- Meisa Kuroki
Birth name Shimabukuro Satsuki (島袋 さつき) Born May 28, 1988 Origin Nago, Okinawa, Japan Genres Pop, R&B Occupations Actress, singer, model Instruments Vocals Years active 2004–present Labels Gr8!, Studioseven Recordings Website Official website
Satsuki Shimabukuro (島袋 さつき Satsuki Shimabukuro , born May 28, 1988), better known by her stage name Meisa Kuroki (黒木 メイサ Kuroki Meisa ), is a Japanese actress, model and singer born in Nago, Okinawa, Japan. She is represented by the agency Sweet Power and is signed to Sony Music Japan. She made her acting debut in 2004. She has modeled for the popular Japanese fashion magazine JJ, among others, and is the current Japanese representative for Epson and Giorgio Armani. She has appeared in numerous television dramas, commercials, films, and stage productions.
Early life and career
Born to a Japanese mother and Japanese-Panamanian father as the youngest of four sisters, she was discovered by a fashion scout while at the second year of junior high in Okinawa. She subsequently began modeling, initially modeling exclusively for the popular fashion magazine JJ. While studying at the Okinawa Actors School, from which she graduated in 2007, she was a member of the institution's B.B. Waves group.
In February 2004, Kuroki made her acting debut in the Kita-ku Tsuka Kōhei Gekidan play Atami Satsujin Jiken: Pyonyang Kara Kita Onna Keiji. Since her debut, she has continued to perform in theater, notably in the Azumi stage productions in 2005 and 2006, the musical Endless Shock (2005), and most recently in Onna Nobunaga (2009) and Hiryuden 2010: Last Princess (2010). Kuroki made her television debut in the Fuji TV drama Medaka (2004). She has played supporting roles in several high-rated and critically acclaimed drama series, including Haikei, Chichiue-sama (2007), Kaze no Garden (2008), and Shinzanmono (2010). In 2009, Kuroki won the Television Drama Academy Award and TV Life Drama Grand Prix for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Fuji TV drama Ninkyo Helper (2009). In 2011, Kuroki co-starred with Mikako Tabe in her first serial drama lead role in the TV Asahi drama Jiu: Keishichou Tokushuhan Sousakei. In 2006, she starred in Chakushin Ari: Final, the final installment of the Chakushin Ari franchise, for which she earned the Golden Arrow Award for Newcomer of the Year. In 2007, she appeared in Fumihiko Sori's CGI anime film Vexille. She also starred in Subaru, the live-action film adaptation of the Masahito Soda manga, produced by Bill Kong, and Assault Girls, directed by Mamoru Oshii. In 2010, Kuroki played the role of Yuki Mori in the live-action film Space Battleship Yamato, opposite Takuya Kimura.
Kuroki performed on the soundtrack of the 2007 film Crows Zero, in which she also appeared. On June 21, 2008, her debut song, "Like This", was released through the Sony Music Japan subsidiary label Studioseven Recordings. It was soon announced on February 17, 2009 that Kuroki's first EP, Hellcat, would be released on April 8, 2009. Her second EP, Attitude, was released in January 2010. In January 2011, Kuroki released her first studio album, Magazine, which peaked at number 6 on the Oricon Weekly Albums chart. She also performed Wired Life for Ao No Exorcist as the second ending theme.
In addition to her modeling work for the fashion magazines JJ and 25ans, Kuroki has released two photobooks, one of her own, Love Meisa, and a joint one with close friend and fellow actress Maki Horikita, Missmatch, photographed by Kishin Shinoyama. In 2009, Kuroki was chosen as the Japanese face of international fashion brand Emporio Armani, also appearing in numerous events for the brand worldwide. In 2010, Kuroki was chosen as the international face of French cosmetic brand L'Oréal.
- Magazine (2011)
Title Year Role Notes Onaji Tsuki o Mite Iru 2005 Emi Sugiyama Camus Nante Shiranai 2006 Rei Chakushin Ari: Final 2006 Emiri Kusama Tada, Kimi o Aishiteru 2006 Miyuki Toyama Taitei no Ken 2007 Botan Vexille: 2077 Nihon Sakoku 2007 Vexille Voice Crows Zero 2007 Ruka Aizawa Subaru 2009 Subaru Miyamoto Crows Zero 2 2009 Ruka Aizawa Assault Girls 2009 Gray Yazima Beauty Salon 2010 Raspberry Space Battleship Yamato 2010 Yuki Mori Andalucia: Megami no Hōfuku 2011 Yuka Shindō Kirin no Tsubasa 2012 Ami Aoyama post-production
Title Year Role Notes Medaka 2004 Asuka Yoshizumi Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi 2004 Eriko Mitsuhashi Season 2, Episode 21 Koisuru Nichiyōbi: Bungaku no Uta 2005 Keiko Yokoyama Episode 1 Aru Ai no Uta 2006 Ruka Kashiwagi Haikei, Chichiue-sama 2007 Naomi Karasawa Byakkotai 2007 Sayoko Asai TV movie Seitosho-kun 2007 Yūko Sonoi Episode 1 1-Pound no Fukuin 2008 Sister Angela Tobira wa Tozasareta Mama 2008 Yuka Usui TV movie Kaze no Garden 2008 Rui Shiratori Dansō no Reijin: Kawashima Yoshiko no Shōgai 2008 Young Yoshiko Kawashima TV movie Chance!: Kanojo ga Seikō Shita Riyū 2009 Saori Tamaki TV movie Ninkyo Helper 2009–2011 Riko Yomogi 11 episodes
TV Life Drama Grand Prix for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—The Television Drama Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Saigo no Yakusoku 2010 Yukiya Kitamura TV movie Shinzanmono 2010–2011 Ami Aoyama 10 episodes
Iris 2010 Seung-hee Choi Japanese voice Shiawase ni Narō yo 2011 Haruna Yanagisawa Jiu: Keishichou Tokushuhan Sousakei 2011 Motoko Isaki
Title Year Role Notes Atami Satsujin Jiken: Pyonyang Kara Kita Onna Keiji 2004 Tomoko Mizuno Endless Shock 2005 Rika Azumi: Azumi on Stage 2005 Azumi Chōkyōshi 2005 Momo Azumi: Azumi Returns 2004 Azumi Itsu no Hi Ka Kimi Kaeru 2007 Lin Akai Shiro, Kuroi Suna 2009 Princess Nadja Onna Nobunaga 2009 Nobunaga Oda Hiryuden 2010: Last Princess 2010 Michiko Kanbayashi
Awards and prizes
Year Award Category Film / Series Result 2007 Golden Arrow Award Newcomer of the Year Won 2009 Hashida Award Newcomer of the Year Won 2009 Élan d'Or Award Newcomer of the Year Won 2009 Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Best Supporting Actress Ninkyo Helper Nominated 2009 The Television Drama Academy Award Best Supporting Actress Ninkyo Helper Won 2009 TV Life Drama Grand Prix Best Supporting Actress Ninkyo Helper Won
Year Prize 2008 Bvlgari Brilliant Dream Award 2009 Miss Cotton USA Prize 2009 FEC Special Prize 2009 Ms. Lily Prize 2009 Forevermark Prize 2009 Fur of the Year Prize 2009 Shogakukan Dime Trend Woman of the Year Prize 2010 Clarino Bikyaku Prize 2010 Vogue Nippon Women of the Year 2010 Japan Jewelry Best Dresser Prize
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- ^ "年間ドラマ大賞決定！ 主演男優賞はあのアイドルグループの彼!!". TV Life. Gakken. http://www.tvlife.jp/news/detail.php?news_id=45345. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
- ^ "女組長がハマり役!? 黒木がド迫力の熱演". The Television. Kadokawa Magazines. http://blog.television.co.jp/drama/academy/2009/10/post_342.html. Retrieved 2011-08-29.
- ^ "Kuroki Meisa, Tabe Mikako co-star in suspense series "Jiu"". Tokyograph. http://www.tokyograph.com/news/kuroki-meisa-tabe-mikako-co-star-in-suspense-series-jiu/. Retrieved 2011-05-31.
- ^ a b "Athletes Line Armani Front Row". WWD Fashion. 2009-02-26. http://www.wwd.com/fashion-news/fashion-scoops/athletes-line-armani-front-row-2034761/. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
- ^ "Meisa Kuroki's first album dated for April". Tokyograph. 2009-02-17. http://www.tokyograph.com/news/id-4433. Retrieved 2009-11-22.
- ^ "2011年02月第1週の邦楽アルバムランキング情報" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2011-02-07. http://www.oricon.co.jp/search/result.php?kbn=ja&types=rnk&year=2011&month=2&week=1&submit5.x=36&submit5.y=10. Retrieved 2011-02-15.
- ^ "「エンポリオ アルマーニ」2009年日本の顔は黒木メイサ" (in Japanese). Yahoo! Japan. 2009-02-27. http://fashion.yahoo.co.jp/news/detail/6694/. Retrieved 2009-12-29.
- ^ "Meisa Kuroki to become new face of L'Oreal Paris". Japan Today. 2010-01-14. http://www.japantoday.com/category/entertainment/view/meisa-kuroki-to-become-new-face-of-loreal. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
- Official website
- Meisa Kuroki on Twitter
- Meisa Kuroki at the Internet Movie Database
- Meisa Kuroki at Yahoo! Movies
- Meisa Kuroki at AllRovi
- Meisa Kuroki at Allmusic
Extended playsHellcat · Attitude Singles"Like This" · "Bad Girl" · "Shock (Unmei)" · "5 (Five)" · "LOL!" · "One More Drama" · "Wired Life"
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