Let me clear one thing straight. We're not talking about idols or celebrities here. We're talking about young Japanese actors who have made some fantastic movies - and not just TV dramas. We are listing the EXACT OPPOSITE of this article:

If you're a fan or even a casual observer of Japanese pop culture, you've probably noticed an appreciation for the pretty, somewhat feminine look, including in its boy bands. It's confusing to some Americans, whose boy bands and young stars typically project masculinity or at least boyish charm. But just like Japan's female pop idols, Japanese men are revered for their good looks. [ source ]

But we can't deny that many of them are good looking. Some started their entertainment careers via auditions and joining variety shows too.

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What separates the list from other hitlist boils down to acting talent. The kind of acting that win awards locally or in international film festivals. Getting directed by the most prolific Japanese filmmakers (read: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Tetsuya Nakashima, Hirokazu Koreeda and Takashi Miike). Oh yes, the age limit is 33, because, in Japan, even a 32-year-old actor can play a high school student and get away with it!

I could probably go on and on, but you simply HAVE to see the list to understand what I mean...

What makes an amazing actor? What causes an ordinary moviegoer to become an ardent, hardcore fan? Are good looks enough in today's almost cutthroat competition to create the next great Japanese actor? Are talents really being recognized, and are fans mature enough to embrace the really talented ones? And the biggest question of all: who are the hottest, most talented young Japanese actors today?

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It was exactly 5 years when I initiated the hitlist of the 50 hottest young actors, and now - the focus is on the Japanese movie scene. Why? Because the Japanese make some of the best movies in the world and all moviefans need to know these guys!

So let's see who made it to the final top 10 list after the jump!

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