Ayako Fujitani is a multi-talented actress, writer, and musical performer. She was born in Osaka on December 17, 1979 to American actor Steven Seagal and his first wife, aikido master Miyako Fujitani.
She began her career as a model and martial arts performer before making her film debut in Shusuke Kaneko’s “Gamera”. She spent her teen years living with her father in Los Angeles studying English and acting, as well as contributing articles to the Japanese magazine “Roadshow”.
In 2000, Hideaki Anno adapted her self-reflective novella, Touhimu (Flee-Dream), to the film Shiki-Jitsu, which she was tapped to star in alongside indie director Shunji Iwai. The film went on to win an artistic prize at the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival, cementing her status as an up-and-coming young actress. Her brother is actor and model Kentaro Seagal.