Hikari Mitsushima (Actress)

Hikari Mitsushima

Hikari Mitsushima is a Japanese actress and former pop idol from Okinawa.

Native name
満島ひかり (MITSUSHIMA Hikari)
Occupation
Actress
Birthplace
Okinawa
Born
November 29, 1985 (age 30)
Height
5' 4" (162 cm)
Blood type
A
Debuted
1997
Spouse
Yuya Ishii (married October 25, 2010)
Genres
Films, stage, TV dramas
Office
Humanite

History

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.

Personal

  • 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

Year Movie Role
2015 Kakekomi O-gin
2014 Hello! Junichi Anna-sensei
2013 Summer's End Tomoko Aizawa
2012 A Chorus of Angels
2011 Smuggler Chiharu Tanuma
2011 Tormented Kiriko Imazato
2011 Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Miho
2010 Villain Yoshino Ishibashi
2009 Rinco’s Restaurant
2009 The Wonderful World of Captain Kuhio
2009 Kakera: A Piece of Our Life Haru
2009 Sawako Decides Sawako
2009 Be Sure To Share School girl
2009 Pride Moe Midorikawa
2008 Love Exposure Yoko
2008 Shaolin Girl Hikari Takahashi
2007 Drop in Ghost Saya
2007 Exte: Hair Extensions
2006 Death Note: the Last name Sayu Yagami, Light's younger sister
2006 Death Note Sayu Yagami, Light's little sister
1997 Rebirth of Mothra II Shiori Urauchi

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Last Updated 07 Mar 2014 at 21:51