Hirofumi Arai

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Hirofumi Arai
Arai Hirofumi "Sayonara" at Opening Ceremony of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (21808233523).jpg
Arai at the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival, 2015
Japanese name
Kanji 新井 浩文
Korean name
Hangul 박경식
Hanja 朴慶植

Hirofumi Arai (新井 浩文 (あらい ひろふみ)), born on January 18, 1979, in Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, is a third-generation Zainichi Korean actor.[1][2]


Arai made his screen debut in Isao Yukisada's GO in 2001 when he was 19 years old. His next film role was the emotionally disturbed senior high school student Aoki in Toshiaki Toyoda's Blue Spring, which won him the Best New Actor award at the 17th Takasaki Film Festival.[3] His Blue Spring performance and promo interviews had attracted the attention of critically acclaimed Japanese director Yôichi Sai, also a Zainichi Korean. They publicly agreed to do a film together some day, which came to be Blood and Bones two years later.

In a Josei Seven interview, Arai had stated that, in spite of his earlier critically acclaimed films, he regarded the satirical crime film The Matsugane Potshot Affair (2006) as his true breakthrough. His role had allowed him to exhibit a wider range of his acting abilities including comic timing. After the film's release, he was offered comedic roles he had wanted but couldn't get, including Korede iinoda!! Eiga★Akatsuka Fujio and Slapstick Brothers.

In 2011, Arai co-stars as Detective Kazuhiko Soga in a one-off TV crime thriller Douki with co-stars Ryuhei Matsuda as Detective Ryota Udagawa and Chiaki Kuriyama as Michiru Soga.

The June 2012 issue of Switch, a Japanese arts and media magazine,[4] features a special segment on top ten manga that teaches love and passion, chosen by Japanese actors, artists and musicians including Arai, who chose Bakuman while explaining: '"You should up your girl power by learning how to behave like a heroine."'[5]

Arai's currently represented by ANORE INC., a talent agency founded in 1996 by actor Tadanobu Asano, Asano's father Yukihisa Sato[6] and Asano's musician brother Kujun Sato.[7]


Arai's birth name is Kyung-Sik Park (박경식).[8] He had stated in a number of Japanese interviews that he has a continual interest in being involved with films that explore Korean-Japanese issues.

Tokyograph announced in 2007 that Arai entered a "serious relationship" with singer Miu Sakamoto, the eldest daughter of noted musician Ryuichi Sakamoto and singer-songwriter Akiko Yano, after meeting during a television talk show in 2006.[9]



Year Title Other titles Director Notes
2001 Blue Spring Aoi haru Toshiaki Toyoda Based on Taiyō Matsumoto's manga, sets in a run-down all-boys school where violence and apathy rule the roost.
2001 GO Yukisada Isao Based on Kazuki Kaneshiro's coming-of-age novel, GO.
2002 Justice Yukisada Isao (short film)
2003 Josee, the Tiger and the Fish ジョゼと虎と魚たち
Joze to Tora to Sakanatachi
Isshin Inudo Based on Seiko Tanabe's novel.
2004 Heaven's Bookstore 天国の本屋~恋火
Tengoku no honya
Tetsuo Shinohara Based on Atsushi Matsuhisa and Wataru Tanaka's novel.
2004 Loved Gun ラブドガン
Rabudo gan
Kensaku Watanabe
2004 69 sixtynine Sang-il Lee Based on Ryu Murakami's semi-autobiographical novel, 69.
2004 Blood and Bones 血と骨
Chi to Hone
Yoichi Sai Based on Yan Sogiru's semi-autobiographical novel.
2005 Neighbour No. 13 隣人13号
Rinjin 13 Gou
Yasuo Inoue Based on Santa Inoue's 3-volume dark psychological thriller manga.
2005 The Whispering of the Gods ゲルマニウムの夜 Gerumaniumu no Yoru (Germanium's Night) Tatsushi Ōmori Based on Mangetsu Hanamura's novel. Rou (Arai) returns to his childhood home, a monastery of a tight-knit Christian community, where he soon forces them to face its dark brutal past.
2006 Sway ゆれる Yureru Miwa Nishikawa A courtroom drama that revolves around fraternal rivalry that ends with the murder of a childhood friend.
2007 The Matsugane Potshot Affair 松ヶ根乱射事件
Matsugane Ransha Jiken
Nobuhiro Yamashita Based on Ryūnosuke Akutagawa's crime novel.
2008 A Crowd of Three (ケンタとジュンとカヨちゃんの国
Kenta to Jun to Kayo-chan no Kuni
Tatsushi Ōmori a.k.a. Kenta, Jun And Kayo-chan's Country
2008 My Darling of the Mountains Yama no Anata ~Tokuichi no Koi~
(Beyond the Mountains: Tokuichi in Love)
Katsuhito Ishii A remake of Hiroshi Shimizu’s 1938 film Anma to Onna (The Masseurs and a Woman).
2009 The Blood of Rebirth Yomigaeri no Chi Toshiaki Toyoda
2009 The Crab Cannery Ship Kanikōsen Hiroyuki Tanaka Based on Takiji Kobayashi's 1929 politically satirical novella.
2009 The Wonderful World of Captain Kuhio Kuhio Taisa (Captain Kuhio) Daihachi Yoshida Based on Kazumasa Yoshida’s 2006 biographical novel Kekkon Sagishi Kuhio Taisa (Marriage Swindler: Captain Kuhio).
2009 224466 Tadanobu Asano Part of R246 Story, a film anthology that revolves around Japan's 76-mile highway, Route 246. Other R246 Story short films: CLUB246 (Ilmari), Jiroru: Densetsu no Yo-na-o-shi (Shido Nakamura), Bento Fufu (Yūsuke Santamaria), Arifureta Kisho (Genki Sudo), Dead Noise (Verbal).
2009 Villon's Wife ヴィヨンの妻
Viyon no Tsuma
Kichitaro Negishi Based on Osamu Dazai's 1947 semi-autobiographical short story.
2009 Mt. Tsurugidake 劒岳 点の記
Tsurugidake Ten no Ki
Daisaku Kimura Based on Jirō Nitta's historical novel.
2010 Douki (TV movie) 同期 (Synchronization) Yu Irie Detective Ryouta Udagawa (Ryuhei Matsuda) searches for his rival colleague Kazuhiko Soga (Hirofumi Arai) who went missing after a murder.
2010 Love & Loathing & Lulu & Ayano (名前のない女たち
Namae no Nai Onnatachi (Nameless Women)
Hisayasu Satō Based on Atsuhiko Nakamura's memoir on how she was roped into working in Japan's porn industry.
2010 A Yakuza's Daughter Never Cries Doch yakudzy
Yakuza Girl
Sergei Bodrov
2010 Confessions 告白
Tetsuya Nakashima Based on Kanae Minato's 2008 novel.
2010 All Around Us ぐるりのこと
Gururi no Koto (What's All Round Us)
Ryōsuke Hashiguchi
2010 BOX: The Hakamada Case - What's Life? BOX 袴田事件 命とは
BOX: Hakamada jiken - inochi towa
Banmei Takahashi Based on the Hakamada Incident, a real-life event that inspires former magistrate Norimichi Kumamoto's nationwide campaign[10] to save a man who was sentenced to Japan's Death Row for murdering a family of four in 1966.
2011 That's the Way!! A Film Starring Fujio Akatsuka これでいいのだ!! 映画★赤塚不二夫
Korede iinoda!! Eiga★Akatsuka Fujio
Hideaki Sato Based on the life of manga artist Fujio Akatsuka.
2011 Slapstick Brothers 漫才ギャング
Manzai gyangu (Manzai Gang)
Hiroshi Shinagawa
2011 Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 一命
Ichimei (one life)
Takashi Miike A 3D remake of Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 film Harakiri.
2011 Seiji: House 475 セイジ 陸の魚
Seiji: Riku no Sakana
Yûsuke Iseya Based on Tomoki Tsujiuchi's novel, Seiji. In 2012, House 475 was retitled and re-released as Seiji: Riku no Uo (Seiji: Fish on Land).
2011 Love Strikes! モテキ
Hitoshi Ohne Based on Mitsuro Kubo's romantic comedy manga. Set a year after the ending of the 2010 TV series Moteki with Mirai Moriyama reviving his leading role as Yukiyo Fujimoto. Arai appears as Yuichi Shimada, Fujimoto's long-suffering friend.
2011 The Eclipse's Shadow Shiro Tokiwa (short film)[11] Three couples meet during the afternoon of a total solar eclipse.
2012 Liar Game: Reborn Hiroaki Matsuyama Based on Shinobu Kaitani's manga Liar Game.
2012 Space Brothers Yoshitaka Mori Based on Chūya Koyama's 2008 drama-comedy manga Uchu Kyodai.
2012 House of Quilt キルトの家
Quilt no ie
Two-part NHK TV drama. Broadcast in January, 2012. After an earthquake, a young couple moves to a residential complex in Tokyo where they meet residents and learn about life from them.
2012 Helter Skelter ヘルタースケルター
Heruta Sukeruta
Mika Ninagawa Based on Kyoko Okazaki's manga that revolves around a superstar whose mind and life rapidly unravel.
2012 Ushijima the Loan Shark 闇金ウシジマくん
Yamikin Ushijima-kun
Masatoshi Yamaguchi Based on Shohei Manabe's manga series.
2012 Outrage Beyond アウトレイジ ビヨンド
Autoreiji Biyondo
Takeshi Kitano A sequel to Kitano's 2010 film Outrage.
2012 Blazing Famiglia 莫逆家族
Bakugeki Kazoku (Bakugyaku Family)
Kazuyoshi Kumakiri Based on Hiroshi Tanaka's 11-volume manga series.
2012 The Samurai That Night その夜の侍
Sono Yoru no Samurai
Masaaki Akahori Based on director Akahori's stage play.[12]
2012 Hitori Shizuka ヒトリシズカ Hirayama Hideyuki A TV adaptation of Honda Tetsuya's mystery novel, which revolves around a police investigation of six murders.
2013 The Ravine of Goodbye さよなら渓谷
(Sayonara keikoku)
Tatsushi Ōmori Based on Shuichi Yoshida's short story that explores the media's role in determining the guilt of a potential child murderer.
2015 Sayonara さようなら Kōji Fukada (ja) Based on a play by Oriza Hirata.[13][14]
2016 Hoshigaoka Wonderland 星ガ丘ワンダーランド Show Yanagisawa



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