Akira (actor)

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Born Ryōhei Kurosawa
(1981-08-23) 23 August 1981 (age 37)
Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Actor, dancer
Years active 1997–present

Ryōhei Kurosawa (黒沢 良平, Kurosawa Ryōhei, born 23 August 1981), known by the stage name Akira, is a Japanese actor and dancer. He is also a member of the all-male J-Pop groups Exile and Exile The Second.

Life and career[edit]

Akira was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. He moved to Iwata, Shizuoka at the age of three.[citation needed]

Akira started dancing at the age of 16, at dance club events around the Shizuoka area. He then moved to Tokyo and went on to found the talent agency Makidai & USA. In December 2004, he debuted as a performer in Rather Unique. In June 2006, he joined the group Exile as a performer.[1][2]

He began working as an actor in March 2006, appearing in the "No.1 Attack" stage troupe Gumi Honan. Since then, he has acted in a number of TV dramas in Japan, including the 2012 remake of the Great Teacher Onizuka series, which has been broadcast on Fuji TV since July 2012.[3]

In 2015, Akira provided the voice of Mad Max in the Japanese dub of the film Mad Max: Fury Road.[4]

In September 2016, was announced that he was joining the group Exile The Second as a performer.


TV Drama[edit]

  • Around 40 - Chuumon no Ooi Onnatachi (TBS, April 2008-), role of Tatsuya Ogata
  • Toomawari no Ame (NTV, 2010-Mar-27 start), role of Yasushi Kikuchi
  • Tumbling (TBS, 2010-Apr-17 start), role of Yutaka Kashiwagi
  • Gou - Himetachi no sengoku (NHK, 2011-Jan-09 to 2011-Nov-27), role of Hidekatsu Toyotomi
  • GTO (Fuji TV, July 2012 - September 2012), role of Eikichi Onizuka
  • Biblia Koshodō no Jiken Techō (Fuji TV, January 2013 - March 2013), role of Daisuke Goura
  • Honey Trap (Fuji TV, October 2013 - December 2013), role of Yuuichi Miyama
  • GTO (2nd season) (Fuji TV, July 2014 - September 2014), role of Eikichi Onizuka
  • HEAT (Fuji TV, July 2015 - September 2015), role of Tatsuya Ikegami
  • High & Low - The Story of S.W.O.R.D. (NTV, October 2015 - December 2015), role of Kohaku
  • High & Low - The Story of S.W.O.R.D. (2nd season) (NTV, April 2016 - June 2016), role of Kohaku


  • Hana Yori Dango Final (2008), Sunny
  • Yamagata Scream (2009), Santaro
  • Properly convey (2009), North Shiro
  • Legend of the Fist:The Return of Chen Zhen (2010), Sasaki
  • Hanjiro (2010), Yaichiro Nagayama
  • Working Holiday (2012), Yamato Okita
  • Kusahara no Isu (2013), Kagiyama
  • Unfair: the end (2015),
  • High & Low: The Movie (2016), Kohaku
  • Tatara Samurai (2017)
  • Kono Michi (TBA), Kosaku Yamada

TV Show[edit]

  • Exile Generation (NTV, January 2009 - March 2010)
  • EXH: Exile House (TBS, April 2009 - March 2010)
  • Hiruxile (NTV, April 2010 - March 2011)
  • EXE (TBS, April 2010 - September)
  • Exile Tamashii (MBS TV MBS, TBS, October 2010)



  1. ^ "Exile Official Website", 2012, webpage: [1] Archived 2012-09-17 at the Wayback Machine..
  2. ^ MTV Exile Bio
  3. ^ "Live-Action GTO Remake Confirmed with EXILE Member Akira". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  4. ^ "6月20日(土)公開!! アクション超大作『マッドマックス』敵役ジョー軍の最強ファイター・エレクトスの吹き替え声優で真壁刀義が出演!!". New Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). 2015-04-14. Retrieved 2015-04-14.