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 boy band 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 live action drama franchise and Nagisa Shiota in the live action adaptation movie franchise of Assassination Classroom. He has been cast to portray Edward Elric in the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist live action movie slated to release in 2017.
2004–05: Career beginnings
Yamada began his career after entering Johnny and 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.
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 drama episode, Tantei Gakuen Q SP , as Ryu Amakusa.
In April 2007, he was selected to be a member of a temporary boy band, Hey! Say! 7. He made his CD debut on August 1, 2007, with a #1 single "Hey!Say!". The band was created by Johnny Kitagawa and was stated that it will be active for 6 months until September 2007.
From July 2007, a 3-month series of Tantei Gakuen Q was launched and Yamada played Ryu Amakusa again as he did in the prequel.
In September 2007, the temporary boy band, Hey!Say!7 broke up. Johnny & Associates announced that a new boy band, Hey! Say! JUMP, would be launched. Yamada was selected as one of the ten 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 3-month long television drama series, One-Pound Gospel with Kazuya Kamenashi. On April 12, he played a main role in a 2-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 famous Japanese drama series aired since 1994. Writer Koki Mitani had been planning a sequel for almost a decade but failed to launch one because he was unable to find an ideal teen actor who could play Ninzaburo Furuhata. Mitani spotted Yamada in One-Pound Gospel, in which his wife starred in and instantly contacted Johnny & Associates to offer Yamada the role.
From October to December 2008, he played the main role, Toichi Takasugi, in a 3-month long television drama series, Scrap Teacher: Kyoushi Saisei, along with three band members.
In June 2009, it was announced that Yamada will be working as the lead singer of temporary boy band, NYC boys. The band debuted with a number one single, "NYC". On December 31, 2009, the band appeared on Kohaku Uta Gassen.
In the summer of 2009, Yamada returned to acting and starred in Niini no koto o Wasurenaide, a 2-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.
2010–12: NYC, The Smurfs, Perfect Son and Johnnys’ World
From January 2010, Hidarime Tantei EYE became a 3-month long television series and Yamada once again played the main role. His band mate Yuma Nakayama guest starred in the first two episodes. Hey! Say! JUMP's fifth 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 will form a new boy band called NYC, leaving behind the remaining four members. NYC released a number one single "Yūki 100%" on April 7, 2010. From this point on, Yamada began performing as the lead singer of two boy bands, Hey! Say! JUMP and NYC.
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. It was his first time to star in a jidaigeki. From January to March, he starred in a 3-month long television series, Perfect Son, with actress Kyoka Suzuki. 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, Johnnys’ World.
2013–2014: Mystery Virgin and Kindaichi Case Files
On January 9, 2013, he made his solo debut with a number one single "Mystery Virgin". 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). He played the main role as Hajime Kindaichi. The show was created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Japanese broadcasting company, NTV. 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 visioned 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.
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)
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 start airing in July 2014.
2015–present: Movie debut and 24 Hour Television
In March 2015, Yamada made his movie debut as the hero, Shiota Nagisa, of the live action movie adaptation of the popular manga, Ansatsu Kyoushitsu. The movie was a major hit, topping the box office of Japan on its first opening week.
August that year, 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 portrays the hero, Sasaki Ryohei, in the 24 Hour Television drama special called Okaasan, Ore Wa Daijoubu, along with other JE members Masuda Takahisa and Yoshihiko Inohara as cast members.
Yamada had been cast in another movie that was released November 9 called Grasshopper along with Ikuta Toma. The movie ranked #2 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, Ikuta Toma, Tadanobu Asano, and Murakami Jun. He was nominated as best new actor in the 2015 Hochi Film Awards for both his portrayal in Assassination Classroom and Grasshopper. He won the best newcomer category in 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.
Assassination Classroom had a sequel called Assassination Classroom ~Graduation~ that was released on March 2016. The sequel was a major success, topping the box office chart on its opening weekend in Japan, with 544,641 admissions and ¥639 million in gross. It was number-one again on its second weekend, with US$3.5 million in gross.
On May 24th 2016, it was announced that Yamada will star as Edward Elric in the Fullmetal Alchemist Live Action movie that is scheduled for a 2017 release. Filming will began on June 2016 in Italy and expected to finish in mid august 2016 in Japan.
|Release date||Title||Peak position||Sales||Certification|
|January 9, 2013||"Mystery Virgin"||1||219,871||RIAJ:Gold|
|2005||"Seishun Amigo"||Shuuji to Akira|
|2006||"Venus"||Tackey & Tsubasa|
|"Fever to Future"||Kitty GYM|
|2013||"Mystery Virgin"||Ryosuke Yamada|
|Year||Album / Song||Artist||Credit|
|2010||JUMP NO.1 / "Shinku"||Hey! Say! JUMP||Writer|
|2012||JUMP WORLD / "Hana Egao"||Hey! Say! 7||Writer|
|2013||"Gin no Sekai ni Negai o Komete"||Ryosuke Yamada||Writer|
|2014||"Smart" / "Candle"||Hey! Say! JUMP||Writer|
|2015||"JUMPing CAR" / " Sangatsu Juuyokka~Tokei"||Ryosuke Yamada, Keito Okamoto||Writer|
|2006||February 15||Endless Shock|
|June 28||Dream Boys|
|August 30||Takizawa Hideaki Arigato 2005 Sayonara|
|2007||July 18||Takizawa Enbujo|
|2008||January 23||One! The History of Tackey|
|September 3||One-Pound Gospel|
|December 3||Furuhata Chugakusei: Shogai Saisho no Jiken|
|2009||March 4||Tantei Gakuen Q|
|April 22||Scrap Teacher: Kyoshi Saisei|
|October 28||Niini no koto Wasurenaide|
|2010||March 17||Hidarime Tantei Eye SP|
|May 26||Hidarime Tantei Eye|
|2012||February 3||The Smurfs|
|July 18||Perfect Son|
|2013||March 13||Kindaichi Case Files|
|2015||September 25||Assassination Classroom|
For Hey! Say! 7 or Hey! Say! JUMP-related appearances, see Hey! Say! JUMP.
|2006||Tantei Gakuen Q SP||NTV||Ryu Amakusa||Supporting role; TV movie|
|2007||Tantei Gakuen Q||NTV||Ryu Amakusa||Main role; 3-month long series; sequel|
|2008||One-Pound Gospel||NTV||Katsumi Mukoda||Supporting role; 3-month long series|
|Sensei wa Erai!||NTV||Hayato Gunjou||Main role; TV movie|
|Furuhata Chugakusei||Fuji TV||Ninzaburo Furuhata||Main role; TV movie|
|Scrap Teacher: Kyoushi Saisei||NTV||Toichi Takasugi||Main role; 3-month long series|
|2009||Niini no koto Wasurenaide||NTV||Yuji Kawai||Supporting role; TV movie|
|Hidarime Tantei EYE SP||NTV||Ainosuke Tanaka||Main role; TV movie|
|2010||Hidarime Tantei Eye||NTV||Ainosuke Tanaka||Main role; 3-month long series; sequel|
|2012||Yamada Akiyoshi Monogatari||TBS||Akiyoshi Yamada||Main role; TV movie|
|Perfect Son||NTV||Daichi Suzuki||Main role; 3-month long series|
|2013||Kindaichi Case Files||NTV||Hajime Kindaichi||Main role; TV movie|
|Kyou no hi wa Sayonara||NTV||Nobuo Harada||Supporting role; TV movie|
|2014||Kindaichi Case Files||NTV||Hajime Kindaichi||Main role; TV movie; sequel|
|Kindaichi Case Files Neo||NTV||Hajime Kindaichi||Main role; 3-month long series; sequel|
|2015||Okaasan, Ore wa Daijoubu||NTV||Sasaki Ryohei||Main role; TV movie|
|2011||The Smurfs||Clumsy (Voice)||Japanese-dubbed version|
|2015||Assassination Classroom||Nagisa Shiota||Main role|
|2016||Assassination Classroom: Graduation||Nagisa Shiota||Main role|
|2017||Fullmetal Alchemist||Edward Elric||Main role|
|2018||Gin Tama||Okita Sougo||Supporting role|
|2004 - 2007||Ya-Ya-yah||TV Tokyo||Himself|
|2004–present||The Shounen Club||NHK||Himself|
|2006 - 2007||You Tachi!||NTV||Himself|
|2007 - 2008||Heisei Families||NTV||Himself|
|2008 - 2009||Show wa Heisei||NTV||Himself|
|2011–present||Yan Yan JUMP||TV Tokyo||Himself|
For post-debut tours, see Hey! Say! JUMP.
|2004||August||NEWS, KAT-TUN||Summary of Johnnys’ World|
|December - January 2005||KAT-TUN||Live Kaizokuban Tour|
|2005||March||KAT-TUN||Spring 05 Looking Concert|
|March||Ya-Ya-yah||Spring Yokohama Arena Concert|
|May - June||KAT-TUN||Looking 05 Tour|
|July - September||NEWS, Ya-Ya-yah||Johnnys' Theater Summary Digest|
|August||KAT-TUN||Looking 2005ing Concert|
|December||Hideaki Takizawa||Arigato 2005 Sayonara Concert|
|2006||August||Johnny's Jr.||Daiboken Concert|
|September - October||Johnny's Jr.||You-tachi no Ongaku Daiundokai Tour|
|December||Tackey & Tsubasa||Christmas Concert|
|2007||January||Johnny's Jr.||Kingashinnen Johnny's Jr. Daishugo Concert|
|February - April||NEWS||Concert Tour|
|April - June||KAT-TUN||cartoon KAT-TUN II You Tour|
|August||Johnny's Jr.||Daiboken Concert|
|September||Johnny's Jr.||Hey Say 07 in Yokohama Arena Concert|
For post-debut musical appearances, see Hey! Say! JUMP
|2005||January - February||Koichi Domoto||Endless Shock|
|2006||January||KAT-TUN, Kanjani8||Dream Boys|
|March - April||Hideaki Takizawa||Takizawa Enbujyo|
|September||Hideaki Takizawa||One!-the history of Tackey-|
|2010||April - May||Hideaki Takizawa||Takizawa Kabuki||Guest appearance|
|April 2008 – present||Yamadas||Duet|
|April 2013 – present||Shinku no Oto -Think Note-||Myojo|
|2016||40th Hochi Film Awards||Best New Artist||Assassination Classroom and Grasshopper||Nominated|
|2016||39th Japan Academy Prize||Newcomers of the Year||Assassination Classroom||Won|
|2016||25th Japan Movie Critics Award||Rookie Actor of the Year||Grasshopper||Won|