Nana Eikura

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Nana Eikura
Nana Eikura - May 2009 - Tokyo.jpg
Nana Eikura promoting April Bride in Tokyo - 2009, with co-star Eita
Native name 榮倉 奈々
Born (1988-02-12) February 12, 1988 (age 26)[1][2]
Izumi, Kagoshima, Japan
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)

Nana Eikura (榮倉 奈々 Eikura Nana?, born February 12, 1988) is a Japanese model, actress, and occasional radio show host.

Biography[edit]

She was born in Izumi, Kagoshima, Kyushu, and raised in Sagamihara, Kanagawa.[3] While a junior high student, she was scouted in front of the 109 department store in Shibuya, Tokyo. During her middle-teenage years, Nana modeled in several fashion magazines, mainly in Seventeen.[4]

During the 2000s, Eikura was featured in Seventeen along with Emi Suzuki and several others. Eikura later began appearing in various advertisements and collections in the mid-2000s and has appeared in many TV advertisements. A model turning into an actress is usually considered a "loser" in modeling, but Eikura, a successful model, began acting in the mid-2000s. Since around 2007, Eikura has intentionally gained nearly 12 kg (27 pounds).[3]

In the mid-2000s she sometimes nicknamed herself the "Spider", like "Spider Eikura", after her top favorite MMA fighter, who has thin and long arms, Anderson "The Spider" Silva. She was also given the nickname relating to combat sports "Samoan Eikura" because of her facial resemblance to Mark Hunt and Samoa Joe.[3] In 2006 soon after PRIDE Critical Countdown Absolute, Eikura, under the nickname Samoan Eikura, interviewed Mark Hunt on the Tokai TV show The MMA Kingdom where Hunt said "I've never seen such a skinny Samoan".[5]

Eikura first worked with Masami Nagasawa in 2006 and since then she has appeared in eight TV commercials with Nagasawa. Nagasawa has frequently described Eikura as an "incredibly" nice person, as many models whom Nagasawa has worked with were "incredibly" arrogant to her, mocking her, and some of them even physically assaulted her. This was backed up by Rosa Kato and Asami Mizukawa who have worked with many models. Kato supported Nagasawa and cited Eikura as being "not a typical model because Eikura doesn't slur actresses".[6]

Eikura has appeared in ads for non-fashion/non-cosmetic items, including Coca-Cola, the Japanese Red Cross, Japan Post Service, Johnson & Johnson's Japanese branch, KDDI's au, Lion, and Nintendo's videogame Rhythm Heaven.[7] She has also appeared in non-fashion magazines as a model. The latest one is an appearance on the NASCAR-orientated magazine Racing On with Emi Suzuki's protégé "No Mercy" Nozomi Sasaki.[8]

Eikura can play shamisen, has a diploma, and can sing in fluent Ryukyu language that she learned from her modeling colleagues who were from Okinawa.[9] She once covered Rimi Natsukawa's song "Nada Sōsō" on a Kinki Kids' TV show in 2007.[10]

She appeared in Shinji Aoyama's 2011 film Tokyo Park.[11] She will be starring as Sakamaki Yuki in the winter 2012 drama serial Saikō no Jinsei no Owarikata: Ending Planner.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Title Year
Space Police 2004
Jiiji 2 2005
Kiken na Aneki 2005
Dance Drill 2006
Boku wa Imouto ni Koi o Suru 2007
Lemon no Koro 2007
Proposal Daisakusen 2007
Maison Ikkoku 2007
Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi 2007
Shibuyaku Maruyamacho 2007
Awa dance 2007
Hitomi 2008
Proposal Daisakusen SP 2008
April Bride 2009
Naka nai to Kimeta Hi 2010
Wagaya no Rekishi 2010
Antoki no Inochi 2011
Tokyo Park 2011
Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata~Ending Planner~ 2012
The Floating Castle 2012
Kuro no Onna Kyoshi 2012
Toshokan Sensō[13] 2013

Television[edit]

Title Year
Jiiji: Mago to Ita Natsu 2004
Jiiji II: Mago to Ita Natsu 2005
Kiken na Aneki 2005
Dandori: Dance Drill 2006
Proposal Daisakusen 2007
Maison Ikkoku 2007
Hitomi 2008
Mei-chan no Shitsuji 2009
Nakanai to Kimeta Hi 2010
Wagaya no Rekishi 2010
Saikō no Jinsei no Owarikata: Ending Planner 2012
Kuro no Onna Kyōshi 2012

Récompenses[edit]

15th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Jan-Mar 2012): Best Supporting Actress for Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata~Ending Planner~
11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Apr-Jun 2007): Best Supporting Actress for Proposal Daisakusen

References[edit]

  1. ^ IMDb profile
  2. ^ KEN-ON Group Official Website (Japanese)
  3. ^ a b c [1] (Japanese)
  4. ^ [2] (Japanese)
  5. ^ The MMA Kingdom DVD 4 - April 18, 2007 - Chapter 2 - Broad Media Casting
  6. ^ steady. Ja - August 7, 2009 [Number September] - Page 41 & 42 Wide Show Sou Zarai! (ワイドショー総ざらい!) by Matsuko Deluxe Ja
  7. ^ http://www.ken-on.co.jp/eikura/info.html
  8. ^ Yahoo PF JP
  9. ^ Gendai.net 2007-08-15 (Japanese) Gendai
  10. ^ Kikuchi Report Fuji TV - December 12, 2006 (Japanese)
  11. ^ Young, Neil (14 August 2011). "Tokyo Park: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  12. ^ "Yamashita Tomohisa to star in drama series "Saikou no Jinsei no Owarikata". 9 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "Library War Live-Action Film's Promo Aired (Updated)". Anime News Network. 2013-02-11. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 

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