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Hikari Mitsushima, born on November 30, 1985 in Okinawa, Japan, dreamed of becoming an entertainer since she was a child. She took acting lessons in Okinawa as a child. In 1997, at the age of 12, she first entered the entertainment world by joining 7 member boy & girl pop group "Folder". During the same year, Hikari gained her first child acting role in the kaiju film "Mothra 2: The Undersea Battle".
Three years later, the two boy members left the group "Folder" and the now all female group became known as "Folder5". The group would continue as "Folder5" for for three more years. After "Folder5" disbanded, Hikari who put her acting dreams on hold for her music career, started high school. In 2003, while Hikari was still in high school, she resumed her entertainment career as variety program assistant on Tokyo MX TV. She also worked as a gravure model during this time.
Hikari Mitsushima would gain her big acting break in 2009 with Sion Sono's critically lauded film "Love Exposure" (Ai no mukidashi). Hikari's performance as the tough but frail Yoko gained her attention from critics and fans alike. She received numerous "Best Newcomer" and "Best Actress" awards from her in "Love Exposure".
- Hikari Mitsushima's grandmother was French-American.
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