Kazuya Kamenashi

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Kazuya Kamenashi
Native name 亀梨 和也
Also known as Kame
Born (1986-02-23) February 23, 1986 (age 28)
Origin Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan
Genres J-pop
Occupation(s) Singer–songwriter, actor, TV host, producer, radio host, model
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1998–present
Labels J Storm
Associated acts KAT-TUN, Shūji to Akira, Kōichi Dōmoto, Kōji Tamaki
Website www.j-storm.co.jp/kattun

Kazuya Kamenashi (亀梨 和也 Kamenashi Kazuya?, born February 23, 1986) is a Japanese idol, singer–songwriter, actor, television personality, producer, radio host, and occasional model. Born and raised in Edogawa, Tokyo, he joined the Japanese talent agency, Johnny & Associates, at the age of 12.

He was drafted as a member and co-lead vocalist of the popular J-pop group KAT-TUN in 2001. He is also one half of the temporary group, Shūji to Akira, whose only single "Seishun Amigo" became the best-selling single of 2005 in Japan. Individually, he is a popular actor who has played the lead role in several television dramas.

Early life[edit]

Born in Edogawa, Tokyo on February 23, 1986, Kamenashi is the third child of his parents. He has two older brothers, Yūichirō and Kōji, and one younger brother, Yūya. He also has two sisters-in-law and a niece from his second brother's marriage and a nephew from his first brother's marriage. His given name comes from a character from the manga, Touch, written by a Japanese manga artist, Mitsuru Adachi.[1] Coincidentally, bandmate Tatsuya Ueda was also named after the twin brother of Kamenashi's namesake.[1]

An avid baseball fan and player like the character he was named after, Kamenashi once represented his country in the junior world league as shortstop though he had to give up the sport professionally due to lack of spare time after he was accepted into Johnny's Entertainment despite having the support of Johnny Kitagawa, the agency's president, to pursue both careers.[2]

Acting career[edit]

In 2009, Kamenashi was cast in a live-action adaptation of a wine-themed manga, Kami no Shizuku, as the leading actor.[3] Voters awarded him, his co-stars (Riisa Naka and Seiichi Tanabe) and the drama a near clean sweep of the winter edition of the Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Awards in March 2009.[4] He made a guest appearance as a doctor on the third episode of TBS drama series, Mr. Brain, opposite his talent agency senior Takuya Kimura.[5] Kamenashi also made his film debut on July 11, 2009, reprising his role of Ryū Odagiri, now a trainee teacher in Gokusen The Movie.[6] The movie earned half a billion yen in its opening weekend landing at the top spot of the box office and stayed in the top ten for six consecutive weeks.[7] It later ranked at number 16 on Japan's 2009 yearly box office results raking in 33,963,369 USD at the end of its run.[8]

In 2010, he was cast in the leading role of Kyohei Takano for a live-action adaptation of popular manga, Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge, which aired on NTV. It was named Best Drama by voters of the 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Awards in March 2010 while Kamenashi and his co-star, Aya Omasa, were also awarded Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively.[9]

In 2011, he took on a role as Bem from the adaptation of anime Yōkai Ningen Bem. He received Best Actor award from Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix and Television Drama Academy Awards that year.[10][11] Following the success of the drama, Yōkai Ningen Bem was made into film in 2012. At the end of its run, the film had grossed US$12,628,578 gross.[12]

In 2013, Kamenashi starred in the movie It's Me, It's Me.[13] The movie premiered in 15th Udine Far East Film Festival Italy in April, and Kamenashi won the My Movie Audience Award.[14]

Other endeavors[edit]

Modeling and fashion[edit]

Kamenashi walked the runway in 2008 for Hermès' men's autumn/winter 2008 collection in Tokyo.[15] In 2010, Kamenashi won the annual Best Jeanist award with more than 29,000 votes in the men's category, almost triple that of second runner-up, Masaki Aiba. This is his fifth consecutive win and is thus promoted into the hall of fame, making him Eternal Best Jeanist and ineligible for future runs.[16]

Baseball[edit]

Kamenashi threw the first pitch at the Pacific League opening ceremony for the 2009 baseball season at a match in Chiba City featuring the Chiba Lotte Marines against the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks on July 19, 2009.[17][18]

Kamenashi participated in the Central League's Yomiuri Giants 23rd FanFiesta 2009 on November 23, 2009 and led his team to victory. He participated during the 1st inning as shortstop and for the 2nd and 3rd innings as pitcher. He belonged to the Black Rose Variety Team led by SMAP's Nakai Masahiro against the Giants Select Members Team.[19]

In 2012, he was given the opportunity to do live coverage of Major League Baseball between Oakland Athletics and Yomiuri Giants. He also threw the ceremonial pitch against Jemile Weeks.[20]

Kamenashi is a commentator and host on the sports shows Going! Sports&News[21] and Dramatic Game.[22]

Discography[edit]

For releases as a member of KAT-TUN or Shūji to Akira, see KAT-TUN and Shūji to Akira respectively.

Singles[edit]

Year Single information Peak chart positions Sales
JPN[23]
2013 Sayonara Arigato 1 JPN: 100,206[24]

Solo songs[edit]

Year Title Details
2002 Hanasanaide Ai (離さないで愛?) Featured in DVD Kyakusama wa Kamisama
2005 Kizuna (?) Featured in single "Shūji to Akira"
2006 00'00'16 Featured in DVD Real Face Concert
2006 Special Happiness Duet with KAT-TUN member, Junnosuke Taguchi. Featured in album Best of KAT-TUN
2007 Someday for Somebody Featured in album Cartoon KAT-TUN II You
2008 w/o notice?? Featured in single "Don't U Ever Stop"
2009 1582 Featured in album Break the Records: By You & for You and DVD Break the Record
2010 Aishiteiru Kara (愛しているから?) Featured in single "Love Yourself (Kimi ga Kirai na Kimi ga Suki)"
2010 Sweet Featured in album No More Pain
2010 Plastic Tears Performed during program Shonen Club
2010 - 2012 Into Mine Performed during stage show Dream Boys
2011 Lost My Way Performed during stage show Dream Boys
2012 Zutto (ずっと?) Featured in album Chain
2012 Bad dream Performed during stage show Dream Boys
2014 Emerald Featured in album Come Here

Filmography[edit]

For activities as a member of KAT-TUN, see KAT-TUN#Other activities.

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2007 Yuuki Yuuki
2009 Gokusen: The Movie Ryū Odagiri
2012 Yokai Ningen Bem: The Movie Bem
2013 It's Me, It's Me[13] Hitoshi Nagano
2014 Vancouver no Asahi Ryo Naganishi
2015 Joker Game Katou

TV dramas[edit]

Year Broadcast Title Role
1999 TBS 3 nen B gumi Kinpachi-sensei 5 Akihiko Fukagawa
2005 NTV Gokusen 2 Ryū Odagiri
2005 NTV Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo Hajime Kindaichi
2005 NTV Nobuta wo Produce Shūji Kiritani
2006 Fuji TV Sapuri Yūya Ishida
2006 NTV Yuuki Yūki Sanda
2006 NTV Kuitan SP Cameo appearance
2006 NTV Tatta Hitotsu no Koi Hiroto Kanzaki
2007 TBS Tokkyu Tanaka San Go Toru Shibahara (Guest; Episode 9)
2008 NTV 1 Pound no Fukuin Kōsaku Hatanaka
2009 NTV Kami no Shizuku Shizuku Kanzaki
2009 TBS Mr. Brain Dr. Masakazu Wakui (Guest; Episode 3)
2010 TBS Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge Kyohei Takano
2011 TBS 3 nen B gumi Kinpachi-sensei Final Akihiko Fukagawa (Guest)
2011 NTV Yokai Ningen Bem Bem
2012 TBS Dragon Seinendan Nazo no Sōsai (Guest; Episode 9)
2013 NTV Tokyo Bandwagon~Shitamachi daikazoku Monogatari Ao Hotta

TV programs[edit]

Year Program Role
Occasional event Zoomin!!!Saturday[25] Producer
2010 - present Going Sports & News[21] Baseball reporter/MC
2008 - 2011 Radio: Ks by Ks[26] Host
2011 - present Radio: Hang Out[27] Host
2010 - present Dramatic Game[22] Game commentator

Live performances[edit]

For activities as a member of KAT-TUN, see KAT-TUN#Other activities.

Stage shows[edit]

Year Title Role
2001 - 2003 Dream Boys Dancer
2002 Shock Dancer
2004 Dream Boys Supporting role/dancer
2004 Dream Boys Heisei Lead role
2006 Summary of Johnny's World Main cast/singer
2007 Dream Boys Lead role
2008 Dream Boys Lead role
2009 Dream Boys Lead role
2011 Dream Boys Lead role
2012 Dream Boys Lead role

Concerts[edit]

Year Title Role
2001 Kinki Kids First Concert Boku no Senaka ni wa Hane ga Aru Backup dancer
2001 Sugao 3 Backup dancer
2003-present Johnnys Countdown Concert Johnny's Entertainment performer

Awards[edit]

Years Awards
2005
  • 44th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor - "Gokusen 2"[28]
  • 8th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix: Best Supporting Actor - "Gokusen 2"[29]
2006
  • 47th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor - "Nobuta wo Produce"[30]
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards: Song Of The Year - "Seishun Amigo"[31]
  • 23rd Best Jeans Award: Best Male Jeanist[32]
2007
  • 24th Best Jeans Award: Best Male Jeanist[32]
2008
  • 25th Best Jeans Award: Best Male Jeanist[32]
2009
  • 26th Best Jeans Award: Best Male Jeanist[32]
2010
  • 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix: Best Actor - "Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge"[33]
  • 27th Best Jeans Award: Best Male Jeanist[32]
2011
  • 15th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Oct-Dec 2011): Best Actor - Kamenashi Kazuya[33]
  • 15th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Annual): Best Actor - Kamenashi Kazuya[33][10]
  • 71st Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor - Kamenashi Kazuya [11]
2013
  • 15th Udine Far East Film Festival, Italy - My Movie Audience Award (It's Me, It's Me)[34]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cartoon KAT-TUN Episode 43. aired on NTV on 2008-01-30.
  2. ^ The Shōnen Club interview: Kazuya Kamenashi
  3. ^ Kamenashi leads "Kami no Shizuku" drama adaptation, Tokyograph. 2008-11-12. Retrieved 2008-11-13.
  4. ^ Drama Grand Prix: "Kami no Shizuku" wins winter, Tokyograph. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2009-05-31.
  5. ^ Kamenashi given guest role on "Mr. Brain", Tokyograph. 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  6. ^ Kamenashi comes back for "Gokusen", Tokyograph. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-06-10.
  7. ^ "Gokusen" movie earns half a billion in opening weekend, Tokyograph. 2009-07-13. Retrieved on 2009-07-14.
  8. ^ 2009 Japan Yearly Box Office Results, Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-12-27.
  9. ^ Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix. Nikkan Sports. Retrieved 2011-01-13.(Japanese)
  10. ^ a b 亀梨ベムで主演男優賞/日刊ドラマGP - 芸能ニュース (in Japanese). nikkansports.com. 2012-05-01. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  11. ^ a b ザテレビジョン ドラマアカデミー賞: 結果発表 (in Japanese). Blog.television.co.jp. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  12. ^ 2012 Japan Yearly Box Office Results, Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-09-01.
  13. ^ a b "It's Me, It's me | Official Movie Site | May 25 ROADSHOW". Ore-ore.jp. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  14. ^ Oldham, Stuart (2013-06-12). "Kazuya Kamenashi: International Star singer,plays 33 roles in new film". Variety. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  15. ^ Men's Non-No magazine, published by Shueisha, December 2008 issue, page 83.
  16. ^ Koda, Kazuya Kamenashi enter Best Jeanist "hall of fame". Tokyograph. 2010-10-05. Retrieved on 2013-09-01.
  17. ^ KAT-TUN・亀梨、始球式で西岡と対決, Sankei Sports. Retrieved on July 20, 2009. (Japanese)
  18. ^ [1]. Tsuyoshi Nishioka Official Blog. 2009-07-19. Retrieved 2009-07-22. (Japanese)
  19. ^ 巨人が亀梨打てず、SMAP中居軍に黒星, Nikkan Sports. 2009-11-23. Retrieved 2009-11-23. (Japanese)
  20. ^ "Starter Tommy Milone sharp as A's win exhibition game in Japan | oaklandathletics.com: News". Oakland.athletics.mlb.com. 2012-03-25. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  21. ^ a b "Going! Sports&News|日本テレビ" (in Japanese). Ntv.co.jp. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  22. ^ a b "Dramatic Game 1844 | 野球・巨人 | CS放送 日テレG+ 日テレがお届けするCSスポーツチャンネル" (in Japanese). Ntv.co.jp. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  23. ^ Oricon Chart
  24. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/
  25. ^ "ズムサタ|望月理恵オフィシャルブログ「mochiee's garden」Powered by Ameba" (in Japanese). Ameblo.jp. 2013-02-23. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  26. ^ ニッポン放送 (2013-07-31). 東貴博のヤンピース (in Japanese). Allnightnippon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  27. ^ "KAT-TUN 亀梨和也のHANG OUT FM NACK5 79.5MHz エフエムナックファイブ" (in Japanese). Nack5.co.jp. 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  28. ^ 「三つどもえの混戦を抜け亀梨和也が初受賞」. Television Drama Academy Awards. Retrieved 2011-06-21. (Japanese)
  29. ^ 「第8回日刊スポーツ・ドラマグランプリ(GP)」. Nikkan Sports. Retrieved on 2010-07-01. (Japanese)
  30. ^ 「アカデミー史上に残る接戦を制して亀梨がV」, Television Drama Academy Awards. Retrieved 2011-06-21. (Japanese)
  31. ^ THE 20th JAPAN GOLD DISC AWARD 2006, Japan Gold Disc Award. Retrieved 2011-06-21. (Japanese)
  32. ^ a b c d e Past Records for Best Jeanists Award, Best-Jeans.com. Retrieved 2011-06-21. (Japanese)
  33. ^ a b c Hall of Fame for Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Award, Nikkan Sports. Retrieved 2011-06-21. (Japanese)
  34. ^ Far East Film 2013, MYmovies. Retrieved 2013-09-01. (Italian)

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