The 100 Best Contemporary Japanese Movies - Psycho Drama has launched an ambitious project to compile 100 of the best modern-day Japanese movies from the last 2 decades or so. Featuring the best young actors of their generation - from Joe Odagiri, Takako Matsu and Tadanobu Asano, to Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hikari Mitsushima, Mao Inoue, Ryuhei Matsuda, Shun Oguri and Masanabu Ando to the current crop of exciting young talents - Shota Sometani, Yuya Yagira, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Sosuke Ikematsu, Kento Yamazaki, Fumi Nikaido and Ai Hashimoto. [ click here ]
With an all-Japanese cast, the live action adaptation of Attack on Tital features new characters, to make way for said changes. If you've seen the anime version, then you know that there are foreign characters with an equally foreign names.
The biggest revelation so far is the final confirmation of Haruma Miura as Eren, the main character in the anime series. The character poster showing Miura donning the medieval-themed fighter suit finally end all speculation. Eiga posted the news on the character posters.
Anime News Network reported on the casting choices:
On the cast selection, producer Yoshihiro Sato said he did not pay as much attention to whether or not the cast members looked like the original characters. Instead, he had many discussions with Attack on Titan manga creator Hajime Isayama and went with actors who could act out the "characters' spirits.
Kiko Mizuhara who excelled in the movies I have seen her (Norwegian Wood, I'm Flash! and Helter Skelter) will play Mikasa, the main female character.
More character posters after the jump!Read more...
Really a pleasant surprise that when I'm updating the Top 30 Hottest Japanese Actresses hitlist, I came upon casting news related to the top 2! While Hikari Mitsushima may have more "fireworks" when it comes to her casting buzz, Sakura Ando is really not far behind. In fact, Ando has more to celebrate since she got more upcoming movies than Hikari!
Shirakawayofune (Asleep) is Sakura Ando at her best! This is definitely another career milestone for the actress! pic.twitter.com/DSEm70HjEd— Jed Medina (@_tMF) November 19, 2014
Hikari plays second lead to Erika Toda in the new Masata Harada movie, Kakekomi Onna to Kakedashi Otoko.
Kakekomi Onna to Kakedashi Otoko brings us back to a historical period, but instead of war and conflict, its divorce! pic.twitter.com/4dnEW9J9zP— Jed Medina (@_tMF) November 19, 2014
Set in the Edo period during a time when the divorce rate was actually 2x higher than the present day.
A thrift ordinance has been announced by the government and the lives of common people get worse. During this time, many woman who want to divorce run to the Tokei-ji which is a Buddhist temple in Kamakura, Japan. The Tokei-ji helps women who are abused from their husbands and get divorced if they so desire.
Nobujiro Nakamura (Yo Oizumi) is a doctor and wants to be a literary writer. He is staying at the Goyo yado in Tokei-ji. Nobujiro Nakamura tries to help the women with various ideas to start a new life. He develops feelings for one of those women. Jogo (Erika Toda) runs to the Tokei-ji because she is sick and tired of her husband. Her husband doesn't take responsibility for his family and does whatever he wants. A concubine, Ogin (Hikari Mitsushima), for a wholesale dealer runs to the Tokei-ji.
Does Nobujiro Nakamura love Jogo, Ogin or a different woman ? [ source ]
Before they even announced who will play Eiji Niizuma, I already have an inclination that it will be Shota Sometani and I was right!
While the character is not one of the two main leads (already given to Takeru Sato and Ryunosuke Kamiki), the Eiji Nizuma character is both "notorious" and challenging that Sometani can bring to life with equal charm and intensity. He is actually the biggest rival of the two main characters... Playing the lead or supporting or even a bit role has never been an issue with the actor.
The Bakuman Wikia has this on Eiji:
Eiji Niizuma (新妻 エイジ, Niizuma Eiji) is a high school genius mangaka who has been drawing manga ever since he was little. From Aomori he moved to Tokyo for the serialization of his manga Yellow Hit with the condition that if he becomes the Jack's best mangaka he will be given the right to end one series in Jack that he hates. Niizuma also has a great love for manga, loving manga more than Ashirogi Muto and his opinions are valued by everyone at Jump. [ read more ]Read more...
They grabbed the most headlines in terms of the movie and drama roles they play. With a combination of critically acclaimed performances, success at the box office, decent Tv ratings and buzz from social media, we recognize the year's hottest actors!
2014 is definitely an exciting year for Japanese talents - in both the movie and drama fronts- there are lots of awesome movies to look forward to (especially if you're outside Japan), and the trend in J-drama (rom-com, historical, suspense-mystery, crime, youth and school) where many of the actors on this list are the major players.
While Ryuhei Matsuda dominated 2013 with his excellent performance in The Great Passage, this year its Satoshi Tsumabuki's turn to take the top spot.
Tsumabuki made headlines in 2 of Yuya Ishii's new films - Our Family and The Vancouver Asahi, with the latter participating in the Vancouver International Film Festival and was declared one of the festival's most popular movies. He has already won a Best Actor trophy for Our Family, courtesy of the 6th TAMA Awards. He also topbilled the family drama Wakamonotachi (one of the year's star-studded series, featuring Eita and Hikari Mitsushima, among the cast). The actor's versatility was also demonstrated this year - an advertising staff in the comedy Judge!, a sinister looking detective in The World of Kanako, a baseball player and leader of the gang in The Vancouver Asahi, the eldest son in Our Family and the nephew of the movie's heroine in Yoji Yamada's The Little House.Read more...
With a rookie cast, an awesome poster and a very intense and intriguing trailer, Solomon's Perjury is destined to become 2015 most talked about movie. Of course, there are many other highly-anticipated J-movies to be released next year (Attack on Titan, Parasyte, Shinjuku Swan, Assassination Classroom and Bakuman, among others) but the kind of buzz this Izuru Narushima movie based on the novel of Miyuki Miyabe offers an exciting mix of genre - youth, coming of age, murder, suspense and drama that has been proven quite potent in the past (i.e. Confessions, Battle Royale).
Solomon’s Perjury https://t.co/52WgNYi8lv— AA (@digit4lboy) November 11, 2014
Will this movie become both critically acclaimed and box office winner? All points lead to that conclusion, even at this early stage.
See the new cast with the "veteran" supporting actors (including one of Japan's most exciting young talents, Hiroya Shimizu) in one of the movie's promotional appearances,Read more...
This is the kind of poster that combines class and style with a sense of mystery and anticipation! Incredible use of a certain image - that of the Last Supper, which is essentially one of the most recognized religious-themed paintings of all time and coming up with a concept that incorporates the mystery behind a certain murder in the highly-anticipated movie, Solomon's Perjury.
5 out of 5 stars
The young cast to play the lead roles in the 2-part movie Solomon's Perjury was recently announced , and with the above poster, completes what can be considered an initial promotional blitz for the movie.
Back to the poster, will there be betrayal involved in the movie? That and many other questions maybe answered soon!
When it was announced that Hiro Mizushima will play the charming yet deadly demon named Sebastian in Black Butler, it garnered an overwhelming positive response from anime series fans and ordinary moviegoers alike. Aside from Mizushima's amazing physical transformation, many are looking forward to see the actor back on the big screen after a relatively long hiatus. Elegant, with a mysterious aura and naughty-mischievous streaks, Mizushima brings to life one of anime's most interesting and popular characters - a demon with extraordinary powers.
3 out of 5 stars
Throughout history, the Phantomhive family has been tasked by the British monarchy to investigate mysterious and difficult cases. When young Shiori Genpo (Ayame Gouriki) parents were murdered, she has no choice but to call on the demon Black Butler Sebastian for help. In exchange for her soul, Sebastian agreed to help Shiori in pursuit of the truth behind the cases and discover who murdered her parents.
The movie begins when Sebastian is about to rescue his prominent master from a notorious band of human traffickers. Using just a butter knife, the demon neutralized the goons and discovered a group of horrified and abused young women.Read more...
Many would probably remember Hamao Kyosuke as the intense young promising dramatic actor in 3 of the 4 BL movies entitled Takumi Kun. These Yaoi-themed movies were extensively featured in PsychoDrama, and we have listed the 10 best BL movies [ Part 1 | Part 2 - Takumi Kun series ] from Japan as well. Certain gay-themed movies were also extensively featured - Gohatto and Big Bang Love Juvenile A (both featuring acclaimed actor Ryuhei Matsuda). Among the current 10 favorite J-movies list - features Joe Odagiri playing a gay man in Le Maison de Himiko.
But what does it takes to do a gay-themed movie in Japan? Is it taboo to show two male actors kissing (how about having sex?)
I'm pretty sure the Yaoi themed movies may have its share of audience (mostly girls who love to watch movies with a homoerotic romantic or sexual relationships between male characters) But gay movies are quite different and both have been limited in terms of release. Have you heard of any Yaoi or gay J-movies for the past 2 years? I think not....
[ Update: There are two movies one is a manga adaptation and a yaoi movie entitled Doushitemo Furetakunai starring Kosuke Yonehara and Masashi Taniguchi, already released last May. The other is yet to be released in Japan, this month, entitled Tokyo: The City of Glass, which will be reviewed here very soon ]
Perhaps the reason for the limited production of gay-themed or BL movies is that there is prejudice (even discrimination) of such movies, and the apparent "disappointment" of fans, especially if the actors are known to play roles from a different genre - say Kamen Rider or any other superhero-themed movies. There was an article @JeFusion (famous for featuring Tokusatsu, Henshin and Anime news) written back two years ago where Toku fans and those who maybe considered more "open-minded" movielovers argued quite extensively. Part of the article reads:
Yaoi has been a popular genre these past years among female fans, termed as fujoshi. And because of it, live-action movies of such came to the entertainment scene. Termed as Boys Love Movies (BL), stories of such revolves around romantic relationships between men. These stories were adapted from famous yaoi mangas and novels by famous authors.
Most of the known BL actors of today are non other than tokusatsu ones. Some of these actors started at BL and some in toku who gained so much popularity from it, especially for the fangirls. Maybe one reason of which is their physical appearances as good-looking young men. [ BL Movies: Side Career of Toku Actors? ]Read more...
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