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!
A record six films were nominated for Best Picture at the upcoming Japan Academy Prize, and all of them we have shortlisted for the plum prize. The awesome news confirms what we already expected to be a close fight between Yuya Ishii's The Great Passage and Koreeda's Like Father, Like Son.
Yamada's Tokyo Family is in the running which equals the two above movies in terms of nominations.
The big disappointments are The Story of Yonosuke not getting the much important nomination, as well as Unforgiven.
Best Picture nominations are mentioned by Kevin Ma in a recent article @Film Biz Asia:
Like Father, Like Son そして父になる, The Great Passage 舟を編む and Tokyo Family 東京家族 (pictured) tie with 12 nominations each for this year's Japan Academy Awards 日本アカデミー賞. The nominations were announced yesterday in Tokyo. The three films are also nominated in all major categories.
For the first time in the award's 37-year history, six films are nominated for Best Film instead of the usual five because two unidentified films tied for the fifth-place spot. The additional nominations are A Boy Called H 少年Ｈ, The Devil's Path 凶悪 and Ask This of Rikyu 利休にたずねよ.
Rikyu was the second-most nominated film with nine nominations, though neither director TANAKA Mitsutoshi 田中光敏 nor writer KOMATSU Eriko 小松江里子 were recognised in their respective categories. Instead, writer-director MITANI Koki 三谷幸喜 received nominations in both categories for The Kiyosu Conference 清須会議. [ read more ]
I've watched all the movies, except Like Father, Like Son, and is inclined to favor The Great Passage, whilst The Story of Yonosuke being out of the running. Unforgiven was breathtakingly beautiful but a bit slow, with some amazing acting performances. Ryuhei Matsuda's performance in The Great Passage may earn him a Best Actor trophy...Read more...
On December 21, 2013, The Eternal Zero (Eien no Zero) will have its premier showing in Japan. The highly-anticipated war movie features Junichi Okada in the lead role, with major characters played by Mao Inoue, Haruma Miura, Shota Sometani, Takahiro Miura and Tatsuya Ueda.
About the Movie: The Eternal Zero tells the story of Kyuzo Miyabe (Junichi Okada) who died in the special forces during World War II.
Haruma Miura plays a young student who aspires to become a lawyer. However, he fails in his tests and seems to have no focus on his academics at all. His sister, who is a writer, asked for his help in tracing documents and information about their grandfather, who was part of the special forces during the second World War.
What they discovered surprised and shocked them! While on their research, they learned that fellow soldiers believed their grandfather was a genius and that he was also regarded as a coward. Since these documents were sealed for 60 years, what they are about to discover may or may not change the legacy their grandfather has left behind...Read more...
AnimeNewsNetwork aptly described the full trailer of Silver Spoon, featuring Kento Nakajima in the lead role:
Sexy Zone band member Kento Nakajima plays the main character Yūgo Hachiken who mutters to himself, as in the first teaser, "I wanna quit this school." In the videos, the 15-year-old learns about agricultural life through hands-on activities like cleaning stalls and raising crops. Fellow student Aki Mikage (35-sai no Kokosei and Zekkyō Gakkyū's Alice Hirose) supports the clueless Hachiken as he learns. [ read more ]
The anime is truly one of the wackiest and enjoyable I've seen this year, so this live action adaptation better live up to the hype!
Da Vinci's Monalisa is considered the most famous painting in the world. In a new movie that centers on the renowned painting, Haruka Ayase plays a professional appraiser tasked to take care of the painting during its Japanese exhibition.
Joining Ayase is Tori Matsuzaka who plays a magazine editor, and will be assisting Ayase's character upon the discovery of a hidden puzzle within the painting.
Ayase is a fantastic actress who is extremely adept in comedy while Tori Matsuzaka has proven himself capable of both dramatic and comedy roles. This is definitely an interesting pair with an equally interesting story.
More photos after the jump!Read more...
The buzz on Shota Sometani continues! Our Poster of the Week is Sometani's latest movie Wood Job! (co-starring Masami Nagasawa and Hideaki Ito).
4 out of 5 stars
About the Movie: Shota plays a student named Yuuki Hirano who has no future prospects having failed to pass the University entrance exam. Desperate to avail himself of something to get back on track, he grabbed an opportunity to study a forestry program (thus, the title Wood job!) deep into a remote village up in the mountains. Here he met his future teacher (Hideaki Ito) who gave him the creeps and a beautiful girl (Misami Nagasawa) who inspire him to pass the course.
It is no secret that we admire Shota Sometani. So whenever there is any updates, we try to feature them as soon as possible. Following his acting career is already a sort of "crusade" and an event. Now that he has ventured into filmmaking, our admiration is further increased even (if that is still possible!). Two recent news put Sometani on the spotlight again...
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His latest filmmaking effort - Similar but Different - features some select photos and a new trailer for one of his latest movie has just been released.
What an amazing year for the young and talented actor/filmmaker!
Shota Sometani and Kamiki Ryunosuke proved that it takes more than good looks to make great dramas. In 2003, Sometani and Ryunosuke star in three incredible and fascinating drama broadcasted to a captivated audience both inside and outside Japan. Not without controversies, xxxHolic's lead character went to Shota Sometani and some of the initial reactions were negative. However, first episode prove these critics (and whiners) wrong as Sometani delivered an amazing performance as Kimihiro Watanuki, the young student who can actually see ghosts and communicate with them.
Kamiki Ryunosuke, on the other hand, figured prominently in two dramas - Kazoku Game and Kogure Photostudio. Kazoku Game is a psychological-thriller with a lot of dramatic overtones. He plays one of the kids in a family taken hostage by a deranged tutor (played by Sho Sakurai) and this show will remain one of the most disturbing yet satisfying family drama of the year. Kogure Photostudio is also about family matters but more dramatic and less hysterical. This drama is where Ryunosuke really shines!
Also making a lot of headways is Yuki Furukawa who made fangirls go gaga over him as he romances Honoka Miki in the highly-succesful Itazura na Kiss-Love in Tokyo.
Matching Furukawa in the looks department is Sota Fukushi who is being touted as the next top actor (in both drama and movies as survey indicates his growing popularity). Sota has a lot to celebrate as he's one of the busiest actors making TV dramas - Amachan, Starman and the still being shown Clinic on the Sea.
Yusuke Yamamoto who needs to have more drama and movies delivered one of the wackiest performances as he plays the lead in Yamada and the Seven Witches. Shotaro Mamiya also did great as one of Yamamoto's co-stars and is currently one of the mainstays in Miss Pilot.
And yes, Yuta Tamamori as a Kabuki actor! Who would have thought he could be charming, dramatic, theatrical and cool all at the same time?
Other actors worth mentioning:
Gou Ayano - Once again, Ayano is doing great in the drama scene with LINK, Saikou no Rikon (Matrimonial Chaos), Yae no Sakurai and Soratobu Kouhoushitsu.
Takumi Saitoh - The Brothers Karamazov, Glass House, Kamen Teacher and Miss Pilot
Shota Matsuda - Clinic on the Sea (It could have been spectacular, but the stories were not as enjoyable as it was anticipated)
Finally, one of the year's best drama features the tandem of Eita and Ryuhei Matsuda. If you want to see the ultimate Japanese bromance, then do watch Mahoro Eki Mae Bangaichi.
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Up Next: Favorite Japanese Dramas in 2013, Best Drama Actresses and more!
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