Keiko Kitagawa

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Keiko Kitagawa
Born(1986-08-22) August 22, 1986 (age 27)
Kobe, Japan
OccupationActress
Years active2003-present
AgentStardust Promotion
Website
http://official.stardust.co.jp/keiko/
 
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Keiko Kitagawa
Born(1986-08-22) August 22, 1986 (age 27)
Kobe, Japan
OccupationActress
Years active2003-present
AgentStardust Promotion
Website
http://official.stardust.co.jp/keiko/

Keiko Kitagawa (北川 景子 Kitagawa Keiko?, born August 22, 1986) is a Japanese actress and former model. She was an exclusive model for the Japanese Seventeen magazine from late 2003 to mid-2006, and left modeling when she left the magazine. Her first acting role was Sailor Mars in the Sailor Moon live action show Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (2003-4), and after her role in the film Mamiya Kyōdai, she left modeling to concentrate on acting. She has appeared in several films, including The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) and Handsome Suit (2008), and has played leading roles in the TV Dramas Mop Girl (2007), Homeroom on the Beachside (2008), Buzzer Beat (2009, Lady Saigo no Hanzai Profile (2011) and "Akumu-chan" (2012).

Personal life and career[edit]

Kitagawa was born on August 22, 1986 in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan, and has a younger brother.[1] She grew up in Kobe, and lost many friends in the Great Hanshin earthquake in 1995.[2] As a child, she wanted to be a doctor, but by the time she reached high school she was uncertain as to whether she could do that, and not sure what to do in the future.[3] At around this time, she was scouted by a talent agency, and she decided to try the entertainment world. Her parents were initially opposed, but they gave their permission, on two conditions: that she give up if she was making no progress within a year, and that she put her studies first and graduate from university.[4] She has kept the second half of the promise, graduating in commercial science from Meiji University in Tokyo in March 2009.[5]

The one year time limit did not prove to be a problem. Within a week or so of joining an agency, she had been selected as both a model and an actress.[6] She was chosen as Miss Seventeen 2003,[7] which led to her working as a model with the Japanese Seventeen until she graduated from the magazine in September 2006.[8] In the latter part of the run, she had her own regular feature, "Keiko's Beauty Honey".[9]

As an actress, she was given the role of Rei Hino in the live action television series of Sailor Moon, which began her acting career. Her first significant film role was in Mamiya Kyōdai, and as result of the influence of the director, Yoshimitsu Morita, she decided to concentrate on acting rather than modeling.[6] She initially concentrated on films, including the leading roles in Cherry Pie and Dear Friends.[9] In late 2007, she had her first leading role in a TV drama, in the late-night drama Mop Girl.[9] In 2008, she was given the role of the heroine in Homeroom on the Beachside, Fuji Television's Monday 9pm drama for the summer season. As this is the headline drama slot for a major network, it represented a major step forward for her career.[6]

She moved to Tokyo when she started working as an actress and model, and has lived there since. She traveled to California for the filming of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and returned there to study English for a couple of months early in 2006.[10] At this time, she started a blog, which she continued until June 2007; the blog was deleted in July 2007.[11] From May to December 2007, she wrote a column entitled Keytan Hakusho for the Japanese weekly television listings magazine Weekly The Television.[9] ("Kii-tan" was her nickname at elementary school.[12] "Hakusho" means "white paper".) She started a new blog at the end of May 2008, shortly before her role in Homeroom on the Beachside was announced.

She describes herself as a stay-at-home person, and likes watching DVDs, listening to music, and reading books. When asked what she would do if the world was going to end tomorrow, she said "read books".[6] She also likes swimming, particularly backstroke.[2] She has a pet (male) cat, called Jill.[13]

At present, she is managed by Stardust Promotion.[9]

She has appeared in the films Mizu ni Sumu Hana (2006), Mamiya Kyōdai (2006), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Cherry Pie (lead role) (2006), Dear Friends (lead role) (2007), Sono Toki ha Kare ni Yoroshiku (2007), Southbound (2007), Heat Island (2007), Handsome Suit (2008), Orion in Midsummer (2009), I'll Pay (2009), After the Flowers (lead role) (2010), and Matataki (lead role) (2010), and Elevator to the Scaffold (2010).[9]

She appeared in the TV dramas Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (2003-4), Mop Girl (lead role) (2007), Homeroom on the Beachside (2008), Buzzer Beat (2009),[14] and Moon Lovers (2010).[15]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006Mamiya KyōdaiYumi HonmaSupporting role
Mizu ni Sumu HanaRikka MizuchiMain role
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo DriftReikoMinor role
Cherry PieKiyoharaMain role
2007Dear Friends (film)Rina TakahashiMain role
Sono Toki ha Kare ni YoroshikuMomoka KatsuragiSupporting role
SouthboundYouko UeharaSupporting role
Heat IslandNaoSupporting role
2008Handsome SuitHiroko HoshinoMain role
2009Orion in MidsummerShitsuko Arisawa/Izumi KuramotoMain role
I’ll Payreporter (cameo)Supporting role
2010After the FlowersItoMain Role
Elevator to the Gallows (film)Mikayo Matsumoto
MatatakiIzumiMain Role
2011Paradise KissYukari HayasakaMain role
2012Magic Tree House (film)Jack (voice)Main role
2013Nazotoki wa Dinner Ato de (film)Hosho ReikoMain role
Roommate (film)Harumi HagiwaraMain Role
2014Judge! (film)OtaMain role
Dakishimetai (film)TsukasaMain role
Akumu-chan The MovieAyamiMain role

Television[edit]

YearTitleNetworkRoleNotes
2003Pretty Guardian Sailor MoonCBS/TBSSailor Mars/Rei HinoMain role; Tokusatsu drama based on the manga/anime Sailor Moon
2007Mop GirlTV AsahiMomoko HasegawaMain role
2008Homeroom on the BeachsideFuji TVEnokido WakabaMain role
2009Buzzer BeatFuji TVRiko ShirakawaMain role
2010Hostess with a PenMBS/TBSRie SaitoMain role; special drama; based on a true story of Rie Saito
Moon LoversFuji TVŌnuki YuzukiMain role
2011LADY~Saigo no Hanzai Profile~TBSKazuki ShōkoMain role
Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato deFuji TVReiko HoshoMain role; special drama
Kono Sekai no Katasumi niNTVSuzuMain role; television movie
2012Akumu-chanNTVMutoi AyamiMain role
2013Dokushin KizokuFuji TVHaruno YukiMain role

Radio[edit]

DVD[edit]

Books[edit]

Commercials[edit]

Magazine column[edit]

CD[edit]

Awards[edit]

2013 : Best actress Akumu Chan ( Nominated)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kitagawa, Keiko (2006-02-26). "初メキシコ". 北川景子のBlog♪Blog♪Blog♪ (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2006-03-20. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  2. ^ a b Kitagawa, Keiko (2007). 北川景子写真集 Dear Friends (in Japanese). Kadokawa Media House. ISBN 978-4-04-894906-4. 
  3. ^ Kitagawa, Keiko (2006-02-28). "Ms. ティッシュー". 北川景子のBlog♪Blog♪Blog♪ (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2006-03-03. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 
  4. ^ Wakayama, Aya. "Six Elements of Woman". J Nude. Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 
  5. ^ "北川景子、卒業は家族と事務所のおかげ". Daily Sports Online (in Japanese). 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2009-03-26. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b c d Hidaka, Ikuko (2008-07-04). "Keiko Kitagawa". Nikkei Entertainment! (in Japanese) (Nikkei BP Sha). pp. 20–23. 
  7. ^ "Cast & Staff". Cherry Pie website. Cinemusica. Retrieved 2007-03-21. 
  8. ^ Kitagawa, Keiko (2006-09-15). "SEVENTEEN 卒業". 北川景子のBlog♪Blog♪Blog♪ (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 2007-06-18. Retrieved 2007-03-19. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Keiko's Blog". Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  10. ^ Kitagawa, Keiko (2006). Stylish Street Book ハリウッドへ行っちゃった! (in Japanese).  SDP. ISBN 4-903620-01-8. 
  11. ^ The blog was the source for a lot of the information in this article, and the links now reference the copy on the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Kitagawa, Keiko (2006-12-13). "Should I cry? Should I die? Or go crazy and then fly-". 北川景子のBlog♪Blog♪Blog♪. Archived from the original on 2007-01-02. Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  13. ^ Kitagawa, Keiko (2007-10-19). "Keytan Hakusho 19". Weekly the Television (in Japanese) (Kadokawa). p. 90. 
  14. ^ "山ピー&北川景子の明大卒コンビで月9". MSN産経ニュース (in Japanese). 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  15. ^ "キムタク月9は「月の恋人」 篠原、リン・チーリン、北川景子". 中日スポーツ (in Japanese). 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  16. ^ "第55回ザテレビジョンドラマアカデミー賞〜受賞者メッセージ〜". Weekly the Television (in Japanese) (Kadokawa). 2008-03-07. p. 31. 

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