Han Jang-hee

Even though there weren't any girls who stood out during the 2006 World Cup like the media-named "Miss World Cup," Shim Mina did in 2002, Han Jang-hee aka "Elf Girl" came the closest. After a photo of her wearing a nicely modified "Red Devils" t-shirt (the official name of the Korean national soccer team's fans) hit the Internet, she was quickly dubbed Elf Girl, due to her resemblance to a popular anime character.

Unlike Mina, who came out with her debut CD before the furor from the 2002 World Cup had a chance to die down, it's taken Jang-hee almost three years to release hers. She got plenty of offers from entertainment agencies shortly after her photo hit cyberspace, but she reportedly wanted to stay out of the limelight, even though she was no stranger to show biz. (Her mother was a fairly successful "trot" singer, and got Jang-hee featured on the cover of a CD in 2005.)

However, she changed her mind and decided she wanted to become a singer late last year and, according to the Korean entertainment media buzz, her debut disc is due for release any day now. Even though it's been reported that she's been taking dance and vocal lessons for the last few months, I don't think her singing will be what sells her.

Friday the 13th Victim, Ethel

Veteran actress Carol Locatell will probably always be best remembered for her role as Junior's mom Ethel, in 1985's Friday the 13th: A New Beginning. Here we see, after her son losing his head, Ethel becoming an ingredient in her own stew. By last accounts, Carol is still alive and well, running the acting workshop she founded in New York City.

Whatever Happened to Chris Aoki?
(Kekko Kamen Unmasked)

Japanese model/actress Chris Aoki (Please don't confuse with the male golfer of the same name.) was the first to play the part of manga superheroine Kekko Kamen in the early 90s. She was also the one who generated the most interest from Asian Sirens readers when I shared this entry with them. According to what little info I've been able to dig up on her, the 163 cm, 34-23-33 Miss Aoki was born on March 25, 1968 in Tokyo and was a 1990 Playboy Playmate in the now defunct Japanese edition of the magazine.

It seems that Chris appeared in a least one other film besides the Kekko Kamen ones she starred in, but hasn't been active in show biz or modeling since that time. All of the photos of her in this entry are from a photo book entitled Message, published in 1992 that I recently obtained from a Japanese bookseller.

If anyone can dig up any other credible information on her and/or what she may be doing these days, just shy of her 41st birthday, please comment and let me know. Until then, Chris will just have to reside in the "Whatever Happened to..?" file.

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