Megumi Okina
Biographical information


6 August 1979
Tokyo, Japan





Singer, Songwriter


St. John's Wort

Ju-on Role


Rika Nishina


Megumi Okina (奥菜恵 Okina Megumi, born 6 August 1979) is a Japanese actress and J-Pop singer. She starred in Ju-on: The Grudge as Rika.


Birth and Rise to J-popEdit

Megumi Okina CD

An Okina music CD released in Japan

Born in Hiroshima and raised in Tokyo, Okina made her J-Pop debut on 19 August 1995 starting with この悲しみを乗り越えて (lit. Overcome this Sadness). While using her real name as her stage name, Okina is sometimes referred to as "The Okina" in countries outside of Japan.

Okina's music career was the focus of her affiliation with the entertainment business as she began to release new singles and albums yearly in Japan.

Television ActressEdit

Around the same time as her rise to J-pop, Okina appeared in several television films and television series starting with Naito heddo (1995). Okina appeared in over four television series fulfilling the roles of both minor and major characters.



Okina with Yuya Ozeki filming Ju-on: The Grudge.

After receiving acclaim for her music in Japan, Okina was approached by Takashi Shimizu to have a major role in in upcoming horror film inspired by a previous film he made. Seeing an opportunity to enhance her acting career and possibilities, Okina accepted and played the role of Rika Nishina in Ju-on: The Grudge.

Return to TelevisionEdit

After the success of Ju-on: The Grudge, Okina's began appear in more television series like Kyôhansha and Konya hitori no bed de (On the Single Bed Tonight) while continuing to advance her music career.

Megumi Okina Shutter

Okina in Shutter

After her appearance in the Japanese film Inugami-ke no ichizoku (The Inugamis), Okina reported that she will be retiring from the entertainment business. However, this decision quickly changed as she appeared in the American remake of the Thai horror film, Shutter.

After Shutter, Okina returned to Japanese industries and decided to continue appearing in Japanese productions. Okina continues to appear in Japanese films outside of the horror genre along with television series appearances once again.

Marriage and MotherhoodEdit

Okina married Susumu Fujita in January 2004. They divorced on 22 July 2005. In 2007, Okina stated she was retiring from the entertainment business. However, she later had a role in the American remake of a 2004 Thai film, Shutter, released March 21, 2008. She portrayed a ghost named Megumi Tanaka.

Around March 12, 2009, she announced that she was four months pregnant and planning on marrying her boyfriend of two years, a businessman.[1]

Discography Edit

Albums Edit

  • 1995/09/21 : Blossom
  • 1996/05/21 : illusion
  • 1997/03/20 : gradation
  • 1998/04/01 : i・n・g
  • 1998/09/01 : Stairs -The Best Songs-

Singles Edit

  • 1995/08/19 : この悲しみを乗り越えて
  • 1996/04/23 : そんなの悲しいね
  • 1996/09/21 : あなたのそばで
  • 1997/02/25 : 今でも...あなたが好きだから
  • 1997/05/28 : 淑女の夢は万華鏡 (ending theme from Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo)
  • 1997/10/29 : それでも愛してる
  • 1998/02/25 : ゆらゆら
  • 1998/08/21 : Eternity

Filmography Edit

Movies Edit

  • 2009: Tsumi toka batsu toka
  • 2008: Shutter (aka Spirits)
  • 2006: Inugamike no Ichizoku
  • 2006: Ulysses
  • 2003: Ju-on: The Grudge
  • 2001: Red Shadow: Akakage
  • 2001: Otogirisō (St John's Wort)
  • 2000: Sebunzu feisu
  • 2000: Tales of the Unusual
  • 1995: Naito heddo (adapted from Night Head)

Dramas Edit

  • Takusan no Ai wo Arigato (たくさんの愛をありがとう) (NTV, 2006)
  • Aibou 5 (TV Asahi, 2006, ep1)
  • Wakatoryo to Kyuunin no Ko (NHK, 2006)
  • Oishii Koroshikata (BS Fuji, 2006)
  • Jikou Keisatsu (TV Asahi, 2006, ep5)
  • Konya Hitori no Bed de as Jumonji Azusa (TBS, 2005)
  • Kyohansha (NTV, 2003)
  • Beginner (Fuji TV, 2003)
  • Boku ga Chikyu wo Suku as Tsukishima Kyoko (TBS, 2002)
  • Koisuru Top Lady as Hasegawa Mizuki (Fuji TV, 2002)
  • Shin Hoshi no Kinka (NTV, 2001)
  • Wakaresaseya as Mizusawa Chiharu (YTV, 2001)
  • Hanamura Daisuke (Fuji TV, 2000, ep11-12)
  • Suna no ue no Koibitotachi (Fuji TV, 1999)
  • Tengoku no Kiss as Mitarai Asumi (TV Asahi, 1999)
  • Tengoku ni Ichiban Chikai Otoko as Tsuyuzaki Koharu (TBS, 1999)
  • Genroku Ryoran (NHK, 1999)
  • Hashire Komuin (Fuji TV, 1998)
  • Ao no Jidai (TBS, 1998)
  • Shinryonaikai Ryoko (NTV, 1997)
  • Futari (TV Asahi, 1997)
  • Kimi ga Jinsei no Toki (TBS, 1997)
  • Wakaba no Koro (TBS, 1996)
  • Kinjirareta Asobi (NTV, 1995)


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