Kaji Meiko (1947)

Kaji Meiko (1947)

Other Name: 梶芽衣子 かじ めいこ Meiko Kaji Masako Ota Ota Masako

Age: 77

Birthday: March, 24, 1947

Nationality: Chiyoda City, Tokyo, Japan

Height: 163 CM

Zodiac sign: Aries

Kaji Meiko is a Japanese actress and singer born in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. She has appeared in about 100 films, with her most famous roles being outlaw characters in early 1970s films, such as the rebels of the "Stray Cat Rock" series, the assassin Lady Snowblood, or the murderous Sasori from the "Female Convict 701: Scorpion" series.

Meiko Kaji graduated from the Yakumo Academy high school in Meguro, Tokyo. She began work in the film industry under her real name, Masako Ota, at Nikkatsu studio in 1965 after graduating from high school. In 1969, she appeared in "Nihon Zankyoden", one of a series of films directed by Masahiro Makino, who recognized her acting ability and gave her the stage name Meiko Kaji. From 1970 to 1971, she appeared in the "Noraneko Rokku (Stray Cat/Alleycat Rock)" series of films about delinquent young people.

In 1971, Nikkatsu moved into the pink film business, and to avoid this, Kaji moved to Toei. There she made the "Female Convict 701: Scorpion" series of films. In 1973, she took on the role of Yuki in the revenge-themed film "Lady Snowblood", followed by a sequel, "Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance". She went on to appear in several of Kinji Fukasaku's films, such as "Yakuza Graveyard: (1976). In 1978, she starred in "Sonezaki Shinju", for which she earned nominations for Best Actress at five different awards shows, winning four of them.

Kaji has worked in television since the 1980s. In 1989, she portrayed Omasa, an informant, in the television jidaigeki "Onihei Hankacho" (the Shochiku–Fuji Television version starring kabuki actor Nakamura Kichiemon II).

She is also a singer. She sang the theme song to "Lady Snowblood", "Shura no Hana" (修羅の花), and the theme song of the "Female Convict Scorpion" series, "Urami Bushi" (怨み節). When these songs were both used in "Kill Bill", it led to a revival of interest in her music. Her songs were released on CD for the first time. This encouraged her to resume her musical career. In 2009, she released a single, "Onna wa Yametai". In 2011, Kaji put out her first new album in 31 years, "Aitsu no Suki-so-na Burusu" (あいつの好きそなブルース), with songs written by Ryudo Uzaki and Yoko Aki.

With the renewed interest in her due to "Kill Bill", she also received many offers of acting roles from Hollywood but refused them all, saying she could not give a good performance in a language other than Japanese.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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