Aoi Miyazaki

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Aoi Miyazaki
Aoi Miyazaki 2009 Elan D’or Awards.jpg
Aoi Miyazaki at the Élan d'or Award ceremony in 2009
Born (1985-11-30) November 30, 1985 (age 31)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Spouse(s) Sosuke Takaoka
(m. 2007; div. 2011)
Website www.aoimiyazaki.jp

Aoi Miyazaki (宮﨑 あおい Miyazaki Aoi?, born November 30, 1985) is a Japanese actress. She is best known for roles such as in Nana and Virgin Snow. Her brother Masaru Miyazaki is also an actor, and they starred together in the film Hatsukoi. She married Sosuke Takaoka on June 15, 2007, her partner since she was fifteen.[1] However, they divorced in December 2011.[2] She is considered one of Japan's most beautiful women.[3]

Career[edit]

Miyazaki started working in the entertainment industry at the age of four. Initially she appeared mostly in commercials, magazine advertisements, and as an extra in television dramas. Miyazaki made her film debut in Ano Natsu no Hi at the age of fourteen.

Also at the age of 14, Miyazaki began to draw international attention for her role as the survivor of a traumatic bus hijack in Shinji Aoyama's Eureka. The film won the International Federation of Film Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2000, and resulted in her receiving the Best Actress award at the Japanese Professional Movie Awards.[4] In 2003, she also made her musical debut in The Little Prince.

Later, Miyazaki won Best Actress award in the Cinemanila International Film Festival for her performance in Harmful Insect.[4] She teamed up with Aoyama again in Eli, Eli, Lema Sabachthani?, an Un Certain Regard selection at Cannes 2005. Later in the same year, she co-starred with Mika Nakashima in the mainstream and commercially successful Nana.

In 2008, she won the Galaxy Individual Award for her performance in the NHK drama Atsuhime.[5]

Endorsements[edit]

Miyazaki has appeared in commercials for major corporations including Aflac, Tokyo Metro, NTT DoCoMo and Olympus. In early 2008, she was also selected as Emporio Armani's new print advertisement model.[6] Miyazaki has been the face of the Japanese popular apparel brand Earth music&ecology since 2010.

Humanitarian activities[edit]

In recent years, Miyazaki has taken a more prominent position in humanitarian activism projects.

In 2005, she traveled with her older brother Masaru Miyazaki to India to experience poverty firsthand, and they highlighted the problems then found in their 2006 photobook Tarinai Peace.

In 2006, the siblings traveled to Denmark and Finland to investigate global warming. Their experiences were then published in their 2007 photobooks Love, Peace, and Green Tarinai, Peace2.

In April 2008, Miyazaki took part in the Gold Ribbon Walking event in Roppongi, Tokyo to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer.

Her 2008 film Children of the Dark also addresses issues of child exploitation.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Ano Natsu no Hi Tama Kobayashi
2000 Swing Man Futami Minase
2001 Eureka Kozue Tamura
2002 Harmful Insect Sachiko Kita Lead role
Pakodate-jin Hikaru "Pikaru" Hino Lead role
Tomie: The Final Chapter - Forbidden Fruit Tomie Hashimoto Lead role
2003 Lovers' Kiss Eriko Kawana
2004 Loved Gun Miyuki
A Blue Automobile Konomi Saeki
Riyu Yukari Ishida
Amoretto Female high-school student
2005 All About My Dog Mika Lead role
Nana Nana Komatsu Lead role
2006 Gin-iro no Kami no Agito Toola Voice, lead role
Gimme Heaven Mari Michiki
Eli, Eli, Lema Sabachthani? Hana
Su-ki-da Yu (young) Lead role
Hatsukoi Misuzu Lead role
Heavenly Forest Shizuru Satonaka Lead role
Umi de no Hanashi Kaede Fukino Lead role
2007 Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad DJ Idol
Virgin Snow Nanae Sasaki
Sad Vacation Kozue Tamura
2008 Bloody Snake Under the Sun An Anjo
Flowers in the Shadows Naruko/Hisako
Children of the Dark Keiko Otowa
2009 The Shōnen Merikensack Kanna Kurita Lead role
Mt. Tsurugidake Hatsuyo Shibasaki
2010 Solanin Meiko Lead role
Here Comes the Bride, My Mom! Tsukiko Morii
Colorful Shōko Sano Voice
2011 Kamisama no Karute Haruna Kurihara
Tsure ga Utsu ni Narimashite Haruko Lead Role
Chronicle of My Mother Kotoko
2012 Wolf Children Ame and Yuki Hana Lead role (voice)
Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer En
2013 Petal Dance Jinko
The Great Passage Kaguya Hayashi
Yellow Elephant Aiko Tsumari
2014 Kamisama no Karute 2[8] Haruna Kurihara
The Vancouver Asahi Toyoko
2015 The Boy and the Beast Kyūta (child) Voice
2016 Rage Aiko
If Cats Disappeared From the World She
Birthday Card Yoshie
2017 Last Recipe Chizuru Yamagata

TV dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Genroku Ryoran Sayo Yatō
2000 Hatachi no Kekkon Shiori Chūganji
Girl Azusa Minami Lead role
Himitsu Club O-daiba.com Rei Kōgen
2001 Kabushikikaisha O-daiba.com Rei Kōgen
R-17 Yukari Nomura
Fure, Fure Jinsei! Kyōko Yūki
Ao to Shiro de Mizuiro Kaeda Uchiyama Lead role, television special
2002 Shiawase No Shippo Moe Sasamoto
Keitaideka Zenigata Ai Ai Zenigata Lead role
2004 Chotto Matte Kamisama Akihiko Amagi
Riyu Yukari Ishida
Chichi no Umi, Boku no Sora Honoka Arai
2006 Junjo Kirari Sakurako Arimori Lead role, Asadora
2008 Atsuhime Okatsu/Atsuhime Lead role, Taiga drama
2015 Asa ga Kita Hatsu Imai Asadora

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2001 23rd Three Continents Festival Best Actress Harmful Insect Won
2002 Cinemanila International Film Festival Best Actress Won[4]
15th Nikkan Sports Film Award Best New Talent Won[4]
11th Japan Film Professional Awards Best New Encouragement Eureka Won[4]
16th Takasaki Film Festival Best New Actress Won
2008 Vogue Japan Women of the Year Won[9]
2009 53rd Elan d'or Awards Newcomer of the Year Atsuhime Won[10]
12th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Best Actress Won[11]
45th Galaxy Award Individual Award Won
5th TVnavi's Drama of the Year 2008 Best Actress Won
2010 33rd Japan Academy Prize Best Actress Shonen Merikensack Nominated
2011 24th Nikkan Sports Film Award Best Actress Tsure ga Utsu ni Narimashite and Kamisama no Karute Won
2012 35th Japan Academy Prize Best Actress Tsure ga Utsu ni Narimashite Nominated
2013 36th Japan Academy Prize Best Supporting Actress Chronicle of My Mother Nominated
2014 37th Japan Academy Prize Best Actress The Great Passage Nominated
2016 41st Hochi Film Award Best Supporting Actress Rage, If Cats Disappeared From the World and Birthday Card Nominated
29th Nikkan Sports Film Award Best Supporting Actress Rage and If Cats Disappeared From the World Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aoi Miyazaki, Sousuke Takaoka announce marriage". Tokyograph. 2007-06-15. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  2. ^ "Takaoka Sousuke confirms divorce from Miyazaki Aoi". Tokyohive. 2011-12-20. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  3. ^ "Oricon best face", Tokyo graph .
  4. ^ a b c d e "Awards for Aoi Miyazaki". IMDB. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  5. ^ "Aoi Miyzaki wins Galaxy Award for NHK drama". Japan Today. 2008-05-25. Retrieved 2009-04-06. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Aoi Miyazaki chosen as Armani model". Tokyograph. 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  7. ^ Aoi Miyazaki: from TV princess to rescuer of trafficked children, Japan Times, 2008/07/17. Retrieved October 10, 2008.
  8. ^ "Sakurai Sho chooses work over family at 'Kamisama no Karute 2' press conference". tokyohive. 6Theory Media, LLC. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Aoi Miyazaki, Juri Ueno named Vogue's Women of the Year". Tokyograph. 2008-11-28. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  10. ^ "2009 Elan d'or Awards". Tokyograph. 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  11. ^ "2009 Elan d'or Awards". Tokyograph. 2009-02-06. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 

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