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: 37
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 had been announced that Mao Inoue would make a drama comeback in a Fuji TV drama in fall titled "Ashita no Yakusoku". The broadcast started on October 17, 2017. Edit Biography
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2023 Hyakuman Kai Ieba Yokatta
Japanese Drama, 2023, 10 eps
Soma Yui (Main Role)
10
Soma Yui
Main Role
7.7
2021 Nigatsu no Shosha: Zettai Gokaku no Kyoshitsu
Japanese Drama, 2021, 10 eps
Sakura Mai (Main Role)
10
Sakura Mai
Main Role
7.8
2019 Shonen Torajiro
Japanese Drama, 2019, 5 eps
Kuruma Mitsuko (Main Role)
5
Main Role
7.6
2017 Ashita no Yakusoku
Japanese Drama, 2017, 10 eps
Aizawa Hinata (Main Role)
10
Main Role
7.5
2015 Hana Moyu
Japanese Drama, 2015, 50 eps
Sugi Fumi (Main Role)
50
Sugi Fumi
Main Role
7.6
2012 Tokkan
Japanese Drama, 2012, 10 eps
Suzumiya Miki (Main Role)
10
Main Role
7.2
2011 Ohisama
Japanese Drama, 2011, 156 eps
Sudo Youko (Main Role)
156
Main Role
8.0
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 (Ep. 1) (Guest Role)
10
Yoshizawa Ami (Ep. 1)
Guest Role
7.1
2008 Osama no Shinzo
Japanese Drama, 2008, 1 eps
Kariya Sakura (Main Role)
1
Main Role
6.6
2007 First Kiss
Japanese Drama, 2007, 11 eps
Fukunaga Mio (Main Role)
11
Main Role
6.8
2007 Hana Yori Dango 2
Japanese Drama, 2007, 11 eps
Makino Tsukushi (Main Role)
11
Main Role
8.2
2005 Hana Yori Dango
Japanese Drama, 2005, 9 eps
Makino Tsukushi (Main Role)
9
Main Role
8.2
2005 Emergency Room 24 Hours Season 3
Japanese Drama, 2005, 11 eps
Kokubo Sae (Ep. 1-4) (Support Role)
11
Kokubo Sae (Ep. 1-4)
Support Role
7.9
2004 Home Drama
Japanese Drama, 2004, 11 eps
Nagamine Shoko (Main Role)
11
Main Role
8.0
2003 Kids War: Zaken na yo Season 5
Japanese Drama, 2003, 45 eps
Imai Akane (Main Role)
45
Main Role
0.0
2002 Kids War: Zaken na yo Season 4
Japanese Drama, 2002, 40 eps
Imai Akane (Main Role)
40
Main Role
8.4
2001 Kids War: Zaken na yo Season 3
Japanese Drama, 2001, 45 eps
Imai Akane (Main Role)
45
Main Role
8.2
2000 Kids War: Zaken na yo Season 2
Japanese Drama, 2000, 45 eps
Imai Akane (Main Role)
45
Main Role
0.0
1999 Kids War: Zaken na yo
Japanese Drama, 1999, 40 eps
Imai Akane (Main Role)
40
Main Role
7.5
1998 Hi no Ryosen
Japanese Drama, 1998, 65 eps
Kagami Moe (Support Role)
65
Kagami Moe
Support Role
0.0
1997 Terakoya Yume Shinan
Japanese Drama, 1997, 24 eps
Osaki (Support Role)
24
Osaki
Support Role
0.0
1997 Kin no Tamago
Japanese Drama, 1997, 12 eps
(Unknown)
12
Unknown
8.0
1996 Mito Komon Season 25
Japanese Drama, 1996, 43 eps
(Ep. 14) (Guest Role)
43
(Ep. 14)
Guest Role
0.0
1995 Kura
Japanese Drama, 1995, 6 eps
Tanouchi Retsu [Young] (Support Role)
6
Tanouchi Retsu [Young]
Support Role
10.0
1994 Ninja Sentai Kakuranger
Japanese Drama, 1994, 53 eps
Tsuruhime [Young] (Ep. 30-31) (Guest Role)
53
Tsuruhime [Young] (Ep. 30-31)
Guest Role
7.6
1992 Zankokuna Shashin
Japanese Drama, 1992, 1 eps
(Support Role)
1
Support Role
0.0
1992 Manatsu no Keiji
Japanese Drama, 1992, 20 eps
[Child who gets hit by police car] (Guest Role)
20
[Child who gets hit by police car]
Guest Role
0.0
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2022 Remember to Breathe
Japanese Movie, 2022,
Yuko (Main Role)
Yuko
Main Role
0.0
2021 Angry Rice Wives
Japanese Movie, 2021,
Matsuura Ito (Main Role)
Matsuura Ito
Main Role
7.5
2020 I Have Never Shot Anyone
Japanese Movie, 2020,
Fukuhara Utama (Support Role)
Fukuhara Utama
Support Role
5.5
2019 Katsuben!
Japanese Movie, 2019,
Tachibana Kotoe (Support Role)
Tachibana Kotoe
Support Role
7.9
2019 Ranhansha
Japanese Movie, 2019,
Kayama Mitsue (Main Role)
Kayama Mitsue
Main Role
7.4
2018 Yakiniku Dragon
Japanese Movie, 2018,
Yi Hwa [Rika] (Main Role)
Yi Hwa [Rika]
Main Role
7.5
2014 The Murder of Snow White
Japanese Movie, 2014,
Shirono Miki (Main Role)
Main Role
7.8
2013 The Eternal Zero
Japanese Movie, 2013,
Miyabe Matsuno [Kyuzo's wife] (Support Role)
Miyabe Matsuno [Kyuzo's wife]
Support Role
8.2
2013 King Of Apology
Japanese Movie, 2013,
Kuramochi Noriko (case 1) (Support Role)
Kuramochi Noriko (case 1)
Support Role
7.3
2012 Tsuna Hiichatta!
Japanese Movie, 2012,
Nishikawa Chiaki (Main Role)
Main Role
7.2
2011 Rebirth
Japanese Movie, 2011,
Akiyama Erina (Main Role)
Main Role
7.5
2011 Oba: The Last Samurai
Japanese Movie, 2011,
Aono Chieko (Support Role)
Aono Chieko
Support Role
7.4
2010 Surely Someday
Japanese Movie, 2010,
Goto Shoko (Support Role)
Goto Shoko
Support Role
7.5
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)
Main Role
8.0
2008 Hana Yori Dango Final
Japanese Movie, 2008,
Makino Tsukushi (Main Role)
Main Role
8.0
2007 Kaidan
Japanese Movie, 2007,
Ohisa (Support Role)
Ohisa
Support Role
6.6
2007 Gegege no Kitaro
Japanese Movie, 2007,
Mika Miura (Support Role)
Mika Miura
Support Role
7.0
2006 Check It Out, Yo!
Japanese Movie, 2006,
Haebaru Yui (Main Role)
Main Role
6.9
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
2022 Yoru no Agura: Ane to Ototo to Watashi
Japanese Special, 2022, 1 eps
Akiko (Main Role)
1
Akiko
Main Role
8.0
2020 Shonen Torajiro Special
Japanese Special, 2020, 2 eps
Mitsuko (Main Role)
2
Mitsuko
Main Role
8.0
2018 Ranhansha
Japanese Special, 2018, 1 eps
Kayama Mitsue (Main Role)
1
Main Role
7.4
2013 Paji - Jijii to Magomusume no Aijo Monogatari
Japanese Special, 2013, 1 eps
Momo [Adult] (Support Role)
1
Momo [Adult]
Support Role
7.6
2009 Yo nimo Kimyo 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
7.0
2009 Tengoku de Kimi ni Aetara
Japanese Special, 2009, 1 eps
Nonogami Natsumi (Support Role)
1
Nonogami Natsumi
Support Role
7.4
2009 Anmitsu Hime 2
Japanese Special, 2009, 1 eps
Anmitsu Hime (Main Role)
1
Main Role
7.2
2008 Hana Yori Dango Special Final
Japanese Special, 2008, 1 eps
Makino Tsukushi (Main Role)
1
Makino Tsukushi
Main Role
7.9
2008 Anmitsu Hime
Japanese Special, 2008, 2 eps
2
Main Role
6.9
2007 Hana Ikusa
Japanese Special, 2007, 1 eps
Iwasaki Mineko (Main Role)
1
Main Role
7.4
2005 Grave of the Fireflies
Japanese Special, 2005, 1 eps
Natsu Sawano (Support Role)
1
Natsu Sawano
Support Role
7.9
2003 Kids War Special: Kore de Final! Zaken na yo
Japanese Special, 2003, 1 eps
Imai Akane (Main Role)
1
Main Role
0.0
2002 Kids War Special: Aikoso Subete da! Zaken na yo
Japanese Special, 2002, 1 eps
Imai Akane (Main Role)
1
Main Role
0.0
2002 Kids War Special: Zaken na yo
Japanese Special, 2002, 1 eps
Imai Akane (Main Role)
1
Main Role
0.0
2000 Father
Japanese Special, 2000, 1 eps
(Support Role)
1
Support Role
7.0
1994 The Locksmith 2
Japanese Special, 1994, 1 eps
Nohira Kaori (Guest Role)
1
Nohira Kaori
Guest Role
1.0
TV Show
Year Title # Role Rating
2021 Zeroichi
Japanese TV Show, 2021, 100 eps
(Ep. 28) (Guest)
100
(Ep. 28)
Guest
7.0
2009 A-Studio+
Japanese TV Show, 2009, 810 eps
(Ep. 51, 694) (Guest)
810
(Ep. 51, 694)
Guest
10.0
2008 Another Sky
Japanese TV Show, 2008, 541 eps
(Guest)
541
Guest
9.0
2008 Shabekuri 007
Japanese TV Show, 2008, 600 eps
(Ep. 165, 295) (Guest)
600
(Ep. 165, 295)
Guest
8.3
2008 Himitsu no Arashi-chan
Japanese TV Show, 2008, 211 eps
(Ep. 67, 99, 197) (Guest)
211
(Ep. 67, 99, 197)
Guest
8.5
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
7.8
2006 Arashi no Shukudai-kun
Japanese TV Show, 2006, 178 eps
(Ep. 156-157) (Guest)
178
(Ep. 156-157)
Guest
8.5
2005 Oshareism
Japanese TV Show, 2005, 760 eps
(Ep. 216) (Guest)
760
(Ep. 216)
Guest
8.4
2004 Cinemaholic
Japanese TV Show, 2004, 56 eps
(Guest)
56
Guest
0.0
1998 Jounetsu Tairiku
Japanese TV Show, 1998, 1236 eps
[Director] (Ep. 705-706) {Kazumasa Oda taken by herself June 10-17, 2012} (Guest)
1236
[Director] (Ep. 705-706) {Kazumasa Oda taken by herself June 10-17, 2012}
Guest
8.0
1996 King's Brunch
Japanese TV Show, 1996, 1214 eps
(20080628, 20091024) (Guest)
1214
(20080628, 20091024)
Guest
0.0
1994 Tokyo Friends Park II
Japanese TV Show, 1994, 0 eps
(Guest)
0
Guest
0.0
1951 Kouhaku Uta Gassen
Japanese TV Show, 1951, 73 eps
[Akagumi Captain] (Ep. 62) (Main Host)
73
[Akagumi Captain] (Ep. 62)
Main Host
7.8
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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: 37

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