Kenichi Matsuyama

Kenichi MatsuyamaProfile

  • Name: Kenichi Matsuyama
  • Japanese: 松山ケンイチ
  • Birthdate: March 5, 1985
  • Birthplace: Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture, Japan
  • Height: 180cm
  • Blood Type: B

Biography

Ken’ichi Matsuyama was born in Mutsu, Aomori Prefecture in 1985. In 2001, Ken’ichi started his career as a model. In 2002 Ken’ichi made his debut as an actor landing a small role in the NTV drama “Gokusen” as Kenichi Mori. In 2003, Ken’ichi expanded to movies and landed his first supporting role in Bright Future. Ken’ichi’s acting career expanded with his role as Shin in the 2005 movie Nana. His major breakthrough came in 2006 with Ken’ichi’s charismatic performance as “L” in Death Note and Death Note: The Last Name. Since then Ken’ichi has performed in a variety of different roles like the shy death metal rocker in Detroit Metal City and the youth that falls in love with an older woman in Don’t Laugh at My Romance. More recently, Ken’ichi has worked with foreign directors like Korean-Japanese director Yoichi Sai in Kamui gaiden and Vietnamese director Anh Hung Tran in Norwegian Wood.

Movies

  • Yurigokoro (2017) – Yosuke
  • Sekigahara (2017) – Kanetsugu Naoe
  • Death Note: Light Up The New World (2016) – L
  • Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow | Satoshi no Seishun (2016) – Satoshi Murayama
  • Rage | Ikari (2016) – Tetsuya Tashiro
  • Chinyuki (2016) – Taro Yamada
  • Something Like, Something Like It | No Yona Mono No Yona Mono (2016) – Shinden Defunetei
  • The Emperor in August | Nihon no Ichiban Nagai Hi (2015)
  • Chasuke’s Journey | Ten no Chasuke (2015) – Chasuke Saotome
  • Homeland | Ieji (2014) – Jiro Sawada
  • Buddha 2 | Buddha 2: Tezuka Osamu no Buddha: Owarinaki Tabi (2014) – Tatta (voice)
  • Climbing to Spring | Haru wo Seotte (2014) – Tooru Nagamine
  • The Kiyosu Conference | Kiyosu Kaigi (2013) – Hidemasa Hori
  • Train Brain Express | Bokutachi Kyuukou – A Ressha de Ikou – (2012) – Kei Komachi
  • Bunny Drop | Usagi Drop (2011) – Daikichi Kawachi
  • My Back Page (2011) – Umeyama
  • GANTZ Perfect Answer (2011) – Masaru Kato
  • Gantz (2011) – Masaru Kato
  • Norwegian Wood | Noruwei no Mori (2010) – Toru Watanabe
  • Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (2010)
  • Kaiji (2009) – Makoto Sahara
  • Kamui | Kamui Gaiden (2009) – Kamui
  • Bare Essence of Life | Urutora Mirakuru Rabu Sutori (2009) – Youjin Mizuki
  • Detroit Metal City (2008) – Soichi Negishi
  • L: Change the World (2008) – L
  • Don’t Laugh at My Romance | Hito no sekkusu o warauna (2008)
  • Tsubaki Sanjuro (2007) – Iori Isaka
  • South Bound | Sausubaundo (2007) – Officer Niigaki
  • Dolphin blue: Fuji, mou ichido sora e (2007)
  • Shindo (2007) – Oto Kikuna
  • The Blue Wolf: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea |Aoki Okami: chi hate umi tsukiru made (2007) – Jochi
  • Ten Nights of Dream | Yume juya (2006) – segment – ‘The 10th Night’
  • Death Note: The Last Name (2006) – L
  • Death Note (2006) – L
  • Vanished | Oyayubi sagashi (2006) – Tomohiko
  • Yamato | Otoko-tachi no Yamato (2005) – Katsumi Kamio (15 years old)
  • Custom Made 10.30 | Kasutamu-meido 10.30 (2005) – Tamotu
  • Furyo shonen no yume (2005)
  • Nana (2005) – Shin
  • Linda Linda Linda (2005) – Makihara
  • The Taste of Tea | Cha no Aji (2004) – Young Man in Red T-Shirt
  • Kamachi (2004)
  • The Locker 2 | Shibuya kaidan 2 (2004)
  • Winning Pass (2004)
  • Worst by Chance | Guuzen nimo saiaku na shounen (2003)
  • Perfect Education 4: Secret Basement | Kanzen-naru shiiku: Himitsu no chika-shitsu (2003)
  • Bright Future | Akarui mirai (2003)

Drama Series

  • Miyamoto kara Kimi e (TV Tokyo / 2018) – Kazuo Jinbo
  • Tonari no Kazoku wa Aoku Mieru (Fuji TV / 2018) – Daiki Igarashi
  • A Life: A Love | A Life Kanashiki Hito (TBS / 2017) – Sota Igawa
  • Futagashira 2 (WOWOW / 2016) – Benzo
  • The Gutsy Frog | Dokonjo Gaeru (NTV / 2015) – Hiroshi
  • Futagashira (WOWOW / 2015) – Benzo
  • Taira no Kiyomori (NHK / 2012) – Taira no Kiyomori
  • Japanese Americans | 99-nen no Ai ~ Japanese Americans (TBS / 2010)
  • Zeni Geba (NTV / 2009)
  • Sexy Voice and Robo | Sekushî boisu ando robo (2007)
  • 5 Minutes Ago (2006)
  • Angels with Broken Wings (Fuji TV / 2006) – ep. 2
  • The Street Lawyers – Machiben (NHK / 2006) – ep. 1
  • 1 Litre of Tears (Fuji TV / 2005)
  • Kids War 5 (2003)
  • Tokyo Niwatsuki Ikkodate (NTV / 2002)
  • Gokusen (NTV / 2002)

TV Movies

  • Olympic Ransom | Orinpikku no Minoshirokin (TV Asahi / 2013) – Kunio Shimazaki
  • Be-Bop High School (2004)
  • Kids War Special: Korede Final! Zakennayo (2003)

Awards

  • Popularity Award” – 2009 (32nd) Japan Academy Prize – February 20, 2009
  • Rookie of the Year” – 2007 (30th) Japan Academy Prize – February 16, 2007


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