Yamazaki Kento takes center stage as lead of TV Drama ‘Todome no Kiss’

It took Yamazaki Kento 7 years from his first drama as a supporting player to headlining his very own TV series entitled Todome no Kiss (The Kiss That Kills). 

The new NTV drama will broadcast starting January 2018 and also stars Kadowaki Mugi and Arata Mackenyu, with plenty more supporting cast to be announced in succession. Continue reading “Yamazaki Kento takes center stage as lead of TV Drama ‘Todome no Kiss’”

Rikuoh – 陸王: First Impressions + Episode 1-2 Review [Japanese Drama]

Rikuoh – 陸王, based on Ikeido Jun’s novel of the same title, is at the forefront of a nationwide effort to promote sports. The 2020 Olympics also known as Tokyo 2020 is 33 months away, yet Japan is already anticipating the huge event by introducing sports-themed movies and drama.

Furuzawa Katsuo, known for his grandiose epic-scale drama such as Hanzawa Naoki, Roosevelt Game, and Shitamachi Rocket, is a TBS regular and is an obvious choice to direct Rikuoh. Is the storyline up to the director’s liking? I would think so…

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Yamazaki Kento’s 5th film for 2017 awaiting for critical and box office results! Hyouka – 氷菓 [Live Action Coverage]

Kadokawa Pictures spearheads the live-action adaptation of Yonezawa Honobu’s novel Hyouka – 氷菓 – about four freshmen who discovered a certain ‘anthology’ published 33 years ago by the Classics Lit club, where they belong. Yamazaki Kento and Hirose Alice play the main characters. They investigate the past and in turn discovered what happened previously to former students (and members of the club) and its impact on the school. The movie was released November 3, 2017, in Japan.

Hyouka follows closely the theatrical release of Yamazaki’s Psychic Kazuo (formerly known as The Disastrous Life of Saiki K). Psychic is currently enjoying a Top 5 box office ranking in Japan for two consecutive weeks. Early reports on Hyouka’s critical responses are mixed. We’ll see box office [week ending] results in a few days.

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Casting News + Scoop! [Oct 14-18] Updates on Coming of Age/Youth movies & drama: Poncho & Mob Psycho 100; Job hunting movie Shukatsu + Hyouka Making-Of photos!

We’re more than halfway through October, with plenty of casting buzz including live-action adaptation for Mob Psycho 100, Flower’s Bloom (BL) and Poncho, the job-hunting movie Shukatsu. Updates on Hyouka and Matsuoka Mayu’s Tremble All You Want.

From the same author who created One Punch Man, former child actor (he’s now 17) Hamada Tatsuomi headlines the live-action adaptation of Mob Psycho 100 -モブサイコ100. He is cast to play the main character, Kageyama Shigeo.

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Studio Shochiku employs Murakami Shosuke to handle the live-action adaptation of Hazuki Matcha’s manga Isshukan Friends. Starring Kawaguchi Haruna, Yamazaki Kento, Matsuo Takashi, and Uesugi Shuhei, the movie tells the story of two high school students – Kaori (Haruna) who refuses to accept the offer of friendship from Yuki (Yamazaki), since she suffers from temporary memory loss.

It’s always about forgetting all her newfound friends after a week, and then her memory resets.  Continue reading “One Week Friends – ‘Isshukan Friends’ [Movie Review]”

And the verdict is… What reviewers have to say about Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures and Tokyo Ghoul; It’s Kubota Masataka versus Yamazaki Kento once again!

Imagine having two of Japan’s most sought-after actors under one agency – Stardust! In the case of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures and Tokyo Ghoul, that’s Kubota Masataka and Yamazaki Kento. A few drama seasons ago, it was the same two actors who revived audience’s interest in Death Note and with that their rivalry. Now they are portraying two of the most interesting characters to ever grace the silver screen – Higashikata Yosuke and Kaneki Ken.

 

What’s the verdict coming from early reviews? 

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Casting News + Scoop! [July 1-11] The Buzz on Tsuchiya Tao and Hirose Suzu + Yamazaki Kento’s Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure wins in France! + Yoshizawa Ryo’s “Deadly games with friends” and new project “Anoko no, toriko”! + new movie releases!

July 2017 promises to be an exciting month for movies! Gintama, The Anthem of the Heart, I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, The Time of Backlights, Love and Other Cults, Her Sketchbook, and Mitsushima Hikari’s ‘Umibe no Sei to Shi’ are all set for release.

On the international front, Yamazaki Kento’s latest film, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable wins the Audience Award at the 17th Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival. 

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Yamazaki Kento’s movie Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures targets Swiss and Canadian Film Festivals + World Premiere is set July 2!

Yamazaki Kento’s much-anticipated LA Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures: Diamond Is Unbreakable: Chapter 1 is set to premiere tomorrow, July 2 at 17th Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival. The Asahi Shimbun reported that despite initial impressions that the anime is deemed ‘impossible to turn into a live-action’, having Mikee Takashi as director proved to be a turning point.

The film is based on the fourth story arc of the long-running manga by Hirohiko Araki, which started serialization 30 years ago. It currently spans more than 100 comic book volumes with more than 90 million copies in print. The “Diamond Is Unbreakable” arc was also adapted into an animated TV series in 2016. [read more]

The movie will open in Japan on August 4th.

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Your Lie in April (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) – 四月は君の嘘 [Movie Review]

Based on the manga series “Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso” by Arakawa Naoshi, the live action adaptation of Your Lie in April (四月は君の嘘) centers on Arima Kosei (Yamazaki Kento), a shy, unassuming young boy and piano prodigy and Miyazono Kaori (Hirose Suzu), a free-spirited and fearless young girl who is a passionate violinist. Their lives intersect when a close friend (Ishii Anna) set up a date between Kaori and Watari Ryota (Nakagawa Taishi) with Kosei tagging as the friend’s date.

While the girl tries to be friendly with her match, it was Kosei she is eyeing all along. She later revealed to having known Kosei as the young musical genius who inspired her to take on the violin. Thus, a bond was formed which gets to be tested time and again as the duo joins a number of musical competition. 

It’s not hard for Kosei to fall for Kaori since they are opposites – Kosei plays the piano with subtlety, technical competence, and honesty, while Kaori challenges conventions by doing her own interpretation without regard to what the judges (or the audience for that matter) might say. 

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