Kenichi Matsuyama

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Kenichi Matsuyama
松山 ケンイチ
Matsuyama Kenichi from "Satoshi- A Move for Tomorrow" at Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2016 (33260944430).jpg
Matsuyama at the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival
Born
Kenichi Matsuyama (松山 研一)

(1985-03-05) March 5, 1985 (age 35)
NationalityJapanese
OccupationActor
Years active2001–present
AgentHoripro
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Spouse(s)
(m. 2011)
Children3
Websitehoripro.co.jp/talent/PM026

Kenichi Matsuyama (松山 ケンイチ, Matsuyama Ken'ichi, born March 5, 1985) is a Japanese actor.

He is known for his affinity for strange character roles, and he is best known internationally for playing L in the 2006 films Death Note, Death Note 2: The Last Name and L: Change the World in 2008, as well as voicing Gelus in the Death Note animated adaptation. He was cast to play lead character Toru Watanabe in the film adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood, which was released in December 2010.

Personal life[edit]

On April 1, 2011, he married Koyuki Katō, who co-starred with him in Kamui Gaiden.[1] The couple's first child was born in January 2012,[2] and their second child was born in January 2013 in South Korea.[3] In July 2015, the couple had their third child.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2003 Wining Pass Kenta Kobayashi Lead role
Bright Future Jun
Guzen nimo Saiaku na Shonen A bully
2004 The Locker 2 Yosuke Shinohara
Kamachi
The Taste of Tea Matsuken
2005 Linda Linda Linda Makihara
Nana Shinichi "Shin" Okazaki
Furyo Shonen no Yume Hiroyuki Yoshiie Lead role
Custom Made 10.30 Tamotsu/Shin-Getsu
Otoko-tachi no Yamato Katsumi Kamio (15 years old)
2006 Oyayubi Sagashi Tomohiko Igarashi
Death Note L
Death Note 2: The Last Name L
2007 Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea Juchi
Ten Nights of Dreams Shōtarō Anthology film
Shindo Wao
Southbound Officer Niigaki
Tsubaki Sanjuro Iori Isaka
Dolphin Blue: Fuji, mo Ichido Sora e Kazuya Uemura Lead role
2008 L: Change the World L Lead role
Sex Is No Laughing Matter Mirume Lead role
Detroit Metal City Souichi Negishi/Johannes Krauser II Lead role
2009 Kamui Gaiden Kamui Lead role
Kaiji Makoto Sahara
Ultra Miracle Love Story Yojin Lead role
2010 Norwegian Wood Toru Watanabe Lead role
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac Yuji Miwa Lead role
2011 Gantz Masaru Kato Lead role
Gantz: Perfect Answer Masaru Kato Lead role
My Back Page Umeyama Lead role
Usagi Drop Daikichi Kawachi Lead role
2012 Train Brain Express Kei Komachi Lead role
2013 The Kiyosu Conference Hidemasa Hori
2014 Homeland Jirō Sawada Lead role
Climbing to Spring Tōru Nagamine Lead role
2015 Chasuke's Journey Chasuke Lead role
The Emperor in August Takeo Sasaki Special appearance
2016 Rage Tetsuya Tashiro
Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow Satoshi Murayama Lead role
Chinyūki: Tarō to Yukai na Nakama-tachi Tarō Yamada Lead role
Something Like, Something Like It Defunetei Shinden Lead role
Death Note: Light Up the New World L Cameo
2017 Sekigahara Naoe Kanetsugu
Yurigokoro Yōsuke
2019 Miyamoto Kazuo Jinbo
2020 Mio's Cookbook
Hotel Royal [5]
2021 Brave: Gunjō Senki Oda Nobunaga
Kawapperi Mukoritta Yamada Lead role [6]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref(s)
2002 Gokusen Kenichi Mouri NTV
2003 Kids War 5 Yūta Kuroda TBS
2005 1 Litre of Tears Yuji Kawamoto CX
2006 Tsubasa no Oreta Tenshitachi Tarō / Shingo CX
Sono 5 fun mae Yuka Takashi NHK Lead role
2007 Sexy Voice and Robo Iichiro Sudo/Robo NTV Lead role
2009 Zeni Geba Gamagori Futaro NTV Lead role
2010 Love of 99 Years ~ Japanese Americans Hiramatsu Jiro TBS
2012 Taira no Kiyomori Taira no Kiyomori NHK Lead role, Taiga drama
2015 Dokonjo Gaeru Hiroshi NTV Lead role
Futagashira Benzō Wowow Lead role
2016 Death Note: New Generation L Hulu Cameo
2017 A Life Sōta Igawa TBS
2018 Residential Complex Daiki Igarashi Fuji TV
Miyamoto kara Kimi e Kazuo Jinbo TV Tokyo [7]
2019 Shiroi Kyotō Shuji Satomi TV Asahi Miniseries
Yuganda Hamon Mitazono NHK
2020 Komoribito Masao NHK Lead role, TV movie [8]

Animation[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2006 Death Note Gelus Episode: "Koigokoro"
2008 Detroit Metal City Makoto Hokazono Cameo
2019 Promare Galo Thymos Lead role

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work(s) Result
2006 Hochi Film Awards Best New Actor Death Note Won
2007 28th Yokohama Film Festival Best New Talent Won
30th Japan Academy Film Prize Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Best New Actor Won
2008 2nd Asia Pacific Producer's Network Award Best Actor Won
2009 32nd Japan Academy Film Prize Best Actor Detroit Metal City Nominated
Most Popular Actor Won
Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actor Zeni Geba Won
2010 64th Mainichi Film Awards Best Actor Ultra Miracle Love story Won
Takasaki Film Festival Best Actor Won
2011 24th Nikkan Sports Film Awards Best Actor My Back Page, Norwegian Wood, Gantz, Usagi Drop Won
2017 71st Mainichi Film Awards Best Actor Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow Nominated
12th Osaka Cinema Festival Best Actor Won
40th Japan Academy Film Prize Best Actor Nominated
59th Blue Ribbon Awards Best Actor Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow, Chinyūki Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Mainichi Daily News, 20 April, 2011 Archived April 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Matsuyama Kenichi, Koyuki become parents". Tokyograph. 8 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Japanese Actress Gives Birth in Korea". The Chisunilbo. Chosun.com. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
  4. ^ "松山ケンイチ&小雪夫妻に第3子誕生 生放送で発表" (in Japanese). Retrieved 7 March 2016.
  5. ^ "松山ケンイチ、安田顕ら17人が「ホテルローヤル」に出演、公開は11月13日". Natalie. Retrieved June 26, 2020.
  6. ^ "松山ケンイチ主演×ムロツヨシ共演、荻上直子監督最新作『川っぺりムコリッタ』来年公開". Crank-in!. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  7. ^ "Miyamoto kara Kimi e Live-Action Series Reveals Additional Cast". Anime News Network. 2018-03-25.
  8. ^ "松山ケンイチ主演、引きこもり当事者たち描くドラマをNHKで放送". Natalie. Retrieved October 22, 2020.

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