A Tale of Two Best Young Actors – Kamiki Ryunosuke’s Acting Career (so far…)

Kamiki Ryunosuke has been described by many as a genius young actor, who at the age of 13, have won the Rookie of the Year award at the Japan Academy Prize.

Says a fan:

If you enjoy his more recent work, I suggest you watch his older drama Aikurushii. He is a genius kid actor! Plus the series itself is a rare pearl, full of love and wisdom. Very precious to me! Other than that, I love his acting in SPEC, Tantei Gakuen Q, and Kogure Shashinkan.

This comment is a great suggestion from someone who apparently knows the young actor.

In the movie Into the Faraway Sky, Kamiki plays Ryonosuke, the new kid on the block, who recently got transferred and is the current “sweetheart” of his girl classmates. 

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[ Watch Kamiki gets into a fight with the young bully and fell into a ditch filled with cow dung! ]

About the Movie: A vast wheat field, a straight road that has no end, a sky without a single building in sight – This is a town in the country where time comfortably passes by. But this former paradise is now being stirred up by a fight amongst its people over constructing an airport. Having been brought to this town by his father, who is the leader of the group pushing for the construction of the airport, Ryosuke has transferred from a school and didn’t get along with the town bully, Kohei. But unexpectedly they find themselves becoming friends. What brings these two together is Hiharu, a girl who is always standing on top of a hill by herself. Hiharu’s dream is to “see the UFO that abducted her father.” Ryosuke and Kohei believe her story, and the three of them solidify their friendship. But the fight between the adults grows more heated day by day, and they even crush the modest dreams of their children. “I want to make Hiharu’s dream come true – If a miracle doesn’t happen on its own, let’s create one us!” This is their last summer vacation as boys. The feelings of Ryosuke and Kohei to help their dear friend are trying to reach out into the deep sky.


In Aikurushii, Kamiki plays one of the children of the Mashiba family. Haruka Ayase plays his older sister and Kanata Hongo plays another boy who recently moved into the neighborhood.

OishiiThoughts wrote a review:

This drama revolves around the Mashiba family of 7: Tetsuo, the loud father (Takenaka Naoto), Meiji, the free-spirited grandfather (Suginara Naoki), Yumi, the sick mother (Harada Mieko), Michiru, the clumsy oldest sister (Ayase Haruka), Go, the ‘almost’ yankee brother (Ichihara Hayato), Horo, the strong kid (our narrator)(Kamiki Ryunsuke), and Uta, the cry-baby youngest little sister (Matsumoto Rina). Horo has never cried before, or to say he doesn’t know how to, so as his mother becomes sick, and everyone starts to cry, he finds himself in a situation where he doesn’t know what to do. He befriends ‘the weird kid’ Nagumo Shu (Hongo Kanata), who lives with his single mother, and Sakamaki Nana (Shiho), who tries to make her guardian angry by doing stupid things. [ read more ]


An equally absorbing drama starring Ryunosuke is Little DJ. Review follows:

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This film very much resembles “Sekai no Chuushin…”. In fact, they copied “SekaChuu” with boy and girl flipped, five years younger, and added DJing. However, this film was far superior in my opinion. Fukuda Mayuko is my favorite child actress, and Nishida Naomi is an actress I respect. I was already satisfied with just these two, but Kamiki Ryuunosuke who played the Little DJ was surprisingly suitable for the role and had performed exceptionally well, especially for a child actor. Casting in this film was exceptionally well done, from the father, doctor, to modern-day Tamaki with Hirosue Ryouko, were all perfect. I have never seen Nishida Naomi in a mother role before, but her acting was incredibly convincing, and have become even more beautiful in these years. A scene with her and Fukuda Mayuko (Tamaki) was the highlight of this movie. Hugely enjoyable film just observing the acting skill of every actor who appeared on the screen. [ read more ]


Playing one of the supporting cast in the SPEC mystery-drama franchise.


What makes him a great actor? Every role he plays, he managed to give moviegoers a unique viewing experience. He apparently enjoys acting, and it shows in every little facet of his portrayals. While most of his roles are limited to young students or kids on the verge of growing up, Ryunosuke made each of these roles different. He made them come alive on the big or small screen – you can almost smell the honesty and conviction of each and every character. He made them uniquely his own and by bringing something of him into these characters, made the movies and dramas more memorable.

What particular roles stand out for Kamiki? Probably 3 roles come to mind – As the eldest child who protects his family against their greedy relatives in Kogure Photostudio, as the high-achiever, yet considered having a lowly class standing and as aspiring filmmaker in The Kirishima Thing, and finally as young Horo in the family drama Aikurushii, who at a very young age, was forced to face a certain death in the family.

Also quite memorable in his portrayal of the sick kid in Little DJ – highly dramatic performance from Ryunosuke!

Our review of Kamiki’s performance in Kogure Photostudio says it all:

Kamiki Ryunosuke is all but 20 years old, but his ability to express different emotions that are complex and difficult, were successfully conveyed on the screen with honesty and conviction. The confrontation scene with the relatives is the highlight of the whole drama series and it really marked an acting milestone for the young actor. He was relentless and brave while at the same time he showed the pain he has kept inside for a long time. There are a few other actors his age who can do such an amazing performance. In fact, I don’t think there is anyone else who could have portrayed Eichii as good as Ryunosuke did. 

What would be some of Kamiki’s most anticipated projects? Most the two sequels to the highly successful Rurouni Kenshin Samurai adventure movie where he plays Soujiro Seta, one of the most highly-skilled Samurai Assassins.

Says Kamiki about his role:

This time, I was given a wonderfully important task to play, I feel very honored. It’s a role I’ve always admired; the spirit is more than enough. I don’t want to betray the expectations of the fans of the original work. Moreover, I want to show a Seta Soujiro with originality. And, this movie’s necessity, action. With all my might, I’ll train a lot. Minna-sama, by all means, look forward to it. [ translation courtesy of Kamiki A Day ]

Up Next: Shota Sometani’s acting career and some analysis of both actors’ career paths.

 

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