Taishi Nakagawa

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Taishi Nakagawa
Taishi Nakagawa IMG 4276-1a 20181228.jpg
Native name
Born (1998-06-14) June 14, 1998 (age 20)
OccupationActor, host, model
Years active2009–present
AgentStardust Promotion
Height178.5 cm (5 ft 10 12 in)[1]

Taishi Nakagawa (中川大志, Nakagawa Taishi, born June 14, 1998) is a Japanese actor, host, and model.[2] He is best known in his role as Kakeru Asuda in the 2011 drama Kaseifu no Mita and Noboru Yoshikawa in the 2012 live action drama remake of Great Teacher Onizuka.


Nakagawa originally started as a child actor but because of his sudden growth spurt he was given roles that were much older than his real age. He debuted in 2009 when he portrayed the young Ikki Sawamura in a drama re-enactment of TV documentary When I Was a Child which features Japanese actors and actresses in their childhood.[3] He also appeared in several dramas like Team Batista 2: General Rouge no Gaisen,Q10, and Ohisama. Taishi then starred in the hit drama Kaseifu no Mita as one of the four children who struggles to cope with the loss of their mother.

In 2012, he appeared in dramas such as 13-sai no Hello Work, Blackboard: Yume and Taira no Kiyomori.[4] Taishi was cast to play the bullied student Noboru Yoshikawa in the 2012 remake of Great Teacher Onizuka.[5] He also starred in his first lead role in the TV Asahi drama special Hana no Kanmuri with Misako Renbutsu. He also made regular appearances as an MC on TV Tokyo children's shows Oha Suta. Afterwards, he played pivotal roles in detective drama Perfect Blue and suspense drama Yakou Kanransha.[6][7]

In March 2014, Nakagawa appeared in the mother-daughter soul swapping drama Konya wa Kokoro Dake Daite, in which he portray the role Toru Motomiya, the daughter's love interest. He was also cast alongside Yudai Chiba and Ryo Yoshizawa Suikyu Yankees in which baka trio was formed, the drama is set in high school and focuses on water polo which starred Yuto Nakajima and Kento Yamazaki. Later on that year, he was again reunited with Yoshizawa as they starred as Nube's students in the live-action adaptation of Hell Teacher Nūbē.

In 2015, Nakagawa took the role of Hiroshi in the horror film Ao Oni ver 2.0 based on the game of the same name this marked his first leading role in a movie. Nakagawa also had his first romantic lead role opposite Maika Yamamoto in the drama Minami kun no Koibito: My Little Lover which was the fourth live-action adaptation of the manga Minami-kun no Koibito.[8] He was also cast as Kiyoshi Fujino in the live-action adaptation of the manga Prison School with Hirona Yamazaki and Aoi Morikawa.[9]


Television dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
2009 When I was a Child young Ikki Sawamura NHK BS-hi Documentary drama
2010 Team Batista 2: General Rouge no Gaisen young Hiroyuki Tsukada Fuji TV Episode 3
Q10 NTV Episode 4
2011 Mitsuchiyo Hosokawa NHK Episode 34
Ohisama young Haruki Sudo NHK Episodes 1 - 6, 15, 20
Kaseifu no Mita Kakeru Asuda NTV
2012 13-sai no Hello Work Junichi Mikami TV Asahi
Blackboard: Yume Kenji Yumioka TBS Drama Special
Taira no Kiyomori young Minamoto no Yoritomo NHK Episodes 24 - 28
GTO 2012 Noboru Yoshikawa Fuji TV
GTO Aki mo Oni Abar Supesharu! Noboru Yoshikawa Fuji TV Television SP
Hana no Kanmuri Sakura Hirai TV Asahi Lead role, Drama Special
Perfect Blue Shinya Morooka TBS
2013 GTO New Year Special Noboru Yoshikawa Fuji TV Television SP
Yakou Kanransha Shinji Takahashi TBS
GTO Final Volume - Farewell Onizuka! Graduation Special Noboru Yoshikawa Fuji TV Television SP
Doctors 2: The Ultimate Surgeon Masaya Minagawa TV Asahi Episode 3
2014 Konya wa Kokoro Dake Daite Toru Motomiya NHK BS Premium
Water Polo Yankees Kohei Shimura Fuji TV
Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo N (neo) Koji Sanada NTV Episode 1
Hell Teacher Nube Hiroshi Tateno NTV
2015 Replay & Destroy TBS Episode 4
Prison School Kiyoshi Fujino TBS Lead role
Minami kun no Koibito - My Little Lover Shunichi Minami Fuji TV Lead role
2016 Sleepeeer Hit! Sho Otsuka TBS
Sanada Maru Toyotomi Hideyori NHK Taiga drama
2017 Woman of the Crime Lab Season 17 Eiji Eto TV Asahi
Detective Yugami Masaya Uchikoshi Fuji TV
2018 Fūunji tachi Ishikawa Gentsune NHK
Kakegurui Manyuda Kaede TBS School Council Treasurer
Boys Over Flowers Season 2 Tenma Hase TBS
Are You Ready? Hey You Girl! Towa Furuya TBS
2019 Queen Shūji Fujieda Fuji TV
Natsuzora Kazuhisa Sakaba NHK Asadora
Kakegurui Season 2 Manyuda Kaede TBS School Council Treasurer


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Hanjirou Iwatora Miyata
2015 Blue Demon ver.2.0 Hiroshi Lead role
Tsuugaku Series Tsuugaku Densha Kou
Tsuugaku Series Tsuugaku Tochu Kou Lead role
Chibi Maruko-chan: A Boy From Italy Andrea Voice role[10]
2016 Zen'in Kataomoi Jun Satake Lead role, episode 1: My Nickname is Butatchi
Your Lie in April Ryōta Watari
2017 Closest Love To Heaven Yuiji Kira Lead role[11]
ReLIFE Arata Kaizaki Lead role[12]
2018 Kids on the Slope Sentarō Kawabuchi
Rainbow Days Tomoya Matsunaga Lead role
Lock-On Love Towa Furuya Lead role
2019 Samurai Marathon 1855
Kakegurui - Compulsive Gambler Manyuda Kaede School Council Treasurer

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist
2013 Pinky Santa Boyfriend
2015 Itsuka Kitto Naoto Inti Raymi
Shoudou Haku
2016 Together Naoto Inti Raymi
2017 Message Sonoko Inoue

Japanese dub[edit]

Year Title Role Voice dub for Notes
2017 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Henry Turner Brenton Thwaites [13]

Photo books[edit]

  • Chi Yubo / Kitchen (18.03.2014) by Naoki Kimura


Year Award Category Nominated work(s) Result
2019 42nd Japan Academy Prize Newcomer of the Year Kids on the Slope and Lock-On Love Won


  1. ^ profile, Jan 2018 (in Japanese)
  2. ^ スターダストプロモーション > 中川大志 (in Japanese)
  3. ^ "「DOCTORS 2」で中川大志が沢村一樹と待望の初共演!「すごく面白い方で、現場も楽しいです!」" (in Japanese). news.thetv. 2013-07-24. Archived from the original on 2014-03-08. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  4. ^ "Takahashi Ai & five more actors join the cast of 'Taira no Kiyomori'". tokyohive. 2012-05-06. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  5. ^ "Live-Action GTO Remake Confirmed with EXILE Member Akira". anime news network. 2012-05-22. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
  6. ^ "FUTURE JDRAMA PRINCE (PART 2) - TAISHI NAKAGAWA". psycho-drama. 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
  7. ^ "Ishida Yuriko, Kanjani8′s Yasuda Shota join "Yakou Kanransha" cast". Tokyograph. 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
  8. ^ "Live-Action Romantic Comedy Minami-kun no Koibito Reveals Leads in Costume". anime news network. 2015-08-12. Retrieved 2015-08-14.
  9. ^ "Live-Action Prison School Show Unveils Cast in Costume". anime news network. 2015-09-05. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
  10. ^ allcinema. "映画 アニメ 映画ちびまる子ちゃん イタリアから来た少年 - allcinema". www.allcinema.net (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  11. ^ "Taishi Nakagawa, Marie Iitoyo Star in Live-Action Kyō no Kira-kun Film". anime news network. 2016-07-09. Retrieved 2016-07-09.
  12. ^ "ReLIFE Gets Live-Action Film Adaptation With Original Ending". anime news network. 2016-10-04. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  13. ^ "パイレーツ・オブ・カリビアン/最後の海賊". Star Channel. Retrieved March 13, 2019.

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