Inoue Mao

Mao Inoue

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  • First Name: Mao
  • Family Name: Inoue
  • Native name: 井上真央
  • Also Known as: いのうえ まお
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Female
  • Born: January 9, 1987
  • Age: 32

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Mao Inoue

Inoue Mao

  • Name: Inoue Mao
  • Native name: 井上真央
  • Also Known as: いのうえ まお
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Female
  • Born: January 9, 1987
  • Age: 32
Mao Inoue is a Japanese actress. She debuted as a U-15 idol in 1999. She is best known to Japanese television drama audiences as Akane Imai in Kids War and as Makino Tsukushi in the popular Hana Yori Dango series.

Inoue Mao started her career as an actress at five years old. She has been in many dramas since then. The viewers took notice of her in the series Kids War which ran from 1999 to 2003. In 2005, Mao took the lead role in the drama adaptation of the popular manga Hana Yori Dango, with Arashi member Matsumoto Jun, Shun Oguri, Shota Matsuda and Tsuyoshi Abe. Mao was awarded Best Actress by Television Drama Academy in the same year that the drama was aired.

Inoue Mao revealed in one show that her mother encouraged her to join performing acts to learn when she was at the age of 4. She was also learning music and arts. Acting wasn't her priority then but when she received her first fan letter, she decided to continue acting. Despite joining the show business at an early age, she also put priority to her school. In 2004, despite the rise of her popularity from the Kid's War series, she decided to put her acting on hold as she concentrated on graduating from University of Japan and enrolling at Meiji University. In 2005, at 18, Inoue enrolled in Meiji University, majoring in theater and literature; she chose Chinese as her second language elective. In her last year of college, she concentrated solely on her studies. In March 2009, she graduated from Meiji University.

On August 23, 2017, after a year and a half hiatus, it has been announced that Mao Inoue will make a drama comeback in a Fuji TV drama in fall titled " Ashita no Yakusoku" . Broadcast will start Oct 17, 2017.
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2017 Ashita no Yakusoku
Japanese Drama, 2017, 10 eps
Aizawa Hinata (Main Role)
10
Aizawa Hinata
Main Role
7.9
2015 Hana Moyu
Japanese Drama, 2015, 50 eps
Fumi (Main Role)
50
Fumi
Main Role
7.8
2012 Tokkan
Japanese Drama, 2012, 10 eps
Suzumiya Miki (Main Role)
10
Suzumiya Miki
Main Role
7.2
2011 Ohisama
Japanese Drama, 2011, 156 eps
Sudo Youko (Main Role)
156
Sudo Youko
Main Role
8.5
2010 Juui Dolittle
Japanese Drama, 2010, 9 eps
Tajima Asuka (Main Role)
9
Tajima Asuka
Main Role
7.5
2009 Karei naru Spy
Japanese Drama, 2009, 10 eps
Yoshizawa Ami (ep1) (Guest Role)
10
Yoshizawa Ami (ep1)
Guest Role
6.7
2008 Osama no Shinzo
Japanese Drama, 2008, 1 eps
Kariya Sakura (Main Role)
1
Kariya Sakura
Main Role
6.2
2007 First Kiss
Japanese Drama, 2007, 11 eps
Fukunaga Mio (Main Role)
11
Fukunaga Mio
Main Role
6.7
2007 Hana Yori Dango 2
Japanese Drama, 2007, 11 eps
Makino Tsukushi (Main Role)
11
Makino Tsukushi
Main Role
8.4
2005 Hana Yori Dango
Japanese Drama, 2005, 9 eps
Makino Tsukushi (Main Role)
9
Makino Tsukushi
Main Role
8.4
2005 Emergency Room 24 Hours 3
Japanese Drama, 2005, 11 eps
Sae Kokubo (Ep.1-4) (Guest Role)
11
Sae Kokubo (Ep.1-4)
Guest Role
8.1
2004 Home Drama
Japanese Drama, 2004, 11 eps
Nagamine Shoko (Main Role)
11
Nagamine Shoko
Main Role
8.3
1999 Kids War: Zaken na yo
Japanese Drama, 1999, 40 eps
Akane Imai (Main Role)
40
Akane Imai
Main Role
8.3
1995 Kura
Japanese Drama, 1995, 6 eps
Tanouchi Retsu [Young] (Support Role)
6
Tanouchi Retsu [Young]
Support Role
0.0
1994 Ninja Sentai Kakuranger
Japanese Drama, 1994, 53 eps
Tsuruhime (young) (Support Role)
53
Tsuruhime (young)
Support Role
8.2
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2019 Katsuben!
Japanese Movie, 2019,
(Support Role)
Support Role
0.0
2018 Yakiniku Dragon
Japanese Movie, 2018,
Yi Hwa (Rika) (Main Role)
Yi Hwa (Rika)
Main Role
7.4
2014 The Murder of Snow White
Japanese Movie, 2014,
Shirono Miki (Main Role)
Shirono Miki
Main Role
8.1
2013 The Eternal Zero
Japanese Movie, 2013,
Matsuno [Kyuzo's wife] (Support Role)
Matsuno [Kyuzo's wife]
Support Role
8.6
2013 King Of Apology
Japanese Movie, 2013,
Noriko Kuramochi (Support Role)
Noriko Kuramochi
Support Role
7.3
2012 Tsuna Hiichatta!
Japanese Movie, 2012,
Nishikawa Chiaki (Main Role)
Nishikawa Chiaki
Main Role
7.2
2011 Rebirth
Japanese Movie, 2011,
Akiyama Erina (Main Role)
Akiyama Erina
Main Role
7.7
2011 Oba: The Last Samurai
Japanese Movie, 2011,
Aono Chieko (Support Role)
Aono Chieko
Support Role
7.8
2010 Surely Someday
Japanese Movie, 2010,
Goto Shoko (Support Role)
Goto Shoko
Support Role
7.6
2010 My Darling is a Foreigner
Japanese Movie, 2010,
Saori (Main Role)
Saori
Main Role
6.9
2009 I Give My First Love to You
Japanese Movie, 2009,
Taneda Mayu (Main Role)
Taneda Mayu
Main Role
8.1
2008 Hana Yori Dango : Final
Japanese Movie, 2008,
Makino Tsukushi (Main Role)
Makino Tsukushi
Main Role
8.1
2007 Kaidan
Japanese Movie, 2007,
Ohisa (Support Role)
Ohisa
Support Role
6.5
2007 Gegege no Kitaro
Japanese Movie, 2007,
Mika Miura (Support Role)
Mika Miura
Support Role
6.9
2006 Check It Out, Yo!
Japanese Movie, 2006,
Haebaru Yui (Main Role)
Haebaru Yui
Main Role
6.7
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
2018 Ranhansha
Japanese Special, 2018, 1 eps
Kayama Mitsue (Main Role)
1
Kayama Mitsue
Main Role
8.3
2013 Paji - Jijii to Magomusume no Aijo Monogatari
Japanese Special, 2013, 1 eps
Momo (adult) (Support Role)
1
Momo (adult)
Support Role
8.1
2009 Yo nimo Kimyou na Monogatari: 2009 Fall Special
Japanese Special, 2009, 1 eps
{Kensaku Suru Onna} Okazaki Kanako (Main Role)
1
{Kensaku Suru Onna} Okazaki Kanako
Main Role
8.0
2009 Tengoku de Kimi ni Aetara
Japanese Special, 2009, 1 eps
Nonogami Natsumi (Support Role)
1
Nonogami Natsumi
Support Role
7.6
2009 Anmitsu Hime 2
Japanese Special, 2009, 1 eps
Anmitsu Hime (Main Role)
1
Anmitsu Hime
Main Role
7.8
2008 Hana Yori Dango Special Final
Japanese Special, 2008, 1 eps
Makino Tsukushi (Main Role)
1
Makino Tsukushi
Main Role
8.1
2008 Anmitsu Hime
Japanese Special, 2008, 2 eps
Anmitsu Hime / Tokoroten (Main Role)
2
Anmitsu Hime / Tokoroten
Main Role
6.7
2007 Hana Ikusa
Japanese Special, 2007, 1 eps
Iwasaki Mineko (Main Role)
1
Iwasaki Mineko
Main Role
7.4
2005 Grave of the Fireflies
Japanese Special, 2005, 1 eps
Natsu Sawano (Support Role)
1
Natsu Sawano
Support Role
8.5
TV Show
Year Title # Role Rating
2008 Himitsu no Arashi-chan
Japanese TV Show, 2008, 211 eps
(Ep.197) (Guest)
211
(Ep.197)
Guest
8.9
2007 Hana yori Dango 2 (Returns) Bangai hen - Makinoke Hajimete no Kazoku Ryoko in N.Y.
Japanese TV Show, 2007, 1 eps
Makino Tsukushi (Main Host)
1
Makino Tsukushi
Main Host
8.0
1994 Tokyo Friends Park II
Japanese TV Show, 1994, 0 eps
(Guest)
0
Guest
7.9
1951 Kouhaku Uta Gassen
Japanese TV Show, 1951, 69 eps
2011 (Main Host)
69
2011
Main Host
9.0
Articles
Hana Yori Dango: 1 Manga, 7 Adaptions and Counting
Editorials - Apr 26, 2018

Catch up on the various adaptions of the manga Hana Yori Dango, just in time for its newest sequel, Hana Nochi Hare!

Everything You Need to Know About Hana Nochi Hare
News - Apr 17, 2018

The much anticipated sequel to Hana Yori Dango will premiere this Tuesday, April 17! Here's everything you need to know before it starts.

Which Classic Asian Drama Character Are You?
Editorials - Mar 24, 2018

Asian dramas are full of character archetypes from the naive female lead to the evil mother and rich and arrogant hero. Find out which character you represent the most by taking the quiz!

Meet the New Cast of the "Meteor Garden" 2018 Remake!
News - Nov 23, 2017

The much anticipated Taiwanese Drama remake of the 2001/2002 hit series "Meteor Garden" has confirmed cast and is slated to premiere next year in 2018.

A Stalker's Guide to Matsumoto Jun
Editorials - Nov 8, 2017

Everything an obsessed fan might want to know about Matsumoto Jun.

Fall 2017 Preview: The Upcoming Asian Dramas
News - Oct 7, 2017

Which Asian dramas will air this fall?