Hikari Mitsushima (Actress)
Hikari Mitsushima is a Japanese actress and former pop idol from Okinawa.
- Native name
- 満島ひかり (MITSUSHIMA Hikari)
- November 30, 1985 (age 28)
- 5' 4" (162 cm)
- Blood type
- Films, stage, TV dramas
- Yuya Ishii (married October 25, 2010)
Mitsushima’s path to becoming an entertainer began when she won an audition to gain admittance to Okinawa Actors School. Soon afterward, she joined the 7-member Okinawan pop group “Folder” under the stage name HIKARI. Their debut single “parachuter” was released on August 1, 1997 and sold over 100,000 copies. It was around this time that she was cast in Kunio Miyoshi’s “Rebirth of Mothra II”, getting her first experience as an actress.
In 2000, Folder was reduced to five members and became an all-girl group called Folder5. Their 3rd single “Believe” was used as the opening theme to the Fuji TV anime series “One Piece” and became a huge hit for them.
Solo pursuits & acting career
In 2003, during a hiatus of Folder5, Mitsushima began attending the all-girls high school Yakumo Academy in Meguro-ku, Tokyo under her real name. During evenings, she resumed her career in the entertainment industry by working as an assistant for the Tokyo MX TV variety show “Xebec Online”.
In April 2004, she joined Vision Factory and began focusing on becoming an actress while doing some gravure modeling on the side. Over the next few years, her most notable acting job as a stint as Elly in the Ultraman Max TV series.
It wouldn’t be until her memorable performance as Yoko in Sion Sono’s 2008 film “Love Exposure” that she truly broke through as an actress, winning the Mainichi Film Award for Best New Talent and the Kinema Junpo Award for Best Supporting Actress, in addition to several film festival awards.
- Mitsushima is the eldest of four siblings. She has two younger brothers and one younger sister.
- One of her younger brothers is actor Shinnosuke Mitsushima.
- Her grandfather is French-American, making her three-quarters Japanese.
- Her real name is now Hikari Ishii, she still uses her maiden name as her stage name.
Filmography as actor
- Hello! Junichi (2014)
- Summer's End (2013)
- A Chorus of Angels (2012)
- Smuggler (2011)
- Tormented (2011)
- Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
- Villain (2010)
- Rinco’s Restaurant (2009)
- The Wonderful World of Captain Kuhio (2009)
- Kakera: A Piece of Our Life (2009)
- Be Sure To Share (2009)
- Sawako Decides (2009)
- Pride (2009)
- Love Exposure (2008)
- Shaolin Girl (2008)
- Drop in Ghost (2007)
- Exte: Hair Extensions (2007)
- Death Note: the Last name (2006)
- Death Note (2006)
- Rebirth of Mothra II (1997)
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