Live-action movie of My Little Monster with Suda Masaki and Tsuchiya Tao launched! Full cast announced today!

The romantic team up of Suda Masaki and Tsuchiya Tao is a surprising casting choice for My Little Monster (Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun).

I’m not surprised that the film partners for this LA chose Tsuchiya Tao. The big surprise is that we often watch Sudacchi play weird, dark, even disturbing characters. So, the transition can be fascinating. A role reversal for Tsuchiya appeals to me since I want Tao to play dark, even seductive types in the tradition of her Suzuki Sensei character. I also welcome Suda in Yamazaki Kento’s playing field that’s why this role would showcase a different Suddachi.

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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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Casting News + Scoop! [Aug 12-30] Yoshizawa Ryo, Suda Masaki, Mamiya Shotaro, Kazunari Ninomiya and Inoue Mao dominate casting news with exciting projects!

This will be our final casting news for August as we will then celebrate September as our Food month! Yoshizawa Ryo and Mamiya Shotaro are getting some exciting new projects, which both of them deserve! Also in the news are Nino’s food drama film, The Last Recipe, Suda Masaki-Kiritani Kenta movie version of Hibana (Sparks), and Inoue Mao’s new drama at Fuji TV entitled Tomorrow’s Promise.

 

I recall how Yoshizawa Ryo played second lead to the less talented, but popular Fukushi Sota way back in 2011 in Kamen Rider Fourze, which was followed up by “Boku ga Shokei Sareru Mirai” (“The Future Where I Am Executed”).

However, Yoshizawa (who is under Amuse) did not settle for anything less as he began to accumulate more projects and raves for his performances. Now, with a team up with Nikaido Fumi in River’s Edge, Yoshizawa upped the ante with another prestige role in Marmalade Boy live-action.

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Excitement intensifies for the ‘Fireworks’ anime! + Matsu Takako, Hirose Suzu, Suda Masaki lend voices and talent to new film!

Toho (with Iwai Shunji’s name attached to it) reverses the trend in Japanese movie production by launching an anime after the live-action version! In the case of Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?(Uchiage Hanabi, Shita kara Miru ka? Yoko kara Miru ka?) that’s exactly what’s happening. The LA version (drama) was shown in 1993. Yesterday, the anime’s official LINE blog announces the casting of acclaimed actress Matsu Takako. 

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Already part of the cast is Hirose Suzu as Nazuna, Suda Masaki as Norimichi and Miyano Mamoru as Yusuke. Japanese film trailblazers are also attached to the anime – One Hitoshi will write the script based on Iwai Shunji’s original work, Studio SHAFT featuring Takeuchi Nobuyuki and Simbo Akiyuki will lead directorial efforts.

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Can Suda Masaki and Kiritani Kenta outplay the duo of Hayashi Kento and Namioka Kazuki in the movie version of Hibana (Sparks)?

The 2016 Netflix original Japanese drama entitled Hibana (Sparks) is one of the best drama series I’ve seen in a long time. Aside from the quality production values, the series features excellent performances from Hayashi Kento and Namioka Kazuki who play comedians, locally known as manzai artists.

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Before the end of 2017, it was previously announced that a movie version of Hibana will be released. The movie stars Suda Masaki (who will play Hayashi’s Tokunaga), while Kiritani Kento takes on the role of Namioka’s Kamiya. Not an easy feat, especially Kamiya’s character requires one hell of a performance!

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Casting News + Scoop! [March 1-6] Masaki Suda and Ryunosuke Kamiki dominate casting news with March Comes in Like a Lion and Teiichi no Kuni! + The latest on Gintama!

Instinct tells us when something is good or bad. In the case of March Comes In Like a Lion, there is no denying that it’s good – great even. Of course, we have yet to watch the movie, but the anticipation is just as intense. There is a firm belief that this 2-part movie will be Ryunosuke Kamiki’s biggest role to date, maybe even worthy of acting awards.

Speaking of intense, the recently released trailer for Teiichi no Kuni is worth a watch, even more, just for the scene reveals. With five movie projects alone for 2017, Masaki Suda is – once again – dominating the casting news. Having multiple projects may be bad for one’s health, but I have yet to see a bad performance from Suda. My only problem is overexposure, but then again why would you complain if you’re seeing the future of Japanese acting in Suda’s enigmatic presence?

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The Year in Review – 2016: Who Made the Biggest Headlines Among Leading Japanese Actors?

A precursor to our upcoming Top 30 Hottest Japanese actors list, the 2016 newsmakers reflect the current state of ‘acting’ in Japan and the names of those who are given opportunities to follow in the footsteps of the greats – Mifune, Takakura, Yakusho, Watanabe. While senior actors like Tadanobu Asano, Joe Odagiri, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Eita, Mirai Moriyama, Shun Oguri continue to pay major roles, our contenders have captured a sizeable portion of the casting pie among themselves.



Are they the best actors Japan could offer? Apparently, the answer is yes! 

Before that, let’s see who are the frontrunners for acting awards this year:

Tomokazu Miura (Katsuragi Case);

Joe Odagiri (Over the Fence);

A few more names will soon appear as the Japan Academy Prize nominees are announced later. Kinema Junpo’s list is still being considered, with readers participating in the annual survey.

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Does it matter if they cast the right actor on Live-action adaptations? A list of the best and worst casting choices! [Part 3 of 3 Parts]

I want to understand how exactly actors get movie or TV drama roles in Japan. We can only make a list of the best and worst casting choices without knowing anything that goes behind the casting. But then again, it’s easy to make a list and hard to get those ‘facts.’ 

Here’s what we know:

  1. Production Committees make all the important choices, including the director and the cast;
  2. Talent agencies are part of these boards, and they have their roster of talents. Amuse got Haruma Miura, Takeru Satoh, Ryunosuke Kamiki; while Stardust manages Kento Yamazaki, Masataka Kubota, Yuya Yagira. Topcoat has Masaki Suda and Tori Matsuzaka. Of course, Johnny’s got the idols including Junichi Okada, Nino, Kame, Toma Ikuta, Yuto Nakajima. Ken-On promotes Sota Fukushi.
  3. Cast and crew get low pay compared to their Hollywood counterparts; they can’t even match what the Chinese or the Koreans are getting, according to many reports;
  4. The producers of a successful TV series, when adapted into a movie, will have ‘priority seats’ in the committee. Cast and crew can be same, or some casting choices have to be made to assure that there is a success in the box office;
  5. There is enough income to be had in the local market. 

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