Takako Matsu

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Takako Matsu
松 たか子
Born
Takako Fujima

(1977-06-10) June 10, 1977 (age 43)
Tokyo, Japan
NationalityJapanese
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active1993–present
AgentBMG Japan (1997–1998/2006–present)
Universal Music Japan (1998–2005)
BMG Japan (2006-2009)
Ariola Japan/Sony (2009-)
Spouse(s)
Yoshiyuki Sahashi
(m. 2007)
Children1
Musical career
GenresJ-pop
Associated actsSayaka Kanda, Pierre Taki, Shunsuke Takeuchi
Websitematsutakako.jp

Takako Matsu (松 たか子, Matsu Takako) (born June 10, 1977) also known as Takako Fujima (藤間 隆子, Fujima Takako) is a Japanese actress and pop singer.

Personal life[edit]

Matsu was born to a family of buyō and kabuki actors, including her father Matsumoto Hakuō II, her mother and businesswoman Noriko Fujima, her uncle, Nakamura Kichiemon II, her elder brother Matsumoto Kōshirō X, her sister Kio Matsumoto, and stage director Kazuhisa Kawahara.[citation needed] She married guitarist and record producer Yoshiyuki Sahashi on December 28, 2007. Her married name is Takako Sahashi (佐橋隆子, Sahashi Takako). She has the name of Natori of the Matsumoto school of Nippon Buyō (Japanese dancing); Shodai Matsumoto Kōka (初代 松本 幸華, "Kōka Matsumoto the First"). She chose the surname "Matsu" to honor the family. In a interview, she and her siblings are close to their mother.[1]

Career[edit]

Matsu starred in her stage debut Ninjō-banashi: Bunshichi Mottoi at Kabuki-za. Her first television role was in the NHK Drama Hana no Ran and starred in the NHK drama Kura. Because Shirayuri Gakuen, her high school, prohibited working in the industry, she moved to Horikoshi High School. Matsu starred in the drama Long Vacation after matriculating to college. She had a supporting role, but established in full-scale her position, because the drama was a major hit. She hosted the 47th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen and debuted with the single "Ashita, Haru ga Kitara". She returned to the show as a singer on the last day of the year. In an interview with NHK, Matsu recalled the incident with her musical debut. She sang karaoke which was heard by the director who suggested she gave a song. Although she declined it and was not confident enough with the song, she accepted because she saw it as "[a] chance that not everyone got".[2] In the same year, she starred in the drama Love Generation in a leading role. She starred in Hero. She published a photo essay book, Matsu no Hitorigoto, through Asahi Shimbun Publishers. She released "Toki no Fune" in September 2004, which was composed by Akeboshi. It is similar to the song, "A nine days' wonder", which was released after the "Toki no Fune" single. The single contained a cover of Akeboshi's "White Reply" previously recorded on her sixth album, Harvest Songs. Matsu won the Best Actress of the Year of the 29th Hochi Film Award and the 28th Japan Academy Prize at the same time for The Hidden Blade.[3] In July 2006, she and Takuya Kimura starred in a special one-night edition of Hero. In October 2006, Matsu and Makoto Fujita starred in a weekly drama Yakusha Damashii.[4] Matsu left the third concert tour in May 2007 to commemorate her tenth year as a singer. In her album Cherish You, the song "Ashita Haru ga Kitara" was redone to combine her voice on her youth. On November 27, 2014, Matsu revealed on her official website that she was pregnant with her first child. Her daughter was born on March 30, 2015 and had 3466 grams.[5] On February 9, 2020, Matsu was called to join Idina Menzel, Aurora and eight more of Elsa's international dubbers to perform the song “Into the Unknown” at the 92nd Academy Awards. Every international performer sang one line of the song in a different languages, including Maria Lucia Rosenberg, Willemijn Verkaik, Carmen Sarahí, Lisa Stokke, Katarzyna Łaska, Anna Buturlina, Gisela and Wichayanee Pearklin.[6] Matsu worked with the producers. Her third album, Sakura no Ame, Itsuka was released at Universal Music.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref
1997 Tokyo Weather Mizutani
1998 April Story Uzuki Nireno
2003 9 Souls Yuki
2004 The Hidden Blade Kie
2006 The Uchoten Hotel Hana Takemoto
Brave Story Wataru (voice)
2007 Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad' Mizue
Hero Maiko Amamiya
2008 K-20: Legend of the Mask Yoko Hashiba
2009 Villon's Wife Sachi
2010 Confessions Yuko Moriguchi
2011 Someday Mie Orii
The Tale connecting a Life Narrator Documentary
Imawano Kiyoshiro Naniwa Sullivan Show: Kando Saikō!!! concert film
2012 Dreams for Sale Satoko Ichizawa
2014 The Little House Tokiko Hirai
2015 A Farewell to Jinu Akiko Amano
Hero Maiko Amamiya
2017 Fireworks Nazuna's mother Voice
2018 Shottan, The Miracle Yoshiko
It Comes Kotoko Higa
2019 Masquerade Hotel
2020 Last Letter Yuri Kishibeno Lead role
2021 The Pass: Last Days of the Samurai Osuga [7]

TV dramas[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Hana no Ran Tsubaki, Later, she was called Hino Tomiko NHK, Taiga drama
1995 Kura Retsu Tanouchi NHK
1996 Long Vacation Ryoko Okusawa Fuji TV
1996 Hideyoshi Cha cha, the second wife of Hideyoshi NHK, Taiga drama
1996 Furuhata Ninzaburō Saki Mōri Fuji TV
1996 Who Did This to Someone like Me Natsuko Iwasaki Fuji TV
1997 Ryoma Goes Sanako Chiba TBS
1997 For I to be Myself Hiroko Muranaka Fuji TV
1997 Love Song of the Old Capital Momoyo Naito TBS
1997 Under One Roof Miki Mochizuki Fuji TV
1997 Spring Light Ayako Tomita NHK
1997 Love Generation Riko Uesugi Fuji TV
1998 Crow Carp Kaoruko Yamashita TBS
1998 Jinbē Miku Takanashi Fuji TV
1999 Oar Kiwa Tomita NHK
1999 Open Tonight Kanako Takamatsu NTV
2000 Omiai Kekkon Setsuko Nakatani Fuji TV
2001 Hero Maiko Amamiya, second lead role Fuji TV
2001 Towards the Brighter Side, Towards the Brighter Side Teru Kaneko (as Misuzu Kaneko) TBS
2001 Chūshingura 1/47 Aguri (Yōzen-in) Fuji TV
2002 Tokyo Story Noriko Hirayama Fuji TV, remake of "Tokyo Story"
2003 Always the Two of Us Mizuho Tanimachi Fuji TV
2004 Ryoma Goes Okei Ōura TV Tokyo
2005 Hiroshima Showa 20 nen 8 Gatsu Muika Shinobu Yajima TBS
2006 Hero (Special edition) Maiko Amamiya Fuji TV
2006 Yakusha Damashi! (役者魂!, Actor Spirit) Hitomi Karasuyama Fuji TV
2009-2011 Saka no Ue no Kumo Tami Sakuma (Tami Akiyama) NHK
2012 The Man of Destiny Yuriko Yuminari TBS
2014 Father's Back Hitomiko Higuchi TBS
2016 Usually the Best Kazuko Kosuge TBS
2017 Quartet Maki Maki TBS
2017 Côte d'Azur N゚10 Shimako Shibata Wowow・Hulu
2019 No Side Manager Maki Kimishima TBS

Japanese dub[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Frozen[8] Elsa
2015 Frozen Fever Elsa
2017 Olaf's Frozen Adventure Elsa
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet[9] Elsa
2019 Frozen II Elsa
2020 Elinor Wonders Why Elinor

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 The 47th Kōhaku Uta Gassen Red team host NHK
1997 The 48th Kōhaku Uta Gassen Contestant NHK
1999 The 50th Kōhaku Uta Gassen Contestant NHK
2017 The 68th Kōhaku Uta Gassen Contestant NHK

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role
2019 Kingdom Hearts III[10] Elsa

Theater[edit]

  • Ninjō-banashi: Bunshichi Mottoi (人情噺文七元結, Real-life story: Bunshichi paper cord for tying the hair) (Kabuki-za, 1993) - Ohisa
  • Koiki na Yūrei (小粋な幽霊, a Stylish Ghost) (Shinbashi Enbujō, 1994) - Botan
  • Ajisai (あぢさゐ, Hydrangea) (Shinbashi Enbujō, 1994) - Omitsu
  • Taki no Shiraito (滝の白糸, the White Thread in the Waterfall) (Shinbashi Enbujō, 1994) - Kikyō
  • Jyunsaihan (じゅんさいはん) (Shinbashi Enbujō, 1994) - Oume
  • Man of La Mancha
    • (Aoyama Theater 1995) (Meitetsu Hall/ Aoyama Theatre, 1997) (Theater Hiten/ Aoyama Theatre, 1999) - Antonia
    • (Hakata-za/ Imperial Garden Theater, 2002), (Meitetsu Hall/ Imperial Garden Theater, 2005), (Imperial Garden Theater, 2008), (Theater Brava!, 2009) - Aldonza
  • Hamlet (Ginza Cezon Theater 1995, 1998, etc.) - Ophelia
  • Tengai no Hana (天涯の花) (Shinbashi Enbujō, 1999) - Tamako Taira
  • The Good Person of Szechwan (New National Theater, 1999/ Akasaka ACT Theater 2001) - Shen Te/ Shui Ta
  • Okepi (Aoyama Theatre, 2000) - Shinonome
  • Voyage ~Senjō no Syanikusai~ (〜船上の謝肉祭〜, ~Carnival on the ship~) (Theater Cocoon, 2000) - (lead role)
  • Natsu Hoteru (夏ホテル, Summer Hotel) (Parco Theater 2001) - Kaoru
  • Wuthering Heights (Shinbashi Enbujō, 2002) - Catherine Earnshaw
  • Mozart! (Nissei Theater; 2002) - Constanze Mozart
  • Noda Map: Oil (Theater Cocoon, 2003/ Kintetsu Theater 2003) - Fuji
  • Ohatsu (おはつ) (Shinbashi Enbujō, 2004) - Ohatsu
  • Roningai (Aoyama Theatre, 2004) - Oshin
  • Miss Saigon (Imperial Garden Theater, 2004) - Kim
  • The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Setagaya Public Theater, 2005) - Gursha
  • Noda Map: Fake Crime and Punishment (Theater Cocoon 2005-6, Theater Brava!, 2005-6) - Hanabusa Sanjo
  • Metal Macbeth (Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre/ Aoyama Theatre/ Osaka Kosei Nenkin Kaikan, 2006) - Mrs. RandomStar
  • Hibari (ひばり, Skylark) (Theater Cocoon, 2007) - Joan of Arc
  • Romance (Setagaya Public Theater, 2007) - Maria Chekhova
  • Sisters (Parco Theater, 2008) - Kaoru Ozaki
  • Noda Map: Piper (Theater Cocoon, 2009) - Deimos
  • Jane Eyre (Nissei Theater, 2009, 2012) - Jane Eyre
  • Futari no Otto to Watashi no Jijou (2人の夫とわたしの事情, Family reason of my two husbands and me) (Original title: Home and Beauty) (Theater Cocoon, 2010) - Victoria
  • Twelfth Night (Theater Cocoon, 2011) - Sebastian/ Viola
  • Oto no Inai Sekai de (音のいない世界で, In the world without the sound) (New National Theatre, 2012-2013) - Sei
  • Motto Naiteyo Flapper (もっと泣いてよフラッパー, Cry More, Flapper) (Theater Cocoon, 2014) - Trunk Jill
  • Kagami no kanata wa tanaka no naka de (かがみのかなたはたなかのなかで) (New National Theatre, 2015, 2017-2018) - Keiko
  • Noda Map: Gekirin (逆鱗, Wrath) (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, 2016) - Ningyo(Mermaid)
  • Metropolis (Theater Cocoon, 2016) - Maria/ Parody
  • Sekai wa hitori (世界は一人)(Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, 2019) - Miko Tanaka/ Kazue Mori
  • Noda Map: Q: A Night At The Kabuki (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, 2019) - Sore kara no Julie(Juliet)

Awards and prizes[edit]

Year Title Award Result
1997 - 34th Golden Arrow Award for Newcomer Award & Broadcast Newcomer Award Won
1997 Tokyo Weather 22nd Hochi Film Award for Best New Artist Won
1997 - 1997 Elan d'or Awards for Newcomer of the Year & grand prix Won
1997 - New heroine '97 in Japan - No.1 Won
1998 - 12th Japan Gold Disc Award for Best New Artist of the Year Won
1999 April Story 8th Japan Film Critics Circle Award for Actress Award Won
1999 - 36th Golden Arrow Award for Play Award Won
2000 - 21st Matsuo Entertainment Awards for Newcomer Award Won
2000 Tengai no Hana & The Good Person of Szechwan 50th new face award of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award for Fine Arts in theater acting division Won
2002 Akarui Hō e, Akarui Hō e 10th Hashida Prize Won
2004 Noda Map: Oil 38th Kinokuniya Theater Award for Individual Award Won
2004 The Hidden Blade 29th Hochi Film Award for Best Actress Won
2005 The Hidden Blade 28th Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
2005 - 43rd Golden Arrow Award for Play Award Won
2006 Noda Map: Fake Crime and Punishment & The Caucasian Chalk Circle 13th Yomiuri Theater Awards for Best Actress Nominated
2007 Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad 28th Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
2008 Hibari & Romance 7th Asahi Performing arts Prize Won
2008 Hibari & Romance 15th Yomiuri Theater Awards for Best Actress Won
2009 Villon's Wife 32nd Yamaji Fumiko Film Awards for Best Actress Won
2009 Villon's Wife & K-20: Legend of the Mask 34th Hochi Film Award for Best Actress Won
2009 Villon's Wife 22nd Nikkan Sports Film Award for Best Actress Won
2010 Villon's Wife 83rd Kinema Junpo Best Ten for Best Actress Won
2010 Villon's Wife 33rd Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Won
2010 Jane Eyre 35th Kikuta Kazuo Theater Prize for Theater grand-prix Nominated
2011 Confessions 34th Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
2011 Confessions 2nd Japan Theater staff Film Festival Award for Actress in a Leading Role Award Won
2013 Dreams for Sale 34th Yokohama Film Festival for Best Actress Won
2013 Dreams for Sale 22nd Tokyo Sports Film Award for Best Actress Won
2013 Dreams for Sale 36th Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
2013 Dreams for Sale 27th Takasaki Film Festival Award for Best Actress Won
2017 Quartet 7th Confidence Award for Best Actress Won
2017 Quartet 92nd The Television Drama Academy Awards for Best Actress Won
2018 The Adult Code The Japan Gold Disc Award for Best 5 songs by download Award Won
2018 Quartet Confidence Award Drama Prize 2017 for Best Actress Won
2018 Quartet 26th Hashida Prize Won
2018 - 9th Iwatani Tokiko Award Won

Discography[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Title Original publication date Publisher Category
Matsu no Hitorigoto (松のひとりごと, "Matsu's Soliloquy") November 14, 2003
(October 7, 2009)
Asahi Shimbun Publications Independent book
(paperback)
Chichi to Musume no Ōfukushokan (父と娘の往復書簡, "Correspondence between father and daughter") (with Kōshirō Matsumoto) October 10, 2008
(January 10, 2011)
Bungeishunjū Independent book
(paperback)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tokyo Tower Matsu Takako Interview (MSN Entertainment)". Archived from the original on June 10, 2007. Retrieved June 18, 2007.
  2. ^ "NHK プレミアム10 松たか子~彼女が歌う理由~" [NHK Premium 10 Matsu Takako: The reason she sings]. (in Japanese). November 9, 2007. NHK Japan. Missing or empty |series= (help)
  3. ^ 報知映画賞ヒストリー (in Japanese). Cinema Hochi. Archived from the original on January 31, 2009. Retrieved January 27, 2010.
  4. ^ Matsu Takako and Makoto Fujita in Comedy Drama Asahi Shimbun October 12, 2006
  5. ^ 松たか子の妊娠報告で父・幸四郎が“不仲の夫”と和解 (in Japanese). Livedoor News. December 5, 2014. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  6. ^ McPhee, Ryan (February 10, 2020). "Watch Idina Menzel and 9 Fellow Elsas Sing Frozen 2's 'Into the Unknown' at the Oscars". Playbill. Retrieved February 10, 2020.
  7. ^ "峠 最後のサムライ". eiga.com. Retrieved February 21, 2021.
  8. ^ Keegan, Rebecca (January 24, 2014). "Finding a diva in 41 languages". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  9. ^ "シュガー・ラッシュ:オンライン". Fukikaeru. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "Takako Matsu - 4 Character Images | Behind The Voice Actors". behindthevoiceactors.com. Retrieved August 11, 2019. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources.

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