Masami Nagasawa

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Masami Nagasawa
26th Tokyo International Film Festival Nagasawa Masami.jpg
Born (1987-06-03) June 3, 1987 (age 31)
Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan
Occupation
Years active 2000–present
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Parent(s) Kazuaki Nagasawa
Awards

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.

Career[edit]

Film[edit]

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.[1] 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[2] and a Japan Academy Prize for Best Supporting Actress.[3]

Nagasawa (l) at Japan Cuts 2012.

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).[4] After a string of less notable films, including Gunjo[5] and Magare Spoon!,[6] 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,[7] and she was nominated for a Japan Academy Award in the Best Actress category.[8] 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.[9] In 2016 she provided the voice for the character "Miki Okudera" in the international hit Your Name.[10]

Nagasawa (second from right) at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] Her performance in Before We Vanish also received recognition in Japan, winning a Mainichi Film Award for Best Lead Actress,[14] and earning a nomination for a Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.[15]

In 2018 she starred in 50 First Kisses, a Japanese remake of the 2004 American film 50 First Dates.[16][17]

Television[edit]

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.[18]

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.[19] In 2012 her performance in the TV Asahi drama Toshi densetsu no onna won the 73rd Television Drama Academy Best Actress Award.[20] In 2013 she learned Chinese to play a leading role in the Taiwan Television adaptation of the manga series Chocolat.[21] Nagasawa returned to NHK in the 2016 taiga drama Sanada Maru.[22]

Personal life[edit]

Nagasawa lives in Meguro, Tokyo.[23]

Filmography[edit]

Nagasawa at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Crossfire Kaori Kurata
2001 Nagori Yuki Natsuho Mizuta
2003 Yomigaeri Naomi Morishita
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
Moteki Miyuki Matsuo
I Wish Ms. Mimura
2013 Beyond the Memories Kanna Seto Lead role
The Last Chance: Diary of Comedians Kumi
2014 Wood Job! Naoki Ishii [24]
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)
2017 Reminiscence Minako Shikata
Gintama Tae Shimura
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
Bleach Masaki Kurosaki
2019 Masquerade Hotel Naomi Yamagishi
TBA The Confidence Man JP Lead role

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2001 Pure Soul Seta Maru YTC
2002 Sakura Kanako Numata NHK Asadora
2004 True Horror Story Morimoto Mayu Fuji TV
Runaway Onizuka Sari TBS
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
2009 Tenchijin Hatsune NHK Taiga drama
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
Gold Rika Fuji TV
2012 Bunshin Wowow Lead role
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

Japanese dub[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Sing Ash [25]

Stage[edit]

  • Crazy Honey (2011, Parco Theater)

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Reff
2004 47th Blue Ribbon Awards Best Supporting Actress Crying Out Love in the Center of the World Won [2]
2005 28th Japan Academy Prize Best Supporting Actress Won [3]
Popularity Award Winner Won
2007 11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Best Actress Proposal Daisakusen Nominated [18]
30th Japan Academy Prize Best Actress Tears for You Nominated [4]
2011 54th Blue Ribbon Awards Best Supporting Actress Moteki Won [7]
2012 35th Japan Academy Prize Best Actress Nominated [8]
VoCE Beauty Awards The Best Beauty of The Year Won [26]
New York Asian Film Festival Star Asia Rising Star Award Love Strikes Won [27]
Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actress Toshi Densetsu no Onna Won [19]
2018 72nd Mainichi Film Awards Best Lead Actress Before We Vanish Won [14]
41st Japan Academy Prize Best Actress Nominated [15]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "ブルーリボン賞:2004年・第47回". allcinema (in Japanese). Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b Schilling, Mark (February 21, 2005). "Half A Confession tops 28th Japanese Academy Awards". Screen Daily. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "第30回日本アカデミー賞優秀作品" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on May 4, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
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  8. ^ a b "35th Japan Academy Prize winners announced". Tokyograph. January 6, 2012. Archived from the original on December 23, 2017. 
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  10. ^ Schilling, Mark (August 31, 2016). "'Your Name.': Makoto Shinkai could be the next big name in anime". The Japan Times. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  11. ^ Har, Garman (December 6, 2013). "HELLO ASIA! JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL 2013 REVIEW: BEYOND THE MEMORIES (潔く柔く) (JAPAN, 2013)". The AU Review. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  12. ^ "The 2015 Official Selection". Festival de Cannes. Archived from the original on April 18, 2015. 
  13. ^ Scott, A. O. (February 1, 2018). "Review: In 'Before We Vanish,' the Aliens Have a Lot of Questions". The New York Times. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  14. ^ a b "'Hanagatami' wins top prize at 72nd Mainichi Film Awards". Mainichi Shimbun. January 18, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  15. ^ a b "第41回 日本アカデミー賞 (41st Japan Academy Prize)". 日本アカデミ (Japan Academy) (in Japanese). March 2, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  16. ^ Shoji, Kaori (January 4, 2018). "The tenacious trio set to rule Japanese cinema in 2018". The Japan Times. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  17. ^ Marsh, James (June 13, 2018). "50 First Kisses film review: Masami Nagasawa, Takayuki Yamada in forgettable remake of Sandler/Barrymore romcom". South China Morning Post. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  18. ^ a b ""Proposal" sweeps Nikkan Sports spring drama GP". Tokyograph. July 19, 2007. Archived from the original on November 11, 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "Kou Shibasaki leads star-studded cast in Koki Mitani drama". Tokyograph. September 10, 2009. Archived from the original on November 11, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Best Actress". The Television Drama Academy Awards (in Japanese). Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  21. ^ Ichihara, Shoji (February 24, 2015). "Next stop Hollywood?". The Nation (Thailand Portal). Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  22. ^ "長澤まさみ:「真田丸」きり役で"ウザい"から"ウザ可愛い"へ「すごい役をもらっちゃった」". MANTAN Web (in Japanese). December 10, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2018. 
  23. ^ "Tokyo's rich and famous seek comfort, security and anonymity". Japan Today. August 20, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  24. ^ "マイア・ヒラサワ、映画『WOOD JOB!(ウッジョブ)~神去なあなあ日常~』主題歌担当" [Maia Hirasawa to sing main theme song for movie "Wood Job"]. Barks (in Japanese). Japan: Global Plus. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  25. ^ "CAST | 映画『SING/シング』公式サイトブルーレイ&DVD8.2(wed)リリース". sing-movie.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 26 June 2017. 
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