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. 

Does it matter if they cast the right actor on Live-action adaptations? A list of the best and worst casting choices! [Part 1 of 3 Parts]

Does it matter if the powerful production committees in Japan cast the right actors in our favorite manga, anime or light novels? The question appears either valid or invalid to fans since no one could do anything about it anyway, but still – what have we got to lose? 

 

It is equally relevant to say that – some of us – can also make accurate ‘predictions’ as in the case of Kento Yamazaki and Ryunosuke Kamiki grabbing some noted roles of late. I say it’s delightful since it only means ‘we get it!’ And the people in these committees do too! Though I question their choices most of the time. The fact remains that the members of these committees and not artists or filmmakers, but are businessman and they are tasked to make sure that the funds put into these films will earn them a reasonable ROI (return on investment).

Let me get back to that later.

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On Live Action Adaptations: Spotlight on Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures – Diamond is Unbreakable [Vol 3, Part 2]

In what can be described as a dream cast, Kento Yamazaki and Ryunosuke Kamiki will be acting together in a live action adaptation that is as bizarre as it is unexpected. Based on the manga series written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険) will take us into a supernatural, action-horror/thriller trip that may defy genre and gender. (it supposedly targetted male manga fans, but it seems that even female manga readers like it too)

A manga series that has over 95 million copies in print making it one of the best-selling manga series in history, and has spawned a large media franchise that includes several novelizations and video games, action figures, a jewelry line, and even snack foods. 

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With such ‘notoriety’ (read: infamously famous), what’s the juice behind it?

The plot across these stories is supplied in multi-chapter arcs detailing precarious, melodramatic conflicts between parties defined both by unique supernatural powers, mainly by the versatile Stand phenomenon, and exclusive ambitions, attitudes or moral standards. These arcs vary in tone, alternating adventure, suspense, mystery, and horror; always through action, often with some embedded comedy. Typically, a race emerges among the heroes of a story to intercept a powerful central antagonist.

Many references to modern film, television, fashion, fine art, and (particularly) popular music are readily identifiable throughout JoJo in many settings and both the characterization and nomenclature of the cast. Examples of physical, mathematical and psychological theory, biology, technology, mythology, natural phenomena, historic events, and segments of other artistic work inform the design and functionality of JoJo ‘s multitude of unique Stands. The series occasionally makes fanciful developments upon contemporary scientific theory in the creation of the routes by which certain Stands and other powers exert their influence on nature. [ read more ]

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Psycho Drama [Talkback] Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name (君の名は) Kimi no Na wa

The familiar and soothing voice of Ryunosuke Kamiki complemented by the equally soothing, yet quasi ‘hardcore, melodic’ soundtrack by Radwimps are just two of the reasons why Makoto Shinkai’s latest anime  Kimi no Na wa resonates to a broad spectrum of anime fans.

While body switching and time travel (or continuum if you like) are familiar themes in animation, how they highlight the development of the characters and the progress of the story make  ‘Kimi no Na wa’ a standout. What you get out of watching the film that runs for 107 minutes is that – it’s not predictable nor pedestrian but heartwarming without being too sentimental.  Continue reading “Psycho Drama [Talkback] Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name (君の名は) Kimi no Na wa”

Makoto Shinkai’s Your Name (君の名は。) grabs #10 position in Highest Grossing Anime list of all time!

Makoto Shinkai’s latest anime, Your Name, is poised to secure one of the top positions in the highest grossing anime of all time.

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The story is set one month after a comet has fallen for the first time in a thousand years in Japan. Mitsuha, a high school girl living in the countryside, wants to live in the city because she is tired of life in the country. Then, there’s Taki. He’s a high school student living in Tokyo with his friends while working as a part-timer at an Italian restaurant. He also has a strong interest in fine arts involving architecture. One day, Mitsuha dreams of herself as a young man. On the other hand, Taki also has a dream where he is a female student attending high school in the countryside. What’s the secret behind their dreams?

Combining tales of love, body switching, and science fiction, Your Name ((Japanese: 君の名は。 Hepburn: Kimi no Na wa.?) employs the voices of Ryunosuke Kamiki and Mone Kamishiraishi to take over the main characters – Taki Tachibana and Mitsuha Miyamizu. [ see the list of the 30 highest grossing anime worldwide list after the jump ]

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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 1 of 4 Parts]

When Kinema Junpou announced their 50 names of actors (under 30) to watch out for, the whole PD community was not surprised. I mean, most of the names have been featured on the site – one way or another. Just take a look at the top 30 hit list [ promising | hottest ] and you’ll notice that most of them are included in the Kinema list.

I’d love to open up the discussion on both those who are already part of our list and those who may be considered “under the radar” since I think we have some exciting names in the Kinema Junpou list that need some research. Here’s the rub: If you’re an editor exposed to all the buzz inside the Japanese entertainment industry, you obviously have the advantage (and disadvantage) since – I really believe – we on the outside has a more ‘objective” look. Then again, that’s debatable of course!

Let’s see…. so we have 50 names!

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Spotlight of the Month: Ryunosuke Kamiki – Celebrating the Acting Career of one of Japan’s Most Talented Young Actors! [ Vol 1, Part 2]

The spotlight on Ryunosuke Kamiki has begun several years ago, but today – May 19, 2016 – is the culmination of all the efforts we put into the many articles about the young actor. As we celebrate his 23rd year, let us remember some of the quotes from his many interviews. It would have been a major milestone for the community if there was an actual interview, but that is not the case right now…

I tweeted 6 quotes already and wanted to also interpret our recent survey/poll on Ryu, with the following findings and results:

[1] Soujiro Seta, a major character in the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy movies, remains his most favorite character among those who participated in the poll. I can certainly agree to that because the role is high-profile and well-known to those who followed the adventures in manga and in the anime version. Junichi Ninomae in SPEC is a distant second and also can be attributed to the popularity of the movies and the nature of Kamiki’s character. I was hoping more people would appreciate him in The Kirishima Thing because while it’s one of his many student roles, there is more challenge to playing the character – he has to play someone who almost appears like a ‘ghost’ with many of the student body simply looking for fun and never really connecting with the nerds, like him.

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Spotlight of the Month: Ryunosuke Kamiki – Celebrating the Acting Career of one of Japan’s most talented young actors! [ Vol 1, Part 1]

On May 19, Ryunosuke Kamiki [ 神木隆之介 (かみき りゅうのすけ) ] will be celebrating his 23rd birthday. Being one of Psychodrama’s favorite young actors, we are planning to launch a series of articles celebrating his acting career – presenting some serious (and hopefully funny, even hilarious) articles centered on his movie and drama characters.

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To initiate the celebration [ we have 12 days to go ] please join in the poll {our second for the week) about the young actor’s movies and drama series, with some surprise questions on the side!

Casting News + Scoop! [Jan 14-20] Of cats and Takeru Satoh, Ikematsu’s preference for older women and Ryu Kamiki’s Too Young to Die!

Takeru Sato and Ryunosuke Kamiki who played roles together in Bakuman and the Kenshin trilogy are once again in the news – as they headline our casting buzz! Acclaimed child actor-performer turned matured young actor Sosuke Ikematsu also grabs the headlines!

I think I’ve said it many times, it takes a lot of talent to be awesome in both drama and comedy. Ryunosuke Kamiki, through the years, has developed his acting style and can do both types of roles with relative ease. In his latest movie, with Tomoya Nagase and Aoi Morikawa, Kamiki plays a young student who went to hell and meet a rock and roll hell ‘god’. 

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