Ueno Juri

上野樹里 (うえの じゅり)

Juri Ueno(上野 樹里Ueno Juri?)(born May 25, 1986) is an award-winning Japanese actress from Kakogawa, Hyogo , Japan . She was one of six actors to receive the "Newcomer of the Year" prize at the Japanese Academy Awards in 2005 for her role inSwing Girls.She is also known for her starring role as the title character in the live-action adaptation ofNodame Cantabilefor which she won "Best Lead Actress" at the 51st Television Drama Academy Awards in 2007, and as Ruka Kishimoto inLast Friendsfor which she was voted "Best Supporting Actress" at the Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prixand the 57th Television Drama Academy Awards in 2008.

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 Ueno Juri's Career

Ueno made her television debut in 2002 at the age of 16 in NHK series,Seizon, before making her first film major appearance in 2003 in Chirosoku no Natsu which won her the Sponichi Grand Prize New Talent Award at the Mainichi Film Awards along with her performance in the 2004 film,Swing Girls.Swing Girlsproved to be a breakthrough when she received critical acclaim and awards for Best Newcomer at the Yokohama Film Festival (she was also honored for her performance inJoze to Tora to Sakana Tachi) and the Japanese Academy Awards .

In 2004, Ueno took on a supporting role in TBS 's romance drama,Orange Days, and co-starred in 2005 with Takuya Kimura in Fuji TV 's romantic comedy,Engine, as Misae Hoshino. She also appeared with Kazuya Kamenashi in the special television movie ofKinda'ichi Shōnen no Jikenbothe same year taking over the role of Miyuki Nanase from Anne Suzuki .

Ueno's popularity rose further when she was cast as Megumi Noda ("Nodame") in the 2006 live-action television adaptation of the popular manga ,Nodame Cantabile. Co-starring opposite Hiroshi Tamaki , the series' 11-episode run was a success with an average viewership rating of 18.79% with the season finalé garnering 21.7% of the viewership share for its time slot. Ueno's portrayal as the eccentric and disorganized but yet extremely affable and talented pianist won her "Best Lead Actress" at the 51st Television Drama Academy Awards while the show won "Best Drama". The show was also recognized overseas at the 2nd Seoul Drama Festival where it was awarded "Best Miniseries". Ueno and Tamaki reprised their roles in 2007 in the two-part special,Nodame Cantabile Shinshun Special in Europe, which chronicles their individual struggles to achieve success on Europe 's storied classical music stage whilst being away from each other.

In 2008, Ueno reunited withNodameco-stars, Eita and Asami Mizukawa , in Fuji TV's drama,Last Friends, as Ruka Kishimoto, a talented motocross racer with a hidden secret she cannot discuss with friends or family. Taeko Asano, the screenwriter ofLast Friendspraised Ueno's acting of Ruka, stating that Ueno is a "natural genius" and that she became "the character itself".Ueno won "Best Supporting Actress" at the 12th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix and The 57th Television Drama Academy Awards for her role.She was recognised as "Best Student Voice Actress" at the 2008 MTV Student Voice Awards for her role inWanko.

The Japanese version of Vogue named her as one of the "Women of the Year 2008".

On December 9, 2008, it was announced that Ueno will again reprise her role as "Nodame" in a newNodame Cantabiletwo-movie sequel slated for release in 2010.Filming is set to start in May 2009.

On January 25, 2010, it was announced that Ueno will be the lead in the 2011 NHK Taiga dramabased on an original script byAtsuhimewriter Kumiko Tabuchi(田渕 久美子Tabuchi Kumiko?).It will be Ueno's first role in a historical drama.will be NHK's 50th Taiga drama, and only its 10th drama with a woman as the main character. Filming is set to start in August 2010.

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 Ueno Juri's Filmography


TV dramas

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 Ueno Juri's Accolades

Awards won


  • TV Life 18th Annual Drama Awards 2008 – Best Supporting Actress for Last Friends
  • TV Navi Drama of The Year 2008 – Best Supporting Actress for Last Friends
  • 17th Hashida Awards – Best Newcomer


  • 12th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix Award (Spring 2008) – Best Supporting Actress forLast Friends
  • The Galaxy Award – monthly award (June), for the performance in Last Friends
  • 57th Television Drama Academy Awards – Best Supporting Actress for Last Friends
  • MTV Student Voice Award – Best Student Voice Actress
  • 21st Japan Best Dressed Eyes Awards – Special Award
  • International Drama Festival in TOKYO Awards 2008 – Best Actress forNodame Cantabile in Europe
  • Vogue – Women of the Year 2008


  • 51st Television Drama Academy Awards – Best Lead Actress forNodame Cantabile
  • Élan d'or Awards – Best Newcomer forNodame Cantabile


  • 28th Japanese Academy Awards – Newcomer of the Year forSwing Girls
  • 59th Mainichi Film Awards : Sponichi Grand Prize New Talent Award – Best Newcomer forSwing GirlsandChirusoku no Natsu
  • 25th Yokohama Film Festival – Best New Talent forSwing Girls,Joze to tora to sakana tachiandChirusoku no Natsu

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 Ueno Juri's References

  1. "Drama Grand Prix: "CHANGE" and "Last Friends" win for Fuji TV" . Tokyograph. 2008-07-17. . Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  2. "Best Supporting Actress" (in Japanese). Television Drama Academy Awards. 2008-08-20. . Retrieved 2010-02-23.
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  4. "Student Voice Awards: Oguri wins again" . Tokyograph. 2008-08-28. . Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  5. "Aoi Miyazaki, Juri Ueno named Vogue's Women of the Year" . Tokyograph. 2008-11-28. . Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  6. "Two "Nodame Cantabile" films planned for 2010" . Tokyograph. 2008-12-09. . Retrieved 2008-09-02.
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  8. "Juri Ueno to lead 2011 taiga drama" . Tokyograph. 2010-01-25. . Retrieved 2008-09-02.
  9. "2011年度NHK大河主演に上野樹里 “先輩”福山雅治からのエールに歓喜" (in Japanese).Oricon. 2010-02-17. . 
  10. "Eita, Juri Ueno team up again for "Twitter drama"" . Tokyograph. 2010-02-23. . Retrieved 2010-02-23.
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  12. "Eita, Juri, Meisa win Hashida Awards" . Tokyograph. 2009-04-09. . Retrieved 2010-02-23.
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