Casting News + Scoop! [Oct 13-16] Nanimono 何者 (Somebody) young cast + Buzz on latest anime Yuri on Ice, Fune wo Amu; Shinkai’s ‘Your Name’ wins at Sitges!

In Nanimono (Somebody) – 何者, Daisuke Miura directs some of Japan’s most exciting young talents as University students on the verge of finding a job, in a time of Tweets and Facebook likes.

Takuto Ninomiya (Takeru Satoh) observes those around him. His roommate Kotaro Kamiya (Masaki Suda) has a bright personality and communicates well with others. Mizuki Tanabe (Kasumi Arimura) is Kotaro Kamiya’s ex-girlfriend. Takuto Ninomiya has feelings for his roommate’s ex-girlfriend. Rika Kobayakawa (Fumi Nikaido) is determined to land a job. Takayoshi Miyamoto (Masaki Okada) is critical of job-seeking activities, but he later tries to get a job. [ AsianWiki ]

The movie is a live-action adaptation of Ryo Asai novel of the same title. Asai was only 23 years old when his novel Nanimono won the prestigious Naoki Prize:

… is about the job-hunting ordeals of university students. The story advances with students’ Twitter posts as they go about the job-hunting process and depicts their frustration at being unable to become a “nanimono” (somebody). [ source ]

There was a previous ensemble cast for Parade, directed by Isao Yukisada, where the main characters live in a shared apartment, but the comparison ends there. While Parade has both dramatic-thriller sexually explicit content, Somebody is more dramatic in nature.

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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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Japan’s Best Actors – The Hottest List [Top 15; 2016 Edition]

During our first rankings, it was Satoshi Tsumabuki who ruled! Aside from winning Best Actor at the Japan Academy for Villain, Tsumabuki dominated the casting buzz – with back to back roles, including lead roles for My Back Page (with Kenichi Matsuyama), Smuggler and Fly With the Gold. A year later, it was Ryuhei Matsuda’s turn  – he also won Best Actor and had a string of amazing films. On our third year, it was Shota Sometani who dominated the rankings.

Sometani went on to top the rankings 2 years in a row, with Yuya Yagira closing in at 2nd place… This year is very different!

 

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The Year in Review: Who Made the Biggest Headlines in 2015 Among Leading Japanese Actors?

I find it funny that Oricon would consider Masataka Kubota as having a breakthrough year, since, in all aspects, Mr. Kubota is already an accomplished actor who have been playing in movies and dramas since 2006. That means he’s in the industry for more than nine years already. You consider someone was having a breakthrough year if he is only ‘involved’ in the biz for two years or less. The term “breakthrough” may apply to the likes of Kentaro Sakaguchi or Mackenyu Chiba, or even to the more established Taishi Nakagawa – all three had a breakthrough year in 2015. [ that’s a separate post here, with an equalizer for the girls as well ]

There is always this ‘loss in translation’ issue when it comes to Japanese to English. Take the case of AoT (Attack on Titan, which should be Attack of the Titans) or the Takashi Miike movie Lesson of the Evil (with the totally inappropriate use of ‘the’). 

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Let’s have a short recap. Last year, it was Sosuke Ikematsu who topped our list, followed by Shota Sometani, Masaki Suda, Masataka Kubota and Yuya Yagira. This year, it’s all about grabbing those high profile roles in cinema, as well as, the biggest TV dramas! 

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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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Takeru Satoh’s “elusive” dramatic role is here? If Cats Disappeared From the World, a potential dramatic launchpad!

A few J-dorama watchers and friends have recommended that I review Tenno no Ryoriban (The Emperor’s Cook – 天皇の料理番), the TBS drama that won Best Actor for Takeru Satoh at the recent TV drama awards, and lucky for me, I did! I followed his career since 2010, watched him in Beck and then the first of the 3 Rurouni Kenshin movies in 2012. While he did spectacular action sequences in the samurai/action movies, he was clobbered by Masataka Kubota in The Liar and His Lover, who only played a supporting role, but had fire in his eyes all throughout the movie. A lackluster performance from an inept and boring movie, Real, followed.

By this time, I’m only interested in seeing Rurouni Kenshin since I think of him only as an action star. But The Emperor’s Cook changed all that. I think he has started to develop his own acting style – not really an established or signature style (like Yuya Yagira’s expressive eyes or Sometani’s angst and emotional voice-over or even Ryunosuke Kamiki’s fast-paced monologues), since there is still room for improvement, but he has shown a lot of growth as an actor.

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Bakuman live action features Takeru Satoh & Ryunosuke Kamiki as manga artists!

Creating an awesome manga requires the team up of two individuals – the manga writer and the artist who will be responsible for the illustration and graphics. This is basically the premise behind Bakuman – but with an added twist – as both writer and illustrator joined forces to (1) produce the greatest manga ever and (2) marry the love of his life.

Moritaka Mashiro (Takeru Satoh) is a talented illustrator who draws amazing characters in his notebook, the kind that is ideal for manga, while Akito Takagi (Ryunosuke Kamiki) is an aspiring manga writer. Takagi convinces Mashiro to join him in becoming the greatest mangakas Japan has ever seen. Takagi, with his gift of writing, hopes to become a successful mangaka, and Mashiro, with his gift of art, hopes to marry the girl of his dreams, Azuki Miho. 

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