Naomi Tani (谷ナオミ, Tani Naomi, born 20 October 1948) is the screen name (real name unknown) of a Japanese actor and director best known for appearing in pornographic SM films.
She took the “Tani” part of her screen name from part of the name of the novelist Jun’ichirō Tanizaki (谷崎 潤一郎, Tanizaki Jun’ichirō), and the “Naomi” part of her screen name from the central character in his important early work A Fool’s Love. “Tani,” or “valley,” is also a Japanese slang word for the cleavage between the breasts, which may have influenced her choice.
Tani’s first experience with an SM film was in one episode of the omnibus film Memoirs Of A Modern Female Doctor (1967), and her first full-fledged SM leading role was in director Masanao Sakao’s Cruel Map of Women’s Bodies (1967). Her 1974 SM film Wife To Be Sacrificed is generally credited with firmly establishing the string of SM films which helped sustain Nikkatsu studios throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It became Nikkatsu’s biggest hit of 1974, and remains one of their top five successes of all time. It also established Naomi Tani as the new Nikkatsu Roman Porno queen (as the film was produced by Nikkatsu studios as part of their Roman Porno series), and the first of their SM Queens.
As a director, in 1972 she directed two SM films, Sex Killer and Starved Sex Beast, of which she said, “I accentuated scenes with a lot of torture and bondage.”
She retired as an actor in 1979.
In 1996 she opened “Yours Naomi”, a video store near Hakata which specializes in erotic cinema, especially Nikkatsu’s Roman Porno films.
She appeared in Hideo Nakata’s year 2000 documentary on director Masaru Konuma, entitled Sadistic and Masochistic.
She was nominated for best actress by the Japanese Academy (the Japanese equivalent of Best Actress from the Academy Awards) for two of her Nikkatsu Roman Porno films from 1978, Lady Black Rose (director Shōgorō Nishimura’s first film in the SM genre), and Flesh of the Rose.