The 100 Best Contemporary Japanese Movies - Psycho Drama has launched an ambitious project to compile 100 of the best modern-day Japanese movies from the last 2 decades or so. Featuring the best young actors of their generation - from Joe Odagiri, Takako Matsu and Tadanobu Asano, to Satoshi Tsumabuki, Hikari Mitsushima, Mao Inoue, Ryuhei Matsuda, Shun Oguri and Masanabu Ando to the current crop of exciting young talents - Shota Sometani, Yuya Yagira, Kamiki Ryunosuke, Sosuke Ikematsu, Kento Yamazaki, Fumi Nikaido and Ai Hashimoto. [ click here ]
Another video clip featuring Satoshi Tsumabuki in Takashi Miike's For Love Sake.
SciFiJapan posted the production notes of the movie, and I'm posting the story below (Warning: Lots of spoliers ahead)
In the snowy mountains of the Japanese alps, little Ai's affluent parents allow her to go skiing alone for the first time. She loses control on the slopes but is saved at the last second by a brash little boy named Makoto. His forehead drips with blood — his scar, and their bond, is for life...
11 years later — the apocalyptic underground passageways of Shinjuku. Now in high school, Ai (Emi Takei) witnesses a gang rumble. A boy she's never seen takes them all on single-handedly and wipes them out. The scar on his forehead... It's Makoto (Satoshi Tsumabuki). Fate has reunited them. Hardened from years of rage, he sings from a heart already made of stone. Soon after arriving in Tokyo he's shipped off to juvenile detention.
Believing Makoto's troubled life was caused by their childhood incident, Ai is wracked with guilt. She pleads with her parents to rescue Makoto and have him transferred to elite Aobadai High School, where she attends. Ai dances and sings of her love for Makoto on the immaculate lawn of the school, but he remains unmoved. Ai's bespectacled classmate Hiroshi looks on, his burning love for her always unrequited.
Unable to push her parents to cover Makoto's tuition and housing costs, Ai ends up working at a sleazy "cafe" with a catwalk to earn money. Always pure of heart, Ai exclaims "It's my duty to help Makoto put his life back together. I love him!" But her efforts are in vain and Makoto is kicked out of Aobadai and transferred to the notorious gang-ridden wasteland of Hanazono High. Ever-devoted, Ai follows him into the midst of danger and Hiroshi in turn follows Ai.
Almost immediately, Makoto draws the ire and lust of two members of Hanazono's vicious girl gang, simultaneously infuriating the school's rapid aging disease-afflicted delinquent leader. With Ai caught in the middle, Hanazono is thrown into a whirlwind of jealousy and violence, punctuated by dynamic and engaging musical numbers. The truth of who holds the power at Hanazono and the reason for Makoto's journey to Tokyo are gradually revealed. Hurtling toward their destiny, Makoto is pulled into rescuing Ai once again... [ read more ]
On Tsumabuki: Versatile actor Satoshi Tsumabuki is a rare example of an actor comfortable and successful in both mainstream entertainment and challenging roles. As Makoto in FOR LOVE'S SAKE he effortlessly expresses inner emotional turmoil, cocksure attitude, latent sensitivity and convincing physical power in the film's furious fight scenes.
Thanks to eclecticella for the tip!
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