Casting News + Scoop! [Aug 5-11] Suga Kenta’s Chotto Mate Yakyubu! + Murakami Nijiro”s time travels + Setoutsumi re-casting of Hayama Shono & Takasugi Mahiro + Energizing Matsuzaka Tori’s acting career!

Massive updates courtesy of Suga Kenta, Murakami Nijiro and the pair of Hayama Shono and Takasugi Mahiro, plus how effective is Matsuzaka Tori’s agency in re-energizing his acting career? Let’s take a closer look at Matsuzaka Tori first!

His short but memorable role in Her Love Boils Bathwater seems to signal the return of Matsuzaka Tori as one of Japan’s enigmatic actors with still plenty of talent to show. Even his reunion with Suda Masaki in Kiseki: Sobito of That Day brightens up Japanese movie lovers who may be adventurous enough to watch the movie even without subs! And add four (4) more projects which stretch to 2018 including Birds Without Names (as Aoi Yu’s love interest) and Yurigokoro, (co-starring Yoshitaka Yuriko) among others. [Those two movies we’ve featured already, so let’s focus on Impossibility Defense for now]

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Capturing the moods of Aoi Yu: How ‘Birds Without Names’ trailer shows the actress at her best!

Her most recent performance in Over the Fence was good enough for a couple of Best Actress nominations, but Aoi Yu continues to make headlines with new and exciting projects! In Birds Without Names (彼女がその名を知らない鳥たち) from The Devil’s Path director Shiraishi Kazuya, Miss Yu is an opportunistic young woman who had been involved in a few complicated relationships.

Towako (Aoi Yu) still can’t forget Kurosaki, even though they broke up 8 years ago. She now lives with a man named Jinji (Abe Sadao). Jinji is 15 years older than her. Towako hates Jinji who is poor and vulgar, but she lives with him because of his wage. One day, she meets Mizushima who has wife and kid. He reminds her of Kurosaki. Soon, she is in an affair with Mizushima. A detective visits Towako and tells her that Kurosaki is missing. [source]

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Casting News + Scoop! [May 3-10] Spotlight on Aoi Yu, Mitsushima Hikari, Kadowaki Mugi, Nagayama Kento and Ikematsu Sosuke – New and exciting projects!

When it comes to compelling, haunting, sensual, and hypnotic performances, I have come to rely on Aoi Yu, Mitsushima Hikari, and Kadowaki Mugi. These actresses are known for their on-screen collaboration with some of Japan’s best filmmakers, and their latest projects have generated a lot of buzzes – some may be potential award winners!

 

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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 2 of 4 Parts]

To discuss the merits (or demerits) of 50 Japanese actors requires more than a singular post, hence Part 2 continues our discussion previously from Part 1 of Kinema Junpou 50 actors (under 30) worth watching out.

Yuki Furukawa at 28 almost did not make the cut, but the Litchi Hikari Club lead actor has been in the limelight from the time he took on the role of Naoki in Itazura na Kiss: Love in Tokyo. If you recall, he made headlines when he remarked on the way Japanese shows are casting idols just for the heck of it. Let’s hear it from Furukawa directly:

 “Nobody in Japan cares if you’re successful overseas unless you’re already established here”

The article, written by The Hollywood Reporter’s Gavin J. Blair, explained further:

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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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Casting News + Scoop! [Jan 1-10] Fumi Nikaido’s Mitsui no Aware + Masaki Suda & Tori Matsuzaka reunites in FujiTV show “Era of Us”!

Our first casting buzz for 2016 is all about reunions and first encounters. Take the case of Tori Matsuzaka, Fumi Nikaido and Masaki Suda.

In 2012, Matsuzaka, Nikaido and Suda played childhood friends in The Boy Inside (Osama to Boku) with Suda’s character Morio getting confined in the hospital due to an accident and in coma. I did not particularly buy the story since the chances of someone in “vegetative state” recovering and getting back on his feet is almost nil, but watching the actors together is simply worth my while. Nikaido was doing a bit of over-acting thanks to director Tetsu Maeda, but Suda was just phenomenal that Matsuzaka was obviously trying very hard to match his performance. While both Matsuzaka and Suda appeared in recent movies, being together in “Era of Us” looks interesting. They are joined by another amazing actor, Taiga (who incidentally played Nikaido’s lover in Au revoir l’ ete.) The said show features topics that the actors are supposed to ‘discuss’ about.

UPDATE: ‘Era of Us’ from FujiTv is not a new show as corrected.

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Favorite Japanese Actors and their Fashion Style: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly! – (Part 2) – Tori Matsuzaka, Shohei Miura, Masahiro Higashide

Part Two of our 10 favorite fashion-savvy Japanese actors features relative newcomers, compared to Part One. But being new to the movie industry only add to their star value, so to speak – Tori Matsuzaka is beginning to level up his acting and is now a threat to grab roles usually reserved to Osamu Mukai and Haruma Miura…

Shohei Miura may be regarded as a favorite among fangirls for his ‘pin-up’ appeal but an acting award proved there is more to the young actor than a pretty face. Finally, a model turned actor and who was personally handpicked to lead the 3rd movie of the Crow Zero franchise, Masahiro Higashide.

Who says only Joe Odagiri and Shota Matsuda rule the fashion scene?

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