Erika Sawajiri (Actress)


Erika Sawajiri is a Japanese actress and singer. She goes by the name ERIKA as a singer.

On September 29, 2007, Sawajiri triggered harsh media and fan criticism when she appeared to be visibly upset at the premiere of Isao Yukisada’s Closed Note and gave very short answers to questions she was asked. To counteract the fallout from this incident, she issued an apology on her website the next day and granted an indepth interview to TV Asahi’s “Super Morning” a few days later in which she explained her actions further and tearfully apologized to her fans.

In early 2008, she took a break from the entertainment industry to travel to England where she learned a good deal of English. She has since returned and has been attempting to restart her career to varying degrees of success.

She was formerly represented by Stardust Promotion, but was dropped by the company for an undisclosed breach of contract in September of 2009. She signed with Avex Management in April 2011.

Native name
沢尻エリカ (SAWAJIRI Erika)
Nerima, Tokyo
April 7, 1986 (age 30)
5' 3" (161 cm)
El Extraterrestre

Filmography as actor

Year Movie Role
2015 Shinjuku Swan Ageha
2012 Helter Skelter Ririko
2007 Closed Note Kae Horii
2006 The Letter Yumiko Shirai
2006 Angel’s Egg Natsuki Saito
2006 Ghost Train Nana
2006 The Mamiya Brothers Naomi Honma
2005 Shinobi: Heart Under Blade Hotarubi, Iga
2005 Ashura Yachi

Latest news

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    5 years ago
  • The Mamiya Brothers Japanese movie poster

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    9 years ago


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Last Updated 16 Mar 2014 at 21:28