Aoi Yuu

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Aoi Yuu, also known as Aoi Yû, Yû Aoi, or Aoi Yu, has been a professional Japanese actress since 2001, when she landed her debut acting role in Japanese cinema at 16 years of age. Aoi Yuu was born in Fukuoka, Japan, on August 17, 1985, is a Leo, stands 160 cm (approximately 5’3”) tall—which is fairly typical for Asian girls, if a little on the tall side, even—and is a part of the well-known Japanese talent agency, Itoh Company Group.

Aoi Yuu got started in the Japanese world of acting with a role as Natsuko in Gaichu (Harmful Insect) in 2001, a film which starred noted actress Aoi Miyazaki. Aoi Yuu went on to play Shiori Tsuda that same year in Riri Shushu no subete (All About Lily Chou-Chou), and in 2003, she appeared in Guuzen nimo saiaku na shounen and took one of the leads, alongside Rie Tomosaka and Inuko Inuyama, in 1980. Aoi Yuu also took lead roles in three films in 2004: Hana to Arisu (Hana and Alice) as Alice (Setsuko Arisugawa), Mask de 41, and Umineko (Sea Cat).

Aoi Yuu has continued to showcase her talents and capabilities as a leading young lady with mostly starring roles in recent years; in fact, both 2005 and 2006 have proven to be big years for the budding actress, with a total of 13 Japanese films (most featuring her in leading roles, with a few supporting roles) in the two years.

List of 2005 and 2006 Films

  • Niji no megami (Rainbow Song)—Kana Sato
  • Sugar & spice: Fûmi zekka
  • Hula gâru (Hula Girls)—Kimiko Tanikawa
  • Mushishi (Bugmaster)—Tanyu
  • Hachimitsu to Clover (Honey & Clover)—Hagu
  • Kiraware Matsuko no isshô (Memories of Matsuko)
  • Otoko-tachi no Yamato—Taeko
  • Henshin—Kei Hamura
  • Hoshi ni natta shonen (Shining Boy & Little Randy)—Emi Murakami
  • Kame wa igai to hayaku oyogu—Kujaku Ogitani
  • Nirai kanai kara no tegami (Letters from Kanai Nirai)—Fuki Asato
  • Tetsujin niju-hachigo (Tetsujin 28)—Mami Tachibana
  • Jukai

Her latest projects involve major roles in the films Quiet room ni yôkoso and Don’t Laugh at My Romance, a movie slated for release in 2008.

On the Japanese small screen, Aoi Yuu also made a name for herself by appearing in a number of major Japanese T.V. series from 2002 to 2006, including “Natsu no Yakusoku” (2002), “Kou Kou Kyoushi 2003” (2003) as Mami Ezawa, “Ichiban Taisetsuna Date ~ Tokyo no Sora, Shanghai no Yume” (2004), “Yonimo Kimyona Monogatari” (2004), “Tiger & Dragon” (2005), and “Dr Koto—Shinryoujo 2006” (2006).

For being only 22, Aoi Yuu has picked up an impressive number of awards for her acting work, mostly in the critically acclaimed film Hula gâru (2006), as well as Hachimitsu to Clover, Niji no megami, and Hana to Arisu. She received these honors from Awards of the Japanese Academy (Best Supporting Actress); Blue Ribbon Awards (Best Actress); Hochi Film Awards (Best Supporting Actress); the Japanese Professional Movie Awards (Best Actress); Kinema Junpo Awards (Best Supporting Actress), Mainichi Film Concours (Best Supporting Actress); Nikkan Sports Film Awards (Best New Talent); and the Yokohama Film Festival, for Best Actress.

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