Mackenyu Arata[1] (新田 真剣佑, Arata Makken'yū, born Mackenyu Maeda (前田 真剣佑, Maeda Makken'yū) on 16 November 1996)[2] is an American–Japanese actor born in Los Angeles. He is the son of Japanese actor, producer, director, and martial artist Sonny Chiba.[3]

新田 真剣佑
Makken'yū Maeda (前田 真剣佑)

(1996-11-16) November 16, 1996 (age 24)
Years active2005–present
AgentAsian Cinema Entertainment (US)
Height176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Parent(s)Sonny Chiba (father)
Tamami Chiba (mother)
RelativesJuri Manase (half-sister)
Gordon Maeda (brother)
Jirō Yabuki (uncle)

Early lifeEdit

Mackenyu Maeda, known simply as Mackenyu, was born on November 16, 1996, in Los Angeles, the son of Japanese parents, Tamami and Sonny Chiba. He has two siblings, a half sister named Juri Manase (his father's daughter from previous marriage) and a brother named Gordon. He attended Beverly Hills High School in their Advanced Placement Program and appeared in a few films and TV shows while growing up, including the TV mini-series Team Astro (Astro Kyūdan) (2005), and the Japanese feature film Oyaji (2007), as he devoted most of his time to school and graduation.


In 2013, Mackenyu turned his full attention to acting—including roles in the feature film Buzz (So-On: The Five Oyaji) (2014) and TV movie Yo nimo Kimyō na Monogatari (2014). His acting quickly expanded to include three supporting roles in TV Mini-series including The Kindergarten Detective (Hanasaki Shin'ichirō wa Nemurenai!!) (2015), Yume o Ataeru (2015), and The Hatsumori Bemars (2015). His fame grew dramatically in Japan after landing the role of Eiji Tomari/Kamen Rider Dark Drive in the live action movie based on the popular series created by manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori, Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future (Gekijōban Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future) (2015).[4]

In 2015, he also landed his first lead roles in two USA film productions, Take a Chance (2015) and Tadaima (2015); for the latter he won a best supporting actor award.[5] In January 2016, he made his stage debut in the Japanese musical Boys Over Flower (Hana Yori Dango: The Musical) (2016). He had a prominent role in the two part feature film Chihayafuru Part I & II (2016) which was released back-to-back in March and April 2016.[6] Japan's AM magazine featured him on the front cover of their 14 March 2016 edition and included an interview with him. One of his most challenging roles in his career to date was Shōjo (Little Girl). Having completed his lead role as "Makise" in the feature film Night's Tightrope (Shōjo) (2016), Mackenyu started to expand his acting opportunities in Hollywood with a lead role in the series ZAPS, Inc. (2017) and the supporting role of Ryoichi in the science fiction film Pacific Rim: Uprising (2018).[7]

Brand endorsementsEdit

In 2018, Mackenyu became the brand ambassador for Japanese men's grooming brand GATSBY.[8] He starred in the TV commercial "GATSBY Cop", together with popular Japanese actor Yuya Yagira.



Year Title Role Notes Ref(s)
2015 Tadaima George [9]
Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future Eiji Tomari/Kamen Rider Drive (Future)
Paradoxa Roidmude/"Eiji Tomari"/Kamen Rider Dark Drive
Take a Chance Masa Lead role [11]
2016 Chihayafuru Part 1 Arata Wataya [12]
Chihayafuru Part 2 Arata Wataya [13]
Night's Tightrope Hikaru Makise [10]
Bittersweet Atsushi Babazono [10]
2017 Let's Go, Jets! Kôsuke Yamashita [10]
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter I Okuyasu Nijimura [14]
Peach Girl Kazuya "Tōji" Tōjigamori [10]
2018 Pacific Rim: Uprising Cadet Ryoichi [10]
Chihayafuru Part 3 Arata Wataya [10]
Over Drive Naozumi Hiyama Lead role [10]
Impossibility Defense Asao Momose [10]
Code Blue The Movie Akio Kishida [10]
2019 12 Suicidal Teens Shinjirō Lead role [10]
Tokyo Ghoul S Sōta [10]
Ni no Kuni Haru (voice) [15]
2020 Kaiji: Final Game Minato Hirose [16]
Our 30-Minute Sessions Aki Miyata Lead role [17]
Tonkatsu DJ Agetarō Guest of VIP room Cameo [18]
2021 Brave: Gunjō Senki Aoi Nishino Lead role [19]
Rurouni Kenshin: The Final Yukishiro Enishi [20]
The End of the Tiny World Makoto [21]


Year Title Role Network Notes
2005 Team Astro (Astro Kyûdan) Shin
2014 Buzz (So-On: The Five Oyaji)
Yonimo kimyô na monogatari ( Fall special )
2015 The Kindergarten Detective (hanasaki Shin'ichirô wa nemurenai!!) Hitoshi Kamose TV Tokyo
To Give a Dream Masaaki WOWOW
Kamen Ride Drive: Movie Roadshow Commemoration! Eiji Tomari
The Hatsumori Bemars Sasaki TV Tokyo
2016 Brass Dreams Ren Kitora TBS
I'll Probably Fall In Love With You Again Tomorrow Shota Fuji TV
When the Cherry Blossom Blooms Ippei Takemiya
2017 ZAPS, Inc. Frankie
Fugitive Boys Tetsuto Ichihashi Fuji TV
Detective Yugami Kaitora Kappei
2018 Kiss that Kills Takauji Namiki NTV
2019 Two Homelands[citation needed] Yu Amada TV Tokyo
Our Dearest Sakura[22] Kijima Aoi NTV


Year Award Category Work Result
2015 Asians On Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Tadaima Won
2016 41st Hochi Film Award Best New Artist Chihayafuru Nominated
2017 71st Mainichi Film Awards Best New Actor Nominated
40th Japan Academy Prize Newcomer of the Year Won
2018 42nd Hochi Film Award Best Supporting Actor Overdrive Nominated


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