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Yukie Nakama masters a few tricks

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Actress Yukie Nakama says that starring in the 3-D film "Gekijoban Trick: Reinosha Battle Royale" has given her a chance to return to the feelings she had when she first started as an actress.

Nakama, 30, and actor Hiroshi Abe, 45, star in the film based on the popular "Trick" TV series and comic books about a magician (Nakama) and a physicist (Abe) who debunk fraudulent spiritualists. TV Asahi is also producing a special, "Trick Daikanshasai," to mark the 10th anniversary of the series.

Directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi, "Gekijoban Trick: Reinosha Battle Royale" is the third film version of the popular TV series that began airing in 2000 as a late-night drama.

The latest movie, which is currently playing, is set in a village ruled by powerful psychic artists, who get caught up in a faction fight.

Nakama reprises her role from the first two films and a TV special in 2005. "Playing this part again conjured up my initial feelings of being nervous and confused when I first started out in this business. I'm glad to be back in the unique world of 'Trick,'" she said.

Nakama, who was born in Okinawa, credits the first "Trick" film in 2000 with making her a star because it led to her being offered the main part in "Gokusen," a story about the granddaughter of a yakuza boss, who teaches at an all-male private high school. Nakama went on to star in many films and TV dramas, as well as becoming a sought-after personality for TV commercials. In recent years, she has been a regular co-host of NHK's "Kohaku Utagassen" (Red and White Song Contest) each New Year's Eve.

"I'm really enjoying myself at this stage of my career because I am getting such a variety of parts," said Nakama, citing such roles as Sadako in the horror movie "Ring 0 Birthday," the villain in the mystery movie "g@me" and a virtuous wife in the World War II melodrama "Watashi wa Kai ni naritai" (I want to become a shell).

"When I choose a part, I try to find something in the character than I can relate to," Nakama said of her approach to acting.

Currently, she is filming the TBS mini-series "Japanese Americans," in which she plays the daughter of a Nikkei immigrant living in the U.S. in the lead-up to World War II. The five-episode drama, which will be broadcast in the fall as part of TBS' 60th anniversary series, co-stars SMAP's Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Kiichi Nakai, Pinko Oizumi and Keiko Kishi.

"The story deals with heavy issues, so I feel I must work hard to do justice to the subject matter," Nakama said.

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get a tan babe.

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I am so sick of seeing her kick the butts of hoardes of bad guys on TV. Its so silly I want to kick her butt just to show the world some reality.

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"get a tan babe"

She'd probably rather not get pre-mature skin wrinkles or skin cancer.

I can't get enough of seeing her kick the butts of impudent males! Go, Yukie, ha ha!

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Although that's not a very good picture of her, she's actually one of the best looking young Japanese acctresses around.

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TBS mini-series “Japanese Americans . . . The story deals with heavy issues

i.e. people with Japanese blood were done wrong -- Yukie really does have her work cut out for her. Let's hope there's a good weepy background score.

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"get a tan babe"

She'd probably rather not get pre-mature skin wrinkles or skin cancer

No kidding. A beach volleyball player the same age as Nakama looks like a worn-out alligator bag. Continue using that umbrella on sunny days, Nakama.

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This lass has a really big face. Normally I don't notice things like face size- but dang, her mug is big. Look closely at one of her many TV commercials- 1/3 of her entire body is face.

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Bebert - Yukie does get to the beach now and then:

www.abcstories.com/profiles/yukie/yukie_nakama022.jpg

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"one of the best looking young Japanese actresses around"

She's 30, but looks younger.

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That shot of her was classic... Thx Sarge... She must be about 18....

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"She'd probably rather not get pre-mature skin wrinkles or skin cancer"

I'm 45, laid out in the sun when I was 18-29 yrs old every summer, one hour each side, no wrinkles and no skin cancer yet.

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"3-D film"

They had a 3-D movie display at the train station the other day. I started feeling sick after watching it after just 30 seconds.

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lol @ stereoman

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She's gorgeous, but kind of evil-looking. I can't imagine her playing anything other than a scheming, Melrose-Place-style villain.

(For those who care, the spell-check says "villainness" is not a word.)

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"1/3 of her entire body is face"

It is not.

"She's... kind of evil-looking"

She is not.

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She's still the young, tragic Sadako to me :-)

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Would there be any English sub-titled/dubbed version?

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I just saw that Keiko Kishi is in this Japanese-American mini-series along with Nakama. She was great as Eiko in The Yakuza.

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My feeling about her is that she is kind of creepy-looking. I don't know, kind of skeletal. Definitely not my type.

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Pretty ..wow she's 30,seriously? Look younger..

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she's evil looking !! wow, that's her attraction , like them wicked !!

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If Yukie Nakama looks sinister, Erika Sawajiri is the Devil!

I became a big fan because unlike most J-actresses who can only be either cute or bloody melodramatic, this girl is convincingly versatile...Ring 0. TRICK. Gokusen. G@me. Shinobi. Mr.Brain (episode 6, which justifies her looking evil).

Quite a long way from her 90s idol days.

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Because of TRICK, I am no longer fooled by magicians!

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she looks old for her age. She looks like 40 to me.

i can't believe she's only 30.

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The photo doesn't do her justice.. She is a classis lady with an unbelievable smile. Don't care how old she looks, just waking up with a smile like her next you is heaven on Earth. There's my paradise

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it is not the best photo of her: she is very attractive, charming and charismatic lady. imho- she does look 30 y.old, but so what?

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Chotto matte.... is 30 by any stretch "old"? If you're 30 and you look like 30, well then everything is OK right?

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tranel: i think so as well...

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get a tan babe.

Why? One of the leading causes of looking older and getting more wrinkles is too much exposure to the sun. Also, there is the real danger of skin cancer. Yukie Nakama, you look absolutely fabulous just the way you are. You don't need a tan.

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Nakama had a tan for an au by KDDI summer campaign...

Dang, hot hot hot.

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Not a bad sort! I actually thought she was older as well! but still a pretty lady!!

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