We launched a series called Generation NEXT, about up and coming Japanese actresses who have been on the spotlight lately. This 5-part series features Mayu Matsuoka, Tao Tsuchiya and Suzu Hirose [Part 1], Hana Sugisaki [Part 2], Mitsuki Takahata [Part 3] and the trio of Fumika Shimizu, Mizuki Yamamoto and Yuina Kuroshima [Part 4]. The final part will feature another list of 4 or even 5 young talents and the update of the Top 15 Most Promising Japanese Actresses hitlist.
A separate series on the actors is also in the works. Expect some discussions on Kento Yamazaki, Taiga, Shuhei Nomura and Taishi Nakagawa.
Plus, a final part on #DeadFishEyes series, which is quite popular since it talks about Yamapi & Sota Fukushi.
Welcome to PsychoDrama! This site contains movie and drama reviews, casting news, trailers, movie posters and information about the latest Japanese productions, including profiles of established and aspiring young actors and actresses. We also feature the hitlist - rankings of the hottest Japanese talents and actors' bias articles - where we discuss prominent talents including Satoshi Tsumabuki, Ryuhei Matsuda, Eita, Hikari Mitsushima, Mao Inoue, Yu Aoi, Shota Sometani, Yuya Yagira, Fumi Nikaido, Sosuke Ikematsu, Masaki Suda, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Ai Hashimoto, Mayu Matsuoka and many others. Join in our discussion and let us know what you think! Started in March 2012, you can find out more about us here. By the way, we don't do gossip - we don't know who is dating who nor feature anyone who went to this or that motel. We could not care less. While we may appear to be movies fans, we feature more than news, but also opinion. We are also not a database since we feature selectively.
The 4 sleek and sophisticated movie poster designs for MOZU were just posted - with Hidetoshi Nashijima, Teruyuki Kagawa and Yoko Maki getting their share of poster space. New cast members Beat Takeshi, Tori Matsuzaka and Yusuke Iseya were also seen in the posters.
4 out of 5 stars
Lead stars including Hidetoshi Nashijima and Hiroki Hasegawa were reported to have been seen in the streets of Manila sweating it out as they shoot the action scenes in the movie. There were explosions and highly-charged stunts, with the locals playing bit parts. Sosuke Ikematsu is also part of the cast, who also joined Nashijima, Kagawa and Maki in Manila.Read more...
Described as a "road movie of young duo undertaking Akihabara, the world-renown vibrant holy ground for OTAKU" Bon Lin features witty, sharp dialogue between Natsuko Yotsuya (Bon) - that's Ema Sakura and Rintaro Tomoda (Lin) - that's Mahiro Takasugi and their new companion Bebi (Naoto Aida) - played by Hakushu Togetsuan as they head to Tokyo in search of Bon's best friend Miyu who complained of being mistreated by his boyfriend.
5 out of 5 stars
Bon comes from the word ribbon. She is a geeky-nerdy character who is passionate about Boys' Love manga and plays online video games. Lin is her long-time game playmate, with a lithe almost paper-thin body - the perfect uke (the passive partner) in the world of Yaoi. In what would be described as one of the funniest first-hand encounters on J-cinema, Bon was apologetic to Bebe for not buying him a BL manga and says...
" I don't want you to start hating anal. "
With that opening, Bon and Lin get to know the older Bebi whom Bon becomes acquainted with via the internet. Bebi asked why Bon likes Boys Love and she replied:
" Perversion... Maybe because my favorite characters like to fondle each other...? "Read more...
Former model, popular actor and favorite magazine cover Chiba Yudai levels up his status via playing the newest superhero, Mr. MaxMan.
According to HeroShock:
Mr. Maxman is a movie that will be presented at the Okinawa International Movie Festival. The main character will be portrayed by Yudai Chiba, aka Alata / GoseiRed in 2010’s Tensou Sentai Goseiger. [ read more ]
He has been playing second leads and supporting roles of late - he did great in the drama rom-com Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu of Haruka Ayase, Water Polo Yankees and the Masahiro Higashide-Tsubasa Honda starrer Blue Spring Ride where he plays a sort of rival to Higashide.
The promotional poster and video clip right after the jump!Read more...
While we have yet to launch Part 2-3 of our Kanata Hongo actor's bias article, it's just so good to note that the actor is really having an amazing year. After not being seen in movies from 2012-2014, he is back in Me and 23 Slaves. But the buzz surrounding Kanata is much more than just a thriller-death game film, he is the lead star in the upcoming Akagi live action which we announced earlier:
Hongo is the lead in a new drama called Akagi.
The story revolves around the mahjong gambling exploits of Shigeru Akagi. After a death-defying game of chicken one evening in 1958, Akagi nonchalantly enters a yakuza mahjong parlor to shake the police's trail. Although he is unfamiliar with the rules of mahjong, his gambling intuition saves a small time gambler, Nangou and grants him a seat at the gambling table. As the night progresses, the stakes are raised both within the game and for Akagi, who is under the suspicion of the local policeman, Yasuoka. However, Akagi manages to defeat Keiji Yagi despite Yagi's cheating during the game—and impresses the members of the gambling house. [ read more ]
He is also one of the major players in the live action Attack on Titan movies, Part 1 of which just premiered in Los Angeles, and getting a lot of buzz.
Many of his fans have mentioned the amazing friendship between him and another Japanese talent, Ryunosuke Kamiki. Much has been discussed of the potential to take on the lead characters in the Death Note drama, but to the surprise and disappointment of some, the cast went to other actors. Anyway, as you can see from the photo above, he is generating a lot of excitement for Akagi, live action as he takes on the role of a young mahjong player who competes with a very dangerous gambler.
Our Kanata Hongo actor's bias Part 1 is here.
How about you? Do you have any particular Kanata Hongo favorite performance? Let us know what you think!
A glowing review at Anime News Network prompted me to look for more updates on the Attack on Titan LA premiere. It seems Kiko Mizuhara is giving a lot of press, and telling insights into the 'creative process' involved in making the live action movie. Here are more press con photos and a longer video clip (more than 3 minutes) - that reveals a lot about the movie. The 'romantic angle' is something some fans are complaining about, but it seems this angle is to be explored in Part 2 of the live action film.
This week, aside from the buzz created by the Attack on Titan premiere in LA, leading Japanese actresses are drumming up interest for their new movies. Fumi Nikaido who was recently cast in a new movie based on the writings of Muro Saisei is also the lead star in a war movie entitled This Nation's Sky with Hiroki Hasegawa. This is Haruhiko Arai's big screen adaptation of Yuichi Takai award-winning novel of the same title. The trailer teaser looks amazing and it involves our leads in a romantic-sexual relationship. Equally making a 'tease' is Nana Eikura in a new movie together with Osamu Mukai and Etsushi Toyokawa entitled Otoko no Isshou (Her Granddaughter). The movie already premiered in Germany via Nippon Connection and joined about a dozen other J-movies in the Big Apple via Japan Cuts, which is slated to end July 19th.
Keiko Kitagawa who was memorable as the Samurai warrior who fell in love with one of her competitors in After the Flowers (Hana no Ato) has been paired with some of Japan's most popular drama actors - among them the aging Takuya Kimura, who many J-dorama fans of yesteryears considered as a great actor. I don't know about that, but I'm still getting myself convinced that he deserves the title as drama king. Some friends have suggested a list of titles. Back to Kitagawa, she has three movies lined up for 2015 including a team up with Kenichi Matsuyama in No Yona Mono No Yona Mono.
Another Japanese war movie slated for release in The Emperor in August featuring a star-studded cast led by Koji Yakusho.
This movie is considered as Japan's Longest Day.Read more...
Fuku-shuu has been covering the world premiere of Attack on Titan Live action (Part 1) from the beginning and just a few minutes ago, the photos below were posted. The world premiere of the movie was held at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles, California, USA and was attended by director Shinji Higuchi and lead stars Haruma Miura and Kiko Mizuhara.
Significant parts in the live action adaptation were also revealed by someone who attended the world premier. [ Be warned that it contains spoilers! ]Read more...
As the dead criminals reach an alarming proportion, the police desperately search for the killer, with L at their side. Light Yagami' gentle, mild-mannered personality also began to change. What appears to be subtle changes - more confidence and assertiveness now borders into something else, but can he handle it? Episode 2 is more about Light and less about L, and viewers like me who have seen the previous movie adaptations can't help but feel that Masataka Kubota is not going to suffer from lack of challenging scenes, just as Tatsuya Fujiwara did in the movies.
3 out of 5 stars
My biggest complaint in the movie version is that Fujiwara's Light started out 'matured' already - it's hard to accept someone who goes to a bar and gambles is actually a perfectionist with some noble ideals. In the current drama, Light works at a bar and goes to school like a normal young man. Having the power to put someone to death is something huge for him, but as Kira corrupts him, Light is seduced by the power of the Death Note.Read more...
Celebrate with PsychoDrama as we discuss the best actors Japanese cinema has produced for the past 50 decades or so... Our latest series takes us to Toshiro Mifune and Ken Takakura - Part 1 | Part 2. Our actor's bias series continues with Kanata Hongo, Yuya Yagira, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Sosuke Ikematsu, Shuhei Nomura, Masaki Suda and Shota Sometani
Actors and Acting style series is a must-read! Part 1 [ Satoshi Tsumabuki, Eita, Ryuhei Matsuda & Kenichi Matsuyama ] Part 2 [ Shun Oguri, Takayuki Yamada, Kengo Kora, Gou Ayano ] Part 3 [ Mirai Moriyama, Yuya Yagira, Shota Sometani,Ryunosuke Kamiki, Masaki Suda ] Part 4 [ Tatsuya Fujiwara, Haruma Miura, Takeru Sato, Hoshi Ishida, Yosuke Kubozuka ] Part 5 [ Kento Nagayama, Masataka Kubota, Kento Hayashi, Sosuke Ikemtsu ]
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