Who are Japan's Best Young Actors? Celebrate with PsychoDrama as we discuss the best young actors Japanese cinema has produced for the past 2 decades or so... We started with Masanobu Ando, Kengo Kora, Mirai Moriyama, and Takumi Saito and now, we're starting again with Shun Oguri, Gou Ayano, Shota Sometani & Kamiki Ryunosuke, Masaki Suda (and about 10 other awesome talents!) We also did separate posts for Satoshi Tsumabuki [Tears for You | Villain | Snowy Love Fall in Spring | Waterboys ] and Ryuhei Matsuda [ The Matsuda Magic: Taboo | Nightmare Detective | Phone Call to the Bar ] Let us know if you have any particular name in mind!
The Summer of Whales (Kujira no Ita Natsu) is a coming-of age movie from filmmaker Yasuhiro Yoshida and stars Shuhei Nomura and Hamao Kyosuke in probably his last movie role after he called it quits. Yoshida's previous movie was Enoshima Prism, which also stars the up and coming Shuhei.
While it's a great celebration for Shuhei to finally grab his first starring role, it's still sad news for Hamao Kyosuke who will no longer appear in the movies after February 2014. In the promo screenshots, he is not even present to join the other cast.
Shuhei maybe considered part of the mainstream young actors who are mostly cast in evening dramas and contemporary youth films (think of him together with the likes of Sota Fukushi, Masaki Suda and Kento Yamazaki) while Hamao Kyosuke is a bit of an enigma - actually he's more known to play a specialized type of roles in Boys Love movies.
It's a pity because Kyosuke is such a promising actor who has a lot of potential. He has grown to become quite a convincing and terrific actor, only to have his climb to the top abruptly ended.
Anyway, I think Shuhei's fans will be excited to know of this upcoming movie! He's luckier than Hamao who seems to have been taken in by an uncaring talent management, while Shuhei is under the capable hands of an obviously top and respected agency...
Mao Inoue who was terrific in Ohisama (the first Asadora I actually finished from Episodes 1-156) is set to star in her first taiga drama show for NHK. Entitled Hana Moyu (Flowers Burn), she plays Fumi - the wife of Genzui Kusaka and the sister of Shoin Yoshida.
From some of the historical references I read, Yoshida is considered as a distinguished intellectual and Genzui Kusaka is his follower and whom upon his death took over the Sonjuku Group. The drama will showcase Mao Inoue during the turbulent and difficult times of the Tokugawa shogunate where both her husband and brother played important roles.
The success of the Crows Zero movies is generally credited (to a certain degree) to Shun Oguri's performance as the lonely newcomer named Genji Takiya, who came to Suzuran High School and challenge the dominant gand led by Tamaran Serizawa (Takayuki Yamada). Now that a new Crows Zero movie is underway, can its lead actor Masahiro Higashide duplicate the success of the previous ones?
A relatively newcomer, Masahiro Higashide showed a lot of potential as a leading young actor. He already won Rookie of the Year at the Japan Academy Prize for his role in The Kirishima Thing (which also won Best Picture), and has starred in high-profile dramas including xxxHolic, Amachan and the current asadora starring Anne Watanabe.
In Crows Explode, Higashide plays Kazeo Kaburagi who enters the scene just as Shun Oguri's character takes his leave. He is ably supported by such actors as Yuya Yagira, Taichi Satome and Kenzo.
Can he duplicate Shun Oguri's success at the box office and also get critical acclaims? I really hope so!
An article that was pick up by RocketNews says that a film critic from Japan proposed deleting certain scenes in the latest Studio Ghibli film, Kaguya Hime no Monogatari. This will help bolster it's box office earnings in the international market, says author and journalist Akihiko Reizei in an article he wrote for Newsweek.
Continuing from the article:
While Japan’s relaxed attitude regarding on-screen nudity (particularly of the animated sort) mean that none of these scenes are raising eyebrows in the film’s country of origin, Reizei believes they will cause problems with distribution in nations with different cultural barometers. In particular, the critic feels that severe viewing restrictions would be placed on Kaguya Hime no Monogatari in Islamic countries, and that showing it with a general-admission age rating in the US would be “completely impossible.” [ read more ]
I think this is absurd and quite naive of the film critic to make such a proposal. Censorship, deleting relevant scenes and not being amenable to naked scenes (which are quite important to deliver the film's message) should be issues beyond anyone outside the makers of the film.
Film critics, journalist, bloggers have the freedom to express their opinions on any movies, made from anywhere but to actually dictate on what to do with the film itself? No way!
If you are interested in knowing more about this latest Studio Ghibli film, OtherWhere has a lot of great articles about it. Here's one of the latest articles posted over there for your reading pleasure!
Episode 20 is as compelling as the previous one where L-Elf's greatest love made the biggest sacrifice in order for the team of Haruto and the gang to escape from their enemies, the Dorssians. Now that a lot has been revealed - that there is an alien force behind the sacrifice of humans and the harvesting of runes (aka memories), and that Haruto's father is the person responsible for his altered human form.
Still Cain and JIOR's enemies remain relentless in pursuit of the young people of Module 77. L-Elf has almost lost his will to lead the team, but Haruto is trying his best to keep L-elf spirit alive. The Dorssians are about to launch another offensive, this time with mechas similar to the Valvraves... What will happen next?
Recent "big events" surrounding the acting career of Haruma Miura has overtaken our plans to update the actor's planned blog-a-thon... which is actually a good thing because it means we have more reasons to celebrate!
Two new projects seem to caught the interest of his fans and the moviegoing public in general. Two lead roles - one for the live action adaptation of Ghost Hunt and a new movie from director Yukisada Isao entitled Five Minutes to Tomorrow (or Midnight as some movie sites called it).
One other important news is that he opened a weibo account to update his growing Chinese fans. Yuki Furukawa was recently reported to have a solid Chinese fanbase due to the popularity of his drama Itazura na Kiss, so it was only to be expected of Haruma to make such an action - give thanks to his fans from mainland China.
As of this writing, there are already more than 38,000 fans.Read more...
Favorite young actor Kamiki Ryunosuke is reported to be thrilled to have his hair bleached to match his samurai warrior costume for the upcoming sequels to the box office hit Rurouni Kenshin. Two sequels are scheduled for release in 2014 for the epic saga of the lone assassin known to international anime fans as Samurai X.
Kamiki is to play Seta Sōjirō. Kamiki's role is that of a smiling, cool and unemotional member of the Juppongatana. Sojiro is normally seen smiling, with seemingly no emotion. In actuality, he subconsciously suppresses his emotions, making him difficult to read in combat, as stated by Kenshin.Read more...
In celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Tokyo Station, six love stories following the lives of ten individuals were featured in a movie entitled Subete wa Kimi ni Aeta kara (It All Began When I Met You). Among the cast is the duo (love team) of Masahiro Higashide and Fumino Kimura. They will be playing the segment entitled "Long Distance Love Affair".
Higashide fresh from the success of Amachan is also the lead star in the morning drama with Anne Watanabe entitled Gochisousan. Watanabe was Higashide's co-star in the Shota Sometani-starrer xxxHolic. This time, they play a more romantic relationship.Read more...
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