Yuki Uchida

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Yuki Uchida
Born Uchida Yuki
(1975-11-16) November 16, 1975 (age 38)
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Actress, ex-model, ex-singer
Years active 1992-2002, 2006-present
Spouse(s) Hidetaka Yoshioka (2002-2005)
Website
http://www.jap.co.jp/yuki/

Yuki Uchida (内田有紀 Uchida Yuki?) (born in Tokyo on November 16, 1975) is a Japanese actress, and a popular 1990s Japanese idol, model and singer.

Biography[edit]

She practiced fencing in high school, and ranked 3rd in a tournament in Tokyo in 1991.[1] She began her career as a model in commercials, notably for the confectionery company Lotte (ロッテ), then debuted in acting in 1992 in the drama Sono Toki, Heart wa Nusumareta.[2] She became a swimsuit model for the swimwear company Unitika in 1993, and got popular as an idol, partly due to her then unusual tomboyish look with short hair and husky voice. She began to get large exposure in commercials and media, and hosted her own weekly 30mn late radio show, Yozora ni YOUKISS!, from April 1994 to March 2001 on Nippon Broadcasting.

She released her first single at the end of 1994, "TENCA wo Torou!", theme of one of her dramas, which ranked number 1 at oricon music charts, the first time for a solo debuting female singer, with a record of sales in this category only topped by Erika Sawajiri's debut single 12 years later.[3] She went on a successful singing career for the next two years, her first album ranking number 1, with hits written by Tetsuya Komuro (notably "Only You" and "Baby's Growing Up"), a career which she stopped in 2000 to concentrate on acting.

She was cast in many dramas and movies, often as the lead actress, most notably in the live movies adaptations of the famous manga Hana yori dango (Boys over Flowers) (as Makino) in 1995, and Cat's Eye (as Ai) in 1997. She retired from show-business when she married actor Hidetaka Yoshioka on November 28, 2002, but returned to acting in 2006, after her divorce in December 2005.[4] After 10 years away from the big screen, she made her come back to cinema in 2007, in Takeshi Kitano's "Kantoku Banzai!", and in the leading role of "Welcome to the Quiet Room", movie set in a psychiatric hospital, in which she appears in all the scenes.[5]

Incidentally, popular actor Shun Oguri, big fan of Yuki Uchida, stated that he unintentionally started his career by joining Uchida's acting school in the 90s with the only hope of meeting her. Interestingly, he played Rui Hanazawa, Tsukushi Makino's first love, in the Japanese drama "Hana Yori Dango" ten years after she played Makino in the film.

Filmography[edit]

Movies
Romaji title Japanese title International title Year
Hana Yori Dango 花より男子 (Boys Over Flowers) 1995
Cat's Eye Cat's Eye Cat's Eye 1997
BEAT BEAT BEAT 1998
Kantoku Banzai! 監督・ばんざい! Glory to the Filmmaker! 2007
Quiet Room Ni Yôkoso クワイエットルームにようこそ Welcome to the Quiet Room 2007
ZEN 禅 - ZEN Zen 2009
TV movie
Romaji title: Odoru daisosasen bangaihen - Wangansho fukei monogatari shoka no kôtsûanzen special
Japanese title: 踊る大捜査線 番外編湾岸署婦警物語 初夏の交通安全スペシャル
Translation: Bayside Shakedown: Wangan Police Station Female Police Officers' Story
Aired: Fuji TV - 1998
Drama
Romaji title Japanese title Channel Year
Kami no Shizuku 神の雫 NTV 2009
Innocent Love イノセント・ラヴ Fuji TV 2008
Iryu 2 (Team medical dragon 2) 医龍 2 Fuji TV 2007
Bambino! バンビーノ! NTV 2007
Maguro マグロ TV Asahi 2007
Dare Yorimo Mama wo Ai su 誰よりもままを愛す TBS 2006
Kita no Kuni kara 2002 Yuigon 北の国から2002 遺言 Fuji TV 2002
Big Wing ビッグウイング TBS 2001
Namida o Fuite 涙をふいて Fuji TV 2000
Tenshi ga Kieta Machi 天使が消えた街 NTV 2000
Kori no Sekai 冰の世界 Fuji TV 1999
Amai Seikatsu 甘い生活 NTV 1999
Akimahende あきまへんで! TBS 1998
Tsubasa wo Kudasai! 翼をください! Fuji TV 1996
Campus Note キャンパス・ノート TBS 1996
Hanjuku Tamago 半熟卵 Fuji TV 1994
Juu Nana Sai 17才 Fuji TV 1994
Toki o Kakeru Shojo 時をかける少女 Fuji TV 1994
Jajauma Narashi じゃじゃ馬慣らし Fuji TV 1993
If Moshimo (in episode n°8 only) If もしも Fuji TV 1993
Hitotsu Yane no Shita ひとつ屋根の下 Fuji TV 1993
Sono Toki, Heart wa Nusumareta その時,ハ-トは盜まれた Fuji TV 1992

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Romaji title Japanese title Release date Reference Oricon
Junjou Karen Otome Moyou 純情可憐乙女模様 1995/02/08 KICS-470 1
Mi-Chemin Mi-Chemin 1995/09/21 KICS-510 3
Merry Christmas For You Merry Christmas For You 1995/11/22 KICS-530 19
Ai no Baka 愛のバカ 1996/03/23 KICS-540 20
nakitakunalu 泣きたくなる 1996/10/10 KICS-600 18
Present - Uchida Yuki Best Album Present ~内田有紀 Best Album~ 1997/12/03 KICS-630 33

Singles[edit]

Romaji title Japanese title Release date Reference Oricon
TENCA wo Torou! ~Uchida no Yabou~ TENCAを取ろう~内田の野望 1994/10/21 KIDS-220 1
Ashita wa Ashita no Kaze ga Fuku 明日は明日の風が吹く 1995/04/05 KIDS-240 3
Only You Only You 1995/04/21 KIDS-250 2
Baby's Growing Up Baby's Growing Up 1995/08/19 KIDS-270 5
Shiawase ni Naritai 幸せになりたい 1996/01/24 KIDS-280 6
Ever & Ever (Uchida Yuki & m.C.A.T) Ever & Ever 1996/07/17 KIDS-300 8
Aishiteru アイシテル 1997/02/21 KIDS-330 23
Da.i.su.ki Da.i.su.ki 1997/05/21 KIDS-340 29
Heartbreak Sniper ハートブレイク スナイパー 1998/09/23 KIDS-370 32
Rakuen 楽園 1999/08/25 KIDS-430 28
Rakuen -Memorial Tracks- (maxi-single) 楽園-Memorial Tracks 1999/10/13 KICS-763 67

Others[edit]

Concert videos
Uchida's live show Yuki Uchida 1995 Concert 1996
No make (Live & interview) 1996
Nakitakunalu Yuki Uchida Concert 1996 1997
Minna DA I SU KI Yuki Uchida Concert Tour 1997 1998
Other videos
Visual Queen of The Year '93: Yuki Uchida - La Palette Swimsuit idol video 1993
The Cat's Secret Making of Cat's Eye 1997
Photobooks
Visual queen of the year '93 with models Hiroko Tanaka, Maiko Tono, Mitsuko Aoki, Mitchiko Endo. 1993
YUKISS First solo photobook 1994
Yuki to tsuki to taiyo to 有紀と月と太陽と - Second solo photobook 1995
Yorusora ni YOUKISS! 夜空に YOUKISS! - photos, texts and poems taken from her radio show. 1996
Cat's Eye Cat's Eye movie photobook 1997
Radio
Romaji title Japanese title Broadcaster Release date
Yozora ni YOUKISS! 夜空に YOUKISS! Nippon Broadcasting 1994–2001
Article 21 Radio Charity MusicSon 第21回 ラジオ・チャリティー・ミュージックソン (Dai 21 Kai Rajio . Charitei . MyujikkuSon?) Nippon Broadcasting 1995
Yuki Uchida's Dusk Street Kids 内田有紀の夕暮れストリートキッズ (Uchida Yuki no Yuugure SutoritoKizzu?) St.GIGA (via Satellaview)[6] 1995

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