Maria Takagi was born in Chiba Prefecture, Japan on October 25, 1978. Using the name Yukiko Hara (原由紀子), she released a "gravure" (non-nude) photo album Nishi-Shinjuku Love Story (西新宿恋物語) in June 1998. She made an early movie appearance in the August 1998 mainstream film Yoi Yume Yakei (酔夢夜景?), a love story directed by pink film director Shuji Kataoka. In November 1998, under the name Rika Inoue (いのうえ梨花), she posed for the men's magazine Urecco and as Maria Takagi, issued a photobook of nude pictures titled Blue in December 2000. The next year, Takagi starred in the erotic fantasy Mermaid Girl (マーメイド ～海から来た少女～?) written and directed by Kei Marimura which reached theaters in July 2001. Takagi also had a small part in the Kyoto Broadcasting System TV show HATU Vampire Syndrome (ＨＡＴＵ ～ヴァンパイア・シンドローム～?) directed by Naoyuki Tomomatsu and broadcast on January 5, 2002. Later in 2002, she had a role in the erotic drama Yūrakuchō yakei (有楽町夜景?) which premiered in Ikebukuro in September 2002.
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