Hikari Mitsushima is a Japanese film actress, born on 30 November 1985, in Okinawa, Japan. She began her career in 1997 as a teenage idol singer in the J-pop groups Folder and Folder 5. She made her acting debut in Rebirth of Mothra II in 1997, but did not start acting regularly until 2005. She appeared in manga-based thriller film Death Note in 2006 and the controversial drama Love Exposure, directed by Sion Sono, in 2008. Her performance in Love Exposure brought her to critical attention and won several awards. Since then she has had starring roles in Kakera: A Piece of Our Life and Sawako Decides, directed and written by Yuya Ishii, which eventually led to her marriage to him in late 2010.