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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Suzuka Ohgo (大後 寿々花, Ōgo Suzuka, born 5 August 1993, in Kanagawa Prefecture) is an award-winning Japanese child actress. Besides acting, she is also attending school and is now in the eighth grade. She has a variety of hobbies including classical ballet, Japanese tea ceremony, ikebana, rollerblading, snowboarding, playing the piano, and skiing. She is represented by CATAMARAN. Ohgo began acting in 2000 when she joined Sunflower (Himawari), a theatrical company. She debuted with the company at the Meijiza Theatre in Story of a National Thief. In early 2005, Ohgo debuted in her first major film, Kita No Zeronen (北の零年, Kita No Zeronen a.k.a. Year One in the North), directed by Isao Yukisada, with the well known actor Ken Watanabe, where she played the role of Tae Komatsubara. In December of 2005, she debuted in Hollywood with Memoirs of a Geisha, directed by Rob Marshall, where she played the child version of the main protagonist Nitta Sayuri (the adult version is played by Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi). As a child, however, she is called Sakamoto Chiyo instead of Sayuri. During the same year, she also won the Japan Film Critics Award for Best Newcomer. In 2006, Ohgo also starred in Baruto no Gakuen (バルトの楽園, Baruto no Gakuen a.k.a. Symphony of Joy), which was released in June 2006 and is set during World War I, where she plays a girl of mixed German-Japanese heritage trying to find her German father who may be held there.

Movies and TV Series
Gokusen (ごくせん, Gokusen) (2002, Nippon TV)
Hito ni Yasashiku (人にやさしく, Hito ni Yasashiku) (2002, Fuji TV)
Dr. Kotō Shinryōjo (Dr.コトー診療所, Dr. Kotō Shinryōjo) (2003-04, Fuji TV)
Ai no Ie ~Nakimushi Sato to Shichinin no Ko (愛の家~泣き虫サトと7人の子~, Ai no Ie ~Nakimushi Sato to Shichinin no Ko) (2003, NHK)
Dr. Kotō: Shinryōjo 2004 (Dr.コトー診療所2004, Dr. Kotō: Shinryōjo 2004) (2004, Fuji TV)
Aikurushī (あいくるしい, Aikurushī) (2005, TBS)
Shibō Suitei Jikoku (死亡推定時刻, Shibō Suitei Jikoku) (2006, Fuji TV)
Dr. Kotō: Shinryōjo 2006 (Dr.コトー診療所2006, Dr. Kotō: Shinryōjo 2006) (2006, Fuji TV)
Sexy Voice and Robo (セクシーボイスアンドロボ, Sexy Voice and Robo) (2007, Nippon TV)
Ultraman Cosmos vs Ultraman Justice: The Final Battle (ウルトラマンコスモスVSウルトラマンジャスティス THE FINAL BATTLE, Ultraman Cosmos vs Ultraman Justice: The Final Battle) (2003)
Kita No Zeronen (北の零年, Kita No Zeronen a.k.a. Year One in the North)
Memoirs of a Geisha (a.k.a. Sayuri) (2005)
Bart no Gakuen (バルトの楽園, Bart no Gakuen) (2006)
Tōku no Sora ni Kieta (遠くの空に消えた, Tōku no Sora ni Kieta) (2007)

From the Editor’s Desk
Thanks to Wikipedia for the above information even though I do not understand the Japanese characters. Anyway, Suzuka Ohgo reminded me of Makino of Hana Yori Dango and my classmate, Carizza Mae Talactac. I can’t remember her in Gokusen but you will surely love her in Sexy Voice and Robo. She portrays Nico Hayashi who uses her talents of changing and altering her voice to manipulate men over the phone who wants to participate in Enjo kōsai (supported dating). Through this she learns a lot about human nature, and gains a keen understanding of peoples through their voices.

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