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Maki Horikita (Japanese Actress)

Updated on August 31, 2011

Maki Horikita's Biography, Photos, Films and Videos

You may know Maki Horikita as the boyish Ashiya Mizuki in the immensely popular Jdrama Hana Kimi (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e) but did you know that she is a multi-awarded actress and voice talent as well?

The lovely Maki has been acting and endorsing products in TV commercials since 2003 as a U-15 idol and has since starred in countless Japanese television dramas and movies, TV advertisements, bagging awards here and there.

Please read on if you want to see Maki Horikita photos and learn more about this talented and prolific Japanese actress.

Image courtesy of the Maki Horikita FB page

Maki Horikita as the shy "Kotani Nobuko" in Nobuta wo Produce (2005)

Maki Horikita as the shy "Kotani Nobuko" in Nobuta wo Produce (2005)
Maki Horikita as the shy "Kotani Nobuko" in Nobuta wo Produce (2005)
Maki Horikita
Maki Horikita

Maki Horikita's Profile and Filmography

The hard facts about this prolific Japanese drama actress.

Name Maki Horikita

Birth Name: Marina Hara

Birthdate: October 6, 1988

Birthplace: Kiyose, Tokyo, Japan

Height: 160cm

Blood Type: B

Talent Agency: Sweet Power


Korede Iinoda!! Eiga Akatsuka Fujio (2011)

Into the White Night | Byakuyako (2011)

The Lady Shogun and Her Men | Ohoku (2010) - Onobu

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (2010)

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva | Reiton kyoju to eien no utahime (2009) - Luke (voice)

Tokyo Boy (2008)

Doraemon: Nobita and the Green Giant Legend 2008 (2008) - Princess Rire (voice)

Eiga: Kurosagi (2008)

Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 (2007)

Last Words (2007)

Kimi no Yubisaki (2007)

Argentine Baba (2007)

One Missed Call Final (2006)

Trick: The Movie 2 (2006)

Mobile Detective: The Movie(2006)

Always - Sunset on Third Street (2005)

The Deep Red | Shinku (2005)

Hinokio: Inter Galactic Love | Hinokio (2005)

Gyakkyo nine (2005)

Tales of Terror(2004) - "Shisen"

Premonition (2004)

Crying Out Love, in the Center of the World (2004)

Winning Pass (2004)

The Locker 2 (2004)

The Locker (2004)

Seventh Anniversary (2003)

Cosmic Rescue (2003)

TV Dramas

Legal Eagle, First Class | Tokujo Kabachi!! (TBS / 2010)

Atashinchi no Danshi (Fuji TV / 2009)

Innocent Love (Fuji TV / 2008)

Galileo (Fuji TV / 2007) - Ep. 6

Hana-Kimi (Fuji TV / 2007)

Dear Students! | Seito shokun! (TV Asahi / 2007)

Teppan Shoujo Akane!! (TBS / 2006)

Angels with Broken Wings (Fuji TV / 2006) - Ep. 2

The Black Swindler | Kurosagi (TBS / 2006)

Train Man: Densha Otoko (Fuji TV / 2005)

Nobuta wo produce (NTV / 2005)

After School | Houkago (Fuji TV / 2006)

Proof of the Man | Ningen no Shomei (Fuji TV / 2004)

The Animal Doctor | Dobutsu no Oisha-san (TV Asahi / 2003)

TV Movies

Kikoku (TBS / 2010)

Wagaya no Rekishi (Fuji TV / 2010)

Chance! (Fuji TV / 2009)

Danso no Reijin (TV Asahi / 2008)

Hana-Kimi SP (Fuji TV / 2008)

Tokyo Air Raid | Tokyo Daikushu (2008)

Deru Toko Demasho! (Fuji TV / 2007)

Train Man: Densha Otoko Deluxe (Fuji TV / 2006)

Information from AsianMediaWiki / Photo from Crunchyroll.

Maki Horikita: Biography - A brief backgrounder on the popular Japanese actress and idol.

Maki Horikita
Maki Horikita

Born Marina Hara on the October 6, 1988 in Kiyose, Tokyo, Japan, Horikita is the eldest of three girls. She started out as a print and television endorser and started appearing in bit roles in drama series in 2003.

Her roles in Densha Otoko and Nobuta wo Produce more doors for her, with her portrayal of the titular character in Nobuta wo Produce bagging her a Best Supporting Actress award.

She won her second Best Supporting Actress award in Kurosagi, a drama series that reunited Horikita and her Nobuta wo Produce co-star Tomohisa Yamashita. Producers and scriptwriters started recognizing her acting skills and soon she was given lead roles for Teppan Shoujo Akane and Seito Shokun!. She was also cast in the horror movie One Missed Call: Final, the last installment of the One Missed Call franchise.

Soon after, Horikita bagged her first Best Actress award for her role as Mizuki Ashiya in the Japanese drama adaptation of the gender-bender manga Hana-Kimi (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e). During the same year that she filmed for Hana Kimi, Horikita also starred in the Taiga drama Atsuhime, the suspense movie Tokyo Shounen, and the sequel to her breakthrough movie Always: Sunset on Third Street titled Always: Zoku Sanchome no Yuhi. All of her exceptional work paid off when Horikita was chosen by Vogue Nippon as one of its eleven recipients of the prestigious Women of the Year award for 2007.

The following year, she was once again seen on television leading the cast of Fuji TV's drama Innocent Love. Horikita also appeared in the TV Asahi special that was aired in December, Danso no Reijin as Ri Kouran, a famous actress in China and the United States during the 1950s. Towards the end of the year, She had been cast as Naomi, the female protagonist of Dareka ga Watashi ni Kiss wo Shite (based on Gabrielle Zevin's popular novel, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac) a Hollywood-Japan collaboration film directed by internationally-acclaimed director Hans Canosa. (2007).

Horikita had gone on to star in two other television dramas, Atashinchi no Danshi in 2009 and Tokujo Kabachi!! in 2010.

Information from Wikipedia / Photo from PicsDigger

Maki Horikita
Maki Horikita

Maki Horikita's Awards

A list of accolades awarded to the talented actress.

Awards and Recognition

47th Television Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Nobuta Wo Produce)

49th Television Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Kurosagi)

29th Japan Academy Awards: Best Newcomer (Always: Sunset on Third Street)

MTV Student Voice Awards 2006: Best Teen Actress

54th Television Academy Awards: Best Actress (Hanazakari no Kimitachi E)

Vogue Nippon - Women of the Year 2007: One of the eleven recipients

TV Life: Best Actress (Hanazakari no Kimitachi E)

Information from AsianMediaWiki / Photo from StarJapanDrama

Maki as "Sumiyoshi Misuzu" in Tokuju Kabachi (2010)

Maki as "Sumiyoshi Misuzu" in Tokuju Kabachi (2010)
Maki as "Sumiyoshi Misuzu" in Tokuju Kabachi (2010)

Watch her award-winning performance as Mizuki Ashiya in Hanazakari no Kimitachi e - See why the Hana Kimi Jdrama is so popular.

Maki Horikita plays Ashiya Mizuki, a girl who disguises herself as a guy so she can enroll in a private boarding school for boys in the Jdrama Hana Kimi. Popular Japanese actor Oguri Shun plays her love interest Sano Izumi. Watch the clip of the first half of the first episode below.

Buy the Hanazakari no Kimitachi e DVD from Amazon - Maki charmed audiences all over with her portrayal of Ashiya Mizuki in this Jdrama.

Japanese Drama : Hanazakari No Kimitachi E w/ English Subtitle
Japanese Drama : Hanazakari No Kimitachi E w/ English Subtitle

The drama is based on the popular manga of the same name by Nakajo Hisaya, which has already been dramatized in Taiwan. Horikita plays the protagonist Ashiya Mizuki, a Japanese girl in the U.S. who one day sees the young athlete Sano Izumi Oguri compete in the high jump on television. (Language: Japanese; Subtitles: Chinese & English; Video Format: NTSC; Region Code: ALL


Watch Maki Horikita in the Tokujo Kabachi Trailer - She plays Sumiyoshi Misuzu in this legal firm Jdorama.

Maki Horikita stars as a former delinquent who hates to lose and who is now a capable scribe in Tokujo Kabachi, a 2010 Jdrama. Watch the commercial for the show below.

Maki is in the following Jdrama series and movies - See the Japanese drama actress in action and find out why he is as popular as she is now.

Browse through a wide selection of English-subtitled Japanese dramas on DVD

with Maki Horikita and special edition box sets at Yesasia

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Maki Horikita Photos Gallery - Photos of the very cute Japanese actress.

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Watch Maki Horikita's TV Commercials - Advertisements in Japan that feature Horikita Maki.

Maki as "Ashiya Mizuki" in Hanzakari no Kimitachi e

Maki as "Ashiya Mizuki" in Hanzakari no Kimitachi e
Maki as "Ashiya Mizuki" in Hanzakari no Kimitachi e

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      6 years ago

      I love her in Nobuta Wo Produce. Thanks for sharing this. It's been awhile since I watched Asian dramas.

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      7 years ago

      good in acting,talented..most important she looks natural beauty...:D

    • Seeds Of Future profile image

      Seeds Of Future 

      8 years ago

      She looks good~ but I like Toda Erika more :D:D

    • Jhangora LM profile image

      Jhangora LM 

      8 years ago

      Really beautiful and innocent. I'd love to meet her ;)

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      8 years ago

      She is Just Stunning!

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      8 years ago

      is there any chance to watch this movie in india?

    • mariaamoroso profile image


      8 years ago from Sweden

      There must be some secret in the food in Japan since people look so YOUNG! Tell me please.


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