Jun Matsumoto (松本 潤 Matsumoto Jun, born August 30, 1983), often called by the portmanteau nickname MatsuJun (松潤), is a Japanese singer, actor, radio host, concertmaster, dancer and model. He is a member of the boy band Arashi, and produces Arashi's concerts. He invented the moving stage in 2005 which has been subsequently used by several Asian musical acts. He is best known to Japanese television drama audiences for his portrayal as Tsukasa Dōmyōji in the Hana Yori Dango series, in which he won GQ Japan's Man Of The Year Award under the singer/actor category for his work in the drama.
Matsumoto began his career in the entertainment industry when he joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates in 1996 at the age of 12. Prior to his debut as a singer with Arashi in 1999, Matsumoto started an acting career when he was cast as Teddy Duchamp for the stage play Stand by Me, which was based on the film of the same name. Since then, he has gone on to appear in numerous dramas and movies, receiving a number of awards and nominations for his roles.
Matsumoto was born in Toshima, Tokyo, as the youngest child in his family. He has an older sister whose support of KinKi Kids influenced his decision to join Johnny & Associates in 1996. Thinking it might bode good luck, he sent his application to the agency on his elementary school graduation day and received a phone call weeks later from president Johnny Kitagawa himself, inviting him to attend a rehearsal instead of being auditioned. Due to this, Matsumoto is frequently referred to as one of the elite within the agency.
Although the majority of Matsumoto's solos for albums and concerts are written by Arashi's staff, he has contributed lyrics for two of his solos: "La Familia" for the 2004 Arashi! Iza, Now Tour!! and "Naked" in 2008 for the album Dream "A" Live under the penname "Jun".
In 1997, Matsumoto was cast in his first stage play, which was based on the American coming of age film Stand by Me with future bandmates Masaki Aiba and Kazunari Ninomiya. He did not return to do any major stage productions for nearly seven years after Stand by Me, instead focusing on dramas and movies. However, in 2004, Matsumoto appeared in the stage play West Side Story with bandmates Satoshi Ohno and Sho Sakurai. In 2005 and 2006, Matsumoto was given his first lead stage play roles in Eden no Higashi (エデンの東 East of Eden) and Byakuya no Onna Kishi (白夜の女騎士 Valkyrie of the White Night) respectively.
Like bandmate Sakurai, Matsumoto made his acting debut as a television actor in April 1997 in the TBS drama special Hoken Chousain (保険調査員 Insurance Investigator). A few months later, he co-starred with the members of KinKi Kids and future bandmate Masaki Aiba in the mystery-thriller series Bokura no Yūki: Miman Toshi (ぼくらの勇気 Our Courage: Miman City).
Matsumoto gained further popularity as an actor in 2002 when he starred in the first season of Gokusen with Yukie Nakama, Shun Oguri, Tomohiro Waki, Hiroki Narimiya and Yuma Ishigaki. His portrayal of the troubled but highly intelligent student, Shin Sawada, drew acclaim and won him Best Supporting Actor at the 33rd Television Drama Academy Awards. He later returned with most of the original cast to star in the special epilogue episode in 2003. Soon after, his character also made a cameo in Sakurai's comedy series Yoiko no Mikata (よい子の味方 Ally of Good Children). In the same year, Matsumoto took another high-profile role in the live-action adaptation of manga series Kimi wa Pet as Takeshi "Momo" Goda, starring opposite Koyuki.
In 2005, Matsumoto took the most prominent role of his career to date when he was cast as Tsukasa Domyōji in the live-action adaptation of shōjo manga Hana Yori Dango. Co-starring opposite Mao Inoue, Shun Oguri, Shota Matsuda and Tsuyoshi Abe, the series was a success with an average viewership rating of 19.6%. Matsumoto's portrayal as the air-headed and arrogant leader of four rich heirs won him Best Supporting Actor again at the 47th Television Drama Academy Awards.
In 2007, due to the success of Hana Yori Dango, it spawned a second season, which was an even bigger hit with television audiences as it had a peak rating of 27.6% on the final episode and an overall rating of 21.57%. Matsumoto won Best Supporting Actor at the 10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix for his role. The same year, Matsumoto starred in Bambino!, which won him his first Best Actor award at the 53rd Television Drama Academy Awards.
In 2008, he re-united with Bambino! co-star Karina for the drama special Myū no Anyo Papa ni Ageru (みゅうの足パパにあげる Myū will Give Daddy Her Legs), which aired as part of the 24-hour Television telethon in 2008. He portrayed a man diagnosed with CIDP struggling to recuperate and return to normal life with his wife and young daughter. The drama special received a viewership rating of 25.6%.
In 2009, Matsumoto starred in his first drama series in nearly two years. He portrayed Vito Hayakawa (早川ビト Hayakawa Vito), a half-Japanese, half-Filipino young man who always faces life with a smile in the drama Smile. Matsumoto subsequently won Best Actor for his role in the 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix. Fuji TV announced on September 10, 2009 that Matsumoto would star in a three-part drama special called Wagaya no Rekishi (わが家の歴史 History of our Family) scheduled to air for three consecutive days in the spring of 2010.
In January 2010, Matsumoto co-starred with the other members of Arashi in their first drama in nearly ten years in the human suspense drama special Saigo no Yakusoku (最後の約束 Last Promise). Matsumoto portrayed Nozomu Gotō (後藤 望 Gotō Nozomu), a 27-year-old motorcycle courier rider who is caught up in a building hijack. Matsumoto co-starred with Yūko Takeuchi in his first Getsuku drama titled Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku (夏の恋は虹色に輝く Summer Love Shines in Rainbow Colors). He also made a guest appearance on the final episode of bandmate Ohno's drama Kaibutsu-kun (怪物くん Little Monster), which is based on the Fujiko Fujio's Kaibutsu-kun manga and anime series.
Matsumoto appeared on the silver screen in the 1998 film Shinjuku Tanteidan Shōnen (新宿少年探偵団 Shinjuku Boy Detectives) but his breakthrough did not come until 2001 when he was cast as Hajime Kinda'ichi in the third season of Kinda'ichi Shōnen no Jikenbo, taking over the role from Tsuyoshi Domoto and co-starring opposite Anne Suzuki.
In 2002, Arashi co-starred in their first movie together called Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakedo Happy (ピカ☆ンチ Life is HardだけどHappy Pikanchi Life is Hard But Happy). They came together again for its sequel Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakara Happy (ピカ☆☆ンチ Life is HardだからHappy Pikanchi Life is Hard Therefore Happy) in 2004. He also starred in the film Tokyo Tower as a womanizer with a preference for older women with Junichi Okada the same year.
In 2007, Arashi starred in their third movie together Kiiroi Namida while Matsumoto was cast in the independent film Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o Suru with Nana Eikura as his co-star. He portrayed the lead character Yori Yūki (結城 頼 Yūki Yori), a high school student who falls in love and develops a romantic relationship with his younger twin sister.
In 2008, Matsumoto took on his first jidaigeki role in a re-make of Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress, Kakushi Toride no San-Akunin: The Last Princess, with award-winning actors Hiroshi Abe, Kippei Shiina and Masami Nagasawa. Soon after, TBS decided to end the Hana Yori Dango series through a film. Hana Yori Dango Final, which hit the big screen on June 28, 2008 in Japan, became a box office hit.
In 2013, Matsumoto Jun played the role of Okuda Kosuke in the movie ‘Hidamari no Kanojo‘(Her Sunny Side) along with actress Ueno Juri in the latest movie of director Miki Takahiro (‘Solanin’, ‘Boku ga Ita’).‘Hidamari no Kanojo’ was filmed in January and to hit cinemas on October 2013.
In 2017, Matsumoto Jun played the role of Takashi Hayama in the Movie 'Narratage' along with actress Kasumi Arimura.
Matsumoto had his own radio show, Jun Style, on Nack5 from October 5, 2002 to September 2011.
|1997||Hoken Chōsa-in Shigarami Tarō no Jikenbo||Shunichi Yoneda||TV special, "Sanuki Hito Jiken"|
|Bokura no Yūki: Miman Toshi||Mori|
|Another Heart||Tōru Kitamura|
|1998||BOYS BE...Jr||Yū||Episode: "Hakunetsu! Ren'ai Shitai Shōkōgun"|
|Hitsuyō no Nai Hito||Takuji Ohno|
|1999||Nekketsu Ren'ai-dō:||Retsu Nikaidō
|"Shishi-za no A-gata BOY"|
"Futagoza no B-gata BOY"
|Kowai Nichiyōbi: Furugiya||S||Episode 10 guest appearance|
|V no Arashi||Jun Matsumoto||Lead role with Arashi members|
|2000||Shijō Saiaku no Dēto||Yūsuke||Episode: "Poor Boy vs Rich Lady"|
|2001||Mukai Arata no Dōbutsu Nikki||Hajime Kindaichi||Guest appearance|
|Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo 3 / Majutsu Ressha Satsujin Jiken||Lead role with Anne Suzuki|
|Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo 3|
|2002||Gokusen||Shin Sawada||Lead role|
|Gokusen Returns: Sōshūhen & Shiwasu no Yankumi SP|
|2003||Yoiko no Mikata||Episode 9 guest appearance|
|Gokusen SP||Lead role, TV special|
|Kimi wa Petto||Momo/Takeshi Goda||Lead role|
|2005||Propose||Satō Kōsuke||Lead role, mini-drama, "Story One"|
|Hana Yori Dango||Tsukasa Dōmyōji||Lead role with Mao Inoue|
|2006||Yonimo Kimyona Monogatari||Takada Kazuo||Lead role, mini-drama, "Imakiyo-san"|
|2007||Hana Yori Dango 2||Tsukasa Dōmyōji||Lead role|
|Bambino!||Shogo Ban||Lead role|
|2008||Myu no Anyo Papa ni Ageru||Hayato Yamaguchi||Lead role, TV special|
|2009||Smile||Vito Hayakawa||Lead role with Yui Aragaki|
|2010||Saigo no Yakusoku||Nozomu Gotō||Lead role with Arashi members, TV special|
|Wagaya no Rekishi||Yoshio Yame||Three-part TV special|
|Kaibutsu-kun||Kaibutsu-kun's butler||Episode 9 guest appearance|
|Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku||Taiga Kusunoki||Lead role|
|2012||Mou Yuukai Nante Shinai||Shuntarō Tokita||Guest appearance|
|Lucky Seven||Lead role|
|2013||Lucky Seven SP|
|Hajimari no Uta SP||Wataru|
|2014||Shitsuren Chocolatier||Sōta Koyurugi|
|2016||99.9%-Keiji Senmon Bengoshi||Hiroto Miyama|
|2017||Bokura no Yūki: Miman Toshi SP||Mori (Mori Eguchi)|
|2018||99.9%-Keiji Senmon Bengoshi — Season II||Hiroto Miyama||Lead role|
|Hana Nochi Hare~Hanadan Next Season~||Tsukasa Dōmyōji||Episode 1 guest appearance|
|2019||Eien no Nishipa~Hokkaido to Nazuketa Otoko Matsuura Takeshiro kara~||Takeshiro Matsuura||Lead role, NHK TV special|
|1998||Shinjuku Shōnen Tanteidan||Kentaro Kanzaki||co-starring with You Yokoyama, Masaki Aiba, Kyoko Fukada, Ai Kato, and Ayana Sakai|
|2002||Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakedo Happy||Rentarō Futaba (Bon)|
|2004||Pikanchi Life Is Hard Dakara Happy|
|2007||Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o Suru||Yori Yūki||Lead role with Nana Eikura|
|Kiiroi Namida||Yūji Katsumada||Lead role with Arashi members|
|2008||Kakushi Toride no San’akunin: The Last Princess||Takezo||Lead role with Masami Nagasawa|
|Hana Yori Dango Final||Domyouji Tsukasa||Lead role with Mao Inoue|
|2013||Girl In The Sunny Place / aka "Hidamari no Kanojo"||Okuda Kosuke||Lead role|
|2014||Pikanchi Life is Hard Tabun Happy||Rentarō Futaba (Bon)||Lead role with Arashi members|
|2017||Narratage||Takashi Hayama||Lead role|
|1997||Stand By Me||Teddy|
|Kyo to Kyo|
|2004||West Side Story||Bernardo|
|2005||East of Eden||Carl Trask||Lead role|
|2006||Byakuya no Valkyrie||Sasuke Kūhibi||Lead role|
|2011||Aa, Kōya||Shinji Shinjuku||Lead role|
Awards and nominations
|2002||33rd Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Gokusen||Won|
|2005||47th Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Hana Yori Dango||Won|
|2007||10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Winter)||Best Supporting Actor||Hana Yori Dango 2||Won|
|53rd Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Actor||Bambino!||Won|
|11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Spring)||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2008||GQ Japan Men of the Year 2008 Awards||GQ Man Of The Year 2008[fn 1]||Hana Yori Dango series||Won|
|2009||13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Spring)||Best Actor||Smile||Won|
|61st Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Actor||Nominated|
|2010||VOCE Beauty Awards Grand Prix 2010||Best Beauty CM Award||Kose Fasio "Mascara Liner"||Won|
|14th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Summer)||Best Actor||Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku||Won|
|2012||72nd Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Actor||Lucky Seven||Won|
|2014||Movie Plus Awards 2013||Best Actor||Girl In The Sunny Place||Won|
|Best Couple (with Ueno Juri)||Won|
|80th Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Actor||Shitsuren Chocolatier||Won|
|17th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Winter)||Best Actor||Won|
|2016||89th Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Actor||99.9 - Keiji Senmon Bengoshi||Nominated|
|2016||TV Station Awards||Best Actor||Won|
|2018||21st Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Winter)||Best Actor||99.9 - Keiji Senmon Bengoshi — Season II||Won|
|96th Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Actor||Won|
- Matsumoto was one of the six honorees for GQ Men of the Year 2008.
- "GQ Men of the Year 2008" (in Japanese). GQ. December 16, 2008. Archived from the original on June 9, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2009.
- "GQ's Men of the Year: NIGO, MatsuJun, and more". Tokyograph. December 17, 2008. Retrieved September 4, 2009.
- "POP! Goes the MatsuJun (or Lessons Learned from a Japanese Idol)". Asia Pacific Arts; University of California in Los Angeles. May 2, 2008. Archived from the original on April 27, 2010. Retrieved October 29, 2008.
- "そして僕らは嵐になった Arashi Story 1980-2009". Pia: 10–22. August 27, 2009.
- "Arashi no Shukudai-kun". 2007-03-17. NTV. Missing or empty
- "Dream "A" Live album information" (in Japanese). J Storm. Archived from the original on 2010-07-22. Retrieved 2009-12-24.
- "Shounen Club Premium". 2009-07-19. NHK. Missing or empty
- Wallace, Bruce (2007-01-28). "The story is written on this actor's face". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on June 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-17.
- ボクサー松本潤、蜷川舞台で"変身" (in Japanese). Daily Sports. 2011-07-21. Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-07-21.
- 助演男優賞 [Supporting Actor Prize] (in Japanese). Television Drama Academy Awards. 2002-06-26. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
- 助演男優賞 [Supporting Actor Prize] (in Japanese). Television Drama Academy Awards. 2006-01-25. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
- "Hana Yori Dango 2 Ratings" (in Japanese). Audience Ratings TV. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
- "Winners of 10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix". Tokyograph. 2007-05-05. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
- 主演男優賞 [Starring Actor Prize] (in Japanese). Television Drama Academy Awards. 2007-07-24. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
- 錦戸亮も好演! 24時間テレビの感動ドラマ4作が一挙リリース (in Japanese). Livedoor. 2009-09-06. Retrieved 2009-12-04.
- "第13回ドラマGP 春投票 ｢スマイル｣がノミネートされた全4部門を制す" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. Retrieved 2009-11-18.
- 柴咲コウ、三谷幸喜氏と初タッグ!フジ50周年企画の大トリ (in Japanese). Hochi. 2009-09-10. Archived from the original on 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2009-09-10.
- "Kou Shibasaki leads star-studded cast in Koki Mitani drama". Tokyograph. 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
- 嵐が10年ぶりにメンバー5人全員でドラマ出演! フジ新春ドラマ｢最後の約束｣ (in Japanese). Oricon. 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
- 新春スペシャルドラマ｢最後の約束｣ (in Japanese). Fuji Television News. 2009-11-11. Archived from the original on 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
- "Jun Matsumoto, Yuko Takeuchi star in next "Getsu 9" drama". Tokyograph. 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
- 松ジュン、怪物くんで怪演!最終話にゲスト出演 (in Japanese). Sports Hochi. 2010-05-29. Archived from the original on 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2010-06-06.
- "HYD tops box office for third straight week". Tokyograph. 2008-07-15. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
- "Arashi Biography 2002" (in Japanese). Johnny & Associates. Retrieved 2010-01-18.
- 第11回日刊スポーツ・ドラマグランプリ [11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix] (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. Archived from the original on November 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-18.
- 主演男優賞 (in Japanese). Television Drama Academy Awards. 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-11-18.
- "ムービープラス・アワード 2013 映画専門チャンネル「ムービープラス」" (in Japanese). Movie Plus. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
- "第89回ドラマアカデミー賞・主演男優賞" (in Japanese). Television Drama Academy Awards. Retrieved 18 August 2016.