Ryuhei Matsuda

Ryuhei Matsuda (松田 龍平, Matsuda Ryūhei, born 9 May 1983) is a Japanese film and television actor. Matsuda's best known film roles include the young and desirable samurai Sōzaburō Kanō in Taboo and the rock star Ren Honjo in Nana.

Ryuhei Matsuda
松田 龍平
Ryūhei Matsuda at Cannes in 2000.jpg
Ryuhei Matsuda at Cannes Film Festival in 2000
Born (1983-05-09) 9 May 1983 (age 37)
Years active1999–present
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Spouse(s)Rina Ōta (2009–17)

Early lifeEdit

Matsuda was born on 9 May 1983 in Tokyo, to Yūsaku Matsuda, a Japanese actor of partial Korean ancestry,[1] and Miyuki Matsuda (née Kumagai), a Japanese actress. He has two younger siblings, a younger brother, Shota Matsuda, and a younger sister by his parents' marriage and one older half-sister by his father's first marriage. His father died from bladder cancer in 1989, when Ryuhei was 6 years old.[2] He attended Horikoshi High School, a Japanese high school that caters to celebrity students, but did not graduate.[3]


At the age of 15, Matsuda was offered the role of the desirable young samurai Kanō Sōzaburō in Nagisa Ōshima's 1999 film Taboo. The role helped boost him from an entirely unknown actor to a film star, earning him a Japanese Academy award "Newcomer of the Year", as well as "Blue Ribbon", "Kinema Junpo", and "Yokohama Film Festival" Awards for the "Best New Actor".[4]

Since appearing in Taboo, Matsuda has played a wide range of roles, from the high school student Kujo in the 2001 film Blue Spring to the rock star Ren Honjo in the 2005 film Nana. In February 2013, it was revealed that Matsuda would play the part of a Japanese gangster in an upcoming sequel to the 2012 Indonesian film The Raid, named Berandal.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

On 11 January 2009, Matsuda married Rina Ōta (太田 莉菜, Ōta Rina), a Russian-Japanese model.[6] Their first child, a girl, was born on 4 July 2009.[6] The couple officially divorced on December 2017.



TV dramasEdit

  • San Oku-Yen Jiken (2000) - Roku
  • Hagetaka (2007) - Osamu Nishino
  • Ashita no Kita Yoshio (2008) - Heita Yashiro
  • Tenchijin (2009) - Date Masamune
  • Mahoro Ekimae Bangaichi (2013) - Haruhiko Gyōten
  • Amachan (2013) - Takuma Mizuguchi
  • Quartet (2017) - Tsukasa Beppu
  • Kurara: Hokusai no Musume (2017) - Zenjirō
  • Kemono ni Narenai Watashitachi (2018) - Kosei Nemoto
  • Yuganda Hamon (2019) - Masahiko Sawamura
  • Idaten (2019) - Kenzō Tange
  • A Stranger in Shanghai (2019) - Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
  • Okehazama (2020) - Shibata Katsuie


Matsuda won a Japanese Academy Award for the "Best Supporting Actor" in the 2011 film Tantei wa Bar ni Iru,[13] and Nikkan Sports Film Award for the "Best Actor" in the 2013 film The Great Passage.[14]


  1. ^ Matsuda, Michiko (2008). Ekkyōsha-Matsuda Yūsaku [Border-transgressor Yusaku Matsuda] (in Japanese). Shinchosha. ISBN 978-4-10-306451-0.
  2. ^ Yusaku Matsuda. Nipponcinema.com. Retrieved on 2010-10-26.
  3. ^ Ryuhei Matsuda. Nipponcinema.com. Retrieved on 2010-10-26.
  4. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0559430/awards?ref_=nm_awd
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 March 2013. Retrieved 2 April 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ a b First child for Ryuhei Matsuda, Lina Ohta. Tokyograph. Retrieved on 2010-10-26.
  7. ^ Tom Mes (4 September 2003). "9 Souls". Midnight Eye.
  8. ^ 映画「長州ファイブ -CHOSYU Five-」ウェブサイト. Chosyufive-movie.com. Retrieved on 2010-10-26.
  9. ^ 世界はときどき美しい Archived 17 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Sekaihatokidoki.com. Retrieved on 2010-10-26.
  10. ^ yakiniku-movie.com Archived 22 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine. yakiniku-movie.com. Retrieved on 2010-10-26.
  11. ^ 恋するマドリ. Koisurumadori.com. Retrieved on 2010-10-26.
  12. ^ アヒルと鴨のコインロッカー. Ahiru-kamo.jp (23 June 2007).
  13. ^ http://asianfanatics.net/forum/topic/764897-nominees-for-the-blue-ribbon-awards-announced/
  14. ^ Ma, Kevin. "Great Passage tops 38th Hochi Film Awards". Film Business Asia. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016.

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