Shōta Sometani

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Shota Sometani
Sometani Shota from "Legend of the Demon Cat"at Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2017 (25332261407).jpg
Born
染谷 将太

(1992-09-03) September 3, 1992 (age 27)
NationalityJapanese
OccupationActor
Years active2001–present
Known forHimizu
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Spouse(s)
Rinko Kikuchi (m. 2014)
Children2

Shota Sometani (染谷 将太, Sometani Shōta) is a Japanese actor from Koto, Tokyo.[1] He is known for his protagonist roles in Himizu and Parasyte.

Career[edit]

Sometani was a child actor.[2] He has worked in both film and television, gaining his first leading role in Pandora's Box, a 2009 film adaptation of an Osamu Dazai novel.[3]

In 2011, he received the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor at the Venice Film Festival for his work in Himizu along with his co-star Fumi Nikaidō.[4]

He appeared in Shinji Aoyama's 2011 film Tokyo Park,[5] Koji Wakamatsu's 2012 film The Millennial Rapture,[6] and starred in Gakuryu Ishii's 2012 film Isn't Anyone Alive?[7]

Personal life[edit]

Sometani married actress Rinko Kikuchi on December 31, 2014. In October 2016, Kikuchi gave birth to their first child.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Ping Pong
2003 Hebi Ichigo Masuda
2004 The Boy From Hell
Devilman Susumu
2008 Namida Tsubo
Fure Fure Shojo
2009 Pandora's Box Lead role
2010 Yuriko's Aroma Lead role
Tokyo Island
Awaremi Mumashika
2011 Tokyo Park Hiro Takai
Usotsuki Mii-kun to Kowareta Maa-chan Lead role
Azemichi no Dandy
Antoki no Inochi
2012 Isn't Anyone Alive? Keisuke Lead role
Himizu Yuichi Sumida Lead role
Sadako 3D
Sue, Mai & Sawa: Righting the Girl Ship Kosuke Chiba
Lesson of the Evil Keisuke Hayami
Tenchi: The Samurai Astronomer Tokugawa Ietsuna
The Millennial Rapture
2013 Strawberry Night
The Intermission Lead role
Real Shingo Takagi
The Eternal Zero Kenichiro Ōishi (young)
The Kiyosu Conference Mori Ranmaru
2014 Wood Job! Yuki Hirano[9] Lead role
The Snow White Murder Case Hasegawa
Kabukicho Love Hotel Toru Takahashi
Parasyte: Part 1 Shinichi Izumi Lead role
As the Gods Will Satake
2015 Parasyte: Part 2 Shinichi Izumi Lead role
The Virgin Psychics Yoshiro Kamogawa Lead role
Teacher And Stray Cat Shōgo
Strayer's Chronicle[10] Manabu
That's It Samao Daikoku Lead role
Dear Deer Takashi
Bakuman Niizuma Eiji
2016 The Actor Yokota
Fueled: The Man They Called Pirate Yoshio Hasebe
Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow Egawa
Live for Today: Genichiro Tenryu Narrator
2017 Parks Tokio
March Comes in like a Lion Harunobu Nikaidō
March Goes out like a Lamb Harunobu Nikaidō
Dawn Wind in My Poncho Nakata
Foreboding Tatsuo Yamagiwa Lead role
2018 Legend of the Demon Cat Kūkai Lead role, Chinese film
And Your Bird Can Sing Shizuo Lead role
The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan Murata
Punk Samurai Slash Down Magobei
2019 Parallel World Love Story Tomohiko Miwa
Samurai Marathon Uesugi Hironoshin
To the Ends of the Earth Yoshioka
The First Supper Rintarō Lead role
2020 Stare Hideaki Watanabe
First Love Kase

Animated films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Wolf Children Tanabe
2015 The Boy and the Beast Kyuta (Teen)

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2009 Saka no Ue no Kumo Akiyama Yoshifuru (young) NHK
2010 Ryōmaden Yamauchi Toyonori NHK Taiga drama
2011 Mori Bōmaru NHK Taiga drama
2012 Crime and Punishment: A Falsified Romance Haruka Mikoshiba Wowow
2013 XxxHolic Kimihiro Watanuki Wowow
Neo Ultra Q Kōichi Wowow
Minna! ESPer Dayo! Yoshirō Kamogawa TV Tokyo Lead role
2016 Hibana Ogata Netflix
2017 Foreboding Tatsuo Yamagiwa Wowow Lead role
2019 Natsuzora Kōya Kamiji NHK Asadora
2020 Kirin ga Kuru Oda Nobunaga NHK Taiga drama

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2010 Hello, Again ~Mukashi Kara Aru Basho~ Juju
2012 Good Luck Bump of Chicken

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2011 68th Venice International Film Festival Marcello Mastroianni Award Won
2013 57th Elan d'or Awards Newcomers of the Year Won
36th Japan Academy Prize Newcomers of the Year Won
2015 14th New York Asian Film Festival Rising Star Award Won
2016 39th Japan Academy Prize Best Supporting Actor Nominated
25th Japan Film Professional Awards Best Actor Won
2018 31st Nikkan Sports Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2019 73rd Mainichi Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
28th Tokyo Sports Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "染谷将太 on Naver". NAVER (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Award-winning Japanese actor seeks complete art". Mail Online. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  3. ^ "'Villon no Tsuma'/'Pandora no Hako' | The Japan Times". The Japan Times. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Official Awards of the 68th Venice Film Festival". Le Biennale di Venezia. Archived from the original on 24 September 2011. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  5. ^ Young, Neil (14 August 2011). "Tokyo Park: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  6. ^ Young, Neil (3 September 2012). "The Millennial Rapture (Sennen no Yuraku): Venice Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  7. ^ Mes, Tom (3 September 2012). "Midnight Eye review: Isn't Anyone Alive?". Midnight Eye.
  8. ^ Sometani, Shôta. "無事第1子を出産しましたことをご報告させていただきます。 母子共に健康です。". Shôta Sometani Official Website.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "Strayer's Chronicle". Japan Society. Retrieved 2015-06-20.

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