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In Part 1, we featured 10 favorite Japanese live action films, in Part 2, we'll celebrate our top 10 favorites.
Hana Yori Dango and Crows Zero are like staple live action Japanese movie recommendations. Both represent beloved genres - the romantic side of youth and its violent, thrilling opposite. With Shun Oguri featured prominently in both series (and movies), he represented quite a few famous manga/anime characters throughout his acting career. Mao Inoue, who is considered one of Japan's most talented actresses, has made quite a lasting impression in Hana Yori Dango, not to mention her reportedly romantic relationship with her co-star, Jun Matsumoto.
Both HYD and Crows also feature personalities going against the 'establishment', with Genji (Shun Oguri) fighting to take on the gang in Suzuran High, while Makino (Mao Inoue) fighting for her right to co-exist inside the posh, prestigious escalator school Eitoku Gakuen. Genji's struggle to become the #1 boy in the ultra-violent school is more than a coming of age tale since it depicts friendships, loyalty, and even family issues. On the other hand, Makino brings to focus class struggle and the arrogance of the elite. The romance between Makino and Domyouji (Matsumoto) provided more than just excitement and thrills for fans of both actors. The chemistry between them remained unmatched by subsequent adaptations.Read more...
Part 4 (or Part 1 of Vol 2) of the series on live action adaptation is all about favorites. But before we look at the top 20 list, let's have a recap of the previous parts:
Part 1 is an introduction, showing the growth of Japanese live action films through the years, and favorite manga genres + poll on past popular live action adaptations;
Part 2 celebrates the huge success of Bakuman, the Kenshin trilogy, Parasyte and many of the current live action movies.
Part 3 features upcoming live-action movies, including Blade of the Immortal, Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, Museum, March Comes in Like a Lion. We also featured the list of top box office hits from previous years + poll on favorite live-action genres
While there is general agreement that live-action adaptations of popular manga and anime tend to be loyal to the source, there are a good number of movies that somehow departed from the original story - there may be changes to the main characters or certain twists and turns or perhaps even the introduction of new characters not seen in the manga or anime. Be that as it may, there is a certain curiosity factor that goes for live action productions.
In answering our original question: What's the point of producing live action movies if it sucks, perhaps the answer is that we want to see real actors play the parts. There is always that novelty and excitement to watch Takeru Satoh plays Kenshin, the former samurai assassin turned hero or Shota Sometani brings to life Hitoshi Iwaaki's young hero Shinichi Izumi and his fight against worm alien life-forms in Parasyte. Special mention goes to Yuya Yagira for playing Moyuru Honoo in the Tv series Aoi Honoo based on the life and adventures of some of Japan's most accomplished animators.
And yes, how can anyone ever forget Mao Inoue as Tsukushi Makino or Jun Matsumoto as Tsukasa Domyoji in Hana Yori Dango? Looking far beyond contemporary live action movies, there's the Lone Wolf and Cub series and Lady Snowblood....
The live-action adaptation of Hitoshi Iwaaki's Parasyte is perhaps one of the most exciting casting news in 2013, and the hype surrounding Shota Sometani playing the main role is really worth it. Playing his best friend and romantic interest is Ai Hashimoto, and while I would love to see more scenes featuring their relationship, I think the movie was able to consolidate the whole series of the original manga. It's far from perfect and I have a lot of reservations, but I enjoyed it very much. I think Masahiro Higashide, who is quite an inconsistent actor, was terrific as the alien and mysterious transfer student.Read more...
We’re halfway 2016 but I can’t help but feel I’ve missed a memo at some point. I mean, live action adaptations have been a constant thing in the Japanese movie industry, but with over a 35 of those projects having been released or announced in these first six months I feel like we’ve hit a new height.
You could say that it’s a thing for a lot of romance series to get adapted when they’re nearing the end, but this time around it’s the big names such as Death Note, Full Metal Alchemist, Gintama, Tokyo Ghoul, Isshuukan Friends (One Week Friends), and Sangatsu no Lion (March Comes in Like a Lion) that are on the schedule. When it comes to the big ones you can debate that most of them were somewhat expected, but there’s a lot of random stories that have seemingly slipped under the radar only to suddenly show up in front of us with announcements. This time around, we’ll be laughing under the clouds.
When it comes to choosing the first Japanese actress as "Spotlight of the month," I had a hard time because I like a lot of them - Fumi Nikaido, Mao Inoue, Haru Kuroki, Tao Tsuchiya, Mitsuki Takahata, Hikari Mitsushima, Chizuru Ikewaki, Hana Sugisaki... But I settled for Yu Aoi because I think her acting career also needs to be celebrated in as much as the other names on my list.
I first saw her in Honokaa Boy (featuring Masaki Okada) and I did not like her, probably because she plays the role of a spoiled brat, and that she was extremely effective playing the role. Then it's time to see her dance the hula in Hula Girls and what an awesome performance it was! She's a natural dancer and she is always intense. Her role in the Sang-il Lee award-winning film features a lot of dramatic scenes with Sumiko Fuji (who plays her strict Mom) and Yasuko Matsuyuki (who plays the dance trainer) and she was never left out when it comes to the performance. In fact, she was nominated and won a number of awards for her role.Read more...
Live action casting continues to rock the manga/anime scene, and this time, it's all about Tokyo Ghoul! Here's a backgrounder first:
Tokyo Ghoul (東京喰種トーキョーグール, Tōkyō Gūru) is a media franchise based on the manga series by the same name written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. It was later adapted into an anime produced by Studio Pierrot.
Strange murders are happening in Tokyo. Due to liquid evidence at the scene, the police conclude the attacks are the results of 'eater' type ghouls. College buddies Kaneki and Hide come up with the idea that ghouls are imitating humans so that's why they haven't ever seen one. Little did they know that their theory may very well become a reality. [ backgrounder @Wikia ]
Now, a recent article discussing the cast - in my humble opinion, has selected some rather "old" Japanese actors. I mean, Eita and Hikari Mitsushima are not exactly teens. So, seeing that the actual cast took in Fumika Shimizu for one of the major roles is - definitely - perfect for me.
Now for the more 'complicated' part. There was some discussion on twitter as to whether Masataka Kubota is the right actor for the role of the main protagonist - Ken Kaneki. So let's look at the character first...Read more...
There is no denying that Kaho, Mirai Shida, and Ai Hashimoto are fantastic actresses! In Part 1 of our countdown to the Top 30 Hottest Japanese Actresses, we invite you all to join the survey and let us know what you think of them.
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Now for some discussion on the three actresses...
Mirai Shida [志田未来 (しだ みらい)] (b. May 10, 1993) won the Rookie of the Year from the Japan Academy Prize quite early during her acting career in the critically acclaimed Nobody to Watch Over Me. She was also part of the cast of another award-winning film, Kabei: Our Mother, featuring perennial favorite Yasuri Yoshinaga and Tadanobu Asano. Previous drama casting favored Shida quite tremendously, blessing her with major roles opposite Kento Hayashi and Ryunosuke Kamiki, among others. Lately, there seems to be the lack of meaty, challenging roles for Shida.
Of course, she's part of the Nobunaga no Shifu drama series (opposite Yuta Tamamori) but knowing her acting caliber, she could be in more difficult roles - I mean, the character in the series is way too easy for her.Read more...
Long time without a casting news! But I promise to get on with the Top 30 hottest list for the actresses in a few days, and also to finish the series on live action adaptation. Things are a bit rough with work, thus, the lack of regular updates...
In this casting news - we're into Yamada's Ushijima and the family drama featuring Yasuko Matsuyuki and Ai Hashimoto.
The black market, the different tales of desperate people who are willing to take out money from the loan sharks and the loan shark himself - Kaoru Ushijima - are back in the third installment of the highly successful Ushijima the Loan shark live action. Based on the manga series "Yamikin Ushijima-kun" by Shohei Manabe (first published 2004 by Weekly Magazine Big Comic Spirits), this is one of the most engaging and enjoyable series I've watched. The previous movies cast the likes of Yuya Yagira, Masaki Suda, and Masataka Kubota altogether, and you can imagine how crazy it was! Of course, all three young actors have different and separate stories - Yagira plays a sexual predator, while Suda gets himself all tied up and beaten while Kubota is involved in some 'failed' relationship, being a male host.
In the third installment of Ushijima, the gang returns - Gou Ayano continues to blow bubbles with Ushijima (Yamada), and the duo of Hiromi Sakimoto (he needs more roles!) and Kyosuke Yabe are back as Yamada's sidekicks.
Happiness is in our own hearts. I have no regrets of anything in the past. I'm totally cheerful and happy, and I think that a lot of your attitude is not in the circumstances you find yourself in, but in the circumstances, you make for yourself. - Maeve Binchy.
When we regret something in the past, we did not regret it before it happened. We had no thoughts or feelings about it then. By utilizing this resource from the past and bringing it back into the now, we can stop being concerned. - A paragraph from Time Travelling into the Past to Eliminate Regret.
Often times, a movie trailer can exceed our expectations, and the movie itself could be a big disappointment. In the case of Orange - notwithstanding the over-sentimental play of dramatic music - it's the other way around.
4 1/2 out of 5 stars
Based on the manga series "orange" by Ichigo Takano, the movie with the same title tells the tale of love, regrets, camaraderie, friendship and the will not to let go of someone even if destiny seems to favor a negative, tragic result.
Naho Takamiya (Tao Tsuchiya) is a 2nd-year high school student. On the way to school one Spring day, she noticed an envelope inside her school bag - it contains a letter addressed to her and sent by someone who is actually herself 10 years into the future. Surprised and confused, she got no time to reflect as she's already late for school...Read more...
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