Friday, June 20, 2008

Kate Asabuki

Kate Asabuki (朝吹ケイト, Asabuki Keito) is a Japanese actress who appeared in Nikkatsu's Roman Porno films of the 1980s, and was an early AV (Adult Video) performer.

Asabuki studied French and English in college, and joined Nikkatsu to work in their Roman Porno films in 1982, while still attending university. She took her stage name "Kate" from Kate Bush, who was her favorite singer. One of her earliest Nikkatsu appearances was in the sixth entry of the Female Teacher (Onna Kyoshi) series (1977-1983), director Junchi Suzuki's Hunting The Female Teacher (1982).

At Nikkatsu, Asabuki appeared in several films directed by Atsushi Fujiura, and it is rumored that they were secretly married to each other. She appeared in Fujiura's Lady's Triangle (Ojosan No Matagura) (1983). Fujiura also directed one of Asabuki's most successful films, Koichiro Uno's Dancer Of Izu (Uno Koichiro No Izu No Odoriko) (1984). Nikkatsu's Koichiro Uno series consisted of humorous sex stories featuring strong female leads. The series was conceived as Roman Pornos designed to appeal to women, and films that couples could enjoy together. This entry, called the best in the series, was a parody of Yasunari Kawabata's famous story, The Dancing Girl of Izu. In Uno's version, Kawabata's titular classical dancer was instead a stripper.

Other prominent pinku eiga directors for whom Asabuki acted were Shogoro Nishimura in Woman with the Pierced Nipples (Chikubi Ni Pierce O Shita Onna) (1983), and Masaru Konuma in Stewardess Scandal: Hold Me Like an Animal (Stewardess Scandal: Kemono No Youni Dakishimete) (1984). When asked to comment on Asabuki, Konuma said, "A nice girl. Very responsive. One of the only actresses who could speak multiple languages. I had her talk English in one of the sex scenes. I liked the way it sounded."

In the late 1990s Asabuki was an anchor on the weekly TV program Tokyo Rock TV. She continued her studies in England, and hoped to work as an actress in the United States, a country she had visited four times by 1989. In 1999 she made a fifth trip to the U.S. to model for photographer Ron Vogel for several American magazines, including Penthouse and Hustler. As a result of her appearances in American media, Celebrity Sleuth magazine named her one of "The 25 Sexiest Women of 2001."

Source - Wikipedia