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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Casting News + Scoop! [Jan 11-13] Tao Tsuchiya + Shono Hayama; Litchi Hikari Club; a ‘Hint’ of BL in Mubansou (Ikematsu + Saito) and the return of #deadfisheyes on TV shows!

It seems that the likes of Sosuke Ikematsu and Takumi Saito are hard to be typecast because they are just talented and can easily play any characters. Just the same, Ikematsu has been doing a lot of movies where his roles are that of matured (beyond his years), bold, daring type of young men, while Takumi Saito has been doing some rom-com drama shows and even action movies. But Saito, before getting such roles in For Love’s Sake and Ace Attorney, used to play characters in some BL movies. So it is not entirely surprising that there might be some ‘hint’ of BL in their latest film – A Cappella (Mubansou) – 無伴奏 with Riko Narumi.

On the other hand, Tao Tsuchiya and her Mare co-star Shono Hayama are certainly two of Japan’s most sought-after young actors. Teaming up with Ryoma Takeuchi, the trio are the main cast in Yell For The Blue Sky (Aozora Yell) -青空エール.

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The buzz surrounding Litchi Hikari Club remains very high since the movie is about to be released soon in Japan – February 2016. People have been asking me about the ‘intense, intimate’ scenes between the actors and while it would be a big “boo boo” to reveal it all. I can certainly say something about the scenes, without spoiling everyone.

Lastly, the return of #deadfisheyes on TV shows (and movies) are quite alarming this 2016 – Kasumi Arimura (with Kengo Kora in Itsuka Kono Koi wo Omoidashite Kitto Naite Shimau).

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Looking Back & Moving Forward: Shota Sometani, Yuya Yagira, Sosuke Ikematsu, Ryunosuke Kamiki + Masaki Suda, Kento Yamazaki & Johnny’s Yuto Nakajima! [Part 1 of 4 parts]

Last August 2013, PsychoDrama ran a series of articles talking about Shota Sometani and Ryunosuke Kamiki and why they represent the best of their generation. They have a lot of things in common – they both started out as child actors, and while Kamiki also ventured into voice acting, Sometani is regarded as the more “accomplished” of the two. Of course, fans of Kamiki will argue about that. They were in the drama Kokoro no Ito, where Kamiki took the lead role, with Shota played a supporting part. Not really enough to conclude that an acting showdown took place, but fast forward to 2015, they were once again reunited via Bakuman and still no acting showdown. In a recent interview, both actors were reported to be very interested “to act together.” If that happens, we’re in for a celebration!

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In the span of 1 year, I have come to realize that Someya and Kamiki are not the only ones worthy of raves and recognition. Perhaps a more accomplished young actor was already making waves, yet his personal life took a downward turn, thus the hiatus – of course, we’re talking about Yuya Yagira. While it was many years ago that he won Best Actor at Cannes Fest, his recent work speaks volumes of his talent – Unforgiven, Crows Explode, Again, Aoi Honoo, a single episode appearance in Nobunaga Concerto and Gassoh.

Then there’s Sosuke Ikematsu with back to back movies, Pale Moon When I Sense the Sea and Vortex of Love not to mention being a child actor himself. He certainly made waves in 2014, and he ruled that year.

But this year, it’s a Masaki Suda year. I don’t know what sort of role he has yet to play, but he already made waves playing a woman (and beautiful at that), a comatose patient, an assassin/student, a Kamen Rider, an asshole chef apprentice and much more.

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Vancouver Asahi (Vancouver no Asahi ) – バンクーバーの朝日 [Movie Review]

When it was first announced way back in 2013 that The Vancouver Asahi will have Satoshi Tsumabuki and Kazuya Kamenashi among the cast, I am quite confident I will do whatever it takes to watch this movie. I am aware that many sports drama films (coming from Hollywood and elsewhere) are – more often than not – glossed over to highlight particular sport’s milestone. I would not be bothered if this movie follows the formula, just to watch this latest directorial attempt from Yuya Ishii is already enough for me. 

Reports have it that it was only Tsumabuki who has no prior knowledge of the sport and has to undergo training. I am thinking this would not be a big deal since the spotlight might be on Kame, but I was dead wrong. I’m happy (ecstatic even) that it was Tsumabuki who grabbed the biggest share of the movie – his scenes were not only important and telling, his character runs the show!

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Actors and Their Acting Styles: The Best of Japan [ Part 5/5 ] – Sosuke Ikematsu, Kento Nagayama, Kento Hayashi, Masataka Kubota + The Rankings!

Some actors are known for studying their characters and looking for ways to understand them up close and personal. Satoshi Tsumabuki says of his role in Villain:

I don’t want to have any fixed limitations or expectations regarding my selection of work, and I want to try any roles offered to me that arouse my interest. The role of the hero, or antihero, in “Akunin” (“Villain”) directed by Lee Sang-Il, was one of the most important jobs in my career. As I got deeply involved in playing Yuichi, a lonely outcast who murdered a woman and was on the run with a social misfit named Mitsuyo (Eri Fukatsu) who he’d met through an online dating site, I thought about the character every moment of the day and I was totally burned out when the filming finished. [ read more ]

Masanobu Ando made similar remarks:

No matter what role I play, I try to devote myself to it completely, and it’s that focus that is the reason for those side effects. I am attracted to more difficult roles, parts that are quite heavy psychologically. Probably I enjoy the experience of devoting myself to the character entirely. That’s how I feel that I’m truly playing that character, it’s where I find the satisfaction in my job. Also, I want to return all the love that the director gave me when he chose me for the part. [ source ]

Quotes above bring us to the last part in this series. While it’s almost academic that Shota Sometani and Yuya Yagira will play major, vital movie roles in future Japanese films, the same can be said of the actors we have in this final part – let’s start with Sosuke Ikematsu.

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Sosuke Ikematsu started his movie career via Tom Cruise’s The Last Samurai where he plays Higen, that young boy who is also the nephew of samurai leader Katsumoto played by Ken Watanabe. More movies and dramas followed but his role as the ambitious diver co-starring Junpei Mizobata and Kento Hayashi in Dive!! is most probably the next movie he is best known.

Since 2013, Ikematsu’s casting buzz remains consistent -Our Family, Love’s Whirpool, When I Sense the Sea, The Vancouver Asahi, Pale Moon, SetoUtsumi, and Death Note represent a big chunk of his acting resume, where he play major, significant roles. He is also known for his dual characters in the drama-thriller Mozu.

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Sosuke Ikematsu falls in love with an older woman in Pale Moon!

I stand corrected when I say Sosuke Ikematsu has two upcoming high-profile movies. In fact, there are more new projects for this fantastic young actor than some of his more ‘famous’ contemporaries. Adding more glam and spice to the new movie – a love affair between a young University student and a much-matured lady – is the actress chosen to play the role: Rie Miyazawa. If you’ve seen The Twilight Samurai, then you know who she is. Apparently, her popularity in Japan goes back many years – when she was both a fashion model and a highly-sought young actress.

Entitled Paper Moon (Kami no Tsuki), the new movie will showcase a sizzling love affair between Ikematsu and Miyazawa who will be working in a film for the first time. Due to their relationship, Miyazawa’s character was forced to embezzle money from the bank she is working for to support their expensive lifestyle.

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Sosuke Ikematsu takes two! Vortex of Love and Adult Drop to elevate actor into new heights!

For most western moviegoers, Sosuke Ikematsu remains that young kid from The Last Samurai, featuring Tom Cruise in the title role. But if you’re already in the Japanese movie scene, you will certainly remember him in Dive!! as one of the aspiring Japanese divers who competed for sports glory and honor. He also made good impressions in The Story of Yonosuke as Kengo Kora’s best buddy.

Two upcoming movies will further put the spotlight on Ikematsu as he graduates from playing second leads into the leading man territory.

First on the list is Vortex of Love – as one of the participants in a secret club that involves wild sex. The movie is controversial already for the nude scenes featuring different Japanese actors, with Ikematsu playing one of the main characters – and getting involved in a “whirlpool” of ecstasy. [ Watch video clip here ]

Second in line is a starring role opposite Ai Hashimoto entitled Adult Drop. Hashimoto is often cast with Kento Yamazaki, so this new pairing is both interesting and intriguing, to say the least. Both are capable actors, and we’ll see if they have good on-screen chemistry. Hashimoto is such an alluring young actress; it may require the equally talented Ikematsu to level up his acting and create fireworks together!

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Watch the teaser trailer for more of Hashimoto and Ikematsu together.

Adult Drop photos are below:

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Ikematsu’s character in Vortex of Love seems to be the more difficult to play, but I also love to see Ikematsu romancing Hashimoto in Adult Drop.

 

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