Aju Makita

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Aju Makita
蒔田 彩珠
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Born (2002-08-07) August 7, 2002 (age 21)
Kanagawa, Japan
Years active2009–present
AgentHumanité Inc.
Height"5 ft 1.5 in"

Aju Makita (蒔田 彩珠, Makita Aju, born August 7, 2002) is a Japanese actress.


Makita starred alongside actress Sara Minami in Hiroaki Yuasa's Shino Can't Say Her Name.[1]

After making her television debut in Hirokazu Kore-eda's Going My Home,[2] she has played roles in several of his films, such as Shoplifters and The Third Murder.[3]

In 2018, she played the role of Gelsomina in David Leveaux's theatrical production of La Strada.[4]



Year Title Role Director Notes Ref(s).
2016 After the Storm Aju Hirokazu Kore-eda [2]
2017 The Third Murder Yuka Shigemori Hirokazu Kore-eda [3]
The Light Dances Nagisa Hajime Izuki Lead, short film [3]
2018 Shoplifters Sayaka Shibata Hirokazu Kore-eda [5]
My Friend "A" Yui Shiraishi Takahisa Zeze [2]
The Cat in Their Arms Isshin Inudo [6]
Shino Can't Say Her Name Kayo Okazaki Hiroaki Yuasa Lead [1]
2019 Strawberry Song Shintrō Sugawara [7]
2020 True Mothers Hikari Katakura Naomi Kawase [8][9]
#Hand Zenryoku Kurosawa Daigo Matsui [10]
Child of the Stars Mah-chan Tatsushi Ōmori [11]
2021 Child of Kamiari Month Kanna (voice) Takana Shirai Lead [12]


Year Title Role Network Notes Ref(s).
2012 Going My Home Moe Tsuboi Fuji TV [2]
2016 Toto Neechan 13-year-old Tamaki Mizuta NHK Asadora [2]
2018 An Invisible Cradle Chie Nakamoto NHK Episode 2 [2]
2020 Kotonoha Kaori Itō FOD Lead, TV movie [13]
2021 Okaeri Mone Michi Nagaura NHK Asadora [14][15]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2018 La Strada Gelsomina [4]


Year Award Category Work(s) Result Ref.
2018 43rd Hochi Film Awards Best New Artist Shino Can't Say Her Name Won [16]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "'Shino Can't Say Her Name': A teenage struggle that speaks to everyone". The Japan Times. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Aju Makita". Humanite. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Review: In 'The Third Murder,' Guilty as Charged isn't the Whole Story". The New York Times. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "On The Road To New Experiences, Post-Smap, With Tsuyoshi Kusagani". The Theatre Times. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  5. "万引き家族". eiga.com. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  6. "猫は抱くもの". eiga.com. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  7. "いちごの唄". eiga.com. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  8. "朝が来る". eiga.com. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  9. "True Mothers review: Naomi Kawase's heartfelt yet frustrating drama". The Guardian. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  10. "#ハンド全力". eiga.com. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  11. "芦田愛菜主演「星の子」に岡田将生、大友康平、高良健吾、黒木華らが出演! 本予告も完成". eiga.com. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  12. "神在月のこども". eiga.com. Retrieved June 4, 2020.
  13. "蒔田彩珠&桜田ひよりがダブル主演、「ドラマ甲子園」大賞作品『言の葉』". Oricon. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  14. "朝ドラ『おかえりモネ』清原果耶の家族キャストに内野聖陽、鈴木京香ら". Oricon. Retrieved September 11, 2020.
  15. "おかえりモネ:来春朝ドラで注目の"ヒロイン妹"に抜てき 18歳の実力派・蒔田彩珠って?". Mantan-web. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  16. "南沙良&蒔田彩珠「報知映画賞」で快挙「たくさんの奇跡を運んでくれた」". Modelpress. Retrieved June 4, 2020.

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