Kamiki Ryunosuke: Catching up with Detective Yugami, Tokyo National Museum’s Shinkai Makoto Exhibit + the Nikkei Actor Index!

It’s been a while since we’ve launched a singular article about Kamiki Ryunosuke (神木隆之介). I practically grew up with my Japanese movie viewing experience filled with Kamiki’s ‘prodigal’ acting – Little DJ, Into the Far Away Sky, The Kirishima Thing, Bakuman, the Kenshin and San gatsu no Lion films to name just a few.

 

It seems fitting to have some updates since PD is coming up with the Top 30 Japanese actors hitlist in a few days.

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Detective Yugami – 刑事ゆがみ : Episode Two Review [Japanese Drama]

Episode Two of Detective Yugami 刑事ゆがみ is all about love and lies – in the most unexpected ways. It begins with Hanyu (Kamiki) teaching kids the value of telling the truth. As expected, Yugami (Asano) butts in arguing that lying is a practice one has to experience, and once a lie is told, there is a need for subsequent lies to propagate the manufactured ‘truth’. 

And since I’m watching the drama in Viu, what better way than to use their Episode 2 description to start my review:

Yugami and Hanyu investigate an attempted sexual assault case. Despite hospitalization, the victim refuses to press charges or cooperate with the investigation. The mystery deepens when the scene does not correspond to the victim’s testimony. [watch Detective Yugami

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Detective Yugami – 刑事ゆがみ : First Impressions + Ep1 Review [Japanese Drama]

Based on the manga series “Keiji Yugami” by Iura Hideo, Detective Yugami is the live-action TV series from Fuji TV starring Asano Tadanobu and Kamiki Ryunosuke as an oddball pair of detectives.

Asano is Yugami Yukimasa, a detective who ignores conventional investigative procedures in order to uncover the truth.

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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! [July 27-Aug 3] The latest on Kamiki, Hongo, Nomura, Fukushi + Spotlight on Sugino Yosuke!

Kamiki Ryunosuke teams up with Nomura Shuhei for the first time in a docudrama, Fukushi Sota’s Laughing Under the Clouds has a first teaser trailer, while Hongo Kanata’s Akagi gets a second season. Also this week, spotlight on ‘up and coming’ Sugino Yusuke from Top Coat.

Japanese filmmaker Kumasaka Izuru who did the TV drama Kogure Photo Studio reunites with Kamiki Ryunosuke in a documentary-drama entitled Tales of Chigasaki: My Little Hometown (茅ヶ崎物語~MY LITTLE HOMETOWN~).

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2017 Most Anticipated Japanese Movies: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (Jojo no Kimyona Boken) – ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 [Takashi Miike]

A few days ago, there was some buzz about the live action adaptation of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険 ダイヤモンドは砕けない 第一章). The new Takashi Miike film will allow Kento Yamazaki a first-hand experience of what it feels like to be directed by a foremost filmmaker – something that would lend more credibility to his position as one of Japan’s most exciting young actors. 

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As I said many times, Yamazaki is destined to travel this route precisely because he has the talent and the looks to handle roles usually reserved for the likes of Satoshi Tsumabuki and even Shun Oguri, though the matured, career climbing and romantic roles are still a few years from now. With less than 20 full-length features to his credit, Yamazaki’s climb to the Japanese acting scene is nothing but both guarded and surprising.

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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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