Tomie Kawakami (富江) is the fictional character who serves as both titular antagonist and protagonist of the Tomie movie and manga franchise.


This humanoid abomination can be seen as a living embodiment of lust, jealousy, greed, envy and wrath. She is the ultimate self-destructive entity, yet she survives anything due to her regenerative ability.

Physical Appearance

In appearance, Tomie is a beautiful girl who can be identified by a mole under her left eye.

Powers and Abilities

Tomie possesses an undisclosed ability to make any human male she encountered fall in love with her. Through sleight of hand, or emotional manipulation, she drives these men into jealous rages over her affection that inevitably lead to brutal acts of violence. This ability also worked well with female too, as Tomie can easily swayed women into her friends that resulting them suffer jealous frenzy that led them killed each other. Even her manifestations and clones also affected on the same way. This ability resulting her killed time and time again, but she survived thanks to her regenerative abilities

There are no ways to kill her permanently, with many more of her still at large. It was proposed however, incineration can permanently killed Tomie as intense heat would destroyed her body cells beyond hope of survival. But with many people, includes several manifestations of her killing her with conventional means, Tomie will go on forever in this way.


She is played by a different actress in each film. As such, this changing roster of faces has allowed for a range of interpretations and subtle shading to the part, the most popular being Miho Kanno, Miki Sakai and Miu Nakamura. Miho Kanno was Junji Ito's own personal choice for the role.


There are 9 Tomie films to date:

  • Tomie (1999)
  • Tomie: Another Face (1999)
  • Tomie: replay (2000)
  • Tomie: Re-birth (2001)
  • Tomie: The Final Chapter -Forbidden Fruit- (2002)
  • Tomie: Beginning (2005)
  • Tomie: Revenge (2005)
  • Tomie vs. Tomie (2007)
  • Tomie: Unlimited (2011)