Juri Ueno in Busan International Film Festival 2008
May 25, 1986 |
Kakogawa, Hyogo, Japan
Juri Ueno (上野 樹里 Ueno Juri?, born May 25, 1986) is a Japanese actress from Kakogawa, Hyogo, Japan. She was one of six actors to receive the "Newcomer of the Year" prize at the Japanese Academy Awards in 2005 for her role in Swing Girls.
She is also known for her starring role as the title character in the live-action adaptation of Nodame Cantabile for which she won "Best Lead Actress" at the 51st Television Drama Academy Awards in 2007, and as Ruka Kishimoto in Last Friends for which she was voted "Best Supporting Actress" at the Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix and the 57th Television Drama Academy Awards in 2008.
Ueno made her television debut in 2002 at the age of 16 in the NHK series Seizon before making her first film major appearance in 2003 in Chirosoku no Natsu which won her the Sponichi Grand Prize New Talent Award at the Mainichi Film Awards along with her performance in the 2004 film, Swing Girls. Swing Girls proved to be a breakthrough when she received critical acclaim and awards for Best Newcomer at the Yokohama Film Festival (she was also honored for her performance in Joze to Tora to Sakana Tachi) and the Japanese Academy Awards.
In 2004, Ueno took on a supporting role in TBS's romance drama, Orange Days, and co-starred in 2005 with Takuya Kimura in Fuji TV's romantic comedy Engine as Misae Hoshino. She also appeared with Kazuya Kamenashi in the special television movie of Kinda'ichi Shōnen no Jikenbo the same year taking over the role of Miyuki Nanase from Anne Suzuki.
Ueno's popularity rose further when she was cast as Megumi Noda ("Nodame") in the 2006 live-action television adaptation of the popular manga Nodame Cantabile. Co-starring opposite Hiroshi Tamaki, the series' 11-episode run was a success with an average viewership rating of 18.79% with the season finalé garnering 21.7% of the viewership share for its time slot. Ueno's portrayal as the eccentric and disorganized but yet extremely affable and talented pianist won her "Best Lead Actress" at the 51st Television Drama Academy Awards while the show won "Best Drama". The show was also recognized overseas at the 2nd Seoul Drama Festival where it was awarded "Best Miniseries". Ueno and Tamaki reprised their roles in 2007 in the two-part special, Nodame Cantabile Shinshun Special in Europe, which chronicles their individual struggles to achieve success on Europe's storied classical music stage whilst being away from each other.
In 2008, Ueno reunited with Nodame co-stars, Eita and Asami Mizukawa, in Fuji TV's drama, Last Friends, as Ruka Kishimoto, a talented motocross racer with a hidden secret she cannot discuss with friends or family. Taeko Asano, the screenwriter of Last Friends praised Ueno's acting of Ruka, stating that Ueno is a "natural genius" and that she became "the character itself". Ueno won "Best Supporting Actress" at the 12th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix and The 57th Television Drama Academy Awards for her role. She was recognised as "Best Student Voice Actress" at the 2008 MTV Student Voice Awards for her role in Wanko.
On December 9, 2008, it was announced that Ueno would again reprise her role as "Nodame" in a new Nodame Cantabile two-movie sequel slated for release in 2010. Filming is set to start in May 2009.
On January 25, 2010, it was announced that Ueno would be the lead in the 2011 NHK Taiga drama Gō based on an original script by Atsuhime writer Kumiko Tabuchi (田渕 久美子 Tabuchi Kumiko?). with filming starting in August 2010. The series is Ueno's first role in a historical drama. Gō is NHK's 50th Taiga drama, and only its 10th drama with a woman as the main character. On April 15, 2010, Ueno took the role of "Haru" in the spring J-Drama Sunao ni Narenakute which tells a story of the blossoming friendship between five people through Twitter, along with Eita, Hero Jaejoong, Megumi Seki and Tetsuji Tamayama.
On September 11, 2010, Ueno guest starred in the Korean variety show MBC's We Got Married Season 2 while promoting Nodame Cantabile - The Movie and paid a visit to SNSD's Seohyun and CN Blue's Jung Yong-hwa. In 2013 she returned to acting with a leading role in the romance film Girl in the Sunny Place opposite actor Jun Matsumoto which was based on the best selling novel of the same name. The film opened in Japanese theaters on October 12th and was a commercial success topping the box office and grossing ¥763 million after eight days. In 2014 she starred in the TBS revenge drama Alice no Toge as Mizuno Asumi a young woman who becomes a doctor at the hospital her father was treated at in order to get revenge on those responsible for his death. This was followed by another leading role in the TBS television drama Ouroboros based on the manga of the same name and opposite actors Toma Ikuta and Shun Oguri. This marks her first time starring in a detective drama.
- Joze to Tora to Sakana Tachi (2003), Kanae
- Swing Girls (2004), Tomoko Suzuki
- Chirusoku no Natsu (2004), Mari Sugiyama
- Summer Time Machine Blues (2005), Haruka Shibata
- Kame wa igai to hayaku oyogu (2005), Suzume Katakura
- Arch Angels (2006), Fumio Shijo
- 7 Gatsu 24 ka Dōri no Kurisumasu (2006), Megumi Kamibayashi
- Rainbow Song (2006), Aoi Sato
- Shiawase no Switch (2006), Rei Inada
- Deguchi no Nai Umi (2006), Minako Narumi
- Kodomo no Kodomo (2008)
- Guu-Guu Datte Neko de Aru (2008), Naomi
- Kung-Fu Kun (2008)
- Wanko the Movie 2 (2008), Narrator
- Naoko (2008), Naoko Shinomiya
- Killer Virgin Road (2009)
- Nodame Cantabile - The Movie I and II (2010), Noda Megumi aka "Nodame"
- Girl in the Sunny Place (2013), Mao Watarai
- Beauty Inside (2015), Woo-jin
- Sayonara, Ozu sensei Fuji TV(2001)
- Seizon NHK(2002)
- Teru Teru Kazoku (2003), Akiko Iwata
- Okaasan to issho (2003), Kaori Matsui
- Orange Days (2004), Ayumi Kirishima
- Engine (2005), Misae Hoshino
- Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo – Kyuketsuki Densetsu Satsujin Jiken (2005), Miyuki Nanase
- Bokutachi no Sensou (2006), Minami Kamoshita
- Tsubasa No Oreta Tenshitachi (2006), Ryoko Shimojo
- Nodame Cantabile (2006), Megumi Noda
- Jodan Ja Nai! (2007), Eren Takamura
- Marumaru Chibi Maruko-chan SP (2007), Maruko-chan
- Nodame Cantabile New Year Special in Europe (2008), Megumi Noda
- Loss Time Life (2008)
- Last Friends (2008), Ruka Kishimoto
- Ueno Juri to Itsutsu no Kaban (2009)
- Sunao ni Narenakute (2010)
- Gō (2011)
- Alice No Toge TBS (2014), Asumi Mizuno 
- Ouroboros (2015), Mizuki Hibino
- 28th Japanese Academy Awards – Newcomer of the Year for Swing Girls
- 59th Mainichi Film Awards: Sponichi Grand Prize New Talent Award – Best Newcomer for Swing Girls and Chirusoku no Natsu
- 25th Yokohama Film Festival – Best New Talent for Swing Girls, Joze to tora to sakana tachi and Chirusoku no Natsu
- 51st Television Drama Academy Awards – Best Lead Actress for Nodame Cantabile
- Élan d'or Awards – Best Newcomer for Nodame Cantabile
- 12th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Award (Spring 2008) – Best Supporting Actress for Last Friends
- The Galaxy Award – monthly award (June), for the performance in Last Friends
- 57th Television Drama Academy Awards – Best Supporting Actress for Last Friends
- MTV Student Voice Award – Best Student Voice Actress
- 21st Japan Best Dressed Eyes Awards – Special Award
- International Drama Festival in Tokyo Awards 2008 – Best Actress for Nodame Cantabile in Europe
- Vogue – Women of the Year 2008
- TV Life 18th Annual Drama Awards 2008 – Best Supporting Actress for Last Friends
- TV Navi Drama of The Year 2008 – Best Supporting Actress for Last Friends
- 17th Hashida Awards – Best Newcomer
- "Drama Grand Prix: "CHANGE" and "Last Friends" win for Fuji TV". Tokyograph. 2008-07-17. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
- "Best Supporting Actress" (in Japanese). Television Drama Academy Awards. 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
- Tokyo Wrestling Interview Part 4
- "Student Voice Awards: Oguri wins again". Tokyograph. 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
- "Aoi Miyazaki, Juri Ueno named Vogue's Women of the Year". Tokyograph. 2008-11-28. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
- "Two "Nodame Cantabile" films planned for 2010". Tokyograph. 2008-12-09. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
- http://www.sanspo.com/geino/news/081210/gnj0812100506016-n2.htm Sanspo
- "Juri Ueno to lead 2011 taiga drama". Tokyograph. 2010-01-25. Retrieved 2008-09-02.
- "2011年度NHK大河主演に上野樹里 "先輩"福山雅治からのエールに歓喜" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2010-02-17. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
- "Ueno Juri with Eita, Jaejoong, Megumi and Tetsuji". Fuji Tv. 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-11-17.
- "Ueno Juri guest on We Got Married". 2010-09-11. Retrieved 2010-11-17.
- Official Web Site
- "Eita, Juri Ueno team up again for "Twitter drama"". Tokyograph. 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
- TBS - Alice No Toge
- Nikkansports Awards
- MTV STUDENT VOICE AWARDS 2008（SVA）
- "Eita, Juri, Meisa win Hashida Awards". Tokyograph. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2010-02-23.
- Official website
- Juri Ueno at the Internet Movie Database
- Bistro SMAP - Ueno Juri x Tamaki Hiroshi at memento site