Japanese actress Mariko Shinoda is known for her innocent looking face and sweet demeanor but her most recent film role is earning her a significant amount of positive attention from those within the Japanese television and film industries.
The AKB48 graduate plays the role of a seducer of another woman in the television movie "Zenijo". In the show her boss, a restaurant owner is actually a lover of the stock market and she chooses her stocks based on spiritual clues that come to her as she prays. She takes out loans and gets into debt with the bank and gets herself into even more trouble by hiring Miho, played by Mariko Shinoda.
Her character then begins to seductively compliment the decisions and choices of the owner and is eventually able to literally control her boss which leads to huge problems for the restaurant owner in the end. This role, the 'dark' character played by Mariko Shinoda represents a huge breakthrough for her as an actress because it proves to producers and directors that she not only has the talent but the willingness to 'stretch' herself as an actress and find different dimensions of her character.
Mariko Shinoda in playing this part showed that she is capable of playing mature, adult roles that require dramatic range and the ability to show the vulnerability, the flaws that a person may possess. Entertainment insiders are now predicting that some of Japan's most prominent television and film producers will be looking to add her to their projects because with her appeal and popularity from her time as a member of the Japanese idol group AKB48 and her sensational acting performance she will add to the quality and ratings of their projects.
Playing Miho in the movie "Zenijo" was a brilliant career move for Mariko Shinoda as it has demonstrated to the filmmakers of Japan that she is not only an attractive actress but a courageous and skilled dramatic actress whom they can count on for exceptional acting performances.