Shintaro Anzai is an unknown talent for most Japanese dorama fans, but maybe some of the most avid ones knew him (which I'm not sure myself). I noticed Anzai in the current medical drama-thriller Alice's Thorn (Alisu no Toge ) as the younger version of Joe Odagiri's character - who is himself doing multiple roles this season. Anzai plays the supposedly investigative reporter Yusuke Nishikado who is directly connected to our heroine - Alice - played by Juri Ueno.

The young actor first appeared on the drama during one flashback as Alice and her Dad enjoy the shade from the cherry blossoms inside the hospital premises. But the more dramatic scene is when Yusuke (Shintaro) wrote a piece in the newspaper, accusing Alice's Dad of being a drug dealer, thus affecting the state of health of his sister.

I have a particular bias towards Mao Inoue - I just find her to be such a compelling, competent and emotional actress that I often find the time to watch her movies more than twice. Even in her previously shown asadora - Ohisama - I was compelled by her charm and finished the whole 150+ episodes in record time - something I have failed to accomplish before when watching more recent asadoras.

Recently, a new movie starring the 27-year old award-winning actress was released in Japan entitled Snow White Murder Case. While she is also the star of another movie (The Eternal Zero) which broke box office records, her role in Snow White Murder Case (Shirayuki hime satsujin jiken) has a more significant effect on her acting career. It's supposed to be a follow-up to her award-winning role in Rebirth, and while the next Japan Academy Awards is more than a year away, there is already some indication that she might make it on the list.

Of course, winning the Best Actress for Rebirth in 2012 is not the singular acting achievement of Ms. Inoue. She is also the recipient of multiple awards for her dramas.

We've shown you the acting collaboration between Shota Sometani and Kamiki Ryunosuke in Part One, and their individual acting highlights in Parts Two (Sometani), Three & Four (Ryunosuke), now in the last part of this series, we want to focus on their essential dramas and movies - in particular for the uninitiated. We'll also concentrate on future roles and what to expect in the next few seasons.

It has been quite a ride - the video clips and the time it took to review previous drama episodes were a blast! Just a reminder of how awesome they both are!

The Essential Guide to Kamiki and Shota's movies and dramas after the jump!

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.

Getting international recognition is a big issue for aspiring actors, and that includes everyone in Japan who would love to add to their acting resume a trophy/award from a prestigious international film festival. While it is not an assurance that a critical acclaim or recognition would bring in more casting scoops, it is an important factor in pushing one's career into higher gear.

Think of the young Yuya Yagira after winning the Best Actor trophy at Cannes. The same can be said of Shota Sometani's win at Venice with an equally prestigious acting award - the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor for Sion Sono's Himizu.