U21 Boys Club > 2016

The names of this list are the actors under 21 who have shown potential as the future generation of upcoming Japanese stars. Some of these names have been household as former child actors, others are new to the industry but are already making waves.

Taishi Nakagawa

taishi_1Name: 中川大志 
Romanji: Taishi Nakagawa 
Birthdate: 1998-07-14 (age 18)
Height: 178.5 cm
Blood Type: B
Talent Agency: Stardust
Genre: TV, Film 
Active: 2008 - 
Awards:  0 


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Taishi Nakagawa is a Japanese actor, host, and model. He is best known in his role as Kiyoshi Fujino in Prison School as a well as in the dramas Ferris Wheel at Night  and Water Polo Yankees.

Movies: Blue Demon ver.2.0 (2015), Kyo no Kira-kun (2017), ReLIFE (2017)
Dramas: I’m Mita, Your Housekeeper (NTV / 2011), Ferris Wheel at Night  (TBS / 2013), Prison School (TBS-MBS / 2015), Minami kun no Koibito: My Little Lover (Fuji TV / 2015-2016)

Mahiro Takasugi

mahii_1Name: 高杉真宙 
Romanji: Takasugi Mahiro
Birthdate: 1996-07-04 (age 20)
Height: 170 cm.
Blood Type: A
Talent Agency: Spice Power
Genre: Film, TV, Stage
Active: 2009


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Scouted during sixth grade elementary school Mahii made his debut as an actor in the 2009 play Every Little Thing and went on to act in his first feature film a year later in Hanjirou (2010)  and was male lead in film Quartet! | Karuteto! (2012) – at the age of 16.

Movies: Hanjirou (2010), Bon Lin (2014), Gyakko no Koro (2017), ReLIFE (2017)
Dramas: High School Entrance Exam  (Fuji TV / 2012), Kamen Rider Gaim (TV Asahi/ 2013),  Whose Is the Cuckoo’s Egg? (WOWOW / 2016)

Mackenyu

mackenyu_1Name: 真剣佑
Romanji: Maeda Mackenyu
Birthdate: 1996-11-16 (age 20)
Birthplace: Los Angeles, United States
Height: 176 cm.
Blood Type: B
Talent Agency: Mack and Leaves
Genre: Film, TV, Stage 
Active: 2005 -
Awards: 0 

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Mackenyu Maeda is a Japanese American actor born in Los Angeles and is the son of Japanese actor, producer, director and martial artist Sonny Chiba. He is represented by Mack and Leaves.

Movies: Chihayafuru (2016), Night’s Tightrope (2016), JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (2017)
Dramas: To Give a Dream  (WOWOW / 2015), Aogeba Toutoshi (TBS / 2016)

Nijiro Murakami

murakami_1Name: 村上虹郎
Romanji: Murakami Nijiro
Birthdate: 1997-03-17 (Age 19)
Height: - cm.
Blood Type: -
Talent Agency: Decade
Genre: Film, TV, Stage
Active: 2014 -
Awards: 2 
Best Newcomer Actor Award (2015)
Best Upcoming Rising Actor Award (2016) 

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Nijiro Murakami is a Japanese actor and son of the famous couple Japanese actor Jun Murakami and singer-song writer UA. He is represented by Decade talent agency. In 2015 he won the Best Newcomer Actor Award at the 29th Takasaki Film Festival, and followed with Best Upcoming Rising Actor Award (2016).

Movies: Still the Water  (2014), Distraction Babies  (2016), Mukoku (2017)
Dramas: Angel’s Knife (WOWOW / 2015), Aogeba Toutoshi (TBS / 2016)

Takumi Kitamura

takumi_1Name: 北村匠海
Romanji: Takumi Kitamura
Birthdate: 1997-11-03 (age 19)
Height: 175 cm
Blood Type: B
Talent Agency: Stardust 
Genre: Music, Film, TV
Active: 2000 - 
Awards: 0


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Takumi Kitamura is a Japanese actor, singer, and model. He is represented with Stardust Promotion’s Section 3. He is the leader of Stardust’s music collective Ebidan unit Dish. As a member of Dish he is nicknamed as Takumi, stylized as TAKUMI.

Movies: Gravity’s Clowns  (2009), Destruction Babies (2016), I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (2017)
Dramas: Suzuki Sensei (TV Tokyo / 2011), Angel’s Knife | Tenshi no Naifu (WOWOW / 2015), Aogeba Toutoshi (TBS / 2016)

Music group: Dish (Since 2011)

Yuki Imai

yuki_1Name: 今井悠貴
Romanji: Yuki Imai 
Birthdate: 1998-12-30 (age 17)
Height:
Blood Type: A
Talent Agency:
Genre: TV, Film
Active: 2001 -
Awards: 0 


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Yuki Imai is a Japanese actor represented by Production Ogi. Formally a child actor with the Sunrise Talent Agency, Yuki as appeared in several dramas since the young age of three.

Movies: Into the White Night  (2011)
Dramas: Unmei no Hito (TBS / 2012), The Unforgiven (2013), Tonbi (NHK / 2012)

Ayumu Mochizuki

ayumu_2Name: 望月歩
Romanji: Ayumu Mochizuki 
Birthdate: 2000-09-28
Birthplace: Japan
Height: 171 cm. 
Blood Type: -
Talent Agency: Hirata Office
Genre: Film, TV, Stage
Active: 2014 -
Awards: 0


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Ayumu Mochizuki is a Japanese actor represented by Hirata Office. As a child actor he won the role as Kasahiwagi Takuya in the mostly unknown cast in the Solomon Perjury movies. He now acts in movies, dramas and on stage.

Movies: Solomon’s Perjury (2015), Sanada 10 Braves (2016), Kamisama no Wadachi: Checkpoint of the Life (2017)
Dramas: Umoreru (WOWOW / 2014), Mother Game (TBS/ 2015)

Akira Onodera

akira_3Name: 小野寺晃良
Romanji: Akira Onodera 
Birthdate: 1999-07-16 (age 17) 
Height: 170 cm
Blood Type: 
Talent Agency: Stardust 
Genre: Film, TV
Active: 2016 -
Awards: 0
 

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Onodera Akira is a Japanese actor represented by Stardust. He recently debuted in Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa and is set to appear in the BL I Hear the Sunspot and as a young Masaki Amamiya in High & Low The Red Rain.

Movies: High & Low The Red Rain (2016), I Hear the Sunspot | Hidamari (2017)
Dramas: Criminologist Himura and Mystery Writer Arisugawa  (NTV / 2016)

Hiroya Shimizu

hiroya_3Name: 清水尋也 
Romanji: Hiroya Shimizu 
Birthdate: 1999-07-09 (age 17)
Height: 181 cm
Blood Type:
Talent Agency: Bites Inc. 
Genre: Film, TV
Active: 2012 - 
Awards:  0



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Hiroya Shimizu is a Japanese actor represented by Bites.Inc and the brother of Naoya Shimizu. His big break was in The World of Kanako  which he followed with roles in Solomon’s Perjury and Chihayafuru.

Movies: The World of Kanako (2014), Strayer’s Chronicle (2015), Solomon’s Perjury (2015), Haruta & Chika (2017)
Dramas: High School Entrance Exam (Fuji TV / 2012), Angel’s Knife  (WOWOW/ 2015)

Tatsuomi Hamada

hamadaName: 濱田龍臣
Romanji: Tatsuomi Hamada
Birthdate: 2000-08-27 (age 16)
Height: 174 cm.
Blood Type: A
Talent Agency: Four Springs
Genre: TV, Film 
Active: 2006 
Awards:  1 
2010 Gold Dream Award (2010)


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Tatsuomi Hamada is a Japanese actor represented by TakeOff and Four Springs. As a child actor, Hamada played the role of Sakamoto Ryōma as a child in Ryōmaden and Hiroshi Ichikawa in Kaibutsu-kun. He won the 2010 Gold Dream Award on October 2010.

Movies: Gatchaman (2013), Shippu Rondo (2016), High & Low The Red Rain (2016)
Dramas: Kaibutsu-kun (NTV / 2010)

Kentaro

kentaroName: 健太郎 
Romanji: Kentaro
Birthdate: 1997-06-30 (age 19)
Height: 178 cm
Blood Type: 
Talent Agency: Image Entertainment
Genre: Film, TV
Active: 2012 - 
Awards: 0  


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Kentaro is a Japanese actor and model represented by Image Entertainment.  He is known for his appearance in Gakko no Kaidan as well as Good Morning Call.

Movies: 14 That Night (2016), Sakurada Reset 1 (2017)
Dramas: Gakko no Kaidan (NTV / 2015),  Good Morning Call (Fuji TV-Netflix / 2016), Aogeba Toutoshi (TBS / 2016)
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