PsychoDrama [Talkback]: Kinema Junpou No 1722. Issue features 50 actors under 30 to look out for + Did they get everyone right? [Part 2 of 3 Parts]
To discuss the merits (or demerits) of 50 Japanese actors requires more than a singular post, hence Part 2 continues our discussion previously from Part 1 of Kinema Junpou 50 actors (under 30) worth watching out.
Yuki Furukawa at 28 almost did not make the cut, but the Litchi Hikari Club lead actor has been in the limelight from the time he took on the role of Naoki in Itazura na Kiss: Love in Tokyo. If you recall, he made headlines when he remarked on the way Japanese shows are casting idols just for the heck of it. Let's hear it from Furukawa directly:
“Nobody in Japan cares if you’re successful overseas unless you’re already established here”
The article, written by The Hollywood Reporter's Gavin J. Blair, explained further:
Casting News + Scoop! [June 19-Aug 6] Aozora Yell, The Kinema Junpou 50 list for young actresses, Gintama and Your Lie in April
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We'll be having some very important announcements later this month that concerns the direction of PsychoDrama, please stay tuned! As a hint, it would involve the introduction of a community where each can create his own account, upload videos and photos, share status and much more. It's about time, we cater to our growing community in a way where everyone can become closer and start sharing much more than just casting news. Our site template may also be altered to make it cleaner and can show more information without overwhelming the readers.
So what's the biggest casting news worth the buzz? Let's see... there's actually plenty!
While we're still in the process of posting Parts 2-3 of the Kinema Junpou for the young men [ here's Part 1 ], the succeeding issue of Kinema for the young women is already at hand and it has Suzu Hirose on the cover.
I would have appreciated it more if they put Tao Tsuchiya on the cover though but with so much buzz on Hirose, I'm not surprised at all. In terms of acting, I would prefer Tsuchiya or Mayu Matsuoka (Hirose's co-star in Chihayafuru, who have been very consistent in all her shows) or Hana Sugisaki or Mitsuki Takahata, but let's get to that later (I'm just happy they did not put Tsubasa Honda on the cover!)
So, the buzz on Your Lie in April is reaching fever pitch as the release date is coming soon (September 10 to be exact). I did some sampling of the anime and I can visualize the cast from the first episode...
I know how much attention Kento Yamazaki is getting from manga/anime fans and even from regular J-movie fanatics, and the main complaint is how come he gets similar roles all the time? Well, as Don Brown has explained to me (the interview will be posted soon!), when someone is so in demand, his agents will try their best to get as many roles as possible, never mind the over-exposure.
PsychoDrama [Talkback]: Kinema Junpou No 1722. Issue features 50 actors under 30 to look out for + Did they get everyone right? [Part 1 of 3 Parts]
When Kinema Junpou announced their 50 names of actors (under 30) to watch out for, the whole PD community was not surprised. I mean, most of the names have been featured on the site - one way or another. Just take a look at the top 30 hit list [ promising | hottest ] and you'll notice that most of them are included in the Kinema list.
I'd love to open up the discussion on both those who are already part of our list and those who may be considered "under the radar" since I think we have some exciting names in the Kinema Junpou list that need some research. Here's the rub: If you're an editor exposed to all the buzz inside the Japanese entertainment industry, you obviously have the advantage (and disadvantage) since - I really believe - we on the outside has a more 'objective" look. Then again, that's debatable of course!
Let's see.... so we have 50 names!
On Live Action Adaptations: 20 Favorite Japanese Live action movies & Why you need to watch them! [Vol 2, Part 2]
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In Part 1, we featured 10 favorite Japanese live action films, in Part 2, we'll celebrate our top 10 favorites.
Hana Yori Dango and Crows Zero are like staple live action Japanese movie recommendations. Both represent beloved genres - the romantic side of youth and its violent, thrilling opposite. With Shun Oguri featured prominently in both series (and movies), he represented quite a few famous manga/anime characters throughout his acting career. Mao Inoue, who is considered one of Japan's most talented actresses, has made quite a lasting impression in Hana Yori Dango, not to mention her reportedly romantic relationship with her co-star, Jun Matsumoto.
Both HYD and Crows also feature personalities going against the 'establishment', with Genji (Shun Oguri) fighting to take on the gang in Suzuran High, while Makino (Mao Inoue) fighting for her right to co-exist inside the posh, prestigious escalator school Eitoku Gakuen. Genji's struggle to become the #1 boy in the ultra-violent school is more than a coming of age tale since it depicts friendships, loyalty, and even family issues. On the other hand, Makino brings to focus class struggle and the arrogance of the elite. The romance between Makino and Domyouji (Matsumoto) provided more than just excitement and thrills for fans of both actors. The chemistry between them remained unmatched by subsequent adaptations.
On Live Action Adaptations: 20 Favorite Japanese Live action movies & Why you need to watch them! [Vol 2, Part 1]
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Part 4 (or Part 1 of Vol 2) of the series on live action adaptation is all about favorites. But before we look at the top 20 list, let's have a recap of the previous parts:
Part 1 is an introduction, showing the growth of Japanese live action films through the years, and favorite manga genres + poll on past popular live action adaptations;
Part 2 celebrates the huge success of Bakuman, the Kenshin trilogy, Parasyte and many of the current live action movies.
Part 3 features upcoming live-action movies, including Blade of the Immortal, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, Museum, March Comes in Like a Lion. We also featured the list of top box office hits from previous years + poll on favorite live-action genres
While there is general agreement that live-action adaptations of popular manga and anime tend to be loyal to the source, there are a good number of movies that somehow departed from the original story - there may be changes to the main characters or certain twists and turns or perhaps even the introduction of new characters not seen in the manga or anime. Be that as it may, there is a certain curiosity factor that goes for live action productions.
In answering our original question: What's the point of producing live action movies if it sucks, perhaps the answer is that we want to see real actors play the parts. There is always that novelty and excitement to watch Takeru Satoh plays Kenshin, the former samurai assassin turned hero or Shota Sometani brings to life Hitoshi Iwaaki's young hero Shinichi Izumi and his fight against worm alien life-forms in Parasyte. Special mention goes to Yuya Yagira for playing Moyuru Honoo in the Tv series Aoi Honoo based on the life and adventures of some of Japan's most accomplished animators.
And yes, how can anyone ever forget Mao Inoue as Tsukushi Makino or Jun Matsumoto as Tsukasa Domyoji in Hana Yori Dango? Looking far beyond contemporary live action movies, there are the Lone Wolf and Cub series and Lady Snowblood....
The live-action adaptation of Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte is perhaps one of the most exciting casting news in 2013, and the hype surrounding Shota Sometani playing the main role is really worth it. Playing his best friend and romantic interest is Ai Hashimoto, and while I would love to see more scenes featuring their relationship, I think the movie was able to consolidate the whole series of the original manga. It's far from perfect and I have a lot of reservations, but I enjoyed it very much. I think Masahiro Higashide, who is quite an inconsistent actor, was terrific as the alien and mysterious transfer student.