Tina Yuzuki (柚木ティナ Yuzuki Tina?), also known as Rio, is a Japanese AV idol who debuted in 2005, while appearing in videos produced by the Max-A and S1 studios. After starring in AVs in various genres during her first year in the industry, she won an industry award as Best New Actress for 2006. Since late 2007, she has used the stage name of Rio.
[Life and career]
Tina Yuzuki was born in Tokyo on October 29, 1986. Like fellow AV idols Maria Ozawa, Meisa Hanai and Anna Ohura, Yuzuki is of mixed-race parentage. Her father is Japanese and her mother is Portuguese, and she learned to speak Portuguese from her mother.
[AV debut and Max-A]
Yuzuki’s AV debut was in the November 2005 release for Max-A’s Calen label, Hot Wind, The director of Yuzuki’s premier video uses the name ‘Toshio,’ and has continued to work with the actress throughout her AV career. Another collaboration between Yuzuki and director Toshio’s was in the March 2007 release, High School Uniform and Machine-Gun. Max-A then chose Yuzuki to star in their May 2006 release, My Wife Is Tina!, the first video in the company’s newlywed housewife series. In July 2006, Yuzuki made her first foray into the incest genre with Sister’s Secret. At the end of 2006 Max-A again picked Yuzuki to star in the first entry in a new series, this one entitled Urekko, which was released in December 2006.
[Rio and S1]
Beginning with her October 12, 2007 release, Endless Ecstasy Fuck, for Max-A, Yuzuki adopted the stage name of Rio. This is the name she has used in all original videos since. After spending two years making videos exclusively for Max-A, Yuzuki left that company early in 2008 to join S1 No. 1 Style, part of Japan’s largest porn company, the Hokuto Corporation. She released her first video with them, Risky Mosaic Rio, directed by Hideto Aki, in February 2008. She continued working for S1, producing one video per month, through the beginning of 2009 when she once again began performing for Max-A.
In another entertainment area, Yuzuki along with other S1 actresses] was a regular on the late night TV variety show Please Muscat (おねがい マスカット Onegai Muscat?) which began airing on TV Osaka in April 2008.
Rio appeared in her first mainstream movie in 2009, the schoolgirl prostitute revenge erotic thriller Stop the Bitch Campaign (Enjo-kosai bokumetsu undo or 援助交際撲滅運動) directed by Kosuke Suzuki with Kenichi Endo as the villain. The film, the third in the series, debuted at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival in February 2009 followed by a series of screenings in March at the Cinema Rosa in the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo. A DVD was released in June 2009.
Also in 2009, she was one of three AV Idols appearing in the joint Japanese-Korean production Korean Classroom which was broadcast on Korean TV in May 2009. Along with her fellow stars Sora Aoi and Mihiro, she traveled to Korea to promote the four part series. Later that year Yuzuki starred in the comedy Kosupure tantei (コスプレ探偵) based on the manga of the same name. The film, produced by Ace-Deuce (エースデュース), was released theatrically in July 2009 and came out as a DVD the next month.
On Japanese TV, Yuzuki played the role of Lisa in the first and last (11th) episodes of the TBS comedy Unubore Deka (うぬぼれ刑事?) which aired July–September 2010 and starred Tomoya Nagase, Toma Ikuta and Mika Nakashima. That same year, she played a murder victim in the TBS mystery movie Keishichō Minamidaira Han – Nana Nin No Keiji (警視庁南平班〜七人の刑事〜?) which was broadcast on August 23, 2010.
[Popularity and recognition]
The Japanese AV industry recognized Yuzuki by naming her the Best New Actress at the 2006 AV Actress Grand Prix awards. She was further honored by being crowned Best Actress at the 2008 Adult Broadcasting Awards for the Cherry Bomb adult TV channel on SKY PerfecTV! satellite television. In addition, her November 2008 film, Double Risky Mosaic, Rio & Yuma, with Yuma Asami, was the S1 studio’s entry in the 2009 AV GrandPrix contest. The video took the top GrandPrix Award and also won in several other categories: DVD Sales, Retailers Award, Package Design, and Best Featured Actress Video.