Sunday, March 9, 2008

Masami Nagasawa 長澤まさみ

* Name: 長澤まさみ (ながさわ まさみ)
* Name (romaji): Nagasawa Masami
* Profession: Actress
* Birthdate: 1987-June-03
* Birthplace: Iwata, Shizuoka, Japan
* Height: 168cm
* Weight: 43kg
* Star sign: Gemini
* Blood type: A
* Talent agency: Toho Entertainment

Masami Nagasawa (長澤まさみ, Nagasawa Masami, born June 3, 1987 in Iwata, Shizuoka) is a Japanese actress working for Toho. She has performed in many famous movies and television dramas including Crying out Love, In the Center of the World, Nada Sousou, Dragon Zakura and Proposal Daisakusen. She graduated from Horikoshi High School in 2006. She is also known as "Ma-chan". She is the daughter of Kazuaki Nagasawa, former manager of the J. League team Júbilo Iwata.

* In 2000, she auditioned in the 5th (Year 2000) Toho "Cinderella" Contest at the age of 12, and emerged as the youngest winner ever out of a total contestant pool of 35,153 individuals. This marked the beginning of her career in the entertainment industry. She made her debut in the movie, Crossfire, released in the same year. In the following year, she appear to have commented, "I did wonder if it's true that becoming a "Cinderella" mean that I will immediately become a famous actress". Afterwards, she became a professional model for the popular teen magazine, Peach Lemon.
* In 2002, her appearance in the Nabisco CM earned her the title of "The Pretty Girl from the Nabisco CM" in magazines and TV shows, as her name was not yet well-known at the time.
* In 2003, she had her very first leading role in the movie, Robokon. This is a movie about a high school girl who reluctantly participates in the National Robot Contest for High School Students. Masami was awarded the Best Newcomer prize in the 27th Japanese Academy Awards for her excellent performance in this movie. Later, she commented that it was this movie that first brought out her acting skills, and that it remains one of her favourite works to this day.
* She co-starred with Chihiro Otsuka, the Judges' Special Award winner from the 5th Toho "Cinderella" Contest, in the 27th movie of the Godzilla Series, Godzilla: Tokyo SOS in 2003 and the last movie of the series Godzilla: Final Wars in 2004. The two actresses also sang the track, The Song of Mothra, which was later released as part of the Godzilla: Tokyo SOS sound track CD.
* In 2004, Masami starred as the heroine of the story, a teenage girl who died of leukemia, in the big hit movie, Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World. The movie was a box office success in Japan, earning 8500 million Yen in total. Her outstanding performance in this movie earned her numerous awards including the Best Supporting Actress Prize (the youngest ever) in the 28th Japanese Academy Awards. It was in this movie that she decided to shave off all her hair to accommodate her role as a leukemia patient.
* Since then, she has also starred in other movies including, Shinkokyu no Hitsuyou (2004), Touch (2005), Rough (2006), Nada Sousou (2006), and her most recent movie, Sono toki wa kare ni yoroshiku (2007).
* Masami has also been actively involved in dramas and other TV shows. In 2005, she starred as a student along with several others in the all popular high school inspiration drama, Dragon Zakura. In 2006, she starred as a female ninja in her first NHK Taiga Drama, Komyo ga Tsuji, which was immediately followed by her appearance as the female protagonist in the drama remake of the 1981 big hit movie, Sailor Fuku to Kikanjuu (starring Hiroko Yakushimaru). Her first single was subsequently released under the name Hoshi Izumi (name of the female protagonist from the drama). In April 2007, she co-starred with Tomohisa Yamashita for the second time in the fantasy love comedy, Proposal Daisakusen (first time was in Dragon Zakura). She spent nearly one month in India filming for her latest SP drama, Butterfly Stroke in Ganges River, based on Takano Teruko's original travel biography.
* For three consecutive years since 2005, she has been the cover girl for Toho Calendar, which has a history of over 50 years.
* In March 2006, she was voted the Most Popular Actress in Oricon Style. She was also said to be the "top amongst young female movie actresses" according to the movie magazine, Kinema Junpo.
* Sanma-san accidentally revealed on a Fuji TV show that he and Nagasawa will star together in a TBS drama series in late 2007, although TBS are yet to officially announce it.
* In Summer 2007, Masami was ranked 9th in 2007 Most Influential People In Japan, the order is as follow:Kimura Takuya, Kitano Takeshi, Suzuki Ichiro, Matsui Hideki, Mino Monta, Akashiya Sanma, Katori Shingo, Matsuzaka Daisuke, Nagasawa Masami, Nakai Masahiro, according to magazine Flash. She is also the only female on the ranking.

* Cross Fire (2000, Toho)
* Nagori yuki (2001, Daiei)
* Yomigaeri (2003, Toho)
* Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003, Toho)
* Robokon(Robot contest) (2003, Toho)
* Ashura no Gotoku (2003, Toho)
* Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World (2004, Toho)
* Shinkokyu no Hitsuyou (2004, Shochiku)
* Godzilla: Final Wars (2004, Toho)
* Touch (2005, Toho)
* Rough (2006, Toho)
* Nada Sousou (2006, Toho)
* Sono toki wa kare ni yoroshiku (2007, Toho)
* The Hidden Fortress (remake) (2008, Toho)

Television Dramas
* Pure Soul (2001, Yomiuri TV)
* Sakura (2002, NHK)
* Hontoni Atta Kowai Hanashi - Ushiro no Onna (2004, Fuji TV)
* Satsujin sutanto (TV Asahi Saturday drama special) (2004, Asahi TV)
* Toubousha (2004, TBS)
* Yasashii Jikan (2005, Fuji TV)
* Dragon Zakura (2005, TBS)
* Hiroshima Showa 20, August 6th (2005, TBS)
* Komyo ga Tsuji (2006, NHK)
* Sailor Fuku to Kikanjuu (2006, TBS)
* Akechi Mitsuhide (2007, Fuji TV)
* Mama ga Ryori wo Tsukuru Wake (guest) (2007, Fuji TV)
* Shakespeare Drama Special - Romeo and Juliet (2007, Nippon TV)
* Proposal Daisakusen (2007, Fuji TV)
* Butterfly Stroke in Ganges River (2007, Asahi TV)
* Hatachi no Koibito (2007, TBS)
* Proposal Daisakusen SP (2008, Fuji TV)

* Nagasawa Masami All Night Nippon R (NBS, February 18th, 2005)
* Nagasawa Masami All Night Nippon R (NBS, October 16th, 2006)
* Nagasawa Masami (Title: Undecided), All Night Nippon, (NBS, April 8th, 2007 ~ present)

* Shizuoka Bank (Poster)
* Police Calendar (2006)
* B.L.T. TV Magazine - "Natural High" article series

* Tsubasa / Under Graph (2004)

* OCN Talking Japan Series 46 - guest
* NTT West Nippon (January 23rd - March 28th, 2007)

* Sailor Fuku to Kikanjuu (October 25th, 2006, Victor Entertainment)

* (2003)8th Nifty Movie Awards (aka Nihon Internet Movie Award):'Best Newcomer'(Actor Field) Prize in Robokon&Yomigaeri.
* (2004)25th Yokohama Movie Awards:'Best Newcomer' Prize in Robokon&Ashura no Gotoku.
* (2004)27th Japanese Academy Awards:'Best Newcomer' Prize in Robokon.
* (2004)17th Nikkan Sports Movie Awards:'Best Newcomer' Prize in Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World.
* (2004)1st Platinum Film Actress Award in Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World.
* (2005)47th Blue Ribbon Awards:'Best Supporting Actress' Prize in Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World.
* (2005)29th Élan d'or Awards:'Best Newcomer' Prize in Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World.
* (2005)28th Japanese Academy Awards:'Best Supporting Actress' Prize in Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World.
* (2006) Bushun Raspberry Awards (for the worst movies of the year): 'Worst Actress' Award in Nada Sousou.
* (2007)18th Nihon Jewelry Best Dresser Age Under 20
* (2007)30th Japanese Academy Awards:nominated as the 'Best Actress' in Nada sousou
* (2007)4th Cotton USA Award in Japan
* In June 2007, she was announced as the "Woman Most Men Want To Marry". This was a survey done by Oricon and was released under the title "June Brides".
* In 2007 Most Influential People In Japan, Masami ranks 9th as the only female among its Top 10