Ryunosuke Kamiki is a popular Japanese actor who has starred in various Japanese films, including ‘The Kirishima Thing’ and ‘March Comes in Like a Lion’, He has also voiced for many animated films, including the Studio Ghibli hits - ‘Spirited Away’ and ‘Howl's Moving Castle’. He was signed by a talent agency when he was just two years old and began his career as an actor soon after that. He became a part of various TV dramas and appeared as a child actor in films. He steadily garnered critical acclaim for his roles and even won Japan Academy’s Newcomer of the Year Award for his role in ‘The Great Yokai War’. The most popular of his films are the ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ series and ‘Bakuman’. Kamiki’s popularity is not limited to Japan, which is evident from the fact that he won the Popular Actor Award at the Seoul International Drama Awards. He continues to work actively and many of his movies are lined up for release while he is also scheduled for many TV roles. He is officially represented by the talent agency, Amuse.
Ryunosuke Kamiki’s acting career began at a very young age. When he was two years old, his mother enrolled him in Central Group, a talent agency specializing in representing babies and children, and that was the start of his fruitful career in acting. He went on to star in many TV dramas in supporting and lead roles, including ‘Aoi Tokugawa Sandai’, ‘Kamen Rider Agito’, ‘Ōoku’, and ‘Detective School Q’. He also appeared in movies, such as ‘The Great Yokai War’ (2005) and ‘Big Man Japan’ (2007), as a young actor. He won the Japanese Academy’s the Newcomer of the Year Award for his role in ‘The Great Yokai War’. As a voice actor, he was a part of many popular and critically acclaimed movies, such as ‘Spirited Away’ (2001), ‘Howl's Moving Castle’ (2004), ‘Doraemon: Nobita's Dinosaur 2006’ and ‘Arrietty’ (2010). In 2010, he starred in a single episode of the Korean drama series, ‘Kokoro no Ito’, which won him international acclaim and expanded his fan base. He won the Popular Actor Award for this role at Seoul International Drama Awards.
Kamiki received his breakthrough role when he was cast as a lead in ‘The Kirishima Thing’ (2012), a coming of age drama film directed by Daihachi Yoshida. In 2013, he became the lead in ‘The Family Game’ a TV drama adaptation of Yohei Honma’s award-winning novel, ‘Kazoku Gemu’. Kamiki won the Best Supporting Actor award for his role in ‘The Family Game’ at the 17th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix. He also starred in ‘SPEC: Close’, a two part movie released in the same year.
In 2014, he was cast as the live-action version of Sōjirō in ‘Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno’ and ‘The Legend Ends’. The movies were directed by Keishi Ōtomo and premiered in the United States. The movie a commercial success at the box office. He also featured in the live action film, ‘Kami-sama no Iu Toori’, in the same year. In 2015, he acted in ‘Bakuman’ and ‘Nonai Posion Berry’. Both live-action films were commercially successful. He featured in the comedy film, ‘Too Young to Die! Wakakushite Shinu’, in 2016.
In 2017, he starred in the two-part film directed by Keishi Otomo, ‘March Comes in Like a Lion’ and ‘March Goes out Like a Lamb’. He also starred in the TV series, ‘Keiji Yugami’, in which he essayed the role of a detective’s sidekick. In February 2018, he featured in a music video for the J-pop Sekai No Owari’s debut single, ‘Sazanka’. The video, directed by Yuichi Fujishiro, portrays Kamiki as an aspiring young artist in conversation with his caring older brother. He has several projects underway that are lined up for release in the upcoming months. His most talked about project is ‘Fortuna's Eye,’ a film directed by Shin'ichiro Kiyama and scheduled to be released in 2019. Kamiki’s zeal and talent have ensured that he remains one of the top actors in Japan today.
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Family & Personal Life
Ryunosuke Kamiki was born on May 19, 1993 in Fujimi, Japan. He was rumored to be dating model and actress Hinako Sano, as they were frequently seen together and visited each other’s apartments regularly. However, Sano denied the allegations stating that they were just good friends who shared similar interests. Recently, the media speculated that Kamiki might be dating actress Mirai Shida. However, his representative denied these rumors and stated that they were friends from school and are on good terms with each other. His hobbies include photography and drawing. He mostly tends to take photographs of trains as he is very fascinated by them.
When Ryunosuke Kamiki attended the Horikoshi Gakuen school, he was in the same class as stars; Suzuka Ohgo Shōgo Sakamoto, Shida Mirai, Ryosuke Yamada, Yuri Chinen and Yuto Nakajima.
His mother decided to enroll him in a talent agency when he was just two because she wanted him to a leave an impression on the world.