Kazuya Kamenashi

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Kazuya Kamenashi
亀梨 和也
Also known asKame, Kame-chan, Kazu
Born (1986-02-23) February 23, 1986 (age 34)
Origin Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan
Genres J-pop
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • actor
  • TV and radio host
  • TV producer
  • magazine model
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1998–present
Labels J Storm
Associated acts
Website www.j-storm.co.jp/kattun

Kazuya Kamenashi (亀梨 和也, Kamenashi Kazuya, born February 23, 1986) is a Japanese singer, actor, host, producer, magazine model and a member of KAT-TUN. Born and raised in Edogawa, Tokyo, he joined the Japanese talent agency, Johnny & Associates, at the age of 12.

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He was drafted as a member and co-lead vocalist of the popular J-pop group KAT-TUN in 2001. He is also one half of the temporary group, Shūji to Akira, whose only single "Seishun Amigo" became the best-selling single of 2005 in Japan. Individually, he is a popular actor who has played the lead role in several television dramas.

Early life

Born in Edogawa, Tokyo on February 23, 1986, Kamenashi is the third child of his parents. He has two older brothers, Yūichirō and Kōji, and one younger brother, Yūya. He also has two sisters-in-law and a niece from his second brother's marriage and a nephew from his first brother's marriage. His given name comes from a character from the manga, Touch , written by a Japanese manga artist, Mitsuru Adachi. [1] Coincidentally, bandmate Tatsuya Ueda was also named after the twin brother of Kamenashi's namesake. [1]

An avid baseball fan and player like the character he was named after, Kamenashi once represented his country in the junior world league as shortstop though he had to give up the sport professionally due to lack of spare time after he was accepted into Johnny's Entertainment despite having the support of Johnny Kitagawa, the agency's president, to pursue both careers. [2]

Acting career

In 2009, Kamenashi was cast in a live-action adaptation of a wine-themed manga, Kami no Shizuku , as the leading actor. [3] Voters awarded him, his co-stars (Riisa Naka and Seiichi Tanabe) and the drama a near clean sweep of the winter edition of the Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Awards in March 2009. [4] He made a guest appearance as a doctor on the third episode of TBS drama series, Mr. Brain, opposite his talent agency senior Takuya Kimura. [5] Kamenashi also made his film debut on July 11, 2009, reprising his role of Ryū Odagiri, now a trainee teacher in Gokusen The Movie . [6] The movie earned half a billion yen in its opening weekend landing at the top spot of the box office and stayed in the top ten for six consecutive weeks. [7] It later ranked at number 16 on Japan's 2009 yearly box office results raking in US$33,963,369 at the end of its run. [8]

In 2010, he was cast in the leading role of Kyohei Takano for a live-action adaptation of popular manga, Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge , which aired on NTV. It was named Best Drama by voters of the 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Awards in March 2010 while Kamenashi and his co-star, Aya Omasa, were also awarded Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress respectively. [9]

In 2011, he took on a role as Bem from the adaptation of anime Yōkai Ningen Bem. He received Best Actor award from Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix and Television Drama Academy Awards that year. [10] [11] Following the success of the drama, Yōkai Ningen Bem was made into film in 2012. At the end of its run, the film had grossed US$12,628,578 gross. [12]

In 2013, Kamenashi starred in the movie It's Me, It's Me. [13] The movie premiered in 15th Udine Far East Film Festival Italy in April, and Kamenashi won the My Movie Audience Award. [14]

In 2016, Kamenashi was cast in the drama, The Mysterious Thief Yamaneko, which was based on the novel "Kaito Tantei Yamaneko Series" by Manabu Kaminaga as Yamaneko.

In 2017, he appeared in the drama Boku unmei no hito desu alongside his former co-star from Nobuta wo produce, Tomohisa Yamashita. In March 2017 Kamenashi together with Tao Tsuchiya in Live Action Film popular japanese shojo manga PとJK, Also in May 2017 he co-starring Lily Franky as supporting actor, in an independent film A Beautiful Star (美しい).

In 2018, he was back in filming drama series, taking the lead of Final Cut, (Fuji TV), He also appeared in TV Movie Tegami: Keigo Higashino (東野圭吾 手紙) Based on the popular novel Tegami by Keigo Higashino.

In 2019, He was cast alongside with Fumi Nikaido as main in a re-make of a masterpiece Strawberry Night into Strawberry Night Saga (Fuji TV).

Other endeavors

Modeling and fashion

Kamenashi walked the runway in 2008 for Hermès' men's autumn/winter 2008 collection in Tokyo. [15] In 2010, Kamenashi won the annual Best Jeanist award with more than 29,000 votes in the men's category, almost triple that of the second runner-up, Masaki Aiba. This is his fifth consecutive win and is thus promoted into the hall of fame, making him Eternal Best Jeanist and ineligible for future runs. [16]

Baseball

Kamenashi threw the first pitch at the Pacific League opening ceremony for the 2009 baseball season at a match in Chiba City featuring the Chiba Lotte Marines against the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks on July 19, 2009. [17] [18]

Kamenashi participated in the Central League's Yomiuri Giants 23rd FanFiesta 2009 on November 23, 2009 and led his team to victory. He participated during the 1st inning as shortstop and for the 2nd and 3rd innings as pitcher. He belonged to the Black Rose Variety Team led by SMAP's Nakai Masahiro against the Giants Select Members Team. [19]

In 2012, he was given the opportunity to do live coverage of Major League Baseball between Oakland Athletics and Yomiuri Giants. He also threw the ceremonial pitch against Jemile Weeks. [20]

Kamenashi is a commentator and host on the sports shows Going! Sports&News [21] and Dramatic Game. [22]

Discography

Singles

Release dateTitlePeaksSales
JPN
[23]
November 6, 2013"Sayonara Arigato"1JPN: 100,206
May 15, 2019"Rain"1JPN: 136,874 [24]

Solo songs

YearTitleDetails
2002Hanasanaide Ai (離さないで愛)Featured in DVD Kyakusama wa Kamisama
2005Kizuna ()Featured in single "Shūji to Akira"
200600'00'16Featured in DVD Real Face Concert
2006Special HappinessDuet with KAT-TUN member, Junnosuke Taguchi. Featured in album Best of KAT-TUN
2007Someday for SomebodyFeatured in album Cartoon KAT-TUN II You
2008w/o notice??Featured in single "Don't U Ever Stop"
20091582Featured in album Break the Records: By You & for You
2010Aishiteiru Kara (愛しているから)Featured in single Love Yourself (Kimi ga Kirai na Kimi ga Suki)
2010Into MinePerformed during stage show Dream Boys
2010Plastic TearsPerformed during program Shounen Club
2010SweetFeatured in album No More Pain
2011Lost My WayPerformed during stage show Dream Boys
2012Bad dreamPerformed during stage show Dream Boys
2012Zutto (ずっと)Featured in album Chain
2014EmeraldFeatured in album Come Here
2015Arigatou (ありがとう)Duet with KAT-TUN member, Tatsuya Ueda. Featured in single KISS KISS KISS
2015Hanasanaide Ai (離さないで愛)Featured in single Dead or Alive
2016Vanilla KissFeatured in “Bijoude” Jewelry commercial

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2009 Gokusen: The Movie Ryū Odagiri
2012Yokai Ningen Bem: The MovieBemLead 
2013It's Me, It's Me [13] Hitoshi NaganoLead
2014 The Vancouver Asahi Ryo Naganishi
2015Joker GameKatou JiroLead
2017 A Beautiful Star Kazuo
Policeman and Me Kōta SaganoLead
2020Stigmatized PropertiesYamame YamanoLead

TV dramas

YearBroadcastTitleRole
1999 TBS 3 nen B gumi Kinpachi-sensei 5 Akihiko Fukagawa
2005 NTV Gokusen 2 Ryū Odagiri
2005 NTV Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo Hajime Kindaichi
2005 NTV Nobuta wo Produce Shūji Kiritani
2006 Fuji TV Sapuri Yūya Ishida
2006 NTV YuukiYūki Sanda
2006 NTV Kuitan SPCameo appearance
2006 NTV Tatta Hitotsu no Koi Hiroto Kanzaki
2007 TBS Tokkyu Tanaka San GoToru Shibahara (Guest; Episode 9)
2008 NTV 1 Pound no Fukuin Kōsaku Hatanaka
2009 NTV Kami no Shizuku Shizuku Kanzaki
2009 TBS Mr. Brain Dr. Masakazu Wakui (Guest; Episode 3)
2010 TBS Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge Kyohei Takano
2011 TBS 3 nen B gumi Kinpachi-sensei Final Akihiko Fukagawa (Guest)
2011 NTV Yokai Ningen Bem Bem
2012 TBS Dragon SeinendanNazo no Sōsai (Guest; Episode 9)
2013 NTV Tokyo Bandwagon~Shitamachi daikazoku MonogatariAo Hotta
2015 TV Asahi Second LoveKei Taira
2016 NTV Yamaneko the Phantom Thief ; Mysterious Thief Detective YamanekoYamaneko [25]
2017 NTV I'm Your DestinyMakoto Masaki
2018 Fuji TV Final CutKeisuke Nakamura
2019 Fuji TV Strawberry Night SagaKazuo Kikuta

TV programs

YearProgramRole
Occasional eventZoomin!!!Saturday [26] Producer
2010–presentGoing Sports & News [21] Baseball reporter/MC
2008 - 2011Radio: Ks by Ks [27] Host
2011–presentRadio: Hang Out [28] Host
2010–presentDramatic Game [22] Game commentator

Live performances

Stage shows

YearTitleRole
2001 - 2003Dream BoysDancer
2002ShockDancer
2004Dream BoysSupporting role/dancer
2004Dream Boys HeiseiLead role
2006Summary of Johnny's WorldMain cast/singer
2007Dream BoysLead role
2008Dream BoysLead role
2009Dream BoysLead role
2011Dream BoysLead role
2012Dream BoysLead role
2015Aoi Shushi wa Taiyo no Naka ni AruLead role

Concerts

YearTitleRole
2001Kinki Kids First Concert Boku no Senaka ni wa Hane ga AruBackup dancer
2001Sugao 3Backup dancer
2003–presentJohnnys Countdown ConcertJohnny's Entertainment performer

Awards

YearsAwards
2005
  • 44th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor - "Gokusen 2" [29]
  • 8th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix: Best Supporting Actor - "Gokusen 2" [30]
2006
  • 47th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor - "Nobuta wo Produce" [31]
  • Japan Gold Disc Awards: Song Of The Year - "Seishun Amigo" [32]
  • 23rd Best Jeans Award: Best Male Jeanist [33]
2007
  • 24th Best Jeans Award: Best Male Jeanist
  • 1st Astar TV Drama Awards: Best New Asian Star of 2007 for Japan
2008
  • 25th Best Jeans Award: Best Male Jeanist
2009
  • 26th Best Jeans Award: Best Male Jeanist
  • 12th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Winter): Best Actor - "Kami no Shizuku"
2010
  • 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Winter): Best Actor - "Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge"
  • 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Annual): Best Actor - "Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge" [34]
  • 27th Best Jeans Award: Best Male Jeanist
  • TV Navi Drama Awards (January–March) : Best Actor - "Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge"
2011
  • 15th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Fall): Best Actor - Yokai Ningen Bem
  • 15th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Annual): Best Actor - Yokai Ningen Bem
  • 71st Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor - Yokai Ningen Bem
2013
  • 15th Udine Far East Film Festival, Italy - My Movie Audience Award (It's Me, It's Me) [35]
2016
  • 19th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Winter): Best Actor - Kaito Yamaneko
2017
  • Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Spring): Best Actor - Boku, Unmei no hito desu

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