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Jun Matsumoto (松本 潤 (まつもと じゅん) Matsumoto Jun, born August 30, 1983 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese actor and musician. He starred as Tsukasa Domyoji in Hana Yori Dango, Hana Yori Dango Returns, and Hana Yori Dango Final. Matsumoto also had a cameo in Hana Nochi Hare.

He is a member of Arashi, who performed the theme songs "Wish", "Love So Sweet", and "One Love" for the Hana Yori Dango series. Arashi is one of Japan's best-selling boy bands

Biography

Early life

Matsumoto was born on August 30, 1983 in the Toshima ward of Tokyo.[1] He has an sister named Megumi ( () ) who is two years older. A fan of KinKi Kids, she inspired Matsumoto to apply for Johnny & Associates.[2] Matsumoto is a graduate of Horikoshi High School, a school well known for its celebrity students.[3]

Career

Beginnings

In 1996, he sent an application to Johnny & Associates. The agency's founder Johnny Kitagawa called him to enter the agency, bypassing the usual audition process.[4] Matsumoto made his television debut in 1997 with the special, Hoken Chosain Shigarami Taro no Jikenbo. The same year, he costarred with future bandmates Masaki Aiba and Kazunari Ninomiya in a stage play based on Stand by Me.[5] Matsumoto went on to appear in his first serial drama, Bokura no Yuki: Miman Toshi (1997), starring Aiba.[6] Matsumoto's first film Shinjuku Shonen Tanteidan, which also starred Aiba, was released the following year. He also appeared in the television series, Boys Be...Jr and Hitsuyo no Nai Hito in 1998.[7]

In 1999, Matsumoto formed Arashi with Satoshi Ohno, Sho Sakurai, Aiba, and Ninomiya.[4] Their first single was released in November 1999[8] and reached number one on the Oricon Singles Chart.[9] The band members starred together in the mini-drama V no Arashi later that year.[10] In 2001, Matsumoto had his first starring role in Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo as Hajime Kindaichi.[11] (2001). He gained further recognition in Gokusen (2002),[12] which earned him Best Supporting Act at the 33rd Television Drama Academy Awards.[13] The same year, he and his bandmates starred in the film Pikanchi Life Is Hard Dakedo Happy. It was followed by two sequels.[14] In 2003, he appeared opposite Koyuki in the television drama, Kimi wa Petto.[15]

Stardom

Matsumoto starred as Tsukasa Domyoji in the mega-popular drama Hana Yori Dango with Mao Inoue in 2005. Arashi's single "Wish" served as its theme song.[16] Matsumoto reprised his role in a second drama, Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007)[6] and a film, Hana Yori Dango Final (2008).[17] Arashi's "Love So Sweet" and "One Love" were the theme songs of Returns and Final, respectively.[18][19] In 2007, he starred in the series, Bambino!,[20] for which he won an award for Best Actor,[21] and the films, Boku wa Imoto ni Koi o Suru[22] and Kiiroi Namida.[23] The following year, he had the lead role in Kakushi Toride no San-Akunin: The Last Princess, a remake of an Akira Kurosawa film,[24] and the television film Myu no Anyo Papa ni Ageru.[25]

In 2009, Arashi celebrated their tenth anniversary with a national tour and the release of their third greatest hits album.[26] That year, Matsumoto also portrayed a half-Filipino, half-Japanese man in Smile.[27] Matsumoto appeared with his fellow Arashi members in Saigo no Yakusoku (2010), their first drama together in nearly ten years.[28] The same year, he also appeared in Wagaya no Rekishi[29] and Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku,[30] as well as a guest appearance in Kaibutsu-kun starring Ohno.[31] In 2012, he starred in Lucky Seven with Nanako Matsushima.[32] He first played his Lucky Seven character in Mou Yuukai Nante Shinai.[33] Matsumoto also reprised it in a special.[34] In 2013, he starred in Girl in the Sunny Place, which was his first film in five years.[35]

Continued success

Matsumoto appeared in the television drama, Shitsuren Chocolatier in 2014.[36] In 2016, he starred in 99.9% Keiji Senmon Bengoshi, his fifth collaboration with Hana Yori Dango producer Katsuaki Setoguchi.[37] Matsumoto returned to the series for a second season in 2018.[38] The same year, Matsumoto had a cameo as Tsukasa in Hana Nochi Hare.[39] That November, Arashi started their twentieth anniversary tour.[40] Arashi announced in January 2019 that they will suspend the group after December 31, 2020.[41] In July 2019, Matsumoto appeared in a television special playing Takeshiro Matsuura, a Japanese explorer.[42] Arashi opened an official YouTube in October 2019,[43] followed by several social media accounts the next month.[44]

Filmography

Television dramas

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Hoken Chosain Shigarami Taro no Jikenbo Shunichi Yoneda Special
Bokura no Yuki: Miman Toshi Mori
Mo Hitotsu no Shinzo Toru Kitamura
1998 Boys Be...Jr Yu Episode 1
Hitsuyo no Nai Hito Takuji Ohno
1999 Nekketsu Renaido Retsu Nikaido
Kosuke Fukunaga
Episodes 2, 11
Kowai Nichiyobi S Episode 10
V no Arashi Jun Matsumoto
2000 Shijo Saiaku no Deto Yusuke
2001 Mukai Arata no Dobutsu Nikki Hajime Kindaichi Episode 10
Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo Hajime Kindaichi
2002 Gokusen Shin Sawada
Gokusen Returns: Soshuhen and Shiwasu no Yankumi Shin Sawada Special
2003 Yoiko no Mikata Shin Sawada Episode 9
Gokusen: Sayonara 3-nen D-gumi Shin Sawada Special
Kimi wa Petto Momo/Takeshi Goda
2005 Propose Kosuke Sato Episode 1
Hana Yori Dango Tsukasa Domyoji
2006 Yonimo Kimyo na Monogatari Kazuo Takada Special
2007 Hana Yori Dango Returns Tsukasa Domyoji
Bambino! Shogo Ban
2008 Myu no Anyo Papa ni Ageru Hayato Yamaguchi Special
2009 Smile Vito Hayakawa
2010 Saigo no Yakusoku Nozomu Goto Special
Wagaya no Rekishi Yoshio Yame
Kaibutsu-kun Kaibutsu-kun's butler Episode 9
Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku Taiga Kusunoki
2011 Bartender Himself Photo only
2012 Mou Yuukai Nante Shinai Shuntaro Tokita Guest
Lucky Seven Shuntaro Tokita
2013 Lucky Seven Special Shuntaro Tokita Special
Hajimari no Uta Wataru Special
2014 Shitsuren Chocolatier Sota Koyurugi
2016 99.9% Keiji Senmon Bengoshi Hiroto Miyama
2017 Bokura no Yuki: Miman Toshi 2017 Mori Special[45]
2018 99.9% Keiji Senmon Bengoshi: Season II Hiroto Miyama
Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season Tsukasa Domyoji Guest
2019 Eien no Nishipa Takeshiro Matsuura Special

Films

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Shinjuku Shonen Tanteidan Kentaro Kanzaki
2002 Pikanchi Life Is Hard Dakedo Happy Rentaro Futaba/Bon
2004 Pikanchi Life Is Hard Dakara Happy Rentaro Futaba/Bon
2005 Tokyo Tower Koji
2007 Boku wa Imoto ni Koi o Suru Yori Yuki
Kiiroi Namida Yuji Katsumada
2008 Kakushi Toride no San-Akunin: The Last Princess Takezo
Hana Yori Dango Final Tsukasa Domyoji
2013 Girl in the Sunny Place Kosuke Okuda
2014 Pikanchi Life is Hard Tabun Happy Rentaro Futaba/Bon
2017 Narratage Takashi Hayama

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Stand by Me Teddy
Johnny's Fantasy: Kyo to Kyo - All Johnny's Jr. Himself
2004 West Side Story Bernardo
2005 East of Eden Caleb Trask
2006 Byakuya no Valkyrie Flying Sasuke
2011 A, Koya Shinji Shinjuku

Notes

  • Matsumoto is frequently referred to as MatsuJun (松潤 () ) by fans.
  • He and Shun Oguri starred in season one of Gokusen together, prior to Hana Yori Dango.
  • Due to a policy with his agency, Matsumoto's face could not be used on certain promontional photos for the series. In some of these cases, an image of Tsukasa from the manga was used.
  • Since 2005, Matsumoto has frequently been romantically linked to Hana Yori Dango costar Mao Inoue and rumors of them marrying first became prevalent in 2015.[46] Neither has confirmed or denied the rumors.[47]
Jun-Matsumoto-drawn

Matsumoto drawn by Kamio for "Arashi Meets Manga"

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