Those who were born in the 80s and 90s know how simple life was back then.
Before internet took over, most of those who belong in that generation only have the radio and television as a primary means of entertainment.
It was also during that era when action themed asian movies flourished.
The names of Bruce Lee and Jacky Chan were synonymous with martial arts related films.
Their success also paved way for other martial arts practitioner to try their luck in showbiz.
Cynthia Luster, (born Yukari Ōshima December 31, 1963) is a Japanese former actress and martial artist.
She gained prominence and fame in Hong Kong by doing action movies.
Later in her career, she became popular in the Philippines.
Cynthia was born in Nishi-ku, Fukuoka, Japan.
She has a mix nationality from her Japanese father who worked as businessman and fashion designer and her Chinese mother.
Oshima began studying Gōjū-ryū Seigokan karate at Ennouji Dojo in junior high school.
Oshima was one of Japan’s brightest female martial artists during the 1980s.
This eventually landed her several leading roles in the “babes and bullets” fad of Hong Kong action cinema.
Interestingly, Yukari also played the role of “Farrah Cat” in Bioman, which aired not only in Japan originally but also worldwide.
After her Hong Kong career started to lie low, she embarked on a new career in the Philippines in the 1990s with the stage name Cynthia Luster.
Due to Filipinos’ interest in Jackie Chan, she became Chan’s pseudo female equivalent.
She had several movies that immediate gained fame. One of which was a film starring popular local celebrity, Vic Sotto.
After her fame, Cynthia went back and settled in her hometown in Fukuoka, Japan. She has since retired from making films.
However, she still remains relatively active particularly in promoting tourism in their city.
Besides that, she also works as a co founder and teaching staff of her self name school called Yukari Oshima Action School.
Sources told to she actively trains young aspirants about stunts as well as acting workshops.
Many would say that her current endeavors looks much like “passing the torch” to the next generation.
What can you say?