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Yû Aoi

Yu Aoi

Yu Natsui also known as Yû Aoi is a Japanese actress, voice actress, model and TV personality who has become a beloved tour de force in Japan and beyond. Aoi was best known for her roles in films All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001), Hana and Alice (2004), Honey & Clover (2006), Hula Girls (2006), Rainbow Song (2006), Welcome to the Quiet Room (2007), Vampire (2011)[1] and Rurouni Kenshin (2012).

She has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Japan Academy Prize for best-supporting actress in 2007, for her portrayal of Kimiko Tanigawa in Hula Girls, for which she was critically acclaimed. Her role as White (Shiro) in Tekkon Kinkreet was the first time she did a voice over for an anime.

Early Life

Aoi Yu, born Natsui Yu in Kasuga, Fukuoka, which is a de facto suburb of Fukuoka City. She was graduated from Horikoshi Gakuen High School. Since elementary school, Yu Aoi has been a member of Itoh Company Group (talent agency).


In 1999, at the age of 14, she made her stage debut as Polly in the musical production of Annie where she was picked from among hundreds of candidates at a 1999 audition while being only fourteen years old. A year later, she debuted in Shunji Iwai’s All About Lily Chou-Chou playing Shiori Tsuda alongside Hayato Ichihara, Shugo Oshinari, Miwako Ichikawa, and Ayumi Ito.

She made her film debut as Shiori Tsuda in Shunji Iwai’s 2001 film All About Lily Chou-Chou.

In 2003, commemorating the 30th anniversary of Kit Kat in Japan, Shunji Iwai shot a series of short films starring Yu Aoi and Anne Suzuki, which later was expanded into the feature film called Hana & Alice, which earned Aoi the Best Actress award at the Japanese Professional Movie Award.

In 2005, Aoi played her first lead on the big screen in Letters from Kanai Nirai, which was sold in Korea with the alternate title of Aoi Yu’s Letter due to her popularity.

Aoi began 2008 with the release of Don’t Laugh at My Romance, which earned her a nomination as Best Supporting Actress at the Asian Film Awards 2009.


She has won many awards for her performances on screen, including the Japan Academy Prize and Kinema Junpo Awards for best supporting actress in 2007 for Hula Girls and Rookie of the Year for continued performances in the field of Films in Media and Fine Arts by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan in 2009.


Filmography of Yû Aoi


TV drama

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