Mao Inoue Profile
Name (romaji): Inoue Mao
Birthplace: Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Star Sign: Capricorn
Blood Type: O
Mao Inoue Biography
Inoue Mao (井上真央 Inoue Mao) was a popular U-15 idol from 1999; she was well known for her role as Imai Akane in the drama Kids War. Before that, she had had parts in several other dramas from the age of five, but it wasn't until the debut of Kids War in 1999 that Japanese audiences took notice of Inoue. In 2005, she was cast as the star of Hana Yori Dango on TBS. Inoue played Makino Tsukushi in the live-action adaptation of the manga and anime, a lower middle-class girl who is trying to survive unnoticed in an elite high school full of playboys and rich snobs. A sequel to the 2005 drama, Hana Yori Dango 2, was aired in the winter 2007 season.
At 19, Inoue was enrolled in Meiji University, studying theater and literature, with her second major being Mandarin. In 2006 she co-starred in the movie Check It Out, Yo! with Ichihara Hayato, Hiraoka Yuta, and Emoto Tasuku. The film was in theaters April 22nd, 2006. Inoue also co-starred in the summer 2007 drama First Kiss with "Check It Out, Yo!" co-star Hiraoka.
After the success of the two Hana Yori Dango dramas, a film was announced in August 2007, just months after the end of the 2007 sequel. It will be Inoue's first starring role in a movie, which is to be called Hana Yori Dango Final. Filming is to start January 2008.