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Both the J-movie and J-dorama fronts are brimming with excitement and anticipation as live action versions of popular manga and anime come alive! The full trailer of Bakuman features scenes between Ryunosuke Kamiki and Takeru Sato battling it out with Shota Sometani, their rival in this tale of aspiring manga artists, while Haruma Miura (Sato's equal in the Amuse universe of talents) takes charge in the promotion of the upcoming Attack on Titan movie. A drama series of Attack on Titan is also synchronized to the silver screen version featuring new characters, including Yuta Hiraoka, a versatile actor of many dramas. Of course, the Death Note drama series is being broadcasted as we speak and it was reported to be on air in more than 120 countries.
People falling on hard times in a small town in Japan is the subject of a new project featuring another team up between Sadao Abe and Eita (who played brothers in a previous movie called No More Cry!!! - Naku Monka), which also brings us to the reunion between Satoshi Tsumabuki and Eita (Wakamonotachi + Dororo, where both actors played brothers as well). In this new movie, Abe takes the lead as his character tries to bring some comfort to the hardship of the townspeople. Eita and Tsumabuki's roles are yet to be defined. Entitled Tono, Risoku de Gozaru! it's a feature story of writer Michifumi Isoda.
Photos shown above features Satoshi Tsumabuki looking intense as a robber in Fly with the Gold, while Eita and Sadao Abe look comfy while being interviewed in the comedy No More Cry!!! while Eita is an aspiring physician in Dear Doctor (last photo above.)
More casting news up ahead!Read more...
The Death Note drama tumblrs have amassed an amazing array of posts featuring lead stars Masataka Kubota and Kento Yamazaki - paving the way for the highly-anticipated Episode 1 of the series to start tomorrow. There are some amazing shows coming this Summer J-dorama season, but because Death Note has been adapted into 3 live action movies, fans and ordinary Tv audiences are curious as to what the new drama series has to offer. Of course, people are also interested in watching the new cast and would definitely be doing their share of comparison.
Tatsuya Fujiwara and Kenichi Matsuyama may prove to be hard to duplicate actors, but then again, Kento Yamazaki is one of today's rising stars - with proven track record in drama series. Masataka Kubota, on the other hand, is finally getting the roles and the spotlight he deserves! Here's what we have so far...
Adam Torel @Third Window Films posted an exciting news about an open-air film festival to be held at Lake Motosu, the westernmost of the Fuji Five Lakes and located in southern Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji, Japan.
The Kohan Film Festival also has a pretty awesome website which introduced the festival and invited everyone to "spend the day under the sun" and "enjoy watching movies under the moonlight when the night comes".
Participating films include Grateful Dead, the Sakura Ando starrer One Hundred Yen Love and a new movie featuring Takumi Kitamura entitled Aohige.
The buzz surrounding the upcoming Attack on Titan live action movie continues to reach "fever-pitch" high as lead cast Haruma Miura, Kiko Mizuhara, Kanata Hongo and many others promote the movie with on location photos. Adding another layer of excitement in the upcoming August 15 broadcast of the drama series, featuring Satomi Ishihara as Commander Hange. The series is reported to be centered around Hange's Titan research and what that top secret project has discovered. Yuta Hiraoka is also part of the drama cast who will play a new character, Izuru.
OtakuMode further revealed:
This original Attack on Titan drama will tie in with the live-action Attack on Titan movies. The fact that cast members from the movies will reprise their roles in the drama is a highlight. [ read more ]
You can browse some more photos of the drama series here.
Recent discussions on this blog focused on top Amuse talents Haruma Miura and Takeru Sato. As Sato gets the spotlight in the Kenshin saga (with reported impressive box office results), it is expected that Miura's AoT also gets top level promotions, since both him and Sato are highly-prized talents of this influential Japanese management agency.
How about you? Is the upcoming Attack on Titan live action one of your most anticipated? How about the new drama series?Let us know what you think!
The earlier released Bakuman trailer is already quite promising, but wait till to see the full trailer below!
One of the most exciting and fulfilling J-animes I've seen over the years, Bakuman has a lot to offer - just the story of two struggling manga artists is enough to keep you glued on the screen, plus the fact they have to face a formidable opponent, years ahead in the manga publication game!
Of course, the live action cast features two of Japan's best known young actors - Ryunosuke Kamiki and Shota Sometani and one of the youngest Box office wonders - Takeru Sato - who now commands the attention and adulation of fans around the world due to the recent Kenshin saga. Bakuman promises to be these talents' latest conquest and what exciting acting match ups await all of us!
Just like our regular casting news updates, we're adding a dorama watchlist to keep track of upcoming dorama shows and the latest feedback on currently airing ones. Previous drama watching experiences tell us that most doramas started with a bang - offering viewers with thrilling, intriguing opening episodes, but most of the time such excitement were never sustained, so we're here to put our two-cents into the equation.
Be sure to catch our regular updates featuring your favorite young Japanese talents, because we're mostly covering coming of age, school, detective-psychological dramas, but may enter into other genres featuring the likes of Hikari Mitsushima, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Shun Oguri and such drama mainstays like Hidetoshi Nashijima, Teruyuki Kagawa, Erika Toda, Hiroshi Tamaki and many more!
In our first dorama-watch, we're looking at upcoming July shows, plus a look at June 2015 series, some of which continues in July.
Death Note series is definitely on top of our watchlist, but we're equally excited to preview (and maybe review) the following:
窪田正孝さん演じる亮太の部屋より、オフショットをお届けします！唐沢さん演じる京極との掛け合いが、この部屋で炸裂します！スタッフも撮影中に笑いをこらえるのに大変でした^^; ラストコップOAまで、あと2週間です！ pic.twitter.com/nyEU5PpFLS— THE LAST COP／ラストコップ (@TheLastCop_JP) June 5, 2015
The Last Cop - which, incidentally, also stars Masataka Kubota, and the imposing Toshiaki Karasawa taking the lead. This detective drama is a first in the sense that Hulu is doing the broadcast. Its about an over-passionate detective who wakes up after a long coma and gets to return to work as a police investigator. He teams up with Ryota (Kubota) but finds the use of the latest technology quite disorienting....
The show has an official twitter account and you can get the latest updates here.
Koinaka - is a reunion between Tsubasa Honda and her two leading men in Enoshima Prism - the ever popular Sota Fukushi and the more acclaimed Shuhei Nomura. I'm pretty sure this rom-com will be a blast among fans of the actors, but I am more anticipating the acting showdowns between Nomura and Fukushi. Honda is not as intense as Mayu Matsuoka or Aoi Morikawa, but she has a certain charisma and appeal, which I like.
Fukushi will get to show some skin as he's to play a top swimmer, and unlike Enoshima Prism, the rivalry between him and Nomura maybe more confrontational.
Keiko Kitagawa shows 4 different emotions in “Tantei no Tantei” Visual /ND pic.twitter.com/84mKGbD6IJ— JapaneseDorama&Movie (@JDoramaID) June 19, 2015
Tantei no Tantei - stars Keiko Kitagawa. I'm not a fan of Kitagawa but she was really good in the samurai drama movie shown a few years ago. She can be quite inconsistent, but I think her role in Tantei no Tantei maybe perfectly suited for her - a beautiful and serious investigator who will take revenge for the death of her younger sister.
The fact that it also stars Haruna Kawaguchi and Takahiro Miura might add some excitement.
Bijo to Danshi (The Beauty and the Fellow) is about a young career woman who was forced to venture into "star making" - a talent manager who will pluck someone from obscurity and turn him into a famous actor. Yukie Nakama plays the star maker while Keito Machida is the reluctant star.
Ryo's (Machida Keita) jealous face when seeing Ichiko (Nakama Yukie flirting with Ishino Satoru (Maekawa Yasuyuki)! pic.twitter.com/MImOpTl63G— حزيره™ (@ZiraHeeTeuk) June 28, 2015
I closely followed this drama a few weeks back and I actually am biased against it, but the on-screen chemistry between Machida and Nakama won me over. It is not the most interesting showbiz drama featuring a rising star, but it certainly has a lot of cool moments - it has a good mix of the dramatics and some funny scenes that will make you gain some sympathy towards the characters. Machida is a dramatic star in the making - still very raw and self-conscious, but I find that he has a certain ability to make his audience stick with him.
Mirai Moriyama and Kenichi Matsuyama - two of Japan's incredible young actors - are back in the dorama scene. Moriyama takes on Gold Rush while Matsuken gets his feet into live action waters via Dokonjo Gaeru.Read more...
Those in the know or have been quite into the Japanese movie scene would tell you that last year's batch of Best Actress nominees for the Japan Academy Prize is considered one of the strongest ever. Just take a look - Sakura Ando, Mao Inoue, Fumi Nikaido, Chizuru Ikewaki and Rie Miyazawa. I have the great luck of watching all the performances, but it took me a while to see Sakura Ando in 0.5mm and Rie Miyazawa in Pale Moon, who eventually grabbed the trophy.
4 out of 5 stars
Is she really deserving? Did Miyazawa outshined Mao Inoue in The Snow White Murder Case? How about Chizuru Ikewaki in The Light Shines Only There? Lest we forget the youngest nominee, Fumi Nikaido, who gave an unforgetable performance in the controversial My Man? Oh and how about Sakura Ando in one of her most important movie roles? Let's see...
Pale Moon (Kami no Tsuki) is no less an acting showcase for Miyazawa as much as it is about women in general - particularly those who have to deal with a boring husband and an equally boring job. A hesitant, shy thirty-something quasi- career woman Rika Umezawa (Rie Miyazawa) has really nothing to look forward to in life. With no future prospect for a child which can do wonders to an otherwise uneventful marriage, Rika seems resigned to accept her fate.
But even for her, there can be some pretty exciting surprises. During one of her meetings with a rich client, she saw a cute college boy - Kota Hirabayashi (Sosuke Ikematsu) who appeared to show an interest in her. As they say, "sparks fly!" and "hellos" eventually led to something more intimate. You see, for someone who leads an uneventful life, Rika is more than willing to take some risks and challenge the convention. Apparently, her previous experience as a young student in a Catholic school not only taught her values and the importance of faith and religion, it also exposed her to sin...Read more...
Eien no Bokura sea side blue is a 1-episode TV movie about growing up, getting into intimate relationships, rivalries, and ambitions. It stars Kasumi Arimura, Masahiro Higashide, Kento Yamazaki, Riko Narumi and Masataka Kubota.
If you're into slow, simmering light drama with conflicts thrown here and there, and just want to watch something "not too much" then this might be OK with you. I honestly think movies made for television as being lackluster and I would not be interested if not for the cast.
Kasumi Arimura is a poor man's Maki Horikita. She somehow resembles the more popular actress, but even at this point, she lacks the star material. She's so self-conscious, I'm not sure if I'm watching a rehearsal or a test-run. Even Masahiro Higashide is wasted here. I like Riko Narumi, especially in Kogure Photostudio with Ryunosuke Kamiki, but she is a victim of second (and third) lead syndrome, so I am still waiting for more challenging roles to make a better judgment.
The only good thing that came out from seeing this TV movie is the confrontation between Masataka Kubota and Kento Yamazaki. It's not even enough to warrant a recommendation but good enough to write a post - perhaps to warn potential viewers not to take this seriously...
As many are already aware, Kubota and Yamazaki will play rivals in the death game mystery-thriller Death Note coming this July. If this is a precursor of what's to come, then I'd love to watch them now and see if they can do justice to the roles vacated by Tatsuya Fujiwara and Kenichi Matsuyama.
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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