Yuki Furukawa

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Yuki Furukawa
Yuki Furukawa.jpg
Yuki Furukawa at the J-POP Summit Festival 2014 in San Francisco, California
Native name 古川 雄輝
Born (1987-12-18) December 18, 1987 (age 28)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Actor
Years active 2011–present
Website horipro.co.jp/talent/PM051

Yuki Furukawa (古川 雄輝 Furukawa Yūki?, born 18 December 1987) is a Japanese actor. He played the leading role as Naoki Irie in the 2013 television series Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo and its sequel, Mischievous Kiss 2: Love in Tokyo.

Personal life[edit]

Furukawa was born on December 18, 1987 in Tokyo, the son of a doctor.[1] He and his family moved to Canada when he was seven years old. He moved to the United States at the age of sixteen to study at high school, and returned to Japan to study at Keio University.[2]

Career[edit]

Furukawa gained fame for his 2013 breakthrough role in the Japanese television drama Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo in which he played the lead role Naoki Irie. He presented a new image of the classical manga role of Irie Naoki, and starred opposite Honoka Miki who played his love interest. Within two months of joining Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, the number of his followers increased to more than 500,000.[3] Due to his popularity in China he starred in the Fuji TV/iQiyi web-drama Mysterious Summer which was the first drama series co-produced by Japan and China. The series was viewed more than 60 million times on Chinese online video platform iQiyi and was distributed online in more than 35 countries worldwide.[4][5]

He is the first Japanese actor to have had a fan meeting in Shanghai, China on July 21, 2013.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Drama[edit]

Year Title Role
2011 Asuko March! Tetsuro Kishi
Tonari no Akuma Chan
Boku to Star no 99 Nichi Natsume Junkichi
2012 Rich Man, Poor Woman Tomoki Kuga
2013 Yae no Sakura
Otto no Kanojo Yasushi Ishiguro
Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo Naoki Irie
2014 Bitter Blood Namekawa
Mysterious Summer Narrator
Mischievous Kiss 2: Love in Okinawa Naoki Irie
Mischievous Kiss 2: Love in Tokyo
2015 Ishi no Mayu Yokoi
5-ji Kara 9-ji Made Mishima Satoshi

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 High School Debut Yui Asaoka
2013 Beyond the Memories Kiyomasa Komine
The Eternal Zero
2014 Wo Ai Ni in Tokyo Tamutso Short Film
Wood Job! Shoji Hasegawa
Disconcerto Detective Sawada In post-production
2015 Nōnai Poison Berry Ryoichi Saotome
2016 Litchi☆Hikari Club [7] Zera Filming

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chinese girls swoon over Japanese idol". Shanghai Daily. Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  2. ^ http://asiapacificarts.usc.edu/w_apa/showarticle.aspx?articleID=19480&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
  3. ^ 「イタKiss」古川の微博大人気、開設2か月でフォロワー数50万突破 [1], June 15, 2013
  4. ^ 08 August 2014 by Sarah Jane Lim (2014-08-08). "Fuji TV to commence internet-based distribution for "Mysterious Summer"". OnScreenAsia.com. Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  5. ^ "International Business Themes Dominate Tokyo Market Seminars". Yahoo.com. 2014-10-21. Retrieved 2015-09-17. 
  6. ^ 古川雄輝が上海で日本人俳優初のファンミ開催 中国で人気のワケとは?ニュース-ORICON STYLE- [2], July 12, 2013
  7. ^ http://asianwiki.com/Yuki_Furukawa

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