When Kinema Junpou announced their 50 names of actors (under 30) to watch out for, the whole PD community was not surprised. I mean, most of the names have been featured on the site – one way or another. Just take a look at the top 30 hit list [ promising | hottest ] and you’ll notice that most of them are included in the Kinema list.
I’d love to open up the discussion on both those who are already part of our list and those who may be considered “under the radar” since I think we have some exciting names in the Kinema Junpou list that need some research. Here’s the rub: If you’re an editor exposed to all the buzz inside the Japanese entertainment industry, you obviously have the advantage (and disadvantage) since – I really believe – we on the outside has a more ‘objective” look. Then again, that’s debatable of course!
Let’s see…. so we have 50 names!
The 2016 Edition of Japan’s Best Actors – Promising List has evolved from a mere listing of actors – both known and unknown to movie fans outside Japan, to become quite ‘inclusive’ of what the locals also consider as their best, most sought-after newcomers. The list is very exclusive in the sense that only those who are below the age of 30 are considered, thus we are putting the spotlight on talents who are really grabbing the most challenging and fresh roles in both movies and doramas right this minute.
[ Note that this is the Promising list, there are 15 more names for the hottest ranking coming up next ]
As we have noted in the first edition of the Most Promising Young Japanese actors hitlist: Every successful actor in Japan started somewhere – a supporting role in a prime time TV series or portraying one of the country’s beloved Kamen riders or starring in a dramatic movie by a well-known filmmaker or simply working his way up from bit roles until getting that much-coveted leading part…[ 2013 Edition ]
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He is tall and handsome
With a sing-song voice that silences birds
When he calls my name, I will always come
To describe his looks, there are hardly words – By Zoe-22-Turner
“It’s that fire from within that might ignite any second” kinda acting. [First entry on Hiroya Shimizu @PsychoDrama]
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I have never been impressed with someone as much as I have been in awe with Hiroya Shimizu.
I mean, Nijiro Murakami was excellent in Anohana, and made a big splash in Angel’s Knife, while Shimizu got killed way too early in that under-rated, under-promoted WOWOW drama, but still – Hiroya can show two different faces – a bullied youth in The World of Kanako and a violent “misunderstood” bully in Solomon’s Perjury.
Can anyone else do both roles with the same integrity and impact?