Ninomiya Kazunari

Kazunari Ninomiya (二宮 和也, Ninomiya Kazunari, born June 17, 1983), often called Nino (ニノ), is a Japanese idol, singer, songwriter, actor, seiyū and radio host. He is a member of Japanese boy band Arashi and is best known to movie audiences for his portrayal as Private Saigo in the 2006 Clint Eastwood war film Letters from Iwo Jima.



Ninomiya began his career in the entertainment industry when he joined the Japanese talent agency Johnny & Associates in 1996 at the age of 13. Prior to his debut as a singer with Arashi in 1999, Ninomiya started an acting career when he was cast as Chris 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 drama, movie and stage productions, making him known as the actor of Arashi. Described as an actor who can act with his mouth and eyes, Ninomiya has won a number of awards and nominations for his roles.



Ninomiya was born in Katsushika, Tokyo as the youngest child of his family. His father and mother were both working as chefs when they met and his sister is two years older than he is. His parents divorced early in his life and his father left the family soon after. When Ninomiya was born, his grandfather immediately came home and named him the heir to the family's windshield factory since he was his grandfather's only grandson. However, when Ninomiya was twelve years old, his cousin sent in an application to Johnny & Associates without his knowledge. After attending and passing the auditions due to his mother's prodding, he joined the talent agency.

Ninomiya graduated from high school in March 2002 at the age of 18



Ninomiya began his acting career in a 1997 stage play based on the American coming of age film Stand by Me with future bandmates Masaki Aiba and Jun Matsumoto. He did not return to do any major stage productions for nearly seven years after Stand by Me, instead focusing on dramas. However, in 2004, Ninomiya appeared in his first lead role in the stage play Shibuya Kara Tooku Hanarete (シブヤから遠く離れて). From April 3, 2005 to May 4, 2005, he took up Rebel Without a Cause, playing the James Dean character Jim Stark.



From July 18, 2009 to August 11, 2009, Ninomiya appeared in his first stage play in four years. He starred as the psychopathic murderer Bruno in Mishiranu Jōkyaku (見知らぬ乗客, Strangers on a Train), which was based on the novel of the same name.



In 1998, he made his television debut as a fifteen-year-old runaway in the TBS television movie Amagi Goe (天城越え, Crossing Mt. Amagi). Just a few months before his debut with Arashi, he was given his first lead role in the drama Abunai Hōkago (あぶない放課後, Dangerous After School) with Subaru Shibutani acting as his stepbrother. His schedule became packed, causing him to lose 7 kg in a month as a result. From October 11, 1999 to October 29, 1999, because Arashi were the main supporters for the 8th World Cup of Volleyball Championships, all five members co-starred together for the first time in the volleyball-centered short drama V no Arashi (Vの嵐).



From 2003 to 2005, Ninomiya continued to appear in a wide range of dramas. He played a student who found himself to be one of the last four virgins left at school in the comedy series Stand Up!!, a boyfriend of a girl who mysteriously shrunk into a size of merely sixteen centimeters tall in the romance series Minami-kun no Koibito (南くんの恋人, Minami's Girlfriend) and a young man who accidentally killed his mother and developed an estranged relationship with his father as a result in the human drama series Yasashii Jikan (優しい時間, Affectionate Time)

In January 2010, Ninomiya 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". Ninomiya portrayed Shūji Yamagiwa (山際 修司, Yamagiwa Shūji), a 27-year-old temporary security center employee who is caught up in a building hijack. On September 20, 2010, he made a guest appearance on the last episode of bandmate Matsumoto and Yūko Takeuchi's getsuku drama Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku (夏の恋は虹色に輝く, Summer Love Shines in Rainbow Colors).



2006 proved to be a productive year for Ninomiya as he became the first artist from Johnny's & Associates to debut in Hollywood. He played a reluctant soldier called Saigo in Clint Eastwood's Academy Award-nominated Letters from Iwo Jima with Academy Award-nominated actor Ken Watanabe. His performance was praised by many film critics.



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Drama & Films

Drama

Year
Title
#
Role
Rating
2016
1
Botchan Main Role
8.0
2015
1
Tatekawa Danshun Main Role
7.9
2015
2
Makuuchi Heita Supporting Role
7.6
2014
11
Tamo Aoshi Main Role
7.5
2012
1
Hasebe Yasuyuki Main Role
8.3
2011
1
Take Seiji Main Role
7.8
2010
10
Take Seiji Main Role
7.8
2010
10
(Ep.10) Guest Role
7.3
2010
1
Shuji Yamagiwa Main Role
7.7
2009
1
Nonoue Junichi Main Role
7.6
2008
10
Ariake Koichi Main Role
8.2
2008
11
Kumada Masayoshi Guest Role
8.5
2007
1
Miyata Shotaro Main Role
8.2
2007
10
Yamada Taro Main Role
7.6
2007
11
Tawara Ippei Main Role
7.5
2006
1
Kitahara Kazunori Main Role
8.1
2005
11
Wakui Takuro Main Role
7.5
2004
11
Minami Susumu Main Role
7.0
2003
1
asahi shouhei Main Role
7.4
2003
11
Asai Shouhei Main Role
7.3
2003
10
Nanami Kenta Main Role
5.8
2001
10
Sakaguchi Nobu Main Role
6.7
2000
11
Fuchigami Kenta Supporting Role
7.5
1999
15
himself Supporting Role
7.2
1999
10
Unknown Role
6.0
1999
11
Katsuyuki Main Role
6.7
1998
11
Aoki Taiki Supporting Role
6.7
1998
1
Supporting Role
4.0
1998
1
Takichi [Young] Main Role
6.6

Films

Year
Title
Role
Rating
2017
Mitsuru Sasaki Main Role
N/A
2016
Contract Killer ("Grim Reaper") Supporting Role
7.9
2015
Koji Fukuhara Main Role
8.8
2015
Koro-sensei (voice) Main Role
7.9
2014
Onda Takuma Main Role
7.5
2013
Kagura Ryuuhei Main Role
8.1
2011
Kurono Kei Main Role
8.1
2011
Kei Kurono Main Role
7.5
2011
Kurono Kei Main Role
8.0
2010
Unoshin Mizuno Main Role
7.6
2009
Kurasawa Hideo Main Role
8.3
2009
Host Guest Role
7.6
2007
Eisuke Muraoka Main Role
6.9
2006
Saigo Main Role
8.4
2004
Onda Takuma Main Role
7.3
2003
Kushimori Shuichi Main Role
7.7
2002
Onda Takuma Main Role
7.5

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    Mieun Jun 17, 2016

    Happy Birthday!!! ♥♥♥

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    katrina21 Jun 17, 2016

    happy birthday :D

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    MagicPotato Oct 19, 2015

    FANTASTIC JOB WITH KOROSENSEI!

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    katrina21 Jun 17, 2015

    happy birthday :D

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    Miya Jun 17, 2015

    Happy Birthday!

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    kazunarisarah Jun 17, 2014

    Happy birthday prince charming ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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    Miya Jun 17, 2014

    Happy Birthday!!!!

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    lontongstroong Mar 5, 2014

    He is immensely talented but somehow underused by his agency. I want to see him tackle more thespian and challenging roles

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    mimi_lovesdrama Jun 17, 2013

    Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!! ^ ^ i love u nino!!!

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    katrina21 Jun 17, 2013

    happy birthday!!! <3 <3 ^_^

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    mayu-chan Jun 17, 2013

    happy birthday!! ^ ^

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    Nerdnuss Jun 17, 2013

    Happy Birthday!

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    Marlee87 Jun 17, 2013

    Otanjoubi omedetou to our mischievous Nino <3 Love you my Arashi-boy!! <3<3<3<3

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    ninjaria Jun 16, 2013

    Love Nino's acting.
    Today is his special day.
    Happy 30th birthday :)

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    nielyngrace Jun 8, 2013

    wow. nino's really a master actor

Details

  • Name:

    Ninomiya Kazunari
  • Native name:

    二宮和也
  • Also Known as:

    Nino - neen - kazu-chan (from his mother)
  • Nationality:

    Japanese
  • Gender:

    Male
  • Born:

    June 17, 1983
  • Age:

    33