Ryosuke Yamada (山田 涼介 Yamada Ryōsuke, born May 9, 1993) is a Japanese actor, singer, dancer, songwriter, voice actor and a member of two Japanese boy bands, Hey! Say! JUMP and NYC.[2]

Yamada came to prominence as a teen idol in 2007 following his role in the Japanese television series Tantei Gakuen Q. After launching his music career in 2007 as a member of boy band Hey! Say! JUMP, he released his number one debut solo single, "Mystery Virgin" in 2013. The fact that Yamada was in his teens at the time the single reached number one helped the singer set several records in the Japanese music industry and Yamada achieved wide fame as a solo artist. He became the first teenage male artist in thirty three years to have a number one debut single as well as being one of the only two artists in history to achieve this milestone.[3] As an actor, he is best known for portraying Hajime Kindaichi in the Kindaichi Case Files live action drama franchise and Nagisa Shiota in the live action adaptation movie franchise of Assassination Classroom. He has been cast to portray Edward Elric in the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist live action movie slated to release in 2017.


2004–05: Career beginnings

Yamada began his career after entering Johnny and Associates at the age of 10. His mother, who was a fan of KinKi Kids, sent an application for an audition which recruited trainees for future male idols. The audition took place during the summer of 2004 and was aired in a segment of a Japanese television program, Ya-Ya-yah. Yamada made his first television appearance in August.

He began working as a backup dancer for Tackey & Tsubasa, NEWS, Kanjani8, and KAT-TUN and appeared regularly on The Shounen Club from autumn 2004.

2006–07: Tantei Gakuen Q and Hey! Say! JUMP

Following his success as a dancer, he began acting. In 2006, he made his acting debut in a 2-hour television drama episode, Tantei Gakuen Q SP , as Ryu Amakusa.

In April 2007, he was selected to be a member of a temporary boy band, Hey! Say! 7.[4] He made his CD debut on August 1, 2007, with a #1 single "Hey!Say!".[4] The band was created by Johnny Kitagawa and was stated that it will be active for 6 months until September 2007.

From July 2007, a 3-month series of Tantei Gakuen Q was launched and Yamada played Ryu Amakusa again as he did in the prequel.

In September 2007, the temporary boy band, Hey!Say!7 broke up. Johnny & Associates announced that a new boy band, Hey! Say! JUMP, would be launched. Yamada was selected as one of the ten members. He debuted on November 14, 2007 with a number one single "Ultra Music Power".[5]

2008–09: Acting and NYC boys

In 2008, Yamada furthered his acting career. From January to March 2008, he starred in a 3-month long television drama series, One-Pound Gospel with Kazuya Kamenashi. On April 12, he played a main role in a 2-hour drama episode, Sensei wa Erai, as Hayato Gunjou.

On June 14, he played the main role in Furuhata Chuugakusei, the sequel to Furuhata Ninzaburo, a famous Japanese drama series aired since 1994. Writer Koki Mitani had been planning a sequel for almost a decade but failed to launch one because he was unable to find an ideal teen actor who could play Ninzaburo Furuhata. Mitani spotted Yamada in One-Pound Gospel, in which his wife starred in and instantly contacted Johnny & Associates to offer Yamada the role.

From October to December 2008, he played the main role, Toichi Takasugi, in a 3-month long television drama series, Scrap Teacher: Kyoushi Saisei, along with three band members.

In June 2009, it was announced that Yamada will be working as the lead singer of temporary boy band, NYC boys.[6] The band debuted with a number one single, "NYC". On December 31, 2009, the band appeared on Kohaku Uta Gassen.[7]

In the summer of 2009, Yamada returned to acting and starred in Niini no koto o Wasurenaide, a 2-hour television drama episode aired as a segment of an annual television show, 24 Hour Television. On October 3, 2009, he played the main role in Hidarime Tantei Eye.

2010–12: NYC, The Smurfs, Perfect Son and Johnnys’ World

From January 2010, Hidarime Tantei EYE became a 3-month long television series and Yamada once again played the main role.[8] His band mate Yuma Nakayama guest starred in the first two episodes. Hey! Say! JUMP's fifth single "Hitomi no Screen" was used as the theme song for the series.

In March 2010, it was announced that Yamada and two other leading members of NYC boys will form a new boy band called NYC, leaving behind the remaining four members.[9] NYC released a number one single "Yūki 100%" on April 7, 2010.[9] From this point on, Yamada began performing as the lead singer of two boy bands, Hey! Say! JUMP and NYC.

In September 2011, he played the voice of Clumsy in the Japanese-dubbed version of the film The Smurfs.[10] Hey! Say! JUMP's eighth single, "Magic Power", was used as the theme song for the film.

In 2012, Yamada returned to acting for the first time in two years. He played the main role in Yamada Akiyoshi Monogatari, which was aired on January 2.[11] It was his first time to star in a jidaigeki. From January to March, he starred in a 3-month long television series, Perfect Son, with actress Kyoka Suzuki.[12] Hey! Say! JUMP’s 9th single "SUPER DELICATE" was used as the theme song for the series.

From November 2012 to January 2013, he played the lead role in a musical, Johnnys’ World.[13]

2013–2014: Mystery Virgin and Kindaichi Case Files

On January 9, 2013, he made his solo debut with a number one single "Mystery Virgin".[14] The fact that Yamada was in his teens at the time when the single reached number one helped him set several new records in the Japanese music industry. The single debuted at number one in its debut week on the Oricon chart, making him the first teenage male artist in thirty three years to have a number one debut single as well as being one of the only two artists in history to achieve this milestone.[3]

On January 12, 2013, he starred in a two-hour television special for, Kinda'ichi Shōnen no Jikenbo titled Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo Hong Kong Kowloon Zaihou Satsujin Jiken (The Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Case).[15][16] He played the main role as Hajime Kindaichi. The show was created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Japanese broadcasting company, NTV.[17] Yamada’s "Mystery Virgin" was used as the theme song for the show.

It was later revealed that Shin Kibayashi, writer of the Kindaichi series and Tantei Gakuen Q had visioned creating a new Kindaichi series with Yamada as Hajime Kindaichi for almost five years. They met on set while filming Tantei Gakuen Q in 2006 and 2007. After filming the show, Kibayashi asked Yamada in person if he could play the role of Kindaichi in the future, for Yamada was only 14 years old at the time, too young to play the role of a high school student.[18]

In early 2014, Ryosuke Yamada reprised his role as Kindaichi and starred in another special titled Kindaichi Shonen no Jiken bo Gokumonjuku Satsujin Jiken (The Prison School Murder Case)[19]

After the specials, Ryosuke was then approached to continue starring as Kindaichi for a new serial drama for the Kindaichi series. The new series will be titled Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo N (neo) and start airing in July 2014.[20]

2015–present: Movie debut and 24 Hour Television

In March 2015, Yamada made his movie debut as the hero, Shiota Nagisa, of the live action movie adaptation of the popular manga, Ansatsu Kyoushitsu. The movie was a major hit, topping the box office of Japan on its first opening week.

August that year, Hey! Say! JUMP was chosen as the TV personality of NTV's annual 24 Hour Television, which was a program to raise awareness for all the people that are going through hard times, alongside another Johnny's group V6. Yamada portrays the hero, Sasaki Ryohei, in the 24 Hour Television drama special called Okaasan, Ore Wa Daijoubu, along with other JE members Masuda Takahisa and Yoshihiko Inohara as cast members.

Yamada had been cast in another movie that was released November 9 called Grasshopper along with Ikuta Toma. The movie ranked #2 on its opening week. Yamada received positive reviews due to his acting as a knife-wielding assassin in this movie, including from his veteran co-stars, Ikuta Toma, Tadanobu Asano, and Murakami Jun. He was nominated as best new actor in the 2015 Hochi Film Awards for both his portrayal in Assassination Classroom and Grasshopper. He won the best newcomer category in Japan Academy Prize for his portrayal of Nagisa Shiota in Assassination Classroom, and Rookie actor of the year in Japan Movie Critics Award for his portrayal of Semi in Grasshopper.

Assassination Classroom had a sequel called Assassination Classroom ~Graduation~ that was released on March 2016. The sequel was a major success, topping the box office chart on its opening weekend in Japan, with 544,641 admissions and ¥639 million in gross. It was number-one again on its second weekend, with US$3.5 million in gross.

On May 24th 2016, it was announced that Yamada will star as Edward Elric in the Fullmetal Alchemist[21] Live Action movie that is scheduled for a 2017 release. Filming will began on June 2016 in Italy and expected to finish in mid august 2016 in Japan.



Release dateTitlePeak positionSalesCertification
January 9, 2013"Mystery Virgin"1219,871[22]RIAJ:Gold

Music video

2005"Seishun Amigo"Shuuji to Akira
2006"Venus"Tackey & Tsubasa
"Fever to Future"Kitty GYM
2013"Mystery Virgin"Ryosuke Yamada
"Moonlight"Ryosuke Yamada


YearAlbum / SongArtistCredit
2010JUMP NO.1 / "Shinku"Hey! Say! JUMPWriter
2012JUMP WORLD / "Hana Egao"Hey! Say! 7Writer
2013"Gin no Sekai ni Negai o Komete"Ryosuke YamadaWriter
2014"Smart" / "Candle"Hey! Say! JUMPWriter
2015"JUMPing CAR" / " Sangatsu Juuyokka~Tokei"Ryosuke Yamada, Keito OkamotoWriter


YearRelease dateTitle
2006February 15Endless Shock
June 28Dream Boys
August 30Takizawa Hideaki Arigato 2005 Sayonara
2007July 18Takizawa Enbujo
2008January 23One! The History of Tackey
September 3One-Pound Gospel
December 3Furuhata Chugakusei: Shogai Saisho no Jiken
2009March 4Tantei Gakuen Q
April 22Scrap Teacher: Kyoshi Saisei
October 28Niini no koto Wasurenaide
2010March 17Hidarime Tantei Eye SP
May 26Hidarime Tantei Eye
2012February 3The Smurfs
July 18Perfect Son
2013March 13Kindaichi Case Files
2015September 25Assassination Classroom
2016April 28Grasshopper


For Hey! Say! 7 or Hey! Say! JUMP-related appearances, see Hey! Say! JUMP.


2006Tantei Gakuen Q SP[23]NTVRyu AmakusaSupporting role; TV movie
2007Tantei Gakuen Q[23]NTVRyu AmakusaMain role; 3-month long series; sequel
2008One-Pound Gospel[24]NTVKatsumi MukodaSupporting role; 3-month long series
Sensei wa Erai![25]NTVHayato GunjouMain role; TV movie
Furuhata Chugakusei[26]Fuji TVNinzaburo FuruhataMain role; TV movie
Scrap Teacher: Kyoushi Saisei[27]NTVToichi TakasugiMain role; 3-month long series
2009Niini no koto Wasurenaide[28]NTVYuji KawaiSupporting role; TV movie
Hidarime Tantei EYE SP[29]NTVAinosuke TanakaMain role; TV movie
2010Hidarime Tantei Eye[29]NTVAinosuke TanakaMain role; 3-month long series; sequel
2012Yamada Akiyoshi Monogatari[30]TBSAkiyoshi YamadaMain role; TV movie
Perfect Son[31]NTVDaichi SuzukiMain role; 3-month long series
2013Kindaichi Case Files[32]NTVHajime KindaichiMain role; TV movie
Kyou no hi wa Sayonara[33]NTVNobuo HaradaSupporting role; TV movie
2014Kindaichi Case Files[34]NTVHajime KindaichiMain role; TV movie; sequel
Kindaichi Case Files Neo[35]NTVHajime KindaichiMain role; 3-month long series; sequel
2015Okaasan, Ore wa Daijoubu[36]NTVSasaki RyoheiMain role; TV movie


2011The SmurfsClumsy (Voice)Japanese-dubbed version
2015Assassination Classroom[37]Nagisa ShiotaMain role
Grasshopper[38]Semi/CicadaMain role
2016Assassination Classroom: Graduation[39]Nagisa ShiotaMain role
2017Fullmetal Alchemist[5]Edward ElricMain role
2018Gin TamaOkita SougoSupporting role

Variety shows

2004 - 2007Ya-Ya-yahTV TokyoHimself
2004–presentThe Shounen ClubNHKHimself
2006 - 2007You Tachi!NTVHimself
2007 - 2008Heisei FamiliesNTVHimself
2008 - 2009Show wa HeiseiNTVHimself
2009–presentSchool Kakumei!NTVHimself
2011–presentYan Yan JUMPTV TokyoHimself


For post-debut tours, see Hey! Say! JUMP.


2004AugustNEWS, KAT-TUNSummary of Johnnys’ World
December - January 2005KAT-TUNLive Kaizokuban Tour
2005MarchKAT-TUNSpring 05 Looking Concert
MarchYa-Ya-yahSpring Yokohama Arena Concert
May - JuneKAT-TUNLooking 05 Tour
July - SeptemberNEWS, Ya-Ya-yahJohnnys' Theater Summary Digest
AugustKAT-TUNLooking 2005ing Concert
DecemberHideaki TakizawaArigato 2005 Sayonara Concert
2006AugustJohnny's Jr.Daiboken Concert
September - OctoberJohnny's Jr.You-tachi no Ongaku Daiundokai Tour
DecemberTackey & TsubasaChristmas Concert
2007JanuaryJohnny's Jr.Kingashinnen Johnny's Jr. Daishugo Concert
February - AprilNEWSConcert Tour
April - JuneKAT-TUNcartoon KAT-TUN II You Tour
AugustJohnny's Jr.Daiboken Concert
SeptemberJohnny's Jr.Hey Say 07 in Yokohama Arena Concert


For post-debut musical appearances, see Hey! Say! JUMP


YearMonthLead roleTitleNotes
2005January - FebruaryKoichi DomotoEndless Shock
2006JanuaryKAT-TUN, Kanjani8Dream Boys
March - AprilHideaki TakizawaTakizawa Enbujyo
SeptemberHideaki TakizawaOne!-the history of Tackey-
2010April - MayHideaki TakizawaTakizawa KabukiGuest appearance


April 2008 – presentYamadasDuet
April 2013 – presentShinku no Oto -Think Note-Myojo


YearAwardCategoryNominated WorkResult
201640th Hochi Film AwardsBest New ArtistAssassination Classroom and GrasshopperNominated
201639th Japan Academy Prize[5]Newcomers of the YearAssassination ClassroomWon
201625th Japan Movie Critics Award[5]Rookie Actor of the YearGrasshopperWon