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!
Masaki Suda has left behind his peers and joins Shota Sometani, Masataka Kubota and Kento Nagayama in the elite group of young Japanese actors, by his extraordinary and sensitive portrayal of Toma in Backwater (Tomogui).
4 out of 5 stars
Kamen Rider fans may remember Suda as Philip, the male lead and half of the eponymous hero of the 2009-2010 Kamen Rider Series, Kamen Rider W. Like a snake shedding its skin, Masaki Suda has evolved from an aspiring young actor playing highschool kids to the son of a sadistic father and a war-striken, disabled mother in this film by Shinji Aoyama (Tokyo Kouen, Sad Vacation, Crickets).
Toma is like any ordinary 17-year old, he is on the verge of manhood and thinks nothing else but sex. Unlike geeky-nerdy and shy virgin Japanese boys, he has a girlfriend Chikusa (Misaki Kinoshita) and has plenty of opportunity to satisfy his lust. While sex is a constant craving, family matters is also a big concern. His parents are separated, and he longs for them to be together, even for a short period of time as they catch fish in the backwaters of Kawake.Read more...
I don't really care if this movie is similar to The Da Vinci Code as some bloggers think. Having Haruka Ayase and Tori Matsuzaka together in one movie is good enough for me...
About the Movie: All-Round Appraiser Q: The Eyes of Mona Lisa stars Haruka Ayase as a professional appraiser while Tori Matsuzaka is a magazine editor. They teamed up to solve a hidden puzzle located at the famous Da Vinci painting while it was in exhibition in Japan.
We're in the middle of a hitlist featuring awesome acting performances [ Part 1 | Part 2 ] when I had this idea of compiling some "bromance" scenes of favorite movies. We're not talking about actual sexual relationships here - as in BL movies or more particularly the famous Takumi Kun installments. But there are some on the verge...
As explained in wiki, bromance is
... a portmanteau of the words bro or brother and romance. Editor Dave Carnie coined the term in the skateboard magazine Big Brother in the 1990s to refer specifically to the sort of relationships that develop between skaters who spent a great deal of time together. [ source ]
or a more descriptive definition follows:
Bromance describes the complicated love and affection shared by two straight males.
We'll begin with a movie concerning the adventures of two train otakus (enthusiasts)...
I love the review of Japan Times' Mark Schilling describing the characters' interaction:
Watching Kenichi Matsuyama and Eita play simple-souled train buffs who find uncomplicated pleasure in each other’s company, I understood again why actors lined up to work with Morita: He gave them permission to stretch beyond their usual screen personae, from the strange to the silly.
Similar to Johnny Depp in his affinity for nonconformist, oddball roles (see his reclusive, sweets-addicted detective L in the “Death Note” films for an example), Matsuyama boards ” ‘A’ Train” as Kei Komachi, a nerdy salaryman working for a big real-estate developer. Eita, who plays the Unabomber-like loner in Toshiaki Toyoda’s new drama “Monsters Club,” is Kenta Kodama, the unworldly son of a small metal-shop owner who is fascinated by anything metallic, especially if it has wheels and rides on rails.
These two first lock eyes on a one-car rural line beloved by train buffs and later serendipitously reunite and become instant soul mates. The bromance that develops is devoid of any sexual vibes, but is full of gay overtones for anyone paying attention, and the two leads generate some comedy from this. Their fine comic balancing act supplies many of the film’s laughs. [ source ]
A gallery of some selected movie scenes follows...Read more...
Psycho-Drama list of favorite acting performances continues... In Part 2, we are featuring some "older" movies but definitely collector's items for all Japanese movie lovers.
While Ryuhei Matsuda won Best Actor in the recent Yuya Ishii film Fune wo Amu (The Great Passage), there was a previous role where Matsuda made use of his eyes and body movements, and less dialogue but did a powerful and effective portrayal of a young murderer who fell in love with a fellow prisonmate. The prisonmate is no other than Masanobu Ando who was equally memorable in his role - he's the more violent among the two but both their crimes are shocking as well.
If you're new to Japanese movies, then Big Bang Love Juvenile A maybe one of the first 5 movies you should watch to appreciate contemporary cinema from Japan. Both actors have made numerous awesome performances, but their work together in this Takashi Miike film is one that can be enjoyed again and again.Read more...
Exciting teaser trailer for the upcoming sequel to the highly-successful Rurouni Kenshin movie has been uploaded just recently.
Based on popular manga series "Rurouni Kenshin" written & illustrated by Watsuki Nobuhiro, the new movie will feature Satoh as the lone former Assassin turned deserter who has to face a number of powerful nemesis - among them Makoto Shishio (Tatsuya Fujiwara), Aoshi Shinomori (Yusuke Iseya) and Soujiro Seta (Kamiki Ryunosuke).
The Summer of Whales (Kujira no Ita Natsu) stars Shuhei Nomura, who is fast becoming one of Japan's most sought-after young actors. Together with Hamao Kyosuke, Shota Matsushima, Takuya Matsuoka they form a lasting friendship and experience the joys and pains of growing up.
A previous (more hilarious) teaser trailer was released earlier, but if you're a fan of these actors, then you'll enjoy this one too!
4 out of 5 stars
Rena Nounen looks sad and cynical, as she is supposed to be in this coming of age, teen romance based on the manga of the same name, Hot Road.
Nounen who made waves in the asadora Amachan has become more and more sophisticated. Gone is the innocent young, impressionable highschooler who dived in the sea to help her family. In this new, much-anticipated movie, Nounen is a rebelious 14-year old named Kazuki Miyaichi who fell in love with another rebellious teen, the 16-year old Hiroshi Haruyama (Hiroomi Tosaka).
About the Poster: Nounen just generates enough emotions to make this an extra-ordinary poster. It's the simplicity that gets to me, drawing the viewer and the curious moviegoer to find out more about what's its all about.
Tosaka also has a poster, of equal visual impact, right after the jump!Read more...
It's about time we update our Top 30 Hottest Japanese Actors list, and launch the new promising actresses rankings too! It's coming very soon!
In the meantime, I've been asked a couple of times if I can recommend movies that feature some of Psycho-Drama's favorite Japanese actors. Of course, there are many, but in order to make it an "awesome" list (if that is still possible), I narrowed it down to 20. Here's part 1 of that list, and the reason why I made it a 4-part series is that there are so many really really great movies! ... so here goes!
Watching Satoshi Tsumabuki in his earlier movies, who would think he could come up with a compelling and heartbreaking performance a few years later in Villain (Akunin)? Yes, he was funny in Waterboys as the naive highschool student who went on to perform synchronized swimming with his buddies.
As Yuichi, he was this insecure, lonely young man who supports his grandmother and performs all sorts of odd jobs to keep them afloat. He also dates young girls whom he met via internet and later have sex with them. Apparently, he has fallen in love with an insurance sales lady (played by Hikari Mitsushima) who has no intention of going out with him. Outraged and humiliated, he killed her and ran away. The manhunt that follows is as compelling and as engrossing as any Hollywood production of similar theme. But what makes it even better is the chemistry between Tsumabuki and the naive girl who went with him in the spur of the moment - Mitsuyo Magome (played by Eri Fukatsu).
Tsumabuki grabbed the Best Actor trophy at the 2011 Japan Academy Prize for his performance.Read more...
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