Takayuki Yamada

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Takayuki Yamada
山田 孝之
NYAFF 2011 Star Asia Awards - TAKAYUKI YAMADA - 18.jpg
NYAFF 2011 Star Asia Awards - TAKAYUKI YAMADA - 18
Born (1983-10-20) October 20, 1983 (age 36)
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1998–present
AgentStardust Promotion

Takayuki Yamada (山田 孝之, Yamada Takayuki, born October 20, 1983 in Naha, Okinawa) is a Japanese actor, singer, and producer. He is best known for his role as Sakutaro Matsumoto in TV drama Socrates in Love and as Densha Otoko in the 2005 film of the same name.[1] Yamada gained international popularity through his portrayal as Tamao Serizawa in Crows Zero film series. Japanese media often dubs him as chameleon actor for his wide acting spectrum throughout his career. He began venturing as producer with live-action web series Saint Young Men. Since 2018 he releases music as the lead singer of band The XXXXXX.

Career[edit]

Yamada was born in Naha, Okinawa but raised in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima until the age of 15. He is the youngest of three siblings with two older sisters, Kaori and Sayuki who worked as models for teen magazines in late 1990s. Yamada got scouted after shopping with his sisters in front of Laforet Harajuku. After being scouted, in his third year of middle school he moved from Kagoshima to Tokyo. Yamada graduated from a middle school in Tokyo but did not go to high school to focus on his acting career.

He made his debut in 1999 by starring in TV drama Psychometrer Eiji 2. His breakout was 2003 TV drama about men synchronized swimming Water Boys, taking the lead role as Kankuro Shindo. He was chosen to portray Shindo through audition among hundreds of young actors. Yamada continued his success in leading role with Socrates in Love as Sakutaro Matsumoto the year after. In the same year, he got Newcomer Award at 2004 Elan d'or Awards and was appointed as first image character of newly reformed Tokyo Metro. As of 2017, Yamada was the only male image character Tokyo Metro has ever had. After his triumphant breakout on television, he got his first movie lead role in Densha Otoko which later became Japan's 14th best selling movie of 2005.

In 2002 he released 真夏の天使~All I want for this Summer is you~ a CD with a couple of songs (with the backup versions), as well as a DVD with the musical video for the theme song.[2][3]
He collaborated with Jin Akanishi in August 2016 to form the unit called "Jintaka"[4], which disbanded 2 months later[5]. And in 2018, together with Gō Ayano (guitar), and Asahi Uchida (synthesizer), forms the unit "The xxxxxx" (read as: "The Six") (Yamada is vocals).[6][7]

Filmography[edit]

Series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Psychometrer Eiji 2 Takayuki Debut role
2000 Rokubanme no Sayoko Shu Sekine NTV
Aoi Tokugawa Sandai Takechiyo (young Iemitsu Tokugawa) NHK 39th Taiga drama
2001 Churasan Keitatsu Kohagura NHK 64th Asadora
Jidan Kosho Jinnai Tamako Ura File TBS
Koi ga Shitai x3 Wataru Aoshima TBS
2002 The Long Love Letter Sho Takamatsu Fuji TV
Jidan Kosho Jinnai Tamako Ura File 2 TBS
Akahige TBS
Onmyoji Abe no Seimei Toya Fuji TV
Lunch no Joō Minoru Ushijima Fuji TV
2003 Hatachi Ryuji Shindo Fuji TV
Churasan 2 Keitatsu Kohagura NHK
Water Boys Kankuro Shindo Fuji TV
2004 Socrates in Love (Sekai no Chuushin de, Ai wo Sakebu) Sakutaro Matsumoto TBS
Fire Boys Daigo Asahina Fuji TV
Jidan Kosho Jinnai Tamako Ura File 3 TBS
Churasan 3 Keitatsu Kohagura NHK
2005 H2 Hiro Kunimi TBS
Densha Otoko Fuji TV, cameo ep. 1
2006 Journey Under the Midnight Sun Ryoji Kirihara TBS
Taiyou no Uta Kouji Fujishiro TBS
2007 Churasan 4 Keitatsu Kohagura NHK
2009 Boss Shingo Tajima Fuji TV
2010 Ushijima the Loan Shark Kaoru Ushijima TBS
Wagaya no Rekishi Tatsuya Nakadai Fuji TV
2011 Yūsha Yoshihiko to Maou no Shiro Yoshihiko TV Tokyo
Arakawa Under the Bridge Hoshi TBS
2012 Yūsha Yoshihiko to Akuryo no Kagi Yoshihiko TV Tokyo
2014 Nobunaga Concerto Denjiro/ Hideyoshi Hashiba Fuji TV
Ushijima the Loan Shark Season 2 Kaoru Ushijima TBS
2015 Replay and Destroy Kaname Yokoyama au LISMO channel / TBS
2016 Yūsha Yoshihiko to Michibikareshi no Shichinin Yoshihiko TV Tokyo
2018 Dele Keishi Sakagami TV Asahi
Saint Young Men executive producer web series, piccomaTV
Yareta Kamo Iinkai Oasis TBS
2019 The Naked Director Toru Muranishi Netflix

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Dragon Head Nobuo Takahashi
2004 Jennifer Takashi Leading role
2005 Densha Otoko Densha Otoko Leading role
Start Line Jun Imai TV movie, Fuji TV
2006 The Letters (Tegami) Naotaka Takeshima Leading role
2007 Crows Zero Tamao Serizawa
Say Hello For Me (Sono Toki wa Kare ni Yoroshiku) Satoshi Toyama Leading role
Maiko Haaaan!!! Cameo
2008 Ikigami Satoshi Izuka
252: Signal of Life (252: Seizonsha Ari) Makoto Shigemura
2009 Battle League Horumo Akira Abe Leading role
MW Yutaro Garai Leading role
Crows Zero 2 Tamao Serizawa
Chasing My Girl (Oarai ni mo Hoshi wa Furu Nari) Sugimoto Leading role
2010 Seaside Motel Yosuke Asakura
13 Assassins Shinrokuro Shimada
Vengeance Can Wait (Ranbou to Taiki) Takao Banue
2011 Gantz Masamitsu Shigeta
Oba: The Last Samurai (Taiheiyo no Kiseki - Fox to Yobareta Otoko ) Toshio Kitami
Gantz: Perfect Answer Masamitsu Shigeta
Unfair 2: The Answer Katsuaki Murakami
Looking for a True Fiancee Teruhiko Katayama Leading role
2012 Arakawa Under the Bridge Hoshi
The Floating Castle (Nobou no Shiro) Yoshitsugu Otani
The Samurai That Night (Sono Yoru no Samurai) Hiroshi Kijima
Bungo: Stories of Desire (Bungo Sasayakana Yokubo) segment Nigitta Te
Ushijima the Loan Shark Kaoru Ushijima Leading role
Lesson of the Evil Tetsuro Shibahara
Milocrorze - A Love Story Ovreneli Vreneligare/ Besson Kumagai/ Tamon Leading role
2013 I'll Give It My All... Tomorrow Shuichi Ichinosawa
The Devil's Path Shuichi Fujii Leading role
Rakugo Eiga Raifu Reto
2014 Ushijima the Loan Shark Part 2 Kaoru Ushijima Leading role
The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji Shun Tsukihara
Monsterz Shuichi Tanaka
2015 Bakuman Akira Hattori
Shinjuku Swan Hideyoshi Minami
2016 Nobunaga Concerto Hideyoshi Hashiba
Terra Formars Ichiro Hiruma
Ushijima the Loan Shark Part 3 Kaoru Ushijima Leading role
Somebody Sawa
Ushijima the Loan Shark The Final Kaoru Ushijima Leading role
2017 Cinema Fighters Toru segment Parallel World
Takayuki Yamada 3D The Movie himself Leading role
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I Angelo Katagiri
Hagoku Seitaro Sakuma TV movie, TV Tokyo
2018 Ten Takashi short movie
50 First Kisses Daisuke Yuge Leading role
Hardcore Ukon Gondō Leading role, producer
2019 Day and Night producer, screenwriter
2020 Haru wo Uruhito Leading role
Step Ken'ichi Leading role

Voice work[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Cat Returns Lune animated film
2006 Eragon Eragon japanese dub
2016 Dragon Quest Heroes II Cesare video game
2017 DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon Batman/Bruce Wayne animated film
Gintama Elizabeth
Loving Vincent Armand Roulin japanese dub
2018 Isle of Dogs Junior scientist animated film
Manul no Yuube Manuko mama animated skits, NHK
2019 Rilakkuma and Kaoru Hayate, additional voices Netflix animated series
Dragon Quest: Your Story Papasu animated film

Documentary[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Takayuki Yamada in Tokyo-to Kita-ku Akabane himself mockumentary, TV Tokyo
2017 Takayuki Yamada's Cannes Movie Festival himself mockumentary, TV Tokyo
2019 Takayuki Yamada Documentary: No Pain No Gain himself film

Musicals[edit]

Year Title Role
2014 The Full Monty Gary Schofield
2018 City of Angels Stone
2019 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Freddy Benson

Commercials[edit]

Year Title Notes
2002 Coca-Cola "No Reason" campaign celebrating 2002 World Cup
2003 Japanese Red Cross Society "20 year-old's blood donation" campaign
2004 Toyo Suisan "Maruchan Yakisoba, Yakiudon"
Tokyo Metro First campaign image character
2005 Tokyo Electric Power Company "TEPCO Hikari"
2010 Movaslo "Evangelion ~Shinjitsu no Tsubasa~"
2011 Asahi Food and Healthcare "Cream Genmai Bran"
Fields "We are all challengers" campaign
2014 - The Coca-Cola Company "Georgia" main image character
Storia "MARO" main image character
2015 - Sony Interactive Entertainment "PlayStation 4" main image character
2016 Frima "Fril" flea marketplace application
2017 - Fujitsu "Arrows" with Shun Oguri

Discography[edit]

Year Title Release Label Peak chart position Notes
2002 真夏の天使~All I want for this Summer is you~ August 10, 2002 Universal Music Group Sold in CD, and DVD of the Music video
2016 Choo Choo SHITAIN September 21, 2016 Go Good Records 4th (October 03, 2016) [8] CD, CD + DVD / As "Jintaka"
2018 Seeds (single) November 30, 2018 THE XXXXXX Digital release / As "The xxxxxx"
Zealot (single) December 21, 2018 THE XXXXXX Digital release / As "The xxxxxx"
2019 "THE XXXXXX" (album) [9] April 5, 2019 THE XXXXXX Digital release / As "The xxxxxx"
"deep breath" (single)[10] May 31, 2019 THE XXXXXX Digital release / As "The xxxxxx"

Other Musical Collaborations[edit]

  • Directed music video for "Tee"'s song 恋のはじまり, and makes a cameo appearance in it (May 31, 2016). [11]
  • カンヌの休日 feat. 山田孝之 (Cannes no Kyuujitsu feat. Yamada Takayuki), Fujifabric's single (February 2, 2017)[12]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adam Campbell (November 22, 2005). "Midnight Eye review: Train Man". Midnight Eye.
  2. ^ 真夏の天使. amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). 2019. Archived from the original on March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  3. ^ "真夏の天使~All I want for this Summer is you~". amazon.co.jp (in Japanese). 2019. Archived from the original on March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  4. ^ "Akanishi Jin & Yamada Takayuki to form a unit and release debut single". tokyohive.com. August 10, 2016. Archived from the original on March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  5. ^ "Akanishi Jin and Yamada Takayuki announce the disbandment of JINTAKA". tokyohive.com. October 6, 2016. Archived from the original on March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  6. ^ "Yamada Takayuki, Ayano Go & Uchida Asahi form unit THE XXXXXX". tokyohive.com. November 27, 2018. Archived from the original on March 21, 2019.
  7. ^ "山田孝之×綾野剛×内田朝陽のバンドTHE XXXXXX、4月にアルバム&ワンマン". cinra.net (in Japanese). January 25, 2019. Archived from the original on March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  8. ^ "Choo Choo SHITAIN(初回限定盤)". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). October 3, 2016. Archived from the original on March 22, 2019. Retrieved March 22, 2019.
  9. ^ "山田孝之×綾野剛×内田朝陽「THE XXXXXX(ザ・シックス)」1stアルバム配信 新ビジュアル公開". mdpr.jp (in Japanese). April 5, 2019. Archived from the original on April 6, 2019. Retrieved April 6, 2019.
  10. ^ "山田孝之&綾野剛&内田朝陽のTHE XXXXXX バンドの最大の特徴は"詩的であること"?". realsound.jp (in Japanese). May 31, 2019. Archived from the original on May 31, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  11. ^ "6月1日より、MUSIC VIDEO解禁&LINE MUSIC独占配信開始♪". tee-web.jp (in Japanese). June 1, 2016. Archived from the original on March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  12. ^ "Cannes no Kyujitsu feat. Yamada Takayuki (SINGLE+DVD) (First Press Limited Edition) (Japan Version". yesasia.com. 2019. Archived from the original on March 21, 2019. Retrieved March 21, 2019.

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