|Native name||本郷 奏多|
November 15, 1990 |
Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
Kanata Hongō (本郷 奏多 Hongō Kanata?, born November 15, 1990) is a Japanese actor and model. He is part of Stardust Talent agency and has appeared several times in music videos, movies, TV series, and magazines. His major breakthrough role was as the anime character Ryoma Echizen in the film adaptation of The Prince of Tennis, and became even more widely known when he was cast as Shin in Nana 2. In television, his most notable role was as Hinata in Himitsu no Hanazono and recently he starred in Seigi no Mikata.
Hongō has appeared in several movies, including Moon Child, which also starred Gackt, Hyde and Leehom Wang. Hongō played the role of Sho as a child, while the adult role was played by Gackt. He appeared in a movie called Hinokio which was released in July 2005 in Japan. Hongō is also the young boy in the singer Yui's music video for her song "Tomorrow's Way." In 2006, Kanata was cast as the popular anime character Ryoma Echizen in the live-action adaptation film of The Prince of Tennis. He joined the majority of the Seigaku Regulars of the Prince of Tennis musicals as he was replacing Kotaro Yanagi, who couldn't play the role due to a car accident he was involved in.
Hongō also portrayed the young bassist Shinichi Okazaki in the movie Nana 2, which was released in Japan on December 9, 2006. He had replaced Kenichi Matsuyama who had previously played Shin in the first Nana film. His next feature film was alongside Michael Pitt and Keira Knightley in Silk which was screened at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. This marked Hongō's first appearance in an English language film, where he played a Japanese servant boy. He also starred in another music video, B'zs "Eien no Tsubasa" along with Tsubasa Honda and in GReeeeN's music video of "Namida Sora".
In television, Hongō's first major role was as major supporting character Hinata in Himitsu no Hanazono and performed a wonderful tear jerking moment in one of the later episodes. His superb job in acting lead him to being another major supporting character in the drama Seito Shokun! as rebellious student Kohei Aoki. Later, he appeared as a guest in two other shows. In 2008, he starred as Riku Okamoto in Seigi no Mikata, broadcast by NTV. He said Okamoto was probably his most normal role to date. He was then featured in the music video for The Gospellers' "Sky High", which was the opening to the second season of anime Nodame Cantabile.
Hongō starred in three films in late 2008. They included Aoi Tori, K-20: The Fiend with Twenty Faces and Goth. The latter two were released in Japan on the same day, December 20. Goth is based on a Japanese novel with the same name, written by Otsuichi.
In 2011, he portray the role of Jōichiro Nishi in Gantz (live action movie) and Gantz Perfect Answer.
Last January 27, 2012, Shirato Osamu No Jikenbo was aired at TBS every Friday. In this drama, Hongo Kanata played the role of Kurosaki Hitoshi, the childhood friend of Shirato Osamu (Chiba Yudai) and Shirato Osamu's life changed after meeting Kurosaki Hitoshi (Hongo Kanata).
In October 2012, he starts his debut as anime voice actor in Btooom! as the lead character Ryōta Sakamoto.
|Year||Broadcast Network||English title||Japanese title||English translation||Role|
|2006||TBS||Kiraware Matsuko no Issho||嫌われ松子の一生||The Life of Despised Matsuko||Youichi Ryu (15 Years Old)|
|2007||Fuji TV, KTV||Himitsu no Hanazono||ヒミツの花園||The Secret Garden||Hinata Kataoka|
|TV Asahi||Seito Shokun!||生徒諸君!||Attention Students!||Kohei Aoki|
|NTV||Tantei Gakuen Q||探偵学園Q||Detective School Q||Daisuke Makino (Guest Starring in Episode 2)|
|Fuji TV||Iryu 2||医龍 Team Medical Dragon 2||Iryu Team Medical Dragon 2||Guest Starring in Episode 8|
|2008||NTV||Seigi no Mikata||正義の味方||Ally of Justice||Riku Okamoto|
|2010||TBS||Yankee-kun to Megane-chan||ヤンキー君とメガネちゃん||Yankee-kun and Megane-chan||Gaku Izumi|
|WOWOW||Tokyo23||TOKYO23～サバイバルシティ||Tokyo23: Survival City||Dan Komori|
|2012||TBS||Shirato Osamu No Jikenbo||白戸修の事件簿||Shirato, Osamu Murder||Kurosaki Hitoshi|
|Fuji TV||Mirai Nikki Another: World||未来日記 ANOTHER：WORLD||Future Diary Another： World||Moriguchi Rui|
|2013||TVS, CTC, and tvk||Real Onigokko: "The Origin”||リアル鬼ごっこ THE ORIGIN||Sato Tsubasa|
|TV Tokyo||All Esper Dayo! (ep. 9)||みんな！エスパーだよ！|
|UULA||Yubikoi Kimi No Okuru Message|
|2014||TV Tokyo||Nazo no Tenkosei||なぞの転校生||Mysterious Transfer Student||Transfer Student (Norio Yamasawa)|
|Year||English title||Japanese title||Role|
|2002||Returner||リターナー Ritānā||Young Miyamoto|
|2004||Moon Child||Moon Child||Young Sho|
|2005||Hinokio: Inter Galactic Love||ヒノキオ Hinokio||Satoru Iwamoto|
|Until the Lights Come Back||大停電の夜に Daiteiden no yoru ni||Shota|
|2006||The Prince Of Tennis||テニスの王子様 Tennis no oujisama||Ryoma Echizen|
|Nana 2||ナナ2 Nana 2||Shinichi Okizaki, "Shin"|
|2007||Silk||シルク Shiruku||Japanese Servant Boy|
|2008||The Blue Bird||青い鳥 Aoi Tori||Shinichi Sonobe|
|K-20: Legend of the Mask||Kaijin Nijū Mensō • Den||Yoshio Kobayashi|
|Gantz: Another Gantz||Gantz: Another Gantz||Jōichiro Nishi|
|Gantz: Perfect Answer||Gantz: Perfect Answer||Jōichiro Nishi|
|Saigo no Bansan||最後の晩餐 刑事・遠野一行と七人の容疑者||Shunta Tatematsu|
|2014||Me & 23 Slaves||奴隷区 僕と23人の奴隷||Yuuga Oda|
|Zutto Yomikake no Natsu||Tomita Lab|
|2006||Hitoiro||Nana starring Mika Nakashima|
|2007||Eien no Tsubasa||B'z|
|2008||Sky High||The Gospellers|
- Boy Actor vol.1 (September 2005 and PIA)
- "Nana2" Novelization (2006 and Shueisha Cobalt)
- Real G vol.1 (January 2007 and SDP)
- Real G vol.2 (May 2007 and SDP)
- Concert Costarring "Gackt Live Tour 2003 The Month Of The Upper Chord"
- The Radio Play "At Night Of A Big Blackout" - Shota Tazawa
- http://www.nikkansports.com/entertainment/cinema/f-et-tp1-20060915-90124.html Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
- http://www.goth-movie.jp/ Goth Movie website. Retrieved on 2009-11-08
- "実写版『GANTZ』最重要キャラクター・西丈一郎は本郷奏多に決定！二宮や松山を罵倒し薄ら笑い" (in Japanese). Cinema Today. 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2010-01-28.
- Official website (Japanese)
- Sendai Sos Model Agency (Japanese)
- Kanata Hongō at the Internet Movie Database