The Emergence of Masaki Suda: Is he the next big dramatic actor after Yuya Yagira, Sosuke Ikematsu and Shota Sometani?

I had an interesting discussion about Masaki Suda on Twitter about what sort of roles he may find challenging – since he’s been doing such a variety already – that playing a cross-dresser or a bully – seem so easy to do! Some may argue about our assessment that Masaki Suda is one of Japan’s best young actors at the moment – in the same league as Shota Sometani, Yuya Yagira, and Sosuke Ikematsu.

The three young actors we’ve mentioned have been getting a lot of attention lately – Sometani with high profile movies like Parasyte and Strayer’s Chronicles, Ikematsu portraying matured roles in Paper Moon and Love’s Whirpool, while Yuya Yagira goes all-out in Crows Explode, Ushijima, the Loan Shark and Again. Of course, one may argue, Suda needs to get more challenging roles to be in the same league as Sometani, et al. – perhaps another Tomogui?

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My Shota Sometani “Actor Bias” – A Final look at the talented young actor [ Part 3 of 3 parts ]

If you want to celebrate Shota Sometani’s acting career, then there is no better way but to head over to 13oys and Men as the top 10 Shota Sometani countdown continues. In our last part of Shota’s “Actor’s bias,” we are taking a closer look at one of his upcoming films – which complements the celebration at our companion site. It’s like we’re covering Sometani’s career in full circle!

Like some of Japan’s most accomplished actors, Sometani 

“got his start in the film industry at the age of 9, playing a young boy being eaten by zombies in Naoyuki Tomomatsu’s 2001 satirical zombie film Stacy.” [ source ]

While some concentrated on a show business career performing on stage for fans or joining a boy band and becoming an idol, Sometani took a less traditional route that demands a more challenging outlook. Short, supporting roles pave the way to meatier parts and in 2011, ten years after his acting debut, Sometani grabbed one of the most prestigious acting awards for newcomers in the global film festival circuit – the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the 68th Venice International Film Festival for Sion Sono’s Himizu. The film was the subject of Part 2 of this series.

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My Shota Sometani “Actor Bias” – A Closer look at the talented young actor [ Part 1 of 3 parts ]

If you’re new to PsychoDrama, then you’ll be surprised at the volume of articles/posts featuring Shota Sometani (or Someya as some people call him). If you’re a regular reader, then seeing him periodically is a normal occurrence. There were some discussions regarding this site and its readers’ bias towards the young actor, so what better way to introduce Sometani to those who asked by featuring him more?

Let me start by updating our readers on his latest movie – Wood Job! The said film is supported by the country’s Ministry of Agriculture for the honest and positive depiction of agriculture and forestry.  This field of study has not generated interest by today’s young generation of Japanese; thus the government is promoting it in any way they can.

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A Tale of Two Best Young Actors – Shota Sometani & Kamiki Ryunosuke – Part 2

We’ve shown you the acting collaboration between Shota Sometani and Kamiki Ryunosuke in Part One, and their individual acting highlights in Parts Two (Sometani), Three & Four (Ryunosuke), now in the last part of this series, we want to focus on their essential dramas and movies – in particular for the uninitiated. We’ll also concentrate on future roles and what to expect in the next few seasons.

It has been quite a ride – the video clips and the time it took to review previous drama episodes were a blast! Just a reminder of how awesome they both are!

The Essential Guide to Kamiki and Shota’s movies and dramas after the jump!

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A Tale of Two Best Young Actors – Kamiki Ryunosuke’s Highlight Scene in Kogure Photostudio [video clip]

If Shota Sometani’s career highlight is his portrayal of Sumida in Sion Sono’s Himizu, then Kamiki Ryunosuke matches him step by step in the final episode of Kogure Photostudio. It maybe just a drama, but the quality of acting Ryunosuke produced is nothing short of extraordinary.

Of course Himizu is on a completely different level, and it would not be fair to compare actors, but we’re here to celebrate the best from both Shota and Kamiki and having to choose which dramatic scenes would be their career highlights.

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

Getting international recognition is a big issue for aspiring actors, and that includes everyone in Japan who would love to add to their acting resume a trophy/award from a prestigious international film festival. While it is not an assurance that a critical acclaim or recognition would bring in more casting scoops, it is an important factor in pushing one’s career into higher gear.

Think of the young Yuya Yagira after winning the Best Actor trophy at Cannes. The same can be said of Shota Sometani’s win at Venice with an equally prestigious acting award – the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor for Sion Sono’s Himizu.

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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.

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A Tale of Two Best Young Actors – Shota Sometani & Ryunosuke Kamiki – Part 1

It seems we need to make separate posts for two of our perennial favorites – Sometani Shota and Kamiki Ryunosuke. Someone asked me a few times already how we compare to top sites like AsianWiki and Nippon Cinema among others – well, we don’t feature everyone, and we have strong opinions about the talents we regularly write about. We are not a database, and we often cut and paste from many sites, but we also listen to what our viewers have to say. And we love to critique movies and dramas!

Back to Shota and Ryunosuke.

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