Kento Yamazaki

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Kento Yamazaki
Hitsuji haganomori Completion screening 180520.jpg
Kento Yamazaki at "A Forest of Wool and Steel" Completion screening 2018
Native name 山﨑 賢人
Born (1994-09-07) 7 September 1994 (age 23)
Itabashi, Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actor
Years active 2010–present
Agent Stardust Promotion
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Website Kento Yamazaki

Kento Yamazaki (山﨑 賢人, Yamazaki Kento, born September 7, 1994 in Itabashi, Tokyo) is a Japanese actor and model.[1][2] He is under the Japanese talent Agency Stardust Promotion.[3] Known for playing L in television series Death Note (2015), as well as starring in films L DK (2014) and Heroine Shikkaku (2015).

Early Life and Career[edit]

Kento Yamazaki was born on September 7, 1994 in Tokyo, from a middle class family that required his parents to work hard to fulfill their needs. Knowing that, he became more mature than other children of his age. Kento has revealed several times in public that he loved playing soccer and is really good at it. He claimed in interviews that as a child he dreamed of being a soccer player, and if he did not become an actor he will become a professional soccer player or coach of the national team.[4][5] Kento also loved reading mangas. His first modelling assignment came during the third year of his junior high school when he was scouted at Takeshita Dori (Harajuku) by his current agency.[6] Worked as a model for magazine “Pichi Lemon” from 2009 to 2011 before entering acting world.[7]

Kento debuted as an actor in 2010 when he was cast in TV series Atami no Sousakan as a mysterious high school student. That was followed by a supporting role in TV series Clone Baby as a hacker.

Kento's first movie is Control Tower which was released in April 2011.[8] His singing and playing the guitar in this movie, as well as his acting received positive feedback. Later on, he appeared in The Wings of the Kirin (2012) and was casted the lead in 2012 horror thriller film Another, along with Ai Hashimoto for the second time after in Control Tower. Then he appeared in other films, The Chasing World 3[9] and the live action of Love for Beginners . In 2013, he only took a supporting role in the film JINX!!! and TV series 35-sai no Koukousei. In 2014, he starred in the film based on a highly successful manga L DK as the leading role opposite Ayame Goriki.[10] The film was a success too, making Kento increasingly known to the public. In 2015, he was cast as the main lead in popular manga adaptation titled Heroine Shikkaku alongside Mirei Kiritani.[11][12] He also got the leading role in Orange together with Tao Tsuchiya.[13] This film is a critical and commercial success,[14] grossed almost 28 million USD and become the 9th-highest-grossing Japanese films of 2016.[15][16] From those two films, he won the 39th Japan Academy Prize for Newcomers of the Year and got nominated at the 2016 Hochi Film Awards. Later at the same year, he appeared in the television adaptation of a famous manga Death Note and NHK Asadora Mare

His next project was Your Lie in April (2016), where he played the role of Kosei Arima a gifted pianist, alongside Suzu Hirose as Kaori Miyazono.[17] For his role Kento learned to play the piano and practiced for 6 months before the filming started. Thereafter, he cast in the live action film Wolf Girl and Black Prince (2016) and TV series A Girl & Three Sweethearts (2016).[18][19] Kento was also chosen to play as Shin in the special short live action movie[20] to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Yasuhisa Hara historical manga Kingdom. Premiered on the website of the manga on April 18-19 2016, it was released and filmed by Hengdian World Studios. This short movie is rumoured to have a live action feature film with the same cast.[21] In 2017, he co-starred with Haruna Kawaguchi in One Week Friends.[22] The film received some good ratings from the critics. Kento successfully portrayed his role as Yuki Hase, who is cheerful and friendly. Afterwards, he appeared in another live action movie such as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I, Psychic Kusuo: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. and Hyouka: Forbidden Secrets. In the end of 2017 he played in the TV series Rikuoh.[23]

In 2018, Kento starred in Kiss that Kills, which was his first drama lead role.[24] He played as a host who believes that love makes people unhappy and only pursues money and power. Although this drama rating is not satisfying, the casts' acting got a lot of praise. Still in 2018 his film A Forest of Wool and Steel was released too, where he played the role of a piano tuner.[25] For that role, Kento stayed at Hokkaido to learn and practice piano tuning. During a special screening of the film, the Emperor and Empress Japan attended the event and met with Kento and the other casts.[26][27][28] His latest project is Good Doctor, a remake of 2013 Korean drama series.[29][30]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes Ref
2010 Atami no Sousakan Shinya Shijima TV Asahi [31]
Clone Baby Jotaro TBS [32]
2011 Runaways: For Your Love Panda TBS [33]
2012 Miss Double Faced Teacher Shunsuke Yasuda TBS [34]
2013 No Dropping Out: Back to School at 35 Ryo Akutsu NTV [35]
Sato Family’s Breakfast, Suzuki Family’s Dinner Takumi Sato BS Japan TV movie [36]
2014 Team Batista 4: Raden Meikyu Aoi Sakuranomiya Fuji TV [37]
Water Polo Yankees Ryuji Mifune Fuji TV [38]
Baseball Brainiacs Kōki Ebato NTV [39]
2015 Mare Keita Kontani NHK Asadora [40]
Eternal Us Sea Side Blue Taku Nagata NTV TV movie [41]
Death Note L NTV [42]
2016 A Girl & Three Sweethearts Kanata Shibasaki Fuji TV [43]
2017 Rikuoh Daichi Miyazawa TBS   [44]
2018 Kiss that Kills Ōtarō Dōjima NTV Lead [45]
Good Doctor Minato Shindō Fuji TV Lead  [46]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes Ref
2011 Control Tower Kakeru Takahiro Miki Lead [47]
2012 The Wings of the Kirin Tatsuya Sugino Nobuhiro Doi [48]
Another Kōichi Sakakibara Takeshi Furusawa Lead [49]
The Chasing World 3 & 5 Suguru Mari Asato Lead [50]
Love for Beginners Nishiki Hasegawa Takeshi Furusawa [51]
2013 JINX!!! Yūsuke Nomura Naoto Kumazawa [52]
2014 L DK Shūsei Kugayama Taisuke Kawamura Lead [53]
2015 Heroine Shikkaku Rita Terasaka Tsutomu Hanabusa Lead [54]
Orange Kakeru Naruse Kōjirō Hashimoto Lead [55]
2016 Your Lie in April Kōsei Arima Takehiko Shinjō Lead [55]
Wolf Girl and Black Prince Kyōya Sata Ryūichi Hiroki Lead [55]
Yo-kai Watch: Soratobu Kujira to Double no Sekai no Daibōken da Nyan! King Enma Shinji Ushiro [55]
2017 One Week Friends Yūki Hase Shōsuke Murakami Lead [55]
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I Jōsuke Higashikata Takashi Miike Lead [56]
Psychic Kusuo: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Kusuo Saiki Yūichi Fukuda Lead [55]
Hyouka: Forbidden Secrets Hōtarō Oreki Mari Asato Lead [55]
2018 A Forest of Wool and Steel Naoki Tomura Kōjirō Hashimoto Lead [55]

Stage performances[edit]

  • 2014 里見八犬伝 / Satomi Hakkenden role: Inuzuka Shino (Lead) [57]
  • 2017 里見八犬伝 / Satomi Hakkenden (2017) role: Inuzuka Shino (Lead) [58][59]

Bibliography[edit]

Photobooks[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2016 39th Japan Academy Prize Newcomer of the Year Won
41st Hochi Film Award Best New Artist Nominated

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