Live Action Model: Actress Kanae Uotani
Akemi is an exchange student from Japan, attending the same college as several of the other characters, and the teaching assistant to Professor Lassiter McNeal. When the story starts, she is 21 years old (going on 22). Although she winds up being cursed by Samara Morgan in an effort to find out how similar Samara's legend is to Sadako Yamamura's, Akemi may just find a different way to fight this curse through her home country's traditions.
Kanae Uotani played Rei in the Japanese movie Sky High. These pictures come from that film. Because she played a character quite unlike Akemi in many ways, she dresses differently than I would ever imagine Akemi to dress, except for maybe the black dress in the upper right picture. Most of the other clothes are too flashy for Akemi. Also, she can be a very serious girl, but I do imagine her smiling sometime, an expression that could not be represented in these pics. Explaining the sword would spoil the story, but I will say that it has almost the same use as this weapon did in Sky High, although it is a different sword with a different background.
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