If you feel like giving a shout out to a J-actor you love but I neglected to mention, feel free to add them in the comments section.
What I love the most about Japanese leading men is that they are all so very different from each other, both in onscreen presence and acting styles.
He’s a great actor with the ability to disappear into any role yet always retain this aura of awareness. He’s the type of handsome that once you get it, you’ll never stop seeing how gorgeous he is. with Kitagawa Keiko, which is just a brilliant stroke of casting him as George.
I don’t find him cute in the least, but he always elicits the right emotions from me when watching him act. Oguri Shun Maybe the best “actor” of his generation (along with Yamada Takayuki), but his penchant for picking the oddest projects really turn me off watching more of his works. As a young actor, he probably has the most extensive body of work amongst his peers, and is a true chameleon.
But really he’s way more talented than playing a variety of the cookie-cutter romantic hero, even if I loved all the ones he’s played.
He’s now one of the elder statesman of J-actors, one who can do any role in any project.
I’ve never found Shun attractive, but he always impresses me.
Toshiaki is an actor’s actor, with his early fluffy doramas (like Imouto wo) happening because he’s so damn good looking the man has to fan service us all.I believe that had he not hit his stride as an actor at the same time as Kimu Taku, he would be an even bigger star today.Imagine a talented basketball player hitting his prime at the same time as Michael Jordan, and that is what happened with Yutaka and Kimu Taku.A couple of months ago I did a write up on TW-actors and TW-actresses, which was relatively easy to do since there just aren’t that many of them occupying the perch as certifiable leads.The same isn’t true elsewhere, which is why I’ve been hesitant to attempt it for other industries.Fukuyama Masaharu This guy has my number for some inexplicable reason.He was my biggest J-crush growing up, being a singer and actor that was just so darn appealing onscreen.Kimu Taku is famous for doing one dorama a year, and it’s always highly anticipated.Last year’s ren’ai does nothing for me, other than add to my Takenouchi Yutaka love.I spent both Season 1 and Season 2 of the wonderfully touching (Under One Roof) hoping he’d get the girl (the once young and darling Noriko Sakai), which he ended up doing at the very end. My favorite Masa dorama remains could turn a girl into a woman just like that.I will always remember him as Hata-san (and perhaps dreaming I was his Teruteru-Bozu).