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!
Another high-profile role for Ai Hashimoto in Little Forest - and with the release of this teaser trailer, you don't have to wonder anymore why she's one of Japan's most sought-after young stars!
Based on the manga by Daisuke Igarashi, with a script written by Junichi Mori, Little Forest: Winter and Spring in under the direction of Mori and tells the story of Ichiko, a young girl who lives in the city but decided to return to her hometown and settle there. She began to enjoy the life in the countryside - cooking seasonal food, hunting for fish, growing herbs and plants, planting rice, the kind of work she will never encounter in a complex urban jungle.
The movie is reported to be shot in one year- to take in the different seasons, which is directly related to the movie itself.
Ai Hashimoto's acting resume is quite impressive - she played some extremely powerful and memorable characters in her short time in the biz. Think of the young girl who had an affair with one of the young killers in Confessions or the bullied young student in Control Tower or Kamiki Ryunosuke's love interest in the award-winning The Kirishima Thing.
FINAL UPDATE: As predicted, the two main pictures we have listed below grabbed the most number of awards in the 37th Japan Academy Prize held 7th of March 2014.
Here are the nominees and the winners of the major categories:
Picture of the Year:
The Devil's Path
A Boy Called H
Like Father, Like Son
The Great Passage - winner
Ask This of Rikyu
Animation of the Year:
The Tale of Princess Kaguya
The Wind Rises - winner
Space Pirate Captain Harlock
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion
Lupin the 3rd vs. Detective Conan: The Movie
Director of the Year:
Yuyua Ishii – The Great Passage - winner
Hirokazu Koreeda – Like Father, Like Son
Kazuya Shiraishi – The Devil's Path
Kōki Mitani – The Kiyosu Conference
Yoji Yamada – Tōkyō Kazoku
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a leading role:
Ichikawa Ebizō XI – Ask This of Rikyu
Isao Hashizume – Tōkyō Kazoku
Masaharu Fukuyama – Like Father, Like Son
Ryuhei Matsuda – The Great Passage - winner
Ken Watanabe – Unforgiven
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a leading role:
Aya Ueto – Bushi no Kondate
Machiko Ono – Like Father, Like Son
Yōko Maki – The Ravine of Goodbye - winner
Aoi Miyazaki – The Great Passage
Kazuko Yoshiyuki – Tōkyō Kazoku
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I would be super surprised if they made Aoi Miyazaki as winner of Best Actress. She played a supporting role and there is no logic for her nomination in the major acting award. Hikari Mitsushima (End of Summer) was snubbed as well as Yuriko Yoshitaka for The Story of Yonosuke. An even bigger crime for ignoring Kengo Kora who was awesome in Yonosuke, but Matsuda also gave a compelling performance. It would have sufficed if they put Kora in the nomination list.
Yoko Maki did a Kate Winslet by winning both Best Actress (Ravine of Goodbye) and Best Supporting Actress (Like Father, Like Son) trophies.
I was happy to see Joe Odagiri and Satoshi Tsumabuki getting their much-deserved nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category, but I also did not expect them to win.
[ See our Best Actress prediction post here ]Read more...
3 out of 5 stars
As the lead star in the movie, Masaki Okada is larger than life in this poster for the upcoming Oh Father!
He's a special young man who has more than one father - as a result he was nurtured in every possible aspect - intellectually, physically, emotionally, the works! But while he seems to be the perfect teen, there was a chance encounter to face the dark side of the world and of people.
About the Poster: Some signs of what's to happen are added in the poster like a lady's legs, a bag, rope, someone pointing a gun and the word "help!" with the image of the other actors involved in the film. It looks simple yet it provides some kind of an intro to the film.
In our most recent discussion on the upcoming Mahoro Eki Mae Kyousoukyoku book to movie adaptation, many mentioned the amazing on-screen chemistry between the two actors - Eita and Ryuhei Matsuda.
The movie's director, Tatsushi Omori, also mentioned the great teamwork of the two leading stars as the main reason for the movie's success and popularity.
The new movie will also feature Yoko Maki and Kengo Kora, with some suspense scenes - an incident inside a bus with a hijacker and the transfer of the handymen's office as a result of the former building being demolished in the fictional place called Mahoro.
More photos from the movie after the jump!Read more...
Masaki Okada at the age of 24 continues to play highschool student! Not that we're complaining about it since he can pass as a teen even now. Aside from Idai Naru, Shurarabon, where he also plays a young student, he's the lead in Oh Father!
About the Movie: Oh Father! features Yukio (Masaki Okada) who lives with his Mom and four different fathers (played by top veteran actors including Jun Murakami). He is intelligent, handsome and has a lot of friends, courtesy of his fathers' help. But being the perfect boy will not last for long as he becomes involved with an incident that would challenge his outlook of the world and people.
The movie is based on the novel "Oh Father" by Kotaro Isaka.
Takayuki Yamada reprises his role as Ushijima in the second installment of the popular Shohei Manabe manga directed by Shohei Manabe. This time he is joined by Gou Ayano, Yuya Yagira, Suda Masaki and Masataka Kubota playing various important roles.
AnimeNewsNetwork took note of the new movie:
Gou Ayano (Gatchaman, Kamen Rider 555, Crows Zero 2, Gantz II: Perfect Answer, S -Saigo no Keikan-) joins the new season of the television series and the new film's cast as Inui (center right in photograph), an info peddler and Ushijima's close childhood friend. Kyōsuke Yabe (far left) and Hiromi Sakimoto (far right) return from the previous series and film as Ezaki and the former host company employee Takada.
The cast also includes Jinki Irie as Hiromichi Nakata, Kōhei Takeda as Takada's friend Hayato, Mai Sasaki as aspiring model Julia, Mana Sakura as popular model Papiko, Masaki Suda as Masaru Kaga (a gangster who is after the money of the Kaukau Finance agency), Akiyoshi Nakao as Koji Aizawa (the leader of the bosozoku gang “Aizawa Alliance”), Masataka Kubota as Rei Kanzaki (a young man who aims to be the number one host at a bar), and Yūya Yagira as Enuma (a laborer who is also a stalker). [ read more ]
Trailer looks awesome with Yamada and Gou Ayano doing some comedy on the side!
I'd rather spell his name with the double R since it suits him more. However, Renn Kiriyama may have been cast as supporting actor in many of his movie and drama shows, it doesn't mean he's not as talented as the lead star. Kiriyama follows the tradition of his fellow Kamen Rider actors who graduated from playing the famous Japanese hero and branched out into feature movies and Tv dramas - Cafe Daikanyama, Beatrock Love, and the more recent Bussen.
Before he began exploring other options in the J-movie scene, he was quoted as saying something about training as an actor, probably because he knows he'll soon do other roles aside from being Shotaro Hidari in the Kamen Rider series:
Before filming started, I attended one of Japan Action Enterprises’ action workshops to try and build up my skills. After it was over, though, they told me, “You’ve pretty much got the just of this whole action thing, so I don’t think there’s much more we can teach you.” I was pretty disappointed, as I wanted to go to more of them… (laughs) I mean, there’s been plenty of close calls and dangerous scenes for Shoutarou thus far, but he always just transforms into W. I feel so neglected in the action scene department…(laughs) I finally get a role playing a detective, handling a little action was something forward to. [ source ]
Kiriyama finally got one of the so-called "dream roles" for young actors. In Tokyo Dark Bug, he plays the lead in not one but two movies.
In an interview wth Eiga News, Kiriyama described his role as a reflection of today's Japanese youth who entered into huge debts, can't pay back the loan and the interest and penalties and has to resort to odd jobs just to pay back a small portion. Getting involved in petty crimes and association with the dark side of society often folows.
His latest drama - where he plays a sort of villain with a dark, mysterious personality - Lost Days, he's once again cast together with Ryo Yoshizawa (and Koji Seto). The two younger stars may be chosen for the headliners, but Kiriyama's smirks, evil eye and sinister intentions and motives make the teen drama-thriller more intense and intriguing.
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