Jin AkanishiJin Akanishi was born on 4th July 1984 in Chiba. His mother was only 15-year-old at the time. His younger brother Reio is also a celebrity in Japan, under the stage name of Fuuta. His name means benevolence. He joined Johnny's Entertainment in 1998, courtesy of his mother who noticed his interest, as well as his amazing singing voice. His become a member of Johnny's Junior, and was part of the junior that host hadaka no shounen and was a regular on Shounen Club. In 2001, he was chosen by Koichi Domoto of Kinki Kids, along with Kazuya Kamenashi, Junnosuke Teguchi, Koki Tanaka, Tatsuya Ueda and Yuichi Nakamaru to become his back-up dancer. They called themselves KAT-TUN (The first letter of the member's surname).
KAT-TUN eventually debuted in 2006, March 22nd, after spending TOO many years as juniors despite their popularity. Their single 'Real Face' was released with their Album 'Best of KAT-TUN' and their DVD of their making of their music video, which all reached no. 1 on the orion chart.
The single and DVD were certified as the best-selling single and domestic music DVD of 2006 respectively.
October 13th 2006, Jin announced that he was leaving to the States to studying English, and returned on April 19th, 2007. He went straight back to work - concert and hosting their TV show 'Cartoon KAT-TUN'.
July 21st, 2010, he announced via the Johnny's mobile web that he has officially left KAT-TUN to pursue a solo career. Eternal has been named as Jin's first solo single, which was to be released on 2nd March, 2011. His first U.S. album will be released on July 4th, 2011, to coincide with both his birthday and American Independence Day.
During his time with KAT-TUN, he has wrote many songs for the group as well as himself including 'Love or Like' and 'Butterfly'.
Being a member of the Johnny's Entertainment, he was also involved in many Japanese TV dramas before his first movie debut, Bandage, including one of the most famous teenage school drama series, Gokusen, sharing the lead male role with his bandmate Kazuya Kamenashi.
He started in 1999, in a cameo appearance in rom com P.P.O.I. He was part of Koichi Domoto's Millennium Shock in 2000, Geki Shock in 2001 and 2002 and Dream Boy in 2004 and 2006 of Hideaki Takizawa of Tackey and Tsubasa (of Johnny's Entertainment). 2006, he starred in Anego, a male who fell in love with someone who was 10 years older than he was. 2007, after he came back from the States, starred in his first lead role in Yukan Club, a school comedy series, alongside bandmate Junnosuke Taguchi and Yuu Yokohama of KanJani 8 (Johnny's Entertainment). He was voted "Best Actor" at the 11th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix for that role. His voice debuted in 2008 for the Japanese dub of Speed Racer for the Emile Hirsch part.
Jin appeared as a special guest to promote Bandage in September 2009, and performed the movie's theme song Bandage, and announced that he will be debuting as a solo artist temporarily with Takeshi Kobayashi. Takeshi Kobayashi wrote the lyrics and music of their debut single. It was released on November 25, 2009; each copy contains a postcard to enter the drawing for tickets to Lands' special concert, held on January 16, 2010.
LANDS released their debut album Olympos on January 13th, 2010, with songs from the movies and others, whilst the movie was release on 16th January 2010.
Jin Akanishi - filmography
Jin Akanishi facts
5 most recent filmsBandage - 3.0 stars
5 highest-rated filmsBandage - 3.0 stars
5 lowest-rated filmsBandage - 3.0 stars
Most frequent co-starsAyumi Ito - 1 times - show films
Kengo Kora - 1 times - show films
Kii Kitano - 1 times - show films
Kengo Kora - 1 times - show films
Most frequent directorsTakeshi Kobayashi - 1 times - show films