Welcome to PsychoDrama! This site contains movie and drama reviews, casting news, trailers, movie posters and information about the latest Japanese and Thai 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. A new section on Thai movies and lakorn was recently launch! Join in our discussion and let us know what you think! Started in March 2012, you can find out more about us here.
Yo! Up until a while ago you could only find me in the comments section every now and then, but it seems this time my posts got moved around a little bit and now I’m up here. I guess I got promoted! – Where’s the party at? – Either way, introductions and all, I’m not very good at that. So I started wondering…what should I write about for a first post? What do people write about when they’re trying to introduce themselves to a new crowd? Considering the type of blog this is though, then what about…
“Who are your favorite actors?”
Tough question. Difficult to answer. But what is better to get an idea of my tastes than directly naming my favorites?Read more...
I don't think Ryunosuke Kamiki could have survived more than 15 years acting in Japanese movies and dramas if he is not a competitive individual and is dedicated to his craft. I mean, a one-hit wonder will simply disappear and never to be heard again, but Kamiki graduated from being a child actor to becoming one of today's most sought-after young actors. Perhaps, it has something to do with the roles he played and that he is often reported to be very insistent when it comes to certain casting - since he loves a select number of fictional characters and will do the extra mile to get the role.
Of course, being managed by an influential talent management agency is a plus.
Enters the role of Sakamoto Ryoma in Samurai Sensei. Japanese history tells us that Sakamoto is a larger, more prominent figure than Nishikido Ryo's character Takechi Hanpeita.
Here are some videos depicting the character of Ryoma, and as mentioned in an interview, Kamiki did some research into the role and managed to read a couple of books and other literature on Sakamoto. I will not be surprised if he did watched the videos below just for some quick character studies...Read more...
It was last March that PsychoDrama celebrated its 3 years, and I'm happy to say we're one of the few English websites that features both Japanese movies and dramas (and anime on the side). I often asked myself, will there be like-minded individuals who may be interested in writing for the site? Well, I guess being patient has its rewards because I'm incredibly proud and excited to announce that we have someone who will inform and enlighten, challenge and confront us with our views on Japanese cinema and dramas:
"It’s easy to notice when a person is just writing things or taking on subjects simply because it would get them more readers or exposure. A person who sticks to that which he is passionate about (with a few things on the side) deserves a lot more respect, in my opinion, than someone who just takes what he can get simply because it comes with a special thing. I can’t write just simply to gather as many people as possible. I’d rather have a smaller group of readers who at least respect and enjoy that which I write."
It was probably many months ago when I noticed someone participating in disqus and her opinions actually opened up certain doors for me. I began to question some of the issues I believe and also happy that we share certain special interest.
Still laughing at Kanata mentioning Kamiki. The addition of Haruma just feels like he had to because only naming Kamiki/Chiba would be sad.— Kaye (@lypophrenian) October 26, 2015
"I think I generally go with a top 4 or 5 when talking about actors, but there’s way too many to name tbh. I’m sure it’s 100% obvious that my main two are Hongo Kanata and Kamiki Ryunosuke. It’s taken me a while to figure out what it is that I so much love about them (or even just generally Japanese actors) but it’s something about the way they act. (A good part of that is their eyes but I could probably fill a page just talking about that) It’s a whole different kind of emotion that I’ve never really seen happen before in the West. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good few Western actors as well, but you’re not going to be able to convince me that Hollywood could take something like Himizu and give it the same exact 'wow' factor."
How's that for an intro! But don't get me wrong. Our European blogger-writer-critic is not exclusively going to write everything serious and formal. I mean, we're going to make this journey fun and cool!Read more...
I think by now every regular reader of this blog knows how much I admire Ryunosuke Kamiki. There are quite a good number of Japanese child actors who have made the transition into adult/matured acting and while Kamiki may not be regarded by everyone to be the most popular actor of his generation, I certainly can say he's one of the most talented. I will not dwell on other actors except to mention that aside from Kamiki, Sosuke Ikematsu, Yuya Yagira, Kanata Hongo and Shota Sometani were also child actors. Now that Kamiki has matured a bit (yes, he will still be forced to play high school roles!) are you (and me) happy with how his career is shaping up?
I have noticed a distinct change in his eyes - he seems to be more intense, yet there is this mix of naughtiness to it. I don't know for sure... but maybe he's preparing for a role unlike what he had done before?
[ Welcome to the Fanboy diaries! Aside from Actors and their acting styles, I will be doing a monthly thing - a sort of blog-a-thon that may fill up the whole 30 days of the month or perhaps less, but the idea is to put the spotlight on certain personal biased actors ]Read more...
From the time Taishi Nakagawa played Shinya Morooka in Perfect Blue back in 2012, the young actor has steadily amassed an impressive acting resume with notable roles in both TV doramas and full-length films. 2015 is definitely a banner year for Taishi since he'll be seen in 2 doramas (Prison School + Fuji TV's Minami kun no Koibito: My Little Lover) and is playing one of the major characters in the Kento Yamazaki-Suzu Hirose "Your Lie in April" (四月は君の嘘). He is also one of the lead stars in the 2-parts Tsuugaku Series with Aoi Morikawa.
Just like Nakagawa, Shotaro Mamiya is steadily securing top-notch roles in both movies and doramas - he's one of the leads in Lychee Light Club which had it's premiere at the Busan International Film Festival. It's the same movie where Yuki Furukawa and Shuhei Nomura will battle it out for the leadership of a gang obsessed with vanity and control. Mamiya also secured another leading role (he's the main character) in the upcoming live action adaptation of "Nietzsche-sensei in Convenience Store"
Mamiya Shotaro starring in "Nietzsche-sensei in Convenience Store" live action drama, January 2016 ~~ pic.twitter.com/Oy6h922occ— Jpop Lovers Fanbase (@Jpoplovers) October 27, 2015
When it was announced that there will be a live-action drama for Prison School (監獄学園 プリズンスクール ), it got me so interested that I have to write a casting speculation post. It turned out that I had it all wrong since - instead of Ryo Yoshizawa - it was Taishi Nakagawa who got to play Kiyoshi Fujino, the main boy character. He's the leader of a group of five male students who serve as "pioneers" in a formerly exclusive all-girls school...
So here's the plot:
Hachimitsu Academy, a prestigious, historically all-girls school, has finally become co-ed. Average teen, Kiyoshi, is one of five boys to enroll. What he doesn’t know is that the school is clandestinely ruled by an Underground Student Council of ruthless, cruel, totally hot female students! And when the boys get caught peeping, they’re sent to the school’s prison, which is run by the brutally seductive warden, who also happens to be the VP of the Underground Student Council.
3 out of 5 stars
Many fellow J-dorama fans were in the opinion that the raunchy, sexy, S&M nature of the anime will be lost due to censorship or simply a strict "self-regulation" stance of the drama producers. I mean, there are a lot of scenes in the anime that would not be for general audience.
My first impressions of Episode 1 is quite tentative - I still don't know if I like it or not and if I'm interested in doing episodic review. I need to warm up to the drama (and the characters ). While some of the recent J-dramas have strong initial episodes, I have to say, it's the opposite for Prison School.
I think Taishi Nakagawa is too cute for the role, and while he made a good impression, I still want to watch him when the onslaught of attacks/torture from the girls has started. He is supposed to grow and develop the character - from a lean young man to someone with muscles and conviction.
The aggressive officers of the student council - Hirona Yamazaki, Aoi Morikawa and Asana Mamoru (who is supposed to display jiggling boobs) left mixed impressions as well. There were some "Minna Esper Dayo" vibes in scenes at the school canteen and at the bath, but I felt they could have stretched it more. There is a big difference between "teasing" the audience and making them enjoy the drama.
Tokio Emoto, as expected, will be the scene stealer, and I was hoping he gets more screen time than what they gave him in this initial episode.
Is it worth the watch? I think so and I like it so far. But what will happen in the next 2-3 episodes will either make it a hot hit or a disappointing miss.
I guess describing Josh Kim as a Korean-American filmmaker may suffice to some readers, but for someone who has already seen his movie - How to Win at Checkers (Every Time), I wonder, how can someone who is not from Thailand made a Thai movie that is not only powerful and feels so authentic, but also shows a lot of heart?
I guess even the Thais themselves have recognized his passion and dedication as a filmmaker when they chose his movie to be the country's official entry to the Academy Awards Best Foreign Film category.
With a degree in Finance, Josh could have been working in Wall Street or a large multinational corporation advising top Executive about their corporate profits. But instead he went to Hong Kong Film Academy to pursue his real passion - filmmaking. The result is the movie that many film festival critics and enthusiasts have been raving about. I had the chance to catch up with Josh on his way to Madrid, Spain and the short time I talked to him could only be described as not only revealing but inspiring as well...
"I spent about six months of intensive Thai language courses, at 4 hours every day. It's not easy especially the reading and writing... During the auditions as the actors are reading the script, some portions turned out to be bad that I have to re-write it at that instant."
Josh told me when I asked him about his preparation to transform Rattawaut Lapcharoensap’s collection of short stories "Sightseeing" into live action version. He further explained that it is not only a director's talent and passion that the movie turned out to be the critically acclaimed film many people considered it, but the collective efforts of his Thai crew and friends and also the actors who played the roles in the film and make it truly Thai.
The first draft of the script was also translated into Thai and Josh had to painstakingly study it with his Thai tutor to prevent any misinterpretation.
"Internationally it did very well and participated in more than 50 film festivals. When we finally took it to Thailand, I was really worried because, unlike the international audience, there is always the subtitle. You know, there are small "nuances" when people speak... is the accent right or is there something missing? But then after the screening, I was thankful that the critics even described the movie as "more Thai" than some of recent Thai films."
Josh further told me that during its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, it was also the first time that he saw the film, not as a director but as a member of the audience. He described himself as being nervous since he's worried about whether the film's technical aspects are up to standards since he never had the chance to screen it first since they have to rush it.Read more...
I've been away from the Yaoi scene for quite some time, maybe because there is nothing much to say, review or rave about - but I guess I failed to notice the current Thai BL scene coz it's filled with lots of fireworks lately! Our Top 10 Japanese Yaoi (BL) movie hitlist [ Part 1 | Part 2 - Takumi Kun series ] remains one of our most important flagship contents, and I wanted to update the list, but then again, the quality of Japanese BL movies of late is nothing but dreadful and utterly ridiculous...
A few days ago, Waterboyy, one of the latest Thai BL movies to hit the screen has fascinated both local and international Yaoi lovers. The reviews are not yet released, but the OST- suffice to say, is nothing less than sweet and romantic. The lead cast is also something to rave about. While there have been some amazing young Thai talents of late, it was Ngern who has captured my imagination - he is a doppelganger to my favorite Japanese actor, Yuya Yagira. With expressive eyes (though with a tendency to be conscious while in character) but given proper acting training could lead to some really powerful and convincing acting chops.
Ngern is actually part of a "love team" from the TV series that really paved the way for the current Thai BL wave - Love Sick. [ Read our reviews here: Season 1 | Season 2 ] His scenes with fellow Thai actor Paisarnkulwong Vachiravit ( August; วชิรวิชญ์ ไพศาลกุลวงศ์) has light up the small screen and has eclipsed the popularity of the original lead characters of the show. I don't know the buzz why August is not Ngern's co-star in Waterboyy, but the new guy looks promising as well.
[ PsychoDrama is compiling the 10 Most Promising young Thai actors, stay tuned! ]
Anyway, here are the recommendations [ just after the jump ]Read more...
A lot of things are happening this month! First off, happy to note that we have Lypophrenian as my site partner and admin. We have Jairah with a Thai lakorn hitlist almost ready for posting. Also, I'll be telling you about Vera and Andy who will be joining us for the Thai movies and lakorn section.
Hormones, the final season is one of the best Thai drama series I have seen [ First Impressions ] and I'm doing both review and character analysis. I'm also inviting you to look at our Lovesick series reviews [ Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 ]
Thanks for dropping by and hope to see you again!
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 ]
13oys and Men - Promoting awesome and talented young Japanese actors, with lots of screenshots and insights into the careers of top and upcoming Japanese talents.
Asian Addicts Anonymous - Comprehensive reviews and recaps of exciting Japanese drama, including interesting post on Asian music and movie news.
Clover Blossoms - Korean and Japanese movie and drama reviews, with recaps, recommendations, and trivia!
Drama Max - Japanese movie and drama reviews from a different perspective. Connected with Resonance Media, a management company handling Japanese musical talents.
Film Beats (From the East) - Asian American / East Asian Film Reviews and Announcements in Montreal
Genkinahito's Blog - Reviews, news, box office results & some amazing insights into Japanese films, including manga and anime.
My Drama Tea - Honest and insightful reviews of Japanese drama, also reviews of Chinese, Korean and Taiwanese series, with music news and movie reviews.
Ritsu No Dorama Land - J-dorama reviews with a difference, complete with recaps that really complements the review.
OtherWhere - Comprehensive trailer showcase, insightful reviews of Japanese movies (both indies and mainstream), and a great resource for news on Studio Ghibli too!
The Corner of the Mind - Drama reviews (with detailed analysis of up and coming dramas via first impressions) and anime spotlights.