Yuki Furukawa

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Yuki Furukawa
Born Yuki Furukawa
(1987-12-18) December 18, 1987 (age 26)
Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Actor
Years active 2011-present
Website
Official site

Yuki Furukawa (古川 雄輝 Furukawa Yūki?, born 18 December 1987) is a Japanese actor.

Career[edit]

Born in Tokyo, Furukawa moved to Canada with his family at the age of 7. After graduating from junior high school, he went to America alone and became a boarder at Keio High School New York. While in high school, he would play basketball for three years and take up on break dancing as well.[citation needed] At the age of 19, Furukawa started studying for his bachelor's degree at Keio University, in the Faculty of Science and Technology. In March 2010, Furukawa received the jury's special award at the “Horipro’s 50th Anniversary Actor Audition” due to his performance and fluent English.[citation needed] During his university days, he also participated in a break dance group named Revolve. However, he eventually left the group due to his busy schedule and focus on acting.[citation needed]

The year 2013 was a breakthrough year for Furukawa when he landed a leading role as Irie Naoki in the hit television drama Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo, which has also brought him fame in China. He successfully presented a new image of the classical manga role of Irie Naoki, and starred opposite of Miki Honoka who played his love interest. As a result of the internet simulcasts of this drama in China, he gained popularity among Chinese fans.[citation needed] In less than four months after coming on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, the number of his followers has rocketed to more than 600,000,[1] and currently number more than one million. He is also followed by another 50,000+ fans on Twitter as of July 2014.[citation needed]

He is the first Japanese actor to have a fan meeting in Shanghai, China on July 21, 2013.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Drama[edit]

Drama
Year Title Role
2011 Asuko March! Tetsuro Kishi
Tonari no Akuma Chan
Boku to Star no 99 Nichi Natsume Junkichi
2012 Rich Man, Poor Woman Kuga Tomoki
2013 Yae no Sakura
Otto no Kanojo Ishiguro Yasushi
Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo Irie Naoki
2014 Bitter Blood
Mischievous Kiss: Love in Okinawa Irie Naoki

Film[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2011 High School Debut Yui Asaoka
2012 Goose Bumps The Movie Torihada Gekijo
2013 Beyond the Memories Kiyoku Yawaku
2013 The Eternal Zero

Awards[edit]

  • 2011 “Horipro’s 50th Anniversary Actor Audition”: Jury's Special Award

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 「イタKiss」古川の微博大人気、開設2か月でフォロワー数50万突破 [1], June 15, 2013
  2. ^ 古川雄輝が上海で日本人俳優初のファンミ開催 中国で人気のワケとは?ニュース-ORICON STYLE- [2], July 12, 2013

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