Veteran actor Yutaka Takenouchi has the face most Japanese men want to have

Lim Yian Lu
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Last week, Oricon Japan’s survey revealed that Japanese women found that actress Keiko Kitagawa has the most ideal face. Another survey for the male counterpart had been carried out as well at the end of October, with responses from some 500 males aged between 10 and 60. Interestingly, topping the chart is Yutaka Takenouchi, a 49-year-old actor known for his role as the National Security Advisor in Shin Godzilla (2016).

TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 12: Actor Yutaka Takenouchi attends the 22nd Hashida Award Ceremony on May 12, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sports Nippon/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 12: Actor Yutaka Takenouchi attends the 22nd Hashida Award Ceremony on May 12, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sports Nippon/Getty Images)

1. Yutaka Takenouchi

This marks the second time Takenouchi achieved the top position since 2018’s ranking. Turning 50 next January, the veteran actor is regarded as the handsome uncle in Japan. Truly, his voters described his looks as “manly”, “cool” and even admired the fact that Takenouchi looked good with a moustache and beard. Even as he aged, the masculine actor seemed to possess an unchanging attractiveness.

TAIPEI, CHINA - JANUARY 02: Japanese actor Satoh Takeru attends a press conference on January 2, 2020 in Taipei, Taiwan of China. (Photo by Unioncom/VCG via Getty Images)
TAIPEI, CHINA - JANUARY 02: Japanese actor Satoh Takeru attends a press conference on January 2, 2020 in Taipei, Taiwan of China. (Photo by Unioncom/VCG via Getty Images)

2. Takeru Satoh

After starring in An Incurable Case of Love recently, a romantic drama set in a hospital, Satoh has once again established his charisma — the last time being his impeccable performance in the live-action film series Rurouni Kenshin. Making the biggest jump from the tenth position last year to the runner-up this year, Satoh is praised not only for his seemingly perfect and cool looks, but also his friendly character with a dash of cuteness.

PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 22: Actor Hiroshi Tamaki attends the Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week  on January 22, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 22: Actor Hiroshi Tamaki attends the Chanel Haute Couture Spring Summer 2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 22, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

3. Hiroshi Tamaki

Taking the third position is yet another manly actor, Hiroshi Tamaki, who had been portraying badass characters in his recent works: revenge drama Path Of The Dragons, and The Way Of The Househusband, in which Tamaki stars as a retired yakuza (the equivalent of triads in Japan). These left an impression on his voters who described him as “cool”, “wild” and even said Tamaki has the “sex appeal of a dandy”. To top it off, Tamaki once reduced his body fat percentage to five per cent for a role, upon which a fan commented, “Life can’t be bad if you can have a face like this with five per cent body fat!”

The following Japanese male celebrities also made it into the top 10 owing to their unique traits:

TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 27:  Actor Dean Fujioka attends the photocall for Valentino TKY 2019 Pre-Fall Collection at Terada Warehouse on November 27, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 27: Actor Dean Fujioka attends the photocall for Valentino TKY 2019 Pre-Fall Collection at Terada Warehouse on November 27, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)

4. Dean Fujioka

Despite looking “mysteriously cool”, Fujioka has a warm smile. Even though he is a pure Japanese, one of his voters is envious that he looks a little like a Westerner.

TAIPEI, CHINA - APRIL 29: Japanese actor Satoshi Tsumabuki attends a press conference of movie 'Paradise Next' on April 29, 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan of China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)
TAIPEI, CHINA - APRIL 29: Japanese actor Satoshi Tsumabuki attends a press conference of movie 'Paradise Next' on April 29, 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan of China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)

5. Satoshi Tsumabuki

Tsumabuki has a “gentle image” with a “refreshing face that is highly favoured by both men and women”.

TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 14:  Hidetoshi Nishijima attends the 'Dumbo' Premiere at the Yamano Hall on March 14, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.  (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 14: Hidetoshi Nishijima attends the 'Dumbo' Premiere at the Yamano Hall on March 14, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)

6. Hidetoshi Nishijima

Also at a fine age of 49, Nishijima is praised to be looking cool during his younger days and even as he gets older.

PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 17:  Ryo Yoshizawa attends the Dior Homme Menswear Fall/Winter 2020-2021 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 17, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 17: Ryo Yoshizawa attends the Dior Homme Menswear Fall/Winter 2020-2021 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 17, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

7. Ryo Yoshizawa

The youngest among the top 10, 26-year-old Yoshizawa is one of the promising actors who has “a good balance of coolness and cuteness”.

WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 14:  Actor Shun Oguri arrives at Hammer Museum Gala in the Garden on October 14, 2017 in Westwood, California.  (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actor Shun Oguri arrives at Hammer Museum Gala in the Garden on October 14, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

8. Shun Oguri

Since his Boys Over Flowers days as part of the Flower Four (F4), Oguri has been stealing the hearts of many even as he approaches his forties. One of his voters even said, “If I have a face like this, my life would change.”

TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 25:  Actor Sota Fukushi attends the opening of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2018 on October 25, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Keith Tsuji/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 25: Actor Sota Fukushi attends the opening of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2018 on October 25, 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Keith Tsuji/Getty Images)

9. Sota Fukushi

Fukushi gives off a “cool and knowledgeable” vibe and has a “refreshing look” that makes you “feel good”.

TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 22: Actor Masaki Okada attends attends press conference of film 'Omoinokoshi'  on November 22, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sports Nippon/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 22: Actor Masaki Okada attends attends press conference of film 'Omoinokoshi' on November 22, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Sports Nippon/Getty Images)

10. Masaki Okada

Okada is said to be looking so “clean that it is difficult to think we are both humans”.

Now that we have seen both Japanese male and female celebrity rankings of the most want-to-have face, did your top favourites make it into the lists?

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