Magazine article Variety

Kazuya Kamenashi

Magazine article Variety

Kazuya Kamenashi

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He's a pop-song phenom, plays 33 roles in a new film - and works as a sports broadcaste

EARLY START

A founding member anti unofficial lead or the Japanese po nwga-group Kat-tu Ioiini'd in 2(101, Kazuya Karncnashi was signed, at the ageofll byiollnn3 Entertainment titi- ent agency in 1998

BREAKOUT YEARS

In 2005, he starrec in the hit TV dram No/ni/a wo produe and his career took off. A single ui the shoWs theme song that he recorded with co-star `lbiiiot sa Yamashita topp th.charts. In 2006 the group, whose namic Was taken from the flrst letter of' each member's surname, scored it~ flrst million-selling single. All six ol its albums and 18 singles hit No. I.

ITS ME, TIMES 3

The latest pic, the comedy its me It's Me. in which kamenashi plays a mind-boggling 33 roles won the My movie audience award preemed at the 15th udine far east film festival in Italy in April

COLLECTING KUDOS

Kamenashi won the supporting actor award for his performance as a rebellios teen in the hit 2005 TV. …

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