Nikaido Fumi and Yoshizawa Ryo headline Okazaki Kyoko’s River’s Edge live-action!

In what can be described as a casting scoop for Yoshizawa Ryo, the up and coming Japanese actor – once again – teams up with the acclaimed Nikaido Fumi, but this time as her co-lead in Okazaki Kyoko River’s Edge. 

Okazaki’s previous manga – Helter Skelter – was adapted into film and stars Sawajiri Erika – her return to the big screen after a long hiatus. While there is no hiatus for Nikaido and Yoshizawa, the characters they are supposed to play are not ordinary in every sense of the word.

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Casting News + Scoop! [Sept 19-23] Kentaro’s Demekin + Nakagawa Taishi, Yoshizawa Ryo, Yudai Chiba channel Disney villains + Yamada’s The Miracles of Namiya General Store!

Halloween, miracles, and the next teen-angst saga courtesy of Demekin are the latest casting scoop we have for you! A Japan Times’ film critic rates The Miracles of the Namiya General Store a 3 out of 5 stars, and we’ll have more of that, plus Tokyo Disney Resort takes their Holloween celebration to another level by launching a photoshoot featuring actors Nakagawa Taishi, Yoshizawa Ryo, and Chiba Yudai ‘channeling’ famous Disney villains.

A special feature with interview appears at Japanese entertainment site Natalie. This gives us an opportunity to look at their young, exciting careers as actors as well. Let’s see…

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Casting News + Scoop! [Sept 12-18] Odagiri Joe’s Ernesto + Spotlight on Suga Kenta + Romancing Tsuchiya Tao + Mrs. GREEN Apple’s ‘Poetry Angel’ video + Yoshizawa Ryo and his brand of ‘comedy’!

We’re more than halfway in September, with plenty of articles to celebrate Food month still, and the casting news keeps on coming! Third Window Film’s Love and Other Cults is a special viewing event with an upcoming review – just have to say Suga Kenta and Itoh Sairi deserve all the raves they get from critics and reviewers. We’ll have more of Suga Kenta later, and a definite top placement for Itoh at our upcoming Top 30 hottest Japanese actress list. 

We begin our casting buzz with Ernesto, starring Odagiri Joe, Nagayama Kento, and Juan Miguel Valero Acosta. Odagiri plays a Japanese-Bolivian citizen named Freddy Maemura Hurtado who travels to Cuba to study medicine. He meets Che Guevarra. Years later, he joins Guevarra’s army in Bolivia’s civil war and was nicknamed Ernesto Medico. Nagayama plays a news reporter.

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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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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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Casting News + Scoop! [May 25-31] The continuing saga of Japanese school-youth movies and doramas: Boku-tachi ga Yarimashita + Tomodachi Game + Demekin!

The latest casting news for Kubota Masataka’s Boku-tachi ga Yarimashita, Kentaro’s Demekin, and Yoshizawa Ryo’s Tomodachi Game is up! From One Litre of Tears, Hana Yori Dango and Gokusen to the more recent Suzuki Sensei, 35-Year-Old Highschool Student and Aogeba Toutoshi, Japanese school dramatic saga (not to mention the horror-thriller genre) continues! 

Aside from such a tradition, we have come to expect actors in their early thirties to don the high school uniform and play teens notwithstanding their bulkier physique and matured facial features. But then again, who can argue against the likes of Oguri Shun, Ando Sakura, Tsumabuki Satoshi, Saitoh Takumi, Takei Emi, and Matsuyama Kenichi playing high school students? Is it even fair to ask producers if they could possibly cast younger actors instead? 

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Casting News + Scoop! [May 16-24] Notes on Death Note; Tokyo Vampire Hotel; Murakami Nijiro’s upcoming time travel saga; Hongo Kanata’s Kaiju Club + Chiri Tsubaki casting!

We’ll be having a special report on Death Note, including some history lessons of a sort, plus this week there are plenty of casting news! Okada Junichi is on a roll – aside from the historical drama/thriller Sekigahara (関ヶ原), the actor is set to join another film entitled Chiri Tsubaki (散り椿 – which literally translates to “Falling Camellia”). 

The new film is under the helm of award-winning cinematographer and writer Kimura Daisaku. The ensemble cast includes Nishijima Hidetoshi, Kuroki Haru, Ikematsu Sosuke, and Yagira Yuya. [ More details about the movie to follow soon ]

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Live Action Report: Casting scoop for Takeru Satoh (Ajin), Mahiro Takasugi (Gyakkou no Koro) & Ryo Yoshizawa (Tomodachi Game)!

Three live action adaptations that star Takeru Satoh, Mahiro Takasugi, and Ryo Yoshizawa are creating a lot of buzz in the J-ent universe! One of Japan’s biggest box office draw – Takeru Satoh – has just been reported to be playing the leading role in the manga-based series “Ajin” by Gamon Sakurai. Mahiro Takasugi who was such a terrific actor in Bon Lin has added a new project – Gyakkou no Koro, while Ryo Yoshizawa takes on the lead in Tomodachi Game (a 3-part movie (?) and drama).

After the critical success of Bakuman, Takeru Satoh takes on the role of Kei Nagai, a mysterious immortal human:

Mysterious immortal humans known as “Ajin” first appeared 17 years ago in Africa. Upon their discovery, they were labeled as a threat to mankind, as they might use their powers for evil and were incapable of being destroyed. Since then, whenever an Ajin is found within society, they are to be arrested and taken into custody immediately. Studying hard to become a doctor, Kei Nagai is a high schooler who knows very little about Ajin, only having seen them appear in the news every now and then. Students are taught that these creatures are not considered to be human, but Kei doesn’t pay much attention in class. As a result, his perilously little grasp on this subject proves to be completely irrelevant when he survives an accident that was supposed to claim his life, signaling his rebirth as an Ajin and the start of his days of torment. However, as he finds himself alone on the run from the entire world, Kei soon realizes that more of his species may be a lot closer than he thinks. [ source ]

The live action will “mature” the main character and will be a medical intern instead.

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PsychoDrama [Talkback]: Kinema Junpou No 1722. Issue features 50 actors under 30 to look out for + Did they get everyone right? [Part 3 of 4 Parts]

What I like about the 50 young Japanese actors list from Kinema Junpou is the variety of the talents. Many have taken significant roles in movies and drama series. Some have won acting awards – both local and abroad and some also made box office records. Some started as male models and were given supporting, bit parts only to become the lead after a few tries. 

As expected, there will be idols, a majority of whom came from Johnny’s and finally there are some newcomers. It’s a bit of an issue to consider someone as a newcomer. For instance, is Hiroya Shimizu and Nijiro Murakami and Takumi Kitamura newcomers? Maybe, but Kitamura is also part of a J-pop band, so that makes him more than just a “pure” actor in a sense. Murakami and Shimizu, therefore, are the newcomers in the strict meaning of the term. That’s not a big issue – I think they deserve to be on the list, in as much as, Yuto Nakajima or Kento Nakajima or Ryosuke Yamada – who all belong to Johnny’s.

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