Ryosuke Yamada (山田 涼介, Yamada, Ryōsuke, born May 9, 1993) is a Japanese idol, actor, singer, and a member of Hey! Say! JUMP.[2]

Yamada came to prominence as a teen idol in 2007 following his role in the Japanese television series Tantei Gakuen Q. After launching his music career in 2007 as a member of Hey! Say! JUMP, he released his number one debut solo single, "Mystery Virgin" in 2013. The fact that Yamada was in his teens at the time the single reached number one helped the singer set several records in the Japanese music industry and Yamada achieved wide fame as a solo artist. He became the first teenage male artist in thirty three years to have a number one debut single as well as being one of the only two artists in history to achieve this milestone.

As an actor, he is best known for portraying Hajime Kindaichi in the Kindaichi Case Files[45] live action drama franchise and Nagisa Shiota in the Assassination Classroom[46] live action adaptation movie franchise. He has been cast to portray Edward Elric in the Fullmetal Alchemist live-action movie scheduled to be released in winter 2017.[47]

Yamada's portrayal of Shiota Nagisa in Assassination Classroom (2015) earned him the Japan Academy Award for Newcomers of the Year in 2016[48] and his role as Semi in Grasshopper (2015) won him the Rookie Actor of the Year in Japan Film Critics Award 2016.[42]

Career

2004–05: Career beginnings

Yamada began his career as an entertainer after entering Johnny & Associates at the age of 10. His mother, who was a fan of KinKi Kids, sent an application for an audition which recruited trainees for future male idols. The audition took place during the summer of 2004 and was aired in a segment of a Japanese television program, Ya-Ya-yah. Yamada made his first television appearance in August.

He began working as a backup dancer for Tackey & Tsubasa, NEWS, Kanjani8, and KAT-TUN and appeared regularly on The Shounen Club from autumn 2004.

2006–07: Tantei Gakuen Q and Hey! Say! JUMP

Following his success as a dancer, he began acting. In 2006, he made his acting debut in a 2-hour television live action drama, Tantei Gakuen Q SP, as Ryu Amakusa.

In April 2007, he was selected to be a member of a temporary group, Hey! Say! 7.[4] The group made their CD debut on August 1, 2007, with a number-one single "Hey! Say!".[4] The band was created by Johnny Kitagawa and it was stated at the time that it would be active for six months until September 2007.

From July 2007, a three-month series of Tantei Gakuen Q was launched and Yamada played Ryu Amakusa again as he did in the prequel. The series became a major hit, and Yamada came to prominence and began receiving wide fame as an actor.

In September 2007, Hey! Say! 7 expanded. Johnny & Associates announced that the new group, Hey! Say! JUMP, would be launched. Yamada was selected as one of the ten (now nine) members. He debuted on November 14, 2007 with a number one single "Ultra Music Power".

2008–09: Acting and NYC Boys

In 2008, Yamada furthered his acting career. From January to March 2008, he starred in a three-month long television drama series, One-Pound Gospel with Kazuya Kamenashi. On April 12, he played a main role in a two-hour drama episode, Sensei wa Erai, as Hayato Gunjou.

On June 14, he played the main role in Furuhata Chuugakusei, the sequel to Furuhata Ninzaburo, a Japanese drama series aired since 1994.

From October to December 2008, he played the main role, Toichi Takasugi, in a three-month long television drama series, Scrap Teacher, along with Daiki Arioka, Yuto Nakajima and Yuri Chinen.[49]

In June 2009, it was announced that Yamada would be working as the lead singer of temporary group, NYC Boys.[6] The band debuted with a number one single, "NYC". On December 31, 2009, the band appeared on Kohaku Uta Gassen.[7]

In the summer of 2009, Yamada returned to acting and starred in Niini no koto o Wasurenaide, a two-hour television drama episode aired as a segment of an annual television show, 24 Hour Television.

On October 3, 2009, he played the main role in Hidarime Tantei Eye SP.[50]

2010–12: NYC, The Smurfs, Perfect Son and Johnny's World

From January 2010, Hidarime Tantei EYE became a three-month long television series and Yamada once again played the main role.[8] His bandmate Yuma Nakayama guest starred in the first two episodes. Hey! Say! JUMP's sixth single "Hitomi no Screen" was used as the theme song for the series.

In March 2010, it was announced that Yamada and two other leading members of NYC boys would form a new group called NYC, leaving behind the remaining four members.[9]NYC released a number one single "Yuuki 100%" on April 7, 2010.[9] From this point on, Yamada began performing as a singer of two groups, Hey! Say! JUMP and NYC.

In September 2011, he played the voice of Clumsy in the Japanese-dubbed version of the film The Smurfs.[10] Hey! Say! JUMP's ninth single, "Magic Power", was used as the theme song for the film.

In 2012, Yamada returned to acting for the first time in two years. He played the main role in Yamada Akiyoshi Monogatari, which was aired on January 2.[11] It was his first time to star in a period drama. From January to March, he starred in a 3-month long television series, Perfect Son, with actress Kyoka Suzuki.[12] Hey! Say! JUMP's 9th single "SUPER DELICATE" was used as the theme song for the series.

From November 2012 to January 2013, he played the lead role in a musical, Johnny’s World. For the musical, Yamada performed tight-rope walking everyday for three months in each show.[13]

2013–2014: "Mystery Virgin" and Kindaichi Case Files

On January 9, 2013, he made his solo debut with a number one single, "Mystery Virgin".[14] The fact that Yamada was in his teens at the time when the single reached number one helped him set several new records in the Japanese music industry. The single debuted at number one in its debut week on the Oricon chart, making him the first teenage male artist in thirty-three years to have a number one debut single as well as being one of the only two artists in history to achieve this milestone.

On January 12, 2013, he starred in a two-hour television special for, Kinda'ichi Shōnen no Jikenbo titled Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo Hong Kong Kowloon Zaihou Satsujin Jiken (The Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Case).[15][16] He played the main role as Hajime Kindaichi. The show was created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Japanese broadcasting company, NTV.[17] Yamada’s Mystery Virgin was used as the theme song for the show.

It was later revealed that Shin Kibayashi, writer of the Kindaichi series and Tantei Gakuen Q had envisioned creating a new Kindaichi series with Yamada as Hajime Kindaichi for almost five years. They met on set while filming Tantei Gakuen Q in 2006 and 2007. After filming the show, Kibayashi asked Yamada in person if he could play the role of Kindaichi in the future, for Yamada was only 14 years old at the time, too young to play the role of a high school student.[18]

In early 2014, Ryosuke Yamada reprised his role as Kindaichi and starred in another special titled Kindaichi Shonen no Jiken bo Gokumonjuku Satsujin Jiken (The Prison School Murder Case)[19]

After the specials, Ryosuke was then approached to continue starring as Kindaichi for a new serial drama for the Kindaichi series. The new series will be titled Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo N (neo) and started airing in July 2014.[20]

2015: Movie debut and 24 Hour Television

In March 2015, Yamada made his movie debut as the hero, Shiota Nagisa, in the live-action movie adaptation of the popular manga, Assassination Classroom. The movie was a major hit, topping the box office of Japan on its first opening week.

In August 2015, Hey! Say! JUMP was chosen as the TV personality of NTV's annual 24 Hour Television, which was a program to raise awareness for all the people that are going through hard times, alongside another Johnny's group, V6. Yamada portrayed the hero, Ryohei Sasaki, in the 24 Hour Television drama special called Okaasan, Ore Wa Daijoubu, along with other Johnny's members Takahisa Masuda and Yoshihiko Inohara as cast members. He portrayed a high school student who's passionate about soccer, but suffers from a brain tumor. For the role, Yamada lost 6 kg within just a week.

Yamada was cast in another movie that was released on November 9 called Grasshopper along with Toma Ikuta. The movie was ranked number two on its opening week. Yamada received positive reviews due to his acting as a knife-wielding assassin in this movie, including from his veteran co-stars, Toma Ikuta, Tadanobu Asano, and Jun Murakami.[51]

2016–present: Continuous Movie Successes & Acting Recognitions

Early 2016, Yamada won the Newcomer of the Year category in the 39th Japan Academy Prize for his portrayal of Nagisa Shiota in Assassination Classroom, and Rookie actor of the year in Japan Movie Critics Award for his portrayal of Semi in Grasshopper.

On May 24, 2016, it was announced that Yamada would star as Edward Elric in the Fullmetal Alchemist live-action movie scheduled for release in 2017.[21]

Yamada was cast as the lead to the fall drama of Fuji TV's getsu 9 (prime-time slot), Cain and Abel. It aired in October 2016. It is Yamada’s first drama with a romantic love angle, and he is also the first Heisei born from Johnny's to star in a getsu 9. The story is adapted from the Bible’s Old Testament, and it is also a remake of the US classic film, East of Eden starring James Dean. Yamada plays a salaryman who falls in love with his brother’s girlfriend and is hungry for the affection of his father.[45] For his role in this drama, Yamada was a runner up of Best Leading Actor in the Autumn TV Drama Academy Award 2016. He was also the youngest person to be nominated in the lead actor category that season.[45]

On December 2, 2016, Yamada was cast to lead a movie titled Miracles of the Namiya General Store based on the best-selling novel of the same name by an award-winning writer, Higashino Keigo. The novel was claimed to be one of Higashino's best works. It tells the story of two people living in different eras (1980 and 2012) which will be connected by a letter, a story depicting human bonds and miracles. Yamada will portray a delinquent who stumbles upon a mysterious store that leads to several events that changes his life. The movie will be directed by Ryuichi Hiroki, filming expected to start January 2017 and is slated for Autumn 2017 release.[45]

Discography

Singles

Release dateTitlePeak positionSalesCertification
January 9, 2013"Mystery Virgin"1219,871[45]RIAJ:Gold

Music video

YearSongArtist
2005"Seishun Amigo"Shuuji to Akira
2006"Venus"Tackey & Tsubasa
"Fever to Future"Kitty GYM
2013"Mystery Virgin"Ryosuke Yamada
"Moonlight"Ryosuke Yamada

Credits

YearAlbum / SongArtistCredit
2010JUMP No. 1 / "Shinku"Hey! Say! JUMPWriter
2012JUMP World / "Hana Egao"Hey! Say! 7Writer
2013"Gin no Sekai ni Negai o Komete"Ryosuke YamadaWriter
2014S3ART / "Candle"Hey! Say! JUMPWriter
2015JUMPing CAR / "Sangatsu Juuyokka~Tokei"Keito Okamoto, Ryosuke YamadaWriter

DVD

YearRelease dateTitle
2006February 15Endless Shock
June 28DREAM BOYS
August 30Takizawa Hideaki Arigato 2005 Sayonara
2007July 18Takizawa Enbujo
2008January 23One! The History of Tackey
September 3One-Pound Gospel
December 3Furuhata Chugakusei: Shogai Saisho no Jiken
2009March 4Tantei Gakuen Q
April 22Scrap Teacher: Kyoshi Saisei
October 28Niini no koto Wasurenaide
2010March 17Hidarime Tantei Eye SP
May 26Hidarime Tantei Eye
2012February 3The Smurfs
July 18Perfect Son
2013March 13Kindaichi Case Files Neo
2015September 25Assassination Classroom
December 23Okaasan Ore wa Daijoubu
2016April 28Grasshopper
March 25Assassination Classroom: Graduation
2017May 10Cain and Abel

Filmography

For Hey! Say! JUMP-related appearances, see Hey! Say! JUMP.

Dramas

YearTitleBroadcastRoleNotes
2006Tantei Gakuen Q SP[23]NTVRyu AmakusaSupporting role; TV movie
2007Tantei Gakuen Q[23]NTVRyu AmakusaSupporting role; 3-month long series; sequel to the TV movie
2008One-Pound Gospel[24]NTVKatsumi MukodaSupporting role; 3-month long series
Sensei wa Erai![45]NTVHayato GunjouMain role; TV movie
Furuhata Chugakusei[26]Fuji TVNinzaburo FuruhataMain role; TV movie
Scrap Teacher: Kyoushi Saisei[45]NTVToichi TakasugiMain role; 3-month long series
2009Niini no koto Wasurenaide[45]NTVYuji KawaiSupporting role; TV movie
Hidarime Tantei EYE SP[39]NTVAinosuke TanakaMain role; TV movie
2010Hidarime Tantei Eye[39]NTVAinosuke TanakaMain role; 3-month long series; sequel
2012Yamada Akiyoshi Monogatari[46]TBSAkiyoshi YamadaMain role; TV movie
Perfect Son[46]NTVDaichi SuzukiMain role; 3-month long series
2013Kindaichi Case Files SP 1[46]NTVHajime KindaichiMain role; TV movie
Kyou no hi wa Sayonara[46]NTVNobuo HaradaSupporting role; TV movie
2014Kindaichi Case Files SP 2[46]NTVHajime KindaichiMain role; TV movie; sequel
Kindaichi Case Files Neo[46]NTVHajime KindaichiMain role; 3-month long series; sequel
Hell Teacher Nube[46]NTVZekkiGuest appearance; episode 9
2015Okaasan, Ore wa Daijoubu[46]NTVSasaki RyoheiMain role; TV movie
2016Cain and Abel[46]Fuji TVYū TakadaMain role; 3-month long series

Films

YearTitleRoleNotes
2011The Smurfs[47]Clumsy (Voice)Japanese-dubbed version
2015Assassination Classroom[47]Nagisa ShiotaMain role
Grasshopper[47]Semi/CicadaSupporting role
2016Assassination Classroom: Graduation[47]Nagisa ShiotaMain role
2017Miracles of the Namiya General StoreAtsuyaMain role
Fullmetal Alchemist[47]Edward ElricMain role (in post-production)

Shows

YearTitleBroadcast
2004 - 2007Ya-Ya-yahTV Tokyo
2004–2013The Shounen ClubNHK
2006 - 2007You Tachi!NTV
2007 - 2008Heisei FamiliesNTV
2008 - 2009Show wa HeiseiNTV
2011–2013Yan Yan JUMPTV Tokyo
2009–presentSchool Kakumei!NTV
2015-presentLittle Tokyo LifeTV Tokyo
2015-presentItadaki High JUMPFuji TV

Tours

For post-debut tours, see Hey! Say! JUMP.

Pre-debut

YearMonthArtistTitle
2004AugustNEWS, KAT-TUNSummary of Johnny's World
December - January 2005KAT-TUNLive Kaizokuban Tour
2005MarchKAT-TUNSpring 05 Looking Concert
MarchYa-Ya-yahSpring Yokohama Arena Concert
May - JuneKAT-TUNLooking 05 Tour
July - SeptemberNEWS, Ya-Ya-yahJohnny's Theater Summary Digest
AugustKAT-TUNLooking 2005ing Concert
DecemberHideaki TakizawaArigato 2005 Sayonara Concert
2006AugustJohnny's Jr.Daiboken Concert
September - OctoberJohnny's Jr.You-tachi no Ongaku Daiundokai Tour
DecemberTackey & TsubasaChristmas Concert
2007JanuaryJohnny's Jr.Kingashinnen Johnny's Jr. Daishugo Concert
February - AprilNEWSConcert Tour
April - JuneKAT-TUNcartoon KAT-TUN II You Tour
AugustJohnny's Jr.Daiboken Concert
SeptemberJohnny's Jr.Hey Say 07 in Yokohama Arena Concert

Musicals

YearMonthLead roleTitleNotes
2005January - FebruaryKoichi DomotoEndless Shock
2006JanuaryKAT-TUN, Kanjani8DREAM BOYS
March - AprilHideaki TakizawaTakizawa Enbujyo
SeptemberHideaki TakizawaOne!-the history of Tackey-
2010April - MayHideaki TakizawaTakizawa KabukiGuest appearance
2012-2013November–JanuaryHey! Say! JUMPJohnny's WorldLead role

Awards

YearAwardCategoryNominated WorkResult
201640th Hochi Film AwardsBest New ArtistAssassination Classroom and GrasshopperNominated
39th Japan Academy Prize[47]Newcomers of the YearAssassination ClassroomWon
25th Japan Movie Critics Award[47]Rookie Actor of the YearGrasshopperWon
201791st Television Drama Academy Award[47]Best Actor in a Leading RoleCain and AbelNominated