Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Jang Keun Suk's Human Times Actress Fujii Mina - 2017- 06-07

The fifth part of our series on Human Time explores the career of Fujii Mini, who plays the female lead, Eve, to Jang Keeun Suk's Adam. She's also the girlfriend of Jo Odagiri's character.

Fujii Mina Filmography

Most of Fujii Mina's acting performances consist of a long list of Japanese TV shows; however, she has appeared in 17 films and seven stage plays. Fujii is probably best known for her 2011 role in the MBC reality show, We Got Married Global, alongside Lee Hongki. She graduated Keio University, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in human relations and writes a film critic column for Barfout, a cultural magazine from Tokyo. In addition, Fujii speaks and reads Korean and English, in addition to her native Japanese. In an interview in Korea, she said that she became enamored with Korean dramas while watching Winter Sonata, and decided she wanted to learn Hanguel so she could watch the Korean dramas without having to read the subtitles. While in college, she took classes in Hangeul and continued taking private lessons following graduation.

Born in the United States in 1988 to Japanese parents (her father is a bio-med researcher), Fujii's family moved back to Japan when she was 10 months old. She began her entertainment career at the age of nine, mainly in commercials and modeling. 

In Japan, she is best known for her role in the TV adaptation of Bloody Monday, Kyōfu, and for appearing in K-Pop group TVXQ's Why Did I Fall In Love With You music video. She appeared in several music video between 2007 and 2016, including appearing with Jang Keun Suk in the music video Every Little Thing by Moon.

Fujii made her film debut in 2005, when she played as Miki Onaka in Simsons. In 2008, Fujii played the leading character of Toru Ikegami in Ame No Tsubasa. In the same year, she starred as Asada Aoi in the manga-based drama Bloody Monday. In 2012, Fujii accepted a cameo role as Mina in the Korean drama, Panda and Hedgehog, and the role of  Akiko in another Korean drama, The King of Dramas. In The King of Dramas, she played the role of the wife of Korean-Japanese businessman Watanabe (Jun Moo Song), who was entering into a contract with Anthony Kim (Kim Myung Min) and his young writer Lee Go Eun (Jung Ryeo Won).

She also played a supporting character in the Japanese drama, Rainbow Rose, about a single mother and two teenage children who take in international students as boarders to make ends meet. The cast consists of both Korean and Japanese actors. [Note: this drama, under another title, became a K-drama.]

In 2013, she turned to Korea and took on the supporting role in Potato Star, a 120-episode drama, about mysterious asteroid that crash-lands on Earth and causes all sorts of weird things to start happening, specifically to the Noh family and their neighbors. Fujii played the wife of one of the neighbors.

Fujii returned to Japan in 2014 and accepted the role of Oshikiri in Monsterz, the Japanese remake of the Korean film Haunters, as well as the character, Mika Aota, in the tokusatsu comedy film Joshi Zu. Then, in 2016, she accepted a supporting role in the film sequel of My Sassy Girl 2.

Human Time will be her first leading role in a Korean film and one of the few times she's played a leading role.


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