Kamenashi Kazuya, commonly referred to as Kame, is a Japanese idol born and raised in Edogawa, Tokyo. He joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates (or Johnny's Entertainment, JE) when he was 12.
In 2002, he and five others we put together to form the group KAT-TUN. First KAT-TUN was only to be used as backing dancers however due to their growing popularity they managed debuted in 2006 with the single 'Real Face' which that year broke one million sales.
Before his debut with KAT-TUN Kamenashi had acted in several dramas perhaps most popular being 'Nobuta Wo Produce' (2005) during which formed the temporary duo 'Shūji to Akira' with him and Yamashita Tomohisa to sing the theme song "Seishun Amigo". The single was a massive success and broke one million sales in 2005. Kamenashi won 47th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor for Nobuta wo Produce and 'Seishun Amigo' won the Japan Gold Disc Awards: Song Of The Year.
Kamenashi has acted in a number of dramas with the members of KAT-TUN. Most notably 'Gokusen 2' (2005) with Akanashi Jin and 'Tatta Hitotsu no Koi' (2006) with Tanaka Koki. Both Akanashi and Tanaka have now left KAT-TUN, Akanashi in 2010 and Tanaka in 2013. Most recently Taguchi Junnosuke announced he will also be leaving in Spring 2016. KAT-TUN is currently a quartet soon to be a trio with the remaining members being: Kamenashi Kazuya, Ueda Tatsuya, and Nakamaru Yuichi. They still have had considerable success with every single released so far reaching number one on the Oricon charts.
Aside from acting and various varity TV Shows with KAT-TUN Kamenashi is kept very busy. He hosts his own weekly radio show "Kamenashi Kazuya no Hang Out" and has a regular columns in multiple magazine. Kamenashi is also an avid baseball fan and works as a baseball reporter/MC on the weekly show 'Going! Sports & News' and 'Dramatic Game' as a commentator.
Kamenashi also has appeared in several stage productions. He was a dancer/supporting role in 'Dream Boys' from 2000 to 2004 and then had a lead role from 2007 to 2009 and then again in 2011 and 2012. In 2015 he starred in the stage production “Aoi Shushi wa Taiyo no Naka ni Aru” by acclaimed theatre director Ninagawa Yukio.
Many of Kamenashi's dramas and films use KAT-TUN's songs as their theme/end credit songs. Kamenashi wrote his solo "Kizuna" for 'Gokusen 2'. Tamaki Koji and Kamenashi teamed up as temporary duo 'Hottake BAND' to create the theme song "Sayonara☆Arigato" for 'Tokyo Bandwagon' (2013) which topped Oricon Weekly chart.
Kamenashi made his cinematic debut reprising his role as Odagiri Ryu from 'Gokusen 2' (2005) in 'Gokusen: The Movie' (2009). Another popular drama he starred in 'Yokai Ningen Bem' (2011) was also adapted into a film in 2012. In 2013 Kamenashi turned heads when he stared as 33 characters in bizarre Fantasy/Thriller 'Ore, Ore' by famous outlandish writer/director Satoshi Miki. Kamenashi was quoted in saying that his job as an idol/actor/sports caster helped him assume the different identities needed to play the role. The film premiered at the Udine, Italy for Far East Film Festival in April 2013 and won the “My Audience Award”.
Kamenashi's baseball skills led him to play the role of Naganiash Roy in 'Vancouver no Asahi' (2014). He is said to have pitched over 100 balls a day and drank pain medication during the filming. He won an award for this role at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Playing the role of Kato in 'Joker Game' (2015) was Kamenashi's first time acting with actress Fukada Kyoko. They then worked together again on 'Second Love' (2015) which, with it's steamy love scenes, got Kamenashi the nickname “Johnny’s Sex Symbol” which he finds very amusing and commented “They (JE) might not like me saying this but, I want to work hard to get used being Johnny’s sex symbol”.
Known as a bit of a show off in his younger years he matured in the industry and is well liked by his peers both younger and older. Some of his friends being: Shohei Miura, Ohno Satoshi, Tsumabuki Satoshi, and Sato Koichi.
The fans of KAT-TUN know him as: fashion conscious, a workaholic, a fan of telling adult jokes, and during KAT-TUN Lives - a keen performer of 'fan-service'. Some other Johnny’s idols say they wouldn’t be able to get away with the fan-service he does, for example: wearing sunglasses and slowly taking them off, licking his lips, and winking. Kamenashi even says that once he didn’t wear sunglasses and their fans complained.