September 15, 1975 |
|Other names||Yumi Kayama
|Height||1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)|
Asami Jō a.k.a. Asami Joh (Japanese: Chinese:城麻美; pinyin:chen mamei Hepburn: Jō Asami can also read Zyou Mami?) is a Japanese actress and former AV Idol from Tokyo. Fans of tokusatsu TV shows also know her as the villain Shibolena in the Super Sentai series Denji Sentai Megaranger.
Life and career
Adult video actress
Jō was born in Tokyo on September 15, 1975 and was a TV commercial model before starting a career in the adult entertainment industry. She was appearing on the late-night TV show Gilgamesh Night when she made her debut in adult videos (AV) at age twenty for the Alice Japan studio with A Bare Skin Jennu in October 1995.
While many Japanese AVs involve some form of documentary style, Asami Jō's videos are mainly in the fictional style of the pink film and early AV. Her February 1996 release for Alice Japan, Love Potion, told the story of a woman who supports her boyfriend financially while he is studying to become a lawyer. She employs sex as a means to make cosmetic sales. Thrilling Club: A Scandalous Night With You (April 1996), had Jō as a married woman who meets an old classmate, with whom she and her husband engage in a menage-a-trois.
In The Beautiful Slave (May 1996), she played the role of a young woman who is unhappy with the marriage her parents have arranged for her. Obscene Model (June 1996) had Jō in the role of a woman who acts like a cat in heat and when she is taken to a veterinarian engages in wild sex with him. In Top Secret Is Full Nude, released in July 1996, she played a woman who is raped by a man who is later hired by her husband, for whose company she also works. Almost Broken was an organized crime melodrama with Jō escaping from a gang and becoming involved in telephone sex. Like the previously-described videos, this August 1996 release was an Alice Japan production.
Jō was a regular cast member on the erotic-themed nighttime TV show Gilgamesh Night from 1995 to 1998. In April 1996 she played the character "Kaoru" in the theatrical film Kunoichi Ninpo Cho Gekijo Ban Ninja Getsueisho (くノ一忍法帖 劇場版 忍者月影抄?), part of a long running series of "Female Ninja" (Kunoichi) movies. Beginning in February 1996, she also starred in a number of direct-to-video V-cinema productions including La Blue Girl Live 2: Live Birth of the Demon Child and La Blue Girl Live 3: Lady Ninja.
Also in 1996, she starred in the fantasy comedy TV series HEN Vol. 2 broadcast by TV Asahi from May to June 1996. Later in 1996, she starred in another TV show, Shiyou yo 2: Onna kyōshi Nazuna no baai, a comedy broadcast on TV Asahi from November to December 1996.
Jō landed a more extensive TV role in Denji Sentai Megaranger playing the character of Shibolena, an android from the Evil Electric Kingdom Nezirejia who was modeled after the long dead daughter of the leader of Nejirejia invasion party. She also appeared in the series as her younger android sibling Hizumina. This TV Asahi series ran in 51 installments from February 1997 to February 1998. She reprised the character of Shibolena for the V-cinema production Denji Sentai Megaranger vs. Carranger (電磁戦隊メガレンジャーVSカーレンジャー Denji Sentai Megarenjā tai Kārenjā?) originally released in March 1998.
|Release date||Video title||Company||Director||Notes|
|October 20, 1995||A Bare Skin Jennu
|Yuji Sakamoto||AV Debut|
|VHS:November 17, 1995
VCD:May 22, 1998
|My Pure Lady||Alice Japan
|December 19, 1995||Hold Me, Love Me
|January 26, 1996||Sensual Heroine
|February 23, 1996||Love Potion||Alice Japan
|April 19, 1996||Thrilling Club: A Scandalous Night With You
スリリング ラブ スキャンダルな夜をあなたと
|May 17, 1996||The Beautiful Slave
|June 14, 1996||Obscene Model/Y-Setsu Model
|July 12, 1996||Top Secret Is Full Nude
|August 6, 1996||Super Collection Asami Jo
|August 9, 1996||Almost Broken
aka Serious Condition of Love
|October 11, 2000||No Cut 4 Hours: Asami Jo
|Compilation DVD containing 4 videos, including My Pure Lady|
|December 24, 2000||No Cut 4 Hours: Asami Jo vol. 2
|Compilation DVD of her earlier videos|
|February 17, 2006||Alice Memorial 1995
|Compilation with other actresses|
- Gilgame Angel: Asami Jo (1995)
- La Blue Girl Live 2: Live Birth of the Demon Child (February 24, 1996)
- La Blue Girl Live 3: Lady Ninja (February 24, 1996)
- Lady Ninja: Reflections of Darkness (April 13, 1996)
- Nippon Bicycle Race Academy - It's Youth! (May 3, 1997)
- Denji Sentai Megaranger vs Carranger (March 13, 1998)
- Tokyo Night Wars (May 1, 1998)
- Underage Sex Offender Report (July 1, 1998)
- Seiju Sentai Gingaman vs Megaranger (March 12, 1999)
- Kunoichi Ninpo Cho Gekijo Ban Ninja Getsueisho (くノ一忍法帖 劇場版 忍者月影抄?) (April 1996)
- Break Heat バクの胃袋を開け! (February 14, 1998) as Ginko Ishida 
- Gilgamesh Night (April, 1995 - March 28, 1998)
- HEN (1996)
- Shiyou yo 2 (しようよ２ 女教師ナズナの場合?) (1996)
- Weatherwoman 2: Ryoko PuriPuri (お天気お姉さん２ リョーコＰｕｒｉＰｕｒｉ?) (1997)
- Denji Sentai Megaranger (1997–1998)
- "Asami Jo Pictorial" (Scholar, September 1995) ISBN 4-7962-0315-X
- "Hinano" (Eichi Press, June 1996) ISBN 4-7542-1127-8
- "Sora" (Eichi Press, March 1997) ISBN 4-7542-1154-5
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- Schönherr. "These films, even though shot on video, just continued the pink film tradition and adhered to the pink film rules and limitations."
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- "Almost Broken". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-10-19. External link in
- "Full cast and crew for "Gilgamesh Night"". IMDb. Retrieved 2007-07-17.
- くノ一忍法帖 劇場版 忍者月影抄 (in Japanese). AllCinema. Retrieved 2015-03-22.
- 城麻美 (in Japanese). JMDB. Retrieved 2015-03-22.
- "ＨＥＮ Vol.2 ちずるちゃんとあずみちゃん" (in Japanese). AllCinema. Retrieved 2015-03-22.
- しようよ２ 女教師ナズナの場合 (in Japanese). AllCinema. Retrieved 2015-03-22.
- Clements, Jonathan; Motoko Tamamuro (2003). The Dorama Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese TV Drama Since 1953. Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press. pp. 184–185. ISBN 1-88065681-7.
- "電磁戦隊メガレンジャーVSカーレンジャ" (in Japanese). Toei Video. Retrieved 2015-03-23.
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|publisher=(help), "城麻美 (Jō Asami)" (in Japanese). AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-10-19. External link in