PsychoDrama celebrates 3 years this coming March 2015! Time flies when you're having fun, and it's such an awesome feeling that we're celebrating our 3rd year - reviewing Japanese movies and drama shows, announcing casting news, doing actor's bias articles and hitlist. Watch out for some special/exclusive articles and interviews soon! Really like to thank those who commented, liked, shared, tweeted and reacted to our articles, many of whom are already friends! Hoping we can stay online for another 30 years or more! That's quite an ambitious target but who knows?
According to Shojo Manga Reservoir Hiroin Shikkaku (The Disqualified Heroine):
... is the combination of a slapstick comedy and a romance. There a girl recklessly struggles to catch the heart of the boy whom she used to believe hers, after he inclined to another girl who is plain-looking but straightforward, in other words the alpha heroine in the usual shojo manga. [ source ]
A live action adaptation is set for a summer 2015 release featuring Mirei Kiritani as the heroine Hatori Matsuzaki with Kento Yamazaki playing her love interest - Rita Terasaka. Newcomer (and former model) Kentaro Sakaguchi is the most popular student at school Kosuke Hiromitsu who took a fancy at Matsuzaki.
Mirei Kiritani has done some important roles to spice up her acting career - including Arakawa Under the Bridge and Ace Attorney.
Kento Yamazaki is certainly a star on the rise and newcomer Kentaro Sakaguchi is being groomed to become the latest Japanese rom-com prince.
[ via EigaNews ]
There are 2 Shun Oguri shows in our 10 Favorite Dramas for 2014 - Border and Nobunaga Concerto. The thing with Oguri is that he never disappoints - he was a credible investigator who sees ghosts as well as an Oda Nobunaga pretender.
When the news about the new drama featuring Oguri and Toma Ikuta was first announced, I was also wondering (as many others too) what sort of roles they will be playing. Definitely one will be the bad-ass guy and another will be the honest-to-goodness bloke.
Toma Ikuta did some amazing movie roles of late - Brain Man and The Mole Song. Both roles require Ikuta to play tough - in Brain Man, he is a heartless criminal while in Takashi Miike's The Mole Song, he plays an undercover detective - but this movie is not quite serious and required its actors to play for fun and do some over-the-top acting - the kind of overacting that is not irritating. After some pretty dismal performances in recent years, Ikuta has proven himself to be quite a capable actor.
In Ouroboros, Oguri and Ikuta were orphans but eventually grew up to be members of the opposite sectors of society - Ikuta is Ikuo Ryuzaki, a mild-mannered detective with a gift for facial recognition. He is also holds the highest arrest rate in his station. Oguri is Tatsuya Danno, a sleek, shrewd and clever member of the yakuza. The role for Oguri is peanuts - but he still managed to introduced an interesting character worth following in the next episodes.
It would have been awesome if Ikuta plays the yakuza guy. He looks "relaxed" playing the detective, probably because he is confident he knows his character well.Read more...
Just like Jake Gyllenhaal, who many critics believed, delivered a career-defining performance in Nightcrawler, Gou Ayano was also robbed of the Best Actor trophy (perhaps even for the nomination) for The Light Shines Only There (Soko nomi nite Hikari Kagayaku). As the temperamental and fatalistic Tatsuo Sato, Ayano gave the movie one of its most important characters, perfectly matched by Chizuru Ikemaki's Chinatsu Oshiro.
The same can be said of Tadanobu Asano in My Man, but Asano was never treated fairly by award-giving bodies anyway. Satoshi Tsumabuki had, at least, two potential nominations in Our Family and Vancouver Asahi and a Best Supporting in The World of Kanako, but none was realized.
Oso de Plata a la Mejor Actriz: Haru Kuroki por su papel en "Chiisai Ouchi" ("The Little House") pic.twitter.com/1oKcXGAEYD— Lourdes Diaz Arteaga (@luludiazarteaga) February 16, 2014
Haru Kuroki who won the prestigious Silver Bear (for Best Actress) at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival was also snubbed by the Academy voters for her performance in Yoji Yamada's The Little House, as co-star Takako Matsu.Read more...
When you cast Yuya Yagira (youngest winner of Best Actor at Cannes) with Masaki Suda (multiple acting awardee in various Japan acting bodies) and Kaho (really, really competent and talented young actress), you better prepare who ever takes the lead. In this case, Yuto Nakajima of Hey! Say! JUMP has the difficult task of playing the main character in the new movie Pink and Gray.
Isao Yukisada (Five Minutes to Tomorrow, Crying out Love, in the center of the World, Into the far Away Sky) is tasked to direct the new movie.
Based on the novel "Pinku to Gure" by Shigeaki Kato, the movie is about unpopular actor Daiki Kawata (Yuto Nakajima) who takes the spotlight after the sudden death of popular actor named Rengo Shiraki. There is speculation as to whether Rengo committed suicide or was murdered. Kawata is at the center of the controversy...
From the looks of it, this may entail some heavy drama and thrilling scenes - both requiring competent actors to make it real and convincing. Knowing Suda and Yagira, there is no iota of doubt they can deliver.
Yuto Nakajima has proven himself capable of playing some light to moderate drama in a number of drama shows, including Yowakutemo Katemasu and the more recent Waterpolo Yankees, but to take on this character? We'll just have to wait and see..
Ryunosuke Kamiki's new drama - Gakko no Kaidan - should be a lesson on humility for some of his co-stars. The 22-year old young actor can teach many of his co-stars lessons in acting - both the subtle kind and the hysterical. While Suzu Hirose managed to carry her own scenes and even managed to deliver a heartfelt performance at the end of Episode 1, it is Kamiki who ruled the show.
As Kei Shizukui, Kamiki showed a variety of emotions - malevolent and malicious, mischievous and mysterious, revealing and secretive, powerful and helpless. I think he will definitely be enjoying playing this character.
Co-stars Shotaro Mamiya, Jin Shirasu and Kentaro can learn a lot of acting techniques from Kamiki - especially the art of subtle acting. As the powerful members of “Platina 8″ who reign over Meiran Academy, where the unassuming Tsubame Haruna (Suzu Hirose) attends, they need to show a lot of confidence - even arrogance. They all look afraid... somehow.!?!
As mentioned to me a while ago, Suzu Hirose is also part of the new Koreeda movie - Umimachi Diary - and the acclaimed director never cast boring actors! I am looking forward to see Hirose in this drama. Definitely one show worth watching out this season!
What makes Japanese drama shows different, likeable, more interesting, compared to other Asian drama productions? Perhaps one of the best features of J-dramas is the duration - most are produced to deliver 8-10 episodes, compared to its Korean counterparts which usually run double. I really have to say, having an average of 10 episodes is more than enough to cover most stories/plots, provide adequate character development and maintain audience interest.
Some dramawatchers believe that being able to identify oneself with one of the drama characters may result in "emotional attachment", thus increasing show loyalty (or patronage, for that matter).
Statistical-wise, there were 17 shows aired during winter, a whopping 41 dramas during spring, another 41 productions in summer and 36 shows during the fall. That means 135 J-dramas were shown during the year.
Naming your favorite drama shows remain subjective. If you happen to love crime-dramas, then you will prefer shows covering this genre. The ultimate success of rom-coms, family drama, school and coming of age, medical, police and detective, horror, comedy, sci-fi and many other genres depend on a number of factors - storyline, lead actors, topnotch technical features that further highlight the show, even theme song.
Here are PsychoDrama's 10 favorite dramas in 2014...Read more...
Definitely an awesome competition to join at the beginning of 2015!
Third Window Films recently launched a competition to win a DVD of a new Japanese movie, Greatful Dead. J-Horror movie fans take note!
Greatful Dead is out on DVD/Bluray on Jan 26th. More Japanese releases are in May with Fukuchan of Fukufuku Flats out May 11th and Be My Baby out May 25th.
2015 is destined to become the year of newcomers! There are some high-profile films to be shown in the next few months that rely heavily on the cast - newcomers at that - some of which may launch their acting careers on a different level and create new and exciting Japanese talents we'll be seeing in the years to come.
While some may require 3-5 (or even more) drama shows and movies to reach top-level status, others need just one big, important role to become one of Japan's most celebrated talents.
Among the many active young talents (and newcomers) today, we have taken note of 12 names whom we consider to show the biggest potential to become Japan's next celebrated actors.
The complete list after the jump!Read more...
13oys and Men - Promoting the awesome and talented young Japanese actors, with lots of screenshots and insights into the careers of top and upcoming young talents.
Asian Addicts Anonymous - Comprehensive reviews and recaps of exciting Japanese drama, including interesting post on Asian music and movie news.
Dorama Doll - a new blog that will feature recaps of selected Japanese dramas, most probably related to Johnny & Associates talents, with some great recommendations on what to watch if you're new to the J-drama scene.
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 dramas, 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 - Excellent and varied 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.