The ‘Formidable’ Nikaido Fumi: Actor Bias Series [Part 1/3]

Nikaido Fumi’s long overdue ‘Actor’s Bias’ article is here! It’s not just a single article, but a series that can go as many as 5 parts. We’d like to begin with some history and come up with a profile that takes account of her early beginnings until today. 

In Part 1, we’ll talk plenty of Himizu, and a few more movies. Plus her role in Mitsushima Hikari’s drama Woman and why every Nikaido Fumi fan must watch (or re-watch) these gems. Continue reading “The ‘Formidable’ Nikaido Fumi: Actor Bias Series [Part 1/3]”

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The ‘Momentum’ of Yamada Ryosuke: Idol, Actor, Entertainer – How is he? [Part 2/3]

There are plenty of articles dealing with the question – what makes a good actor? In Part 2 of our Yamada Ryosuke ‘Momentum’ article, we ask the question: How is he as an actor? (as differentiated to ‘what is he?’ in Part 1).

A good actor ‘internalizes’ the character and makes it his own. A script is as good as the actor who delivers his lines. He needs to make the audience believe that he’s that character and not the star the fans look up to. Critical judgment, therefore, is crucial to make a difference. It’s a fact that fans are beguiled and captivated by the actor’s aura and sphere of influence. After all, the ways of the star-making factory are to make someone appear to be greater than the rest of us. This ‘godlike’ creature can do no wrong, thus the critic is telling lies! Touche!

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The ‘Momentum’ of Yamada Ryosuke: Idol, Actor, Entertainer – What is he? [Part 1/3]

It would be easy to dismiss Yamada Ryosuke as a celebrity disguising himself as a dramatic actor if he has nothing to show after 10 years. That seems to be not the case. Born May 9, 1993, he began his ascent as a Japanese idol in 2007 as a member of Hey! Say! JUMP, and established his footing into the J-dorama scene by playing one of the 5 aspiring teen detectives in Tantei Gakuen Q on the same year.

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Kamiki Ryunosuke: Catching up with Detective Yugami, Tokyo National Museum’s Shinkai Makoto Exhibit + the Nikkei Actor Index!

It’s been a while since we’ve launched a singular article about Kamiki Ryunosuke (神木隆之介). I practically grew up with my Japanese movie viewing experience filled with Kamiki’s ‘prodigal’ acting – Little DJ, Into the Far Away Sky, The Kirishima Thing, Bakuman, the Kenshin and San gatsu no Lion films to name just a few.

 

It seems fitting to have some updates since PD is coming up with the Top 30 Japanese actors hitlist in a few days.

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A Tale of Two Young Japanese Actresses: Matsuoka Mayu and Arimura Kasumi – Awesomeness and Mediocrity personified!

Maybe you’re wondering why pair Matsuoka with Arimura? Let’s see. Among Matsuoka Mayu’s many talents, it’s always her voice that draws attention and she seems to have almost perfected using it to differentiate her many movie and drama characters. On the other hand, Arimura Kasumi’s ticket to some prestigious casting opportunities is her ability to look ordinary. Maybe the term ‘miscast’ applies to her too!

Let’s discuss some more…

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Capturing the moods of Aoi Yu: How ‘Birds Without Names’ trailer shows the actress at her best!

Her most recent performance in Over the Fence was good enough for a couple of Best Actress nominations, but Aoi Yu continues to make headlines with new and exciting projects! In Birds Without Names (彼女がその名を知らない鳥たち) from The Devil’s Path director Shiraishi Kazuya, Miss Yu is an opportunistic young woman who had been involved in a few complicated relationships.

Towako (Aoi Yu) still can’t forget Kurosaki, even though they broke up 8 years ago. She now lives with a man named Jinji (Abe Sadao). Jinji is 15 years older than her. Towako hates Jinji who is poor and vulgar, but she lives with him because of his wage. One day, she meets Mizushima who has wife and kid. He reminds her of Kurosaki. Soon, she is in an affair with Mizushima. A detective visits Towako and tells her that Kurosaki is missing. [source]

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Murakami Nijiro: Of Kendo and Rap music; Young actor performs in latest movie Mukoku with aplomb!

Murakami Nijiro co-stars with Ayano Gou in Kumakiri Kazuyoshi’s latest movie Mukoku about two disconnected individuals who find inner peace through the sport of kendo. Gou’s character – Yatabe Kengo – is a disillusioned individual who is gifted in the martial arts, but a recent tragedy involving his domineering father put his sport on hold. Murakami, who made waves in Aogeba Toutoshi and Destruction Babies, plays a high school student (Haneda Tooru) who loves to rap but turns to kendo when a monk discovered his talent in the sport. 

I had the privilege to screen the movie a few days ago and what really struck me is how Mr. Murakami has grown as an actor. Certainly, people think very highly of Ayano Gou, but Mukoku is as much Ayano’s movie as Murakami’s. 

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