Kenichi Matsuyama

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Kenichi Matsuyama
Matsuyama Kenichi at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2016 (33603919716).jpg
Matsuyama at the 2016 Tokyo International Film Festival
Native name 松山 ケンイチ
Born (1985-03-05) March 5, 1985 (age 32)
Mutsu, Aomori, Japan
Nationality  Japan
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Spouse(s) Koyuki Katō (m. 2011)
Children 3
Website horipro.co.jp/talent/PM026

Kenichi Matsuyama (松山 ケンイチ, Matsuyama Ken'ichi, born March 5, 1985), real name Kenichi Matsuyama (松山 研一, Matsuyama Ken'ichi), is a Japanese actor.

He is known for his affinity for strange character roles, and he is best known internationally for playing L in the 2006 films Death Note, Death Note 2: The Last Name and L: Change the World in 2008, as well as voicing Gelus in the Death Note animated adaptation. He was cast to play lead character Toru Watanabe in the film adaptation of Haruki Murakami's novel Norwegian Wood, which was released in December 2010.

Personal life

On April 1, 2011, he married Koyuki Katō, who co-starred with him in Kamui Gaiden.[1] The couple's first child was born in January 2012,[2] and their second child was born in January 2013 in South Korea.[3] In July 2015, the couple had their third child.[4]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Film production
2003 Wining Pass
Bright Future Jun UPLink Company
Guzen nimo Saiaku na Shonen
2004 The Locker 2 Yosuke Shinohara
Kamachi
The Taste of Tea Matsuken Grasshoppa
2005 Linda Linda Linda Makihara Covers&Co
Nana Shinichi "Shin" Okazaki
Furyo Shonen no Yume Hiroyuki Yoshiie
Custom Made 10.30 Tamotsu/Shin-Getsu KlockWorkx
Otoko-tachi no Yamato Katsumi Kamio (15 years old)
2006 Oyayubi Sagashi
Death Note L Warner Bros. Pictures Japan
Death Note 2: The Last Name L Warner Bros. Pictures Japan
2007 Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea Juchi Shochiku (Japan)
Ten Nights of Dreams
Shindo Wao
Southbound Officer Niigaki
Tsubaki Sanjuro Iori Isaka
Dolphin Blue: Fuji, mo Ichido Sora e
2008 L: Change the World L Warner Bros.
Don't Laugh at My Romance Mirume
Detroit Metal City Souichi Negishi/Johannes Krauser II Toho
2009 Kamui Gaiden Kamui
Kaiji Makoto Sahara
Ultra Miracle Love Story Yojin
2010 Norwegian Wood Toru Watanabe Toho
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac Yuji Miwa Toei Company
2011 Gantz Masaru Kato
Gantz: Perfect Answer Masaru Kato
My Back Page Umeyama
Usagi Drop Daikichi Kawachi Showgate
2012 Train Brain Express Kei Komachi Toei Company
2013 The Kiyosu Conference Hidemasa Hori
2014 Homeland Jirō Sawada
Climbing to Spring Tōru Nagamine
2015 Chasuke's Journey Chasuke
The Emperor in August Takeo Sasaki
2016 Rage Tetsuya Tashiro
Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow Satoshi Murayama
Chinyūki: Tarō to Yukai na Nakama-tachi Tarō Yamada
Something Like, Something Like It Defunetei Shinden
Death Note: Light Up the New World L
2017 Sekigahara Naoe Kanetsugu
Yurigokoro Yōsuke

Drama

Year Title Role Network
2002 Gokusen Kenichi Mouri NTV
2003 Kids War 5 TBS
2005 1 Litre of Tears Yuji Kawamoto CX
2006 Tsubasa no Oreta Tenshitachi Shingo
Sono 5 fun mae Yuka Takashi
2007 Sexy Voice and Robo Iichiro Sudo/Robo NTV
2009 Zeni Geba Gamagori Futaro NTV
2010 Love of 99 Years ~ Japanese Americans Hiramatsu Jiro TBS
2012 Taira no Kiyomori Taira no Kiyomori NHK
2015 Futagashira Benzō WOWOW
2016 Death Note: New Generation L (cameo) Hulu
2017 A Life Sōta Igawa TBS

Vocal roles

Year Title Role Network
2006 Death Note (anime) Gelus (voice) NTV
2008 Detroit Metal City (OVA) Makoto Hokazono Studio 4

Awards

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2006 Hochi Film Awards Best New Actor Death Note Won
2007 28th Yokohama Film Festival Best New Talent Won
30th Japan Academy Prize Best New Actor Won
2008 2nd Asia Pacific Producer's Network Award Best Actor Won
2009 32nd Japan Academy Prize Most Popular Actor Detroit Metal City Won
Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actor Zeni Geba Won
2010 64th Mainichi Film Awards Best Actor Ultra Miracle Love story Won
Takasaki Film Festival Best Actor Won
2011 24th Nikkan Sports Film Awards Best Actor My Back Page, Norwegian Wood, Gantz, Usagi Drop Won
2017 71st Mainichi Film Awards Best Actor Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow Nominated
12th Osaka Cinema Festival Best Actor Won
40th Japan Academy Prize Best Actor Nominated
59th Blue Ribbon Awards Best Actor Satoshi: A Move for Tomorrow, Chinyūki Won

References

  1. ^ The Mainichi Daily News, 20 April, 2011 Archived April 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Matsuyama Kenichi, Koyuki become parents". Tokyograph. 8 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Japanese Actress Gives Birth in Korea". The Chisunilbo. Chosun.com. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "松山ケンイチ&小雪夫妻に第3子誕生 生放送で発表" (in Japanese). Retrieved 7 March 2016. 

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