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卍LINE / a.k.a. Yosuke Kubozuka

卍LINE
a.k.a. Yosuke Kubozuka

July 2, 2017

a.k.a. Yosuke Kubozuka

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Name:
卍LINE / a.k.a. Yosuke Kubozuka
DOB:
1979
POB:
Yokosuka, JAPAN
Occupation:
Reggae DeeJay / Actor

In 1995, Yosuke Kubozuka started his career as an actor in Japan. He made his debut on famed crime drama series, ‘The case file of Kosuke Kindaichi’. In 2000, he became widely recognized for his unique acting when he starred in the film, ‘Ikebukuro West Gate Park’. In 2001, for his performance in the film, ‘GO’, he won both Best New Actor Award and Best Actor Award at the 25th Japan Academy Prize. He was the youngest recipient of Best Actor Award in history.  He has been proactively acting in various films in both domestic and abroad. His major Japanese films are ‘Ping Pong’, ‘Crazy Cherry Tree’, ‘Monsters Club’, ‘Helter Skelter’, etc. In 2016, he was cast as Kichijiro, a key character in the film, ‘Silence’ directed by Martin Scorsese and made his first appearance in Hollywood. Yosuke has been pursuing his career also as a reggae musician, ‘Deejay’ since 2006. He has been vigorously involved with music activity and performing 100 concerts a year. He released his first album in 2015 and recently released his sixth album of his original songs in 2017.

I am to play those roles with my soul. Both 卍 and Yosuke Kubozuka, figuratively as a flower, has been each differently blooming on the surface, with the same roots actually shared. Those flowers may look different, but their roots are the same one (my soul).

Nowadays, regardless of whether to introduce myself in either of the two names I’ve got or in both of the two, I tend to have a strong feeling that I am existing here as 卍LINE, a.k.a. Yosuke Kubozuka. For example, if I am asked in an interview, “With which name should I call you?”, or after an interview, “Which would you prefer?”, while back then I answered as “I have been interviewed as an actor, so call me with my real name”, or “This interview was about music, so call me with my Deejay name (卍LINE ) , in recent days I say, “Whichever you like. Either way. You go figure.” The reason why I am saying so is that my actor and my reggae Deejay have mixed up within myself, more or less, to be not able to be well discerned. I sometimes have my music videos taken (or shoot by myself for that matter). I sometimes write a book or two. Basically I want to stay to be a free man who just does what he loves to do. I want to stay to be a kid. Or really do not want to be a grownup. Meanwhile, I can’t just stay to be a kid like that for me to be looking for something in-between, for which BOY-KEN has told me a good word as “kodona (or kidownup, or in-between of the two)”. A perfect fit for me, to have been all the time sought after since then. Back in time I didn’t think that my life would be one with so many names. Before I started to sing, as to playing music, I once figured that an actor shouldn’t be engaged in something like music, with his private life not to be figured out.

Everything of me can be elicited. All, shown and said. All, frankly. But despite too much such honesty of mine, a role. or work of mine still holds true.

Since the time of “Ping-pong”, such bashful feeling of mine has been diminished so that even if my acts are seen by those who have long known me, I can just stay relaxed. In nutshell, now I realize that my works are to be enjoyed by those who know me well, and that acted by an actor, not conceived also as a friend of mine since childhood. If I can impress them this much, or if they “are” impressed with something I create, everyone could be, so I figure. To be engaged in acting or performance in a sense is to keep lying, at least for me. Those friends of mine since childhood are not ones that will flatter me. In short, if they can be deceived, it does assure me that those honestly living on themselves will take my works that way. Everything of me can be elicited. All, shown and said. All, frankly. But despite too much such honesty of mine, a role. or work of mine still holds true. If one of them commented, “No way. 卍’s inner countenance has not been really elicited. It’s not usual him. I can’t stand watching this.”, I, as an actor, were not just living up to someone’s expectation. Roles played by or as an actor named “Yosuke Kubozuka”. Roles played by or as a Deejay “卍LINE”. I am to play those roles with my soul. Both 卍 and Yosuke Kubozuka, figuratively as a flower, has been each differently blooming on the surface, with the same roots actually shared. Those flowers may look different, but their roots are the same one (my soul). Nutrients or stimuli with both good and bad influences will be taken as inputs into one place first to make outputs to various places later, or something like that.

Jin
(faithfulness)

“With love toward the way only I know” is like the very phrase out there for me; Ryoma Sakamoto has said something close to this, too: “I’ll let others say whatever they want to say on me; only I know what I am to do.”, which I got to know when I was in my childhood to be encouraged to live like that. I want to remain to be a man who can live up to those grave words.

“With love toward the way only I know” is like the very phrase out there for me; Ryoma Sakamoto has said something close to this, too: “I’ll let others say whatever they want to say on me; only I know what I am to do.”, which I got to know when I was in my childhood to be encouraged to live like that. I want to remain to be a man who can live up to those grave words. The “way” part of “with love toward the way only I know” is like the way to Rome, connected to everything and everyone. The way to know myself more or to know each other in the deepest part of one’s heart. I’ve come down to this depth to find out there is such a place (way), deep enough to be connected to everyone. It is important that the way has been one connected to everything and everyone; whether or not it will be understood by everyone, what I pursue will open up the path to be connected.

I am getting to be able to live a very easy, but hot, life. While I figure that it is important to reach somewhere, to make this life, the very best lifestyle “a much better one” is far more important. The best actually can be made better, I think. Today’s very best really can’t beat tomorrow’s. Tomorrow, and the day after tomorrow, the degree of being best will be to be heightened, which is the very thing I am destined to do; every move of mine stays the very best right at this moment to deepen it further even with a sense of… greed.

 

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