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Koji Yamamoto (山本 耕史 (やまもと こうじ) Yamamoto Kōji, born October 31, 1976 in Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese actor, who voiced Rui Hanazawa in Hana Yori Dango and Hana Yori Dango: The Movie. He is well known for his role as Hijikata Toshizo in Shinsengumi!.

He has appeared in many television dramas since debuting in 1993 with Hitotsu Yane no Shita. Yamamoto married actress, Maki Horikita in 2015.

Biography

Early life

Yamamoto was born on October 31, 1976 in Tokyo, Japan. He began modeling as a baby and made his stage debut in 1987 at the age of ten in Les Misérables.

Career

In 1993, Yamamoto played Fumiya Kashiwagi in the successful television drama, Hitotsu Yane no Shita. He voiced Rui Hanazawa in Boys Over Flowers (1996), his voice-acting debut. Yamamoto portrayed Hijikata Toshizo in his first major role in 2003's Shinsengumi!. Yamamoto has also appeared in Kagerō no Tsuji Inemuri Iwane Edo Zoshi (2007), I Just Didn't Do It (2007), and Asa ga Kita (2015),

Personal life

He married actress, Maki Horikita, on August 22, 2015. They played lovers in the stage production Arashi no Oka in May 2015, and began dating the following month.[1] She gave birth to their first child in December 2016. In February 2017, Horikita announced her retirement from show business.[2]

Selected filmography

Voice

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Boys Over Flowers Rui Hanazawa
1997 Hana Yori Dango: The Movie
2003 Ashita no Nadja Raphael
2007 Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai Tonio

Television dramas

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Hitotsu Yane no Shita Fumiya Kashiwagi
1996 Shokutaku no Aru Fukei Makoto Yamane Television film
1997 Aji Ichimonme Yasunori Yoshioka Television film
1997 Hitotsu Yane no Shita 2 Fumiya Kashiwagi
2000 Ashita wo Dakishimete Masayuki Takahashi
2004 Shinsengumi! Hijikata Toshizō
2005 Koi ni Ochitara: Boku no Seiko no Himitsu Ryuta Ando
2007 Karei Naru Ichizoku Ginpei Manpyo
2008 Sasaki Fusai no Jingi Naki Tatakai Shinji Ogawa
Pandora Haruo Tachikawa
The Quiz Show Ryuichiro Murase
2009 Atashinchi no Danshi Shuji Tokita
Hi to Shio Gen Towa
2010 Wagaya no Rekishi Mitsunari Ano
Mother Shunsuke Fujiyoshi
2011 Shikei Kijun Yusuke Mito
2012 Hakuoki Tenzen Tange
2013 Lady Joker Yoshinobu Yashiro
Gekiryu: Watashi wo Oboete Imasu ka? Yutaka Sabashima
Pintokona Kanjiro Sagata
2014 Kagemusha Tokugawa Ieyasu Hidetada Tokugawa
Kono Mystery ga Sugoi! Kazuya Myojin Television film
2015 Napoleon no Mura Makoto Togawa
Kyohansha Takeharu Machida
2016 Sanada Maru Ishida Mitsunari

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Kiri no Shigosen Mitsuo Torikai
2006 Miracle Banana Kyosuke Nakata
2007 Yumejūya Natsume Sōseki
I Just Didn't Do It Tatsuo Saito
2008 The Magic Hour
2010 Higanjima Miyabi
2011 Nintama Rantaro Shinzaemon Tobe
Hayabusa Manabu Tajima
Suteki na Kanashibari Tsutomu Hino
2012 Taburakashi Monzo Mizutori
Kuro Neko Lucy Akira Kamoshida
2015 Galaxy Turnpike

Notes

  • When author Yoko Kamio first met Yamamoto, she thought of him as "reticent."[3] However, she later thought of him as a talkative and funny sort of person. She wrote an example of his sense of humor in volume sixteen, in which she also writes about meeting him, Mochida, and Miyashita for lunch.[4]
  • Yamamoto participated with Kamio, Maki Mochida, Naoki Miyashita, and Tomohiko Kikuta in an audience preview of the Boys Over Flowers anime in 1996.[5]
  • In 2006, Yamamoto, Miyashita, and Mochida gave an interview together for the DVD release of the Boys Over Flowers anime.[6]

  • Yamamoto and Yuki Uchida played supporting roles in the drama, Hitotsu Yane no Shita (1993).
  • He appeared with Shun Oguri in Ashita wo Dakishimete (2000) and Galaxy Turnpike (2015).
  • Yamamoto played a supporting role in Wagaya no Rekishi (2010), which starred his future wife Maki Horikita and Jun Matsumoto.

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