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

The 2016 Edition of Japan’s Best Actors – Promising List has evolved from a mere listing of actors – both known and unknown to movie fans outside Japan, to become quite ‘inclusive’ of what the locals also consider as their best, most sought-after newcomers. The list is very exclusive in the sense that only those who are below the age of 30 are considered, thus we are putting the spotlight on talents who are really grabbing the most challenging and fresh roles in both movies and doramas right this minute.

[ Note that this is the Promising list, there are 15 more names for the hottest ranking coming up next ]

As we have noted in the first edition of the Most Promising Young Japanese actors hitlist: Every successful actor in Japan started somewhere – a supporting role in a prime time TV series or portraying one of the country’s beloved Kamen riders or starring in a dramatic movie by a well-known filmmaker or simply working his way up from bit roles until getting that much-coveted leading part…[ 2013 Edition ]

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The Year in Review: 10 Best Japanese Movies of 2015

Compared to last year, 2015 appears to be lackluster when it comes to Japanese movies. While I have not seen Bakuman and Haha to Kuraseba yet, I can certainly say that Himizu (2012), Tomogui (2013) and The Light Shines Only There (2014) have more substance than some of the movies on the 2015 hitlist.

Of course, you may not agree with me since there are also a few gems on the list below, and I’m fairly certain you have other movies in mind aside from the 10 you’ll see here…

You may listen to what I have to say about April Fools, or you may ignore my raves and listen to the bashing from more prominent film critics. But the thing is, while the stories are generic and even predictable, the characters can be quite endearing and memorable. It’s all about love and self-identity and family matters – 7 stories, among which the gay couple (Masato Yano-Masataka Kubota), the old (royal) couple (Kotaro Satomi-Sumiko Fuji) and the sex addict – janitress (Erika Toda-Tori Matzusaka) stand out for me. The Japanese royal pretenders are particularly sentimental because my parents who I remember so fondly, with my Mom particularly fashion savvy in the same vein as Sumiko Fuji’s character.

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What’s up with the Kentos? A closer look at Kento Nagayama, Kento Hayashi, Kento Yamazaki & Kento Kaku! [Part 3 of 3 Parts]

This is the last part of our ‘What’s up with the Kentos?’ series, and it’s all about the future. [ As a recap, Part 1 is all about Kento Nagayama and Kento Kaku, while Part 2 puts the spotlight on Kento Hayashi and Kento Yamazaki. ]

Japanese actors rely heavily on their talent agencies to provide direction to their careers – what sort of roles they can do, on what particular genre they can shine and which productions they can be a part of. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, but most of what they can do depend on their manager. 

At this moment, Kento Yamazaki is reported to be ‘up next.’ It means he’s in the spotlight. After playing intense dramatic roles in movies such as Control Tower and The Wings of the Kirin, most of his recent movies are rom-com, including the upcoming Heroine Shikkaku with Mirei Kiritani. He is also part of the latest asadora “Mare” together with Tao Tsuchiya and most of the young actors featured in morning dramas tend to get more castings right after.

Among the Kentos, he has the most exciting career now, while Kento Kaku seems to be enjoying a resurgence of sorts. Hayashi and Nagayama continue to find notable roles, but it appears to be limited to supporting ones.

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What’s up with the Kentos? A closer look at Kento Nagayama, Kento Hayashi, Kento Yamazaki & Kento Kaku! [Part 1 of 3 Parts]

According to one statistics, the name Kento is ranked #18 as a popular name choice in Japan. Yuki, Takumi, and Shota were more famous. In the Japanese movie-drama scene, the name Kento is obviously quite known.

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While there are many other actors with the Kento name (good example might be Kento Nakajima), we will focus on four – Kento Nagayama (Eita’s younger bro), Kento Hayashi (quite popular and acclaimed for Dive! Parade and Blazing Famiglia), Kento Yamazaki (one of today’s toasts of the girl-fan community) and Kento Kaku (maybe considered the group’s senior and is coming up with a resurgence in his career).

How they started acting, what are some of their best roles and what the future holds? Who is the best? Who will be the best in the future? Let’s find out!

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Are we doomed to watch mediocre young Japanese actresses? Not really! See the faces of the future right now! [Part 2/4]

In Part 1, I rant about mediocrity and who personifies uninspired, dull performances – Emi Takei and Ayame Gouriki top the list. But hey, if you’re going to bash them and tell us how bad they act, you also need to tell us about the real ones, you might say, right? So, here we have them – six names – some probably unknown to you, some you may have seen in short glimpses.

Dramatic, intense, deliberate acting from beautiful and talented young Japanese actresses – take note of my use of the word AND – because in all honesty, my question remains valid – why would I settle for any lovely actress who can’t act?

Nobody to Watch Over Me is Japan’s entry to the Best Foreign Film. It did not win the award, but it brought the spotlight to Mirai Shida. But Shida has been in the spotlight since her supporting role in Yoji Yamada’s Kabei: Our Mother (where she acted together with the great Yasuri Yoshinaga and Tadanobu Asano). 

With Rookie of the Year awards in both D’Elan and Japan Academy Prize, Shida is already a “veteran” of 20 drama series and about a dozen full-length films.

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