(aka Keiko Ono, Emi Shirakawa, Nozomi Shirakawa) Izumi Shima was born Keiko Ishida on December 3, 1953 in Tokyo and began her career acting in 1975 on TV. In 1977 she began her run as an S&M leading lady and became one of the top S&M actresses of the 1980s, particularly 1982-1983.
Shima was born Keiko Ishida (石田恵子) in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Japan on December 3, 1953. Ishida made her acting debut by 1975, using the alias Keiko Ono (小野恵子), in the TV series Taiyō ni Hoero!, but this alias was soon changed to avoid confusion with another actress. Ishida also used the aliases Emi Shirakawa (白川恵美) and Nozomi Shirakawa (白川望美) during this period.
In 1977, Ishida came under exclusive contract with Nikkatsu studio and was given the stage name “Izumi Shima”. She made her debut with the studio in the August 1977 Roman Porno film Lady Chatterley In Tokyo. Nikkatsu promoted Shima for this film as their “most beautiful actress” and the cinematography in the film was designed specifically to highlight her attractiveness. However, due to the disappointing reception of Lady Chatterley In Tokyo, Shima was relegated to low profile and supporting roles for years. According to noted SM-author Oniroku Dan, who was also her sexual partner, she failed to overcome her timid and restrained mood for roles that required physical intimacy, which contrasted sharply with her passionate off-screen sex life.
During this time, Shima appeared in a number of S&M works including the 1980 Blazing Bondage Lady and the 1982 Female Beautician Rope Discipline both written by Oniroku Dan. When Oniroku Dan, seemingly unhappy with the fate of his scripts, decided to produce his own film, Dark Hair, Velvet Soul in 1982, he brought in respected pink film director Mamoru Watanabe to direct the film and he also chose Shima for the starring role. According to the Weissers, Shima brought “elegance and panache” to her role and after this successful appearance, she made S&M films her specialty and became regarded as one of Nikkatsu’s leading S&M actresses of the 1980s. Nikkatsu’s “SM Queen” (SMの女王 SM no joō?) in the period 1982 – 1983, Shima was usually cast as the staple dominatrix type in her later films.