During our first rankings, it was Satoshi Tsumabuki who ruled! Aside from winning Best Actor at the Japan Academy for Villain, Tsumabuki dominated the casting buzz - with back to back roles, including lead roles for My Back Page (with Kenichi Matsuyama), Smuggler and Fly With the Gold. A year later, it was Ryuhei Matsuda's turn  - he also won Best Actor and had a string of amazing films. On our third year, it was Shota Sometani who dominated the rankings.

Sometani went on to top the rankings 2 years in a row, with Yuya Yagira closing in at 2nd place... This year is very different!

 

- - -

 

- - -

 

- - -

 

- - -

- - - 

- - -

Through the years I have been asked to make recommendations on a "verified, authentic list" of Japanese films that one may want to see, as a way of introduction. Many times, I failed to come up with such a list because I don't think I have seen enough. I'm celebrating five years of blogging Japanese movies this coming March 2017 and I thought it would be nice to restart my ambitious 100 contemporary Japanese movie list.
100 Japanese Movies Hitlist

- - -

 

- - -

 

- - -

 

- - -

 

- - -

 

- - -

 

- - -

 

- - - 

- - -

 

- - -

Shotaro Mamiya, Shuhei Nomura and this year's top-ranked actor Kento Yamazaki were previously from the Most Promising list, but a lot can change in a year - Mamiya in particular, was impressive in Litchi Hikari Club (same case with Nomura). Their co-star Yuki Furukawa also entered the top 15, with an intense, sensual albeit sarcastic performance as Zera in the live action adaptation of the controversial youth club.

I often can be quite 'wordy' but this time, I think the photos and brief description above are more than enough. We can probably have the 'wordiness' below and discuss! So, what do you think?

You may also like...

10 Most Anticipated Japanese Movies 2016 - Destruction [Distraction] Babies... The most extreme 108 minutes in Japanese film history? - that's what they said about Distraction (Destruction) Babies [ (Disutorakushon Beibizu- ディストラクション・ベイビーズ)] , the... Hitlist 4676 views
10 Most Anticipated Japanese Movies 2016 - Too Young To Die! 若くして死ぬ (Kankur... The 37-year old member of TOKIO, Tomoya Nagase started out (to me) as one of Johnny and Associate's most extraordinary talents - perhaps in the same vein as the iconic Takuya Kimur... Hitlist 15227 views
10 Most Anticipated Japanese Movies 2016 - Wolf Girl and Black Prince - オオカ... Veteran filmmaker Ryuichi Hiroki's films include some of the most endearing (and intense) love stories in Japanese movies, including April Bride (Eita + Nana Eikura), The Lightning... Hitlist 3537 views
2017 Most Anticipated Japanese Movies: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure (Jojo no Ki... A few days ago, there was some buzz about the live action adaptation of Jojo's Bizarre Adventures (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 ダイヤモンドは砕けない 第一章). The new Takashi Miike film will allow Kento Yamazaki... Hitlist 1963 views