|Native name||山下 智久|
|Also known as||Yamapi|
April 9, 1985 |
Funabashi, Chiba, Japan
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, actor, idol, radio host, TV presenter|
|Labels||WMG Japan (2012–present)
Johnny's Entertainment (2004–2011)
|Associated acts||B.I.G, 4Tops, NEWS, Shūji to Akira, Kitty GYM, The Monsters|
Yamashita joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates as a trainee in 1996 and made his acting debut in NHK's Shonentachi in 1998. 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 and later debuted as a solo artist in 2006 with the hit single "Daite Senorita". He released his first solo album in 2011 and left NEWS in the same year. His first post-NEWS single, I, Texas (愛, テキサス?) was released under Warner Music Japan in 2012.
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.
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. He sent in applications to many agencies but only Johnny & Associates called him for an audition.
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.
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. Yamashita was often referred to as the leader of NEWS in media but members of the group, including Yamashita himself, have stated at times that he was not the de facto leader.
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. Seishun Amigo eventually sold over 1.5 million copies and is Yamashita's best-selling single to date.
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. Yamashita also made his debut as a solo artist with the Kurosagi soundtrack Daite Senorita which went on to sell over 800,000 copies. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. That same year, he released his third solo single One in a Million which debuted atop the Oricon charts. This was followed by the releases of the single Hadakanbo and his first solo album Supergood, Superbad in January 2011. His first solo tour, "Supergood, Superbad: Asia Tour 2011" kicked off on January 29, 2011 in Hong Kong.
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. 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.
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.
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. He also co-starred with Shingo Katori in the autumn 2012 detective series Monsters. 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. The Monsters came together again in 2013 to co-author the track PAri-PArA for Yamashita's 3rd album A NUDE.
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. In April of 2013 it was announced that Yamashita had been cast as the male lead in the live action film adaption of the manga Kinkyori Ren'ai (近距離恋愛, "Short-Distance Love") in which he will play a new English teacher at a high school who becomes the object of affection for one of his students played by new actress Komatsu Nana.
Composing & song-writing
|2003||Love Song||Composer/lyricist||Touch (NEWS)|
|2004||Yubiwa||Composer/lyricist||Daite Senorita (Tomohisa Yamashita)|
|2004||Time||Lyricist||N/A (Performed on Shonen Club, May 9, 2004)|
|2004||Pain||Lyricist||NEWS Nippon 0304 (NEWS)|
|2005||Color||Lyricist||Seishun Amigo (Shuuji to Akira)|
|2005||Ashita E||Composer/lyricist||N/A (Performed on Shonen Club, December 11, 2005)|
|2006||Houkago Blues||Composer/lyricist ||Fever to Future (GYM)|
|2006||Let Me||Composer/lyricist||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 ||Pacific (NEWS)|
|2007||FIGHT ALL NIGHT||Lyricist (Rap)||cartoon KAT-TUN II You (KAT-TUN)|
|2007||Snow Express||Lyricist (Rap) ||color (NEWS)|
|2007||Kiss de Tsutaete||Composer/lyricist||N/A (Performed on Shonen Club, February 4, 2007)|
|2009||Moonlight||Lyricist||Loveless (Tomohisa Yamashita)|
|2009||Ginza Rhapsody||Lyricist||NEWS Live Diamond (NEWS)|
|2010||World Is Yours||Composer/lyricist||One in a million (Tomohisa Yamashita)|
|2010||Share||Composer/lyricist (as NEWS)||Live (NEWS)|
|2011||Ao||Composer/lyricist||Supergood, Superbad (Tomohisa Yamashita)|
|2011||Friday Night||Lyricist||Supergood, Superbad (Tomohisa Yamashita)|
|2011||Party Don't Stop||Lyricist||Supergood, Superbad (Tomohisa Yamashita)|
|2011||Tomo||Lyricist||Supergood, Superbad (Tomohisa Yamashita)|
|2012||Hit The Wall||Composer/lyricist/arranger||Ero (Tomohisa Yamashita)|
|2012||Odoru Yoru||Composer/lyricist/arranger||Ero (Tomohisa Yamashita)|
|2012||Kimi to Kaze to Mikazuki||Composer/lyricist||Love Chase (Tomohisa Yamashita)|
|2012||Monsters||Composer/lyricist||Monsters (The Monsters)|
|2013||Natsu no Orion||Composer/lyricist||A Nude (Tomohisa Yamashita)|
|2013||PAri-PArA||Composer/lyricist (as The Monsters)||A Nude (Tomohisa Yamashita)|
- For releases as NEWS, Shuuji to Akira, and Kitty GYM, see NEWS' Discography, Shuuji to Akira's Single, and Kitty GYM.
|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|
|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
|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
|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|
|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||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|
|1996||Shinrei no Surfer Shi||Extra|
|2011||Ashita no Joe||Yabuki Joe|
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