Okada Junichi

Junichi Okada (岡田 准一, Okada Jun'ichi, born November 18, 1980) is a member of Japanese boy band V6, which is under the management of Johnny & Associates. He joined Johnny & Associates at the age of 14.

In the summer of 1995, he participated in Johnny's Pre-School, part of the NTV program Tensai, Takeshi no Genki ga Deru Terebi (天才・たけしの元気が出るテレビ!!?). He passed the audition and joined Johnny & Associates at the age of 14. After being in Johnny's for only a short period of three months, he made his debut as the youngest member of the idol group V6. Unlike the rest of the members in the group, he did not have much experience as Johnny's Jr. The first time that he had been on a music program was only after the debut of V6. Their debut song was "Music For the People".

Okada can play the guitar, as well as the piano. His mother is a piano teacher. His voice is in the middle range, and hence his solos usually include slower ballads. Recently, he has been given longer solos in V6 songs, such as "Way of Life". He also reveals that during V6's 2008 concert Vibes, he was directing most of the lightning, staging, and costumes.

Besides known for being a V6 member, Okada is an accomplished actor with eleven movies, in which he plays the lead roles in eight of them, and sixteen dramas, in which he plays the lead roles in four of them. In a Shōnen Club Premium interview on May 7, 2009, he revealed that it was the Japanese drama Kisarazu Cat's Eye that caught viewers and directors' attention of his acting ability. The success of the drama led to the making of two subsequent movies, Kisarazu Cat's Eye: Nihon Series and Kisarazu Cat's Eye: World Series. His other notable dramas include Tiger & Dragon, a comedy drama about rakugo, a form of Japanese comedy acted only by one person telling that story. and SP (also known as Security Police), an action suspense drama about a team of security police bodyguards in charge of protecting important people in the government. With Shinichi Tsutsumi as his co-star, the drama drew in overall ratings of 15.35% despite its Saturday 11:00 p.m. (JST) time slot; its special episode broadcast in 2008 also received a viewership rating of 21.5%.

He made a big leap in his movie career with Tokyo Tower in 2005. In the movie he portrayed a young college student torn between his love for a lady twenty years his senior and the views society has on these kinds of relationship. After that came Hana Yori no Naho' (花よりもなほ?), known as Hana to Western movie audiences, directed by the renowned director Hirokazu Koreeda (Distance, After Life and Nobody Knows). In the movie, Okada portrayed Sōza, a samurai uninterested in killing his enemy and focused on what he could do today to be a better person instead. The movie earned him a nomination for the Blue Ribbon Awards, but he declined this nomination. Nevertheless, he still got awarded the Ishihara Yujiro New Actor Award at Nikkan Sports Film Award for his role in Hana. Recently, he has been involved in movies such as Kagehinata Ni Saku (陰日向に咲く, Flowers in the Shadow?), portraying a young man in debt because of pachinko, and Otonari (おとなり?), an unconventional love story between two neighbors who have never met each other and only follow the other person's life through the sounds they hear from the other side of the wall.

Okada is known for being reserved. He does not meet with many people within the agency. In an interview on Shōnen Club Premium, Okada said that when he was little, whenever his name was called up to read something in class, he would feel like vomiting and purposely avoided school on those day. Within V6, he is also the most quiet person. He enjoys carpentry and has carved wooden bears for children.

In August 2008, it was rumored that Okada and Tiger & Dragon co-star Yu Aoi are dating.

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Drama & Films

Drama

Year
Title
#
Role
Rating
2015
1
Atsushi Dojo Main Role
8.3
2014
50
Kuroda Kanbei Main Role
8.7
2011
1
Inoue Kaoru Main Role
7.7
2008
1
Inoue Kaoru Main Role
7.1
2007
11
Inoue Kaoru Main Role
7.9
2006
1
Crown Prince Li Eun Main Role
7.8
2005
11
Yanaka Ryuji / Hayashiyatei Kotatsu Main Role
8.1
2005
1
Yanaka Ryuji / Hayashiyatei Kotatsu Main Role
8.1
2005
1
Kitazawa Kikou Main Role
5.3
2005
2
Nakatomino Kamatari Main Role
7.0
2003
10
Kashiwakura Ichiro Main Role
7.3
2003
1
Guest Role
7.4
2002
4
Ryuji Supporting Role
N/A
2002
9
Bussan (Tabuchi Kouhei) Main Role
8.1
2001
1
Oishi Chikara Supporting Role
8.0
2000
11
Tadashi Main Role
7.7
2000
11
Main Role
7.5
1999
1
Yamamuro Yuuji Main Role
9.0
1999
10
Kumazawa Shinroku Main Role
6.0
1998
11
Main Role
6.7
1997
11
Kihara Toranosuke Main Role
6.7
1995
25
Okada Supporting Role
6.2

Films

Year
Title
Role
Rating
2017
Mitsunari Ishida Main Role
N/A
2017
Atsushi Shikata Main Role
10
2016
Tetsuzo Kunioka Main Role
8.0
2016
Makoto Fukamachi Main Role
7.2
2015
Atsushi Dojo Main Role
8.3
2014
Shozaburo Danno Main Role
7.3
2013
Miyabe Kyuzo Main Role
8.6
2013
Dojo Atsushi Main Role
8.2
2012
Yasui Santetsu / Shibukawa Shunkai Main Role
8.1
2011
Inoue Kaoru Main Role
8.0
2010
Inoue Kaoru Main Role
7.9
2009
Satoshi Main Role
7.9
2008
Maya Main Role
6.5
2006
Tabuchi Kouhei - Bussan Main Role
8.0
2006
Sozaemon Aoki Main Role
7.3
2005
Sawamura Kouichi Main Role
6.7
2005
Park Sun Shin Main Role
7.7
2005
Kojima Toru Main Role
6.5
2003
Kohei 'Bussan' Tabuchi Main Role
8.1
2003
Sawada Azuma Main Role
6.5
2003
Takashi Akai Main Role
7.0
2001
Chikara Oishi Supporting Role
7.4

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    hikali Nov 27, 2015

    I wish he played in more drama. I really love his acting and how it's developed over time.

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    shinju Aug 7, 2015 - edited

    really underrated actor :(

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    Dounie Dec 5, 2014

    I simply loved him as bussan ( "Kisarazu Cat's Eye" is my favorite Japanese drama <3 )

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    Hana85 Feb 9, 2013

    He's great actor :)

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    makou Nov 7, 2012

    Bussan!! <3 ;;__;;

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    shinju Jul 24, 2012 - edited

    Okadachi <3

Details

  • Name:

    Okada Junichi
  • Native name:

    岡田准一
  • Nationality:

    Japanese
  • Gender:

    Male
  • Born:

    November 18, 1980
  • Age:

    36

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