In 1993, Eri jumped at the chance to work with Helmut Newton. Their collaboration, the photo book titled ‘Immoral’ sold over 300,000 copies in Japan alone, and she worked with Peter Lindbergh on her project titled ‘56’ which went on the market December 2017.

In Japan and abroad, Eri has had the pleasure of taking on a wide variety of roles and working with diverse directors. During her travels over the past decade, Eri has developed strong English language skills as well as deepened her appreciation internationally. As her career moves forward, Eri has a strong desire to participate in projects that will take her to new places, both physically and metaphorically.


Selected filmography & awards
( *denotes leading role, Japanese titles in parentheses if different from English)

2018 Short film ‘Control’
- Eri’s directional debut
2016 'Beautiful People' Dedicated to Kumamoto earthquakes in 2016
Director: Isao Yukisada
2015 'Hand in the Glove' Tailand-Japan Co-production
Director: Yusuke Inaba
2014 'Vancouber's Asahi' Vancouber International Film Festival / Audience Award
Director: Yuya Ishii
2012 'MY HOUSE'
Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi
2010 'Acacia' (Akashia) Tokyo International Film Festival / Competition
Director: Jinsei Tsuji
2009 'The Clone Returns Home' (Kuron wa Kokyo o Mezasu)
Sundance Film Festival / World Cinema Competition
Director: Kanji Nakajima
2008 'Bloody Snake Under The Sun' (Habu to Genkotsu)
Tokyo International Film Festival / Competition
Director: Ryo Nakai
2007 'Sad Vacation' * Venice Film Festival / Orizzonti Opening
Takasaki Film Festival - Best Leading Actress
Director: Shinji Aoyama
2005 'Female' * (Femeiru)
Director: Shinya Tsukamoto
1997 'Apocalypse of Love' * (Ai no Mokushiroku) Japan / Korea Co-Production
Director: Kim Su-Yong
1991 'Aya' * Australian Film
Director: Solrun Hoaas
Asia-Pacific Film Festval - Best Actress

'Fishing Diary 2' (Tsuribaka Nishi)
Japan Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress
Director: Tomio Kuriyama

'Won't Dream Flying' (Tobu Yume wo Shibarakuminai)
Asia Pacific Film Festival - Best Actress
Japan Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress
Director: Eizo Sugawa


'Wuthering Heights' (Arashigaoka) Festival de Cannes / Competition
Director: Kijyu Yoshida
'A Chaos of Flowers' (Hananoran)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
Japan Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress
Hochi Film Awards - Best Supporting Actress

'Hope & Pain' (Dauntaun Herozu) Berlin International Film Festival / Competition
Director: Yoji Yamada

1987 'Lantern' (Chochin)
Director: Kajima Shunichi
Mainichi Film Awards - Best Supporting Actress
Yokohama Film Festival - Best Supporting Actress
1981 'Distant Thunder' * (Enrai)
Director: Kichitaro Neishi
Japan Academy Awards - Best Leading Actress
Japan Academy Awards - Best New Actress
Hochi Film Awards - Best New Actress Award


SAD VACATION / Film by Shinji Aoyama © style jam