Take a look at the below list of Top 10 Most Popular Best Japanese Actors 2017. Japanese films have long been something that Americans are obsessed with, whether they are dramas, about martial arts, or horror films. What most Americans don’t know about is are the actors behind the movies. Who are some of the best actors in Japan as of 2017? In this list we will take a look at them. We’ll delve into some of the personal details of their lives and try to get to know each of them a little bit. Keep reading if you’d like to know more about the best Japanese actors around in 2017!
List of Top 10 Most Popular Best Japanese Actors 2017
10. Osamu Mukai
Osamu Mikai was born February 7, 1982. He graduated from Meiji University where he majored in genetic engineering. He’s no slouch when it comes to smarts. He won the “Best Poster Award” at the International Zoological Genetics Conference in 2004. Working as a bartender during college, he was discovered after he started working for the magazine Tokyo Graffiti. After he was seen in the magazine, he was asked if he’d like to be an actor. The Hori Agency picked him up after that. He’s known for his roles in the films Beck, Paradise Kiss, I Have to Buy New Shoes, and S The Last Policeman – Recovery of Our Future.
9. Shota Matsuda
Best known for roles in Love Shuffle, the Hana Yori Dango series, and the Liar Game series, Shota Matsuda is one of the most popular actors in Japan right now. He was born on September 10, 1985 in Tokyo, Japan. His ancestry is partially Korean and he has other actors in his family (his brother and his aunt, Mami Kumagai). In 1989, he lost his father to bladder cancer. He was only 4 years old at the time. He made his first film in 2006 and his most recent film was Over Fence, in which he played the character Kazuhisa. He’s won many awards, his first in 2008 at the Nikkan Sports Film Awards for New Actor.
8. Hiro Mizushima
Mizushima was born on April 13, 194 and is currently 32 years old. He is an actor, producer, writer, and creative director. He’s been on various television dramas in Japan, the first of which was Gokusen in 2006 in which he played the character Hiro Misawa in the show’s second season. His career really took off in 2007 when he started taking on bigger roles as a supporting actor and the star actor in various dramas. He was signed to the talent agency, Ken-On, but he left them in 2010 to create his own agency, called A stAtion. In August of 2015, Hiro Mizushima was cast to appear in the final season of HBO’s Girls, which is set in Japan.
7. Kento Yamazaki
Kento Yamazaki was born September 7, 1994. He is one of the youngest actors on the list. He is a Japanese actor and model. He is signed to the Japaense talent agency, Stardust Promotion. Under them, he debuted in 2010. His first television drama was Leregnomin ba Kento in 2010 and his first movie was Control Tower in 2011. Most recently, he starred in Wolf Girl and Black Prince.
6. Toma Ikuta
Toma Ikuta was born October 7, 1984. He is best known for his role in Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Honey & Clover, Maou and Ouoboros. After his role in Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Ikuta went on to star in Shakespeare’s play, The Two Gentlemen of Vernona. He also starred in a TV adaptation of a popular manga, Hachimitsu to Kuroba. Ikuta has been in many musicals, including Stand By Me, West Side Story, My Friend Hitler and Madame de Sade, and Kamome. He’s also won various awards, including the 54th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Rookie of the Year at the Blue Ribbon Awards in 2011.
5. Haruma Miura
Haruma Miura was born April 5, 1990. He is part of a J-pop group called the Brash Brats and is also an actor. The band is currently on hiatus and Miura is pursuing his acting aspirations. His first role was on the NHK drama, Agri, and he was only seven years old. In 2007, he was cast in the film Koizora. Later he was cast in Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge. Later he would go on to star in several television dramas. In 2011, he played one of the leading roles in the film Tokyo Park, directed by Shinji Aoyama.
4. Takeru Satoh
Takero Satoh was born March 21, 1989 in Iwatsuki-ku, Saitama. His first role came after being scouted by a talent agency when he was still in high school. The role was in 2006 in the drama Princess Princess D. In 2008, Satoh was a star on the TBS drama Rookies. His role was as Yuya Okada. This is considered to be the role that really put him in the spotlight and opened the door for other roles. He starred as the rookie detective in Fuji TV’s Bitter Blood. He would go on to reprise the role in two sequel films. Most recently, he was appointed “Cultural Friendship Ambassador” to the Phillipines. He is one of the Top 10 Most Popular Best Japanese Actors 2017.
3. Jun Matsumoto
Jun Matsumoto was born August 30, 1983. He often goes by the nickname MatsuJun. He is a Japanese idol, singer, actor, and radio host. Currently, he’s a member of the J-pop boyband, Arashi. He won GQ Japan’s Man of the Year award under the singer/actor category. His first appearances as an actor were on the stage. He played roles in East of Eden, Byakuya no Onna Kishi, and Ah, Wilderness. He has also acted in several television dramas. His most recent film role is in Her Sunny Side. It also stars Ueno Juri and is the latest movie from director Miki Takahiro.
2. Tomohisa Yamashita
Tomohisa Yamashita was born on April 9, 1985 in Funabashi, Chiba. He graduated from Horikoshi Gakuen’s performing arts course when he was in high school in 2004. His more commonly known name is Yamapi. He is considered a Japanese idol. He’s an actor, singer, and television host. He sings J-pop and put out his first CD as part of the boyband NEWS in 2004. In 2006, he put out his solo album, which featured the song, “I, Texas.” As far as acting goes, some of his most recent roles include Monsters, Proposal Daisakusen, Kurosagi, Buzzer Beat, and Nobuta wo Produce.
1. Shun Oguri
Shun Oguri was born December 26, 1982. He is an actor, voice actor, and director. He got his start in a television role on the show Shogun Yoshimune in 1995. After a role on Great Teacher Onizuka, Shun began to gain popularity and got other, more noteworthy roles. He was a voice actor in the film Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa alongside his brother, Ryo Oguri. He first sat in the director’s chair during the shooting a commercial in 2009, but his first big film to direct was Surely Someday. He made a cameo appearance in the film.
These are Top 10 Most Popular Best Japanese Actors 2017. Japan is widely known for all of the unusual things that its people create. These actors are perfect examples of excellent performers who use their acting abilities to bring characters to life. Some of them are young and others have been in the game for quite some time, but all of them have left a mark on Japanese TV dramas and films.