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Posted 5/18/08 , edited 5/18/08
Matsuyama wins Eigakan Taisho, Saturday May 17, 2008 Japan

The 1st Eigakan Taisho (Movie Theater Award) was announced on Saturday. More than 6,000 movie fans voted for their number one actor or actress, and in the end, Kenichi Matsuyama earned the Grand Prize with 1,167 of the votes.

Matsuyama was one of 15 popular stars nominated for the prize, who were chosen for appearing in the most films between 2006 and 2007. Other nominees included Yu Aoi, Joe Odagiri, Shun Oguri, and Ryo Kase.

As part of the award project, the Polepole Higashinakano theater will run a special screening of some of Matsuyama's works, scheduled from June 28 to July 4. The films include "YAMATO," "Hito no Sex wo Warau na," "Tsubaki Sanjuro," "NANA," and "Linda Linda Linda."

source: tokyograph

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Posted 7/26/08 , edited 7/27/08
(I know it's late but) Whee! Grats to him x3
Posted 7/27/08 , edited 7/27/08
wow :D


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Posted 7/28/08 , edited 7/28/08
cant they give him more awards?
he hasnt got many as far as i know
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Posted 8/15/08 , edited 8/15/08
Good on him. He deserved it. He's such a versatile actor. A much loved one at that.
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Posted 9/12/08 , edited 9/12/08
Kenichi Matsuyama to star in "Ultra Miracle Love Story",
Friday September 12, 2008 Japan

Kenichi Matsuyama's next starring role in a movie will be in Satoko Yokohama's tentatively-titled "Ultra Miracle Love Story." The story is set in Matsuyama's native prefecture of Aomori, and all of his lines will be spoken in the difficult Tsugaru dialect from that area.

Matsuyama plays a young man living an agricultural life in Aomori. He falls in love for the first time with a woman who has come from Tokyo (Kumiko Aso). The supporting cast includes Misako Watanabe, Yoshio Harada, and Yumiko Fujita.

Filming starts on the 13th and is expected to last a month. The movie opens next year.

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Whoa, this sounds really interesting! Thank you so much for the news.
I'm looking forward to this movie Matsuken is the best ^-^
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Posted 9/19/08 , edited 9/19/08
news article (don't know where or when )

Making Of A Screen Icon
Played by one of Japan’s most-watched actors of his generation, Matsuyama
Ken’ichi, L not only helped capture the serial killer in the movie, but also won
acclaim and attention of fans of the comic series. Much of L’s success was
attributed to the charismatic and assuring presence of 22-year-old Ken’ichi, who
turned the pale-complexioned, sweet-sucking youngster into a screen icon.

It was least surprise, then, that L would get his own film. Still, when director
Nakata Hideo first met Ken’ichi, it turned out to be an eye-opener of sorts.

“When I met Matsuyama for the first time, he asked me what the theme of this
film was. He was so straightforward that it caught by surprise. I told him it was a
story about three young people, L, Maki and Boy,” says Hideo, best known for his
work on horror flicks such as The Ring and Chaos.

“I also said that while the storyline is about the events caused by a killer virus, the
film also asks whether one person can change the world. I didn’t intend to sound
optimistic that the world could be better tomorrow, but rather, I stressed the
spiritual aspect – whether we could at least create a better world for the next generation.”

It marked the beginning of L: Change The World. Interestingly, while Hideo
wanted an L completely different from the Death Note movies, Ken’ichi insisted on
retaining the image he had helped craft. Word had it that the two would
occasionally disagree but fortunately managed to iron out their differences.

This possibly explains why Ken’ichi said the pressure forced him to consider
quitting the movie on several occasions, but stayed on after counseling from the
director. The movie, which chronicles the final 23 days before L’s death, also
features a strong supporting cast, including younger performers Fukuda Mayuko
and Fukuda Narushi.

Five Fabulous Years
Born on 5 March 1985, in Aomori, Japan, Ken’ichi beat out more than 16, 000
competitors to win the New Style Audition organized by his current talent agency
Horipro when he was just 16 years old. Since then, he has carved out a niche in
the business for himself with a string of quirky roles.

In 2002, he made his TV debut with a bit part in Gokusen, alongside Matsumoto
Jun and Oguri Shun. It was after appearing in the tearjerker 1 Litre of Tears,
where he played the high-schooler protagonist’s first love, that his popularity
ratings shot up. As a testament to his clout, he was subsequently offered a
supporting role in the movie Nana, where he played 15-year-old bassist Shin

These days, Ken’ichi juggles between TV and film assignments, holding his own
against veterans such as Sorimachi Takashi and Oda Yuji. His recent credits
include The Blue Wolf (a period epic about the life of Mongolian leader Genghis
Khan), Ten Nights Of Dream (based on a novel by Japanese author Soseki
Natsume), Shindo (about the friendship between a piano prodigy and her less
talented school-mate), as well as Tsubaki Sanjuro (a remake of the Kurosawa
Akira samurai classic). Up next for this hardworking heartthrob are two manga-
turned-movies, including ninja flick Kamui Gaiden, and Detroit Metal City, where
he plays a shy college student who leads a double life as the lead singer of a heavy metal band.

5 Fun Facts You Must Know About Ken'ichi - Or L!
- If it were up to Ken'ichi, this will be the last time he plays L - at least for the near
future. AT one interview, he hinted that he would reprise the role only if he were
making the movie independently.

- Ken'ichi won the Best New Actor honours at the Hochi and Yokohama Film
Awards with his performance in Death Note. He also bagged a Best Supporting
Actor nomination at the 2007 Japanese Academy Awards. His role model is
Nakamura Shidoh, whom he worked with on the critically-acclaimed Yamato.

- Unlike L, Ken'ichi gets along very well with others. He was spotted on various
occasions tucking into steamboat dinner with colleagues and even treated them to
shark's fin cuisine during a trip to Hong Kong.

- One of Ken'ichi's fans is popular Japanese model-singer Leah Dizon. She
admitted she was smitten after watching his 2003 movie Winning Pass and has
caught all his performances since. Her management tried to set up a meeting with
the actor, but his company rejected the proposal. Disappointed, Leah lamented on
her blog about hoping to have a boyfriend!

- Ken'ichi's favourite colours for clothing are white and black.
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Posted 10/12/08 , edited 10/12/08
i hope he wont date leah dizon...
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Posted 10/13/08 , edited 10/14/08
Thanks for sharing. Its always good to know more about Matsuken. I can understand why he doesn't want to continue appearing as L, it would be like the Harry Potter actors forever being labelled Harry or Hermione or whatever... While the Death Note movies really made Matsuyama-kun's spotlight sparkle, I don't want people always remembering him by that role... He has so much talent that its a shame to over look everything else. Epic rant! Haha. <3 ya Ken-chan!
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congratz and oh i dun like leah dizon:)
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"Oricon: 2009's promising young actors"
Friday January 23, 2009 Japan

Research firm Oricon conducted a survey of 1,000 young men and women, asking them which actors they have high expectations for in 2009.

The #1 answer was Haruma Miura, who ranked third in last year's survey. Miura landed his first starring drama role this past fall when he played a genius hacker in "Bloody Monday."

1. Haruma Miura
2. Takeru Sato
3. Junpei Mizobata
4. Hiro Mizushima
5. Hayato Ichihara
6. Kenichi Matsuyama
7. Shohei Miura
8. Yu Shirota
9. Yusuke Yamamoto
10. Osamu Mukai

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"20th Jewellery Best Dresser Awards,"
Sunday January 25, 2009 Japan

On Wednesday, the Japan Jewellery Association held the presentation ceremony of its 20th annual Jewellery Best Dresser awards, as part of the festivities of the International Jewellery Tokyo exhibition.

As always, the recipients were chosen by age categories:

* Riko Narumi (teens)
* Ryoko Hirosue (20s)
* Christel Takigawa (30s)
* Miki Maya (40s)
* Mari Natsuki (50s)
* Ryoko Moriyama (60s)

The men's award (not chosen by age) went to actor Kenichi Matsuyama.

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"Death Note's L Spinoff Film in U.S. Theaters in April,"
Friday March 06, 2009 Japan

Viz Pictures, the film affiliate of the North American publisher Viz Media, has announced that it will screen the live-action Death Note: L, change the WorLd film in American theaters through National CineMedia's NCM Fathom system on April 29 and 30. Suspense and horror veteran Hideo Nakata (Ringu, The Ring 2) directed this spinoff story, which was inspired by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Death Note manga and two subsequent films adaptations. The April 29 showing will be English-subtitled, while the April 30 showing with be English-dubbed.

Award-winning actor Ken'ichi Matsuyama (NANA, Detroit Metal City) reprises his role of the genius detective "L" in 23 crucial days of his life. In this psychological crime drama, L races against a literal biological clock to stop a bio-terrorist group from unleasing a pandemic virus on humanity. Alessandro Juliani, the English-language voice of L in the anime version of Death Note, plays the character in this movie's English-dubbed version.

Subscribers of the email newsletter for Viz Media's Shonen Jump magazine can order advance tickets starting on March 20. The general public can purchase tickets starting on March 23. The screenings will use NCM Fathom's high-definition digital presentation system, which was also used for Viz Media's earlier Naruto, Bleach, and Death Note movie screenings.

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