Yu Aoi is a Japanese actress and model who was born on August 17, 1985. Shiori Tsuda made her film debut in Shunji Iwai’s 2001 film All About Lily Chou-Chou as Shiori Tsuda. She went on to play Tetsuko Arisugawa in Iwai’s Hana and Alice (2004), Kimiko Tanigawa in the hula dance film Hula Girls, and Hagumi Hanamoto in the live-action Honey and Clover manga translation in 2006.

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

Yu Aoi Biography, husband, and career
Yu Aoi Biography, husband, and career

What is Yu Aoi husband’s name?

Ryota Yamasato.

Early career

Yu Aoi made her stage debut in the 1999 production of Annie as Polly, followed by a regular presence on TV Tokyo’s Oha Suta (The Super Kids Station) in 2000. A year later, she starred opposite Hayato Ichihara, Shugo Oshinari, Miwako Ichikawa, and Ayumi Ito in Shunji Iwai’s All About Lily Chou-Chou as Shiori Tsuda. Aoi would subsequently collaborate with buddy Aoi Miyazaki on the films Ao to Shiro de Mizuiro and Gaichu. TV advertisements and endorsements for Sony, Yamaha, DoCoMo, Toshiba, and Coca-Cola followed her debut appearances on the small and large screens.

Shunji Iwai filmed a series of short films starring Yu Aoi and Anne Suzuki in 2003 to commemorate Kit Kat’s 30th anniversary in Japan. The series was eventually extended into the feature film Hana & Alice, which garnered Aoi the Best Actress award at the Japanese Professional Movie Award.


Letters from Kanai Nirai, which was distributed in Korea under the variant title of Aoi Yu’s Letter owing to her fame, was Aoi’s first leading role on the big screen in 2005. She also appeared in Satoshi Miki’s Turtles Swim Faster Than Expected, in which Juri Ueno stars, and Yamato, in which Shido Nakamura and Kenichi Matsuyama star.

This supporting performance would win her one of her two nominations for the 2007 Japanese Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She won against herself for her role as Kimiko Tanikawa in the Japanese smash Hula Girls, which was selected as the Japanese official selection for the Academy Awards that year.

Her role as the hula dancing girl from small-town Iwaki remains her most successful role to date, earning her a dozen awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, in addition to her smaller roles that year as Hagu in Honey & Clover and Kana Sato in the Shunji-Iwai-produced and Nirai-Kanai-directed Rainbow Song.

Aoi also gave her voice to the animated film Tekkon Kinkreet, directed by Michael Arias and based on the Taiy Matsumoto comic Black and White.

During this time, she appeared in advertisements for Nintendo, Canon, Shiseido Cosmetics, Shueisha Publishing, Kirin Beverage, and DoCoMo. Aoi also collaborated with Yoko Takahashi on two photobooks, both of which were published by Rockin’on: Travel Sand in 2005 and Dandelion in 2007.

In 2007, she starred opposite Joe Odagiri in the live-action version of the manga series Mushishi, as well as in WOWOW’s Don’t Laugh at My Romance, Welcome to the Quiet Room with Yuki Uchida and on stage in a production of Shakespeare’s Othello as Desdemona. Aoi shed 7 kg for her part as Miki, an eating problem sufferer, in the final two roles.


Aoi started 2008 with the release of Don’t Laugh at My Romance, which garnered her an Asian Film Awards nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She starred in Camouflage (aka Aoi Yu x 4 Lying), an experimental drama in which she cooperated with four different filmmakers to explore the concept of lies.

Work with Ry Kase, Yoichi Nukumizu, Shoko Ikezu, Nobuhiro Yamashita, and Yuki Tanada was included in the 12-episode series.

A few months later, NTV cast Aoi in the main role of Handa Sen in the live-action version of Shota Kikuchi’s manga series Osen, which ran for 10 episodes until the end of June.

Next, WOWOW published Aoi’s One Million Yen Girl, which was written and directed by Camouflage director Yuki Tanada. Since 2005’s Nirai Kanai, this was her most recent main feature role. She appeared in the worldwide Tokyo! – a three-short-film collection by Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Bong Joon Ho – as well as the Japanese World War II jury-themed film Best Wishes for Tomorrow.

Yu Aoi was selected Rookie of the Year in the area of Films in Media and Fine Arts by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan in 2009, noting her work from her film debut in All About Lily Chou Chou until her work in One Million Yen Girl.

Later same year, Aoi voiced Ikechan in the live-action version of Rieko Saibara’s picture book of the same name, Ikechan and Me, as well as supporting parts in Honokaa Boy and Yoji Yamada’s Ototo. The next year, Aoi featured in Ryichi Hiroki’s film The Lightning Tree, which was released in 2010. She went on to star in films including Vampire, Rurouni Kenshin, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 2012 TV drama Penance.

On June 3, 2019, Aoi married comedian Ryota Yamasato.

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