Matsumoto Hitoshi

Hitoshi Matsumoto

Details

  • First Name: Hitoshi
  • Family Name: Matsumoto
  • Native name: 松本人志
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: September 8, 1963
  • Age: 56

Weekly MyDramaList Support Goal

7%
Help Support MyDramaList

Top Contributors

1 edit

Popular Lists

Related lists from users

Recent Discussions

Hitoshi Matsumoto

Matsumoto Hitoshi

  • Name: Matsumoto Hitoshi
  • Native name: 松本人志
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: September 8, 1963
  • Age: 56
Hitoshi Matsumoto, or Matchan (松ちゃん) as he is commonly known, is a Japanese comedian best known as the boke half the popular owarai duo Downtown alongside Masatoshi Hamada. Like Hamada, Matsumoto was born and raised in Amagasaki, just outside of Osaka city and prefecture and technically in Hyōgo Prefecture, though he usually refers to himself as an Osakan.


He directed, produced, and starred in the 2007 movie Big Man Japan, which was shown at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival in the Directors' Fortnight section.


Matsumoto was born in Amagasaki, Hyōgo, to a poor family. He has one older sister and one older brother, Takahiro Matsumoto (松本 隆博), an established folk guitarist who released an autobiographical book titled "Matsumoto's Older Brother" (松本の兄 Matsumoto no Ani). He has expressed his feelings about growing up in a poor household in a poem titled Chicken Rice (チキンライス Chikin Raisu) which Hamada turned into a song in 2004. In his poem, he wrote how laughter was the only way to get through those times. He credits his poverty for giving him a good imagination and sense of play, as it forced him to invent his own games to entertain himself.
His favourite manga as a child was Tensai Bakabon by Fujio Akatsuka. He aspired to become a manga artist. He is a skilled artist (unlike Masatoshi Hamada).
He attended Ushio Elementary School, where he met Masatoshi Hamada. He graduated from Amagasaki Technical High School in 1982. Although he secured a job at a printing office, to pursue his dream of becoming a comedian, he was invited by Hamada in 1982 to enter Yoshimoto Kōgyō. Together, they became Downtown, and made their major debut in 1983.


•Hyōi-geinin:
Matsumoto is a self-proclaimed hyōi-geinin (憑依芸人).[24] Hyōi means "spiritual possession," and geinin means "entertainer." This term is said to have been invented by Matsumoto, and it refers to entertainers who can take on a personality completely different from their own when on stage or in front of a camera. Hyōi-geinin tend to be shy and uncomfortable with revealing their true character and find it hard to perform without hiding behind an outrageous personality or appearance. As such, the often silly and oafish Matsumoto is said to be more mild-mannered and serious off screen.


Other terms that are said to be (but not confirmed to be) popularized by Matsumoto:
-samui or sabui (寒い, サブい) Literally meaning "cold," it refers to anything corny and unfunny.
-BLUE ni naru (ブルーになる) To become "blue" (sad).
-gyaku-gire (逆ギレ) When one becomes angry as a response to someone who is angry at them.[25]


It is also claimed by some that he has popularized the act of labeling someone as "an S" (sadist) or "an M" (masochist). He considers himself an M, while his comedy partner, Hamada, is an S.
Screenwriter & Director
Year Title Type Rating
2013 R100
Movie
6.3
Drama
Year Title # Role Rating
2010 Kinoshita Bucho to Boku
Japanese Drama, 2010, 12 eps
Nanimo (Support Role)
12
Nanimo
Support Role
0.0
2001 Ashita ga Arusa
Japanese Drama, 2001, 11 eps
(Support Role)
11
Support Role
0.0
2000 Densetsu no Kyoshi
Japanese Drama, 2000, 11 eps
Nanba Jiro (Main Role)
11
Main Role
8.0
Movie
Year Title Role Rating
2013 R100
Japanese Movie, 2013,
(Main Role)
Main Role
6.3
2009 Symbol
Japanese Movie, 2009,
(Main Role)
Main Role
7.1
2007 Big Man Japan
Japanese Movie, 2007,
Daisato Masaru (Main Role)
Main Role
7.3
TV Show
Year Title # Role Rating
2019 Documental: Season 7
Japanese TV Show, 2019, 5 eps
(Main Host)
5
Main Host
9.0
2018 Documental: Season 6
Japanese TV Show, 2018, 4 eps
(Main Host)
4
Main Host
0.0
2018 Freeze
Japanese TV Show, 2018, 5 eps
(Main Host)
5
Main Host
7.7
2018 Documental: Season 5
Japanese TV Show, 2018, 5 eps
(Main Host)
5
Main Host
0.0
2017 Documental: Season 4
Japanese TV Show, 2017, 5 eps
(Main Host)
5
Main Host
5.3
2017 Documental: Season 3
Japanese TV Show, 2017, 5 eps
(Main Host)
5
Main Host
8.1
2017 Documental: Season 2
Japanese TV Show, 2017, 5 eps
(Main Host)
5
Main Host
8.7
2016 Documental: Season 1
Japanese TV Show, 2016, 4 eps
(Main Host)
4
Main Host
7.9
2014 Wednesday's Downtown
Japanese TV Show, 2014, 0 eps
(Main Host)
0
Main Host
9.5
2012 No Laughing Enthusiastic Teachers
Japanese TV Show, 2012, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
9.3
2011 No Laughing Airport
Japanese TV Show, 2011, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
9.0
2009 No Laughing Hotel Employee
Japanese TV Show, 2009, 1 eps
(Main Host)
1
Main Host
9.5
2000 MatsuShin
Japanese TV Show, 2000, 0 eps
(Main Host)
0
Main Host
0.0
1994 Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ
Japanese TV Show, 1994, 745 eps
(Main Host)
745
Main Host
8.8
1991 Downtown no Gottsu Ee Kanji
Japanese TV Show, 1991, 0 eps
(Main Host)
0
Main Host
0.0
1989 Gaki no Tsukai
Japanese TV Show, 1989, 1378 eps
(Main Host)
1378
Main Host
9.2
1988 Knight Scoop
Japanese TV Show, 1988, 0 eps
(Main Host)
0
Main Host
0.0
Articles
There have been no articles submitted.