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Yukie Nakama
Born Yukie Nakama (仲間由紀恵 ?)
October 30, 1979 (1979-10-30) (age 30)
Urasoe, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

Yukie Nakama (仲間 由紀恵 Nakama Yukie ?, born October 30, 1979) is an actress, singer and former idol. She was born in Okinawa, Japan, in a fisherman's family, the youngest of five siblings.

She is one of the few young Japanese celebrities that have been able to break free from their teeny-bopper image and emerge as one of the country's most popular and well-respected actresses. At the start of her career she was a gravure idol and singer (her debut single "Moonlight to Daybreak" was released in 1996), and appeared in bit roles until her career breakthrough playing Sadako in "Ring 0: Birthday (2000)."

In 2000, Nakama demonstrated her talent for comedy with her lead role in the Japanese television drama Trick which proved so popular that it had two more seasons and two film versions, but it was the top-rating TV series Gokusen (2002), a live-action version of the popular manga, that established her as one of Japan's most popular and bankable actresses.

Nakama has also proven her bankability through commercial endorsements, such as Nissin, Glico, Lotte, Asahi, Shiseido, au by KDDI, and has even served as a spokesperson for Japan Railways and the Japanese Tax Agency. As one of Japan's most ubiquitous celebrity endorsers, she is a regular face on billboards and at subway stations. She is managed by Production Ogi.

In 2006, Nakama starred in the historical drama by NHK Taiga Drama«Komyo ga Tsuji»(功名が辻), where she played the role of Chiyo, a wise and beautiful wife, helped her husband Yamauchi Kazutoyo up from an ordinary samurai to the governor of an entire province.

She will be playing as Ryoko Narumi, the lead role in "Untouchable", a TV series which will air on TV Asahi in Autumn 2009.




  • Mou gaman dekinai (1996)
  • Itazura na Kiss (1996)
  • Tomoko no Baai (1996)
  • Mokuyou no kaidan #15 (1997)
  • Dangerous Angel x Death Hunter (1997) (Episode 4 guest star)
  • Shiawase iro shashinkan (1997)
  • Odoru daisousasen saimatsu tokubetsu keikai (1997)
  • Kamisama mou sukoshi dake (1998)
  • Hashire koumuin! (1998)
  • Kimi to ita mirai no tame ni: I'll be Back (1999)
  • P.S. Genki desu, Shunpei (1999)
  • Nisennen no koi / Love 2000 (2000)
  • Trick (2000)
  • FACE: Mishiranu koibito (2001)
  • Ashita ga arusa (2001)
  • Uso Koi (2001)
  • Trick 2 (2002)
  • Gokusen (2002)
  • Night Hospital byouki wa nemuranai (2002)
  • Musashi (2003)
  • Gokusen Special Sayonara 3-nen D-gumi ... Yankumi namida no sotsugyoshiki (2003)
  • Kao (2003)
  • Satoukibi batake no uta / Songs from the Canefield (2003)
  • Trick 3 (2003)
  • Ranpo R (2004) (Episode 3 guest star)
  • Tokyo Wankei (2004)
  • Otouto (2004)
  • Gokusen 2 (2005)
  • Haru to Natsu (2005)
  • Trick TV Special (2005)
  • Komyo ga tsuji (2006)
  • NHK Taiga Drama "Kōmyō-ga-tsuji" (2006)
  • Satomi Hakenden (2006)
  • Erai Tokoro ni Totsuide Shimatta! (2007)
  • Himawari: Natsume masako 27 nen no shôgai to haha no ai (2007)
  • Joshi Deka (2007)
  • Gokusen 3 (2008)
  • Arifureta Kiseki (2009)
  • Mr. Brain (Episode 6 guest actress) (2009)


  • Tomoko no baai (1996)
  • Love & Pop (1998)
  • Martian Successor Nadesico: The Motion Picture – Prince of Darkness (1998) voice:Lapis Lazuli
  • Gamera 3: Awakening of Irys (1999)
  • Ring 0: Birthday (2000)
  • Oboreru sakana (2001)
  • Love Song (2001)
  • Trick Movie (2002)
  • Ashita ga arusa, The Movie (2002)
  • G@me (2003)
  • Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)
  • Trick 2 (2006)
  • Oh! Oku (2006)
  • Watashi wa Kai ni Naritai (2008)

Commercial Endorsements


Video Games

  • Rockman X4, theme song performances, "Makenai Ai ga kitto aru" & "One More Chance" (1997)



  • トゥルー・ラブストーリー〜恋のように僕たちは〜 (1996) True Love Story theme song
  • 心に私がふたりいる/トレモロ (1997)
  • 負けない愛がきっとある/One More Chance (1997) Mega Man X4 OP & ED
  • 遠い日のメロディー/ヴィオラの夢 (1997) Haunted Junction
  • 青い鳥/晴れた日と日曜日の朝は (1998)
  • Birthday/I Feel You (2000) Ring 0: Birthday image song
  • 愛してる (Aishiteru) (2001)
  • 恋のダウンロード (Koi no Download) (2006) [as Yukie with Downloads]


  • 遠い日のメロディー (1998)


Japanese Drama Academy Awards:

  • Spring 2002: Best Actress for Gokusen
  • Spring 2003: Best Actress for Kao
  • Fall 2003: Best Actress for Trick 3
  • Summer 2004: Best Dresser for Tokyo Wankei
  • Winter 2005: Best Actress for Gokusen 2

Japan Academy Prize (film)

  • 2009: Nominated Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Watashi wa Kai ni Naritai [1]


  • In a 7,400 person poll on the Japanese website "LoopKai" Project, Nakama Yukie was voted the number 1 most well-received celebrity to have appeared in the Ring series.
  • Has worn over 7 different variations of Chinese traditional attire, cheongsam in the Trick series/special/movie in white, blue, green and red colors.
  • Makes a reference to her role as Sadako in the second Trick Movie.
  • Makes a reference to Akira Toriyama's Dragonball in Trick by pronouncing kamehameha, which is a fire ball energy attack performed in the anime.
  • Was voted most viewed personality on Japanese television along with the governor of Tokyo Shintaro Ishihara.
  • Stated in an interview that her ideal man is a "City Hunter" type. She likes someone who is masculine, has a good sense of humor and tall.
  • She has been learning Okinawan dance, and her dancing is at the Shihandai (capacity to have a class to teach) level.
  • She has the license for a second class small ship pilot.
  • In 2005, 2006, and 2008 she was the host for the Red Team at Red and white song festival NHK (NHK红白歌合戦).
  • Has constantly topped the Oricon survey for the most beautiful hair for three consecutive years (2007, 2008, 2009).


External links

Nakama Yukie Official Fanclub 'Pleasure'

2F MRC Building

5-2-3 Shinjuku





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