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Kimura Takuya

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  • Name: 木村拓哉 (きむら たくや)
  • Name (romaji): Kimura Takuya
  • Nickname: Kimutaku
  • Profession: Actor and singer
  • Birthdate: 1972-Nov-13 (age 41)
  • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
  • Height: 176cm
  • Weight: 57kg
  • Star sign: Scorpio
  • Blood type: O
  • Family: Wife/actress Kudo Shizuka, daughters Kokomi & Mitsuki
  • Talent agency: Johnny's Entertainment

TV Shows

Movies

Endorsements

  • Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (1993-1997)
  • Toyota Motor Corporation (1994-)
  • Nintendo (1994-1995)
  • Lotte (1995-1997)
  • HAWKINS AIR CUSHION (1996)
  • Acecook (1996)
  • Kanebo (1996)
  • JCB (1997-2006)
  • NTT East (1997)
  • TBC (1997-2006)
  • Kirin Brewery (1997)
  • JRA (1998, 1999-2006)
  • Suntory (1998-1999)
  • Kirin Fire White Coffee (1999-)
  • Morinaga Weider in Jelly (1999-2005)
  • Fujitsu (2000-2010)
  • Levi's (2000-2008)
  • Kirin Beverage (2001-)
  • T & C Surf Designs (2004)
  • Sankei Shimbun (2006-)
  • Nikon (2006-)
  • Coca-Cola(Japan) Georgia Coffee (2006-)
  • Mandom Gatsby (2006-2011)
  • Pocari Sweat (2007-)
  • Meiji Seika Kaisha, Ltd. (2007-)
  • WOWOW (2007)
  • SECOM (2008)
  • Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. (2008-2010)
  • Samantha Thavasa (2009)
  • Tamahomu (2009-)
  • Asahi Soft Drinks (2010-)
  • House Foods (2010-)
  • Suntory The Premium Malt (2012-)
  • Dandy House (2012-)
  • Japan Lottery Association (2012-2014)

Recognitions

Trivia

  • JPOP group: SMAP with Nakai Masahiro, Inagaki Goro, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and Katori Shingo
  • Self taught guitar player
  • Became himself a qualified hairdresser after Beautiful Life
  • One of his interests in childhood was drawing and painting. In the second year in junior high school, his landscape painting was selected for exhibiton by the Tokyo Shinagawa Community Youth Painting Exhibition.
  • Originally interested in drawing and painting, he switched to photography because he was too busy after entering show biz. A few photos were published in "Kai-Ho-Ku"(2003), the collection of his magazine column.
  • Is known to be an excellent cook and also to make good cocktails.
  • At school he was a member of the kendo team, gymnastics club and basketball club. Achieved runner-up in the Youth Kendo Tournament of Chiba Prefecture in the individual competition and helped his team to win the championship.
  • He is also good at fishing, began fishing at the age of two. He was champion in the Youth Fishing Competition of Chiba Prefecture.
  • Except kendo and fishing, his talents in the sports field are surfing, basketball, skateboard and many others.
  • His younger brother is a rugby player and was once enrolled in the national team.
  • Holds the top four spots for most watched Japanese non-national TV series of all time.
  • World-wide Chinese language media call him "Wan-Ren-Mi" (万人迷/萬人迷), which means "Thousands of people are crazy over him".
  • Has been written into many Chinese Pop lyrics, fictions, while his name has often appeared in movies and TV shows.
  • Has been named "CM King" for the 9th time by "Japan's Best Advertisements White Book" in succession for eight years since 1997. The annual research is conducted by CM Databank, the leading expert in the field. (2006)
  • Toride, an ordinary student, the supporting role in Asunaro Hakusho (1993) made him popular, even far more popular than the leading actors. The very ugly, thick black rimmed glasses he wore in the series sold like hot cakes. (1993)
  • Topped Anan magazine's "Favorite Man", the Japanese most famous vote. So far, he has been voted the "favorite man" 14 times consecutively until 2007 and will not be included from next year. (1994-2007)
  • "Kimutaku", the abbreviation of his full name which had been popularly known in Japan, was later added to the "Encyclopedia of Contemporary Words". He became a phenomenal hit which was called the "Kimutaku Phenomenon", creating an economic impact in total of 152 billion JPY in one year. Source: by Dentsu Communication Institute Inc. (1995)
  • In 1996, he became the official spokesperson for HAWKINS AIR CUSHION. The ad of him posing half-naked became a phenomenon in Japan. Fans ripped the posters off walls and metrostations to take home. Air Cushion printed out thousands of copies but when it didn't help, guards were put in front of the poster 24/7.
  • Went down in Japanese Advertising history as the face of Kanebo (Testimo II), the first male star to advertise female cosmetics in Asia. The brand's sales figures nearly tripled within a single month since the launch of the campaign, and with 3 millions de Testimo II sold in two months. (Feb. 16, 1996)
  • Won his first Television Drama Academy Awards as Best Actor for Long Vacation, in which he played a young shy pianist called Sena who falls in love with an older woman, became a phenomenal hit. Thousands of men went to take up piano lessons. The apartment building which Sena lived in became a scenic spot, nicknamed "Sena Mansion". While the series was being broadcast on Monday nights nine o’clock, people all stayed home to watch the series, and this phenomenon was called "Monday 9 No Out". From then on, every series of Takuya became a big hit and topped the TV ratings. (1996)
  • His use of a butterfly knife in Gift (1997) prompted a spate of copycat attacks by disaffected teenagers. The series was forbidden to broadcast and forced to prune down before it got the green light. At the beginning of 1998, it caused several victims, one of whom was a school teacher stabbed to death. The adolescent murderer admitted imitating Takuya's behavior in "Gift". The media blamed him for this butterfly knife hysteria. The series was forbidden to rebroadcast forever, and videos of the series disappeared from shop shelves. (1997-1998)
  • Love Generation (1997) went down in Japanese TV history as the most-watched series among the TV shows produced by non-national broadcasters (excepting Japan's sole public broadcaster NHK).
  • Changed the history of human beauty with his advertising campaign for TBC, a women's beauty clinic. At that time there were no beauty salons for man in Japan. After the launch of the campaign, the sudden mega increase of inquiries from men led TBC to conceive and open Japan's first beauty clinic for men. It was a big success, and others soon followed. (1997)
  • Parapara, is a dance which has existed since 1970s in Japan but did not achieve popularity until Takuya started performing it on television. The sensation spread across Japan and Asia afterwards. (1998-1999)
  • Nearly half of the population of Japan watched the last episode of Beautiful Life in which Takuya played a hairdresser who met a girl in a wheelchair. The show shattered the previous most-watched TV series record held by Love Generation (1997) of 30.8% with a viewership rating of 32.8%. Takuya, as well as the show, swept all the awards that year. (2000)
  • Continues to break records held by himself. In 2001, Hero marked a viewership rating of 34.3%, setting a new most-watched TV series record. In addition, he also made Japanese TV drama history, when all episodes of "Hero" received over 30% of viewership, even a [Hero#Special|Hero SP]] which was on broadcast five years later recorded viewer ratings surpassing the 30 percent mark. In imitation of Takuya's role, a rule-breaking prosecutor, law graduates changed their minds about their careers. Being a prosecutor became the hottest job, thereby beating the previous occupation of becoming a lawyer. (2001)
  • Chuushingura 1/47, a 2.5 hour special period drama was the most watched TV drama of the holiday season. (Dec. 28, 2001)
  • Good Luck!! in which he starred as a pilot topped 2003's TV view ratings. When it was on broadcast, the airlines got tons of job applications. (2003)
  • "Kai-Ho-Ku", a collection of the his running talk column in Myojo magazine, became a national best seller with 200,000 copies sold in two weeks and more than 500,000 copies in two months. (Apr. 25, 2003)
  • Starred as an ice hockey player named "Halu" in Pride. The unpopular ice hockey sport in Japan then received a huge upsurge in popularity thereafter. The ice hockey audience increased by over 300 percent. A large number of parents sent their children to ice hockey schools. JIHF (Japan Ice Hockey Federation) sent a flag with Takuya's role's name and his squad number to the producer of the series, plus a letter of thanks conveying its appreciation to the cast and crew for popularizing this sport. JIHF named the Japan-Russia Friendship Tournament "Pride Cup" afterwards. (2004)  
  • Dubbed in Miyazaki Hayao's Hauru no Ugoku Shiro / Howl's Moving Castle for the role of Hauru (Howl), receiving high praise from critics and the public. "Howl is the most beautiful male in Miyazaki's animation world as well as Takuya Kimura who represents today's Japanese masculine beauty", "His Dubbing is perfect!" Producer Suzuki said. Miyazaki is known to be very exacting towards the voice over cast, and it took his actresses who did the heroines' voices several days even a week to do it to his satisfaction, but Takuya was only asked to do whatever he wanted as he matched the character. He finished his dubbing in three and a half hours. Miyazaki was completely satisfied with his performance and thought he was just Howl. (2004)
  • Played a blind bushi in Bushi no Ichibun / Love and Honor, the third and last film in Yamada Yoji's bushi trilogy. The role earned him several nominations from the most prestigious film awards in Japan, Japanese Academy Awards, Cinema Junpo Awards and Blue Ribbon Awards. Takuya's agency declined his nominations for him, but Tokyo Sports Film Awards, the jury headed by Kitano Takeshi, still crowned him Best Actor as well as Cinema Junpo which selected him as the second Best Actor of the year. Period drama films are not popular in Japan, but Bushi no Ichibun / Love and Honor became the biggest hit of Yamada's four-decade career with 40.3 billion JPY at the box-office. It was also the biggest box-office earner at Shochiku's history. (2006)
  • Took the lead in an adaptation of Yamasaki Toyoko's classic novel Karei naru Ichizoku which depicts the conflicts within the Manpyo family amidst the tumultuous reorganization of the financial industry of the late 1960s. Receiving high praise for his outstanding performance as Teppei, a director of a steel firm and the eldest son of the Manpyo family, Takuya won Best Actor at the second Seoul Drama Awards among 130 submissions from 32 countries. Television Drama Academy Awards also crowned him Best Actor for the 7th time, an unprecedented record. In addition, Takuya was also highly praised by Yamasaki Toyoko herself who expressed her appreciation for his excellent portrayal and called him "Kimura Teppei". (2007)
  • Ranked #4 behind Suzuki Ichiro (baseball megastar), Watanabe Ken, and director Kitano Takeshi in Oricon's "The Pride of Japan", a survey in which 2,000 people were asked which Japanese celebrity brings the greatest pride to the nation on an international scale. (Jun. 2007)
  • Named People (USA) magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive 2006" in the category "International Male: Hot around the World". (2006)
  • Ranked #1 in "Japan's Artists Popular in S.Korea" upon Macromill, Inc's artist image survey in Korea, South. (Dec. 14, 2005)
  • Named "The Most Popular Japanese Male Celebrity in China" by Video Research's Survey "Celebrities Images in China". (Apr. 8, 2005)
  • Chosen by Nikkei Entertainment magazine as one of "Top 100 Powerful People in Japan". (2005)

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