Takaya Kamikawa

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Takaya Kamikawa (上川 隆也)
Born (1965-05-07) May 7, 1965 (age 49)
Hachiōji, Tokyo, Japan
Years active 1989–present

Takaya Kamikawa (上川 隆也 Kamikawa Takaya?, born May 7, 1965) is a Japanese stage, film, and television actor.

Takaya Kamikawa was born in Hachioji, Tokyo in 1965. He graduated from Hachioji-Kita high school in Tokyo. While studying economics in Chuo University, he acted in a minor theatrical group which was touring around Japan and performing at local schools. Kamikawa left Chuo University without a diploma, and joined the group Caramel Box to become a full-time actor.

In 1995, Kamikawa starred in a TV Drama by NHK, "Daichi no Ko," and played the leading role, Lu Yixin. The original author, Toyoko Yamasaki, initially wanted Masahiro Motoki to play the role. However, since the most of the drama was filmed in China and required a lot of travel, Motoki was not able to meet the tight filming schedule. Then one of the staff found Kamikawa, who was still unknown, in a magazine. Toyoko Yamasaki later commented that Kamikawa had been the right choice.

Kamikawa is nicknamed "cyborg" by his colleagues due to his extraordinary ability to memorize scripts. Although he did not understand or speak Chinese when he was offered the role of Lu Yixin, he somehow memorized all his lines in Chinese by ear for the role.

In 2006, he played Yamauchi Kazutoyo, the leading role of "Koumyou ga Tsuji" in the NHK Taiga drama.

In 2009, he left the group Caramel Box.

On December 4, 2009, he married a former stage actress who was 25 years old then.

He played the Anti-Spiral in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

Television appearances[edit]

  • Daichi no Ko (大地の子) NHK (1995)- Lu Yixin (陸一心)
  • Himawari (ひまわり), (NHK Renzoku Terebi Shosetsu) (1996) - Hoshino Yuji (星野雄治)
  • Ryoma ga Yuku (竜馬がゆく) (TBS, 1997) - Ryoma Sakamoto (坂本龍馬)
  • Mori Motonari (毛利元就) (NHK Taiga drama, 1997) - Takamoto Mouri (毛利隆元)
  • Ao no Jidai (青の時代) (TBS, 1998) - Keiichi Haruna (榛名圭一)
  • Shonen Tachi (少年たち) (NHK, 1998), Hajime Hirokawa (広川一)
  • Omizu no Hanamichi (お水の花道), (Fuji TV, 1999)
  • P.S. Genki Desu Shunpei (P.S. 元気です、俊平) (TBS, 1999)
  • Sinderera ha Nemuranai (シンデレラは眠らない) (Nihon TV, 2000)
  • Kimi ga Oshiete Kureta Koto (君が教えてくれたこと) (TBS, 2000) - Shinichi Sayama (狭山慎一)
  • Kage no Kisetsu (陰の季節)(TBS, 2000) - Shinji Futawatari (二渡真治)
  • Miyamoto Musashi (宮本武蔵) (TV Tokyo, 2001) - Musashi Miyamoto (宮本武蔵)
  • Shiroi Kage (白い影) (TBS, 2001) - Toshiyuki Kobashi (小橋俊之)
  • Kagen no Kisetsu 2 Dohki (陰の季節 2 動機)(TBS, 2001) - Shinji Futawatari (二渡真治)
  • Shin Omizu no Hanamichi (Fuji TV, 2001)
  • Shonen Tachi 2 (少年たち2) (NHK, 2001)- Hirokawa Hajime (広川一)
  • Kagen no Kisetsu 3 Mikkoku (陰の季節 3 密告)(TBS, 2001) - Shinji Futawatari (二渡真治)
  • Shonen Tachi 3 (少年たち3) (NHK, 2002)- Hirokawa Hajime (広川一)
  • Mama no Idenshi (ママの遺伝子) (TBS, 2002) - Wataru Fujiki (藤木渡)
  • Toubou (逃亡) (NHK, 2002) - Genji (源次)
  • Kindaichi Kosuke File - Meiro Sou no Sangeki (金田一耕助ファイル・迷路荘の惨劇) (TV Tokyo, 2002) - Kindaichi Kousuke (金田一耕助)
  • Koi wo Nannen Yasunde Masuka Special (TBS, 2002)
  • Kagen no Kisetsu 4 Shissou (陰の季節 4 失踪)(TBS, 2002) - Futawatari Shinji (二渡真治)
  • Kindaichi Kousuke File - Gokumon Tou (金田一耕助ファイル・獄門島) (TV Tokyo, 2003) - Kindaichi Kousuke (金田一耕助)
  • Chushin Gura - Ketsudan no Toki (忠臣蔵 - 決断の時) (TV Tokyo, 2003) - Asano Takumi no Kami
  • Shiroi Kyoto (白い巨塔) (Fuji TV, 2003) - Sekigucih Hitoshi (関口仁)
  • Kage no Kisetsu 5 Jiko (陰の季節 5 事故)(TBS, 2003) - Shinji Futawatari (二渡真治)
  • Kage no Kisetsu 6 Keiji (陰の季節 6刑事)(TBS, 2003) - Shinji Futawatari (二渡真治)
  • Saigo no Chusin Gura (最後の忠臣蔵) (NHK, 2004) - Terasaka Kichiemon (寺坂吉右衛門)
  • Naga ku Kodoku na Yuukai (長く孤独な誘拐) (TBS, 2004) - Kohichi Moriwaki (森脇耕一)
  • Kage no Kisetsu 7 Seisan (陰の季節 7 清算)(TBS, 2004) - Shinji Futawatari (二渡真治)
  • Sokoku (祖国) (WOWOW, 2005) - Ichiro Onodera (小野寺一郎)
  • Edo Makubein Satsui (エド・マクベイン 殺意) (TV Tokyo, 2005) - Hayato Kurujima (久留島隼人)
  • Ame to Yume no Atoni (雨と夢のあとに) (TV Asahi, 2005) - Shirou Takashiba (高柴史郎)
  • Koumyou ga Tsuji (功名が辻) (NHK Taiga drama, 2006) - Yamauchi Kazutoyo (山内一豊)
  • Akechi Mitsuhide - Kami ni Aisare Nakatta Otoko (明智光秀~神に愛されなかった男) (Fuji TV, 2007) - Oda Nobunaga (織田信長)
  • Edo Makubein Kaono Nai Onna (エド・マクベイン 顔のない女) (TV Tokyo, 2007) Hayato Kurujima (久留島隼人)
  • Warui Yatsura (わるいやつら) (TV Asahi, 2007) - Toya Shinichi (戸谷信一)
  • Shindo 0 (震度0) (WOWOW, 2007) - Yuhichi Fuyuki (冬木優一)
  • Hanazakari no Kimitachihe - Ikemen Paradise (花ざかりの君たちへ イケメン♂パラダイス) (Fuji TV, 2007)- Umeda Hokuto (梅田北斗)
  • Suwan no Baka! Kozukai 3 man yen no Koi (スワンの馬鹿! こづかい3万円の恋) (Kansai TV, 2007) - Suwano Daisuke (諏訪野大輔)
  • Kaikyou (海峡) (NHK, 2007) - Taketoshi Nonaka (野中武敏)
  • Ryouki teki na Kanojo (猟奇的な彼女) (TBS, 2008) - Keisuke Natsume (夏目圭輔)
  • Yagyuu Ichizoku no Inbou (柳生一族の陰謀) (TV Asahi, 2008) - Yagyu Juubei (柳生十兵衛)
  • Rupan no Shousoku (ルパンの消息) (WOWOW, 2008), Mizorogi Yoshito (溝呂木義人)
  • Hanazakari no Kimitachihe - Ikemen Paradise Special (花ざかりの君たちへ イケメン♂パラダイス スペシャル) (Fuji TV, 2008) - Umeda Hokuto (梅田北斗)
  • Aka Hana no Sensei (赤鼻のセンセイ) (Nihon TV, 2009) - Sakurayama Makoto (桜山真)
  • Ikemen Sobaya Tantei - Iindaze! (イケ麺そば屋探偵 いいんだぜ!) (Nihon TV, 2009) - Sakurayama Makoto (桜山真)
  • MR. BRAIN (TBS, 2009) - Kitazato Youhei (北里陽平)
  • Kodai Shoujo Dogu Chan (MBS, 2009) - Sugihara Kenzou (杉原謙三)
  • Ryōmaden (龍馬伝) (NHK Taiga drama, 2010) - Nakaoka Shintarou (中岡慎太郎)
  • MARKS no Yama (マークスの山) (WOWOW, 2019) - Gouda Yuichirou (合田雄一郎)
  • Gakeppuchi no Eri (崖っぷちのエリー この世でいちばん大事な「カネ」の話) (TV Asahi, 2010) - Kirino Tatsuhiko (桐野達彦)
  • SPEC Keishichou Kouanbu Dai Goka Mishou Jiken Tokubetsu Taisaku Gakari Jikenbo (SPEC 警視庁公安部公安第五課 未詳事件特別対策係事件簿) (TBS, 2010) - Waki Tomohiro (脇智宏)
  • MRokuhara Ikki no Suiri Hakkotsu no Kataribe (ミステリー作家・六波羅一輝の推理 白骨の語り部) (TV Asahi, 2010) - Rokuhara Ikki (六波羅一輝)
  • Qualtet (カルテット) (MBS, 2011) - Kuchinawa (クチナワ)
  • Sakura Kara no Tegami AKB48 Sorezre no Sotsugyou Monogatari (桜からの手紙 AKB48 それぞれの卒業物語) (Nihon TV, 2011) - Maeda Kouji (前田幸次)
  • Iryuu Sousa (遺留捜査) (TV Asahi, 2011) - Itomura Satoshi (糸村聡)
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge ( 荒川アンダー ザ ブリッジ) (MBS, 2011) - Ichinomiya (市ノ宮積)
  • BBC EARTH 2011 Human Planet (WOWOW, 2011) - narrator
  • NHK Special Mikaiketsu Jiken file.01 Guriko Morinaga Jiken (グリコ・森永事件) (NHK, 2011) - Katou Yuzuru (加藤譲記者)
  • Pandra III Kakumei Zenya (パンドラIII 革命前夜) (WOWOW, 2011) - Kanbayashi Yosuke (神林洋介)
  • Kasya (火車) (TV Asahi, 2011) - Honma Shunsuke (本間俊介)
  • Taira no Kiyomori (平清盛) (NHK Taiga drama, 2012) - Tairano Morikuni (平盛国)
  • Stepfater Step (ステップファザー・ステップ) (TBS, 2012) - the thief
  • Special Drama Blackboard the 3rd Night (スペシャルドラマ ブラックボード) (TBS, 2012) - Kuroki (黒木匡)
  • Rokuhara Ikki no Suiri 2 Kyoto Onmyouji no Satsujin (ミステリー作家・六波羅一輝の推理2 京都 陰陽師の殺人) (TV Asahi, 2010) - Rokuhara Ikki (六波羅一輝)
  • Shiritsu Bakarea Koukou (私立バカレア高校) (Nihon TV, 2012) - Minamoto Haruki (源春樹)

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