Mao Inoue

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Mao Inoue
井上 真央
Inoue Mao.jpg
Born (1987-01-09) January 9, 1987 (age 27)
Yokohama, Japan
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992 ~ present
Agent Seventh Avenue
Website
http://www.mao-inoue.jp/

Mao Inoue (井上 真央 Inoue Mao?) (born January 9, 1987) is award-winning Japanese actress. She debuted as a U-15 idol in 1999. She is best known to Japanese television drama audiences as Akane Imai (今井 茜 Imai Akane?) in Kids War (キッズ・ウォー Kizzu Uo?) and Makino Tsukushi in the Hana Yori Dango series, in which she won Best Actress in the 47th Television Drama Academy Awards and received a newcomer award at the 16th Hashida Awards for her performance.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Dramas and movies[edit]

Inoue Mao started her career as an actress at the young age of 5. She has been in many dramas since then. The viewers took notice of her in the series Kids War which ran from 1999 to 2003. In 2005, Mao took the lead role in the drama adaptation of the popular manga Hana Yori Dango, with Arashi member Matsumoto Jun, Shun Oguri, Shota Matsuda and Tsuyoshi Abe. The drama became a big hit, with viewers demanding a second season. Mao was awarded Best Actress by Television Drama Academy in the same year that the drama was aired.

In 2006, she co-starred in her first movie: Check It Out, Yo! with Hayato Ichihara, Yūta Hiraoka, and Tasuku Emoto. The film was in theaters April 22, 2006.

In early 2007, Hana Yori Dango Returns aired and was better-received than the first season. In the same year, Inoue co-starred in the drama First Kiss with Check It Out, Yo! co-star Yūta Hiraoka. Her outstanding performance from her past dramas landed her the lead role in the drama special Hanaikusa as a maiko-turned-geisha.

Come 2008, she played the lead role in a drama special Anmitsu Hime as a princess, followed by Anmitsu Hime 2 in the following year, where she sang the theme song with Shoko Nakagawa. After the success of the two Hana Yori Dango dramas, a film was announced in August 2007, just months after the end of the 2007 sequel. It was Inoue's first starring role in a movie.[3] The movie was released on June 28, 2008. It topped the box office Japan for a few consecutive weeks and became the second fastest earning movie in 2008. It also became a phenomenal success, not only in Japan, but in many parts of Asia, bringing the name "10 billion yen actress" to Inoue Mao.

Despite her soaring popularity after the movie, Mao stepped back from acting to concentrate on her studies. Right after her graduation from Meiji University in March 2009, she started filming for the movie adaptation of the manga Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu, in which she shared the lead with Masaki Okada; it was released in theaters in October 2009. In April of the following year, My Darling is a Foreigner was released in theaters in with Inoue starring opposite Jonathan Sherr.

Three years since her last drama, she reunited with Hana Yori Dango co-star Shun Oguri for the drama Jūi Dolittle (獣医ドリトル Veterinarian Dolittle?), which began airing in October 2010.[4] She also starred in the 84th asadora drama Ohisama (おひさま The Sun?), portraying a woman who lived through World War II.[5] It was planned to air from March 28, 2011, to September 24, 2011 but it was delayed due to the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. It started to air on April 4, 2011. The morning drama was a big hit, and she won "Best Actress" in the 70th The Television Drama Academy Award.

In February 2011, a movie was released in theaters with Mao, costarring known actor Yutaka Takenouchi, called Taiheiyou no kiseki ~Fox to yobareta otoko (Oba: Miracle in the Pacific), about World War II holdout Captain Sakae Oba. Filming took place in Thailand. It was also revealed in late September 2010 that Inoue Mao would star in the movie Youkame no Semi which was released in April 2011.[6] Both movies were successful at the box office. But it is in Youkame no Semi that her excellent portrayal of a daughter with a difficult past earned her a few film awards, including her first "Best Starring Actress" Award in the 35th Japan Film Academy Awards.[7] The movie also won nine other awards that year.

Inoue Mao was chosen to chair the Red team in the New Year's Eve Singing Contest "Kōhaku Uta Gassen 2011". This team became the first female-led Red team to win the "Kōuhaku Uta Gassen" in seven years.

Because of her incredible performance in Oba: Miracle in the Pacific, she was chosen to star in the comedy Tsuna Hiichatta!,[8] which will be released in 2012.

It was announced in May 2012 that Inoue Mao will play the lead role in a summer drama called Tokkan Tokubetsu Kokuzei Choushukan,[9] reuniting her with director Tsuna Hiichatta. The drama will air in July 2012.

She appeared alongside V6's member Junichi Okada and Haruma Miura in a war movie called Eien no Zero.[10] Filming started June 2012 and released in December 2013. The film topped the Japan Box Office for 8 consecutive weeks and broke box office record. The film also won The Audience Award at the Udine Far East Film Festival.

It was announced that she will reunite with few of her former costars like Abe Sadao, Okada Masaki,Yutaka Takenouchi and Yasuko Matsuyuki,and Tokkan /Tsuna Hiichatta! director in a comedy movie "King of Apology" which will be released in September 2013.

In March 2014, Mao Inoue appeared in a leading role in the mystery suspense film ""The Snow White Murder Case", directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura.[11]

Print and television endorsements[edit]

Aside from acting in movies, Inoue has been chosen to represent Mizuho Bank and Chocola BB Eisai series, NTT fleet West and Asahi Breweries's Asahi Direct Shot. Regarding Asahi Beer Direct shot, Inoue Mao is collaborating with Tomohisa Yamashita. She also appears on the covers of various magazines, such as Bomb, Steady, Weekly Shonen, among others.


Voice Acting[edit]

After many years of working as an actress, Inoue has finally decided to expand her career and debuted as voice actress. She was chosen to provide the voice of Apple Boy in one franchise of Anpanman Movie. The anime film will be released in July, 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Inoue Mao revealed in one show that her mother encouraged her to join performing acts to learn when she was at the age of 4. She was also learning music and arts. Acting wasn't her priority then but when she received her first fan letter, she decided to continue acting. Despite joining the show business at an early age, she also put priority to her school. In 2004, despite the rise of her popularity from the Kid's War series, she decided to put her acting on hold as she concentrated on graduating from University of Japan and enrolling at Meiji University. In 2005, at 18, Inoue enrolled in Meiji University, majoring in theater and literature; she chose Chinese as her second language elective. In her last year of college, she concentrated solely on her studies. In March 2009, she graduated from Meiji University.[12]

When she was young, Inoue's hobbies include playing badminton and basketball, Japanese dance, music, and oil painting. Now her hobbies centered on listening to music, painting and photography. Her paintings and pictures are mostly nature and her pet dog. She also came to love playing golf in her spare time. She also loves animals; she has a pet Boston Terrier named Hug. Because of her love for animals, she revealed that she plans to be a veterinarian if she is not in the entertainment industry. She is also a big fan of Disneyland.

Filmography[edit]

Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Gakkō ga Abunai! Mami Asakura
1992 Itsumitemo Haran Banjō Midori Satsuki
1992 Tsubusareta Kao! Zankoku na Shashin
1993 Kokoro no Tabi Series
1994 Kagishi
1994 Mayonaka no Jōkyaku
1994 Ninja Sentai Kakuranger Tsuruhime/Ninja White as a young child
1995 Tōryanse
1995 Kura
1996 Genki o Ageru Maiko Nitani
1996 Asahi ni Wakare no Seppun o
1997 Abarenbō Shōgun VII Sayo Episode 17 guest appearance
1997 Mito Kōmon 25th Series Episode 14 guest appearance
1997 Terakoya Yume Shinan
1997 Kin no Tamago Episode 3 guest appearance
1997 Shin Hanshichi Torimonochō
1997 Gourmet Mystery Onna Shutchō Ryōrinin ga Iku!
1998 Tōyama no Kinsan vs Onna Nezumi Tonbo Episode 8 guest appearance
1998 Hi no Ryōsen
1999 Kai Ayako Tomita
1999 Kids War Zaken na yo Akane Imai
2000 Kids War 2 Zaken na yo Akane Imai
2000 Otōsan Yū Ōmura
2001 Kids War 3 Zaken na yo Akane Imai
2002 Kids War Special Zaken na yo Akane Imai
2002 Kids War 4 Zaken na yo Akane Imai
2002 Kids War Special Ai Koso Subete da! Zaken na yo Akane Imai
2003 Kids War 5 Zaken na yo Akane Imai Lead role
2003 Kids War Special Kore de Final! Zaken na yo Akane Imai
2004 Home Drama Shōko Nagamine
2005 Kyūmei Byōtō 24 Ji
2005 Hana Yori Dango Tsukushi Makino Lead role
2005 Hotaru no Haka Natsu Sawano
2007 Hana Yori Dango 2 Tsukushi Makino Lead role
2007 Ōsama no Shinzō Sakura Kariya
2007 First Kiss Mio Fukunaga Lead role
2007 Hanaikusa Mineko Iwasaki Lead role
2008 Anmitsu Hime Anmitsu Hime/Tokoroten Lead role
2009 Anmitsu Hime 2 Anmitsu Hime/Tokoroten Lead role
2009 Karei naru Spy Ami Yoshizawa Episode 1 guest appearance
2009 Kinkyu Special Kyumei Byoto 24-ji Kyumei Kusush Episode 4 guest appearance
2009 Tengoku de Kimi ni Aetara Natsuko Nonogami Television special
2009 Yonimo Kimyō na Monogatari: Aki no Tokubetsuhen Kanako Okazaki Lead role
2010 Mominoki wa Nokotta Uno
2010 Veterinarian Dolittle Asuka Tashima
2011 Ohisama Yōko Sudō Lead role, asadora
2012 Tokkan Tokubetsu Kokuzei Choushukan Suzumiya Miki Lead role
2013 Paji Momo Appearance
2015 Hana Moyu Sugi Fumi Lead role, taiga drama

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Check It Out, Yo! Yui Haebaru
2007 Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro Mika Miura
2007 Kaidan
2008 Hana Yori Dango Final Tsukushi Makino Lead role
2009 I Give My First Love to You Mayu Taneda Lead role
2010 My Darling is a Foreigner Saori Lead role
2010 Surely Someday Shōko Gotō
2011 Taiheiyō no Kiseki: Fox to Yobareta Otoko Chieko Aono
2011 Rebirth Erina Lead role
2012 Tsuna Hiichatta! Nishikawa Chiaki’ Lead role
2013 The Eternal Zero Miyabe Matsuno
2013 King of Apology Noriko Kuramochi
2014 The Snow White Murder Case Miki Shirono Lead Role

Documentaries[edit]

  • 2011: "The message of life 100 years old Shigeaki Hinohara"- Narration
  • 2012: "Nadeshiko Japan-30 years of Japanese Women's Football"- Narration
  • 2012: "Bright Woman"- Featured in the documentary- Inoue Mao
  • 2012: "The Passion Continent"- Interview with Oda Kazumasa
  • 2013: “Goal of a 13 year old. Even kids have dreams”- Narration
  • 2014: “NHK Special "- Takashi Yanase" Anpanman life”- Narration

Variety[edit]

  • 2011- Kouhaku Uta Gassen- MC
  • 2013- 36th Japanese Film Academy Awards- MC
  • 2014- "JAPAN project Ikegami Akira"- Guide

Stage[edit]

  • 2002: Higuchi Ichiyō
  • 2013: MIWA

PV appearances[edit]

  • 2007: Kazumasa Oda- "Kokoro"
  • 2008-09: Amnitsu Hime PV-Inoue Mao "Diamonds"

Endorsements[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Dramas and films[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2005 47th The Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actress Hana Yori Dango Won
2007 10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Best Actress Hana Yori Dango 2 Won[13]
16th Hashida Awards Newcomer Award Won[14]
2007 MTV Student Voice Awards Best Actress Won[15]
54th The Television Academy Drama Awards Best Actress First Kiss Nominated
2008 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Best Actress Hana Yori Dango 2 Won
2010 Nikkan Sports Grand Prix (Fall) Best Supporting Actress Veterinarian Dolittle Nominated
2011 3rd TAMA Film Award Best Emerging Actress Miracle in the Pacific Won
35th Fumiko Yamaji Award Film Awards Newcomer Actress Youkame no Semi Won
26th Nikkan Sport Film Awards Best Newcomer Youkame no Semi, Miracle in the Pacific Won
TV Navi Best Actress Ohisama Won
70th The Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actress Won
2012 35th Japan Academy Awards Best Starring Actress Youkame no Semi Won
Japan Film Festival Theater Staff Best Actress Won
16th Nikkan Sport Grand Prix Best Actress Tokkan Nominated

Other awards[edit]

  • 2007 Nail Queen Actress Category
  • 2009 22nd Japan Best Dressed Eyes Awards
  • 2011 Fountain Pen Award
  • 2011 Elan D'or Awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ 主演女優賞 (in Japanese). The Television. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  2. ^ "Oguri, Inoue win Hashida Awards". Tokyograph. 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  3. ^ ""Hana Yori Dango" movie to open next summer". Tokyograph. 2007-08-17. Retrieved 2010-04-19. 
  4. ^ "Shun Oguri, Mao Inoue reunite in "Veterinarian Dolittle" drama". Tokyograph. 2010-08-23. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  5. ^ "Mao Inoue to shine in 84th Asadora". Tokyograph. 2010-08-11. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  6. ^ "Mao Inoue stars in "Youkame no Semi" movie adaptation". Tokyograph. 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2010-09-30. 
  7. ^ "Youkame-no-semi-wins-in-10-categories-at-35th-japan-academy-prize". Tokyograph. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-03-02. 
  8. ^ "Inoue-mao-stars-in-tug-of-war-comedy-by-director-mizuta-nobuo". Tokyograph. 2011-11-03. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  9. ^ "Inoue-mao-to-star-as-tax-collector-in-new-drama-tokkan/". Tokyohive. 2012-05-14. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  10. ^ "Okada-junichi-to-play-a-kamikaze-pilot-in-a-movie-eien-no-zero/". Tokyohive. 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  11. ^ http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=347420.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Mao Inoue, Keiko Kitagawa graduate from Meiji". Tokyograph. 2009-03-28. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  13. ^ "Winners of 10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix". Tokyograph. 2007-05-05. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  14. ^ "Oguri, Inoue win Hashida Awards". Tokyograph. 2008-05-11. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 
  15. ^ "Micro named Best Artist at Student Voice Awards". Tokyograph. 2007-08-30. Retrieved 2010-08-24. 

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