Luna Takamura

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Luna Takamura
Born (1952-09-18)September 18, 1952
Kobe, Japan
Origin Japan
Died 6 March 2004(2004-03-06) (aged 51)
Honolulu, Hawaii, US
Genres J-pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1970–2004
Associated acts Golden Half

Luna Takamura or Runa Takamura (高村ルナ Takamura Runa?) (September 18, 1952, in Kobe – March 6, 2004, in Honolulu) was a J-pop singer, actress, and dancer of Japanese and German descent.

Takamura was a member of Golden Half (ゴールデンハーフ Gōruden Hāfu?), a musical group promoted by Watanabe Productions, composed of young women of mixed Japanese and foreign ancestry who sang and go-go danced on the Fuji TV show BEAT POP. Golden Half made their debut in September 1970 and split in 1974. The band appeared in the nightclub scenes in Yasuharu Hasebe's Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter where they performed their hit song Kiiroi Sakuranbo ("Yellow Cherry").[1] Takamura released a solo album titled Tenshi no Asa (天使の朝) from Nippon Crown in 1975.

In 1976, Takamura played the title role in Masaru Konuma's nunsploitation film Cloistered Nun: Runa’s Confession. She followed this film with Runa's Confession: "Men Crawling All Over Me" a semi-autobiographical, erotic retelling of her pop music career.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Based on:[3] [4]

  • Stray Cat Rock: Sex Hunter (野良猫ロック セックスハンター Nora-neko rokku: Sekkusu hanta?), 1970, cameo as a Golden Half member
  • ESPY (エスパイ Esupai?), 1974, Judy
  • Cloistered Nun: Runa’s Confession (修道女ルナの告白 Shudojo Runa no kokuhaku?), 1976, Runa/Luna
  • Runa’s Confession: "Men Crawling All Over Me" (ルナの告白 私に群がった男たち Runa no kokuhaku: Watashi ni muraga tta otoko tachi?), 1976, herself
  • Assault! Jack the Ripper (暴行切り裂きジャック Bōkō Kirisaki Jakku?), 1976, woman at the boutique
  • New Female Prisoner Scorpion #701 (新女囚さそり 701号 Shin joshuu sasori: 701-gō?), 1976, a performer

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. p. 144. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7. 
  2. ^ Weisser, Thomas; Yuko Mihara Weisser (1998). Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films. Miami: Vital Books : Asian Cult Cinema Publications. pp. 79–80. ISBN 1-889288-52-7. 
  3. ^ Runa Takamura filmography at JMDB
  4. ^ Luna Takamura filmography at the IMDB