Yui Asaka

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Yui Asaka
Born (1969-12-04) December 4, 1969 (age 45)
Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan
Occupation J-Pop singer

Yui Asaka (浅香 唯 Asaka Yui?, born 4 December 1969) is a Japanese actress,[1] a J-Pop singer, and an idol who came to fame in the 1980s.

Biography[edit]

Yui was born in Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan, and later attended Nakano High School. In 1984, she was the Grand Prix Winner for a Young Girls Comics Magazine. Yui was featured as the main character of the comic "Shooting Star". A year later, she debuted as a singer with the single Natsu Shoujo. Up until the end of 1986, Asaka enjoyed a moderately successful career as a singer and an idol.

Her fame grew when she starred in the third series of cult TV Show Sukeban Deka in 1987. In 1989, she starred as the heroine of popular manga Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl in its 1989 live movie adaptation. Capitalising on this exposure, Asaka started to write her own songs, starting with the single "Self Control".

In 1993, problems arose when her management began limiting her rights concerning her stage name (Yui Asaka). Asaka decided to temporarily withdraw from the limelight and took a break from show business. She returned to the music scene in 1997 as Yui (not to be confused with another Japanese singer called Yui). Soon after, Asaka reconciled with her agency and was allowed to perform under the name "Yui Asaka" once more. Asaka decided to focus on her acting career, frequently appearing in Japanese TV dramas and variety shows (see full discography below).

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 1986.02.21 : Crystal Eyes
  • 1987.02.28 : Star Lights
  • 1987.09.23 : Rainbow
  • 1988.06.01 : Candid Girl
  • 1988.12.01 : Herstory
  • 1989.03.01 : Melody Fair
  • 1989.11.21 : Pride
  • 1990.02.28 : Nude Songs
  • 1990.07.04 : Open your Eyes - Nude Songs vol.2
  • 1990.12.05 : No Lookin' Back
  • 1991.08.21 : Stay
  • 1992.08.21 : Joker
  • 1993.02.24 : Contrast

Best-of albums[edit]

  • 1987.12.01 : Present
  • 1989.05.18 : Yawara! Original Soundtrack
  • 1991.02.27 : Thanks a lot
  • 1992.11.25 : Single Collection
  • 1993.05.01 : Anniversary2824
  • 1993.07.21 : Asaka Yui Daizenshou (浅香唯大全集)
  • 2005.06.22 : Kyoukyoku no Best! Asaka Yui (究極のベスト! 浅香唯)
  • 2010.06.09 : Crystals - 25th Anniversary Best
  • 2010.07.07 : Kami Jacket CD Box (Album+DVD)

Singles[edit]

  • 1985.06.21 : 夏少女 (Natsu Shoujo)
  • 1985.09.25 : ふたりのMoon River (Futari no Moon River)
  • 1986.01.21 : ヤッパシ…H! (Yappatsu...H!)
  • 1986.05.21 : コンプレックスBanzai!! (Complex Banzai!!)
  • 1986.09.21 : 10月のクリスマ (10gatsu no Christmas) #88
  • 1987.01.21 : STAR #9
  • 1987.05.27 : 瞳にStorm (Hitomi ni Storm) #4
  • 1987.09.09 : 虹のDreamer (Niji no Dreamer) #1
  • 1987.10.14 : Remember (with Onishi Yuka and Nakamura Yuma) #1
  • 1988.01.27 : Believe Again #2
  • 1988.04.20 : C-Girl #1
  • 1988.08.18 : セシル (Cecile) #1
  • 1988.11.02 : Melody #2
  • 1989.01.25 : True Love #1
  • 1989.03.22 : Neverland~Yawara!メインテーマ~ (Neverland ~ Yawara! Main Theme) #2
  • 1989.07.05 : 恋のロックンロール・サーカス (Koi no Rock n' Roll Circus) #4
  • 1989.09.17 : Dream Power #3
  • 1990.02.07 : Chance! #7
  • 1990.05.31 : 7days Girl
  • 1990.06.06 : ボーイフレンドをつくろう (Boyfriend wo Tsukurou) #10
  • 1990.10.31 : Self Control #13
  • 1991.06.06 : 恋のUpside-Down (Koi no Upside-Down) #32
  • 1992.01.29 : 愛しい人と眠りたい (Itoshii Hito to Nemuritai) #42
  • 1993.02.24 : ひとり (Hitori)
  • 1997.09.26 : Ring Ring Ring (YUI)
  • 1997.10.22 :  ? (Aishiibito to Nemuretai) (YUI)
  • 1998.08.26 : 不器用な天使 (Bukiyou na Tenshi) (YUI)
  • 2000.12.26 : 白の扉 (Shiroi no Tobira)
  • 2005.12.26 : 笑顔の私 (Egao no Watashi)
  • 2009.05.20 : マジ?マジ!マジカル☆ジュエル (Maji? Maji! Magical Jewel)

Filmography[edit]

Dramas[edit]

  • 1985 : Ikkyuusan
  • 1987 : Sukeban Deka III: Shoujo Ninpou Chou Denki
  • 1988 : Kanou Juuban Shoubu!
  • 1990 : AD Boogie
  • 1991 : Yo ni mo Kimyou na Monogatari
  • 1992 : Saimon Selection
  • 1992 : Nani mo Ienakute
  • 1999 : Yo ni mo Kimyou na Monogatari '99 Aki no Tokubetsuhen "Wafuku no Shoujo"
  • 2000 : Tadaima Manshitsu
  • 2000 : Quiz
  • 2000 : Kyoko Gion Irimuko Keijijiken 6
  • 2001 : Handoc!!!
  • 2002 : Kamaitachi no Yoru
  • 2003 : Satsujin Roke
  • 2004 : Rikonyou Deibi
  • 2005 : Mama! I Love You
  • 2006 : Virus Panic 2006 Natsu -Machi wa Kansenshita-

Movies[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Galbraith, Stuart (May 2008). The Toho Studios story: a history and complete filmography. Scarecrow Press. p. 364. ISBN 978-0-8108-6004-9. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 

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