Ken Maeda

Maeda Ken

  • Name: Maeda Ken
  • Native name: 前田健
  • Given name:
  • Also Known as: Maeken, まえだ けん
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: June 14, 1971
  • Died: April 26, 2016
Maeda Ken, born in Tokyo, was a Japanese actor, singer, and comedian well-known for his monomane. He also created the Maeken Trance Project, of which he was the leader of several ganguro and kogal, known as LOVE♡BOOM.

Maeda went to America when he was 19 and lived in Manhattan for four years. Because of this, he was fluent in English. He studied music and dance at the Broadway Dance Center, and after going back to Japan in 1994 he began a one-man show named "Monomane Battle". He imitated a song by Watanabe Machiko perfectly, making the transition from male to female in his act flawlessly. Years later he began imitating Matsuura Aya.
In 2004 Ken became a regular on TV Asahi's Ganbai Gekijou (Sold-Out Theater) and later created Maeken Trance Project. The group's first single, Koi no Buchiage Tengoku was released in August 2005 and was a trance remake of the mega-hit Dragostea Din Tei by Romanian group O-Zone . It reached #12 on the Oricon and had an exceptionally long period of sales. It is rumored that Ken was influenced by Gorie, another popular crossdressing comedian.

With the release of his book "Maeda Ken no Koi Kyara Shindan" (Maeda Ken's Love Character Diagnosis) in November of that year, Ken came out as gay. This has not hindered his career, as he later became a voice actor for Digimon Savers and released a second single for Maeken Trance Project in August 2006.

(Source: Generasia) Edit Biography
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2014 Onna wa Sore o Yurusanai
Japanese Drama, 2014, 10 eps
Joh [Gay Bar Employee] (Ep. 8) (Guest Role)
10
Joh [Gay Bar Employee] (Ep. 8)
Guest Role
7.6
2013 Dandarin Rodo Kijun Kantokukan
Japanese Drama, 2013, 11 eps
Kitagawa [Hiroshi's subordinate] (Ep.6) (Guest Role)
11
Kitagawa [Hiroshi's subordinate] (Ep.6)
Guest Role
7.5
2012 Kagi no Kakatta Heya
Japanese Drama, 2012, 11 eps
Kawasaki (Ep. 1) (Guest Role)
11
Kawasaki (Ep. 1)
Guest Role
8.1
2011 Last Money - Ai no Nedan
Japanese Drama, 2011, 7 eps
Isogai Yoshio (Ep. 3) (Guest Role)
7
Isogai Yoshio (Ep. 3)
Guest Role
7.0
2011 Gou - Himetachi no Sengoku
Japanese Drama, 2011, 46 eps
Yuki Hideyasu (Support Role)
46
Yuki Hideyasu
Support Role
7.9
2010 Mattsugu
Japanese Drama, 2010, 13 eps
Getakan (Support Role)
13
Getakan
Support Role
0.0
2010 Daimajin Kanon
Japanese Drama, 2010, 26 eps
Tamekichi (Support Role)
26
Tamekichi
Support Role
7.5
2009 Bocho Mania 09
Japanese Drama, 2009, 10 eps
Kamiyama (Ep. 9) (Guest Role)
10
Kamiyama (Ep. 9)
Guest Role
7.3
2009 Kochikame
Japanese Drama, 2009, 8 eps
[Busjacker] (Ep. 7) (Guest Role)
8
[Busjacker] (Ep. 7)
Guest Role
6.7
2009 Uramiya Honpo Reboot
Japanese Drama, 2009, 12 eps
Shiwasuda Takeomi (Support Role)
12
Shiwasuda Takeomi
Support Role
2.0
2009 Uta no Onii-san
Japanese Drama, 2009, 8 eps
Sumiyoshi Kazuhiro (Support Role)
8
Sumiyoshi Kazuhiro
Support Role
7.4
2008 Kimi Hannin Janai yo ne?
Japanese Drama, 2008, 10 eps
Okama (Ep. 2) (Guest Role)
10
Okama (Ep. 2)
Guest Role
7.0
2008 Tadashii Ouji no Tsukurikata
Japanese Drama, 2008, 12 eps
Shigeo Senkawa (Support Role)
12
Shigeo Senkawa
Support Role
6.6
2008 Shiori to Shimiko no Kaiki Jikenbo
Japanese Drama, 2008, 13 eps
(Unknown)
13
Unknown
7.1
2007 Hotaru no Hikari
Japanese Drama, 2007, 10 eps
[Store manager] (Ep. 7) (Guest Role)
10
[Store manager] (Ep. 7)
Guest Role
7.6
2006 Uramiya Honpo
Japanese Drama, 2006, 12 eps
Shiwasuda Takeomi (Support Role)
12
Shiwasuda Takeomi
Support Role
7.2
2006 Galcir
Japanese Drama, 2006, 11 eps
(Guest Role)
11
Guest Role
6.9
2004 Xmas Nante Daikirai
Japanese Drama, 2004, 4 eps
[The man who picked up Fuyumi at a party] (Support Role)
4
[The man who picked up Fuyumi at a party]
Support Role
6.4
2002 Remote
Japanese Drama, 2002, 10 eps
Minowa Masami (Ep. 8) (Guest Role)
10
Minowa Masami (Ep. 8)
Guest Role
7.4
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2013 Banana, Glove and Whale Shark
Japanese Movie, 2013,
Nurse (Support Role)
Nurse
Support Role
7.0
2012 The Last Message - Rinjo: Gekijoban
Japanese Movie, 2012,
[Police officer] (Support Role)
[Police officer]
Support Role
7.6
2012 For Love's Sake
Japanese Movie, 2012,
[Teacher] (Support Role)
[Teacher]
Support Role
6.6
2012 Liar Game: Reborn
Japanese Movie, 2012,
Murata Tetsuya (Support Role)
Murata Tetsuya
Support Role
7.5
2012 Miss Boys - Yuujo no Yukue
Japanese Movie, 2012,
Romeo (Support Role)
Romeo
Support Role
7.4
2011 Shojotachi no Rashinban
Japanese Movie, 2011,
Mesaki Goro (Support Role)
Mesaki Goro
Support Role
7.2
2010 Your Honor! How About a Little Leniency?
Japanese Movie, 2010,
(Support Role)
Support Role
3.5
2010 Sword of Desperation
Japanese Movie, 2010,
Kishuke (Support Role)
Kishuke
Support Role
7.3
2010 Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City
Japanese Movie, 2010,
[Parliament Member] (Support Role)
[Parliament Member]
Support Role
6.8
2010 Perfect Education 7: Maid for You
Japanese Movie, 2010,
Otake (Support Role)
Otake
Support Role
6.7
2009 Kyo kara Hitman
Japanese Movie, 2009,
Kamio (Support Role)
Kamio
Support Role
0.0
2009 Castle Under Fiery Skies
Japanese Movie, 2009,
Tomekichi (Support Role)
Tomekichi
Support Role
7.2
2009 Saikin Retto
Japanese Movie, 2009,
(Main Role)
Main Role
0.0
2009 Dance Subaru
Japanese Movie, 2009,
Sada (Support Role)
Sada
Support Role
7.3
2009 20th Century Boys 2: The Last Hope
Japanese Movie, 2009,
Mariah (Support Role)
Mariah
Support Role
7.7
2008 1 Month Like Summer Vacation
Japanese Movie, 2008,
Pako (Support Role)
Support Role
7.2
Special
Year Title # Role Rating
2015 Keishicho Nanpei Han - Shichinin no Keiji - 8
Japanese Special, 2015, 1 eps
Tomii Kenji (Support Role)
1
Tomii Kenji
Support Role
2.0
2014 Keishicho Nanpei Han - Shichinin no Keiji - 7
Japanese Special, 2014, 1 eps
Tomii Kenji (Support Role)
1
Tomii Kenji
Support Role
4.0
2014 Tokyo Ekio Wasuremono Azukarisho 7: Nanki Shirahama ~ Tokkyu Kuroshi O-go 12-funkan no Satsui!!
Japanese Special, 2014, 1 eps
Kitamura Yukio (Support Role)
1
Kitamura Yukio
Support Role
0.0
2013 Tokyo Ekio Wasuremono Azukarisho 6: Oigawa Tetsudo SL "Kawanemichi" 2-funkan no Kuhaku!!
Japanese Special, 2013, 1 eps
Kitaguchi Yukio (Support Role)
1
Kitaguchi Yukio
Support Role
0.0
2013 Keishicho Nanpei Han - Shichinin no Keiji - 6
Japanese Special, 2013, 1 eps
Tomii Kenji (Support Role)
1
Tomii Kenji
Support Role
6.0
2012 Keishicho Nanpei Han - Shichinin no Keiji - 5
Japanese Special, 2012, 1 eps
Tomii Kenji (Support Role)
1
Tomii Kenji
Support Role
4.0
2011 Keishicho Nanpei Han - Shichinin no Keiji - 4
Japanese Special, 2011, 1 eps
Tomii Kenji (Support Role)
1
Tomii Kenji
Support Role
2.0
2011 Keishicho Nanpei Han - Shichinin no Keiji - 3
Japanese Special, 2011, 1 eps
Tomii Kenji (Support Role)
1
Tomii Kenji
Support Role
4.0
2010 Keishicho Nanpei Han - Shichinin no Keiji - 2
Japanese Special, 2010, 1 eps
Tomii Kenji (Support Role)
1
Tomii Kenji
Support Role
5.0
2010 Tokyo Ekio Wasuremono Azukarisho 4: Zencho 6400 meter Choshi Dentetsu Satsujin Route!!
Japanese Special, 2010, 1 eps
Kitaguchi Yukio (Support Role)
1
Kitaguchi Yukio
Support Role
0.0
2010 Onna Keiji Otomichi Takako - Kogoeru Kiba
Japanese Special, 2010, 1 eps
Yumeka (Support Role)
1
Yumeka
Support Role
6.0
2009 Keishicho Nanpei Han: Shichinin no Keiji
Japanese Special, 2009, 1 eps
Tomii Kenji (Support Role)
1
Tomii Kenji
Support Role
6.0
2009 Onna Taxi Driver no Jiken Nisshi 4
Japanese Special, 2009, 1 eps
[Taxi Passenger] (Guest Role)
1
[Taxi Passenger]
Guest Role
0.0
2009 Anmitsu Hime 2
Japanese Special, 2009, 1 eps
(Support Role)
1
Support Role
7.2
2009 Uramiya Honpo Special 2
Japanese Special, 2009, 1 eps
Shiwasuda Takeomi (Support Role)
1
Shiwasuda Takeomi
Support Role
0.0
2008 Uramiya Honpo Special
Japanese Special, 2008, 1 eps
Shiwasuda Takeomi (Support Role)
1
Shiwasuda Takeomi
Support Role
0.0
2007 Otori Sosakan Kitami Shiho 12: Nise Hito Tsuma Renzoku Satsujin - Kinpatsu no Otoko no Ayashii Kage…
Japanese Special, 2007, 1 eps
Ebina Masato (Guest Role)
1
Ebina Masato
Guest Role
0.0
2003 Kekkon Sodan-in Suenaga Uzuki no Suiri Annai-jo Jigoku no Hanayome 4
Japanese Special, 2003, 1 eps
(Guest Role)
1
Guest Role
0.0
TV Show
Year Title # Role Rating
2010 Arashi ni Shiyagare
Japanese TV Show, 2010, 460 eps
(Ep. 142) (Guest)
460
(Ep. 142)
Guest
8.5
2008 Shabekuri 007
Japanese TV Show, 2008, 600 eps
(Ep. 96) (Guest)
600
(Ep. 96)
Guest
8.3
2005 Geinojin Senyo Taxi Shi ~Taku
Japanese TV Show, 2005, 28 eps
(Guest)
28
Guest
0.0
2004 Kitano Talent Meikan
Japanese TV Show, 2004, 84 eps
(Guest)
84
Guest
0.0
2003 Gaki no Tsukai No Laughing Batsu Game: Hot Spring Inn
Japanese TV Show, 2003, 1 eps
(Guest)
1
Guest
8.1
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Maeda Ken

Ken Maeda
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  • First Name: Ken
  • Family Name: Maeda
  • Native name: 前田健
  • Also Known as: Maeken, まえだ けん
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: June 14, 1971
  • Died: April 26, 2016

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