Japanese actress and singer whose role in the 2005 film, Always: Sunset on Third Street, won her many prestigious awards.
Her acting career started when she was cast for a role that she auditioned for in a Haruki Kadokawa-produced film.
She began a singing career (eventually selling over 5.9 million albums) when she sang the theme song for her 1981 film Sailor Suit and Machine Gun.
She was married to musician Koji Tamaki from 1991 to 1998.
She is an award-winning Japanese film actress like Rinko Kikuchi.