Detective Yugami – 刑事ゆがみ : First Impressions + Ep1 Review [Japanese Drama]

Based on the manga series “Keiji Yugami” by Iura Hideo, Detective Yugami is the live-action TV series from Fuji TV starring Asano Tadanobu and Kamiki Ryunosuke as an oddball pair of detectives.

Asano is Yugami Yukimasa, a detective who ignores conventional investigative procedures in order to uncover the truth.

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Casting News + Scoop! [Sept 24-Oct 2] Detective on the Bar gets a third movie + Setoutsumi drama is underway + Suda Masaki, Sugisaki Hana and Shida Mirai on spotlight!

The biggest casting buzz at the end of September is the third installment of the Detective on the Bar franchise, and also the upcoming drama season that features a lot of young stars. Kinema Junpo continues to promote Suda Masaki, and his filmography remains solid. Spotlight on young actresses Sugisaki Hana, Shida Mirai, and Kawashima Umika for their new projects.

Let’s begin with the duo of Oizumi Yo and Matsuda Ryuhei as they celebrate the third installment of their critically acclaimed movie franchise, Detective on the Bar (Tantei Wa Bar ni Iru). 

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Notwithstanding the unusual title, Her Love Boils Bathwater, is an intensely dramatic film, yet subtle in revealing the secrets of the Kono family. Bathwater is as much a family drama as it is a woman’s journey towards death and remembrance.

Nakano Ryota, the film’s director, maybe the future of Japanese cinema. After his first full-length film, Capturing Dad, Ryota offers Her Love Boils Bathwater with an all-star cast led by Miyazawa Rie, Sugisaki Hana, and Odagiri Joe. Continue reading “Her Love Boils Bathwater – ‘Yu o Wakasu Hodo no Atsui Ai’ [Movie Review]”

JAPAN’S BEST YOUNG ACTRESSES [2017 Edition]: Spotlight on Kadowaki Mugi, Nikaido Fumi, Mitsuki Takahata, Matsuoka Mayu, Sugisaki Hana and Kuroki Haru!

Making bold statements by way of portraying strong, independent and unique female characters, Japanese actresses like Nikaido Fumi, Kuroki Haru, and Kadowaki Mugi lead the pack as we prepare for the 2017 edition of our annual Top 30 hottest Japanese talents! While we are not discounting such names as Aoi Yu, Mitsushima Hikari, and Yuriko Yoshitaka, among others the younger set of actresses seem to be at the forefront nonetheless. Why is that? Let’s see…

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The Year in Review – 2016: Who Made the Biggest Headlines Among Young Japanese Actresses?

While the likes of Sayuri Yoshinaga, Kirin Kiki, and Rie Miyazawa vie for more acting awards and Takako Matsu, Sakura Ando, Hikari Mitsushima, Chizuru Ikewaki, Mao Inoue, and Yu Aoi following their leads, the younger batch of Japanese actresses are as promising. 

2016 is a particularly strong year for young Japanese stars like Mayu Matsuoka, Mugi Kadowaki, Hana Sugisaki, Nana Komatsu, Fumi Nikaido and Mitsuki Takahata. 

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Casting News + Scoop! [Nov 23-29] Winners of the 41st Hochi Film Awards; Hana Sugisaki appreciation post + Kento Yamazaki returns as Shino Inuzuka in Satomi Hakkenden!

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!). 

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. 

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The Battle for the next Top Japanese Dramatic Actress: Hana Sugisaki [ Part 2 of 6 Parts ]

Don’t be fooled by the fragile, sweet young girl look because Hana Sugisaki can play rough, sensual roles filled with angst and desperation. I first saw Sugisaki in Mysterious Transfer Student (Nazo no Tenkosei) followed closely by a smaller yet high-impact role in MOZU and then in Gakko no Kaidan, but it was in Kaseki no Hohoemi and Pieta in the Toilet that Sugisaki soars in yet undetermined but amazing acting heights. 

Perhaps fans of the 17-year old young talent may only worry about her current agency, Ken-On – known for heavily promoting Sota Fukushi to desperate heights, while the likes of Mirai Shida and perhaps Sugisaki herself are subjected to casting waiting games. 

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