Rie Miyazawa wins her third Best Actress trophy at the 41st Hochi Film Awards for Yu wo wakasu hodo no atsui ai (translated into English as "Her Love Boils Bathwater" which will, most probably, be retitled to something either silly or inappropriate later, I hope not!). 

Rie Miyazawa and Hana Sugisaki in Yu o Wakasu Hodo no Atsui Ai

Hana Sugisaki beats Mayu Matsuoka, Haru Kuroki, and Fumi Nikaido, among others, to grab the Best Supporting Actress.

Sang Il-Lee (Anger - Ikari) wins Best Director. 

Here are the list of the winners:

Best Movie: Yu wo wakasu hodo no atsui ai

Best Director: Sang-il Lee (Ikari)

Best Leading Actor: Tomokazu Miura (Katsuragi Jiken)

Best Leading Actress: Rie Miyazawa (Yu wo wakasu hodo no atsui ai)

Best Supporting Actor: Gou Ayano (64 Rokuyon / Ikari / Rip Van Winkle no Hanayome)

Best Supporting Actress: Hana Sugisaki (Yu wo wakasu hodo no atsui ai)

Best Newcomer: Takanori Iwata  - Shokubutsu Zukan / Ryota Nakano (director) - Yu wo wakasu hodo no atsui ai

Best Foreign Movie: Creed

Special Award: Kimi no na wa (director Makoto Shinkai)

Miyazawa who also won Best Actress for Pale Moon (her second Best Actress trophy at Hochi, after The Twilight Samurai) plays a Mom to Hana Sugisaki and has only a few months to live. To make use of her remaining days, she set on to achieve four things, of which is to locate her missing husband (Joe Odagiri) and help her daughter (Sugisaki) overcome bullying at school as well as finding her a boyfriend (Tori Matsuzaka). Her tenacity to achieve these targets serves to also re-establish their bathhouse business, thus reuniting her family. 


The above clip features the teaser trailer for the movie, with some scenes featuring Joe Odagiri and Tori Matsuzaka at the beginning of the clip.


Applause to Hana Sugisaki for winning this major acting award. After an amazing perf in Pieta on the Toilet and surviving that MOZU (the movie) debacle, Sugisaki positions herself for more challenging roles. Her casting as Rin Asano in Blade of the Immortal, where she shares the title role with Takuya Kimura, may be her biggest role to date.

This award also brings her in direct competition with Mayu Matsuoka. Matsuoka just won two acting awards for Chihayafuru (as Best Upcoming Actress) in 40th Fumiko Yamaji Awards and TAMA New Wave.


Hana Sugisaki as Rin Asano in Blade of the Immortal

Among the current crop of young Japanese actresses, Hana Sugisaki registers one of the most striking impressions!  

When asked why (Hana) Sugisaki was chosen for the role (of Rin Asano), the executive producer Koiwai Hiroyoshi explained that they had to find someone who is somewhere between a young girl and an adult woman since Rin has to be someone who Manji would want to protect and yet she has some feelings of admiration for him. Also, they wanted someone who could act well, so they decided on Sugisaki after watching some of her past works. [ read more ]

The transition from being a charming school girl to a sensual, young lady is how Hana Sugisaki has evolved if we look closely at her acting career. Her role in Pieta on the Tiolet is tailored fit for Sugisaki. The trailer for said movie shows it all.

The second clip features Sugisaki up close, while the last clip is from the KEN-ON official Youtube page, featuring the young actress promoting a magazine. 


Hana Sugisaki

From Sugisaki Hana Translation @Tumblr


Much has been said about Yamaken's passionate (obsessive) fans of late. Then there are also the 'haters' who love to do their one-liners. Apparently, fans are noticing the rise in the career of Kento Yamazaki much to our delight. 

These new converts have been researching and searching for news, movie roles, photo books, CMs and whatever medium they can get their hands on to proclaim appreciation to Yamaken. 

The young actor is also ranked #1 in our yearly Top 30 Hottest Japanese Actors list. An updated list is under way with some minor changes that may include - upward or downward - ranking for Yuya Yagira, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Masaki Suda, Takeru Satoh, Sosuke Ikematsu, Shota Sometani and Yamazaki.

Recently, Yamazaki reprises his role as Shino Inuzuka in Satomi Hakkenden, his second try. [ Previously casting news here ]

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