If Shota Sometani's career highlight is his portrayal of Sumida in Sion Sono's Himizu, then Kamiki Ryunosuke matches him step by step in the final episode of Kogure Photostudio. It maybe just a drama, but the quality of acting Ryunosuke produced is nothing short of extraordinary.

Of course Himizu is on a completely different level, and it would not be fair to compare actors, but we're here to celebrate the best from both Shota and Kamiki and having to choose which dramatic scenes would be their career highlights.

I have to take on this one, although he was equally effective in Takashi Miike's The Great Yokai War when he was just twelve years old and won Rookie of the Year from the Japanese Academy:

Ryûnosuke Kamiki plays Tadashi in his first leading role. He showed complete commitment under the outrageous direction of Miike, despite being submerged, frosted, badly scratched, and not to mention scared senseless. While it was true that Kamiki yelled and shrieked his heart out most of the time, there were many instances that showed signs of his talent. The phone exchange with his mom at the beginning of the film for example was poignant. And you can really feel the intensity when Kamiki hacks through the hate-charged monsters with the Great Tengu’s sword. [ DU's Reviews ]

Here is the video clip featuring the highlight of the whole drama in Kogure Photostudio. In the scenes, we witness the young and vulnerable Eiichi (Ryunosuke) as he defends his parents from the unfair criticisms of their relatives.

It was a highly-emotional scene but does not require tears. 

Up Next! Where are Kamiki and Shota heading in terms of movie role choices and drama shows?

 

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