The Year in Review – 2015: Japanese Dramas that made waves during the year + Favorite dramatic scenes & performances! [ Spring Shows – Part 2/4]

Unpredictable, concise, exciting – these are some of the adjectives most often used to describe Japanese dramas.  I often smile when I read that someone who has left the J-dorama scene and went over to Korean dramas would exclaim that they have been “far removed” from such shows that they felt elated and happy to be back. On the other hand, those who left the scene (for good) would often complain about the lack of originality and the over-acting of most Japanese drama performers. I guess we have to follow what we like and never settle for anything less. 

Spring 2015 Japanese drama list is one filled with many notable (and otherwise) titles and the case of loving (or hating) as describe above continues.

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Are we doomed to watch mediocre young Japanese actresses? Not really! See the faces of the future right now! [Part 2/4]

In Part 1, I rant about mediocrity and who personifies uninspired, dull performances – Emi Takei and Ayame Gouriki top the list. But hey, if you’re going to bash them and tell us how bad they act, you also need to tell us about the real ones, you might say, right? So, here we have them – six names – some probably unknown to you, some you may have seen in short glimpses.

Dramatic, intense, deliberate acting from beautiful and talented young Japanese actresses – take note of my use of the word AND – because in all honesty, my question remains valid – why would I settle for any lovely actress who can’t act?

Nobody to Watch Over Me is Japan’s entry to the Best Foreign Film. It did not win the award, but it brought the spotlight to Mirai Shida. But Shida has been in the spotlight since her supporting role in Yoji Yamada’s Kabei: Our Mother (where she acted together with the great Yasuri Yoshinaga and Tadanobu Asano). 

With Rookie of the Year awards in both D’Elan and Japan Academy Prize, Shida is already a “veteran” of 20 drama series and about a dozen full-length films.

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