Welcome to PsychoDrama! This site contains movie and drama reviews, casting news, trailers, movie posters and information about the latest Japanese and Thai productions, including profiles of established and aspiring young actors and actresses. We also feature the hitlist - rankings of the hottest Japanese talents and actors' bias articles - where we discuss prominent talents including Satoshi Tsumabuki, Ryuhei Matsuda, Eita, Hikari Mitsushima, Mao Inoue, Yu Aoi, Shota Sometani, Yuya Yagira, Fumi Nikaido, Sosuke Ikematsu, Masaki Suda, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Ai Hashimoto, Mayu Matsuoka and many others. A new section on Thai movies and lakorn was recently launch! Join in our discussion and let us know what you think! Started in March 2012, you can find out more about us here.
I want to start the discussion with Destruction [Distraction] Babies (Disutorakushon Beibizu- ディストラクション・ベイビーズ) on a rather different note...
While the historical samurai movie Gassoh has only been released in Japan and has joined a few film festivals in Asia, I was left with the impression that it did not do very well in terms of box office results. But one thing was very clear - the intense acting showdown between lead stars Yuya Yagira and Koji Seto was settled with a resounding victory for Yagira.
Don Brown at the Asahi Shimbun delivered the verdict...
The promotional materials and headlining cast for “Gassoh” might suggest a limp piece about dishy young men brooding and prancing about in costumes, but that is mercifully far from the case.
Its three protagonists do represent certain archetypes: Kiwamu (Yuya Yagira) is the zealous and manly hunk; Masanosuke (Koji Seto) is the pouty and sensitive pretty boy; and Teijiro (Amane Okayama) is the homely and awkward voice of reason.Read more...
Hidetoshi Nishijima and Teruyuki Kagawa hold one of the most enduring and successful on-screen partnership in Japanese movies and dramas. Their recent team up as detectives in the WOWOW drama thriller MOZU has spawned a movie version of the same name, but note that before Mozu, the actors were the reason for the critical acclaim bestowed on Double Face, the Japanese version/remake of the highly successful Hong Kong film "Infernal Affairs". The intensity of their on-screen rivalry is reportedly eclipsed by their friendship in real life. Both are also accomplished actors - with Kagawa one of the lead stars in Kiyoshi Kurosawa's highly-praised Tokyo Sonata. So definitely, the on-screen collaboration between the actors and Kurosawa has already begun way back then.
The actors reunite in the latest Kurosawa film, Creepy.
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Based on the novel "Kuripi" by Yutaka Maekawa, it deals with the investigation of a missing family case, which is further complicated when the main character (Nishijima) got entangled with his new found neighbor who may also be involved in criminal acts.
The author made his debut as a fiction writer after winning the Japan Mystery Fiction Prize for New Writers in 2011 for this novel; the published book was voted number one in the New Writer Top Ten of the 2013 Konomys rankings.Read more...
It's more than half-way thru November and at this point in time, some of us are already compiling a list of the best Japanese movies and dramas we've seen for the past 11 months (and some movies from the past year we failed to see).
Is it a good year for Japanese movies? Not really sure...
Kiyoshi Kurosawa won Best Director at Cannes Film Festival for his Un Certain regard entry, Journey to the Shore. Hirokazu Koreeda's Umimachi Diary competed for the Palm d'Or at the same prestigious film festival but failed to win any prize. Hou Hsiao-Hsien's The Assassin gave the Taiwanese director his Best Director trophy at Cannes' main competition, which happens to star Satoshi Tsumabuki in a notable role.
I've seen some pretty good movies this year, yet not as good as last year - Bon Lin, La La La Rock Bottom, Solomon's Perjury, Little Forest and Pieta on the Toilet. I'm looking forward to Bakuman, but then again, it might be available only after the end of this year. So not really an impressive year for Japanese movies. The biggest box office hit I can remember is Attack on Titan, which got a lot of "hype" even in Hollywood, but even at this site, people are not happy with what they saw.
I'd say, 2016 might be "more" promising, with such line-ups including:
Anger - the ensemble cast featuring Ken Watanabe, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Kenichi Matsuyama, Mirai Moriyama, among others in a tale of murder and mystery;
Chihayafuru - the wonderful and competitive world of karuta, with Suzu Hirose in a love triangle featuring Shuhei Nomura and Mackenyu Chiba.
Pink and Gray - a supposedly launching pad for Johnny's Yuta Nakajima, with some fantastic co-stars including Masaki Suda and Yuya Yagira (yes, the same guys who are also in Distraction Babies), with Kaho and Yukino Kishii.
Distraction Babies - youth and violence, featuring an exciting acting showdown between Yuya Yagira and Masaki Suda, with an equally impressive supporting cast led by Nijiro Murakami and Nana Komatsu.
Creepy - Kiyoshi Kurosawa's follow-up to Journey to the Shore is an all-star cast led by Hidetoshi Nishijima and Yuko Takeuchi, described as a mystery and suspense thriller, a genre that Kurosawa certainly knows a lot about.
Too Young to Die - I mean, it's Ryunosuke Kamiki playing a student (yet again) with highly-regarded Johnny's idol Tomoya Nagase playing the lead role.
Double Life - Mugi Kadowaki takes on an intriguing role as a student who discovered the carnal relationship of her neighbor in what can be described as a tale of sexual encounter and longing. It also stars Masaki Suda, Lily Frankie, and the versatile Hiroki Hasegawa.
The above titles are just a sampling of what can be considered a good mix of genres which will be up for viewing in 2016.Read more...
When Itazura na Kiss-Love in Tokyo was shown in 2013 and then the surrounding buzz about Yuki Furukawa right after, I'm probably one of the many who started to get curious about this new actor. [ Future J-drama Prince | Making social with fans ]
Yuki Furukawa is not your typical Japanese talent - he happens to speak fluent English and was reported to have left his family to live independently in New York at the age of sixteen. I watched the whole series and thought he had some amazing on-screen chemistry with Honoka Miki, and it made for an entertaining show where the over-acting serves not as a detriment to its quality but seems to spiced it up even more. I'm not surprised that they also decided to have a second season since it felt like their characters could be further explored - both as a couple (romance and relationship) and as individuals (self-identity and careers). There was even an interview by DramaFever who caught up with the Itazura na Kiss frenzy and one of my blogger friends reviewed the series.
However, I thought there is not enough challenge for Furukawa to make a lasting impression. I like characters in rom-com movies and series, but not enough to keep my interest in the same vein, as say, Yuya Yagira, Shota Sometani, Ryunosuke Kamiki or Masaki Suda who made great strides in their acting careers by playing dark, unconventional characters. But I guess, I never thought Furukawa has his acting career path already planned (or it is just how I see it?).
Let me explain...Read more...
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Can I say something? I thought you liked guys... Ter speaking in Non when they were alone at the school grounds one late night.
The thing with school and youth-oriented drama is that most of the recent (and even previously released) shows either pick a romantic angle (with a love triangle and some rivalry) or focus on some bullying and conflict among students. There are few (if any) which really put the spotlight on student politics, student leaders and how the synergy between the leaders and the student body work.
4 out of 5 stars
In Episode 7, the brewing battle between Non and Boss exploded in a physical fight, and the obvious lack of leadership and planning from other student officers has shown what is to be expected from inexperienced youth who are either dumb or simply clueless on what to do (or both).Read more...
Point. Growing up is not a sin. Living until adulthood is. - a reciting of Litchi Hikari Club gospel, led by Zera (Yuki Furukawa) and invoked by its 8 other members.
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When you have a director who loves to provoke and challenge his audience as he did in his previous film, Let's Make the Teacher Have a Miscarriage Club (Sensei o Ryuzan saseru Ka) back in 2012 and in another horrific (yet comedic at the same time) follow-up entitled Puzzle, you would expect his latest - Litchi Hikari Club to be nothing short of. The fact that the manga itself is equally controversial and disturbing would be enough hint for you to anticipate what will be the end-result to one of the year's most anticipated Japanese movies.
4 1/2 out of 5 stars
While the storyline posted at AsianWiki says:
9 pretty boys from the Light Club resist becoming ugly adults. They obtain the strongest power and eternal beauty, but they also become crazy. [ source ]
That is not entirely true. At least 3 of the boys are not pretty as in "gorgeous-crazy-handsome" pretty but are actually comely.Read more...
The cool, almost effortless voice of Boy Sompob permeates the room as I listen to one of his latest music - the OST for Waterboyy, perfectly entitled "True Story".
Love songs can be painful and sad, utterly heart-wrenching, yet we listen to these songs again and again. I do, and True Story has been on my playlist this past 15 days and I still can't let go of the melody - humming the almost impossible to pronounce Thai lyrics, yet it is as beautiful and sweet as any love songs in English or even Spanish. There is something in Boy Sompob voice that you can relate to - like discovering a missing piece to a puzzle of an emotional encounter a few years back, something that keeps on haunting you.That's what I felt when I listen to some of his songs...then there are some songs that you feel like there's a need to level up your energy and groove to it!
As I remember, I started singing when I was around 10 years old. I started from being in a school’s choir until I got to sing for some commercial songs. I got to sing a song called “Or-ra-chun” for the 13th Asian Games. After that, I started joining singing competitions and writing my own songs. Finally, I got a chance to write songs for TV series and movies.
That's Sompob Pokepoon's reply when we asked him about some history into his musical career. Born 16 May 1988, the 27-year-old musical artist is nice, humble and still chasing his dreams, but he is almost there. With an upcoming concert this coming January 2016, Boy Sompob has already conquered the hearts of young Thai lakorn and movie lovers and is about to spread his magic across the region.
To those who have watch the popular Lovesick series in Thailand and to recent international youth lakorn addicts who got the chance to watch it too, everyone would remember the bittersweet, unforgettable melodies of Boy Sompob's songs - Shake, one of the main soundtrack is a 'dance'-y, bubbly, upbeat tune that clings to you even after watching those romantic, sometimes infuriating Lovesick scenes.Read more...
There is this incredibly sad and moving film by the Italian master Luchino Visconti entitled Death in Venice. It tells the story of an old man's unrequited love with one extremely beautiful boy named Tadzio. As with more recent gay-themed movies, I don't know if these filmmakers have been cursed (or blessed) by Visconti since almost all the present-day BL films tell of a sad ending as if paying homage to the great Italian master....
Chukiat "Madeaw" Sakveerakul, the same filmmaker who gave us Love of Siam and Grean Fiction, among others has this 2012 movie entitled Home: Love, Happiness, Remembrance (โฮม: ความรัก ความสุข ความทรงจำ) that stars one of the most under-appreciated BL pairing in Thailand and the entire Yaoi universe - March (Chutavuth Pattarakampol) and Jack (Kittisak Pathomburana).
The above-mentioned ensemble film only features March and Jack at the beginning, clocking at almost 30 minutes and then fast-forward to a few more right after scenes featuring other actors.Read more...
A lot of things are happening this month! First off, happy to note that we have Lypophrenian as my site partner and admin. We have Jairah with a Thai lakorn hitlist almost ready for posting. Also, I'll be telling you about Vera and Andy who will be joining us for the Thai movies and lakorn section.
Hormones, the final season is one of the best Thai drama series I have seen [ First Impressions ] and I'm doing both review and character analysis. I'm also inviting you to look at our Lovesick series reviews [ Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 ]
Thanks for dropping by and hope to see you again!
Celebrate with PsychoDrama as we discuss the best actors Japanese cinema has produced for the past 50 decades or so... Our latest series takes us to Toshiro Mifune and Ken Takakura - Part 1 | Part 2. Our actor's bias series continues with Kanata Hongo, Yuya Yagira, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Sosuke Ikematsu, Shuhei Nomura, Masaki Suda and Shota Sometani
Actors and Acting style series is a must-read! Part 1 [ Satoshi Tsumabuki, Eita, Ryuhei Matsuda & Kenichi Matsuyama ] Part 2 [ Shun Oguri, Takayuki Yamada, Kengo Kora, Gou Ayano ] Part 3 [ Mirai Moriyama, Yuya Yagira, Shota Sometani,Ryunosuke Kamiki, Masaki Suda ] Part 4 [ Tatsuya Fujiwara, Haruma Miura, Takeru Sato, Hoshi Ishida, Yosuke Kubozuka ] Part 5 [ Kento Nagayama, Masataka Kubota, Kento Hayashi, Sosuke Ikemtsu ]
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