Masaharu Fukuyama

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Masaharu Fukuyama
福山 雅治
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Born (1969-02-06) February 6, 1969 (age 51)
NationalityJapanese
EducationNagasaki Prefectural Nagasaki Technical High School
Occupation
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • record producer
  • actor
  • radio personality
  • photographer
Years active1988–present
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Partner(s)
Kazue Fukiishi
(m. 2015)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass
  • keyboards
  • drums
  • harmonica
Labels
Japanese name
Kanji福山 雅治
Hiraganaふくやま まさはる
Websitewww.fukuyamamasaharu.com

Masaharu Fukuyama (福山 雅治, Fukuyama Masaharu, born February 6, 1969) is a Japanese singer-songwriter and actor from Nagasaki. He debuted in 1990 with the single "Tsuioku no Ame no Naka".

Fukuyama is represented by the agency Amuse, Inc.

Career[edit]

While he can also be seen in Japanese television dramas, Fukuyama is best known for his singing career. His 1992 breakout single "Good night" gained a wide audience because of its tie-in with the TV drama Ai wo Douda.[3] In 1993, he made his first appearance in Kōhaku Uta Gassen, on which only successful J-pop and enka artists are invited to perform. Propelled by the success of Hitotsu Yane no Shita, in which he played Chinichan, the second older brother in the Kashiwagi family, he had his first million-selling single, "It's Only Love/Sorry Baby", in 1994. His 1995 single "Hello" became the second highest selling single that year.

He took a hiatus in 1996, stopping all his entertainment activities except his radio shows. He returned to the entertainment scene in 1998, and his first single after two years hiatus, "Heart/You", landed at number 3 on Oricon chart and sold 569,000 copies in total. Encouraged by this success, he began his Daikanshasai (Thanksgiving) series of concerts, to show his appreciation from the support he obtained from his fans.

"Sakura Zaka" and "Niji" are among Masaharu's popular songs. His 2000 single "Sakura Zaka" sold more than 751,000 copies in its first week and remained at the top of the Japanese Oricon chart for 3 consecutive weeks; it sold about 2,299,000 copies on the Oricon charts overall.[4] "Niji" was a theme song for the Japanese drama Water Boys. His triple A-side single "Niji/Himawari/Sore ga Subete sa", released on August 26, 2003, debuted at No. 1 on the Oricon single charts and topped them for five consecutive weeks.[5] His has cemented his status as the best-selling male solo artist in Japan,[6] having sold 21.27 million copies so far.

In 2007, after a four-years absence from drama, Fukuyama returned to television, starring as the brilliant but eccentric physics associate professor, Manabu Yukawa, in the television drama Galileo. He won "Best Actor" at the 55th Television Drama Academy Awards for the role. He also formed a band, KOH+, with his co-star in the drama Kou Shibasaki.

In 2008, NHK selected Fukuyama to portray Sakamoto Ryōma, the title character, in the 2010 year-long prime-time television Taiga drama Ryōmaden.[7]

In 2009, he held his 20th anniversary national arena tour which covered 36 performances in 12 cities over four consecutive months (June to September) with a total audience count of 500,000.[8][9] Two weeks before the tour started, he held four shows at the Nippon Budokan (May 28, 29 and June 4, 5) his first ever solo concerts there, as part of his almost yearly thanksgiving concert ritual.[10] While the Tour was still ongoing, on August 29 and 30, he went back to his hometown Nagasaki and held two open-air concerts at the Mount Inasa Park outdoor stage, with simultaneous public viewing free of charge for 50,000 Nagasaki citizens at the nearby Nagasaki Baseball Stadium (commonly known as the Big N to locals). Official figures announced a final audience count of 80,000 for the Mount Inasa concerts and Big N public viewing, in just over the two days alone.[11][12]

The master ringtone (Chaku Uta) download of his song "Hatsukoi" began on November 6, 2009.[13] It sold about 150,000 downloads in five days, and, on November 13, 2009, it was announced that the song would be released as a physical CD single on December 16, 2009.[14] The single debuted at number 1 on the Oricon weekly charts, with sales of around 151,000 copies in the first week of the release.[15] He performed "Hatsukoi" at the 60th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen on New Year's Eve 2009, his first appearance at the event since 1993 and joined John Woo's upcoming film Manhut[16]

Personal life[edit]

Fukuyama married Japanese actress Kazue Fukiishi on September 28, 2015, the same day as her birthday.[17] Their first child was born on December 22, 2016.[18][19]

Discography[edit]

  • 1990: Dengon
  • 1991: Lion
  • 1991: Bros.
  • 1992: Boots
  • 1993: Calling
  • 1994: On and On
  • 1998: Sing a Song
  • 2001: F
  • 2006: 5 Nen Mono
  • 2009: Zankyō
  • 2014: Human
  • 2015: Tama Riku

Filmography[edit]

TV dramas[edit]

  • Ashita ga Aru Kara, as Ryōichi Wakamura (TBS, 1991)
  • Ai wa Dōda, as Makoto Yazawa (TBS, 1992)
  • Homework, as Shūji Takimoto (TBS, 1992)
  • Hitotsu Yane no Shita (Under One Roof), as Masaya Kashiwagi (Fuji TV, 1993)
  • Itsuka Mata Aeru, as Shinichi Konno (Fuji TV, 1995)
  • Hitotsu Yane no Shita 2, as Masaya Kashiwagi (Fuji TV, 1997)
  • Meguri Ai, as Shuji Nakata (TBS, 1998)
  • Furuhata Ninzaburō, as Gaku Hori (Fuji TV, 1999, season 3, ep35)
  • Perfect Love, as Taketo Kusunoki (Fuji TV, 1999)
  • Bijo ka Yajũ, as Hiromi Nagase (Fuji TV, 2003)
  • Tengoku no Daisuke e, as Yōhei Iida (NTV, 2003)
  • Galileo, as Manabu Yukawa (Fuji TV, 2007)
  • Galileo: Episode Zero, as Manabu Yukawa (Fuji TV, 2008)
  • Ryōmaden, as Ryōma Sakamoto (NHK, 2010)
  • Galileo 2, as Manabu Yukawa (Fuji TV, 2013)
  • Love Song, as Kōhei Kamishiro (Fuji TV, 2016)
  • Everyone's Demoted, as Hiroshi Kataoka (TBS, 2019)

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Director Notes
1988 Hon no 5g Sanzō Hashimoto Kei Ōta
1996 Atlanta Boogie Radio DJ Masashi Yamamoto
2008 Suspect X Manabu Yukawa Hiroshi Nishitani Lead role
2009 Amalfi: Rewards of the Goddess Shōgo Saeki Hiroshi Nishitani Special appearance
2011 Doraemon: Nobita and the New Steel Troops—Winged Angels Masaaki Fukuyama Yukiyo Teramoto Voice role
Andalusia: Revenge of the Goddess Shōgo Saeki Hiroshi Nishitani Special appearance
2013 Midsummer's Equation Manabu Yukawa Hiroshi Nishitani Lead role
Like Father, Like Son Ryōta Nonomiya Hirokazu Koreeda Lead role
2014 Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno Hiko Seijūrō Keishi Ōtomo
Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends Hiko Seijūrō Keishi Ōtomo
2016 Scoop! Shizuka Miyakonojō Hitoshi Ōne Lead role
2017 The Third Murder Tomoaki Shigemori Hirokazu Koreeda Lead role
Manhunt Detective Yamura John Woo Lead role, Chinese film
2018 Mirai Young Man Mamoru Hosoda Voice role
2019 After the Matinee Satoshi Makino Hiroshi Nishitani Lead role
2020 Last Letter Kyōshirō Otosaka Shunji Iwai

Television show[edit]

  • Fukuyama Engineering, as the factory chief (TV Asahi, 2002)
  • NHK Special: Hot Spots Saigo no Rakuen, as narrator (NHK, 2011)
  • Doraemon 3-hour SP, as Masaaki Fukuyama (voice) (TV Asahi, 2011)

Guitar collection[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "福山雅治 > Biography" (in Japanese). Barks. Global Plus Inc. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
  2. ^ "Masaharu Fukuyama". IMDb. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  3. ^ ""桜ソングNo.1"桜坂から20年、福山雅治の開花伝説(女性自身)". Yahoo!ニュース (in Japanese). Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  4. ^ "桜ソングが愛される理由『心に残る桜ソングNO.1は!?』" (in Japanese). Oricon. March 22, 2006. Retrieved November 14, 2009.
  5. ^ 福山雅治、オリジナルアルバム12年半ぶりの首位! (in Japanese). Oricon. December 12, 2006. Retrieved November 14, 2009.
  6. ^ "【オリコン】福山雅治、初の結婚ソング首位 22年目で男性ソロ歴代1位の総売上2127万枚". Oricon. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  7. ^ 龍馬伝 Archived April 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine (Ryōmaden) Retrieved November 6, 2008
  8. ^ "Fukuyama Masaharu 2009 Michishirube Tour Official site" (in Japanese). Amuse, Inc.
  9. ^ "福山雅治、地元・長崎の稲佐山ライブと50万人動員ツアーそろってDVD化" (in Japanese). Oricon. February 21, 2010.
  10. ^ "Fukuyama Masaharu Budokan Daikanshasai Official Site" (in Japanese). Amuse, Inc.
  11. ^ "Universal Music Japan, Fukuyama Masaharu News page" (in Japanese). Universal Music Japan.
  12. ^ 福山雅治デビュー20周年で故郷長崎に凱旋. Asahi Shimbun (in Japanese). August 30, 2009.
  13. ^ "福山雅治、出演中の「REGZA」新CMソングを着うた配信" (in Japanese). natalie. November 6, 2009. Retrieved November 15, 2009.
  14. ^ "福山雅治×リリー・フランキー、コラボTシャツ付きシングルを限定発売" (in Japanese). Livedoor. November 13, 2009. Retrieved December 22, 2009.
  15. ^ 福山雅治:紅白出場曲 新シングル「はつ恋」が15万枚を売り上げ首位 オリコン (in Japanese). Mainichi Shimbun. December 22, 2009. Archived from the original on July 12, 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2009.
  16. ^ Lau, Shirley (March 17, 2016). "FilMart: Zhang Hanyu, Masaharu Fukuyama Join John Woo's 'Manhunt'". Variety.com. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  17. ^ "Actors Fukuyama, Fukiishi marry". The Japan Times. Japan: The Japan Times Ltd. September 28, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  18. ^ Masaharu Fukuyama & Kazue Fukiishi Announce Birth Of First Child JpopAsia(Dec 22, 2016)
  19. ^ 福山雅治&吹石一恵に第1子誕生 出産に立ち会い涙 Sponichi Annex(December 22, 2016)(in Japanese)
  20. ^ Official Score : Fukuyama Masaharu Complete Guitar Song Book Vol.1 (1990–1997). DOREMI Music Publishing Co. Ltd. 2011. ISBN 978-4-285-12992-2.
  21. ^ Official Score : Fukuyama Masaharu Complete Guitar Song Book Vol.2 (1998–2010). DOREMI Music Publishing Co. Ltd. 2011. ISBN 978-4-285-12993-9.

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