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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My Shota Sometani “Actor Bias” – Another look at the talented young actor [ Part 2 of 3 parts ]

Some viewers of this site have been asking “Why is Shota Sometani such an amazing actor?” If you’ve only seen him in supporting parts, then you will not be able to understand the passion and the interest we have of him. PsychoDrama has a companion site – 13oys and Men – which also celebrates the works of the young actor. We share the same passion and we both promote Sometani’s film projects and even his work outside of movies.

In Part 2 of this actor’s bias – let me invite you to watch Himizu, a film by prolific director Sion Sono, about the story of two young Japanese, both of whom have been rejected by their parents and live in a gloomy, almost dystopian existence.

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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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The Year in Review: 10 Best Japanese Movies of 2012

We watched a lot of Japanese movies during 2012 and in reviewing the year, made some comparisons to previous years’ best.¬†Looking back, I fell in love with Villain, Phone Call to the Bar, Villon’s Wife, 13 Assassins and Air Doll while Karen went gaga over Rebirth, The Borrower Arrietty, Dear Doctor and Confessions (which I also like a lot!). For this year, our choices are varied – a couple of drama, a horror-thriller, a light comedy, an anime, and a few coming of age. Before the Best 10 Japanese movies of 2012, here is our review of the year in Japanese movies.

A showcase for young Japanese talents: Some critics are saying 2012 is not a good year for Japanese movies, but we have to disagree. There are some very good movies which provided opportunities for young Japanese talents to shine – Shota Sometani in Himizu and Lesson of the Evil, Kento Hayashi in Blazing Famiglia, Kento Nagayama in The Cowards Who Looked Up to the Sky, Satoshi Tsumabuki and Junpei Mizobata in Fly with the Gold, Tori Matsuzaka in Tsunagu, Takeru Sato in Rurouni Kenshin just to name a few.

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Countdown to the 10 Best Japanese Movies of 2012 – Part 2

Part 2 of our countdown to the Top 10 Japanese movies of 2012 features two drama and a light comedy. These movies feature some of Japan’s best-known actors. Kiki Kirin is already an icon in Japanese cinema – with countless movie roles to her credit and awards and accolades through the years. She is one of the leads in Chronicle of my Mother. Compared to her, Shota Sometani is just starting his acting career but is already considered one of today’s most important young talents not only in Japan but in the international scene. One of his latest movies, Himizu – from famed director Sion Sono – is a hard-hitting look at the recent Japanese tsunami and nuclear disaster.

On the lighter side, Eita and Kenichi Matsuyama played train otaku (train enthusiasts) in Train Brain Express, the last movie helmed by Yoshimitsu Morita, who passed away last year. What makes them such amazing films? Get to know why after the jump!

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