This is the start of a website for Kou Shibasaki. Since playing Mitsuko Souma in Battle Royale, Kou has flowered into one of the most popular young actresses in Japan. Award-winning films, highly-rated TV shows, and engaging pop music are just some of her weapons to win the hearts of fans in both Japan and around the world. Kou Shibasaki was the actress that Quentin Tarantino wanted for the role of Yuki Yubari in Kill Bill. Unfortunately because of scheduling conflicts, she was unable to sign on for the Hollywood revenge film.
I finished writing the biography of Kou below and will expand to pictures, audio, links, and other areas later. It's ironic because this is the exact opposite of my process for the Chiaki Kuriyama Fandom website. There, I started with pictures, trivia, audio, links, etc. first and still have not written a comprehensive bio for Chiaki yet.
April 7, 2004:
Check out the Kou Shibasaki = Yuki Yubari thread on the new Fandom Forum for information on how Kou Shibasaki almost became Yuki Yubari. Please be patient with me. I'll add more as time goes on. If you have any questions or comments on this subject, please post them to the forum. You don't even need to register to post messages so don't be shy.
April 3, 2004:
Yesterday, I set up the Fandom Forum, a visual message board based on EZBoard technology. You don't need to register or sign in to post and reply to messages. If you have any questions about Kou Shibasaki or simply want to make a comment, you can now do so without any hassels. Check it out.
More news can be found in the News page.
The Untold Story of Yuki Yubari
Yubari Sisters incomplete with only Go Go. Where's Yuki? Heavy spoilers. Do not read until you've seen Kill Bill Volume 1.
Go Go's younger sister Yuki Yubari was completely written out of Kill Bill. In the early script of Kill Bill by Quentin Tarantino, there's an entire chapter called Yuki's Revenge. According to this old script, Yuki Yubari partied with the rest of her gang at the House of Blue Leaves but had to turn in early due to a cold. Maybe that's Tarantino's polite way to say it's passed her bedtime. Besides, Good Citizen Tarantino (tm) can never allow warm sake to touch the lips of this underaged kid even though at 16, she's only a year younger than Go Go. She might be a Yubari (and therefore hot as hell), but she still hasn't developed that killer/psychotic edge yet. After kissing Sophie Fatale goodnight, she left just before Uma kickstarted her samurai disco. When she learned the piercing headache Go Go had to suffer thanks to the Bride, Yuki decided to off the miserable blonde lest the world thinks that she lacked the balls (pun intended) that Go Go had. The script called for Yuki to take revenge on the Bride on her home turf in the United States. After a whirlwind tour around LA, Hollywood, and Disneyland armed with her disposable Barbie camera, she decides that a submachine gun would be the perfect accessory for taking down the silly American. When Yuki finally confronts the woman who forced Go Go to drop out of school, the young girl demands revenge (and makeup tips. I kid you not; QT is a genius!). Black Mamba, however, has no time for the brat (two down, three to go, remember?). Now, the Bride's existence offends Yuki and we see her demonstrate that she can chew bubblegum and fire a loaded automatic at the same time while chasing The Bride through the streets of Los Angeles. Strangely, no one in LA is disturbed by a girl with pink fingernails spraying the neighborhood with bullets as long as she's hot. Finally, Yuki Yubari traps the Bride in a suburban home (metaphor on so many levels) and after much struggling on the floor for the ladies (to the much delight of the audience if this were made), Yuki is bested by Uma. Here's hoping there's room in heaven for bad girls who look chic in school uniforms. The Yuki's Revenge chapter never went to the production stage because Kou Shibasaki, the Battle Royale actress Tarantino wanted for the role of Yuki Yubari, could not sign on to Kill Bill due to other commitments. Quentin Tarantino also begrudgingly admitted that the movie is long enough already and therefore he dropped Yuki's Revenge from the final script. The original draft with Yuki Yubari is floating on the Net and is recommended reading for all those who are interested in Kill Bill. Perhaps one day, Tarantino will animate that sequence as a special feature for the ultimate Kill Bill DVD.
According to Japan Today, Kou Shibasaki is one of the highest paid television actresses. The reason for Kou's success on television is the acceptance accorded her by the female audience. Because women make up a majority of the viewership in Japan, one has to be well-liked by this group to be popular on the small screen.
Kou was never a child idol like Aki Maeda or Chiaki Kuriyama, her co-stars from Battle Royale. As popular child idols, Aki and Chiaki spent years posing for photobooks and their names were used widely during the Battle Royale marketing campaign to draw in their fans. As a virtual unknown at the time, Kou's name had little currency. However, thanks to Battle Royale, Kou leaped ahead of both Aki and Chiaki in terms of popularity and to this day, Aki Maeda and Chiaki Kuriyama can't compare with the supreme popularity of Kou Shibasaki despite years and years of fanbase building.
More trivia can be found in the Trivia page.
Kou Shibasaki Yahoo Group
You'll find more information and pictures at The Kou Shibasaki Fandom (Yahoo) Group. As a supplement to this website, the Group has a message board that allows members to post news, reviews, and commentaries faster. Of course, everything is free, now and forever. All you need to join is a Yahoo email account. If you don't have a Yahoo account, sign up for one. It's free and takes only a minute. Beyond the Yahoo Group, you might also want to check out the all-new Fandom Forum.
October 15, 2004: Updated the Links Section with the addition of three fanlistings.
More site updates history can be found in the Site Updates page.
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