Kyōko Koizumi

Kyoko Koizumi (小泉 今日子, Koizumi Kyōko) (born February 4, 1966) is a Japanese singer and actress. She is signed to Victor Entertainment.

Kyoko Koizumi
小泉 今日子
Also known asKyon Kyon
Born (1966-02-04) February 4, 1966 (age 54)
Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan
GenresJapanese pop
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • actress
Years active1982–present
LabelsVictor Entertainment
Websitewww.koizumix.com

CareerEdit

In 1981, Kyoko Koizumi participated and won the Star Tanjo! programme and released her 1st single in March 1982. She gain her first number 1 hit in 1984, and thereafter established herself as one of the most popular pop idol, alongside with rival Seiko Matsuda & Akina Nakamori.

Her biggest hit (あなたに会えてよかった) came in 1991, which sold more than a million copies in Japan alone. Koizumi went on to release another single (優しい雨) which is also over a million copies in total sale in 1993.

Koizumi had singles reach the Top Ten for 12 consecutive years between 1983 and 1994, a female solo artist record, until this was broken by Namie Amuro.[1] In the 1990s, she released a few dance remixes on vinyl only under the Koizumix Production moniker. She has worked with Yoko Kanno who composed the music for Koizumi's 1996 album, Otoko no Ko Onna no Ko. She had her first hit single in 18 years when her version of the song "Shiosai no Memorī" from the 2013 NHK morning television drama Amachan, in which Koizumi also acted, reached number 2 on the Oricon Singles Chart.[2][3] With that, Koizumi made her 6th appearance (as a special guest performer) in the annual Red and White Song Festival, having previously participated from 1984 to 1988.

From mid 90s onward, Koizumi shifted her focus onto acting. As an actress, she played in numerous dramas and movies; most notably, she was cast in two of the most successful movies in Japan ever: as the serial killer in Bayside Shakedown: The Movie (1998) and as the witch in Onmyoji (2001).

She starred in Toshiaki Toyoda's 2006 film Hanging Garden and Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 2008 film Tokyo Sonata.[4] She starred in Kurosawa's 2012 television drama Penance.[5]

Koizumi was given the Best Actress award at the 1989 Yokohama Film Festival for her work in the film Kaito Ruby.[6] She won the award for best actress at the 26th Hochi Film Awards for Kaza Hana.[7] She also won the award for Best Actress at the 66th Mainichi Film Awards for Mainichi Kaasan.[8]

She recently featured in the French-Japanese film, Umami, directed by Slony Sow and starring Gerard Depardieu, production of which took place in Hokkaido, Japan and Saumur, France.

Personal lifeEdit

She married actor Masatoshi Nagase in 1995,[9] and divorced in 2004.[10]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

  • My Fantasy (1982)
  • Utairo no Kisetsu (1982)
  • Breezing (1983)
  • Whisper (1983)
  • Betty (1984)
  • Today's Girl (1985)
  • Flapper (1985)
  • Kyoko no Kiyoku Tanoshiku Utsukushiku (1986)
  • Liar (1986)
  • Hippies (1987)
  • Phantasien (1987)
  • BEAT POP ~Koizumi Kyoko Super Session (1988)
  • Natsumelo (1988)
  • Koizumi in the House (1989)
  • No. 17 (1990)
  • Afropia (1991)
  • Travel Rock (1993)
  • Otoko no Ko Onna no Ko (1996)
  • Kyo (1998)
  • Atsugi I.C. (2003)
  • Nice Middle (2008)
  • Collaborakyon (2011)
  • Koizumi Chansonnier (2012)

Remix albumsEdit

  • Master Mix Party (1993) as Koizumix Production
  • 89–99 Collection: Koizumix Production (1999)

EPsEdit

  • Seperation Kyoko (1983)
  • Kyon Kyon Club (1984)
  • Fade Out: Super Remix Tracks (1989)
  • Super Remix Tracks II (1990)
  • Bambinater (1992) as Koizumix Production
  • Inner Beauty (2000)
  • Kyō 2 (2001)

Soundtrack albumsEdit

  • Boku no Onna ni Te wo Dasuna (1987)
  • Kaitou Ruby (1988)

CompilationsEdit

  • Super Best: Thank You Kyoko (1983)
  • Celebration (1984)
  • Melodies: Kyoko Koizumi Song Book (1985)
  • Do You Love Me (1985)
  • The Best (1986)
  • Ballad Classics (1987)
  • CD File vol. 1 (Singles A & B) (1987)
  • CD File vol. 2 (Singles A & B) (1987)
  • CD File vol. 3 (Singles A & B) (1987)
  • Best of Kyong King (1988)
  • Ballad Classics II (1989)
  • CD File vol. 4 (Singles A & B) (1989)
  • K2 Best Seller (1992)
  • Anytime (1994)
  • Kyon 3, Koizumi the Great 51 (2002)
  • K25 Kyoko Koizumi All Time Best (2007)

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

TelevisionEdit

  • Toge no Gunzo (1982)
  • Ato wa Neru Dake (1983)
  • Anmitsu Hime (1983)
  • Shojo ni Nani ga Okotta ka (1985)
  • Hanayome Ningo wa Nemuranai (1986)
  • Aishiatteru Kai (1989)
  • Ashita wa Atashi no Kaze ga Fuku (1989)
  • Papa to Natchan (1991)
  • Anata Dake Mienai (1992)
  • Chance (1993)
  • Aisuru to Iu Koto (1993)
  • Boku ga Kanojo ni Shakkin wo Shita Riyu (1994)
  • Mada Koi wa Hajimaranai (1995)
  • Melody (1997)
  • Kamisan Nanka Kowakunai (1998)
  • Owari no Nai Dowa (1998)
  • Renai Kekkon no Rule (1999)
  • Koi wo Nannen Yasundemasu ka (2001)
  • Shiritsu Tantei Hama Mike (2002)
  • Kawa, Itsuka Umi e (2003)
  • Manhattan Love Story (2003)
  • Sensei no Kaban (2003)
  • Suika (2003)
  • Yasashii Jikan (2005)
  • Sailor Suit and Machine Gun (2006)
  • Hatachi no Koibito (2007)
  • Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi (2012)
  • Penance (2012)
  • Amachan (2013), Haruko Amano
  • Zoku – Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi (2014)
  • Totto TV (2016), narrator
  • Kangoku no Ohimesama (2017), Kayo Baba
  • Idaten (2019), Mitsuko

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "安室奈美恵、キョンキョン、静香越え!TOP10連続年数女性歴代1位に!" (in Japanese). Oricon. January 30, 2007. Retrieved November 21, 2008.
  2. ^ 潮騒のメモ リー (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  3. ^ 小泉今日子「潮騒のメモリー」2位登場. Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  4. ^ Mark Schilling (September 26, 2008). "Tokyo Sonata". Japan Times.
  5. ^ Andrew Sun (December 13, 2012). "Film review: Penance". South China Morning Post.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" 第10回ヨコハマ映画祭: 1988年日本映画個人賞 (in Japanese). Yokohama Film Festival homepage. October 30, 2005. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ 報知映画賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Archived from the original on December 9, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2010.
  8. ^ "Hotarubi no Mori e, 663114 Win at 66th Mainichi Film Awards". Anime News Network. January 17, 2012. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  9. ^ "小泉今日子&永瀬正敏が結婚発表以来16年ぶりに公の場にそろって登場!".
  10. ^ "実生活では離婚した二人、小泉今日子と永瀬正敏が夫婦役で共演!西原理恵子「毎日かあさん」映画化".

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