Tsuyoshi Kusanagi

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Tsuyoshi Kusanagi
Also known as Chonan Gang (in South Korea)
Born (1974-07-09) July 9, 1974 (age 42)
Origin Seiyo, Ehime, Japan
Genres Japanese Pop
Occupation(s) Actor, singer, television host
Years active 1987–present
Labels Johnny & Associates
Website Johnnys net

Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (草彅 剛 Kusanagi Tsuyoshi?, born July 9, 1974 in Seiyo, Ehime, Japan)[1] is a Japanese actor, singer, television host, and a member of SMAP, the best-selling boy band in Asia.[2]

Early life[edit]

Kusanagi grew up in Kasukabe, Saitama, Japan.

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

Main article: SMAP

In 1987, at age 13, Kusanagi auditioned to enter Johnny & Associates, a Japanese talent agency that recruits and trains young boys, preteens to teens, to become singers and members of boy bands. After five of the other band members auditioning individually from 1986 through 1987, in autumn 1987, twenty boys, from ages ten to seventeen, were put together into a group called The Skate Boys, which was initially created as backup dancers for a famous boy band, Hikaru Genji.[3] In April 1988, producer Johnny Kitagawa chose six out of the twenty boys to create a new boy band and named them "SMAP".[4]

Acting[edit]

He had the lead role in the movie, Yomigaeri (黄泉がえり?) (January 18, 2003; a Japan public presentation). Moreover, his Korean-language-Japanese-produced movie Hotel Venus (ホテルビーナス Hoteru Bīnasu?) (March 6, 2004 Japan public presentation) was submitted to the Moscow International Film Festival on June 25, 2004.

Television[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Arrest[edit]

On April 23, 2009, at around 3 a.m., Kusanagi was arrested on suspicion of public indecency at Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo.[5] On April 24, 2009, he held a press conference accompanied by his attorney and apologized for his misbehavior. Prosecutors decided not to indict Kusanagi because of his apology. He took a one-month-long hiatus and returned to the taping of SMAPxSMAP on May 28, 2009.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Shoot! Kamiya Atsushi Main role
1995 The Diary of Anne Frank Peter (voice)
1999 Messenger Hironori Suzuki Main role
2001 Kourei Fumio Hayasaka Guest appearance
2003 Yomigaeri Heita Kawada Main role
2004 The Hotel Venus Chonan Main role
The Taste of Tea Projectionist Cameo appearance
NinxNin Ninja Hattori-kun The Movie Man Cameo appearance
2005 Robots Rodney (voice) Main role; Japanese dubbed version
2006 Sinking of Japan Toshio Onodera Main role
Like a Virgin Japanese teacher Cameo appearance
2007 Strings Hal (voice) Main role; Japanese dubbed version
Saiyuki Sagosho Cameo appearance
2008 Yama no Anata Tokuichi Main role
Watashi wa Kai ni Naritai Saburo Onishi Cameo appearance
2009 Ballad Namonaki Koi no Uta Matabe Ijiri Main role
2011 1,778 Stories of Me and My Wife Sakutaro Makimura Main role
2012 A Ghost of a Chance Teruo Hosho
Anata e Yuji Tamiya
Ninkyo Helper Hikoichi Tsubasa Main role
2013 Chugakusei Maruyama Tatsuo Shimoi Main role
2015 Attack on Titan Grisha Cameo appearance
Attack on Titan End of the World Grisha Cameo appearance

Television (as actor)[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988-1989 Abunai Shonen III Himself Main role
1989 Jikan desuyo Heisei Gannen Hattori
1990 P.S. Oboetokeyo Tsuyoshi
1991 Furimukeba Kimi… Takashi Kobayashi
1992 Motto, Tokimeki wo Himself Guest appearance
1992-1993 Hime-chan no Ribbon Koichi Shikura / Himself (voice)
1995 Inochi Uruwashiku Daisuke Tsugawa
Tsuki Uma-ya Oen Jikencho Seinosuke Ikeda
Ienakiko 2 Tsuyoshi Kuroiwa
Mada Koi wa Hajimaranai Hiroshi Ochiai
Mokuyou no Kaidan Shinichi Imamura Main role
1996 Nagoya Yomeiri Monogatari 8 Ichiro Hiraoka
Kekkon Shiyouyo Jyunya Sugimura
Oishii Kankei Kazuma Kimura
1997 Boku ga Boku de Arutame ni Etsuro Mizoguchi Main role
Sasho Taeko Sadatsugu Yurioka
Ii Hito Yuji Kitano Main role
Gift Yuji Kitano Guest appearance; episode 7
Yonimo Kimyou na Monogatari Ichiro Kawashima Main role
Narita Rikon Ichiro Hoshino Main role
1998 Sensei Shiranaino? Yusaku Kinoshita Main role
Jinbee Shin Teranishi
1999 Furuhata Ninzaburo vs SMAP Himself Main role
Bakayaro 1999 Masato Yamaguchi Main role
Kourei Fumio Hayasaka Cameo appearance
1999-2003 Team Yusuke Kazami Main role
2000 Yonimo Kimyouna Monogatari Taro Tanaka Main role
2000-2001 Food Fight Michiru Inohara Main role
2001 Yonimo Kimyouna Monogatari Kenichiro Honda Main role
Star no Koi Sosuke Nakata Main role
2002 Saranheyo Chonan Kan Main role
2003 Boku no Ikiru Michi Hideo Nakamura Main role
Taikouki Saru to Yobareta Otoko Hideyoshi Toyotomi Main role
2004 Shinsengumi! Takeaki Enomoto Guest appearance
Kaikyou wo Wataru Violin Chanhyon Chin Main role
X’smap Master Main role
Tokugawa Tsunayoshi Inu to Yobareta Otoko Tsunayoshi Tokugawa Main role
2005 Koi ni Ochitara Shimao Suzuki Main role
Chiisana Untenshu Yohei Takanashi Guest appearance
2005-present PythagoraSwitch Himself (voice)
2006 Ai to Shi wo Mitsumete Minoru Kono Main role
Boku no Aruku Michi Teruaki Otake Main role
2008 Suzuki Fusai no Jingi naki Tatakai Lawyer Cameo appearance; episode 1 and 2
Ryoki-teki na Kanojyo Saburo Masaki Main role
2009 Yume wo Kanaeru Zou Fumio Fumiyama (voice) Main role
Crayon Shin-chan Mataro (voice) Guest appearance
2009-2011 Ninkyo Helper Hikoichi Tsubasa Main role
2010 99 Years of Love: Japanese Americans Nagayoshi / Ichiro Hiramatsu Main role
Dokutomato Satsujin Jiken Himself Main role
2011 Fuyu no Sakura Tasuku Inaba Main role
2012 37sai de Isha ni natta Boku Yuta Konno Main role
Yonimo Kimyou na Monogatari Makoto Saeki Main role
2013 Aji Ichimonme Yoshito Takuma Cameo appearance
Kamisama no Belebou Osamu Tezuka Main role
Dokushin Kizoku Mamoru Hoshino Main role
Furuhata vs SMAP The Aftermath Himself Main role
2013-2016 Specialist Yoshito Takuma Main role
2014 Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi Kenta Misawa Main role
Oretachi ni Asu wa aru Himself Main role
Sazae-san Himself (voice) Guest appearance; episode 7148
2015 Zeni no Sensou Tomio Shiraishi Main role
Shin Naniwa Kinyudo Tomio Shiraishi Guest appearance
2017 Uso no Sensou Koichi Ichinose Main role

Television (as personality)[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994-2014 Waratte Iitomo Himself
1995-1996 Tamori’s The World of Music Himself
1996-1997 Oh! El Club Himself (host)
1996-present SMAPxSMAP Himself (host, chef, performer)
1997 Scratch Himself (host)
1997-2005 Docchi no Ryori Show Himself
1998 Muchu Sengen Ganbarimasu Himself (host)
1998-present Pussma Himself (host)
2001-2003 Chikyu Fushigi Daishizen Himself (narrator)
2001-2010 Chonan Kan Himself (host)
2003-present Tsuyoshi Kusanagi’s Ganbatta Taishou Himself (host) TV special; 16 episodes
2004-2014 Bokura no Ongaku Himself (host)
2005 24 Hour Television Himself (host) Telethon
2005-2014 FNS Kayousai Himself (host) TV special; 15 episodes
2007-present Baby Smap Himself (host)
2012-2014 FNS Uta no Natsumatsuri Himself (host) TV special; 3 episodes
2014-2015 SmaShip Himself (host) TV special; 2 episodes
2015-present BuraTamori Himself (narrator)

Radio[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994-present Ohayo SMAP Himself
1995-present SMAP Power Splash Himself

Theatre[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Saint Seiya Shiryu Lead role
1992 Dragon Quest Atlas Lead role
1993 Another Shunichi Lead role
Hime-chan no Ribbon Daichi Kobayashi Lead role
1995 Haisenkoku no Oji Taketoshi Hanezawa Lead role
1999-2000 Kamata Koshinkyoku Yasuji Muraoka Lead role
2002 Tsubaki Hime Himself Lead role
2006 Chichi Kaeru Kenichiro Kuroda Lead role
2008 Mabuta no Haha Chutaro Lead role
2010 K2 Taylor Lead role
2012-2013 Boku ni Honou no Sensha wo Naoki Yanagihara Lead role
2013 Nito Monogatari Sukune Lead role
2015 burst! Himself Lead role

Publications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The second character 彅 in his Japanese name is composed of a thinned 弓 the left of a 剪. (It does not appear correctly in some cases.)
  2. ^ "SMAP". Japan-Zone. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  3. ^ "SMAP". Japan-Zone. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  4. ^ "SMAPの前身「スケートボーイズ」に所属していた豪華メンバーたち". Excite News. Nikkan Taishu. Retrieved Aug 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "SMAP member Kusanagi arrested for stripping naked in Tokyo park". Japan Today. Kyodo. April 23, 2009. 

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