Who are Japan's Best Young Actors? Celebrate with PsychoDrama as we discuss the best young actors Japanese cinema has produced for the past 2 decades or so... We started with Masanobu Ando, Kengo Kora, Mirai Moriyama, and Takumi Saito and now, we're starting again with Shun Oguri, Gou Ayano, Shota Sometani & Kamiki Ryunosuke, Masaki Suda (and about 10 other awesome talents!) We also did separate posts for Satoshi Tsumabuki [Tears for You | Villain | Snowy Love Fall in Spring | Waterboys ] and Ryuhei Matsuda [ The Matsuda Magic: Taboo | Nightmare Detective | Phone Call to the Bar ] Let us know if you have any particular name in mind!
It was way back in July of this year that a teaser trailer was released for the live action adaptation of the Black Butler. Now, 2 new teasers are up, including the one below (which runs a 2-minute action pack intro).
Can this new movie validates the comeback of Hiro Mizushima? I think it will, but I have some reservations with the casting of the wooden and inept Ayame Gouriki...
More of the Black Butler: Sebastian Michealis is a truly interesting character who is both funny and devious at the same time. While you may wonder, how come the setting is in England and everyone is Japanese? Beats me. I actually don't care at all - the stories are funny and good enough, and the witty dialogues deserve some praise.
Prolific Japanese filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa won the Best Director award at the recently-concluded Roma International Film Festival. The honor was bestowed on the acclaimed filmmaker for the Atsuko Maeda starrer Seventh Code (Sebunsu kodo).
The movie stars former AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda and Ryuhei Suzuki. Maeda plays a young Japanese girl who travelled to Vladivostok, Russia, in search of a young man (played by Suzuki) whom she is passionately in love with. However, he denied knowing her and what follows are dangerous encounters for the young girl from sinister Russian criminal elements.
Koichi Takahashi also won the Award for Best Technical Contribution.
Complete list of winners here.
The conservative and restrictive policy of Johnny and Associates cannot contain the excitement of the fans in Rome, Italy as Toma Ikuta makes his debut in the international film festival for the new Takashi Miike film, Mole's Song.
Ikuta plays the lead character, an undercover agent, who penetrates a powerful Yakuza gang. A jam-packed audience during the movie premiere were reported to be having a good time - enjoying the comedy of the young actor, applauding and laughing at every scenes.
The actor was also reported as saying he had the most fun and that visiting Rome, Italy is a memorable experience for him.
We first reported the news that Ikuta and Miike were to appear at the festival and they definitely rock the scene!
The boyband Crude Play, maybe considered a fictional creation for the upcoming movie The Liar and his Lover. But this is not preventing Shohei Miura from grabbing the spotlight, which he deserves in the first place.
While he did not get the main title at the Junon Superboy contest years ago, Shohei Miura gets to play some amazing characters in both drama shows and movies. The talented and charming young actor was stealing scenes in Giragira and Gokusen, before stealing fans' hearts in Tumbling!
But he is not just your "average" pretty boy on the screen. He won "Rookie of the Year" for his dramatic portrayal of a rescue diver in Umizaru.
The new movie, with Takeru Sato on the title role, is probably the next big screen opportunity for Shohei to shine once again. More photos after the jump!Read more...
In 2006, when he was just 16 years old, Kanata Hongo made waves in the movie scene when he played Ryoma Echizen, the child prodigy who excelled in the game of tennis. If you're impressed with Fumihiko Sori's Ping-Pong, then The Prince of Tennis is a great way to continue the tradition of Japanese sports movie excellence. Kongo really nailed the character, up to the anime character's by-lines, includng the famous "mada mada dane"
But Hongo was already making movies even four years back, in the Takeshi Kaneshiro-starrer The Returner. After the Gantz series in 2011, it is only now that he ventured into movies once again - a short mobile drama (co-starring Seungri and Miori Takimoto) in a romantic love triangle and the sex-drama-thriller Doreiku.
Doreiku - Boku to 23-nin no Dorei is considered for "adults only" so when anyone tries to read the manga, they will be warned about the adult nature of the content. Apparently the controversial topic made it hard for it's live action adaptation, that's why it took time to make the film. EigaNews reported that the movie started since 5 years ago... [ more about the movie from our previous post. ]
In a recent interview, he was amused and felt the challenge that he gets to play dark characters on the big screen. He mentioned the Gantz series and a previous movie called Goth, where he played a High School student turned detective who investigated mysterious deaths in the neighborhod.
He was also praising his friend and drama co-star Kamiki Ryunoske for the acclaims he received for the award-winning The Kirishima Thing, with a type of role he would have been interested to play in similar fashion.
He gets to do voice acting himelf - like Ryunosuke - in Btooom! as the lead character Ryōta Sakamoto.
Winner of the Best Actor trophy at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, Yuya Yagira is one of the few Japanese actors recognized on an international level. After a short haitus, Yagira is once again actively pursuing his career with back-to-back projects including a notable role in the Japanese version of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven aand an important lead in the third installment of the Crows Zero series, Crows Explode.
Another film to complete his comeback is Yurusenai Aitai (Again). Yagira plays Ryutaro, a young man who works at a waste recycling plant. His character is rather dark - ill-tempered and prone to violence, Ryutaro then met a High School student, Hatsumi (Aoi Yoshikura), whom he fell in love with. But the sheltered and naive young girl is forced to hide her relationship with the impulsive Ryutaro from her family. Unable to meet with her, Ryutaro could not contain himself and raped Hatsumi. Complications follow, with both our lead characters going through difficult trials in their lives.
What a way to make a comeback!
I think it's about time Yagira stars getting serious with his movie career. There were some setbacks back in 2008-2009, but the talented young actor decided to bounce back.Read more...
TV ratings are, by any means, the ultimate measurement of the quality of a drama show. It only indicates the popularity of the drama as compared to other shows on the same time slot, among others. Of course, the networks value the rating trends to come up with future shows and cast actors with proven rating pull.
In the case of Miss Pilot, the initial 3-4 episodes have generated enough audience interest to grab an average 12.6% (with the initial episode getting 15%), but can it sustain the same audience for the next episodes? What's the root cause of the ratings decline, and what are some notable issues that may drive audience away?
Apparently, there is no romantic interest for Maki Horikita's character Haru. While Takumi Saitoh's role maybe the biggest candidate for romance, currently this seems to be not feasible at the moment. As head of the pilot's training, Captain Konosuke Kunikida is focused on helping all the cadets survive. The male pilot trainees are also quite preoccupied to explore any romantic relationship with Haru, much less with the academically-inclined Oda (Saki Aibu).
In Episode 4, Haru questioned her ability to survive the training and a sort of negative personal assessment ensued. I think this made her character all the more interesting to watch. You get a mix of emotions as you feel the frustrations and the lack of self-confidence slowly eroding Haru's outlook. Can she still manage to handle the pressure? Apparently, she can!
Episode 5 gives the cadet pilots a chance to go to the USA for further training and the language barrier is beginning to pose a serious challenge. It's funny how the Japanese scriptwriter associated burgers and fries as America's ultimate dinner staple... Yes, fries are potatoes (ie vegetable). Furthermore, our class clown Kazuo Yamada (Ryusei Fujii) demands for a Japanese dinner. One thing about Fujii (aside from his ridiculous choice of clothes) is the almost consistent over the top acting. I hope he fails his training and good riddance!
Afterthoughts: My initial excitement and expectations for the drama is currently down at the moment. I appreciate the almost "academic" presentation of how pilots are trained, but it's going to get boring if they can't come up with something that would interest (or even challenge) the audience. Are there some surprising twists and turns coming up or are we going to see another set of training once again?
We have shown relative bias to some of the actors we feature, but when it comes to Kento Yamazaki, the bias is not relative but total. After having just graduated from High School, Yamazaki expressed his desire to be more professional in his approach to his already blooming acting career.
He had a recent interview featured in EigaMovie News where he talks about his most recent movies (Jinx! and L-DK) and his personal approach to acting. He mentioned that he is always looking forward to playing new roles and having fun absorbing a new character, and that there is no right or wrong in acting. It's the sincerity that counts the most in playing a character different from his own.Read more...
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