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Mao Inoue (井上 真央 (いのうえ まお) Inoue Mao, born January 9, 1987 in Yokohama, Japan) is a Japanese actress. She is best known for her roles in Kids War, Hana Yori Dango, Ohisama, and Hana Moyu.

Inoue starred as Tsukushi Makino in the popular drama Hana Yori Dango. She returned to the role in Hana Yori Dango Returns and Hana Yori Dango Final.

Biography

Early life

Mao Inoue was born on January 9, 1987 in Yokohama, Kanagawa. At the age of four, Inoue was placed in the management company, Gekidan Tohai (劇団東俳 () ) by her mother.[1][2]

Career

Inoue debuted in 1992 in Manatsu no Keiji playing a child that dies after being hit by a car. She first gained recognition for her role as Akane Imai in the Kids War series, which ran from 1999 to 2003. Her catchphrase in the series was "Zaken na yo!" (ざけんなよ! () ).[1] In 2005, Inoue had her first starring role as Tsukushi Makino in Hana Yori Dango opposite Jun Matsumoto and Shun Oguri.[3] She also had a dual role in the television special, Grave of the Fireflies with Nanako Matsushima in 2005.[4] Inoue reprised her role as Tsukushi in the 2007 sequel, Hana Yori Dango Returns.[5] The same year, she starred in getsuku drama, First Kiss.[6]

In 2008, Inoue starred in the film, Hana Yori Dango Final, putting an end to the series.[7] She also appeared in the live-action special of Anmitsu Hime as the title character in 2008,[8] and its 2009 sequel.[9] Also in 2009, she starred with Masaki Okada in the film, I Give My First Love to You.[10] The next year, Inoue reunited with Oguri in the television drama Juui Dolittle,[11] and starred in the film My Darling Is a Foreigner.[12] She played the lead role in the asadora drama Ohisama in 2011.[13] At the 35th Japan Academy Prize, Inoue won Best Starring Actress for her performance in Rebirth.[14] In 2014, she starred in The Snow White Murder Case with Go Ayano.[15] The next year, Inoue appeared in NHK's taiga drama Hana Moyu.[16]

Inoue left Seventh Avenue in August 2016 and joined Un et Neuf the following December.[17] Nearly two years after Hana Moyu, Inoue returned to television to star in Ashita no Yakusoku (2017).[18] In 2018, she appeared in a television special Ran Hansha,[19] and a film Yakiniku Dragon.[20] Inoue starred in Shonen Torajiro, a television prequel of the Otoko wa Tsurai yo film series, in late 2019.[21] Also in 2019, she appeared in the film, Katsuben![22] Inoue is currently expected to star in Nigatsu no Shosha: Zettai Gokaku no Kyoshitsu[23] and the films, Dai Kome Sodo[24] and Tojikometa Toiki.[25]

Filmography

Television dramas

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Manatsu no Keiji Child Guest
Gakko ga Abunai! Mami Asakura (young)
Itsumitemo Haran Banjo Midori Satsuki (young)
Tsubusareta Kao! Zankoku na Shashin Special
1993 Kokoro no Tabi Series "Namida Machi"
1994 Kagishi 2 Kaori Nohira
Mayonaka no Jokyaku Special
Ninja Sentai Kakuranger Tsuruhime (young)
1995 Kura Retsu Tanouchi (young)
1996 Genki o Ageru Maiko Nitani
Asahi ni Wakare no Seppun o Arisa Kobayakawa
1997 Abarenbo Shogun VII Sayo Episode 17
Mito Komon season 25 Chie Episode 14
Hanshichi Torimonocho
Gourmet Mystery Onna Shutchō Ryōrinin ga Iku! Special
Kin no Tamago Episode 3
Terakoya Yume Shinan Osa
1998 Toyama no Kinsan vs Onna Nezumi Tonbo Episode 8
Hi no Ryosen
1999 Kai Ayako Tomita
Kids War Akane Imai
2000 Kids War 2 Akane Imai
Otosan Yu Omura Special
2001 Kids War 3 Akane Imai
2002 Kids War Special Akane Imai
Kids War 4 Akane Imai
Kids War Special: Ai Koso Subete da! Akane Imai
2003 Kids War 5 Akane Imai
Kids War Special: Kore de Final! Akane Imai
2004 Home Drama Shoko Nagamine
2005 Kyumei Byoto 24 Ji 3 Kokubo Episodes 1-4
Hana Yori Dango Tsukushi Makino
Grave of the Fireflies Natsu Sawano (young)
Keiko Mitsumura
2007 Hana Yori Dango Returns Tsukushi Makino
Osama no Shinzo Sakura Kariya Special
First Kiss Mio Fukunaga
Hanaikusa Mineko Iwasaki Special
2008 Anmitsu Hime Animitsu Hime Special
2009 Anmitsu Hime 2 Animitsu Hime Special
Karei naru Spy Ami Yoshizawa Episode 1
Kyumei Byoto 24 Ji Sae Kokubo Episode 4
Tengoku de Kimi ni Aetara Natsuko Nonogami Special
Yonimo Kimyo na Monogatari: Aki no Tokubetsuhen Kanako Okazaki
2010 Mominoki wa Nokotta Uno
Juui Dolittle Asuka Tashima
2011 Ohisama Yoko Sudo
2012 Tokkan Miki Suzumiya
2013 Paji Momo Sakita (older)
2015 Hana Moyu Sugi Fumi
2017 Ashita no Yakusoku Hinata Aizawa
2018 Ran Hansha Mitsue Kayama Special
2019 Shonen Torajiro Mitsuko Kuruma
2020 Nigatsu no Shosha: Zettai Gokaku no Kyoshitsu Mai Sakura

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Check It Out, Yo! Yui Haebaru
2007 GeGeGe no Kitaro Mika Miura
Kaidan Ohisa
2008 Hana Yori Dango Final Tsukushi Makino
2009 I Give My First Love to You Mayu Taneda
2010 My Darling Is a Foreigner Saori
Surely Someday Shoko Goto
2011 Oba: The Last Samurai Chieko Aono
Rebirth Erina Akiyama
2012 Tug of War! Chiaki Nishikawa
2013 King of Apology Noriko Kuramochi
The Eternal Zero Miyabe Matsuno
2014 The Snow White Murder Case Miki Shirono
Soreike! Anpanman: Ringo Boya to Minnano Negai Ringo Boya Voice
2016 Rudolf the Black Cat Rudolf Voice
2018 Yakiniku Dragon Rika
2019 Katsuben! Kotoe Tachibana
2021 Dai Kome Sodo Ito Matsuura
TBA Tojikometa Toiki Yuko

Notes

  • Prior to being cast as Tsukushi, she was a fan of the Boys Over Flowers manga. She also stated that her favorite character was Rui Hanazawa.[1]
  • Since 2005, Inoue has frequently been romantically linked to Hana Yori Dango costar Jun Matsumoto and rumors of them marrying first became prevalent in 2015.[26] Neither has confirmed or denied the rumors.[27]
  • Inoue is nearly two years older than her character, since Tsukushi's birthday is December 28, 1988.

  • She previously belonged to Seventh Avenue, the same agency as Nanako Matsushima who played Tsubaki in Hana Yori Dango. Hana Nochi Hare stars Riku Kashima and Sho now belong to Seventh Avenue.
  • Inoue reunited with Shun Oguri in the television drama, Juui Dolittle (2010).

  • References

    1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 http://www.talent-databank.co.jp/interview/2005/1101/ (Japanese)
    2. http://www.kanaloco.jp/article/73495/cms_id/87914 (Japanese)
    3. http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanayoridango/cast.html (Japanese)
    4. http://www.ntv.co.jp/hotaru/cast/index.html (Japanese)
    5. http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanadan2/cast/ (Japanese)
    6. https://www.oricon.co.jp/news/46317/full/ (Japanese)
    7. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-08-20/hana-yori-dango-final-movie-to-end-live-action-drama
    8. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2007-10-26/classic-shojo-manga-anmitsu-hime-gets-television-drama
    9. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-11-17/tv-drama-based-on-anmitsu-hime-shojo-manga-gets-sequel
    10. https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2008-12-02/boku-no-hatsukoi-o-kimi-ni-sasagu-manga-gets-2009-film
    11. http://www.tbs.co.jp/jyuui-dolittle/cast/ (Japanese)
    12. https://japantoday.com/category/entertainment/mao-inoue-and-jonathan-sherr-to-star-in-my-darling-is-a-foreigner
    13. http://www9.nhk.or.jp:80/ohisama/cast/ (Japanese)
    14. http://www.tokyohive.com/article/2012/03/youkame-no-semi-dominates-the-35th-japan-academy-awards/
    15. https://www.scmp.com/magazines/48hrs/article/1643385/film-review-snow-white-murder-case-shows-many-sides-murder-mystery
    16. https://mdpr.jp/news/detail/1457369 (Japanese)
    17. http://www.hochi.co.jp/entertainment/20161209-OHT1T50356.html (Japanese)
    18. https://www.oricon.co.jp/news/2096083/full/ (Japanese)
    19. https://dot.asahi.com/info/2018080900071.html?page=1 (Japanese)
    20. https://natalie.mu/eiga/news/265462 (Japanese)
    21. https://www.oricon.co.jp/news/2140256/full/ (Japanese)
    22. https://realsound.jp/movie/2019/08/post-408495.html (Japanese)
    23. https://www.oricon.co.jp/news/2156437/full/ (Japanese)
    24. https://www.sanspo.com/geino/news/20191022/geo19102205030012-n1.html (Japanese)
    25. https://www.cinematoday.jp/news/N0114191 (Japanese)
    26. https://wezz-y.com/archives/58402 (Japanese)
    27. http://koalasplayground.com/2017/04/07/j-actress-inoue-mao-coyly-confirms-relationship-with-long-rumored-boyfriend-matsumoto-jun/

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