Saturday, 30 June 2012


Born in Tokyo, Kimura lived in Minoo, Osaka Prefecture until he was six years old. Then, he lived and attended elementary school and junior high school in Chiba. One of his relatives sent in the application to the Johnny & Associates talent agency, which specializes in young male teen idols, and he became a member of Johnny's Juniors, a group of trainees, in 1987. Then he became one of the 12 members in a unit called "Skate Boys". Skate Boys used to be backup dancers of Hikaru Genji, which at the time was a very popular group. In 1988, SMAP was created, and he joined. The group then consisted of six members: Masahiro Nakai, Takuya Kimura, Goro Inagaki, Katsuyuki Mori, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Shingo Katori; Katsuyuki Mori later left SMAP to pursue an autoracing career in mid 90s. After SMAP was formed, each member pursued an individual career by starring in B-list television dramas. Their first single "Can't Stop!! Lovin." was released in 1991, but it received mixed reviews. When SMAP had their first concert, the hall was almost empty, too.

1993 can be considered to be a breakthrough year for Kimura and SMAP. After years of starring in low-budget dramas, Kimura played a leading role in the teen drama Asunaro Hakusho (あすなろ白書) as Osamu Toride, a college freshman in love with a friend Narumi Sonoda. The series, based on a then-popular manga of the same name, quickly became a hit. SMAP also released their hit single $10. In 1994, a phrase "Kimutaku Syndrome" started to be observed in some media. The term refers to a phenomenon in which some young boys copy his fashion. In 1995, he played a role in a movie Kimi o Wasurenai (君を忘れない). In 1996 he starred with Yamaguchi Tomoko in a TV series Long Vacation, which also became a hit. Kimura played a young shy pianist "Sena" who falls in love with an older woman, a former model. In the same year, SMAP began to host a weekly Japanese variety show SMAP×SMAP. During 1997, Kimura continued his streak of hit dramas with Gift and Love Generation. However Gift, was criticized for its violent plot which allegedly promoted teenage crime.

In 2000, he played a leading role in a TV series Beautiful Life. He also announced his marriage with Shizuka Kudo, another idol. By the time of the announcement, Shizuka was pregnant. In 2001, Kimura starred in Hero, which set a record with its high TV ratings of about 36.8%.[2] He enjoyed more success in string of many hit series after Hero, such as Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi, Good Luck!!, Pride, and "ENGINE." "Good Luck" topped 2003's TV view ratings at 37.6%.

In 2004 Kimura made an appearance as a supporting actor in the movie 2046, nominated at Cannes. The cast of this Hong Kong film included Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, and Faye Wong. The film won many awards including Best Art Direction and Best Original Film Score at Golden Horse Film Festival in 2004 and scored Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design and Make-Up, Best Art Direction, and Best Original Film Score at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2005. In the original version shown in the Cannes Film Festival, his scene lasted about 7 minutes, although in the final edition, which was played in Japan, it was extended to approximately 20 minutes. In 2005 he voiced Howl in Hayao Miyazaki's animation Howl's Moving Castle. In July 2006, Fuji TV aired a 2 hour long HERO special. Along with the original cast, he revived his role as prosecutor Kuryu Kohei.

Additional big name stars were also seen in this drama, including Socrates in Love star Haruka Ayase. Kimura's latest movie is Bushi no Ichibun, released in December 2006. Directed by Yoji Yamada he played a young blind samurai during the Edo period. He earned a Japan Academy Prize nomination for Best Actor. However, he declined it because his agency, Johnny & Associates, was reluctant to have him compete with the other nominees, who are experienced film actors. This has been said to be the first case of decline for such reason. The film is the final in the trilogy, which includes The Twilight Samurai (2002) and The Hidden Blade (2004). In 2007, Kimura starred in TBS' 55th Anniversary drama, Karei-naru Ichizoku, which stars other big-name actors and actresses. In September, the movie sequel to 2001's HERO was released, continuing the story from where the last episode on TV special in 2006 left off. It has proved a major success, sparking rumours that a sequel will be produced. Kimura appeared in a 2009 French film, I Come with the Rain with Hollywood actor, Josh Hartnett.

In 1999 he ended the nine-year relationship with his longtime girlfriend Kaorin. The next year on November 23, he announced he was going to marry Shizuka Kudo, another Japanese pop idol. They married on December 5, 2000. His first daughter, Kokomi (心美?), was born on May 1, 2001 and his second daughter, Mitsuki (光希?), was born on February 5, 2003.

* 57th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor for CHANGE
* 12th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (Spring 2008): Best Actor for CHANGE
* 2nd Seoul Drama Awards: Best Actor for Karei naru Ichizoku (2007)
* 52nd Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor for Karei naru Ichizoku (2007)
* 6th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (02-03): Best Actor for Good Luck!!
* 33rd Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor for Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi (2002)
* 28th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor for Hero (2001)
* 4th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (00-01): Best Actor for Hero
* 24th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor for Beautiful Life (2000)
* 3rd Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (99-00): Best Actor for Beautiful Life
* 19th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor for Nemureru Mori (1998)
* 1st Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix (97-98): Best Actor for Love Generation
* 15th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor for Love Generation (1997)
* 9th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Actor for Long Vacation (1996)
* 7th Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Outfit in Jinsei wa Jojo da (1995)
* 3rd Television Drama Academy Awards: Best Outfit in Wakamono no Subete (1994)
* Award: Best Jeanist (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998)

木 村 拓哉, Kimura Takuya, nicknamed Kimutaku (キムタク?), is a Japanese singer and actor. He is also a member of the Japanese idol group SMAP. Most of the TV dramas he starred in produced high ratings in Japan. He has become one of the most well-known and successful actors/singers/entertainers in Japan and Asia.
Band Interests

*Asunaro Hakusho (1993)

*Shoot: Hit the Goal [Movie] (1994)

*Long Vacation (1996)

*Concerto (1996)

*Gift (1997)

*Love Generation (1997)

*Sleeping Forest (1998)

*Beautiful Life (2000)

*Food Fight (2000)

*Hero (2001)
(Download links for Hero TV Special (2006) can be found in the above link)

*Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi (2002)

*Good Luck! (2003)

*2046 [Movie] (2004)

*Pride (2004)

*Howl's Moving Castle [Animation Movie] (2004)

*Engine (2005)

*Love and Honor [Movie] (2006)

*Karei Naru Ichizoku (2007)

*Hero [Movie] (2007)

*CHANGE (2008)

*I Come With The Rain [Movie] (2008)

Takuya also starred in some movies, including award winning Chinese movie “2046″ directed by renowned director Wong Kar Wai in 2004; co-starring a strong Chinese cast of Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung, Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi etc.

His latest movie is “Hero”, a special sequel to the popular (same title) TV drama in 2001. Besides featuring Takako Matsu and the same cast in the drama, the movie also featured a short appearance from popular Korean star Lee Byung-hun. The end result… a blockbuster movie in 2007.

In personal life, Takuya Kimura married Shizuka Kudo, another pop idol in 2000. They have a pair of daughters… Kokomi was born in 2001, while Mitsuki in 2003. Takuya is often regarded as a good father.

SMAP continued to exile since then, both as a team and individually. Takuya in particular became highly demanded model, with youngsters mimicking his style and fashion. The trend gradually became the “Kimutaku Syndrome” as referred by the press, and Takuya began to gain notice outside of Japan.

1996 was another breakthrough year for Takuya… he starred in TV drama “Long Vacation” alongside Tomoko Yamaguchi. The drama was a super hit in Japan and the popularity spread across Asia; and opened the path for Japanese drama to dominate Asian market in mid-late 90s.

Takuya became a superstar and continues to star in countless high rating dramas, including “Love Generation”, “Beautiful Life”, “Hero”, “Good Luck”, “Pride” and “Engine” etc.

* 2010: We are SMAP!
[Disk 1]
[Disk 2]


* 1995: Cool

* 1997: Wool
[Disk 2]

* 2001: Smap Vest
[Disk 1]
[Disk 2]

* 2001: Pams

* 2011: SMAP AID

<Remix albums>

* 1995: Boo

<Mini albums>

* 1998: La Festa

<SMAP Songs Video>

SMAP PV: Say What You Will

SMAP: This is Love (We are SMAP)

SMAP: Celery

Personal InformationTakuya Kimura (木村 拓哉)
Born: November 13, 1972
Place of Birth: Tokyo, Japan
Nickname: Kimutaku
Years active: 1988 - present

Personal Interests
Etc. ( Drumming, Guitar, Drama's)

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