is a Japanese actress and seiyū
with strong ties to theatre.
A native of Tokyo, Honshū Island, Japan
who was born there in 1972, Fuji studied acting at the Aoyama Gakuin University, and subsequently joined the Ein Theatrical Company. Her work was usually on-stage or in voice-over studios, but occasionally she would also appear in films. Her most famous role to this date is that of Kayako Saeki
, the vengeful ghost in the Ju-on
series, which led to The Grudge.
She first played Kayako in the 1998 short movie Katasumi,
part of the Gakkô no kaidan G
collection. She then reprised her role in the direct-to-video film Ju-on
and its sequel, Ju-on 2.
When director Takashi Shimizu
decided to direct two additional installments for a broader theatrical release, which he called ( The Grudge
and The Grudge 2),
Fuji played the character of Kayako twice more. When the films were subsequently remade for an American audience as The Grudge
and The Grudge 2,
Fuji played the role yet again. It has been confirmed that she did not play Kayako in The Grudge 3,
the final Grudge
film for America.
Fuji later stated in interviews that she had grown a bit tired of the role and that sometimes it was hard for her to keep herself motivated, since she had played the role 7 distinct times by then. Fuji admitted, however, that she would continue playing the role of Kayako as long as director Takashi Shimizu
desired to hire her again for the role. Fuji also stated, in other interviews, that... Read More