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 ]
Disconcerto (Mahoro Ekimae Kyousoukyoku) had a premiere yesterday and during the stage presentation, both Eita and Ryuhei Matsuda expressed their interest to do more sequels. Apparently, the audience and the actors and crew were all in high spirits as the level of interest among the audience is high. Inspired by the reception they got, both actors announced if there are ny possibilities to do more Mahoro movies (or perhaps even drama?) they would both agree.
Thanks to fellow Gyouten fan, nerdvana, for the heads up. It seems I was too sleepy last night to understand the posts on Eita and Ryuhei (both CinemaToday and CinemaCafe made similar announcement regarding the movie).
It will be shown next month, October 18 across Japan and will showcase the adventures (and misadventures) of two 30-something men, Tada and Gyouten, as they handle all sorts of odd jobs. This time, it is more personal as Gyouten and Tada discussed more about their personal issues - involving family and loved ones. While the teaser trailer highlights a sort of hostage-taking inside a bus, the more recent trailer introduced the presence of a child who calls Gyouten "Dad". Tada is also on spotlight with his relationship to Yoko Maki's character who also appears as being part of the new movie.
Based on the novel by Shion Miura, Mahoro Ekimae Kyousoukyoku is the third installment following the 2011 movie, Mahoro Ekimae Tada Benriken and the 2013 drama series Mahoro Eki Mae Bangaichi broadcasted by TV Tokyo. Tatsushi Omori returns as the director, who also happens to do The Ravine of Goodbye (winner in Moscow Film Festival and stars Yoko Maki herself).
The previously broadcasted Nazo no Tenkousei (Mysterious Transfer Student) about an alien who transform itself into a human form finally has English subs!
That good news is coupled with the fact that the series is quite literally the acting showcase of Kanata Hongo. Yep, Aoi Nakamura takes the lead with Minami Sakurai playing a sort of romantic interest (and launching a love triangle in turn) but both pale in comparison to Hongo who gets the spotlight everytime he's on the screen.
There are a lot of things going on in this drama-thriller-mystery-comedy, aside from the nerdy-geeky coolness of the characters, there are some additional cast who also love to steal scenes - Shono Hayama and Masahiro Usui should have been given more lines and more scenes to play, but they are quite essential to the drama and the story. Hayama looks different with blond hair, while Usui acts with a certain menace, but remains cool as well. Both have great acting futures, just for their ability to sink into their characters.Read more...
Tsubasa Honda and Masahiro Higashide headline this live action adaptation of the popular manga Ao Haru Ride by Io Sakisaka. With some awesome supporting cast including Yudai Chiba, Ryo Yoshizawa and Yu Koyanagi, among others. it's great to see Higashide expanding his acting resume to include a light comedy-drama. Honda is also involved in another movie, Terminal, as a defendant who looks like someone a lawyer (Koichi Sato) knows from the past.
3 out of 5 stars
The story revolves around Futaba Yoshioka (played by Tsubasa Honda), a girl who was in love with a boy named Kō Tanaka (played by Masahiro Higashide) in middle school. However, after a misunderstanding, their relationship as friends ends when he transfers schools over summer vacation. In high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets Kō again, this time under the name of Kō Mabuchi. [ AnineNewsNetwork ]
Actors reflect the general population to a certain degree, and we will talk about that now. Some Japanese men maybe considered too shy to get involved with the opposite sex and there are reflections of their "predicaments" even in the movies - we have the geeks, the nerds and the virgins.
Aside from that, we have the faces of the future - now.
In predicting who will follow in the footsteps of such great Japanese actors such as Tadanobu Asano, Joe Odagiri, of course Beat Takeshi and Ken Watanabe - we actually have them now. While this is still a subjective list, we shall show you why... By the way - this is Part 3 of the series (just click Part 1 and Part 2)
When I wrote the piece The Transformation of Yuya Yagira, I was happy to receive an email from a fellow moviefan who said, it's seldom she finds articles about the actor that deviates from the usual gossip - how Yagira appears to be "fat", and other intrigues...Read more...
The Best of Japan continues... In Part 1, we talked about four leading Japanese actors currently making waves in both feature films and dramas, we now set our sights on more awesome actors before we explore other movie industries and see if they can match them (ie. do we have a Japanese Romain Duris or Ryan Gosling for that matter?)
Compared with the Koreans who are keen, highly competitive and favor international exposure, the Japanese may not be considered as having the same kind of drive, if you get my drift. While Korean and perhaps Chinese and Thai dramas are being exported throughout Asia (and elsewhere like the United States), we seldom see J-doramas being part of any primetime TV in other countries. It is said that to export a Japanese drama would cost a network - in say, the Philippines - 3 times the cost of exporting its Korean counterpart. But does it mean, Japanese actors are less talented since they are not familiar to movie audiences abroad? Is that question even valid?
Let me leave the discussion at that. In Part 2, more J-actors up ahead!Read more...
How do you define an actor's success? Is it the number of acting awards he won? Is it his influence in the box office and his ability to command numbers? Is it a combination of both? Are there other factors involved like getting all sorts of roles and being directed by the best filmmakers in the industry? How about international exposure? What if he's only good at doing dramas and have no experience doing movies at all?
Probably all of them play important roles in the success of any actor - in Japan or elsewhere, but let's focus on Japanese talents first.
This is a series of articles that explore some of Japan's best actors and making some bit of comparisons - how about Hollywood, French, German and Korean and Chinese actors? How do Japanese actors fare in the international movie festival circuit?
Let's take a lot at a typical movie fan conversation:
Moviefan 1: I mean, of course he just gotta play different roles - comedy, rom-com, historical drama, thrillers, maybe grab a lead in those taiga drama from NHK to be a well-rounded actor... !
Moviefan 2: hmmm.... he can be versatile as you say, that's what you mean by having all kinds of roles right?
Moviefan 1: yeah...
Moviefan 2: But... if he's gonna get all those roles and all of his movies will not earn lots in the box office, what can you say about that???
Moviefan 1: Yeah, but the fact that he got lots of roles mean his films are doing alright....
Moviefan 2: You got a point there, so how about acting awards?
Moviefan 1: I think that would matter a lot even for him. I mean, its always a good thing to be treated nicely by one's peers right? and getting awards can do that!
I guess we can argue about this for a long, long time... but then again, let's see who we are talking about. So, we have Eita and Ryuhei Matsuda first on the list. Are they really good actors? Let's see...Read more...
Fumi Nikaido did a 360 degree turn in the upcoming Hibi Rock (from her kick-ass role in Why Don't You Play in Hell?). Gone is the smirking, confident daughter of a Yakuza leader nor the crazed killer from Brain Man, what we see here is a very different Fumi Nikaido who looks perfect as a singing/dancing/performing idol (ala AKB48) but her appeal is much more!
Also notice Shuhei Nomura on the background. We shall be waiting for another teaser clip featuring Nomura next!
[ Scoop via EigaNews ]
Miki Shirono (Mao Inoue) is no match to Noriko Miki (Nanao) from the start of their job at a famous cosmetics company. Noriki is beautiful and confident, smiles to all and always befriends everyone. Shirono is plain, withdrawn and appears to have an inferiority complex, yet she may even appear "evil" at times. But as they say, looks are not everything, so I'm getting ahead of myself...
4 out of 5 stars
As the "rivalry" between the two intensifies, we get to see other young women serving as pawns in the on-going battle. But who runs the show? Is Shirono really the evil silent killer or is Miki a pretentious bitch who deserves to die?
The Snow White Murder Case may appear to be a simple case of whodunit, spiced with the use of social media to condemn a suspected murderer and the ability (or lack thereof) of a TV broadcast news company to verify its source. In this case, we are talking about a mysterious, yet "plain looking" young woman who is suspected of murdering her beautiful and popular co-worker, thus the use of Snow White to reflect the victim's appearance.Read more...
13oys and Men - Promoting the awesome and talented young Japanese actors, with lots of screenshots and insights into the careers of top and upcoming young talents.
Asian Addicts Anonymous - Comprehensive reviews and recaps of exciting Japanese drama, including interesting post on Asian music and movie news.
Dorama Doll - a new blog that will feature recaps of selected Japanese dramas, most probably related to Johnny & Associates talents, with some great recommendations on what to watch if you're new to the J-drama scene.
Genkinahito's Blog - Reviews, news, box office results & some amazing insights into Japanese films, including manga and anime.
My Drama Tea - Honest and insightful reviews of Japanese drama, also reviews of Chinese, Korean and Taiwanese dramas, with music news and movie reviews.
Ritsu No Dorama Land - J-dorama reviews with a difference, complete with recaps that really complements the review.
OtherWhere - Excellent and varied trailer showcase, insightful reviews of Japanese movies (both indies and mainstream), and a great resource for news on Studio Ghibli too!
The Corner of the Mind - Drama reviews (with detailed analysis of up and coming dramas via first impressions) and anime spotlights.