Milk Ichigo

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Milk Ichigo
Native name 苺みるく
Born (1981-02-02)February 2, 1981[1]
Hokkaido, Japan
Died October 2012 (aged 31)[2]
Nakano, Tokyo, Japan
Other names Miruku Ichigo
Height 1.57 m (5 ft 2 in)

Milk Ichigo (Japanese: 苺みるく Hepburn: Ichigo Miruku?), also often billed as Miruku Ichigo, was a Japanese adult video (AV) actress and adult model.

Life and career[edit]

Milk Ichigo was born in Hokkaido on February 2, 1981.[3] Her name, which literally translates as "strawberry milk", is also the name of a Japanese dessert and candy. Ichigo says she was eating ice cream while trying to think up a stage name and decided "Ichigo Miruku" sounded good.[4] Her first sexual experience was at age 16 with her boyfriend who was three years older. In an interview in late 2001, she said she had slept with about ten men but had not had sex for two years.[4]

AV debut and early career[edit]

She got started in the field when she met an agent while she was working at a cabaret club.[5] She at first refused the offer but then decided to "give it a shot".[4] She began with magazine work and then went into videos. Ichigo's first video, I Love You Ichigo Milk, was released December 25, 2000 for the Kuki Tank label.[6] She has said that she was nervous at her debut and had to take "lots of breaks".[5] The actors and director were angry with her, and she was thinking of giving up and going home. She remembers that first director as being a "really weird man by the name Happy Yamada", a unique person.[4] She would go on to work with Yamada in numerous videos over the next two years.

Many of her video titles for Kuki played on her name, with various combinations including the word "strawberry". These include her March 2001 video Strawberry Club in the cosplay genre[7] and the April 2001 release Strawberry Sherbert.[8] Her 6th video Wet Strawberry takes place at a hot spring,[9] and Ichigo said she ended up a bit dizzy from spending too much time in the water during the shoot.[4] The plot of her July 2001 video A Summer Strawberry has her going to a summer resort in Okinawa for sex on the beach and at the hotel.[10] Strawberry Gathering, released in November 2001, uses the fictional documentary format common in Japanese porn and includes some mild bondage.[11] In another documentary style video, A Snow Strawberry, the story has her returning home to Hokkaido to visit her ex-boyfriend, but her character instead has a one-night stand with a stranger.[12] Another video, Strawberry Call, gives Ichigo the chance to play three different roles as sisters - a tough one, a bright one, and a cute school girl, who together fight off the kidnappers of one of the customers of their coffee shop.[13] Ichigo was recognized by fans for her work in 2001 by being given the Best Actress Award at the X City Grand Prix Awards ceremony.[14]

In her last video for Kuki, issued in April 2002 and entitled simply Goodbye, Ichigo portrays a teacher who has sex with her students.[15] While with the Kuki Tank label, Ichigo had also been making videos with Max-A Samansa and Alice Japan, both part of the large Kuki-associated group of AV companies. Ichigo has said that the cover from the video box for Splash is her favorite.[5]

Later career[edit]

In late 2002, Ichigo switched studios, going from the Kuki group to Moodyz, one of the constituent companies in the Hokuto Corporation. Her first two videos for Moodyz were with her first director, Happy Yamada. Ichigo continued with Moodyz for almost a year and then essentially stopped making original videos for mainstream Japanese porn.

Beginning in late 2003, Ichigo made a number of "uncensored" videos. These uncensored videos lack the mosaic pixelation which is used to obscure the genitals in standard Japanese AV and are only marketed internationally outside of Japan or in underground (urabon) venues in Japan. Among these videos was Japanese Superidols Gold Vol. 19[16] from March 2004 and the September 2005 super-heroine cosplay adventure Akiba-Troops! Cutie Rangers!, co-starring Sakura Sakurada and Tsumiki Shindo.[17]

Suicide attempt[edit]

In July 2005, Japanese news sources reported that Ichigo had attempted suicide in her Tokyo apartment.[18] According to the sources, on July 13, 2005, she tried to commit suicide by taking 20 sleeping pills and then slashing her wrists. A suicide note said it was due to Shintaro Yoshitake (吉武 真太郎). Yoshitake was a relief pitcher for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks baseball team with whom Ichigo was having an affair. Ichigo had only known Yoshitake (who was married) for a short time but had developed a deep attachment for him and became despondent when he broke off their relationship.[19] Ichigo was taken to the hospital by police, who had been alerted by Ichigo's mother who was worried by her daughter's hints about suicide.[20] Ichigo appeared soon afterwards in a magazine photo showing her scarred wrist.[19] As an aside, in an interview years before, Ichigo had declared jokingly that she did not expect to live past 24[5] - her age at the time of her suicide attempt.

Retirements and comebacks[edit]

From late 2005, Ichigo was seen only infrequently in the adult video industry.[21] She made two videos for the newly formed CROSS studio[22] and then returned in November 2006 to make two S&M bondage movies with Attackers.[23] However, almost two years passed before she made her next video, Comeback, with Moodyz in December 2008.[21][24] She also released a new title, Birth Operating Table Fuck, for Attackers in early 2009.[25]

Death[edit]

In October 2012, Ichigo was found dead of suicide in her home in Nakano, Tokyo. She was 31 years old.[2] According to reports and co-workers in the AV industry, she had been suffering from depression and had been unstable for a number of years.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Infobox data from "Ichigo Milk". AV Idol directory. Retrieved 2010-11-08.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ a b "人知れず世を去ったAV女優「苺みるく」". Weekly Shincho (in Japanese): 135. 1 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ichigo Milk". AV Idol directory. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Milk Ichigo Interview". JMate. Retrieved 2009-01-27.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ a b c d "Interview Miruku Ichigo" (in Japanese). XCity. Retrieved 2010-11-08.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "2000" (in Japanese). AV 研究所 (AV Research Laboratory). Archived from the original on 2011-05-21. Retrieved 2015-06-20.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "Strawberry Club". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-11-08.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. ^ "Strawberry Sherbert". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-11-08.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "Wet Strawberry". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-11-08.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ "A Summer Strawberry". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-11-08.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ "Strawberry Gathering". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-11-08.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  12. ^ "Snow Strawberry". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-11-08.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  13. ^ "Here Is Milk Ichigo". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-11-08.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  14. ^ "Adult Video Grandprix 2001". X City. Retrieved 2011-01-26.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  15. ^ "Goodbye". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-11-08.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  16. ^ "JapanX Milk Ichigo". JapanX.com. Retrieved 2009-01-28.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  17. ^ "Akiba-Troops! Cutie Rangers!". AV Entertainments. Retrieved 2009-01-28.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  18. ^ "Japanese adult movie idol - Ichigo Miruku". Japanese Adult Movie. August 4, 2005. Retrieved 2009-01-28.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  19. ^ a b "AV女優苺みるく自殺未遂!「私を弄んだソフトバンク吉武投手を許さない!」" (in Japanese). tvmania.livedoor.biz. July 19, 2005. Retrieved 2009-01-28.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  20. ^ AV女優の苺みるく自殺未遂 (in Japanese). Zakzak. July 21, 2005. Retrieved 2009-01-28.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  21. ^ a b c "苺みるくが急逝していた…伝説のAV女優の訃報相次ぐ" (in Japanese). Men's Cyzo. Retrieved 2015-06-20. 
  22. ^ 苺みるく 出演作品一覧 (in Japanese). www.crosscross.jp. Retrieved 2009-01-29.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  23. ^ "苺みるく ( いちごみるく ) - Milk Ichigo Profile & Filmography" (in Japanese). www.attackers.net. Retrieved 2009-01-28.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  24. ^ "復活" (in Japanese). Moodyz. Retrieved 2015-06-20. 
  25. ^ "分娩手術台に括られて… キャリアウーマン蔑みの人体実験" (in Japanese). Attackers. Retrieved 2015-06-20. 

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