Ryoko Kuninaka

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Ryoko Kuninaka
国仲涼子
Born (1979-06-09) June 9, 1979 (age 38)
Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Spouse(s) Osamu Mukai

Ryoko Kuninaka (国仲 涼子, Kuninaka Ryōko, born 9 June 1979) is a Japanese actress and singer. She hails from Naha City in Okinawa, Japan and currently works for Vision Factory.

Biography[edit]

Ryoko Kuninaka was working part-time at a Zenzai store when she was discovered by a talent scout. In 1998, she entered the "Idol High School" for aspiring female entertainers. And at the age of 18, she debuted in a Fuji TV drama, in which her character is also named "Ryoko". The following year, she debuted in the TBS drama "LxIxVxE".

Two years later, she starred in the NHK Asadora drama series "Churasan" and her portrayal of the heroine Eri won her rave reviews. "Churasan" made Ryoko Kuninaka a star and she continued to appear in numerous TV dramas and movies afterwards.

In 2001, she was given the "Best Smile of the Year" award and the following year, she was dubbed the "Best Newcomer" at the "Golden Arrow Awards".

In 2003, she debuted as a singer when she sang the theme song to "Churasan 2" titled "Ryukyu Moon". In 2004, she released her first album "Furusato" and her second single "Meguri aeta ne", the theme song to "Churasan 3".

In 2005, she was cast as "Chisato Tamura" in the TBS drama "Brother Beat". Ryoko was amused when she was told she resembled actress / model Rosa Kato in the series. Neither actress has met the other.

She is a regular guest in Hiroko Murata's radio program "JUNGLE PARADISE", broadcast by FM Fuji.

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Trivia[edit]

  • Ryoko Kuninaka is friends with fellow entertainers Hitomi Shimatani and Toshimi Sugawara. Ryoko and Shimatani lived in the same condominium for two years while Ryoko and Sugawara performed together at the "Idol High School". Six years later, they would reunite in the "Koi no kara sawagi drama special: Warawareru onna" in an episode titled "Kokusan Hina Musume".
  • "国仲涼子" is her stage name. Her real name is "國仲涼子". Both are pronounced "Kuninaka Ryoko". (Note added by a reader: The two names are actually identical. "國仲涼子" is the older Chinese characters (Kanji). "国仲涼子" is the newer simplified Chinese characters (Kanji).)

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