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In Double Life, Mugi Kadowaki is Tama while Masaki Suda plays her boyfriend, Takuya. But their relationship is sidelined by Tama's discovery of her neighbor having an illicit affair played by Hiroki Hasegawa.
3 out of 5 stars
Both Kadowaki and Suda are everywhere! While it may be good to see them playing different roles, I'd like to miss them for a while! I'm not sure why Masaki Suda took this role since it might appear to be too easy for him - playing the lover of Kadowaki, who appears to be out of the loop in so far as his girlfriend's pursuit of another man - Hiroki Hasegawa who is having an affair while Kadowaki watches from afar.
I'm not impressed with the poster, it looks so generic.
I am not sure if you can relate to what I have to say, but I just watched Paul Dano and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a one-on-one interview about acting and I can't help but notice some 'similarities' between Dano and Kento Yamazaki. The similarities I noticed are not exactly the physical appearance, but more of the mood - Paul's mood, being brooding with an expressive eyes and explaining himself so clearly. While many have observed that Kento appears to be more comical than he allow himself to be, the thing that attracted me to him as an actor is how he uses his eyes to convey emotions...
In 2007, Paul Dano starred with the iconic Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, one of my all-time favorite movies. He was 23 and to play two characters (he's a twin) is just so awesome to me. Dano, earlier played a young boy who had a close relationship with a reported pedophile in the award-winning L.I.E. Now that Dano is already 31 years old, I can't help but contemplate how Kento Yamazaki's acting career would be 10 years from now. The thing is, most of the American and European actors I admire - Dano, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Whishaw, Jesse Eisenberg, Louis Garrel, Romain Duris, Gaspard Ulliel, James McAvoy and Ryan Gosling [he's Canadian] did critical acclaim characters that may be impossible to do in Japan. Some of these roles maybe a bit of a 'taboo' in the Japanese movie-dorama scenes. I mean, how would these conservative, naive Japanese girl fans react to see Yamazaki (or perhaps Ryunosuke Kamiki or Takeru Satoh) playing a similar character to Joseph Gordon-Levitt's gay hustler character in Mysterious Skin?
I would go even further to say, can Satoshi Tsumabuki or Eita play a dedicated elementary teacher who is also a heroin addict like what Ryan Gosling did in Half-Nelson? Can any two Japanese actors ever contemplate doing a Brokeback Mountain sort of movie like what Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal did back in 2005?
Now, I just mentioned gay characters. How about war heroes or war criminals? Will these supposedly professional talent management agencies ever allow their actors to play a role in a movie just like Shinya Tsukamoto's Fires on the Plain? Or is it just about the money? Hell, while many condemn the smell-the-money fuck atititude in Hollywood, how about the hypocrisy of these Japanese agencies when it comes to allowing actors like Yamazaki to do something other than rom-com?Read more...
I don't usually curse, but when I saw the latest (and longer) trailer for Wolf Girl and Black Prince, I just can't help myself! I mean, I watched the whole anime in a marathon, only pausing to piss, and I really like it a lot - recommending it to anyone who mentions "anime".
Now, what we have here are two incredibly talented actors playing two really interesting anime characters. While this is not the first time Fumi Nikaido will play opposite Kento Yamazaki, the interaction required between their characters are of a different level. Heck, just watch the video below!
Not to mention the other actors playing supporting parts! The scenes featuring Ryo Yoshizawa (who is one underrated actor) and Mugi Kadowaki are additional reasons to look forward to watching this movie.
No one can beat Nikaido when it comes to intense, dramatic shots. The scene where she threw water into Kento's face is just precious! I can remember how she felt, and being played at with her emotions can be devastating. Fumi just nailed it!
Though 'black prince' is not exactly evil or even a sadist, Kento appears to be a competent Kyouya Sata. Watch him go on the offensive and bam!
[ Details and more info about Wolf Girl and Black Prince here ]
I just woke up to the exciting news that Ryunosuke Kamiki will be playing the main role in the 2 live-action adaptation of "March Comes in Like a Lion". How cool is that!?!
Based on the manga created by Chika Umino, Kamiki is Rei, a solitary shogi player (also known as Japanese chess or General's Game). As with the standard chess game most of us know, it involves two players, as defined below:
...a two-player strategy board game in the same family as Western (international) chess, chaturanga, makruk, shatranj, janggi and xiangqi, and is the most popular of a family of chess variants native to Japan. Shōgi means general's (shō 将) board game (gi 棋).
Since Rei will be playing alone, it means he will be playing against himself and will create and develop startegies.Read more...
Taishi Nakagawa has grown (both physically and in terms of acting style) during the past 2 years that die-hard J-drama fans can't help but notice. After headlining the live action Prison School on television, he also managed to grab the lead role (previously played by Nino) in My Little Lover. Now, a role that adds up to the romantic characters he has begun to master, Nakagawa headlines Ken Iizuka's My Nickname is Butatchi.
The movie is about two childhood friends, Nomura (Sairi Itoh) and Satake (Taishi Nakagawa) and tt was Nomura who gave Satake his nickname Butatchi. But the relationship of being "friends" might go a little further, if Nomura can have her way...Read more...
When Mitsuki Takahata and Mayu Matsuoka were cast together with Fumi Nikaido in Mondai no Aru Restaurant, a lot of J-drama fans have predicted the start of something big - many are convinced they represent the future of Japanese entertainment, especially when it comes to playing strong, independent female characters. Now the "potentials" displayed by Matsuoka and Takahata were further realized via their latest projects. Of course, there is no need for Fumi Nikaido to prove herself - she has done that many times, but Mayu and Mitsuki are coming up very strong - perhaps still not ready to rival Nikaido, but to provide more color (and casting options) to the drama scene.
First off, let's see what happening with Mayu Matsuoka! With a commanding voice that can be powerful, persuasive, intriguing, and simply dramatic, Matsuoka made waves in the recent Fuji TV's omnibus drama entitled She. Playing alongside Aoi Morikawa and Ayami Nakajo, Matsuoka proved her mettle as a leading dramatic actress in this quasi-documentary about a missing female classmate and the backstories surrounding her disappearance. The missing girl is played by Ayami Nakajo, who maybe a newcomer, but has exhibited her own acting talents. However, without Matsuoka, this short drama series would not have worked its magic. Just like her role in Mondai no Aru Restaurant, Matsuoka's brand of acting is refreshing and memorable - she has a strong on-screen presence due to her voice, and her ability to express different emotions can be entirely convincing.Read more...
Our previous casting news round-up features both Satoshi Tsumabuki and Masaki Suda but for different projects - Suda, of course, grabbed another role which is now the subject of extensive discussion [ re: his character and what sort of performance he must do in order to do justice to the role. ] I'm talking about Oboreru Knife and I'm inviting you to join in the recent discussion! In today's casting news, Suda may not be playing the lead character, but knowing his ability to steal scenes - I will not be surprised if he overwhelms his co-stars! The movie - Somebody [Nanimono] is all about 5 Uni students whose lives intertwined with both romantic and dramatic colors. Suda's co-stars include Takeru Satoh (lead role), with Masaki Okada, Fumi Nikaido and Kasumi Arimura playing the other main characters. What makes this movie both anticipated and 'problematic' is how the actors can generate interesting chemistry between each other and as a whole.
I know that some of you have seen Mondai no Aru Restaurant, the acclaimed TV drama where Suda and Nikaido played a couple. While I considered the series as one of the best I've seen last year, the interaction between Nikaido and Suda has some unexplored areas, and I am in need of closure. I wish that their characters were explored more...Read more...
With a 'Mao Inoue' vibes all over Suzu Hirose, the selected scenes from the trailer of Your Lie in April with co-star Kento Yamazaki looks so interesting! I'm also surprised with Yamazaki's geeky-nerdy transformation.I just re-watched the video for Wolf Girl and Black Prince with Yamazaki sporting blond hair, so his look with the spectacles is just impressive. My only complaint is that they put so little of Taishi Nakagawa, who incidentally, looked good together with Hirose in their latest Sea Breeze commercial.
Here's more about the movie:
Based on the manga series "Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso" by Naoshi Arakawa, the story is about a young boy pianist named Kosei Arima (Yamazaki) who is a prodigy but lost his mother. He has since failed to play the piano again - he just can't hear the sound anymore. Enters Kaori Miyazono (Hirose) who plays the violin and has an independent attitude and lives her life as she likes it. Their meeting blossomed into a friendship and in turn, Kosei was able to play the piano again. But there are things (and situations) that could rock the seemingly peaceful, blissful friendship...
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