Hong-hu Ada

Hong-hu, better known as Hong-hu Ada, is an actress, singer, songwriter, dubbing artist and advocate for many Humanitarian Organizations. Hong-hu grew up between the U.S., in Miami, and Japan. Her mother tongue is English. Although she spent her early childhood in the U.S.Hung-hu was born in Italy to a Japanese father and an Italian mother. In fact, as an Italian-Japanese artist, she is best known for her starring roles in the films "Mary" and "Go go Tales" by Abel Ferrara; "The Eldest Son" and "Giovanna's father" by Pupi Avati; and finally "Ice Age 4: Continental Drift". Hong-hu is a faith filled woman who is deeply rooted in her Japanese origins. She has totally embraced the Japanese culture by learning the philosophy and most especially the varied and rich Japanese arts. At a certain point, Hong-hu chose to become a Geisha "a woman who writes in silence". The geisha is a traditional artist of Japan, who begins her learning at a very early age, as a "Maiko". Hong-hu began her journey as a Geisha by learning to strictly respect the principles of inner balance and peace that were transmitted to her. Out of all seven arts that a Geisha can specialize in, Hong-hu chose to devote herself to the arts of acting and music. The compositions of her songs flow from the principles of geisha and creation. She writes songs by extracting the melody from perfumes or other fragrances or from any of the first elements of the Earth such as: milk, honey, oil, wine or water. These are items that are offered by nature without the work of human hands. Hong-hu Ada says that "it is here that the strongest musical melodies are hidden, you just have to know how to decode them out so, in this way, the public can hear them." Hong-hu loves to retreat to solitary places, so that she may hear the sound of water and wind. She plays the "Koto", the Japanese harp and the piano. Her maternal grandmother, her first singing instructor, discovered Hong-hu's musical skills and introduced her to the world of Opera. Hong-hu Ada became a lyric soprano and performed in major concerts at churches and cathedrals throughout Europe. These were years in which she was formed in the studies of both opera and piano. During this time she also starred in various operas, such as the Butterfly by Puccini in both London and Italian theaters. After numerous performances, Hong-hu returned to the U.S. taking on further studies at the University of Miami School of Music. Here she pursued studies in acting and singing. During this time she was also able to delve into the musical styles of gospel, soul and R & B through the expertise of African American professors and clergymen of spiritual and black gospel churches in the U.S. It is here that Hong-hu decided to leave the world of opera in order to devote herself entirely to the music of "black gospel. She began to compose music and write songs with the help of Reverend S. McDonald, a professor of music and singing to many international artists. During her time in Miami she starred in three musicals: "Like a star", "All the dreams come true" and "Dreaming", and her first R&B album entitled "Lost" produced by the same University in 2003. The following year, a new single "Nuova Gente" is released, written and composed by Mogol and Gianni Bella while Hong-hu is still in the U.S. In 2008 another single "With a fairy tale" is released, composed by Hong-hu and produced by Universo recording label and after several months the label also produced the single "Puppets". Hong-hu Ada began learning her craft in the theatre performing the drama of Shakespeare, Milton and Keats at the age of 6 years. However, it wasn't until she landed small roles in several films in the U.S. at the age of 18 that she discovered acting was her first love. She graduated from New York Film Academy and was immediately cast as Juliet in the Broadway production of " Romeo and Juliet" in Broadway, and later won the role of Varja in "Cherry Orchard" by A. Cechov. Following her work on Broadway, the American director Abel Ferrara, cast her for his film "Mary" with Juliette Binoche and then later in "Go Go Tales" shot in Rome and New York. It was after this that the Italian director Pupi Avati reached out to Hong-hu and invited her to work on two films: "Giovanna's father" in 2008 and in " The Eldest son" in 2009. She worked in other movies like "Time Killer", "The border crime" and in "Habemus Papam" by Nanni Moretti. Her big break came in 2011 when she was cast as the leading actress in the western film "Shuna, the Legend" by Emiliano Ferrera. The film, set in 1870s, New Mexico, tells the story of the Comanche, a tribe of natives, who were being persecuted for the control of their territory. The lone survivor was a young woman named Shuna, who vows revenge again those responsible for her tribe's genocide. She becomes a warrior known throughout the West. For this role, Hong-hu learned to ride without a saddle and learned to shoot with a sawed-off shotgun. In the following year, Twentieth Century Fox cast her as the voice of the leading character Shira, the tigress, in the Animated Movie "Ice Age 4: Continental Drift" (for the Italian version) by Steve Martino and Mike Thurmeier. Twentieth Century Fox also asked Hong-hu to sing her character's parts in the movie's entire soundtrack of the Ice Age 4. Around this time Twentieth Century Fox cast her in the leading role of "Viper" in "X Men-The Wolverine" starring Hugh Jackman. Unfortunately, the project changed director and script, and the film was re-cast. For the 2013/2014 seasons fans can watch Hung-hu perform at Covent Garden in London as the protagonist Cordelia in the theatrical production of William Shakespeare "King Lear". In 2014 she was cast as one of the leading actresses, Taras: the princess warrior, in the fantasy movie "The Key and the Answer" shot in Valle d'Aosta-Italy, by Silvio Alfonso Nacucchi, both director and screenwriter. She always performs alive in Sala Nervi at the Vatican as solo artist and as a gospel singer. She also performs in concerts around Italy, UK and the U.S. Her biggest dream is to be able to sing the "Ave Maria " by Schubert in front of Pope Francis. On September 28th 2012, to coincide with Ice Age 4, her single "Another way" was released. It was her fifth single and the third album of her career. The song was produced and arranged by Daniele Sinigallia, a famous rock guitarist and producer to many famous artists. Many British and International musicians, in particular Phil Spalding, famous English bassist (who worked for such artists as Elton John, Robbie Williams, Seal, Kylie Minogue, Mick Jagger and Randy Crawford) cooperated and participated in the song "Another way". The song was aired on the most important Italian and English radio stations throughout the release of Ice Age 4. Hong-hu Ada has performed in " Concert for Peace" with Farias, a famous argentinian group from Patagonia and actually she is preparing the tournee for the release of her new album. Hong-hu Ada speaks six languages fluently, and holds a degree in Political Science (110 Cum Laude). She has released three albums and two singles in both the U.S. and Italy. She has sung on several film soundtracks and animated movies. Always focused on charity events she works tenaciously for the defense of human rights and humanitarian campaigns for World hunger.


Height: 5' 9¼"

Weight: 123 lbs

Size: S (small)

Shoes: 9

Physique: Athletic, slim

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Brown


English (native)

Japanese (native)

Italian (native)