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Shota Matsuda (松田 翔太 (まつだ しょうた) Matsuda Shōta, born September 10, 1985 in Suginami, Japan) is an actor best known for his roles in the Hana Yori Dango and Liar Game series'. He is the son of the famous Japanese actor Yusaku Matsuda.

Matsuda played Sojiro Nishikado in Hana Yori Dango, Hana Yori Dango Returns, and Hana Yori Dango Final. He also had a cameo in Hana Nochi Hare.

Biography

Early life

Shota Matsuda was born on September 10, 1985 in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan[1] to Japanese actors, Yusaku and Miyuki Matsuda. Matsuda has an older brother, actor Ryuhei Matsuda (born 1983); a younger sister, musician Yuki (born 1988);[2] and an older half-sister from his father's previous marriage.[3] His father died of bladder cancer on November 6, 1989 at the age of thirty-nine.[4]

Career

Matsuda debuted in 2005 in a television special, titled Yankee Bokou ni Kaeru. The same year, he gained popularity after appearing in Hana Yori Dango as Sojiro Nishikado.[5] He reprised his role in the series' two sequels, Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007)[6] and Hana Yori Dango Final (2008).[7] Matsuda's first starring role was in the 2007 series, Liar Game, opposite Erika Toda.[8] He also starred in the series' sequels, Liar Game: Season 2 (2009),[9] Liar Game: The Final Stage (2010),[10] and Liar Game: Reborn (2012).[11] In 2008, Matsuda appeared in his first taiga drama, Atsuhime.[12] In 2009, he had major roles in Love Shuffle[13] and Meitantei no Okite.[14] The same year, Matsuda and his brother Ryohei participated in a documentary about their father, titled Soul Red Matsuda Yusaku.[15]

In 2010, he appeared in Tsuki no Koibito with Takuya Kimura,[16][17] and Nagareboshi.[18] Matsuda had a starring role in Don Quixote with Katsumi Takahashi in 2011.[19] The same year, he was the lead in Hard Romantic-er as a loner who gets sucked into a violent chain of events.[20] In 2012, he appeared in another taiga drama, Taira no Kiyomori as Emperor Go-Shirakawa.[21] Matsuda starred in Clinic on the Sea with Emi Takei the following year.[22] In 2015, he costarred in the film, Initiation Love, with Atsuko Maeda.[23] Matsuda was the lead in Dias Police: Ihou Keisatsu, based on a manga, in 2016.[24] He reprised the role in the film sequel, Dias Police: Dirty Yellow Boys (2016).[25] In 2017, he costarred in the Amazon Original Final Life: Asu, Kimi ga Kietemo with Shinee's Lee Tae-min.[26] Matsuda had a cameo as Sojiro in the Hana Yori Dango spin-off, Hana Nochi Hare (2018).[27]

Personal life

Matsuda-and-wife

Matsuda and Akimoto on their wedding day

Matsuda began dating Japanese model Kozue Akimoto in November 2014, after meeting through a mutual acquaintance. She is the daughter of the late Chiyonofuji Mitsugu, a sumo grand champion. The couple was married on April 25, 2018 in a traditional Japanese ceremony.[28][29] Akimoto is also friends with Shun Oguri's wife Yu Yamada.[30]

Filmography

Television dramas

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Yankee Bokou ni Kaeru Noriyuki Takahashi
Hana Yori Dango Sojiro Nishikado
2006 Aru Ai no Uta Takumi Nanase TV film
Top Caster Shunpei Iga
Regatta Seiya Yagi
2007 Hana Yori Dango Returns Sojiro Nishikado
Liar Game Shinichi Akiyama
Jotei Naoto Date
2008 Rokumeikan Hisao Kiyohara TV film
Bara no nai Hanaya Naoya Kudo
Atsuhime Tokugawa Iemochi Episode 23-50
2009 Love Shuffle Ojiro Sera
Meitantei no Okite Daigoro Tenkaichi
Liar Game: Season 2 Shinichi Akiyama
2010 Tsuki no Koibito Kazami Sai
Nagareboshi Ryo Kamiya
2011 Don Quixote Masataka Shirota
2012 Taira no Kiyomori Emperor Go-Shirakawa Episode 9-50
2013 Sennyu Tantei Tokage Toru Oribe
Clinic on the Sea Sezaki Kota
2014 Musashi Miyamoto Seijuro Yoshioka
2015 Koko ni Aru Shiawase Hiroyuki Tachikawa
2016 Dias Police: Ihou Keisatsu Saki Kubozuka
2017 Final Life: Asu, Kimi ga Kietemo Ryo Kawakubo
2018 Segodon Tokugawa Yoshinobu
Sick's: Jo no Sho Hiroyo Takakura Web drama
Hana Nochi Hare: Hanadan Next Season Sojiro Nishikado Episode 10, 11
2019 Your Home is My Business! Kenji Rusudo [31]
Sick's: Ha no Sho Hiroyo Takakura Web drama

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2006 A Cheerful Gang Turns the Earth Kuon
A Long Walk Wataru
2007 Waruboro Ko-chan
2008 Hana Yori Dango Final Sojiro Nishikado
Ikigami Kengo Fujimoto
2009 Soul Red: Yusaku Matsuda Himself
2010 Liar Game: The Final Stage Shinichi Akiyama
Kenta to Jun to Kayo-chan no Kuni Kenta
2011 Smuggler Policeman
Hard Romantic-er Gu
2012 Afro Tanaka Hiroshi Tanaka
Liar Game: Reborn Shinichi Akiyama
2014 Sweet Poolside Mitsuhiko Oota
2015 Initiation Love Suzuki
2016 Over the Fence Kazuhisa Daishima
Dias Police: Dirty Yellow Boys Saki Kubozuka
2019 Tokyo Ghoul 2 Shuu Tsukiyama [32]

Notes

Shun-Shota-Tsuyoshi-2018

Shota celebrating his marriage with his Hana Yori Dango costars

References

  1. http://www.office-saku.com/artists/shota_matsuda.html (Japanese)
  2. http://www.sponichi.co.jp/entertainment/news/2015/05/12/kiji/K20150512010333510.html (Japanese)
  3. http://www.midnighteye.com/features/yusaku-matsuda-lost-rebel/
  4. https://www.nytimes.com/1989/11/09/obituaries/yusaku-matsuda-39-japanese-movie-actor.html
  5. http://reosan.com/?p=2149 (Japanese)
  6. http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanadan2/cast/ (Japanese)
  7. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-08-20/hana-yori-dango-final-movie-to-end-live-action-drama
  8. https://entertainment-topics.jp/33561 (Japanese)
  9. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-04-23/liar-game-manga-made-into-2nd-tv-drama-season-film
  10. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-12-13/liar-game/the-final-stage-film-2nd-teaser-streamed
  11. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-12-28/live-action-liar-game/reborn-film-full-trailer-streamed
  12. https://www.oricon.co.jp/news/55753/full/ (Japanese)
  13. http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=332826 (Japanese)
  14. http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=333551 (Japanese)
  15. https://www.oricon.co.jp/news/78118/full/ (Japanese)
  16. https://www.fujitv.co.jp/getsukoi/index.html (Japanese)
  17. http://sankei.jp.msn.com/entertainments/media/100511/med1005111106003-n1.htm (Japanese)
  18. https://www.oricon.co.jp/news/81146/full/ (Japanese)
  19. http://www.ntv.co.jp/dq/cast-staff/index.html (Japanese)
  20. http://www.tokyohive.com/article/2011/10/matsuda-shota-holds-fan-meeting-at-busan-international-film-festival/
  21. https://www.oricon.co.jp/news/2007950/full/ (Japanese)
  22. https://www.fujitv.co.jp/b_hp/uminoueno_shinryojo/ (Japanese)
  23. http://www.allcinema.net/prog/show_c.php?num_c=351031 (Japanese)
  24. https://www.cinematoday.jp/news/N0080295 (Japanese)
  25. https://eiga.com/news/20160423/3/ (Japanese)
  26. https://mdpr.jp/news/detail/1709189 (Japanese)
  27. https://mdpr.jp/news/detail/1772658 (Japanese)
  28. https://www.sponichi.co.jp/entertainment/news/2018/04/26/kiji/20180425s00041000412000c.html (Japanese)
  29. http://www.sponichi.co.jp/entertainment/news/2018/04/25/kiji/20180425s00041000141000c.html (Japanese)
  30. https://mdpr.jp/news/detail/1824919 (Japanese)
  31. https://mdpr.jp/news/detail/1819000 (Japanese)
  32. https://variety.com/2018/film/asia/shochiku-fantasy-sequel-tokyo-ghoul-2-1202990398/
  33. https://www.instagram.com/p/BiE8zFlA4v7/ (Japanese)
  34. https://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/article?a=20180428-00145259-the_tv-ent (Japanese)
  35. https://www.instagram.com/p/Buq2ga0n7M6/ (Japanese)
  36. https://www.daily.co.jp/newsflash/gossip/2013/02/25/1p_0005768528.shtml (Japanese)

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