Maria Ozawa, who used the name Miyabi early in her career, is a Japanese adult video
(AV) actress known in Japan as an AV idol.
Life and career
Ozawa was born in Hokkaido,
on January 8, 1986. Her mother is Japanese and her father is Canadian. Since
she attended an international school from Primary School to High School, she
claims that her English reading and writing ability is better than her Japanese.
While at school, she played hockey every day, and often went to karaoke after
class. Ozawa had her first sexual experience at the age of 13, and learned the "48
sexual positions" through a book that she bought herself.
In 2002, while still in high school, Ozawa appeared in a short (30 second) Japanese TV commercial for DARS Chocolate with the two
members of the Japanese pop group KinKi Kids. The commercial has her sharing
chocolate with one of the duo while secretly holding hands with the other.
AV debut and S1
She first encountered AVs (adult videos) by watching several tapes that belonged to a friend’s brother. Unlike most AV actresses, Ozawa was
not scouted. Instead, she was introduced to the AV industry through a friend
that was working in AVs. Ozawa was interested in the industry, and researched
companies until she found B-open, a model agent which she liked. She applied
for an interview with the company and was accepted. She started modeling as Miyabi
for the pornographic site Shirouto-Teien.com in June 2005, which resulted in
several sets of photographs and a short hardcore gonzo video released in CD-R
and DVD-R formats.
She was then signed by S1 No. 1 Style, an AV studio that produces light hardcore pornography, premiering for them as Maria Ozawa on
October 7, 2005 with the video New Face – Number One Style directed by Hideto Aki. Ozawa remembers that she was so nervous during the filming of her first AV that she could not look
the male actor in the face. At S1, Ozawa subsequently appeared in one original
video per month until February 2007. She was involved in several S1 compilation
videos including the company’s entry in the 2006 AV Open, a competition between
Japanese porn studios for the best selling video. The S1 video Hyper – Barely
There Mosaic , featuring Maria Ozawa along with other AV idols Sora Aoi, Yua
Aida, Yuma Asami, and Honoka (plus a short preview for Rin Aoki), won first
DAS and other studios
Maria Ozawa and S1 parted ways in early 2007. Along with Rin
Suzuka, Reina Matsushima and Rin Aoki, she moved from the safe, but popular S1
to a new startup company, Dasdas (DAS). On April 25, 2007, Dasdas released the
first videos of the company, one of which (Beautiful Eurasian News Anchor Maria
Ozawa Desiring Nakadashi Rape) featured Maria Ozawa. Dasdas videos contain
scenes of rape, creampie, urolagnia, enema and physical torture, themes not
featured in the light hardcore style of her S1 videos. Her first "interracial"
title Multiple Black Rape was released
from Dasdas in May 2008.
By the end of 2007, she signed (not exclusively) with Attackers , an established AV studio that specializes in thematic rape pornography.
In June 2008 she changed studios once again, going to the small start-up studio
Ran-maru which released her first video with them on July 19, 2008. Ran-maru, along
with Ozawa’s previous studios, S1, Dasdas and Attackers, are all part of Japan’s largest
group of AV companies, the Hokuto Corporation.
The latter part of 2008 has seen Ozawa in a variety of videos from different producers including her first exclusively lesbian (Rezu) video (W Cast Premium Lesbian) for LADYxLADY, a division of the Japanese porn
conglomerate Soft On Demand (SOD). In a more drastic career move, Ozawa decided
to appear in her first "uncensored" movies which do not have the
mosaic pixelation which is used to obscure the genitals in all standard
Japanese porn videos. Four uncensored 45-minute videos of Ozawa and a single
male actor were released online at XVN in September 2008. The material from
the first two videos was edited for a 90 minute DVD (Tora-Tora Platinum Vol.49
Maria Ozawa) released September 26, 2008, and the second two videos were
combined as Tora-Tora Platinum Vol. 52 Maria Ozawa (December 31, 2008).
For the 2009 AV GrandPrix three studios (DAS, Moodyz, and M’s Video Group) all selected videos starring Ozawa as their entries in the contest. The DAS compilation The Queen of DAS won the Best Violence Video Award and the
M’s Video Group entry Oral Venus took one of the Special Awards in the Featured
Actress Video category.
In January 2009, Ozawa returned to DAS to film Shemale Orgy Gangbang Rape with three transsexual actresses and in March 2009 made her debut
in the Japanese porn genre of tentacle rape with Monster Swallowing Ecstasy
Maria Ozawa for SOD.
Besides adult videos, she has appeared in V-Cinema films, a
photobook and several glamour ("gravure") videos. In 2007, she played
the character Anita on the popular Japanese TV drama Tokumei Kakarichō Tadano
Hitoshi on TV Asahi. In addition, Ozawa was on a 2007 episode of the
Japanese variety show Megami no hatena ("The Goddess of What Is That")
on Nihon TV as part of a series with AV actresses telling why they went into AV
work. She has also appeared on Japanese MTV with the hip hop artist SEAMO, who
is also a fan, and in the 2007 music video Summer Time in the D.S.C. with the Yokohama hip hop group DS455.
Ozawa could be seen in 2007 performing twice at the Shinjuku striptease bar "Shinjuku New Art". She took dance lessons to prepare but was still very nervous. She danced in a variety of outfits including
appearing as a belly-dancer, a geisha and a cowgirl. Three videos were released
of her performance and a behind-the-scenes interview.
She followed up on her Shinjuku experience by starring in a cabaret show in Macao.
The show, called "Tokyo Nights", ran at the Rockza night club in the
Grand Lisboa Hotel from August 16 to September 6, 2008 and featured Ozawa and
several other Japanese performers. The shows received mixed reviews. Promotional
materials show her with a (temporary) tattoo.
In 2008, Ozawa acted in her first mainstream movie, Invitation Only, billed as "Taiwan’s
First-Ever Slasher Horror". The film is produced by Three Dots
Entertainment in Taipei, Taiwan and co-stars Julianne Chu. Ozawa
plays a supermodel and has dialog in English and Japanese. Her professionalism
impressed her co-workers and her role was expanded to include further scenes. The
film was released in Taiwan in August 2008. Ozawa, who is very popular in Taiwan,
also did a photoshoot for the Taiwan version of FHM magazine in May 2009.
According to a September 2009 news report, production house Maxima Pictures is "pulling the necessary strings" to have Ozawa
appear in an Indonesian comedy film titled Menculik Miyabi ("Kidnapping
Miyabi"), which will be released in Indonesia at the end of 2009. Although
advertisements in the Indonesian language calling Ozawa’s Muslim fans to piety
and featuring Ozawa in jilbāb (Indonesian hijab) were issued on occasions of
Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr, the Indonesian Ulema Council condemned the efforts for
Her hobbies include cooking and watching AVs on her
flatscreen television set. She also enjoys playing video games, and owns a pink
Nintendo DS Lite, and a pink PlayStation 2 console. Ozawa has been fairly open
about her private life granting several interviews and keeping a very detailed
text and picture blog of her life and activities dating back to October 2005.
During a 2007 interview, Ozawa reported that her interest in the AV industry remains high, and her video cabinet contains nothing but AVs. She makes a good living from the industry, living in a mansion (a high-class
apartment) with a US$1,682-per-month rent, and earning a minimum of $8,000 per
month. However, while she says that she would quit the industry only if she
is forced to do something else, she would try to prevent a friend from
beginning work in the AV industry. Ozawa’s family and friends are against her
chosen profession in spite of her apparent pride in her work. When she brought
several of her videos home to show her parents, they refused to watch them and
told her to get out.
In mid-2008, it was reported in the Japanese tabloid newspapers Shūkan Bunshun and Tokyo Sports that Ozawa was dating J-pop star
Koki Tanaka from the group KAT-TUN. According to the reports, Ozawa neither
confirmed or denied the rumours, saying only "If I’m dating someone I will
stay devoted to him! I have a rule against sex friends. It’s not a good thing, plus
having one boyfriend is enough".