Aside from the lead star of Bon Lin, Ema Sakura, some of the biggest high-impact performances I have seen in recent movies were that of Mone Kamishiraishi in Lady Maiko, Jun Yoshinaga in Still the Water, Mugi Kadowaki in Love’s Whirpool and Aoi Morikawa in The World of Kanako.
These young actresses may not be as famous as Emi Takei, Ayame Gouriki or Tsubasa Honda, but they certainly can act and act very well. Mone is yet to give us her all; the same is the case with Yoshinaga who some believe is Yuya Yagira’s counterpart. Kadowaki is, of course, Sosuke Ikematsu’s counterpart – being cast in matured, bold, daring roles, while Morikawa serves as a favorite Ryunosuke Kamiki and Masaki Suda acting collaborator.
In Part 5 of this series, we put the spotlight on Japan’s amazing young talents – the ones who are standouts – not the most attractive, perhaps even controversial since unlike many others, they tend to get the hardest roles.
I just hope the powers that be will give Jun Yoshinaga another project. In Kawase’s Still the Water, she made such a huge impact.