Keiko Kitagawa

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Keiko Kitagawa
Kitagawa Keiko "Something Like Something Like It" at Opening Ceremony of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (22430199775).jpg
Keiko Kitagawa at the Tokyo International Film Festival in October 2015
Native name
北川 景子
Born (1986-08-22) August 22, 1986 (age 33)
OccupationActress, model
Years active2003–present
AgentStardust Promotion
Height1.60 m (5 ft 3 in)
Daigo (m. 2016)

Keiko Kitagawa (北川 景子, Kitagawa Keiko, born August 22, 1986) is a Japanese actress and former model. She was an exclusive model for the Japanese Seventeen magazine from late 2003 to mid-2006, and quit modeling when she left the magazine. Her first acting role was Sailor Mars in the Sailor Moon live action show Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (2003-2004), and after her role in the film Mamiya Kyōdai, she left modeling to concentrate on acting. She has appeared in several films, including The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) and Handsome Suit (2008), and has played leading roles in the TV Dramas Mop Girl (2007), Homeroom on the Beachside (2008), Buzzer Beat (2009), Lady Saigo no Hanzai Profile (2011),[1] and Akumu-chan (2012).


Personal life and career[edit]

Kitagawa was born on August 22, 1986 in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, and has a younger brother.[2] She grew up in Kobe, and lost many friends in the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995.[3] As a child, she wanted to be a doctor, but by the time she reached high school she was uncertain as to whether she could do that, and not sure what to do in the future.[4] At around this time, she was scouted by a talent agency, and she decided to try the entertainment world. Her parents were initially opposed, but they gave their permission, on two conditions: that she give up if she was making no progress within a year, and that she put her studies first and graduate from university.[5] She has kept the second half of the promise, graduating in commercial science from Meiji University in Tokyo in March 2009.[6]

The one year time limit did not prove to be a problem. Within a week or so of joining an agency, she had been selected as both a model and an actress.[7] She was chosen as Miss Seventeen 2003,[8] which led to her working as a model with the Japanese Seventeen until she graduated from the magazine in September 2006.[9] In the latter part of the run, she had her own regular feature, "Keiko's Beauty Honey".[10]

As an actress, she was given the role of Rei Hino in the live action television series of Sailor Moon, which began her acting career. Her first significant film role was in Mamiya Kyōdai, and as result of the influence of the director, Yoshimitsu Morita, she decided to concentrate on acting rather than modeling.[7] She initially concentrated on films, including the leading roles in Cherry Pie and Dear Friends.[10] In late 2007, she had her first leading role in a TV drama, in the late-night drama Mop Girl.[10] In 2008, she was given the role of the heroine in Homeroom on the Beachside, Fuji Television's Monday 9pm drama for the summer season. As this is the headline drama slot for a major network, it represented a major step forward for her career.[7]

She moved to Tokyo when she started working as an actress and model, and has lived there since. She traveled to California for the filming of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and returned there to study English for a couple of months early in 2006.[11] At this time, she started a blog, which she continued until June 2007; the blog was deleted in July 2007.[12] From May to December 2007, she wrote a column entitled Keytan Hakusho for the Japanese weekly television listings magazine Weekly The Television.[10] ("Kii-tan" was her nickname at elementary school.[13] "Hakusho" means "white paper".) She started a new blog at the end of May 2008, shortly before her role in Homeroom on the Beachside was announced.

She describes herself as a stay-at-home person, and likes watching DVDs, listening to music, and reading books. When asked what she would do if the world was going to end tomorrow, she said "read books".[7] She also likes swimming, particularly backstroke.[3] She has a pet (male) cat, called Jill.[14]

At present, she is managed by Stardust Promotion.[10]

She has appeared in the films Mizu ni Sumu Hana (2006), Mamiya Kyōdai (2006), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Cherry Pie (lead role) (2006), Dear Friends (lead role) (2007), Sono Toki ha Kare ni Yoroshiku (2007), Southbound (2007), Heat Island (2007), Handsome Suit (2008), Orion in Midsummer (2009), I'll Pay (2009), After the Flowers (lead role) (2010), and Matataki (lead role) (2010), and Elevator to the Scaffold (2010).[10]

She appeared in the TV dramas Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (2003-4), Mop Girl (lead role) (2007), Homeroom on the Beachside (2008), Buzzer Beat (2009),[15] and Moon Lovers (2010),[16] The After-Dinner Mysteries (2011), Hero (2014), and Detective versus Detectives (2015).

She married singer-songwriter Daigo on 11 January 2016.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Mamiya Brothers Yumi Honma
Mizu ni Sumu Hana Rikka Mizuchi
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Reiko American film
Cherry Pie Kiyohara Lead role
2007 Dear Friends Rina Takahashi Lead role
Say Hello for Me Momoka Katsuragi
Southbound Youko Uehara
Heat Island Nao
2008 The Handsome Suit Hiroko Hoshino
2009 Last Operations Under the Orion Shitsuko Arisawa/Izumi Kuramoto
It's On Me reporter (cameo)
2010 After the Flowers Ito Lead role
Elevator to the Gallows Mikayo Matsumoto
Piecing Me Back Together Izumi Sonoda Lead role
2011 Paradise Kiss Yukari Hayasaka Lead role
2012 Magic Tree House Jack (voice)
2013 The After-Dinner Mysteries Hosho Reiko Lead role
Roommate Harumi Hagiwara Lead role
2014 Judge! Hikari Ota
I Just Wanna Hug You Tsukasa Yamamoto Lead role
Akumu-chan The Movie Ayami Mutoi Lead role
2015 The Pearls of the Stone Man Satoko Kobayashi
Something Like, Something Like It Yumi
Hero Chika Asagi
2017 Hamon: Yakuza Boogie Yuki
Let Me Eat Your Pancreas Kyōko (present days)
The Last Shot in the Bar Mari Misaki
2018 Punk Samurai Slash Down Ron
Hibiki Fumi Hanai[18]
Stolen Identity Asami Inaba Lead role
Sensei Kunshu Cameo
2019 Hikita-san! Gokainin desuyo Sachi Hikita


Year Title Network Role Notes
2003 Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon CBS/TBS Sailor Mars/Rei Hino Tokusatsu drama based on the manga/anime Sailor Moon
2007 Mop Girl TV Asahi Momoko Hasegawa Lead role
2008 Taiyo to Umi no Kyoshitsu Fuji TV Enokido Wakaba
2009 Buzzer Beat Fuji TV Riko Shirakawa Lead role
2010 Hostess with a Pen MBS/TBS Rie Saito Lead role; TV movie; based on a true story of Rie Saito
Tsuki no Koibito Fuji TV Ōnuki Yuzuki
2011 Lady: Saigo no Hanzai Profile TBS Kazuki Shōko Lead role
The After-Dinner Mysteries Fuji TV Reiko Hosho Lead role
Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni NTV Suzu Lead role; TV movie
2012 The After-Dinner Mysteries SP Fuji TV Reiko Hosho Lead role
My Little Nightmare NTV Mutoi Ayami Lead role
Mi o Tsukushi Ryoricho TV Asahi Mio Lead role
2013 A Swinging Single Fuji TV Haruno Yuki
2014 Mi o Tsukushi Ryoricho 2 TV Asahi Mio Lead role
Hero Fuji TV Chika Asagi
2015 Detective versus Detectives Fuji TV Rena Sasaki Lead role[19]
2016 Kuroi Jukai TV Asahi Shōko Kasahara Lead role; TV movie
Your Home is My Business! NTV Machi Sangen'ya Lead role
Hippocratic Oath Wowow Makoto Tsugano Lead role
2017 Happiness's Memory (literal title) TBS, MBS Nanami Tsushima TV movie
Your Home is My Business! Returns NTV Machi Sangen'ya Lead role
Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi Fuji TV Fukagawa Kyoka Lead role
2018 Segodon NHK Atsuhime Taiga drama


  • 2006 : Tanabata Nananenkai - As Naomi Setsuraku/Midori Fujikura


  • 2006: Stylish Street Book "I've been to Hollywood!"
  • 2007: Kitagawa Keiko Shashinshū Dear Friends
  • 2008: Actress Make Up
  • 2010: Actress Make Up II
  • 2011: Eiga "Paradise Kiss" official murasaki by Kitagawa Keiko Fashion Photo Book
  • 2013: Original 1st shashin-shū 27' (Ni Juna Na)


  • 2004: Sakura Fubuki ("Cherry Blossom Storm")/Hoshi Furu Yoake ("Stars Fall at Dawn") (as Rei Hino)



  1. ^ "出演者". Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  2. ^ Kitagawa, Keiko (2006-02-26). "初メキシコ". 北川景子のBlog♪Blog♪Blog♪ (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2006-03-20. Retrieved 2007-04-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b Kitagawa, Keiko (2007). 北川景子写真集 Dear Friends (in Japanese). Kadokawa Media House. ISBN 978-4-04-894906-4.
  4. ^ Kitagawa, Keiko (2006-02-28). "Ms. ティッシュー". 北川景子のBlog♪Blog♪Blog♪ (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2006-03-03. Retrieved 2007-03-19. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Wakayama, Aya. "Six Elements of Woman". J Nude. Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 2007-03-19.
  6. ^ 北川景子、卒業は家族と事務所のおかげ. Daily Sports Online (in Japanese). 2009-03-26. Archived from the original on March 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-26. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  7. ^ a b c d Hidaka, Ikuko (2008-07-04). "Keiko Kitagawa". Nikkei Entertainment! (in Japanese). Nikkei BP Sha. pp. 20–23.
  8. ^ "Cast & Staff". Cherry Pie website. Cinemusica. Archived from the original on 2007-05-10. Retrieved 2007-03-21. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ Kitagawa, Keiko (2006-09-15). "SEVENTEEN 卒業". 北川景子のBlog♪Blog♪Blog♪ (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2007-06-18. Retrieved 2007-03-19. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Keiko's Blog". Retrieved 2010-03-24.
  11. ^ Kitagawa, Keiko (2006). Stylish Street Book ハリウッドへ行っちゃった! (in Japanese).  SDP. ISBN 4-903620-01-8.
  12. ^ The blog was the source for a lot of the information in this article, and the links now reference the copy on the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Kitagawa, Keiko (2006-12-13). "Should I cry? Should I die? Or go crazy and then fly-". 北川景子のBlog♪Blog♪Blog♪. Archived from the original on 2007-01-02. Retrieved 2007-05-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  14. ^ Kitagawa, Keiko (2007-10-19). "Keytan Hakusho 19". Weekly the Television (in Japanese). Kadokawa. p. 90.
  15. ^ "山ピー&北川景子の明大卒コンビで月9". MSN産経ニュース (in Japanese). 2009-05-22. Archived from the original on 2009-05-25. Retrieved 2009-05-22. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  16. ^ "キムタク月9は「月の恋人」 篠原、リン・チーリン、北川景子". 中日スポーツ (in Japanese). 2010-03-24. Archived from the original on 2010-03-26. Retrieved 2010-03-24. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  17. ^ 北川, 景子 (2016-01-11). "ご報告" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  18. ^ "Hibiki: Shōsetsuka ni Naru Hōhō Live-Action Film's Cast, September Opening Revealed". Anime News Network. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Kitagawa Keiko to star in upcoming Fuji TV drama as a detective". Tokyo Hive. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  20. ^ 第55回ザテレビジョンドラマアカデミー賞〜受賞者メッセージ〜. Weekly the Television (in Japanese). Kadokawa. 2008-03-07. p. 31.

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