Rui Sakuragi

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Rui Sakuragi
BornMiki Ebisawa
(1970-03-08) March 8, 1970 (age 43)[1]
Japan
Other namesMasako Ichinose
Miki Aizawa
EthnicityJapanese
Height1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
 
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Rui Sakuragi
BornMiki Ebisawa
(1970-03-08) March 8, 1970 (age 43)[1]
Japan
Other namesMasako Ichinose
Miki Aizawa
EthnicityJapanese
Height1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)

Rui Sakuragi (桜樹ルイ Sakuragi Rui?), is a former Japanese AV Idol who has been described as a "real AV Queen",[2] the "top Japanese AV idol of the mid-1990's"[3] and the "biggest star" in AV in 1992.[4] She has also appeared widely in mainstream films and videos and on TV.

Life and career[edit]

Rui Sakuragi was born on March 8, 1970. After having previously been a "gravure" (non-sex) model, she made her adult video (AV) debut for the VIP label in April 1989 under the name Masako Ichinose but took the name Rui Sakuragi the following year.[5] She sometimes worked for other studios but VIP (and its successor Atlas21) was her main label for the next two years. Her work for them included a 7-man orgy in Golden Pavilion Temple 2[6] and cosplay in The Uniform Connection Special.[7] Sakuragi announced that her April 1992 release for VIP, The Last of Rui Sakuragi would be her final work and left with a tearful farewell.[8]

According to a 1992 article, whereas an attractive leading lady in AV could command 1.5 to 2 million yen (about $10,000 to $15,000) for a video, "Sakuragi, the biggest star at present" made 3 million yen (more than $20,000) per project.[4]

Sakuragi had married just before her retirement and bored with nothing to do started a career as a stripper in clubs throughout Japan.[9] Almost 4 years later and once again single (and poor),[9] Sakuragi returned to AV with a contract with Atlas21 for 3 videos beginning with Phoenix Once Again in March 1996.[2] After the third video, Super AV Idol Legend, fan response convinced her to do a fourth and final film, Good Bye Rui Sakuragi.[10] Since her retirement, Atlas21, Kuki, and Alice Japan have all released compilations of her earlier videos.[11]

During her AV career and after her retirement, Sakuragi also worked extensively in mainstream movies and softcore pink film and V-Cinema productions.[12][13] In February 1992 she appeared in Sakuragi Rui: Gushonure Kahanshin, directed by the noted pink film woman director Sachi Hamano.[14] Another early movie was the March 1992 Paris Fantasy (幻想のParis Gensō no Paris?), a drama of romance and revenge set in the Parisian fashion industry where she co-starred with Kayo Matsuo.[15] She also had a leading role in an episode of the long-running TV drama Kaseifu ha mita (家政婦は見た!) broadcast by TV-Asahi on December 4, 1997.[16][17] Later, she was a regular on the NTV love story/suspense drama Tsumetai tsuki (冷たい月) which ran in 10 episodes from January to March 1998.[18] In 2002, she had a voice role in the anime erotic-horror film Youjuu Kyoushitsu Chapter 2 (Demon Beast Invasion Chapter 2) with another former AV Idol, Riria Yoshikawa.[19]

Partial filmography[edit]

Release date[20]Video titleCompanyDirectorNotes
1990-06-16Suddenly, Like a Fire
突然、炎のように
VIP
7B-044
Kunihiro Hasegawa
1990-10-06I Wanna Lick Your Balls & Chains
たまにはしゃぶりつきたい
Stella
STV-1023
1991-01-01Bizzare Bride
ビザールの花嫁
Kuki Vinl
JF-62
1991-03-22Golden Pavilion Temple 2
金閣寺2
Kinkakuji 2
VIP
8B-017
Shuji Onizawa
1991-05-17Queen Rui I World - Fascination Lingerie Lage
女帝ルイI世 悩殺ランジェリーラーゲ
VIP
8B-031
Manichi Kurita
1991-07-12Hole Do Up 3
ホールどアップ 3
VIP
8D-047
Pusuke Yamada
1991-08-03The Practice - Give me a Real Workout
ザ・修行 私をしごいて
Stella
STV-1053
Fumito Mitsuoka
1991-08-30The Uniform Connection Special
出血大制服スペシャル
VIP
8B-059
Kei Morikawa
1991-10-07DOUBTRoyal Art / Deluxe Paris
DP-031
Akira Ishigaki
1991-11-09Super Bondage 2
スーパー・ボンテージ 2
Stella
STV-065
Hiroshi Amatsu
1991-11-22Flash Paradise
フラッシュパラダイス
Alice Japan
KA-1435
Rokurō Mochizuki
1991-12-27Rui Sakuragi Raped!
桜樹ルイを犯る!
Stella
STV-1072
Jun Hirayama
1992-01-17Special Ecstasy
スペシャル・エクスタシー
Alice Japan
KA-1445
Akira Ishigaki
1992-02-21Rui Sakuragi's Recorder of Love
桜樹ルイの愛のリコーダ
VIP
9B-013
Akira Takatsuki
1992-02-28Sakuragi Rui: Gushonure Kahanshin[14]
桜樹ルイ ぐしょ濡れ下半身
V: 桜樹ルイ 欲望下半身
XcesSachi HamanoPink film
With Kan'ichi Hiraga
1992-04-10The Last of Rui Sakuragi
ザ・ラスト・オブ 桜樹ルイ
VIP
9B-027
1992-06-19Flash Paradise - 8 Renpatsu!!
フラパラ8連発!!
Alice Japan
KA-1479
Rokurō MochizukiWith Hitomi Nishina, Izumi Morikawa, Mariko Kishi, Mirei Asaoka, Mizuki Sakaori, Reika & Riria Yoshikawa
1992-10-02Rape Rave 8 Renpatsu!!
レイプ狂い8連発!
Alice Japan
KA-1500
With Izumi Morikawa, Miyuki Shoji & 5 other actresses
1996-03-29Phoenix Once Again
不死鳥ふたたび
Atlas21
6A-035
Shuji Onizawa
1996-04-23Fuck Rui Sakuragi!!
桜樹ルイとFUCKする!!
Atlas21
6A-044
Eitaro Onuma
1996-05-25Super AV Idol Legend
超AVアイドル伝説
Atlas21
6A-054
Akira Takatsuki
1996-07-16Good Bye Rui Sakuragi
さよなら桜樹ルイ
Atlas21
6A-071
Hidekazu Takahara
1996-09-17Premium Collection Vol.1
プレミアムコレクションVol.1
Atlas21
6A-092
Tsukasa HashimotoCompilation including Suddenly, Like a Fire and The Last of Rui Sakuragi
1996-10-15Premium Collection Vol.2
プレミアムコレクションVol.2
Atlas21
6A-101
Tsukasa HashimotoCompilation including Phoenix Once Again, Good Bye Rui Sakuragi and behind the scene images
1997-01-24AV Memorial Chapter 2 Rui Sakuragi
AVメモリアルchapter2 桜樹ルイ
Kuki
HKD-042
Compilation from four earlier films
1997-11-21痴漢手記 午前8時の性衝動
Chikan Shuki: Gozen Hachi-ji no Seishōdō
Caress CommunicationsTarō Sugiyama78 min.
V-Cinema
With Yōko Satomi (as Saki Shiratori)
2002-10-25BEST 4 Hours Rui Sakuragi
BEST 4時間 桜樹ルイ
Atlas21
AVD-114
Compilation of 4 of her earlier films
2003-07-25BEST 4 Hours Rui Sakuragi 2
BEST 4時間 桜樹ルイ 2
Atlas21
AVD-150
Compilation of 4 of her earlier films
2006-01-27BEST 4 Hours Rui Sakuragi 3
BEST 4時間 桜樹ルイ3
Atlas21
AVD-292
Compilation of 3 of her earlier videos
2007-10-12Alice Pink File with new mosaic standard, Rui Sakuragi
アリスピンクファイル あの新基準モザイクで魅せる! 桜樹ルイ
Alice Japan Pink
PDV-025
Compilation of scenes from earlier videos with the new thinner censorship mosaic

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Infobox data from "桜樹 ルイ Sakuragi Rui" (in Japanese). I-Dic accessdate=2009-07-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Phoenix Once Again". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  3. ^ Payne, Peter (May 17, 2002). "Greetings from J-List May 17, 2002". www.peterpayne.net. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  4. ^ a b Fornander, Kjell (July 1992). "A Star is Porn". Tokyo Journal. Archived from the original on 2006-05-16. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  5. ^ "1989" (in Japanese). AV 研究所 (AV Research Laboratory). Retrieved 2009-07-07. 
  6. ^ "Golden Temple 2". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  7. ^ "Uniform Special". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  8. ^ "The Last of Rui Sakuragi". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  9. ^ a b "桜樹ルイ の部屋へようこそ (Welcome to Rui Sakuragi's Room)" (in Japanese). www.b-v.co.jp. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  10. ^ "Good Bye Rui Sakuragi". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  11. ^ "Rui Sakuragi". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  12. ^ "桜樹ルイ" (in Japanese). JMDB. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  13. ^ "桜樹ルイ サクラギルイ(Rui Sakuragi)" (in Japanese). MovieWalker. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  14. ^ a b "桜樹ルイ ぐしょ濡れ下半身" (in Japanese). JMDB. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  15. ^ "幻想のParis" (in Japanese). MovieWalker. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  16. ^ ""Kaseifu ha mita" Shinkon Fufu no Himitsu (1997)". IMdB. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  17. ^ "Kaseifu ha Mita!(Drama)". en.accessup.org. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  18. ^ "Tsumetai tsuki [冷たい月]". JDorama. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  19. ^ "Youjuu Kyoushitsu Chapter 2". www.sazuma.com. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  20. ^ Filmography from "Rui Sakuragi 桜樹ルイ". Urabon Navigator. Retrieved 2009-07-07.  and "Rui Sakuragi". AV Idol Directory. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 

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