About Minako Komukai
April 27, 1985
|Place of Birth||:||Hasuda, Saitama Prefecture, Japan|
|Also Known As||:||小向美奈子|
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Minako Komukai is a Japanese gravure model, actress, erotic dancer and AV idol. After dropping out of school, at age 15 Komukai began her career as a "gravure model" and a swimsuit model. In 2001 she had a guest-star role as a schoolgirl in the Nippon Television comedy Danjiki: Buddhist Diet Secrets. For her appearances as a gravure idol and on television, she was selected as a "Fuji Television Visual Queen" for 2001. The next year she starred in the anime series Whistle!, voicing the part of the boy hero Sho Kazamatsuri, broadcast in 2002 in 39 episodes on the Animax TV network. In 2003 Komukai starred in her first movie, the horror film Chain directed by Atsushi Shimizu and released to theaters on July 19, 2003. Komukai was cast as Princess Freezia in the Toei's August 2003 theatrical release of Bakuryū Sentai Abaranger Deluxe: Abare Summer Is Freezing Cold!, part of the long-running Super Sentai series. She returned to TV work starring as high school girl Rion Kano in the TV Tokyo romantic supernatural series Vampire Host which was broadcast from April to June 2004. She also starred in a very different role as the female sword fighter Sayuri in the period action drama Ranbu: Enbu kenshi, which reached theaters in November 2004. In addition to modeling and acting, Komukai also appeared at Japanese video game events and eventually became acquainted with Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima, appearing as a guest on his HIDECHAN! Radio show in 2006. In October 2011 she entered the adult video industry as an exclusive actress for the company Alice Japan with the video AV Actress Minako Komukai. It was reported that she was being paid 100 million yen for a five-film contract. Her AV debut film was a huge commercial success, selling over 200.000 copies in a field where 10,000 copies constitute a hit. In early 2012 with AV sales generally declining due to internet competition, other adult studios were also looking to sign big names from other areas of entertainment, a so-called "Minako Komukai effect." Komukai began appearing in videos for a new studio, Moodyz, in July 2014. Her first video for Moodyz, titled Anal Bukkake Fuck Now!, won the Grand Prix award and the Super Heavyweight Class First Place award at the AV Open 2014 competition in November 2014. In September 2008, Komukai's agent R.I.P. announced that they were cancelling her exclusive contract because her poor health, mental instability and absences for the past few years had made it impossible for them to continue their support. In November of that same year, Komukai stirred the gravure world with her allegations that the industry was full of seedy types who attempt to solicit prostitution work out of the models although she denied any participation in prostitution activities herself. Komukai starred in the 2010 Toei film Flower and Snake 3 directed by Yusuke Narita. This was a sequel to Toei's sadomasochistic-themed 2004 film Flower and Snake, which was itself a remake of the classic 1974 version. The Japan Times reviewer's opinion of her acting abilities was not flattering. In 2010, Komukai started a career as a stripper.