SORA AOI BIOGRAPHY
Sora Aoi (蒼井そら, Aoi Sora) (also known as Sola Aoi) is a Japanese AV idol, nude model, and media personality. One of the top, award-winning actresses in the AV field of her time, she attained mainstream media recognition.
Sora Aoi was born November 11, 1983 in Tokyo. As a student she worked at various part-time jobs in the food-service industry, such as pizza parlours, pubs and sushi bars. While in her third year in high school, Aoi was scouted in Shibuya by a talent agency for gravure modelling. When asked how her stage name was chosen, Aoi explained, "My agency asked what color I liked. I said blue ("ao" in Japanese). He also asked what I like in general. I said sky ("Sora" in Japanese). So, he chose Sora Aoi (means "Blue Sky" in Japanese)."
Aoi made her debut as a nude model in November 2001. Her "big eyes cute smile," "young girl's face and... large breasts" quickly made her a popular magazine model. Her bust was at first reported as a metric F-cup, but had become a G-cup within a year of her acting debut.
Aoi made two adult movies, Summer Break and Twinkle Twinkle which were supposedly aired on a subscription porn TV service, although details have not been confirmed yet. She then signed with the Kuki Group-- one of Japan's largest producers of pornography-- which includes the Samantha, and Alice Japan label.
Aoi made her official AV debut in 2002, at the age of 18, in the Alice Japan production, Happy Go Lucky. Released in July, 2002, the film focused on Aoi's youth and "new face" status. The video showed Aoi making an urabon, and portraying a schoolgirl who had sex with her teacher.
For her work in adult videos during her first year, Aoi won the "Best Breasts Award" at the AV Grand Prix awards ceremony of 2003. The same year, Aoi starred in the theatrically released High School Teacher (2003). In this film she played two roles, the title character, and a girl who had committed suicide the year before the high school teacher arrived.
While continuing to perform in hardcore AVs, Aoi appeared in the first video release of the Shuffle company's new label Believe. Entitled The Naked Body, this June 2003 release was an "image video," which has nude modeling but no sex. Naked / Sora Aoi #2 was Aoi's second "image video" for this company. This February 2004 release had Aoi modeling in Guam. By this time Aoi had become one of the most popular AV idols in Japan. Her name was the second-most popular Internet search on a female celebrity in Japan for 2005, and she was the most-searched AV idol. Aoi's popularity enabled her to enter mainstream entertainment, including television and radio, and singing on some punk rock albums. Her popularity even extended to South Korea, where the Korean hip-hop group, Epik High used one of her nude pictures to promote their concerts during their underground days. They were caught by the police, and publicly apologized to her years after.
Aoi continued to work for Alice Japan and Samantha until November 2004, when her contract was not renewed. She then moved to the newly formed porn film production company, S1. This studio's main selling points were that its films were thinly censored because the company that applied the censor was not monitored by the Japanese government and that the films contained more hardcore scenes such as gang rape and bondage.
By 2006, Aoi was appearing regularly on television, including acting in several dramas and often appearing on variety shows. According to a December, 2006 issue of Friday magazine, Aoi was currently having a love affair with renowned owarai (comic) artist Jiro Hachimitsu. Aoi and Hachimitsu were reportedly living together at the time