Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Yoshino Kimika extends her range

Tokyograph inevitably got there first, but I thought I'd add a little more context to the news that actress Yoshino Kimika is going hardcore. Although it's not uncommon for former gravure and teen idols to resort to porn to prolong their lifespan in showbiz (and pay off debts accrued during their bid for stardom), until now the furthest that most recognised actresses facing career downturns due to age or indifference have been willing to go is a nude photo/video shoot, or the scorched-earth approach of a tell-all book.

In that sense, Yoshino has become somewhat of a pioneer as the highest profile Japanese actress ever to go porno. Although far from a household name, she has nonetheless built up a solid filmography that includes the first two "Eko Eko Azarak" movies, Nagasaki Shunichi's authentic karate actioner "Kuro-Obi", and numerous straight-to-video titles. But she's probably best known to readers of this blog as the yakuza moll who gives birth to Aikawa Sho in Miike Takashi's "Gozu", or as the unfortunate bystander that Tsutsumi Shinichi accidentally stabs on his way out of a bank heist in Sabu's "Unlucky Monkey".

Just as gravure idols endeavour to avoid a future in skin flicks by parlaying their physical attributes into acting or celebrity careers, many women who go into porn here harbor dreams of breaking into television and film by following the examples of the few who have made the jump, especially the resilient and now retired TV celebrity Iijima Ai. Among recent converts are Takagi Maria, who was quickly devoured by the dead in Sato Sakichi's "Tokyo Zombie" and now finds regular gigs in television serials; Ozawa Maria, who Jason Gray reports has been cast in "Taiwan's first-ever slasher horror"; and "The Machine Girl"'s Asami and Honoka, the latter of whom has snagged a role alongside Danny Glover in U.S.-Japan co-production "The Harimaya Bridge".

Now that Yoshino and celebrity-seducing specialist AV label Muteki have penetrated the flesh ceiling, will we see more faded thesps tempted by hefty porn pay-days?

7 comments:

  1. odder still, maria ozawa seems to be releasing an uncensored video, just as she seemed to be stepping away from the stuff.

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  2. Not so odd really. Some AV actresses retire from porn before going legit, while others like Honoka and Aoi Sora are able to flit between the two worlds. Fortunately for them, the line dividing the porn and 'regular' showbiz industries is pretty blurry here [subtle mosaic reference].

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  3. Ozawa's stuff is so off-the-wall hardcore it makes you wonder if she owes the wrong people money. I don't think she'll ever recover enough to go legit.

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  4. i don't know if it's as off-the-wall as an awful lot of stuff that's out there - some of it seems so extreme that even the covers shock me to the core, repeatedly; don't ask.

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  5. I'm scared.
    You see,I moved to Nagoya about two weeks ago and that fact led me to remind of Miike's film "Gozu"(2003)which the story took place in Nagoya.And the thought on "Gozu"inevitably led me to think about sexy Yoshino Kimika whom I haven't heard the whereabout for a while and that was yesterday...

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  6. You guys should do research before you put your articles up. Regarding the Danny Glover movie "The Harimaya Bridge," you've got the wrong Honoka. It's not the porn actress who is in that movie, but the young teenage daughter of Takaaki Ishibashi who is making her film debut.

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  7. You're right "Pokey", I did get that wrong. Thanks for putting me right. Shame you had to be an anonymous dick about it, but I appreciate the correction anyway.

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