June 3, 1987|
Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
Masami Nagasawa (長澤 まさみ Nagasawa Masami, born June 3, 1987) is a Japanese actress and model. Nagasawa has won several Japanese acting awards, including a Japan Academy Prize, a Mainichi Film Award and a Blue Ribbon Award.
Nagasawa entered the film industry in 2000 by winning the 5th "Toho Cinderella" competition, in which she competed with thousands of other 6th graders to appear in a Toho film. Many of her early roles were in Toho films, including Crossfire, Yomigaeri, Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S., Godzilla: Final Wars, and Crying Out Love in the Center of the World. Nagasawa's performance in Crying Out Love in the Center of the World received both a Blue Ribbon Award and a Japan Academy Prize for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2007 Nagasawa received a Japan Academy Prize nomination in the Best Actress category for her performance in the 2006 film Nada Sōsō (Tears for You). After a string of less notable films, including Gunjo and Magare Spoon!, she starred in the 2011 film adaptation of Mitsurō Kubo's manga Moteki. Her performance in Moteki won Nagasawa a Blue Ribbon Award for Best Supporting Actress, and she was nominated for a Japan Academy Award in the Best Actress category. That same year Nagasawa expanded into voice acting by providing the voice of character "Umi Matsuzaki" in the Studio Ghibli film From Up on Poppy Hill. In 2016 she provided the voice for the character "Miki Okudera" in the international hit Your Name.
Nagasawa's live action films have also received international attention. Kiyoku Yawaku (Beyond the Memories), a live action adaptation of Ryo Ikuemi's manga series, was screened at the 17th annual Japanese Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia in 2013. Umimachi Diary (Our Little Sister), a live action adaptation of Akimi Yoshida's manga, competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. In 2017 Nagasawa starred in the Kiyoshi Kurosawa film Before We Vanish, which competed in the Un Certain Regard category at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Her performance in Before We Vanish also received recognition in Japan, winning a Mainichi Film Award for Best Lead Actress, and earning a nomination for a Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
Alongside her film career, Nagasawa has acted in many Japanese television drama series. Early supporting roles in the 2002 NHK asadora Sakura and the 2005 TBS Television live action manga adaptation Dragon Zakura led to more TV work, including a leading role in the 2007 Fuji TV series Proposal Daisakusen (Operation Love). Her performance in Proposal Daisakusen (Operation Love) received the most votes in the Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Best Actress category.
After her initial success in television, Nagasawa continued to perform in both supporting and leading television drama roles. In 2009 she played a supporting role in the NHK taiga drama Tenchijin, and in 2010 she joined several other leading Japanese actors in the Fuji TV 50th anniversary mini-series Wagaya no Rekishi. In 2012 her performance in the TV Asahi drama Toshi densetsu no onna won the 73rd Television Drama Academy Best Actress Award. In 2013 she learned Chinese to play a leading role in the Taiwan Television adaptation of the manga series Chocolat. Nagasawa returned to NHK in the 2016 taiga drama Sanada Maru.
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|2001||Nagori Yuki||Natsuho Mizuta|
|Godzilla: Tokyo SOS||Shobijin|
|Robot Contest||Satomi Hazawa||Lead role|
|Like Asura||Yōko Satomi|
|2004||Crying Out Love in the Center of the World||Aki Hirose||Lead role|
|Breathe In, Breathe Out||Kanako Doi|
|Godzilla: Final Wars||Shobijin|
|2005||Touch||Minami Asakura||Lead role|
|2006||Rough||Ami Ninomiya||Lead role|
|Tears for You||Kaoru||Lead role|
|2007||Say Hello for Me||Karin Takigawa/Suzune Morikawa||Lead role|
|2008||Kakushi Toride no San-Akunin: The Last Princess||Princess Yuki|
|La Maison en Petits Cubes||Narrator|
|2009||Cobalt Blue||Ryoko Nakamura||Lead role|
|Go Find a Psychic!||Yone Sakurai||Lead role|
|2011||Peak: The Rescuers||Kumi Shiina|
|From Up on Poppy Hill||Umi Matsuzaki (voice)||Lead role|
|I Wish||Ms. Mimura|
|2013||Beyond the Memories||Kanna Seto||Lead role|
|The Last Chance: Diary of Comedians||Kumi|
|2014||Wood Job!||Naoki Ishii|||
|The Crossing Part 1||Masako|
|2015||Our Little Sister||Yoshino Kōda||Lead role|
|I Am a Hero||Yabu / Tsugumi Oda|
|2016||Good Morning Show||Keiko Ogawa|
|Gold Medal Man||Ms. Sano|
|Your Name||Miki Okudera (voice)|
|Before We Vanish||Narumi Kase||Lead role|
|2018||The Lies She Loved||Yukari Kawahara||Lead role|
|Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Treasure Island||Fiona (voice)|
|50 First Kisses||Rui Fujishima||Lead role|
|Gintama 2||Tae Shimura|
|2019||Masquerade Hotel||Naomi Yamagishi|
|TBA||The Confidence Man JP||Lead role|
|2001||Pure Soul||Seta Maru||YTC|
|2004||True Horror Story||Morimoto Mayu||Fuji TV|
|Mystery Theater||TV Asahi||Guest|
|2005||Affectionate Time||Minagawa Asuza||Fuji TV|
|Dragon Zakura||Mizuno Naomi||TBS|
|Hiroshima Showa 20 nen 8 Gatsu Muika||Yajima Maki|
|2006||Komyo ga Tsuji||Korin||NHK||Taiga drama|
|Sailor Suit and Machine Gun||Hoshi Izumi||TBS||Lead role|
|2007||Akechi Mitsuhide||Hiroko||Fuji TV|
|Romeo and Juliet||Kihira Juliet||NTV|
|The Reason Mama Cooks||Kouda Miyuki||Fuji TV||Special appearance|
|Proposal Daisakusen||Yoshida Rei||Lead role|
|Butterfly Stroke in Ganges River||Takano Teruko||TV Asahi||Lead role|
|20 Year Old Lover||Sawada Yuri||TBS||Lead role|
|2008||Proposal Daikusen SP||Yoshida Rei||Fuji TV||Lead role|
|Last Friends||Aida Michiru||Lead role|
|Galileo: Episode Zero||Shionoya Akari|
|Fujiko F. Fujio no Parallel Space Nebumi Camera||Takeko||Wowow||Lead role|
|Soka, Mo Kimi wa Inai no Ka||Yōko||TBS|
|My Sister||Saya||TBS||Lead role|
|2010||Sotsu Uta||Hitomi Tachibana||Fuji TV||Lead role|
|Wagaya no Rekishi||Yukari Ichinose||Fuji TV|
|I Love Tokyo Legend - Kawaii Detective||Tsukiko Otonashi||TV Asahi||Lead role|
|High School Entrance Exam||Fuji TV||Lead role|
|2013||I Love Tokyo Legend - Kawaii Detective 2||Tsukiko Otonashi||TV Asahi||Lead role|
|Chocolat||Gala TV||Lead role|
|Summer Nude||Fuji TV|
|2014||All About My Siblings||Takako Yashiro||Fuji TV|
|2016||Sanada Maru||Kiri||NHK||Taiga drama|
|2018||The Confidence Man JP||Fuji TV||Lead role|
- Crazy Honey (2011, Parco Theater)
Awards and nominations
|2004||47th Blue Ribbon Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Crying Out Love in the Center of the World||Won|||
|2005||28th Japan Academy Prize||Best Supporting Actress||Won|||
|Popularity Award Winner||Won|
|2007||11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix||Best Actress||Proposal Daisakusen||Nominated|||
|30th Japan Academy Prize||Best Actress||Tears for You||Nominated|||
|2011||54th Blue Ribbon Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Moteki||Won|||
|2012||35th Japan Academy Prize||Best Actress||Nominated|||
|VoCE Beauty Awards||The Best Beauty of The Year||Won|||
|New York Asian Film Festival||Star Asia Rising Star Award||Love Strikes||Won|||
|Television Drama Academy Awards||Best Actress||Toshi Densetsu no Onna||Won|||
|2018||72nd Mainichi Film Awards||Best Lead Actress||Before We Vanish||Won|||
|41st Japan Academy Prize||Best Actress||Nominated|||
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