Arashi – Jun Matsumoto




Jun Matsumoto (松本 潤, Matsumoto Jun) (born August 30, 1983), often called by the portmanteau nickname MatsuJun (松潤), is a Japanese idol, singer, actor and radio host. He is a member of Japanese boy band Arashi and is best known to Japanese television drama audiences for his portrayal as Tsukasa Dōmyōji in the Hana Yori Dango series, in which he won GQ Japan’s Man Of The Year Award under the singer/actor category for his work in the drama.

Matsumoto began his career in the entertainment industry when he joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates in 1996 at the age of 12. Prior to his debut as a singer with Arashi in 1999, Matsumoto started an acting career when he was cast as Teddy Duchamp for the stage play Stand by Me, which was based on the film of the same name. Since then, he has went on to appear in numerous dramas and movies, receiving a number of awards and nominations for his roles.



Early life

Matsumoto was born in Toshima, Tokyo as the youngest child in his family. He has an older sister whose support of KinKi Kids influenced his decision to join Johnny & Associates in 1996. Thinking it might bode good luck, he sent his application to the agency on his elementary school graduation day and received a phone call weeks later from president Johnny Kitagawa himself, inviting him to attend a rehearsal instead of being auditioned. Due to this, Matsumoto is frequently referred to as one of the elite within the agency.

Matsumoto graduated from Horikoshi Gakuen, a renowned high school known for its many performing arts alumnae such as Kyoko Fukada and Ai Kato, in March 2002 at the age of 18.

Music career

For music-related releases and activities with Arashi, please see Arashi.

Although the majority of Matsumoto’s solos for albums and concerts are written by Arashi’s staff, he has contributed lyrics for two of his solos: “La Familia” for the 2004 Arashi! Iza, Now Tour!! and “Naked” in 2008 for the album Dream “A” Live under the penname “Jun”.

Acting career

Stage

In 1997, Matsumoto was cast in his first stage play, which was based on the American coming of age film Stand by Me with future bandmates Masaki Aiba and Kazunari Ninomiya. He did not return to do any major stage productions for nearly seven years after Stand by Me, instead focusing on dramas and movies. However, in 2004, Matsumoto appeared in the stage play West Side Story with bandmates Satoshi Ohno and Sho Sakurai. In 2005 and 2006, Matsumoto was given his first lead stage play roles in Eden no Higashi (エデンの東, East of Eden) and Byakuya no Onna Kishi (白夜の女騎士, Valkyrie of the White Night) respectively.

Drama

Like bandmate Sakurai, Matsumoto made his acting debut as a television actor in April 1997 in the TBS drama special Hoken Chousain (保険調査員, Insurance Investigator). A few months later, he co-starred with the members of KinKi Kids and future bandmate Masaki Aiba in the mystery-thriller series Bokura no Yūki: Miman Toshi (ぼくらの勇気, Our Courage: Miman City).

Matsumoto gained further popularity as an actor in 2002 when he starred in the first season of Gokusen with Yukie Nakama, Shun Oguri, Tomohiro Waki, Hiroki Narimiya and Yuma Ishigaki. His portrayal of the troubled but highly intelligent student, Shin Sawada, drew acclaim and won him Best Supporting Actor at the 33rd Television Drama Academy Awards. He later returned with most of the original cast to star in the special epilogue episode in 2003. Soon after, his character also made a cameo in Sakurai’s comedy series Yoiko no Mikata (よい子の味方, Ally of Good Children). In the same year, Matsumoto took another high-profile role in the live-action adaptation of manga series Kimi wa Pet as Takeshi “Momo” Goda, starring opposite Koyuki.

In 2005, Matsumoto took the most prominent role of his career to date when he was cast as Tsukasa Domyōji in the live-action adaptation of shōjo manga Hana Yori Dango. Co-starring opposite Mao Inoue, Shun Oguri, Shota Matsuda and Tsuyoshi Abe, the series was a success with an average viewership rating of 19.6%. Matsumoto’s portrayal as the air-headed and arrogant leader of four heirs to billionaire business empires won him Best Supporting Actor again at the 47th Television Drama Academy Awards.

In 2007, due to the success of Hana Yori Dango, it spawned a second season, which was an even bigger hit with television audiences as it had a peak rating of 27.6% on the final episode and an overall rating of 21.57%. Matsumoto won Best Supporting Actor at the 10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix for his role. The same year, Matsumoto starred in Bambino!, which won him his first Best Actor award at the 53rd Television Drama Academy Awards.

In 2008, he re-united with Bambino! co-star Karina for the drama special Myū no Anyo Papa ni Ageru (みゅうの足パパにあげる, Myū will Give Daddy Her Legs), which aired as part of the 24-hour Television telethon in 2008. He portrayed a man diagnosed with CIDP struggling to recuperate and return to normal life with his wife and young daughter. The drama special received a viewership rating of 25.6%.

In 2009, Matsumoto starred in his first drama series in nearly two years. He portrayed Vito Hayakawa (早川ビト, Hayakawa Vito), a half-Japanese, half-Filipino young man who always faces life with a smile in the drama Smile. Matsumoto subsequently won Best Actor for his role in the 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix. Fuji TV announced on September 10, 2009 that Matsumoto would star in a three-part drama special called Wagaya no Rekishi (わが家の歴史, History of our Family) scheduled to air for three consecutive days in the spring of 2010.

In January 2010, Matsumoto co-starred with the other members of Arashi in their first drama in nearly ten years in the human suspense drama special Saigo no Yakusoku (最後の約束, Last Promise). Matsumoto portrayed Nozomu Gotō (後藤 望, Gotō Nozomu), a 27-year-old motorcycle courier rider who is caught up in a building hijack. It was announced on May 28, 2010 that Matsumoto will co-star with Yūko Takeuchi in his first Getsuku drama titled Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku (夏の恋は虹色に輝く, Summer Love Shines in Rainbow Color). He made a guest appearance on the final episode of bandmate Ohno’s drama Kaibutsu-kun (怪物くん, Little Monster), which is based on the Fujiko Fujio’s Kaibutsu-kun manga and anime series.

Film

Matsumoto appeared on the silver screen for the first time a year later in Shinjuku Tanteidan Shōnen (新宿少年探偵団, Shinjuku Boy Detectives) but his breakthrough did not come until 2001 when he was cast as Hajime Kinda’ichi in the third season of Kinda’ichi Shōnen no Jikenbo, taking over the role from Tsuyoshi Domoto and co-starring opposite Anne Suzuki.

In 2002, Arashi co-starred in their first movie together called Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakedo Happy (ピカ☆ンチ Life is HardだけどHappy, Pikanchi Life is Hard But Happy). They came together again for its sequel Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakara Happy (ピカ☆☆ンチ Life is HardだからHappy, Pikanchi Life is Hard Therefore Happy) in 2004. He also starred in the film Tokyo Tower as a womanizer with a preference for older women with Junichi Okada the same year.

In 2007, Arashi starred in their third movie together Kiiroi Namida while Matsumoto was cast in the independent film Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o Suru with Nana Eikura as his co-star. He portrayed the lead character Yori Yūki (結城 頼, Yūki Yori), a high school student who falls in love and develops a romantic relationship with his younger twin sister.

In 2008, Matsumoto took on his first jidaigeki role in a re-make of Akira Kurosawa’s The Hidden Fortress, Kakushi Toride no San-Akunin: The Last Princess, with award-winning actors Hiroshi Abe, Kippei Shiina and Masami Nagasawa. Soon after, TBS decided to end the Hana Yori Dango series through a film. Hana Yori Dango Final, which hit the big screen on June 28, 2008 in Japan, became a box office hit

Other ventures

Radio

Matsumoto has his own radio, Jun Style, on Nack5 since October 5, 2002.

Filmography

Dramas
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Bokura no Yūki: Miman Toshi Mori
1998 Hitsuyou no Nai Hito Takuji Ohno
1999 Kowai Nichiyoubi: Furugiya S Episode 10 guest appearance
V no Arashi Jun Matsumoto
2001 Kindaichi Shōnen no Jikenbo 3 Hajime Kindaichi Lead role
2002 Gokusen Shin Sawada
2003 Yoiko no Mikata Shin Sawada Episode 9 guest appearance
Kimi wa Pet Momo/Takeshi Goda
2005 Hana Yori Dango Tsukasa Dōmyōji
Propose: Story One Mini-drama (1 episode)
2006 Yonimo Kimyona Monogatari: Story Five – Imakiyo-san Mini-drama (1 episode), lead role
2007 Hana Yori Dango 2 Tsukasa Dōmyōji
Bambino! Shogo Ban Lead role
2008 Myu no Anyo Papa ni Ageru Hayato Yamaguchi Television special, lead role
2009 Smile Vito Hayakawa Lead role
2010 Saigo no Yakusoku Nozomu Gotō Television special
Wagaya no Rekishi Yoshio Yame 3-part television special
Kaibutsu-kun Kaibutsu-kun’s butler Episode 9 guest appearance
Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku Taiga Kusunoki Lead role
Movies
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Shinjuku Shônen Tanteidan
2002 Pikanchi Life is Hard Dakedo Happy Rentarou Futaba (Bon)
2004 Pikanchi Life Is Hard Dakara Happy Rentarou Futaba (Bon)
2005 Tokyo Tower Kōji
2007 Boku wa Imouto Ni Koi wo Suru Yori Yūki Lead role
Kiiroi Namida Yūji Katsumada
2008 Kakushi Toride no San’akunin: The Last Princess Musashi Lead role
Hana Yori Dango Final Tsukasa Dōmyōji
Stageplays
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Stand By Me Teddy
2004 West Side Story Bernardo
2005 East of Eden Carl Trask Lead role
2006 Byakuya no Valkyrie Sasuke Kūhibi Lead role

Awards and nominations

Year Organization Award Work Result
2002 33rd Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Gokusen Won
2005 47th Television Drama Academy Awards Best Supporting Actor Hana Yori Dango Won
2007 10th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Winter) Best Supporting Actor Hana Yori Dango 2 Won
53rd Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actor Bambino! Won
11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Spring) Best Actor Nominated
2008 GQ Japan Men of the Year 2008 Awards GQ Man Of The Year Award 2008
Hana Yori Dango series Won
2009 13th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Spring) Best Actor Smile Won
61st Television Drama Academy Awards Best Actor Nominated

Footnotes

  1. ^ Matsumoto was one of the six honorees for GQ Men of the Year 2008.

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