Kenichi Matsuyama

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Kenichi Matsuyama
Kenichi Matsuyama (松山ケンイチ) at TIFF 2008.jpg
Kenichi Matsuyama at the Toronto International Film Festival 2008
Native name 松山 ケンイチ
Born (1985-03-05) March 5, 1985 (age 29)
Mutsu, Aomori, Japan
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Koyuki Katō
Website
horipro.co.jp/talent/PM026

Kenichi Matsuyama (松山 ケンイチ Matsuyama Ken'ichi?, born March 5, 1985) is a Japanese actor.

He is known for his affinity for strange character roles, and he is best known internationally for playing L in the 2006 films Death Note, Death Note: The Last Name and L: Change the World in 2008, as well as voicing Gelus in the Death Note animated adaptation. He was cast to play lead character Toru Watanabe in the movie adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood, which was released in December 2010. His real given name written in kanji as "研一".

Personal Life[edit]

On April 1, 2011, he married Koyuki Katō, who co-starred with him in Kamui Gaiden.[1] Together they have a son (born January 5, 2012).[2] and daughter (born in 2013) in South Korea [3]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Film production
2003 Wining Pass
Bright Future Jun UPLink Company
Guzen nimo Saiaku na Shonen
2004 The Locker 2 Yosuke Shinohara
Kamachi
The Taste of Tea Matsuken Grasshoppa
2005 Linda Linda Linda Makihara Covers&Co
Nana Shinichi "Shin" Okazaki
Furyo Shonen no Yume
Custom Made 10.30 Tamotsu/Shin-Getsu KlockWorkx
Otoko-tachi no Yamato Katsumi Kamio (15 years old)
2006 Oyayubi Sagashi
Death Note L Warner Bros. Pictures Japan
Death Note: The Last Name L Warner Bros. Pictures Japan
2007 Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea Juchi Shochiku (Japan)
Ten Nights of Dreams
Shindo Wao
Southbound Officer Niigaki
Tsubaki Sanjuro Iori Isaka
Dolphin Blue: Fuji, mo Ichido Sora e
2008 L: Change the World L Warner Bros.
Don't Laugh at My Romance Mirume
Detroit Metal City Souichi Negishi/Johannes Krauser II Toho
2009 Kamui Gaiden Kamui
Kaiji Makoto Sahara
Ultra Miracle Love Story Yojin
2010 Norwegian Wood Toru Watanabe Toho
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac Yuji Miwa Toei Company
2011 Gantz Masaru Kato
Gantz: Perfect Answer Masaru Kato
My Back Page Umeyama
Usagi Drop (film) Daikichi Kawachi Showgate
2012 Train Brain Express Kei Komachi Toei Company
2013 The Kiyosu Conference Hidemasa Hori
2014 Going Home Jiro Sawada
Homeland
Climbing to Spring

Drama[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2002 Gokusen Kenichi Mouri Nippon TV
2003 Kids War 5
2005 1 Litre of Tears Yuji Kawamoto Fuji Television
2006 Tsubasa no Oreta Tenshitachi Shingo
Sono 5 fun mae Yuka Takashi
2007 Sexy Voice and Robo Iichiro Sudo/Robo Nippon Television
2009 Zeni Geba Gamagori Futaro NNN Tvs
2010 Love of 99 Years ~ Japanese Americans Hiramatsu Jiro Tokyo Broadcasting System Television
2012 Taira no Kiyomori Taira no Kiyomori NHK

Vocal roles[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2006 Death Note (anime) Gelus (voice) NTV
2008 Detroit Metal City (OVA) Makoto Hokazono Studio 4

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2006 Hochi Film Awards Best New Actor Death Note Won
2007 Yokohama Film Festival Best New Talent Death Note Won
Japanese Academy Awards Best New Actor Death Note Won
2008 2nd Asia Pacific Producer's Network Award Best Actor Death Note Won
2009 Japanese Academy Awards Most Popular Actor Detroit Metal City Won
Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actor Zeni Geba Won
2010 Mainichi Film Awards Best Actor Ultra Miracle Love story Won
Takasaki Film Festival Best Actor Ultra Miracle Love Story Won
Nikkan Sports Film Awards Best Actor Norwegian Wood Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Mainichi Daily News, 20 April, 2011[dead link]
  2. ^ "First child on the way for Matsuyama Kenichi, Koyuki". Tokyograph. 2011-09-03. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Japanese Actress Gives Birth in Korea". The Chisunilbo. Chosun.com. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 

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