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Tsuyoshi Abe (阿部 力 (あべ つよし) Abe Tsuyoshi, born February 13, 1982 in Heilongjiang, China), also known as Li Zhen Dong (李振冬 () Lǐ Zhèndōng), is a Chinese-Japanese actor. He moved to Japan at the age of nine and later studied acting in Beijing. Abe returned to Japan where he signed with Horipro in 2004.

He costarred in Hana Yori Dango, Hana Yori Dango Returns, and Hana Yori Dango Final as Akira Mimasaka.

Biography

Early life

Abe was born on February 13, 1982 in Heilongjiang, China. In 1991, he moved to Japan at the age of nine and changed his name to Tsuyoshi Abe, after becoming a naturalized citizen. His family name comes from his grandmother, who is Japanese. He speaks Mandarin and Japanese fluently.[1][2]

Career

In 2000, he studied at the Beijing Film Academy. Abe was chosen to star in the film, Public Toilet, while he was still a student. He joined the Japanese talent agency, Horipro, in 2004.[3] His break came in 2005 with his supporting role in the hit drama, Hana Yori Dango, along side Mao Inoue and Jun Matsumoto.[1] Abe returned to play Akira Mimasaka in Hana Yori Dango Returns (2007)[4] and Hana Yori Dango Final (2008).[5]

Personal life

He married Chinese actress, Shi Ke (史可, born May 4, 1979) on April 26, 2009. The couple met in 2006 during the shooting of the Chinese film, Stand in Love (不完全恋人). Their relationship was long-distanced for over two years.[6][7] His Hana Yori Dango costars Mao Inoue, Jun Matsumoto, and Shun Oguri sent their well wishes.[8] Abe and his wife have been separated since 2012. They have allegedly not been in contact since she returned to China.[9][10]

Filmography

Television dramas

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Hana Yori Dango Akira Mimasaka
2006 Yakusha Damashii! Reiji Mitsurugi
2007 Hana Yori Dango Returns Akira Mimasaka
Shinuka to Omotta Toru Yajima Episode 6
Kikujiro and Saki 3 Kitano Shigekazu
Mop Girl Yukiya Shindo Episode 10
2008 Mirai Koshi Meguru Episode 2
Sensei wa Erai! Ikeno
Zettai Kareshi Toshiki Episode 8
Koizora Yu Fukuhara
Yume wo Kanaeru Zo Yuji Kawashima Special
Gira Gira Eiji
252 Seizonsha Ari: Episode Zero Makoto Nishimura Special
2009 Kuro no Honryu Masaki Ninomiya Special
Goro's Bar: Sekai ni Hitotsudake no Hana Sakasu Kimihiko Saionji Special
Tottemo Amai no: C'est Tres Doux Ryota Web drama
Kosodate Play & More Shin Kusunoki
Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo Kenji Episode 4
Love Notes: Juni no Kajitsu Ryuichiro Arishima
Shun Tadokoro
Web drama
2010 Tsuki no Koibito Min
Tokyo Little Love 3
Nise Isha to Yobarete: Okinawa Saigo no Ikaiho TV film
2011 Aji Ichi Monme Miura Special
2012 Deka Kurokawa Suzuki Masaki Episode 2
37-Sai de Isha ni Natta Boku: Kenshui Junjo Monogatari Satoshi Hayashida
Sosa Chizu no Onna Katsumi Mochizuki
2013 Keiji Yoshina ga Sei Ichi Namida no Jikenbo Kosuke Shiomi
Takanashi-san Chinese person
Hana no Kusari Kiyoshi Moriyama Special
2014 San Biki no Ossan: Seiginomikata, Kenzan!! Nishimoto Episode 3
White Lab: Keishicho Tokubetsu Kagaku Sosahan Minoru Aizawa Episode 1
Mozu Satoru Muranishi
Onna Ukeoinin: Shikakerareta Onna no Wana Kenichi Takahashi
Kindaichi Kosuke vs. Akechi Kogoro Futatabi Takuzo Hishikawa
Nurse no Oshigoto Ryota Anzai
2015 Akka Tekkan
Watashitachi ga Proposal Sarenai no ni wa Sota Episode 11
Matsumoto Seicho Misuteri ̄Jidaigeki Episode 7
Kon Katsu Deka Takashi Inoue Episode 4
Otori Sosakan: Kitami Shiho Ryoichi Nishizaki
Kitoku Suru Toshiya Omori
2016 Nihon no Violin Ou Shinichi Suzuki TV film
2017 Quartet Nishimura Episode 6
Kizoku Tantei Shuji Arito Episode 4
2020 Alice in Borderland Keiichi Kuzuryu [11]

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Public Toilet Dong Dong
2005 Until The Lights Come Back Li Dong Dong
Initial D Kenji
2006 Rough Hiroki Nakanishi
Christmas on July 24th Avenue Koji Honda
Inugoe: Shiawase no Nikukyu Ryo Narita
2007 Stand in Love Xia Yu
2008 Hana Yori Dango Final Akira Mimasaka
2010 Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City Niimi
Surely Someday Wakasugi
The Incite Mill Yudai Osako
2011 Korede Iinoda! Eiga Akatsuka Fujio Joji Hirose
Smuggler Kabashi Bukutadashi
Wild 7 Sox
2012 Ghostwriter Hotel Bunichi Utsumi
2015 Mozu Satoru Muranishi
2016 Assassination Classroom: Graduation Red Eye
Kamen Rider 1 Wolga

Notes

  • Abe's Chinese heritage was shown in Hana Yori Dango and its sequels, when he spoke Mandarin on occasion. Similarly, Vanness Wu, who portrayed his Taiwanese counterpart, was born in the United States and often spoke English phrases in Meteor Garden.
  • He celebrated his twenty-sixth birthday while filming in Hong Kong for Hana Yori Dango Final (2008). Abe was given a bouquet of flowers by the crew.[12]
  • Shota Matsuda posted a photo of him with Abe and Shun Oguri celebrating his marriage in April 2018. He wrote in the caption that Jun Matsumoto took the picture.[13][14]

  • In 2017, an alleged suicide note of the Japanese musician Tenn was released. In it were allegations that Tenn's wife Takako Uehara had had an affair with Abe.[15][16]

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