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Born as the daughter of the wealthy Japanese cosmetics tycoon Tony Tanaka, Chie Tanaka debuted at age 17 when she appeared in the television series Bishyoujou H, although she did not garner much attention at the time. Her career in the entertainment industry was rather disappointing until she appeared in the movie Initial D, a 2005 Hong Kong movie based on the popular Japanese manga and anime series of the same name, which gained her some popularity in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Jay Chou, who played the lead role Takumi Fujiwara in the movie, later invited her to appear in his music video Common Jasmin Orange. In June 2006 Tanaka went to Taiwan to study Standard Mandarin at Mandarin Training Center, National Taiwan Normal University in anticipation to expand her career. Just before her scheduled return to Japan in February 2007, director Wei Te-sheng invited her to take the leading actress role Tomoko in his upcoming Cape No. 7and subsequently prolonged her stay in Taiwan. The movie was...