Yukie Nakama

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Yukie Nakama
仲間由紀恵
Born Yukie Nakama (仲間由紀恵?)
October 30, 1979 (1979-10-30) (age 30)
Urasoe, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

Yukie Nakama (仲間 由紀恵, Nakama Yukie?, born October 30, 1979) is an actress, singer and former idol. She was born in Okinawa, Japan, in a fisherman’s family, the youngest of five siblings.

She is one of the few young Japanese celebrities that have been able to break free from their teeny-bopper image and emerge as one of the country’s most popular and well-respected actresses. At the start of her career she was a gravure idol and singer (her debut single “Moonlight to Daybreak” was released in 1996), and appeared in bit roles until her career breakthrough playing Sadako in “Ring 0: Birthday (2000).”

In 2000, Nakama demonstrated her talent for comedy with her lead role in the Japanese television drama Trick which proved so popular that it had two more seasons and two film versions, but it was the top-rating TV series Gokusen (2002), a live-action version of the popular manga, that established her as one of Japan’s most popular and bankable actresses.

Nakama has also proven her bankability through commercial endorsements, such as Nissin, Glico, Lotte, Asahi, Shiseido, au by KDDI, and has even served as a spokesperson for Japan Railways and the Japanese Tax Agency. As one of Japan’s most ubiquitous celebrity endorsers, she is a regular face on billboards and at subway stations. She is managed by Production Ogi.

In 2006, Nakama starred in the historical drama by NHK Taiga Drama«Komyo ga Tsuji»(功名が辻), where she played the role of Chiyo, a wise and beautiful wife, helped her husband Yamauchi Kazutoyo up from an ordinary samurai to the governor of an entire province.

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She will be playing as Ryoko Narumi, the lead role in “Untouchable”, a TV series which will air on TV Asahi in Autumn 2009.

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Filmography

Dramas

  • Mou gaman dekinai (1996)
  • Itazura na Kiss (1996)
  • Tomoko no Baai (1996)
  • Mokuyou no kaidan #15 (1997)
  • Dangerous Angel x Death Hunter (1997) (Episode 4 guest star)
  • Shiawase iro shashinkan (1997)
  • Odoru daisousasen saimatsu tokubetsu keikai (1997)
  • Kamisama mou sukoshi dake (1998)
  • Hashire koumuin! (1998)
  • Kimi to ita mirai no tame ni: I’ll be Back (1999)
  • P.S. Genki desu, Shunpei (1999)
  • Nisennen no koi / Love 2000 (2000)
  • Trick (2000)
  • FACE: Mishiranu koibito (2001)
  • Ashita ga arusa (2001)
  • Uso Koi (2001)
  • Trick 2 (2002)
  • Gokusen (2002)
  • Night Hospital byouki wa nemuranai (2002)
  • Musashi (2003)
  • Gokusen Special Sayonara 3-nen D-gumi … Yankumi namida no sotsugyoshiki (2003)
  • Kao (2003)
  • Satoukibi batake no uta / Songs from the Canefield (2003)
  • Trick 3 (2003)
  • Ranpo R (2004) (Episode 3 guest star)
  • Tokyo Wankei (2004)
  • Otouto (2004)
  • Gokusen 2 (2005)
  • Haru to Natsu (2005)
  • Trick TV Special (2005)
  • Komyo ga tsuji (2006)
  • NHK Taiga Drama “Kōmyō-ga-tsuji” (2006)
  • Satomi Hakenden (2006)
  • Erai Tokoro ni Totsuide Shimatta! (2007)
  • Himawari: Natsume masako 27 nen no shôgai to haha no ai (2007)
  • Joshi Deka (2007)
  • Gokusen 3 (2008)
  • Arifureta Kiseki (2009)
  • Mr. Brain (Episode 6 guest actress) (2009)

Movies

  • Tomoko no baai (1996)
  • Love & Pop (1998)
  • Martian Successor Nadesico: The Motion Picture – Prince of Darkness (1998) voice:Lapis Lazuli
  • Gamera 3: Awakening of Irys (1999)
  • Ring 0: Birthday (2000)
  • Oboreru sakana (2001)
  • Love Song (2001)
  • Trick Movie (2002)
  • Ashita ga arusa, The Movie (2002)
  • G@me (2003)
  • Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)
  • Trick 2 (2006)
  • Oh! Oku (2006)
  • Watashi wa Kai ni Naritai (2008)
  • GOKUSEN THE MOVIE (2009)

Commercial Endorsements

  • au by KDDI
  • Shiseido Tsubaki
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals Benza Block
  • Panasonic Nanocare
  • Lotte Xylitol
  • JA Kyosai
  • Japan Railways JR West
  • Nissin Chicken Ramen
  • Kirin Ururu-cha

Anime

  • Haunted Junction, theme song performances “Kokoro ni watashi ga futari iru” & “Tremolo” (1997)
  • The Prince of Darkness (Nadesico) (1998)

video Games

  • Rockman X4, theme song performances, “Makenai Ai ga kitto aru” & “One More Chance” (1997)
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