- Written by Kaye
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While the name Nishijima Takahiro might not ring a bell for most fans of Japanese cinema, the guy has been around for quite some time. Just not in the way you'd most expect him to.
More commonly known as Nissy, Nishijima is one of the main male vocalists of Avex' co-ed pop group AAA (Triple A/Attack All Around). The group's known for their incredible live shows, and solid performances; and is celebrating in their 11th anniversary as a group this month. Together with that, Nishijima himself will be celebrating his 30th birthday on September, 30th. All the more reason to put the spotlight on this special gem's career.
It’s definitely been a while since AAA debuted as an 8-member group in 2005. While their initial concept made them a dance and vocal unit consisting out of only one female and two male vocalists with an additional rapper, the group has grown to be a stable all-round crew where none of the currently seven members are left out in line-distribution or stage presence. Eleven years, nine full length albums, six EPs, 70+ music videos, 50+ singles, 18 live-dvds and uncountable tour-dates, shows, and performances later, it’s undeniable that AAA has created a huge following. Now with seven members and a 11 year long career there’s bound to be other things they’ve been focusing on individually. Some members spend their time off traveling, while other use it to build up their own solo careers. Nissy himself, he doesn’t seem to be satisfied with just one thing.
Casting News + Scoop! [Sept 14-19] Spotlight on Tao Tsuchiya's movies - P and JK, Tori Girl & Ani ni Aisaresugite Komattemasu!
- Written by Jed
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I can still remember the first time I saw Tao Tsuchiya, and nope it's not in Mare, the asadora that she headlined. It was a supporting role but with huge impact - on all the senses! She was an alluring, mysterious, charming young student with a sparkle in her eyes, and an attitude that borders from girlish to a grown up lady who is about to discover the world. As Somi Ogawa in TV Tokyo's Suzuki Sensei, Tao Tsuchiya was a sight to behold!
A few years later, and she is stepping it up - climbing the Japanese movie casting ladder like a veteran and amassing a list of memorable and beloved characters to her acting resume. Is she the next Yui Aragaki? Aoi Miyazaki? Masami Nagasawa? Or perhaps someone who will follow the career path of Hikari Mitsushima? Sakura Ando? I think her casting situation is still liquid - but one thing is sure - moviegoers and the Japanese general public love her.
Since I'm given this chance to start working as an actress, I encounter many different works. I, too, also have things that are becoming (un)clear as I face those challenges. There were times when I thought, "How did I say this line before?" and would become confused as things get mixed up. However, by valuing those works one by one, I think it is important to jive in with the directors and co-stars at that time from the main parts of those works. Therefore, I personally want to do more things such as reading more newspapers and books, or climbing a mountain. Aahh, I suddenly want to go to the beach. (LOL) [ source ]
I watched her in a lot of TV appearances and one thing that always come across - her honest, unassuming demeanor. I wish she would do a hundred more movies with Kento Yamazaki, but reality bites - she is cast with other actors now and in the future. What I do hope is that there will be a magical movie that will put them back together, and I hope it will be sooner rather than later.
Whew, that was a long intro! So what sort of movies she's doing currently?
On Live Action Adaptations: Spotlight on March Comes in Like a Lion, BLEACH and The Disastrous Life of Saiki K [Vol 3 Part 1]
- Written by Jed
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Our previous articles on Japanese live-action adaptations have focused on the movies, the storylines, and box office results. In this series, we'll put the spotlight on select characters and the actors playing the parts.
Much of the buzz is on Death Note: Light Up the World due to the triple casting of Masahiro Higashide, Sosuke Ikematsu, and Masaki Suda. Let's talk about that later - I think the topic of L and Light Yagami (notwithstanding that we have fresh new characters in this movie) has been exhausted to a great extent already. I also believe there are plenty of interesting characters aside from these two colorful personalities.
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For example, we have:
Rei Kiriyama: March Comes in Like a Lion, portrayed on the silver screen by Ryunosuke Kamiki;
Kusuo Saiki: The Disastrous Life of Saiki K, played by Kento Yamazaki;
Ichigo Kurosaki: Bleach, played by Sota Fukishi
Since this is just Part 1 of the series, let's discuss some others later on.
PsychoDrama [Talkback]: Kinema Junpou No 1722. Issue features 50 actors under 30 to look out for + Did they get everyone right? [Part 4 of 4 Parts]
- Written by Jed
- Category: Acting
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I'm pretty sure that some of you who have followed the acting careers of some well-known Hollywood actors will agree with me. It takes more than just good looks and a powerful agent to keep a career going. In the case of Japanese actors, it may also apply but for a more limited degree. When idols (read: talents, dancers, singers, stage performers) are taking over roles that are best suited for real actors, then I have a problem with that. I don't want to bore you with statistics, but when was the last time Japanese players have won acting awards on the international stage? We keep on hearing superlatives such as "greatness" "excellent" "best player in the world" of which I'm also guilty of saying.
But to be the best, a player's performance must be at par with his international contemporaries. Take, for instance, Sometani and Nikaido in Himizu or Haru Kuroki in The Little House or Yagira in Nobody Knows.
To mention a few names for you:
Paul Dano: American (There Will be Blood),
Jesse Eisenberg: American (The Social Network),
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: American (Mysterious Skin, Snowden),
Jamie Bell: English (Billy Elliot),
James Mcavoy: Scottish (Starter for 10, Atonement),
Pierre Niney: French (Yves Saint Laurent),
Louis Garrel: French (Love Songs),
Daniel Bruhl: German (Goodbye Lenin!)
Romain Duris: French (The Beat that my Heart Skipped)
Tahar Rahim: French (A Prophet)
Jeremie Renier: Belgian (L'Enfant, Lorna's Silence)
Casting News + Scoop! [Sept 9-13] Eating Pancreas, Second Summers, Destruction Babies & Yuya Yagira's acting!
- Written by Jed
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Another milestone appears on the Japanese casting horizon! With the likes of Masaki Suda, Yuya Yagira and Sosuke Ikematsu taking on the more challenging, complex roles previously awarded to such actors as Satoshi Tsumabuki, Masanobu Ando, and even Joe Odagiri, there is now a sort of "void" being filled up by younger, fresh players. This time, we have Takumi Kitamura and Nijiro Murakami hugging the headlines. Remember, they are not the only ones getting the prized roles - Taishi Nakagawa (it seems he's about to challenge Kento Yamazaki and Sota Fukushi?), and before him Hiroya Shimizu (remember The World of Kanako and Solomon's Perjury?).
And what a movie title it is! I Want to Eat Your Pancreas ( Kimi no Suizo wo Tabetai - 君の膵臓をたべたい) stars Kitamura with new actress Minami Hamabe (yes, the girl who played Menma in Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day). If you think about it, Kitamura and fellow actor Nijiro Murakami switch places! Murakami was cast in Anohana with Hamabe, and this time, Kitamura was the main character who will narrate and bring back the memories of Hamabe's character. Keiko Kitagawa and Shun Oguri are playing present-day characters to fill up the story.
PsychoDrama [Talkback]: Kinema Junpou No 1722. Issue features 50 actors under 30 to look out for + Did they get everyone right? [Part 3 of 4 Parts]
- Written by Kaye and Jed
- Category: Acting
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What I like about the 50 young Japanese actors list from Kinema Junpou is the variety of the talents. Many have taken significant roles in movies and drama series. Some have won acting awards - both local and abroad and some also made box office records. Some started as male models and were given supporting, bit parts only to become the lead after a few tries.
As expected, there will be idols, a majority of whom came from Johnny's and finally there are some newcomers. It's a bit of an issue to consider someone as a newcomer. For instance, is Hiroya Shimizu and Nijiro Murakami and Takumi Kitamura newcomers? Maybe, but Kitamura is also part of a J-pop band, so that makes him more than just a "pure" actor in a sense. Murakami and Shimizu, therefore, are the newcomers in the strict meaning of the term. That's not a big issue - I think they deserve to be on the list, in as much as, Yuto Nakajima or Kento Nakajima or Ryosuke Yamada - who all belong to Johnny's.