Tomohisa Yamashita

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Tomohisa Yamashita
Native name 山下 智久
Also known as Yamapi
Born (1985-04-09) April 9, 1985 (age 29)
Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
Genres J-pop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actor, idol, radio host, TV presenter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1996–present
Labels WMG Japan (2012–present)
Johnny's Entertainment (2004–2011)
Associated acts B.I.G, 4Tops, NEWS, Shūji to Akira, Kitty GYM, The Monsters
Website Johnny's net

Tomohisa Yamashita (山下 智久 Yamashita Tomohisa?, born April 9, 1985), also widely known as Yamapi,[1] is a Japanese idol, actor, singer, and TV host.[2][3]

Yamashita joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates as a trainee in 1996 and made his acting debut in NHK's Shonentachi in 1998.[2][4] He recently starred in the summer 2013 series Summer Nude and the autumn 2012 series Monsters. Other notable works include: Proposal Daisakusen, Kurosagi, Buzzer Beat and Nobuta wo Produce.

He made his official CD debut as part of boyband NEWS in 2004 under the Johnny's Entertainment label[2] and later debuted as a solo artist in 2006 with the hit single "Daite Senorita".[5] He released his first solo album in 2011 and left NEWS in the same year.[6][7] His first post-NEWS single, I, Texas (愛, テキサス?) was released under Warner Music Japan in 2012.[8]

He is the co-host of the primetime television show Shogeki! Sansedai Hikaku TV: Generation Tengoku (衝撃!3世代比較TV ジェネレーション天国?) and the host of the late night Tokyo FM radio show Yamashita Tomohisa Cross Space.[3][9][10]

Background[edit]

Yamashita was born in Funabashi, Chiba. His parents separated when he was a child and both Yamashita and his younger sister were raised mainly by his mother.[11][12]

He was motivated to send in his application to the talent agency Johnny & Associates after watching one of Takizawa Hideaki's dramas and aspiring to appear on television.[2][13] He sent in applications to many agencies but only Johnny & Associates called him for an audition.[13]

Yamashita graduated from Horikoshi Gakuen's performing arts course for high school students in 2004. At Horikoshi, he shared a classroom with celebrities such as Koki Tanaka, Koike Teppei, and Yu Shirota. After graduating from high school, Yamashita was accepted into Meiji University's School of Commerce. He graduated with a Commerce degree (major in marketing) in autumn 2008, a semester late.[14]

Career[edit]

Yamashita was one of the Johnny's Juniors chosen to be part of the boyband NEWS in September 2003 and he subsequently formally debuted as part of NEWS on May 12, 2004.[4] Yamashita was often referred to as the leader of NEWS in media[15] but members of the group, including Yamashita himself, have stated at times that he was not the de facto leader.[16][17]

He released the single Seishun Amigo with Kazuya Kamenashi in November 2005. The single was the soundtrack for the drama Nobuta wo Produce starring Kamenashi and Yamashita, and topped the Oricon yearly charts in 2005.[18] Seishun Amigo eventually sold over 1.5 million copies and is Yamashita's best-selling single to date.[19]

His biggest break as an actor came in 2006 when he landed the titular role in the hit television drama Kurosagi. He subsequently made his widescreen debut with the Kurosagi film sequel Eiga: Kurosagi in 2008.[4][20][21] Yamashita also made his debut as a solo artist with the Kurosagi soundtrack Daite Senorita which went on to sell over 800,000 copies.[4][22][23] He followed that up in 2007 and 2008 with turns as time-traveler Iwase Ken in the award-winning romantic comedy Proposal Daisakusen and flight doctor-in-training Aizawa Kousaku in the medical drama Code Blue.[24] Proposal Daisakusen remains one of his most notable works and in 2013, his character Ken's trademark line "Hallelujah chance! (ハレルヤチャンス!?)" was selected by Oricon Monitor Research members as one of the most memorable signature phrases in Japanese drama history.[25]

Industry watchdog Nikkei Entertainment placed him at the top of their annual ranking of under-30 japanese celebrities in 2008 due to his achievements in multiple entertainment fields that year.[26] Following his work in the 2009 romance serial Buzzer Beat, Nikkei christened him the 'twenty-something ratings man', singling him out as one of the few young actors who could successfully lead romance dramas and possessed a stable ratings record despite the declining drama industry.[27] The year 2009 also marked Yamashita's return to solo music activities with the release of his second solo single Loveless and the Tomohisa Yamashita: First Solo ~Short But Sweet~ concerts.[4][22]

Yamashita reprised his role as Aizawa Kousaku in the winter 2010 tv series Code Blue 2. Days after Code Blue 2 was wrapped up, Yamashita began filming for the live-action film adaptation of Ashita no Joe. Code Blue 2 and Buzzer Beat aired in Fuji TV's prestigious getsuku (Monday 9 p.m.) time-slot in Japan, making Yamashita the first person to have starred in two getsukus with only a single drama season in between.[28] That same year, he released his third solo single One in a Million which debuted atop the Oricon charts.[29] This was followed by the releases of the single Hadakanbo and his first solo album Supergood, Superbad in January 2011.[4] His first solo tour, "Supergood, Superbad: Asia Tour 2011" kicked off on January 29, 2011 in Hong Kong.[6]

On October 7, 2011, Johnny & Associates announced that Yamashita and Ryo Nishikido were no longer members of NEWS, and Yamashita would henceforth be concentrating on his solo projects.[7] Yamashita later published a message through the Johnny's web (Jweb) subscription service stating that this was a decision taken after much consideration on his part.[30]

From January to March 2012, NTV aired Yamashita Tomohisa Route 66: Tatta Hitori no America (山下智久・ルート66~たったひとりのアメリカ?), a travel documentary chronicling Yamashita's cross-country trip across the historic Route 66.[31]

After a two year absence, Yamashita returned to the small screen with the winter 2012 drama serial Saikō no Jinsei no Owarikata: Ending Planner where he portrayed the role of Ihara Masato, the reluctant heir to a funeral parlor.[32] He also co-starred with Shingo Katori in the autumn 2012 detective series Monsters.[33] A chance meeting at a Lady Gaga concert before production began on Monsters led Katori and Yamashita to co-author the drama theme and they later formed a temporary unit named The Monsters to release the theme as a single.[34][35] The Monsters came together again in 2013 to co-author the track PAri-PArA for Yamashita's 3rd album A NUDE.[36]

He began co-hosting Fuji TV's primetime Japanese variety show Shogeki! Sansedai Hikaku TV: Generation Tengoku (衝撃!3世代比較TV ジェネレーション天国?) in 2013.[3]

Composing & song-writing[edit]

Year Song Credits CD/DVD (Artist)
2003 Love Song Composer/lyricist[37][38] Touch (NEWS)
2004 Yubiwa Composer/lyricist[39][40] Daite Senorita (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2004 Time Lyricist[41] N/A (Performed on Shonen Club, May 9, 2004)
2004 Pain Lyricist[42] NEWS Nippon 0304 (NEWS)
2005 Color Lyricist[43] Seishun Amigo (Shuuji to Akira)
2005 Ashita E Composer/lyricist[44] N/A (Performed on Shonen Club, December 11, 2005)
2006 Houkago Blues Composer/lyricist [45] Fever to Future (GYM)
2006 Let Me Composer/lyricist[46] N/A (Performed on Shonen Club, March 5, 2006)
2006 Road Composer/lyricist N/A (Performed at NEWS Spring Concerts, April 2006)
2007 Gomen ne Juliet Composer/lyricist [47][48] Pacific (NEWS)
2007 FIGHT ALL NIGHT Lyricist (Rap)[49] cartoon KAT-TUN II You (KAT-TUN)
2007 Snow Express Lyricist (Rap) [50][51] color (NEWS)
2007 Kiss de Tsutaete Composer/lyricist[52] N/A (Performed on Shonen Club, February 4, 2007)
2009 Moonlight Lyricist[53] Loveless (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2009 Ginza Rhapsody Lyricist[54] NEWS Live Diamond (NEWS)
2010 World Is Yours Composer/lyricist[55] One in a million (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2010 Share Composer/lyricist (as NEWS)[56] Live (NEWS)
2011 Ao Composer/lyricist[57] Supergood, Superbad (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2011 Friday Night Lyricist[57] Supergood, Superbad (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2011 Party Don't Stop Lyricist[57] Supergood, Superbad (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2011 Tomo Lyricist[57] Supergood, Superbad (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2011 Dreamer Lyricist[58] N/A
2012 Hit The Wall Composer/lyricist/arranger[59] Ero (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2012 Odoru Yoru Composer/lyricist/arranger[59] Ero (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2012 Kimi to Kaze to Mikazuki Composer/lyricist[60] Love Chase (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2012 Monsters Composer/lyricist[61] Monsters (The Monsters)
2013 Natsu no Orion Composer/lyricist[36][62] A Nude (Tomohisa Yamashita)
2013 PAri-PArA Composer/lyricist (as The Monsters)[36][62] A Nude (Tomohisa Yamashita)

Discography[edit]

For releases as NEWS, Shuuji to Akira, and Kitty GYM, see NEWS' Discography, Shuuji to Akira's Single, and Kitty GYM.

Studio albums[edit]

Release Date Title Label Track listing
26 January 2011 Supergood, Superbad Johnny's Entertainment
25 July 2012 Ero WMG Japan
11 September 2013 A NUDE WMG Japan

Singles[edit]

Release Date Title Label Album Track listing
31 May 2006 Daite Señorita (抱いてセニョリータ?) Johnny's Entertainment Supergood, Superbad
18 November 2009 Loveless
28 July 2010 One in a million
19 January 2011 Hadakanbō (はだかんぼー?)
29 February 2012 I, Texas (愛, テキサス?) WMG Japan Ero
4 July 2012 Love Chase TBA
13 March 2013 Que Sera Sera ( 怪・セラ・セラ?) A Nude
31 July 2013 SUMMER NUDE '13 TBA

DVD & blu-ray[edit]

Release Date Title Label
21 December 2011 Tomohisa Yamashita Asia Tour 2011: Super Good Super Bad Johnny's Entertainment
11 April 2012 Tomohisa Yamashita Route 66: Tatta Hitori no America (山下智久・ルート66〜たった一人のアメリカ〜?) VAP
12 December 2012 Tomohisa Yamashita Live Tour 2012 ~EroP~ WMG Japan

Collaborations & Features[edit]

Release Date Track Title Label Notes
2 November 2005 Seishun Amigo Johnny's Entertainment Single released as Shuuji to Akira in collaboration with Kazuya Kamenashi
30 August 2006 Fever to Future Johnny's Entertainment Single released as GYM in collaboration with Golf & Mike
7 January 2009 Home Party avex trax Voice featuring on the track released by Hideaki Takizawa
23 March 2011 Unusual avex trax Song and PV featuring on Amuro Namie's Checkmate album
28 November 2012 Monsters Victor Entertainment Single released as "The Monsters" in collaboration with Shingo Katori; originally released on the Gift of SMAP album
28 November 2012 Monster Victor Entertainment Song released as "The Monsters" in collaboration with Shingo Katori; cover of the Pink Lady's Monster

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Shonentachi (NHK) Kakuda Shinya Short series
1999 Nekketsu Renaido (NTV) N/A Episode 7
1999 P.P.O.I (NTV) Amano Taira Short series
1999 Kowai Nichiyobi (NTV) N/A Episode 13
1999 Kiken na Kankei (Fuji TV) Miyabe Satoshi Episodes 10-11; Regular series
2000 Ikebukuro West Gate Park (TBS) Mizuno Shun Regular series
2000 Shijo Saiaku no Date (NTV) Okumura Yuki Episode 1
2000 All Star Chushingura Matsuri (TBS) Asano Takumi Special; Televised stageplay
2001 Kabachitare (Fuji TV) Tamura Yuta Regular series
2001 Shonen wa Tori ni Natta (TBS) Nagashima Ken Special; Telefilm
2002 Long Love Letter (Fuji TV) Otomo Tadashi Regular series
2002 Lunch no Joō (Fuji TV) Nabeshima Koshiro Regular series
2003 Stand Up!! (TBS) Iwasaki Kengo Regular series
2003 Budou no Ki (Fuji TV) Shindo Yosuke Special
2004 Engimono 9: Kuruizaki Virgin Road (Fuji TV) Hajime Short series; Televised stageplay
2004 Sore wa, Totsuzen, Arashi no you ni... (TBS) Fukazawa Takuma Regular series
2005 Dragon Zakura (TBS) Yajima Yuusuke Regular series
2005 Nobuta wo Produce (NTV) Kusano Akira Regular series
2006 Kurosagi (TBS) Kurosaki Regular series; First lead role
2007 Byakkotai Sakai Shintaro; Sakai Mineji Short series; Lead
2007 Proposal Daisakusen (Fuji TV) Iwase Ken Regular series; Lead
2008 Proposal Daisakusen SP (Fuji TV) Iwase Ken Special; Lead
2008 Code Blue (Fuji TV) Aizawa Kosaku Regular series; Lead
2009 Code Blue SP (Fuji TV) Aizawa Kosaku Special; Lead
2009 Buzzer Beat (Fuji TV) Kamiya Naoki Regular series; Lead
2010 Code Blue 2 (Fuji TV) Aizawa Kosaku Second season; Regular series; Lead
2012 Saikō no Jinsei no Owarikata: Ending Planner (TBS) Ihara Masato Regular series; Lead
2012 Tomohisa Yamashita Route 66: Tatta Hitori no America (NTV) As himself Serial travel show
2012 Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi: Akai Tsume (Fuji TV) Ishida Akiyoshi[74] Special
2012 Monsters (TBS) Saionji Kosuke Regular series
2013 Summer Nude (Fuji TV) Mikuriya Asahi Regular series; Lead
2013 Dokushin Kizoku (Fuji TV) As himself Episode 7

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1996 Shinrei no Surfer Shi Extra
2008 Eiga: Kurosagi Kurosaki
2011 Ashita no Joe Yabuki Joe

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