Nozomi Momoi

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Nozomi Momoi
Nozomi Momoi.jpg
Born Nozomi Momoi
September 23, 1978 [1]
Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Died October 12, 2002(2002-10-12) (aged 24)
Shiojiri, Nagano, Japan
Ethnicity Japanese
Height 1.48 m (4 ft 10 in)

Nozomi Momoi (桃井望 Nozomi Momoi?, September 23, 1978 – October 12, 2002) was a popular and prolific Japanese AV idol, known for her "baby face that topped off a huge set of boobs"[2] She appeared in over 100 movies, appearing in up to ten releases per month.[3] She was murdered at the age of 24.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Nozomi Momoi was born in Tokyo on September 23, 1978.[1] She attended junior high school in Nagano Prefecture, and remained in touch with friends there, visiting them on vacation, for the rest of her life.[2] Before beginning work in the AV field, Nozomi worked in what she called "a very normal job." Describing her daily routine at this time, she said, "I used to wake up at 5:30 in the morning to get ready for work and I didn't have time to put on make-up or do my hair... It was the type of job where I was alone most of the time so I didn't bother with it."[3] She wanted a different lifestyle, and to make more money, but she was unable to decide what sort of work she wanted to do. She was in this frame of mind when she was scouted by a representative of the AV industry in Tokyo's Shinjuku neighborhood.[3]

AV debut[edit]

When she made her AV debut in April 2001 with Dogma,[4] AV director Tohjiro's advice to Nozomi was, "You should be a bit more perverted." Nozomi claimed that she took this advice to heart and that it helped her to be less inhibited both on screen and off.[3] In December of her debut year, Nozomi was the star of the fourth entry in VIP studios' documentary-style Monthly series.[5] Her January 2002 video for the Media Station Bazooka label, Virtual Brothel, had Nozomi playing the role of a young prostitute who learns the trade from the more experienced Yukari Sakurada. Viewers were invited to compare Sakurada's veteran technique with Nozomi's fresh innocence.[6]

Nozomi enjoyed her new occupation. About her early videos, Nozomi recalled, "I was having so much fun at first that I didn't feel tired at all."[3] Unlike many AV actresses who are happy to have time off, Nozomi became known for actively seeking out new chances to perform.[7] In May 2002, Nozomi appeared in the third entry of the Forceful Exhibitionistic-Play Maniax video series. In this video, Nozomi and two other AV actresses engage in exhibitionistic acts at a pachinko parlor, a public park, and an office building.[8]

Later career[edit]

Towards the end of her life, she had become tired of the rape themes and school-girl roles which were common in her videos, but she enjoyed the fact that she was getting more dominant roles in her later AVs. "Making men play along to me is something new so it's fun to do. I think that's the type of thing I want to do more of."[3] Nozomi's July, 2002 video release, Popular Actresses Fucking Virgin Boys, was in this genre. As the title implied, the video had Nozomi and two other AV actresses have sex with amateur virgin males, including a college student and a middle-aged man.[8] Her video Home Delivery Call Girl, from August 2002, worked with a similar documentary-style concept. In this case, the actress appears at a male amateur's home to perform sex with him.[9] A posthumously-released compilation DVD released by CineMagic from 2006, entitled La Vie En Nose, includes one of Nozomi's videos from 2002. This was the first in a series of DVDs focusing on a nose fetish, indicating that Nozomi had worked in that genre also.[10]

Nozomi continued to enjoy sex both within and outside of the AV setting, and stated that she did not mind having it every day.[3] Nevertheless, the intense pace of her career was beginning to tire her. She had been making up to ten videos a month, and expressed fatigue with the AV work both in interviews and in private conversations. She told an interviewer, "...it was a lot of fun at first, but I'm really tired nowadays. To tell you the truth, I think I'm over-exerting myself right now. So I want to take a decent vacation rather than get paid."[3] She continued, "Like I said before, I enjoy the shoots a lot. There are times when I think it's hard and tiring, but the fun part is a lot greater!"[3] A friend later reported that Nozomi was planning to get married, quit the AV industry and become a stage actress.[2] Nozomi also formed a musical group with some other AV idols and released a musical CD in 2002.[2]

Death[edit]

Nozomi's career was still on the rise when her life came to a sudden end while visiting Nagano Prefecture. On October 12, 2002, she was found dead by the Narai River, which runs through Shiojiri. A nearby burned-out car contained the remains of her male companion.[2] Nozomi had been stabbed at least six times, covered with gasoline and set on fire about 10 meters from the car. It was reported that Nozomi's companion was a company employee in Nagano Prefecture, and that in what the police called a possible murder-suicide pact, the man had burned himself to death inside the car. The remains were so badly charred that it took hours of testing before investigators could even determine that the remains belonged to a male. According to the Mainichi Shimbun, "Nozomi seemed to have something Japan's myriad other porno starlets lacked and, at just 24, she was on her way up in the world before her tragic end."[2]

In the months after the incident, the parents of Momoi's male companion objected to the murder-suicide theory and many inconsistencies were pointed out. His parents unsuccessfully brought a case against the local police and when their insurance company refused to pay because of their son's supposed suicide, they sued Sumitomo Life Insurance.[11] In October 2006, the civil court at Nagano ruled in favor of the parents that the two deaths were due to murder by a third party. No further progress had been made in the criminal case.[12][13]

After Nozomi's death, a number of "uncensored" videos, without the mosaic censoring of the genitals mandatory in Japanese media, were released in which she starred or co-starred.[14]

Selected filmography[edit]

Video title[15] Company Director Release date
Innocent Desire[4]
青い性欲
Debut
Dogma
DDT-006
Tohjiro April 6, 2001
Innocent Desire
青い性欲
Compilation with Natsuki Itou & Sayaka Tsutsumi
Dogma
DDT-003
Tohjiro September 7, 2001
White Desire
白い性欲
Dogma
DDT-014
Tohjiro October 6, 2001

MYプロデュース second season
HRC Rouge
RG-338
November 18, 2001
Lovely Date vol. 3
LOVE2 デート 3
With Kyoka Usami & Misa Kurita
Media Station Bazooka
BZ-78
Toru Okubo November 23, 2001
Monthly Nozomi Momoi
月刊 桃井 望
VIP
VIP-103
Takeshi Kase December 14, 2001
Innocent Girl Mania vol. 3
ウブマニア VOL.3
Kuki Bouken Gorilla
EG-114
Shinya Beat December 14, 2001
Virtual Brothel
バーチャルうぶソープ
With Yukari Sakurada
Media Station Bazooka
BZ-84
Toru Okubo January 19, 2002
Lovely Angel
With 5 other actresses
HRC Rouge
RG-345
February 18, 2002
All About Nozomi
まるごとのぞみ
NEXT GROUP
VNDS-2060
Isono Maguro March 15, 2002
Forceful Exhibitionistic-Play Maniax 3
強制露出マニアックス 3
With An Mizuki & Hitomi Ikeno
VIP Chao
CAO-026
Eitaro Onuma May 17, 2002
Momokan
もも缶With An Mizuki & Hitomi Ikeno
Royal Art
GPS-193
May 23, 2002
Let's Do It!! 3
しようよっ! 3
With 5 other actresses
VIP Chao
CAO-031
Eitaro Onuma June 28, 2002
The Best White Desire
白い性欲 ベスト
Compilation with 5 Sayaka Tsutsumi & Shinobu Kasagi
Dogma
DDT-035
Tohjiro July 10, 2002
Popular Actresses Fucking Virgin Boys
あの人気女優に筆おろししてもらいませんか?
With Kyoka Usami & Mirai Hirooka
VIP Chao
CAO-032
Eitaro Onuma July 12, 2002
Home Delivery Call Girl
宅配ソープ
Atlas21
A02-082
Sun Matsui August 19, 2002
Live Fuck 4 Hr DX
生撮りファック4時間DX
Compilation with several other actresses
Media Bank VIP
VIPD-111
August 23, 2002
La Vie En Nose
ラ・ビアン・ノーズ 桃井望完全玩具化計画
CineMagic
BA-044
Koisaburou Akai August 23, 2002
High-School Girl Confinement & Rape in Turn 42
女子校生監禁凌辱 鬼畜輪姦42
Attackers Shark
SHK-164 (VHS)
SHKD-164 (DVD)
September 8, 2002
Red Desire
赤い性欲
Dogma
DDT-047
Tohjiro October 10, 2002
Bombshell!
大暴露
Compilation with several other actresses
NEXT GROUP
XXX-026
T-Jaga November 20, 2002
What 8 Famous AV Actresses Do!
人気AV女優8人が!!
With Kyoka Usami, Sayaka Tsutsumi, Ai Nagase, Seika Izumi, Sayaka Ogiwara, Wakana Ki & Yuki Sawamiya
NEXT GROUP
XXX-031
T-Jaga December 20, 2002
Black High School
Interracial
With Sayaka Tsutsumi
IdeaPocket Colors
COSD-010
February 8, 2003
Home Delivery Call Girl SPECIAL
宅配ソープSPECIAL
Compilation with Sayaka Tsutsumi, Kyoka Usami, Yoko Takashima & Elena Fujimori
Atlas21
A0-3041
Tsukasa Hashimoto April 16, 2003
Group Sex Activities 4
集団部活犯 4
With other actresses
Kasakura Publishing
CAV-4054
June 12, 2003
After School Girls Vol.5
放課後の少女達 Vol.5
Uncensored
Egg Store
DVH-05
September 9, 2003
AV Box Vol.5: Girls' School Confinement
AV ボックス VOL.5 女子校生監禁
Uncensored
AV Box
ABX-05
September 2, 2003
Super Idol Vol.35
スーパーアイドル Vol.35
Uncensored
With Ai Nagase & Sayaka Tsutsumi
FantaDream
FDD-1235
February 14, 2004
Kiss of Life Vol.1
キスオブライフ Vol.1
Uncensored
With Sayaka Tsutsumi & Shinobu Kasagi
AV Box
AOD-201
March 11, 2004
Tip Top X Vol.15 Uncensored Idol: Nozomi Momoi
チップトップ X VOL.15 桃井望
Uncensored
Tip Top
TAD-6615
April 25, 2004
PICHI! PICHI! School Swimsuits!!
ピッチ!ピチ!スクール水着
Compilation with 11 other actresses
VIP GOD
GOD-241
Rokudenashi June 16, 2004
Burusera Vol.3
ブルセラ Vol.3
Uncensored
With Yuri Koizumi
Oriental Dream
ODV-104
September 21, 2004
Unpublished Vol.3 - Nozomi Momoi
アンパブリッシュド ~未公開~ Vol.3 桃井望
Uncensored
Masterpiece
MPP-03
July 28, 2005
La Vie En Nose
ラ・ビアン・ノーズ
Compilation with Sayaka Kusunoki
CineMagic
DD-202
October 18, 2005 (VHS)
August 25, 2006 (DVD)
Tokyo Venus Vol.24 - Beauty Legend Nozomi Momoi
トーキョーヴィーナス Vol.24 美神伝説 桃井望
Uncensored
FantaDream
FDD-2124
December 5, 2005

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Momoi's AV Idol profile and Web I-dic Profile both give 1980 as her year of birth, however Japanese Wikipedia and the Mainichi news article at the Wayback Machine (archived January 9, 2006) indicate that she may have been born in 1978.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Porno starlet tied to bizarre murder-suicide pact". Mainichi Shimbun. October 24, 2002. Archived from the original on 2006-01-09. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Momoi Nozomi Interview". www.jmate.com. Retrieved 2007-03-21.  (contains nudity)
  4. ^ a b "2001" (in Japanese). AV 研究所 (AV Research Laboratory). Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  5. ^ "Monthly Nozomi Momoi". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  6. ^ "Virtual Brothel". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  7. ^ "Porno starlet tied to bizarre murder-suicide pact". Mainichi Shimbun. October 24, 2002. Archived from the original on 2006-01-09. Retrieved 2007-10-10. ...a porno industry source tells Asahi Geino... 'Nozomi was also keen on working. Where most other girls in this business are glad not to have work, she was well known for going around asking for her next job.' 
  8. ^ a b "Forceful Exhibitionistic-Play Maniax 3". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  9. ^ "Home Delivery Call Girl". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-10-13. 
  10. ^ "La Vie En Nose". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  11. ^ "事件発生後の ニュース記事。 (News Stories of the case)" (in Japanese). tokyo.cool.ne.jp. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  12. ^ 桃井望さん心中事件  ~裁判所が他殺と認定! (in Japanese). www.tanteifile.com. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  13. ^ 桃井望さん案件 (in Japanese). www.tanteifile.com. Retrieved 2010-07-26. 
  14. ^ "Nozomi Momoi". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  15. ^ Filmography based on "Nozomi Momoi". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-10-13. , "(桃井望 (Momoi Nozomi)" (in Japanese). AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-10-13.  and "Nozomi Momoi 桃井望". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 

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