Nao Saejima

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Nao Saejima
Born (1968-03-23)March 23, 1968[1]
Tokyo, Japan
Died September 29, 2012(2012-09-29) (aged 44)[2]
Japan
Ethnicity Japanese
Height 1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)
Website
http://www.saejima.com/

Nao Saejima (冴島奈緒 Saejima Nao?) (March 23, 1968 – September 29, 2012) was a Japanese AV idol and model of the 1980s and 1990s who also starred in photobooks, V-Cinema, and feature films, including Nikkatsu's Roman Porno series. She died in September 2012 of cancer at the age of 44.

Life and career[edit]

AV career[edit]

Saejima was born in Tokyo on March 23, 1968. She began appearing as a gravure idol in 1985 and appeared on the nighttime TV variety show, 11 P.M. in 1987.[2] She made her AV debut with VIP in February of the same year[3] with No.1 F-Cup, Nao Saejima - Saejima's Awakening (冴島奈緒/FカップNo.1 奈緒の目覚め - Saejima Nao/F Kappu No. 1 Saejima no Mezame).[4] With her slim figure and large breasts she quickly became a popular AV performer, appearing in at least 40 adult videos within two years of her debut including a 1987 entry in the Alice Japan "FlashBack" series directed by Rokurō Mochizuki.[2][5] Along with fellow AV actresses Yui Saito and Midori Hayama, Saejima formed part of the pop group RaCCo-gumi, which in 1988 released the single Lemon Kiss.[2] She ceased AV appearances beginning in 1990 but resumed her AV career again for a short time in 2002 after an absence of 12 years.[6] During this time she worked as a nude model while traveling between the United States and Japan.[2]

Theatrical career[edit]

Saejima appeared in one of Nikkatsu's last Roman Porno films in 1988. The studio ceased production of this long-running series of theatrical softcore porn films in 1988, and declared bankruptcy soon afterwards.[7] Through its Excess Films line, the studio continued to release theatrical pornography for several more years.[8] Nao Saejima was hired by Excess Films to star in her own theatrical release, Abnormal Excitement: Nao Saejima in 1989. Critical reaction to Saejima's performance was surprisingly positive, since AV performers were not thought capable of any genuine acting necessary for performing roles in theatrical films. This film has Saejima as a woman with the ability to communicate with the spirit world. She and her husband use this ability to swindle money out of grieving families of recently deceased. When the king of the spirit world learns of these shady practises, he kidnaps Saejima. Saejima's husband and a Chinese monk travel to the underworld to rescue her, encountering various bizarre sexual escapades on the way.[9]

Among several other starring pink film and V-cinema roles in the 1990s, Saejima starred in Okura studio's Erotic Ghost Story: Female Ghost in Heat (色欲怪談 発情女ゆうれい Shikiyoku Kaidan: Hatsujo Onna Yurei?) (1995). In this supernatural sex-thriller she plays the role of the wife of a doctor who is haunted by a sex-hungry female spirit.[10] The film was directed by Satoru Kobayashi, the director of the first pink film, Flesh Market (1962).[11] As a result of Saejima's proven acting ability in these theatrical pink films, cult director Hisayasu Sato chose her for a major role in his second mainstream film, Meet Me In The Dream: Wonderland (1996).[9] The prolific Sato's last film for over a year, it was based on Naoki Yamamoto's manga about a woman with obsessive-compulsive disorder.[12]

Retirement / Death[edit]

In later years Saejima also worked as a writer, a punk group vocalist, and a yoga instructor.[2] After her retirement from public appearances in 2002 it was reported that she was working as an artist.[13] In a sign of Saejima's international popularity, the Taiwan rock band, Goodbye!Nao! was named in tribute to her.[14]

Saejima died on September 29, 2012, having been stricken with cancer five years previously according to friends.[2]

Partial filmography[edit]

Adult videos[edit]

Video title[15] Release date Company Director Notes
No.1 F-Cup, Nao Saejima - Saejima's Awakening
冴島奈緒/FカップNo.1 奈緒の目覚め
February, 1987 VIP
3C-015
AV debut
45 min.
FlashBack 1
フラッシュバック
October 5, 1987 Alice Japan
KA-1128
Rokurō Mochizuki
New Zoom Up
新ズームアップ
April 15, 1988 Alice Japan
KA-1166
Kazuhito Kuramoto
Zoom Up All Star Cast
ZOOM UPオールスターズ
September 25, 1988 Alice Japan
KA-1196
Kazuhito Kuramoto Compilation with Hitomi Kobayashi, Yuka Tachihara, Yuuko Maehara & others
Crazy Family
逆噴射ファミリー
October 15, 1988 Alice Japan
KA-1206
Kazuhito Kuramoto

B型姦炎(ビーがたかんえん)
December 15, 1988 Alice Japan
KA-1218
Dangerous After School, Female Teacher Special
あぶない放課後・女教師スペシャル
1989 V&R Planning
VR-137
Blue Film[16]
ブルーフィルム
January 24, 1990 V&R Planning
VR-154
Tohjiro
FlashBack Ultra Mix Vol. 1
フラッシュバック ウルトラミックスVol.1)
July 20, 1990 Alice Japan
KA-1335
Rokurō Mochizuki Compilation with several other actresses
Alice Memories Vol. 1
アリスメモリーズVol.1
March 7, 1997 Alice Japan
DC-003
Compilation VCD with 29 other actresses
Welcome Back Goddess ...
女神再光臨 ~アナタにまた逢えた~
VHS:March 1, 2002
DVD:April 15, 2002
Moodyz Imperial
MDI-114 (VHS)
MDID-114 (DVD)
Mr. Watakano With Mariko Kawana
Female Doctor
女医
April 27, 2002 V&R Planning Vogue
VO-221
Eitaro Haga With Mariko Kawana
BEST 4 Hours / Nao Saejima
BEST 4時間 冴島奈緒
December 28, 2005 Atlas21
AVD-285
Taro Matsumoto Compilation containing 5 earlier works

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Infobox data from: "冴島奈緒 - Nao Saejima" (in Japanese). 'Web I-dic' (Idol Dictionary). Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "’80s AV actress Nao Saejima dies at 44, star of ‘roman porno’ and ‘pink’ films". The Tokyo Reporter. 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  3. ^ "BEST 4 Hours / Nao Saejima". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-07-23. 'Nao Saejima' who debuted in 1987 
  4. ^ "1987" (in Japanese). AV 研究所 (AV Research Laboratory). Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  5. ^ "FlashBack 1". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  6. ^ 女神再光臨 ~アナタにまた逢えた~ (in Japanese). www.moodyz.com. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  7. ^ Macias, Patrick (2001). "Nikkatsu's Roman Porno". TokyoScope: The Japanese Cult Film Companion. San Francisco: Cadence Books. pp. 187–188. ISBN 1-56931-681-3. 
  8. ^ Weisser, Thomas; Yuko Mihara Weisser (1998). Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films. Miami: Vital Books : Asian Cult Cinema Publications. p. 63. ISBN 1-889288-52-7. Nikkatsu... dumped money into a new "B" variation of the pinku eiga called Excess Films. With some exceptions, Excess was never taken seriously by the critics, although it managed to survive as an intermittent porn production studio - proudly lensing 35 mm pink films for at least another decade. 
  9. ^ a b Weisser, p.35.
  10. ^ Weisser, p.130.
  11. ^ Nao Saejima at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ Firsching, Robert. "Apartment Wife: Mid-Afternoon Love Affair". Allmovie. Retrieved 2007-09-11. 
  13. ^ "Porn starlets move on to inspiring second careers". Mainichi Shimbun. January 7, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-03-05. Retrieved 2007-06-04. 
  14. ^ "Events & Entertainment". Taipei Times. June 23, 2006. p. 14. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  15. ^ Filmography based on "Nao Saejima". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-10-13. , 冴島奈緒 (サエジマナオ) (in Japanese). AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-10-13. , 冴島奈緒 (in Japanese). www.alicejapan.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-07-30.  and "Nao Saejima 冴島奈緒\". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  16. ^ ブルーフィルム (in Japanese). www.vandr.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-08-15. 

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