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Name: Nakatani Miki
Native name: 中谷美紀
Born: January 12, 1976
Miki Nakatani (中谷美紀, Nakatani Miki, born 12 January 1976) is a Japanese actress and singer.
Nakatani was born in Higashimurayama, Tokyo, Japan and began her professional career as a member of a singing group. In 1993, she began appearing in television dramas and commercials, and then in 1995 made her film debut in Toei's Daishitsuren.
In 1996 she released her first single, "Mind Circus", on For Life Records with production by Ryuichi Sakamoto who produced and often wrote music for her subsequent albums and singles. Her most recent music release was the single "Air Pocket" in May, 2001.
In January 1999, Nakatani appeared both in the hit TV series Keizoku, as Jun Shibata (reprising the role in the 2000 Toho movie version), and in Hideo Nakata's horror film sequel Ring 2 and his later mystery-thriller film Chaos'. She won the Japanese Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for he role as Nui in Shochiku Films' Mibugishiden (2003). She was cast in the co-starring role of Hermes in the hit Japanese movie Train Man (2005), partly due to her resemblance to the real-life pseudonymous Hermes as described in the originating non-fiction book, Train Man, by Nakano Hitori (loosely translated 'One of Us').
In 2006 she starred in the film 7 Gatsu 24 Nichi Dōri no Kurisumasu (Christmas on July 24 Street) and Kiraware Matsuko no Isshō (Memories of Matsuko). She won the award for best actress at the 31st Hochi Film Award for Memories of Matsuko. Nakatani appeared in a commercial in Japan for the IBM Thinkpad 230Cs, and was later cast in the part of a Macintosh home movie in one of the Apple Japan "Get a Mac" commercials alongside comedy duo The Rahmens.