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Rila Fukushima Biography – Story of ‘The Wolverine’

Real Name: Rila Fukushima
Profession: Model, actress
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan

Rila Fukushima (福島 リラFukushima Rira) is a Japanese fashion-model and actress best known for her comic book roles in film and TV and has appeared in projects such as the superhero film The Wolverine (2013) as Yukio, the TV series Arrow as Tatsu Yamashiro, and Ghost in the Shell (2017) as the Red-robed Geisha.

Arrow — “Broken Arrow” — Image AR319A_0444b– Pictured: Rila Fukushima as Tatsu Yamashiro — Photo: Cate Cameron/The CW — © 2015 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Rila Fukushima Biography
Born  Tokyo, Japan
Model, actress
Years active 2012–present

Life and career

Rila Fukushima was born in Tokyo, Japan.

Originally attempting to secure a position as a model agent at a Tokyo agency, she was persuaded to try modeling instead. Her career has included work for numerous labels and brands in various shows and campaigns.

Fukushima also starred in the 2013 superhero film The Wolverine as Yukio, and appeared in the 2014 Taiga drama Gunshi Kanbei as Omichi.

Fukushima replaced Devon Aoki in the role of Tatsu Yamashiro for the third season of The CW television show Arrow. In 2015, she appeared in the HBO series Game of Thrones in a season 5 episode as a Red Priestess in Volantis. She starred in Million Yen Women as Minami Shirakawa on Netflix.

She was chosen as one of the women of 2013 by Vogue Japan.



Year English title Original title Role Notes
2010 Karma: A Very Twisted Love Story Rei Short Movie
2013 The Wolverine Yukio
2014 Twilight: Saya in Sasara TWILIGHT ささらさや Erica
2015 Gonin Saga GONIN サーガ Yoichi
Warrior Tasu TV movie
2016 Terra Formars テラフォーマーズ Sakakibara
2017 Ghost in the Shell Red Robed Geisha
2019 Listen to the Universe 蜜蜂と遠雷 Jennifer Chang
2021 Annette Nurse
2023 Family かぞく

TV series

Year English title Original title Role Notes
2014 Gunshi Kanbei 軍師官兵衛 Omichi
The Long Goodbye ロング・グッドバイ Lily TV Mini-Series
2014–2016; 2019 Arrow Tatsu Yamashiro 16 episodes
2015 Game of Thrones Red Priestess Episode: “High Sparrow”
2017 Million Yen Women 100万円の女たち Minami Shirakawa 12 episodes
2018 Blindspot Akiko Episode: “Hella Duplicitous”
2020 Castlevania Sumi (voice) 8 episodes
S.W.A.T Rio Episode: “Ekitai Rashku”

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