Yui Ichikawa - Actress Model


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Yui Ichikawa
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* Nickname: Yui-nyan
* Profession: Actress, singer and 'gravure idol'
* Date of Birth: 10 February, 1986 (Aquarius)
* Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
* Height: 158 cm (5 feet and 2.2 inches)
* Measurements: B83 W55 H85 cm (B32.5 W21.5 H33.5 inches)
* Blood type: A
* Talent Agency: Ken-On

Yui Ichikawa (Ichikawa Yui)(born 10 February 1986), is an actress and model from Tokyo, Japan. She is also known by her nickname, Yui-nyan. As an actress she has appeared in several dramas (doramas), and in recent years she has concentrated more on her film career. She played a minor role in the movie Ju-on: The Grudge and reprised her character for a bigger role in the sequel, Ju-on: The Grudge 2. She has recently portrayed Nana Komatsu (Hachi) in the film adaptation of the famous manga Nana, and on December 18, 2006, Ichikawa and co-star Mika Nakashima came to New York City for the International Premier of NANA 2 at the IFC Center.

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