Yukari Oshima

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Yukari Oshima
Yukari Oshima by Santxe.JPG
Born 津村ゆかり (Tsuruma Yukari?)
(1963-12-31) December 31, 1963 (age 51)
Fukuoka, Japan
Other names Cynthia Luster
Years active 1984 - 2004
2011 - present
Spouse(s) Mark Cheng (1991 - 1995)

Yukari Ōshima (大島由加里 Ōshima Yukari?, born December 31, 1963), Pinyin: Dàidǎo Yóujiālǐ, born December 31, 1963) is a Japanese actress and martial artist. Oshima (also known as Cynthia) gained prominence in Hong Kong and became the pseudo female counterpart of Jackie Chan in the country, making her a household name in Filipino families during that time.[1]

Born Tsumura Yukari (津村ゆかり) in Nishi-ku, Fukuoka, Japan, to a successful Japanese businessman and fashion designer and to a Chinese woman. Yukari began studying Gōjū-ryū Seigokan Karate at Ennouji Dojo in junior high.

She was one of Japan's brightest female martial artists during the 1980s and one of the leading ladies of the babes and bullets fad of Hong Kong action cinema. She's known as the role "Farrah Cat" in Bioman, which aired not only in Japan originally but also worldwide. She is best known to Western audiences as Yomi in Riki-Oh. After her Hong Kong career dried up, she left for the Philippines in the 1990s and used the stage name Cynthia Luster.

Oshima resides in Fukuoka, Japan,[1] where she has promoted tourism in the city. She is commonly known to Western audiences as the actress in the Marlboro Lite commercials (in the late 1990s).



  1. ^ a b Macuja, Lista (March 24, 2014). "5 memorable movie "imports"". https://www.starcinema.abs-cbn.com. ABS-CBN Corporation. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Gold Rush at HK cinemagic
  3. ^ It Takes a Thief at HK cinemagic

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  • Williams, Tony (2000). "Yukari Oshima: Hong Kong Cinema's Japanese Panther; A career profile". Asian Cult Cinema 28 (3rd Quarter): pp.44–47.