Takako Fuji (藤 貴子, Fuji Takako) (born July 27, 1972) is a Japanese actress and seiyū with strong ties to theatre.
Fuji was born in Tokyo. She is a member of the Ein Theatrical Company, and studied acting at the Aoyama Gakuin University. Fuji is usually working on-stage or doing voice-overs, but occasionally also appears in films. Her most memorable role to this date is that of Kayako Saeki the vengeful ghost in the Ju-on series. She first played Kayako in the 1998 short movie Katasumi, part of the Gakkô no kaidan G collection. She then reprised her role in the straight-to-video film Ju-on and its sequel Ju-on 2. When director Takashi Shimizu decided to direct two additional installments for a broader theatrical release (Ju-on: The Grudge and Ju-on: The Grudge 2), Fuji played the character of Kayako twice more. When the films were subsequently remade for an American audience as The Grudge and The Grudge 2 Fuji played the role yet again. It has been confirmed that she will not play Kayako in The Grudge 3, the final Grudge film for America.
Fuji has since stated in interviews that she is a bit tired of the role and that sometimes it's hard for her to keep herself motivated, since she