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.
While some consider the work of Takashi Yamazaki as being the voice of Japan's conservative right wing politics, no one can deny the quality and innovation he has introduced with the special effects in most of his projects - from Returner (starring Takeshi Kaneshiro) to the more recent The Eternal Zero (which won Best Picture at the Japan Academy and also stars Junichi Okada) and Parasyte (Part 1 and 2, with Shota Sometani).
There's a new project at hand - and Yamazaki cast some of Japan's biggest names, including Junichi Okada, Haruka Ayase, Kaoru Kobayashi and Shota Sometani.Read more...
Funny (really) how time flies, when we were just raving about Satoshi Tsumabuki, Mao Inoue, Hikari Mitsushima and Masanobu Ando way back in 2012, and now 3 years later, we are celebrating the young acting careers of boys and girls who are so much younger than Tsumabuki, et al...
2015 saw a lot of breakthrough actors in the Japanese movie and drama scenes that it's hard to narrow it down to 10, but then again, we'll be seeing them very soon as they all seem to be grabbing upcoming projects sooner than later. Hoping that their talent agencies are as committed as these young guys and gals!
2015 is definitely a big year for women in Japanese movies. Aside from Koreeda's Umimachi Diary (starring Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho and Suzu Hirose), there's Hikari Mitsushima and Erika Toda in Kakekomi, a historical movie dealing with divorce and the Tokei-ji which is a Buddhist temple where women seek comfort from their husbands and undertake the process of separation. There were also a good number of TV dramas were the spotlight centered on strong (yet challenged) and authentic female characters - Yoko Maki, Miki Nakatani, Mayu Matsuoka, Anne, Tao Tsuchiya, Mitsuki Takahata and Mao Inoue, were cast in these shows.
The overlapping broadcast of the two asadoras - Tao Tsuchiya's Mare [まれ] and Haru's Asa ga Kita [あさが来た] - also paved the way for more opportunities to discuss young women in terms of their relationships with their families, lovers, and friends as they seek to fulfill personal ambitions and goals. NHK's taiga drama, Hana Moyu is all about Mao Inoue's Fumi.
Just like our list on leading Japanese actors, we have an equalizer for the actresses...Read more...
I find it funny that Oricon would consider Masataka Kubota as having a breakthrough year, since, in all aspects, Mr. Kubota is already an accomplished actor who have been playing in movies and dramas since 2006. That means he's in the industry for more than 9 years already. You consider someone having a breakthrough year if he is only 'involved' in the biz for 2 years or less. The term "breakthrough" may apply to the likes of Kentaro Sakaguchi or Mackenyu Chiba, or even to the more established Taishi Nakagawa - all three had a breakthrough year in 2015. [ that's a separate post here, with an equalizer for the girls as well ]
Anyway, there is always this 'loss in translation' issue when it comes to Japanese to English. Take the case of AoT (Attack on Titan, which should be Attack of the Titans) or the Takashi Miike movie Lesson of the Evil (with the totally inappropriate use of 'the').
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Let's have a short recap... Last year, it was Sosuke Ikematsu who topped our list, followed by Shota Sometani, Masaki Suda, Masataka Kubota and Yuya Yagira. This year, it's all about grabbing those high profile roles in cinema, as well as, the biggest TV dramas!Read more...
Job hunting in Japan is considered a hellish process, also known as Shuukatsu.
A new movie starring Dori Sakurada, Ryusei Yokohama, Shu Watanabe with Tomoki Hirose and Kimito Totami was launched 20th December dealing with the job hunting issues encountered by 5 students-aspirants.
Considered as an omnibus film, the lead actors promoted the film in Tokyo and described how challenging the interview process could be for them - as tricky questions were thrown to the candidates by shrewd, calculating interviewers from various business firms. The movie is even described as a survival-suspense tale.Read more...
The military class, the samurai, has little legitimate outlet for their militarism since the unification and pacification of Japan under the Tokugawa clan. The samurai lived on a stipend paid for through a tax on the farmers. This tax was a heavy burden on the farmers, taking close to half of their production. Some samurai lived beyond their means; that is to say, their stipend; and went into debt to the socially despised merchants. The burden of debt on the samurai made the merchant class, even more despised. It was not a healthy society, that Japan of the mid-19th century. - The Fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate SjSU.edu
If his Lord has been dishonored, the vassal must die - recited litany as Yoshinobu Tokugawa leaves Edo castle for his exile, Gassoh
The year is 1868, after 300 years of domination, The Tokugawa Shogunate has fallen. Yoshinobu Tokugawa, the last Shogun has just been exiled to Mito.
5 out of 5 stars
This historical political event was said to have started without bloodshed as the political leaders at that time agreed to a peaceful discussion (rather than war) to usher in the Meiji era. But as the movie's narrator explained, humans are not so innocent creatures as discontent and rebellion soon ignited all over Japan.
Against this setting, we have 3 life-long friends - Kiwamu (Yuya Yagira), the fiery and loyal samurai who clings to the glory of the Shogunate; Masanosuke (Koji Seto) the adopted son of the House of Kasai who was forced to leave his home as a result of the death of his adopted father and Teijiro (Amane Okayama), the scholar among the three, who pursues Goku for breaking off his marriage to his younger sister (Mugi Kadowaki).Read more...
Something Like, Something Like It [の・ようなもの のようなもの ] A sequel to Yoshimitsu Morita's debut film "Something Like It" from 1981 starring Kenichi Matsuyama and Keiko Kitagawa along with the original cast 35 years later.
Shinden who is a young Rakugo (a traditional Japanese verbal performance art) performer is ordered from his master to find the whereabouts of lost performer Shintoto taking place 35 years after the original 1981 film.
A lot of catching up to do when it comes to casting news!
First off, there is great news regarding the Tao Tsuchiya-Kento Yamazaki 'Orange' as it rules the Japanese box office during its first weekend run. The reunion between Mare stars Tsuchiya and Yamazaki has resulted in $2.58 million from 262,000 admissions, beating the Bond film Spectre. We previously reported on the casting news, saying:
What makes Orange an exciting upcoming adaptation is the spin on the story of love, tragedy and youth. It also stars favorite actors. The fact that we have seen Tao Tsuchiya and Kento Yamazaki in Mare is enough to warrant heightened expectations in the movie. Not only do they look good together, they have some amazing on-screen chemistry too. Other members of the cast who are expected to "nail" their characters are Dori Sakurada and Ryo Ryusei. Sakurada is a credible young talent who can be both geeky-nerdy and trendy cool at the same time. He's a fashion model but unlike some male models who have no acting talent, Sakurada can deliver the goods. [ read more ]
From a "tragic" rom-com to one highly anticipated acting showdown- representing two generations of Japanese actors (though they are almost on the same age bracket), the coming of age film, Distraction (Destruction) Babies will see Yuya Yagira and Masaki Suda - not for the first time together since they were in Pink and Grey - but in roles where they can be seen together on the big screen playing violent kids out to kick ass.
Yagira's character - Taira Ashihara - is prone to violence. Perhaps because there is no one to challenge him in the small seaport town of Mitsuhama (located in the western part of Matsuyama), which he calls home, he decided to leave and stay at Matsuyama's downtown.
Yuya Kitahara (Masaki Suda) becomes interested in Taira Ashihara. They go on a violent streak against people on the street. The two young men then steal a car. They head out of town with Nana (Nana Komatsu) who was in the car when they stole it. Meanwhile, younger brother Shota comes to Matsuyama to find Taira. [ source ]Read more...
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