Hotaru Hazuki is one of Pink Eiga’s best individual actresses. She has been dubbed, the Queen of Pink Eiga and the Last Pink Actress. She has also performed under the name Sayoko Ishii.
Hazuki joined the underground theater company Suizokukangekijou, while she was still in university. Her Pink Eiga debut occurred in 1993 in “The Legend of the Thief.” She has acted in over 100 Pink Eiga films so far, and continues to work in the theater. More recently, she has begun to appear in mainstream films as well, such as “Man Walking on Snow” (an official selection of the Cannes International Film Festival in 2001).
Hazuki has been awarded best actress prize at the Pink Eiga film festival, a record five times. While she might not be considered the most beautiful actress, she has great stage presence that emphasizes the tension in many of her films. Early on in her career, Hazuki was cast as dark characters, but recently she has had the opportunity to perform in comedy, which she also does well. She wears kimonos distinctively, so she is often cast to play the role of a wife in dramas. Her sharp eyes and glossy black hair provide her with an air of exoticism. Hazuki delivers dialogue very uniquely, in a kind of flat monotone that is nonetheless clear and impressively powerful.
• Best actress – Pink Film Festival (1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002) • Best New Actress – Pink Eiga Film Festival (1994)
• The Secret in the Attic (2005) • The Dollhouse (2004) • Blackout (2002) • The Girl with the Sixth Sense (2002) • Man Walking on Snow (2001) as Sayoko Ishii • Lusty Hot Spring (1999) • Only Tonight (1999) • Human Livestock (1999) • Blue Sky Crayon (1998) • Horny Kimono (1998) • Forever Wanking (1994) • The Legend of the Thief (1993)