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 ]
Classroom intrigues, death games and the usual coming of age mix maybe the biggest trend in 2015 Japanese movies! While Takashi Miike's star-studded As the Gods Will gets a November 15, 2014 showing, Assassination Classroom, featuring an equally star-studded cast, will have a March 2015 release.
The official twitter page of the movie reached 30,000 followers and tweeted more photos to celebrate the said milestone.
To be under the direction of Eiichiro Hasumi based on the manga created by Yusei Matsui, the movie is about an alien invasion where the creature which is about to destroy the planet proposed to become the homeroom teacher of a certain class in a Japanese high school. Only in Japan could there be such a plot like this!Read more...
From 10,000 aspiring girls and boys, the young cast of the highly-anticipated 2-part movie, Solomon's Perjury has been announced! Based on the novel written by Miyuki Miyabe, the same writer who created the Ryunosuke Kamiki drama Kogure Photostudio, Nameless Poison and Perfect Blue, the two parts movies are said to be the culmination of her life-long work which took 9 years to write.
The coming of age, murder-mystery begins with the death of a 14-year old boy during Christmas day. While the police ruled that it was a suicide, a note detailing his death at the hands of 3 notorious and juveline boys was handed out by an anonymous person. To protect the identities of the young suspects, the note was made secret by the police. Things started to get out of control when a reporter got a tip about the note while another victim was discovered to have suffered the same fate. In order to find the truth, the students themselves decided to hold a jury trial without any parents or school officials being part of it.
Solomon's Perjury is part of our most anticipated J-movies for 2015.
The names of the young cast will be posted later. The two-part movie is slated for release on March 2015 (Part 1) to be followed by the second part on April 2015.
During Disconcerto's press briefings, Eita (b. December 13, 1982) was asked if he's willing to do a movie or perhaps a drama series with his younger brother Kento (b. March 7, 1989), and he quite willingly said he'd welcome such an idea. Other questions were asked, including how close they were and if there is any professional rivalry between them. The older Nagayama was quick to point out that he loves his brother and that they often discussed their movies together, with him offering Kento with tips and certain acting advices.
When the press pushed further - claiming that perhaps Kento is doing a lot of headways - awesome roles in I'm Flash! (with Tatsuya Fujiwara and Ryuhei Matsuda), Shield of Straw (again with Fujiwara), The Cowards Who Looked Up to the Sky (opposite Tomoko Tabata), Crows Explode (one of the major characters) and the upcoming Clover (featuring Emi Takei and Tadayoshi Okura), is he being left behind?
I love him since he was a kid and we go drink together and talk about our work in the movies. He'll even play with my iPhone and stay in my apartment and sleep there! [ source ]
Anyone who've been a fan of Eita will say there is no way his brother can catch up with him - excellent work in Harakiri: Death of a Samurai, Monsters Club, The Mahoro series of movies and drama shows, Dear Doctor, April Bride, Summer Time Machine Blues - these are all acclaimed films and Eita got the chance to work with some amazing filmmakers including Takashi Miike, Toshiaki Toyoda, and Miwa Nishikawa.Read more...
Sukimasuki, a different blend of coming of age story, peepholes, "perverts" and sexiness tells the story of a college student named Heisaku (Keita Machida) who is obssessed with peeping through holes and looking for women! In this case, he's concentrating his efforts towards Fumio (played by Kokone Sasaki, last seen in Tokyo Tribe).
Machida who appeared in Sugarless, Monsieur and Kamen Teacher will, once again, dons his hair blond, just like his role in Sugarless. As the peeping tom in the movie, he'll fall in love with Fumio.
Based on Yumi Unita's manga, it will be directed by Kōta Yoshida (Usotsuki Paradox, Onna no Anna, The Torture Club), with a February 2015 release date.,
While over-acting is often think of as a negative, some J-dorama series can't help it if some of the cast actually go beyond mere hysterics and shouting matches - and make funny, exaggerated faces. As I participated in a discussion regarding Kotoko making such faces @Quora, I think its about time we make a countdown for the upcoming 2nd season of Itazura na Kiss!
Slated for a November 24 release, Mischievous Kiss 2: Love in Tokyo continues the romantic tale of Kotoko (Honoka Miki) and Naoki (Yuki Furukawa) as their relationship continues - after the adventures (and misadventures) at school, they are now married and about to enter another phase - that of working to attain their respective careers while living together.
Kinnosuke Ikezawa (Yuki Yamada) returns as well, and the introduction of new characters will provide more color to the drama.
In relation to the question I answere in Quora, I think describing Kotoko as a character would further enlighten viewers - whether you have watched Season 1 already or in the process or just interested and about to dive into the craze:
A Primer on Season One: Kotoko Aihara is the main protagonist of the series. She has had a one sided love for the school's most popular boy since her freshman year of high school - Naoki Irie (played by Yuki Furukawa). Though she is not good in academics, she works hard for her exams and tries her best in doing assignments. She only lives with her father as her mom already passed away when she was young.
When a meteor struck their newly contructed house, Kotoko and her father were forced to move out and live with the Irie family. It comes as a big surprise that her dad and Naoki's father are good friends, thus they were accomodated. Although Naoki and his younger brother were cold to her, she is welcomed by their parents; especially their mother, who likes Kotoko and treats her as her own daugther.Read more...
When Toshiaki Toyoda took over the reigns from Takashi Miike and proceeded to recreate the world inside Suzuran High, he managed to alter a few of the two previous movies' given - the orgy of gang battles and violence were significantly reduced, while a more gentle yet equally strong main characters remain. The added twists in offering viewers with insights into the private lives of our protagonists, and even of one previous character - Ken Katagiri (played by Kyosuke Yabe) - give Crows Explode a different kind of impact. It became more realistic, in fact, it retains the thrills during the anticipated final battle, but it added certain comedic moments that made up a more "personal" movie rather than an action showcase.
4 out of 5 stars
With our two main characters out of the scene (Shun Oguri's Genji & Takayuki Yamada's Serizawa), a power vacuum looms inside Suzuran. While the current gang leaders - Tooru Goura (Yuya Yagira) and Hiroki Shibata (Takanori Iwata) were recognized by their peers, two newcomers has arrived, and both made huge impact to the student body.
Ryohei Kagami (Taichi Saotome) is the new kid on the block. He's rich, while not particularly from an elite family, his father managed a business which employs a number of thugs. He arrived at Suzuran in style - driven by a chauffeur running at crazy speed and met the other freshman, Kazeo Kaburagi (Masahiro Higashide) while on his way. Their eyes met, and as if by premonition, you are told in not so obvious way, that they will become rivals as the school's next alpha dog.Read more...
Masaki Suda's amazing performance in Tomogui (Backwaters) cemented his position not only with J-dorama fans but with serious, discerning moviefans as well. It's not easy to impress both types of audiences but he did, and you can see how popular he is right this minute. With the buzz on Assassination Classroom reaching fever-pitch, the young actor was also mentioned as one of the young talents with acting brealkthroughs for 2014 (together with Masahiro Higashide, Kanata Hongo, Kento Yamazaki, Sosuke Ikematsu and Shuhei Nomura).
Here are a few Masaki Suda related tweets trending right now...
His cross-dressing antics is something the above mentioned actors cannot possibly do. As you can see the photos really show the radical change in his looks! [ more after the jump! ]Read more...
As expected, the popular, yet over-acting dominated Hanzawa Naoki won the biggest award in the 2014 Tokyo Drama Awards, followed by such quality shows as Woman, Gochisousan and Border. Mozu (Season 1 and 2) also gained recognition, perhaps because of the sleak technical quality of the show and to my surprise the highly-"agitated" and third-class drama First Class was also included in the winners' list.
No question about Hikari Mitsushima winning Best Actress, but it would have been nice to see Fumi Nikaido winning the Best Supporting Actress or Yuko Tanaka (their mom in the same drama).
You might ask, how come Woman and Border were included among other shows when it was shown last year? As with other awards in Japan, it depends on the cut-off date, for Tokyo Drama Awards, they considered all shows broadcasted from June 2013 until July 2014, thus taking in shows from both years.
South Korean star Kim Soo-Hyun (who played one of the awesome actors in Secretly, Greatly) graced the show and received the award for You Who Came from the Stars, one of his drama series. He also won Best Actor for said TV show.
List of winners and photos after the jump!Read more...
In partnership with Coventry University and Third Window Films, East Winds will be celebrating East Asian film and culture through a selection of 11 International, European and UK Premieres from Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand, ranging from star-studded action blockbusters and chilling horrors to touching dramas and delightful comedies.
Alongside some pretty major titles such as the European Premieres of 'Partners in Crime', 'Z Storm', 'Record of Sweet Murder' and 'Teacher's Diary' (Thailand's Oscar submission) there are also many other UK premieres and 2 new Third Window genre titles: 'Greatful Dead' and 'The Lust of Angels' which will play.
More details at the Film Festival website
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