Welcome to PsychoDrama! This site contains movie and drama reviews, casting news, trailers, movie posters and information about the latest Japanese productions, including profiles of established and aspiring young actors and actresses. We feature the hitlist - rankings of the hottest Japanese talents and actors' bias articles - where we discuss prominent talents including Shota Sometani, Yuya Yagira, Fumi Nikaido, Sosuke Ikematsu, Masaki Suda, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Ai Hashimoto, Mayu Matsuoka, Mitsuki Takahata, Aoi Morikawa, Hiroya Shimizu, Nijiro Murakami, Hana Sugisaki and many others. Join in our discussion and let us know what you think! Started in March 2012, you can find out more about us here.
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...
Last May 2016 is the start of our 'Spotlight of the Month' and we feature Ryunosuke Kamiki. This month - June 2016 - we're featuring Kento Yamazaki, and that is not much of a surprise because he's been on the news most of the time - with new movies Your Lie in April, Wolf Girl and Black Prince, plus the recent buzz on Orange and the short vid for Kingdom, and of course, topping our Hottest Japanese Actors list.
Lately, I have come to note a trickle of hits coming from OneHallyu - it's an amazing forum that talks about Asian talents, but more focused on the South Korean scene. Some people mentioned why Kento Yamazaki ranked higher than the likes of Shota Sometani, Yuya Yagira, Sosuke Ikematsu, and some others in the hitlist. I think they missed the point of the use of "hottest". The person who posted the thread, apparently, likes PD and I am so grateful for the post. But of course people have different opinions and taste in movies and actors... still this is a personal blog after all...
Anyway, I guess the opinions just further made me more inspired to promote Kento Yamazaki...
So, is Kento the new Satoshi Tsumabuki? At this point, I don't think so. A little bit, perhaps but Kento still has a long way to go... but here's the thing: when Tsumabuki first started getting noticed outside Japan, everyone else are already into Shun Oguri, Jun Matsumoto, and Tatsuya Fujiwara. With a Best Actor win from the Japan Academy Prize and numerous raves for his performances, Tsumabuki remains one of the most prominent Japanese actors around.Read more...
There's good cholesterol and there's bad cholesterol and in the world of Japanese dramas, there is also good over-acting and bad over-acting. But guess it depends on your personal taste, and which genre is your 'cup of tea'. In the case of Juhan Shuttai! (Sleepeeer Hit! [重版出来!] ), Haru Kuroki and her supporting cast may be accused of over-acting, but instead of annoying and irritating audience (and this author) to no end, many were thoroughly entertained.
5 out of 5 stars
Kokoro who was once an Olympic candidate of Judo, starts working in the major publisher - Koto Kan. Assigned to the editorial department of Vives - a weekly comic magazine, she starts learning the basics of editing. Along with the deputy chief editor, Iokibe, she goes to a meeting with the most popular cartoonist of Vives - Mikurayama. Although she is excited by the real comic production at first, later Mikurayama rises turmoil by telling that he will take all of his submitted work back from the publisher. Through her work as an editor, Kokoro begins to feel as fulfilled as when she used to play Judo. Their mutual goal is to make a comic that can get reprinted, in other words, make a sleeper hit. With the help of her colleagues and cartoonists, Kokoro strives to make a "sleeper hit". -- TBS
Some of you may have seen Haru Kuroki in The Emperor's Cook as the obedient and loyal wife of Takeru Satoh, but some of you may remember her (from recent past) in The Little House (where she won Best Actress at Berlin Film Fest) or perhaps the more recent Solomon's Perjury where she plays the homeroom teacher of the film's boy victim (Ayumu Mochizuki) and the student prosecutor, played by newcomer Ryoko Fujino.Read more...
Before we talk about the future, let's have a recap: In Part 1 of our Live action series, we remember some of the most beloved live action movies like Hana Yori Dango, Death Note, Nodame Cantabile, among others. Graphical analysis of live action movies in Japan from the 1960s to the present show enormous growth - from a mere 3 LAs to 198 (covering 2010-2017) only. In Part 2, we discussed the success of Bakuman and recent live action movies in Japan which made amazing box office numbers like Rurouni Kenshin, Orange, Parasyte and Attack on Titan, among others.
We have yet to answer our main question: If live action movies suck, why continue making it?
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In Part 3, we'll explore upcoming live action movies and continue with our survey, Part 2 of Live action movies... [ please see above! ]Read more...
I was made aware of this rumor about 22 hours ago on twitter and decided to do some research. I know people are expecting more than just taking note of the source but also what sort of live action adaptation this is going to be. You see, when we announced that Kento Yamazaki is the hottest Japanese actor right this minute, some have reservations, while others adamantly disagree with our list. [ see top 15 hottest actors list ] But then Orange became a huge box office hit, which followed Heroine Disqualified - making Yamazaki a surefire box office attraction in Japan.
That is not all- a recent survey conducted revealed that most of the respondents (all over Asia) consider Yamazaki a personal favorite. While others are still catching up with the Kento-craze (starting with Control Tower and Another) and others already into his Death Note phase. Still, there are others already looking into the 'near' future.
Why the emphasis on Kento Yamazaki's surging appeal? Well, the lead cast for Jojo's Bizarre Adventure - Stardust Crusaders requires an attractive leading man...
... and while rivals like Sota Fukushi, Shuhei Nomura or even the younger batch of actors like Taishi Nakagawa or even peers like Ryo Yoshizawa have all the looks and even the talent (some but not Fukushi, of course!) it's just that Yamazaki got the box office record to speak of.Read more...
|JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, the largest celebration of new Japanese cinema in North America, is 11 days of blockbusters, documentaries, animations, new classics and avant-garde from Japan’s latest and most exciting directors, writers, and actors. Many films will be making their United States premiere. A few will even be having their international and world debuts. And, in celebrating the JAPAN CUTS’ 10th anniversary, an unprecedented number of screenings will feature exclusive introductions and Q&A’s by special guest filmmakers, stars, and artists.|
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