Furukawa Yuki Criticizes Japanese Film and Television Industries in Interview with The Hollywood Reporter

Furukawa Yuki currently stars in the new Fuji TV drama “5→9 ~Watashi ni Koi Shita Ikemen Sugiru Obousan~”, along side Ishihara Satomi and Yamashita Tomohisa. His new film “Lychee Hikari Club” recently debuted at The Busan International Film Festival. His looks have enabled him to rise in the Japanese movie and television industries, but he also has studied acting, in addition to being a graduate of Keio University’s science program. With an ability to speak English and an international outlook, he made a presentation in English earlier this week at The Tokyo International Film Festival. After his presenation, Yuki sat down with noted American entertainment magazine The Hollywood Reporter to discuss the acting scene in Japan. He had some good and bad things to say.

Models, tv personalities, and musicians, particularly members of idol groups, are cast in projects regularly even though their acting ability isn’t up to par. “Japanese audiences watch dramas because they want to see the people in it, and because they like the manga or anime they’re often based on, not because of the quality of the story,” Yuki stated. “It’s fun for audiences to get to see musicians they like, even though many of them can’t act.”

Having grown up in Canada and the US and studied method acting, he noted that things are different in the American industry because people actually study acting there.

He also says that the sourcing of manga and anime for film and tv projects has its ups and downs. The large amount of available manga and anime content with a unique Japanese flair helps projects succeed because of a large fanbase that is already established for that content. However, the preference for this content that already has a built-in fanbase stifles the opportunities for original content for film and television.

The popularity of manga and anime in Asia can help these related film and television projects succeed in the region, but this doesn’t work in the US. New American projects are made based on manga and anime instead of actually showing the original movies based on that content (Thomas did a post on this practice recently).

Yuki found fame in China last year after his drama “Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in TOKYO” was aired there. He has a over a million followers on the Chinese social media platform Weibo. This led to him starring in the joint Japanese / Chinese drama “Mysterious Summer.” “Itazura na Kiss ~ Love in TOKYO” is based on a manga, just like “5→9 ~Watashi ni Koi Shita Ikemen Sugiru Obousan~” and “Lychee Hikari Club.”

Despite his Chinese success and acting with London’s acclaimed  Royal Shakespeare Company, Yuki is trying to establish himself in Japan. “Nobody in Japan cares if you’re successful overseas, unless you’re already established here,” he says. He longs to win a major Japanese acting award.

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  • Comments

    • mi

      rip to his career once the wota are done with him

    • sumomona

      he didn’t say anything wrong. hope he doesn’t get backlash for it.

    • Yes

      Where’s the lie tho?

      I haven’t watch anything he’s in so IDK about his acting ability but what he’s saying is the
      truth that most Japanese actors (no, i dont mean Johnies n LDH ppl, I mean actual actors) are aware of. He’s just brave enough to say it out loud.

    • Sayuri kawakami arevalo

      and his partner is yamapi XDD but its true ….all doramas has johnys :/

    • guest

      that’s why I don’t watch Jdramas anymore…the bad actings annoy the shit out of me.

    • hiroama

      yet he has the same level acting with idols that he is talking about though. he thinks too highly of himself.

      • Are you sure about that though? Studying method acting, acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company… That’s different than being put in something only because you’re in a boyband from a powerful company.

        • nothingsover

          I agree. I’m very curious to see him act in English, or at least in more serious roles. It’s tough to demonstrate your skills as an actor when you’re constantly placed in simple roles. He was fine in Itazura na Kiss but that role itself isn’t all that complex. Just because he’s known for his face doesn’t mean he isn’t a fine actor – he just needs the right venue to show that off.

        • neenja

          A lot of Hollywood actors who studied acting still has Lifetime TV quality of acting. A study degree doesn’t necessarily translate to actual talent.

          Not saying Furukawa is a so-so actor. He can act but not to the degree as Nagase Tomoya, Okada Junichi or even Kimura Takuya. In fact from what I see he has the same one dimensional charactaerization as most Johnny’s actor is plagued by. It could possibly because he has been playing similar type of characters. If he’s that good in method acting or Royal Shakepere co. level, his skill should’ve met Yamada Takayuki, Hiroki Narimiya or at least Yagira Yuya.

          • 23

            also, maybe the plays they did at the royal mmmm had CHARACTER DEPTH?!1 lol. nagsase and okada and friends have been acting for so long (they make you act when you’re a johnny’s jr (act, host, sing, dance) , so acting might have been their ‘ calling’ lol..

          • Maria Bardina

            Okada Junichi is a special case, though he is from V6, he developed himself personnaly. He red a lot, at lwast. There are very few examples of good acting, as Okada presents, due his personal skills and talent, which is special. As for the idea, that focusing on manga content could lead to nothing, it is obvious. Though I am a great fan of anime, I would not say, I like live adaptations of them. Because the seiu tradition provides anime a high level of actors play. But live actions mostly poor on such voicing. I never watch anime with the Russian translation, as it misleads me from getting into the real emotions and actors play.
            But I should not say, the Japaneese media insdustry has low potential. I followed most of the latest movies and explore the origination of them. Those plots having been originated from serious literature, since fiction, history settings (e.g. Eternal Zero) are solid and entertaining in one. Thus, I believe there are still many sources to search for)

            I also do not agree, that Furukawa is a poor at acting in moies. He has at leas good potential. And he is from such kind of actors, which are less keen on providing emotional play (again to compare to such actor as Hiroshi and Okada), but playing mostly with the voice and tone. This could be reffered to as a special actors manner, as for me)))

            Besides, I believe, that the only problem of Japaneese movie Industry is the original

            scenarios, rather than actors’ play. But mostly as compared to USA actors and actors from other
            asian countries. Because as for me, USA actors lack vivid emotions, and
            they revealing too banal, too much training and learning may be hermful for the vivid talents.

        • hiroama

          just because someone took acting class, doesnt mean he good at acting. i saw his dramas and i am not impressed. maybe it’s not the case to you.

        • Cleao

          Furukawa never studied acting at a professional school, he only took a few small courses here and there which is what everybody can do, as long as you pay enough, this means nothing. Really studying acting means that you attended an acting school, which means that you have to pass an entrance exam – these are the really good schools and very few Japanese actors passed such an education.

          Working with the Royal Shakespeare Company was luck and I was not really impressed by him in ‘Anjin: The Shogun and The English Samurai’.

          • What I’m saying if that he actually does have training, unlike most people he’s talking about. And I’m sure that working the the Royal Shakespeare Company comes down to more than just luck.

            • :|

              So he’s had training but he still sucks?

              • veannedeas

                lol basically yeah…

            • neenja

              Johnny’s do have professional training. They just don’t advertise it like this kid is doing.
              They have classes, workshops and actual several years of stage experience. Yukio Ninagawa (who’s known for his harsh directing methods and risky, demanding materials) is part of Johnny’s talents mentor. Even established talents were made to go to private acting workshops with foreign (hollywood maybe) acting coaches and directors. Arashi members recently revealed this – not detailed of course, but more about the hilarious acting tests they were directed to do.

              • chest

                haha ‘ you are a balloon floating in an updraft and suddenly there is a storm.. but you;re just a balloon.. its inevitable that the storm is going to destroy you… and…. act!

                nino is a good actor.. he actually passed auditions to get iwo jima.. and he wasn’t even sure if he should do it. But the casting people saw good look for the movie and acting. all the acting in that movie was really good.. and i say good acting comes from a good director.

                clint eastwood could give two shits about idols and he didn;t know nino was famous until after the fact. But he even said the kid was going places. Nino was offered a lot of hollywood roles after the letters, but he turned them down and decided not to pursue hollywood. He turned them down for arashi and like he said .. “i;m just an idol in a boyband in japan”. So I think some johnny’s and friends deserve SOME credit lol.

                in the end, johnny’s is like a talent agency, they require you to learn EVERYTHING and if you’re one of those that stand out, you;ll be given more opportunity to hone in on those skills, and if not.. *shrug.

                models are the end all evil of bad quality everything hahahah ( i just kid, or do i?)

                • 12

                  also, a lot of productions will chose someone who is less experience or not as perfect as an actor, if they 1. are very easy to work with 2. NOT a drama queen 3. remember scripts fast ( cause time is money) 4. they see drive

          • 123

            hahaha a few small courses lol

            I think of ALL acting, the uk people are on the top. Most of the ones that appear in movies, dramas … almost all of them have theatre background and studied ( actually study) acting. I also really think acting methods don’t translate well overseas.. there are certain ’emotions’ that don’t even exist in the other cultural spectrum..

            Asia always wants to cast young and popular, where as in the uk they aren’t afraid to cast any age, race, gender.. as long as the acting is top notch.

            I mean, do they even have audition processes in asia?

            • Cleao

              I can´t speak for all of Asia, but in Japan auditions are very rare, especially for TV and movie parts as this is mostly managed by talent agencies who are most of the time invested in the production itself and therefore have it easy to place their own “talents” in. It´s rather another kind of product placement.

              The best actors in Japan are those with a serious theatre backround as well, excluding member of idol plays and those who appear rarely in any. And, that has a reason. The more acting methods you have learned, the better you are able to translate your skills to a medium, if it´s the stage, tv or movie camera – this is true range.

              Yes, the british ( secondly the US actors) are really the best trained ones internationally. There are some Japanese talents on that level, but they sadly aren´t that overly popular in Japan like many It-actors who dominate the casting news.

        • 123

          i think some people can have a natural knack for acting, ditto to music, dance, etc.. they got that ‘it’ factor that just needs to be refined. Where others can study study but regardless can’t get that ‘naturalness’ GOOD acting is. I Worked on films etc before and i’ll just say… d-listers.. are more arrogant than a-listers…so hahah everyone is full of themselves lol hahah.. at least there are the few idols that are humble enough to just be greatful for the opportunity to try acting.. but i digress lol.

          Maybe his acting was good in english, but it doesn’t translate as well in japan? It’s the same when you see ‘asian’ actors try to act in english, a japanese director directing in another language, and vice versa lol.. It just comes off disjointed and.. the dialogue is awkward.

          They need better directors and scripts, cause no matter how good the actor is.. if the script is crap ( Cough, attack on titan).. nothing can save it lol.

          What needs to change is asia’s obsession with idol worship culture ( china, japan, korea, if anything i think the idol culture from korea is more insane than japan). We have to stop focusing on fame and attractive people as the top selling point… but that will never happen.. there’s just too much money to make ( especially fast) when you just slap someone famous in the markee:)

          Also, to some idols credits, they end up becoming pretty good actors ( matter of opinion) while others are just not good lol.

      • sarah

        You sound like your kinda just hating on him. He has actually studied and was with a highly pristine company so yeah he does kinda have a right to say what he has. He’s not wrong, a lot of dramas and movies in Japan put to much into the aesthetic and not the quality. To much in ” Who can make this be viewed.” rather on ” How can we make this good.”.

        The guy has studied and paid his dues so for you to say he is on the same level as someone who’s only gotten acting gigs cause they were popular or were an idol is hilariously wrong.

        • neenja

          He is not at the same level as Okada Junichi, Nagase Tomoya or Kimura Takuya. All idols.
          Fyi, idols paid their dues too.

          • 12

            YAS agree.

            like 10+ years of dues and being ridiculed for being an idol

        • lufie

          We all agree with his comments. That were facts. If he is only a movie/drama analysis then he was right. But since he also a pro actor he should show it with his work before talk. I think that what most people want to say here.

        • Tameta

          Just because he has studied does not mean he is good. You can try hard and still fail, especially in the arts/entertainment industry. Meanwhile, it’s quite possible for people who have never taken acting classes to be naturally good at it (Robert Downey Jr, for example, never studied acting, but he is considered extremely skilled). True, he did not get roles because of idol status, but I still wouldn’t call him a good actor. If his acting skills are on par with someone who has never studied acting, then of course they are on the same level.

          That said, I actually agree with quite a few of his comments. If he wants those awards though, he’ll have to try a lot harder and not just assume he’s already good enough because of a few classes.

    • niel

      Not only Idols, some Japanese actors lack acting ability too. Or maybe that’s just the acting they know in Japan…

      • guest

        Not just some actors – almost all of them lack acting ability.

    • sanchan

      I agree with his opinions about the state of Japanese film. Total fact: too many mediocre actors out there. But when I think back to his own acting, I don’t think he should be the one making those comments.

    • sarah

      I agree with him . Take prison school now you know that shit’s being made for certain reasons . Japanese dramas and movies put to many mediocre/not qualified people i.e pretty idols, models , group members just to sell tickets. Yeah, there is some quality and not all of them suck at acting, but what he’s saying is there is no focus on quality or independent, individuality . Damn he worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company how am I just knowing this ? BRAVO it takes skill, he’s got the skill. I hope his dream comes true, but damn he should aim higher go for the Oscar. I believe in you Yuki.

    • eplizo

      No lies told. He kinda just spoke the obvious and what’s on everyone’s mind.

      • neenja

        Not on my mind. One of my pet peeves is this unfair generalization that Johnny’s can’t act when a majority can. At least they are better actors than Higashide or Sota and some can act circles around this boy.

        • eplizo

          Of course there’s good Johnny’s actors, but you’re nitpicking and missing the point. I’m sure you can acknowledge, to at least some extent, that it’s generally true that lots of idols get booked for name value, and that lots of projects are based on amines and manga because they have fanbases. He never said that all idol actors are bad, otherwise everyone would obviously disagree with that too.

          • neenja

            I do agree with some of his points but not the Johnny’s shade.

        • guest

          There are actually few Japanese actors that can act well, just as there are only a few Johnny’s that can act well.
          There are some veteran actors who are very good but the new actors are just as bad as the idols.

        • midori

          Aren’t both of the actors you mentioned from ao haru ride and strobe edge? Io sakisaka mangas?

    • Cleao

      This is not untrue, but this would have been more convincing coming from an actually good actor, which he isn´t. Instead of skill is for a Japanese actor often his popularity and talent agency crucial, in this case Horipro. He is just just an example for the obvious.

      • neenja

        If this is coming from Yuya Yagira, I wouldn’t object at all. Or Kikuchi Rinko’s husband (can’t remember his name)

        • Cleao

          Well, Yuya Yagira and Sometani Shota aren´t really good actors either and in this matter simply very overrated, but that´s the path Furukawa obviously wants to go and he has the right talent agency for this, like those two. Now he only needs enough publicity for his next movie, which is so bad that many find it good and voilà, he is close to winning a Japanese acting award. That´s how it goes in Japan for years now …

          • neenja

            Yuya is almost an unknown now but he’s still internationally recognized for winning Cannes Best Actor award. Shota is known internationally for his Sono Shion movie. Both are better actors than Furukawa. What Furukawa has a bit of an edge is his fluent English and height. I won’t be surprised if he’s already auditioning for Hollywood’s Death Note, Akira or something that’s why the boldness in this interview.

            • Cleao

              Both, Yagira and Sometani, had once received one award for a certain part and since then they had been living off that success, without showing any further improvement nor any range.

              Furukawa simply is a bad actor and his success is more hanging on the influence of Horipro than his talent. ;)

    • neenja

      Agreeing with some of his views but the other half.. meh. I think his acting is actually at the same level or lower than of some of the idol actors he’s shading though.

      Is he a better actor than:
      1)Ikuta Toma? 2)Ninomiya Kazunari? 3)Kusanagi Tsuyoshi 4)Ohno Satoshi? 5) HSJ Yuto? 6) HSJ Yamada? 6)Nishikido Ryo? 7)Kazama Shunsuke? 8)Takuya Kimura? 9)Okada Junichi? 10)Nagase Tomoya?
      These are idols who gets drama offers regularly and actually are good actors. I’m not including those who are questionable like Yamapi & Aiba

      Please tell me what you think Arama

      • The truth about Johnny’s

        1) Toma is “meh” most of the time. He surprised me a couple of times, but most of the time, he’s mediocre. 2) Nino is good most of the time, but sometimes he can be really mediocre/bad 3) I’ve seen too few dramas with him to have an opinion, but I kind of like him. 4) Ohno is way overrated! He’s really average and can even be bad. 5) Yuto is OK 6) Yamada is WAYYYY overrated!!! He’s indeed “meh”!!! 6bis) Ryo has ups and downs 7) Don’t even know him! 8) Kimutaku has only ONE role played ad nauseam 9) OK, Okada IS good! 10) Tomoya can be very good, but he has been way TOO MUCH typecast and it’s getting tiring to see him making faces and playing the “baka” on screen.

      • K.Y.

        I really like Ryo, Yamada and Nino’s acting. Yuki isn’t a bad actor but definitely isn’t that good as them.

      • chiibug

        1) Toma – Pretty average, but he can act; need to see more of his range. 2) Nino – He’s pretty good, yep. Definitely more entertaining to watch (imo) than Yuki though. 3) Haven’t seen his stuff yet. 4) Ohno – Mostly good with theater, I believe, his acting is meant for the stage; see the thing that makes people think he’s so great is because he consistently keeps this image of being “lazy” so when he actually does try, it blows people away. 5-6) I have yet to see HSJ kids’ dramas. 7) Ryo? Lol no thanks. 7-10) They’re pretty good.

        Yuki definitely has some valid points, but overall, I don’t think it’s fair to say they’re not talented enough to act when really, I think it boils down to the material they’re being given. Sometimes, some Johnny’s are so laughingly bad but some can really pull it off (and I’m saying this as a fan) but sometimes, I think they’re not being given good material to work with.

        • 123

          7. kazama is a really good actor, hence why he ended up focusing on acting rather than singing and dancing ( but he was actually really good at those 2 things too haha).

          but ya, i rather see good actors over good looking people.. that;s what dramas are like too. But to idols credits, some idols (most) are pushed to do it, while others find acting their calling, etc.

          I think the worse worse culprit aren’t idols but MODELS lol.. how many times have you seen models turned actor, models turned singers.. at least idols are suppose to be jack of all trades.. but models.. models are purely casted because of looks.. not talent hahah

          • shokura

            I think the worse worse culprit aren’t idols but MODELS lol.. how many times have you seen models turned actor, models turned singers.. at least idols are suppose to be jack of all trades.. but models.. models are purely casted because of looks.. not talent hahah

            THIS. Just look at Kiritani Mirei. She’s freaking everywhere and can’t even act! I remember seeing her in one drama EVERY seasons last year, I think? Overpushed, and even sucks in acting. Just a pretty face. *headdesk*

            • I watched Mirei in last year’s Taiga and she was great, her portrayal left a good impression on me. Given the right and more challenging roles, she can be good. Same case with FuruYuki…

          • meimichi

            Kazama’s performance in Soredemo Ikiteyuku was the best I’ve ever seen from a Johnny’s actor. I wish he were getting bigger roles :(

          • chiibug

            agreed. there are far too many models who are only cast for their faces and not for their acting abilities.

      • aqua88

        You missed Kamenashi!

      • starlightshimmers

        Anyone can study theatre in university, it doesn’t even have to be your major, you can take it as an elective. A lot of actors and performers who are in Broadway and Hollywood films don’t even have degrees in theatre.

      • pinkchole

        Ikuta Toma, Nakajima Yuto, Kamzama Shunsuke, Yamapi , Kimuta Takuya, Nagase Tomoya: mediocre; hit or miss depending on the project
        Kusanagi Tsuyoshi, Yamada Ryosuke, Aiba: need help; sos; can’t act
        Ninomiya Kazunari, Ohno Satoshi, Nishikido Ryo, Okada Junichi: good actors;
        And if I were to put Yuki in one of the columns it would be the ‘can’t act’ one. No matter how much acting he studied, his results aren’t following up. He’s monotone & pretty much emotionless

        • gemz

          Yup. He absolutely can’t act. And I don’t think it will get better any soon.
          And I think the reason for him to be hard to get a good quality story and good roles in dorama/movie is more because of his bad acting.

      • mugiwara

        1) Toma is okay, not great, but once in a while he’s good.
        2) Nino can act really well when he wants to, such as in Iwo Jima and Ao no Honoo, but sometimes it’s like he doesn’t even care.
        3) Tsuyoshi is pretty good
        4) Ohno is a hit or miss
        5) Only seen Yuto in one drama, but he was pretty good in that one.
        6a) Yamada is meh…
        6b) Ryo is another hit or miss
        7) Haven’t seen him in anything, but have heard good things about his acting
        8) Kimutaku tends to be rather typecast, but he definitely has screen presence
        9) Okada is actually good. Though now he’s tending more and more to be typecast, and he himself knows it. I hope he takes on more varied roles since he’s aware of it. Though to be fair, he is really good at action scenes.
        10) Nagase is another one who has been overly typecast.

        Some other good actors I think are missing on your list are K8’s Yasuda Shota (I almost didn’t recognize him in Yakou Kanransha) and V6’s Morita Go (he’s very highly acclaimed as a stage actor, and I hope he gets more drama/movie roles in the future).

      • gaga

        Yamapi is Yamapi. Even some people said he is not good actor. He still got main role everytimes and people watch him lol it is between hit or miss. When he got role that suit him he can be great too.

    • wow4tr5

      furukawa acting is not really good if i say so. Okada Junichi acting is better than him

      • lovely

        okada is one of the rare exceptions out of the leagues of idols though. he wasn’t gori-oshied and shoved into every drama at first either. save for the 2-3 johnny’s dramas he appeared in, he started off in very small roles. he’s talking about the EXILE dudes that get their own dramas without any experiences, the AKB girls stuck into every drama for no apparent reason, the talentless johnny’s getting lead roles over and over again, etc.

        • neenja

          Idols who are dominating drama scenes are mainly Johnny’s. He ain’t talking about side character akbgirls or LDH-wearenotidols.weareartists-Tribe.

          • lovely

            which is why i used commas and mentioned all of them. it’s all of them. they’re all seen as idols to the gp and exile guys have been getting lead roles and “dominating” left and right (GTO, binta, wild heroes, that one with takahiro and takei emi as the leads, that exile tribe drama that’s running right now). oshima yuko and watanabe mayu’s lead dramas were giant wastes of time ratings wise, etc. johnny’s are the biggest problem of course, but when you add in exile tribe and AKB it’s far past oversaturation.

            • K.Y.

              Yuko has already graduated, so isn’t “akb girl stuck in a drama”, and Mayu was an exception. AKB dramas are usually aired late night, they don’t get lead roles in prime time.
              ‘Otto no kanojo’ (which starred Furukawa Yuki) was a flop, and didn’t have idols. People usually says that dramas flop because of idols, but actually that’s not true.

            • neenja

              The point is, when people are talking about acting idols they’ll be thinking about Johnny’s first. Okada had his “gorioshi” era too when he did Kisarazu Cats Eye to Tokyo Tower to Tiger & Dragon and everything in between. It was not technically gorioshi because that title is only reserved for overrated acts and Okada was deserving. I’ll call it “wave”. A lot Johnny’s actors had ridden this wave at some point of their career.
              A lot weren’t shoved to be leads at first try. This is only a recent trend.

              • Ochuu

                Different person but Okada was DEFINITELY not gori-oshied… you even say it yourself. By the time he was finally getting praised for KCE, he had already done a small one part drama with the veteran and award winning Watari Tetsuya in 2001 who said Okada was a wonderful actor and deserved to do more, most of his early work was to play backup and smaller roles against Hirosue Ryoko, Fukatsu Eri and Nakatani Miki. His acting work was very sparse up until SP in 2007, if you don’t count the KCE series…so he definitely was not gori-oshied.

                And yes, Johnny’s is famous for gori-oshing and shoving their idols everywhere. Despite Morita Go being a great actor NOW, he being one of the most popular up and coming idols at the time, was shoved into a lot of dramas between 1995-1997, some of them being even before he debuted and one of them being a taiga drama.

    • 知念

      i still love him he’s just tellin the truth lol

    • anonymous

      This is quite true for many of the actors/actresses in Japan. But I would say Furukawa Yuki’s acting skills isn’t up to par as well. Wish there are more good actors like Masataka Kubota…

    • omi

      Unfortunately, this is true for most of the idols but few get better, maybe because of their talent or more appearance in acting.

    • iGleaux

      Man at the idol fans in here weeping. If you really think your fave is one of the good ones you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

      • :|

        No one here is disagreeing with him. What he’s saying is true but he’s saying it as if he himself is a good actor when he’s not.

      • neenja

        Not weeping but I hate the untalented stigma on my fairly talented idols

      • kunyit

        i agree with what he said but his quality is subpar below with some johnnys actor idol whom he called not great :D

    • hotaru hime

      i’m Asian, and a fan of anime/ mangas. I agree with what he’s saying, which is really true and speaks out what most people are thinking when it comes of choice of actors, and plot preferences.
      (I watch dramas because my favourite actors/idols are in it too.. *guilty*)

      Not limited to Japan, some parts of asia r the same too. It can be a disadvantage to talented newcomers, especially when they are not really models/ idols. But with some luck, they might be given supporting roles with non-typical character settings etc to be recognized by the audiences.

      From what I see, not many Japanese actors (non-idols/ musicians) are famous outside of Japan. Especially in Asia, where Korean is the hype now. He is quite lucky.

      Personally, I’ve not seen enough of his work to comment about his acting abilities. The ones I’ve seen him on, his roles are quite similar… Hope he’ll play more interesting roles in the future :)

    • Kiang Sheryl

      it is so interesting to see people on arama be like that’s why i don’t watch jdramas and people on omona be like jdramas have more content than kdramas. subjectivity….

    • lwavesurfer

      He sounds like a pretentious prick.

    • eruki

      It is between brave, honest, want to looking down and feel superior , envy the idol’s spotlight or just want attention. I will think positiv that he was just honest and objective. though I watch 5 to 9, I will honest too, his acting is just same level as yamapi.

      • guest0

        I think yamapi is better since I watched more of yamapi’s popular dramas and he was good in some of them. I watched more his works than yuki’s. I only watched him in itazura na kiss and his acting was nothing special and so basic there. Is there anyone can recommend me his other drama or movie that can show his better acting?I got interest with him after this article lol

    • kaorunanda

      Too bad he is just the same as the idols he talking about.

    • imaguest

      I really don’t understand the mentality that you have to have “the right” to criticize something or someone. Does he really need to be some award-winning actor in order to criticize how people are cast in dramas or movies? It’s like with beauty pageants. Do you have to be the most beautiful of them all in order to have the right to judge the contestants?

      I’m just venting this out. I’m not looking for a discussion. Thanks.

    • Yuna

      TBH I watched him in Itazura Na Kiss and recent 5 To 9, BUT his acting level is exactly what he said to other idols as well. But it is true what he said but coming from someone who not really that good doesn’t sound convincing AT ALL. ^^;

      However, one thing about Jdrama is their storyline that make you forget how bad they act (for some cases). And for obvious reason is THE FACE of the actor that have main attraction. People don’t care as long as the actor is handsome and they can stare at the screen for long time…

      Talk about Johnny’s idols, V6’s Okada Junichi had proven that he is very good actor. He won Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor simultaneously at same awards. That really something. And they have Kimura Takuya who “everyone” favourites and one of actor-idol who always have highest ratings. But one thing about Johnny’s is that they don’t really allow their idols to be in awards. Kimura Takuya had backing up from nomination plenty times. Just recently they allow Okada Junichi to be nominated in Japan Academy Awards. If there is NO restrictions I actually believe that more and more Johnny’s will be nominated..Ikuta Toma is one convincing actor. He is more versatile than Furukawa Yuki tho. He acted in many different roles. People will always remember him as epic Nakatsu in Hana Kimi. I don’t think Furukawa Yuki left something that people will always remember in his acting. In fact his roles in INK is easily forgotten. I am waiting for they day he prove me wrong.. Even for Yamapi he left something for fans to remember him from his drama.

      • The truth about Johnny’s

        Are you the same person posting more or less the same thing with different nicknames? Are you working for Johnny’s? or just a hardcore fan?

        “And for obvious reason is THE FACE of the actor that have main
        attraction. People don’t care as long as the actor is handsome and they
        can stare at the screen for long time…”
        >> Seriously, speak about yourself only!!! I, personally, DO CARE about the quality of the drama/movie, and I won’t watch something only for a pretty face or a great body. I need SUBSTANCE!!!

        “Toma is one convincing actor. He is more versatile than Furukawa Yuki
        tho. He acted in many different roles. People will always remember him
        as epic Nakatsu in Hana Kimi.”
        >> lol And that’s what I would call an awful example! I couldn’t stand watching more than half an hour of the first episode of this terrible drama, even if it starred a few of my favorite actors…

        Now regarding Japanese awards, they are a total joke, and the most laughable of them being the Nikkan Sports Awards, especially the drama ones (but also to some extend the movie ones) which constantly give awards to Johnny’s. No agency would ever have restrictions for their actors to participate in other award ceremonies. The only restriction is their lack of talent. Johnny’s control EVERYTHING and if the media do not obey, they get sanctioned!!!! If Johnny’s talents are not nominated in awards ceremonies, it’s because 1) they lack talent and 2) the jumisho doesn’t want to see its “talents” humiliated/beaten by serious actors in serious award ceremonies, when they already have the Nikkan Sports Awards specially tailored/bought for their needs/self-proclaimed glory…
        http://neojaponisme.com/2011/05/23/the-jimusho-system-part-three/
        “Johnny’s Jimusho have been one of the companies to conspicuously
        leverage this power with the media. As a general principle, the company
        refuses to allow its boy bands to appear on any TV shows with other
        rival boy bands. In the 1990s, this meant popular groups like Da Pump or
        w-inds from the Burning-backed Rising Production had a very difficult
        time appearing on the Johnny’s-dominated music show “Music Station.” In
        recent years, hit Korean group Toho Shinki (TVXQ) had similar issues.
        So when Fuji TV music show “Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ” decided to
        throw its lot in with Da Pump and the rival Johnny’s groups in the
        late-1990s, Johnny’s Jimusho effectively would not let their talent
        appear on the show for over five years. When a new producer came in and
        stopped offering guest spots to non-Johnny’s boy bands, Johnny’s acts
        came back with full force. (More here.)
        This is a perfect example of jimusho power in action: Even when the TV
        station tried to challenge Johnny’s Jimusho, they eventually had to give
        up the strategy.”

        Regarding Kimutaku, he only gets recognition because of the brainwashing made on the general public by his agency about his “persona” and how “perfect” he’s supposed to be.
        Here’s a citation about J&A’s tactic:
        https://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?t=122695&page=5
        “In the case of TV dramas, the agency known as Johnny & Associates
        (Johnny’s Jimusho) is thought by many to be one of the most difficult.
        Johnny’s controls Japan’s most popular boy bands and their members, from
        SMAP and Tokio to V6 and Hey! Say Jump!, and get those guys placed in
        pretty much all of the popular dramas. Johnny’s requires approval on
        every step of the process, and have a reputation for being so difficult
        that many companies in Japan refuse to even attempt to work with them.
        To give some indication of how ridiculous they can get, Cyzo Magazine
        reported earlier this year that with SMAP’s Takuya Kimura reprising his
        lead role for the Space Battleship Yamato live action sequel, the agency
        is demanding that all the space battles and CG be ditched in favor of
        human drama with lots of close-ups. ”
        >> Which is pretty ironical/hilarious if you’ve watched this terrible movie with cringeworthy acting, especially from Kimura…

        • Yuna

          LOL first thing first just because you see other comments with similar opinions doesn’t make it only one person? Johnny’s have a lot of fans to begin with…and why would I spent more time writing the same thing in this articles?

          Whatever you try to explain, Japan still won’t works like what Furukawa Yuki trying to imagine and would be and far more different than US obviously although what he said there are some truth BUT it is Japan and that what they’ve been doing AND majority of Japanese want it anyway. Majority of them WANT pretty face. They are the one that contribute TV ratings, box office sales..

          I have no problem with him but his statement just scream to himself. He doesn’t even prove anything. At least for some idols they did prove something in their drama/movies people actually praised them based on acting not face.

          Have you even watch Itazura Na Kiss? TBH it even worse than Hana Kimi.

          Actually i see A LOT of actors and actresses from big companies working with them. From Horipro, Lespros, KEN-ON to name a few.

          FYI, not only Johnny’s got to control everything BUT other actors company especially control almost everything that involve drama/movie. I heard these many times that a company actually pay for anime/manga/novels when it get live-adaptation they will going to star their own actors. That’s why we get to see some newbie actors stars in a movie as lead, the never-ending “bad actors” as lead as well and actors keep being push by the company to star in every drama/movies. If the actors grow to be an awesome actor now that’s great he might go in-depth with his/her acting skills.

          • The truth about Johnny’s

            “Have you even watch Itazura Na Kiss? TBH it even worse than Hana Kimi.”
            >> Haven’t watched Itazura na Kiss’s live-action drama. I watched the anime, though, which I truly detested and regretted watching it until the end. So I didn’t want to see the live-action about a desperate girl (with no self-respect) so obsessed about the looks, brain and money of a guy that she let him constantly bully her…

          • K.Y.

            “FYI, not only Johnny’s got to control everything BUT other actors company especially control almost everything that involve drama/movie. I heard these many times that a company actually pay for anime/manga/novels when it get live-adaptation they will going to star their own actors. That’s why we get to see some newbie actors stars in a movie as lead, the never-ending “bad actors” as lead as well and actors keep being push by the company to star in every drama/movies. If the actors grow to be an awesome actor now that’s great he might go in-depth with his/her acting skills.”

            thisss why people think only Johnnys get main roles just because they are Johnnys? The other companies work the same way. That’s why there are so many gorioshi actresses like Takei and Goriki.

        • Ann

          “Regarding Kimutaku, he only gets recognition because of the brainwashing
          made on the general public by his agency about his “persona” and how
          “perfect” he’s supposed to be”….. lol
          If we were to discuss about Kimutaku and brainwashing, I´d say another big one is “Kimutaku is always kimutaku, doing the same role”.
          I personally don´t care about his persona; it just happens that because I watch J Drama, I´ve stumbled upon some of his dramas and after having watched Mr Brain, Sora Kara, Sleeping Forest, I am home & Ando Lloyd, I found him versatile and enjoyed his acting and couldn´t understand this “Kimutaku=always kimutaku”. Of course, if you want to find mannerisms, you´ll find some like for every actor (good or bad)
          That being said, I am neither pro nor anti Johnny, they are some I enjoy watching act, some I don´t… but I guess I feel all the same for other actors from other agencies

        • mugiwara

          I agree with you about Nikkan Sports, it’s pretty atrocious, really. Occasionally there are some surprises when a non-idol drama wins, but those are few and far between.

          But when it comes to awards like the Japan Academy Awards and Blue Ribbon Awards, I think it’s a little different. Nominations are not by the public (i.e. fangirls) but by actual film critics – i.e. what you mentioned as a “serious awards ceremony”. When a Johnny’s is nominated, it means he actually has talent and is on roughly the same level as the other nominees/”serious actors” (though of course, only one of them would eventually be able to win the award). It’s an honour in and of itself to be nominated, and certainly there is no humiliation even if one does not actually win the award in the end.

          That’s why it was such a big deal that Okada Junichi was nominated for, and eventually won, both Best Male Lead and Best Male Supporting Actor at last year’s Japan Academy Awards. The awards put him on the same pedestal as those who have won before him – acclaimed actors such as Watanabe Ken and Abe Hiroshi. Of course, Okada is one of the rare few in Johnny’s who can actually act…

          • Cleao

            The problem with the Japan Academy Awards, Blue Ribbon Award and Elan d´or Awards in Japan, which are supposed to be serious, is that they are presented by a ominous jury existing of producers and film critics who are closely connected or even part of the most prominent talent agencies.

            Let´s take Sometani Shota´s Toys Factory as example. Some even believe that this is a very small agency, but aren´t aware that this is really the 4th biggest Japanese record label and a subsidiary of VAP, who are themselves a subsidiary of Nippon Television Holdings Inc., who are publishing even a few magazines themselves. That´s the jimusho system.

    • chiibug

      To be honest, I’ve only seen him in ItaKiss and he was just one-note there that this declaration coming from him is a bit embarrassing. I’ve yet to see more of his range and what he can do, because his character in ItaKiss (though I enjoyed the show, honestly) does not leave any favourable impressions acting-wise.

      Also, I came in here expecting that this would be a great diss but it’s… tame? Like he has some valid points and it’s true that it’s harder to get original content out there because of the strong following of manga adaptations. Haven’t really considered that before.

    • Anonymous

      Trust me if he’s not acted in “manga/anime adaptation” he will go nowhere. Even great actor who won plenty of awards also act in “manga/anime adaptation”. Based on his works, he doesn’t have enough experience working with idol/models/etc. He once worked with Okada Junichi (Eternal Zero) and Yamapi (5 to 9). And Okada Junichi is wayyyy better than him. And Honoka Miki whom he worked with in Itazura Na Kiss is a model okay.

      Being honest is okay but make sure it doesn’t reflect on you back. I will absolutely understand if it coming from someone who proven their acting is great (not necessarily have an awards tho).

      • He played a part in Eternal Zero? I never noticed….

    • guest0

      He should grateful to his hit manga adaptations. If it was not for itakiss people probably still not know him and he would not get this popularity.

    • Preteo

      This is like the pot calling the kettle black because as everyone has already said his skills are not praise worthy, but I do agree with him that the Japanese TV and film industries are lacking.
      They do come up with some very interesting projects every year but they could do so much better if they wanted to, especially if they explored more genres and relied more on original material. I often think this is the case for several Asian countries. They all have a tendency to prefer aesthetics over content and quality. It also doesn’t help that Japan is too polite when criticizing works of art. Critics tend to be careful not to be too harsh when judging a drama or movie instead of being blunt and honest, which creates a problem because if there’s no criticism then an industry will conform to mediocrity and nothing will ever improve.

    • Vie

      In my opinion, being a critic doesn’t mean he thinks of himself higher than the people he criticized. Yuki himself is a model turned actor, right? I think he has some points, but the way he talked (and the way the newspaper backed him by explaining that he studied acting, appeared with London’s Shakespeare Company etc made his comments sound that he’s better than the others. But yes most of the time I watch dramas because of idols, especially Nino, LOL.

    • disqus

      Isn’t he working with Yamapi for that rom-com manga adaptation drama this season? As much I agree with his statements. I lost respect to him a bit. His words not proven with his act -_- and some people saying that idol’s comment for Yamapi made him worse. They working for teamwork but he critic his own co-star and airing drama just Zzz and I’m not even johnnys fans.

    • starlightshimmers

      Anyone can study acting in university, it doesn’t even have to be your major, you can take it as an elective. A lot of performers who do Broadway and Hollywood films don’t even have degrees in acting.

    • veannedeas

      What he said are mostly true. But is his acting that great? Obviously not, in fact some of the idols or tv personalities he commented on are probably a better than himself.

    • faifantc

      I mean, people will obviously watch movies and dramas with actors/idols they like. That’s just a fact of entertainment industries everywhere. It’s something that he’s also benefitting from since he got his break in a manga remake drama series with a huge international following, and now he’s getting tons of projects. Also, it’s probably just wishful thinking on my part, but I feel like he’s calling Yamapi out. lol.

      But I’m with him, in that creativity in film and drama in Japan is being heavily stifled because of manga, anime, and novels that already have huge followings. It doesn’t leave much room for reinterpretation for actors, directors, or anyone else involved.

      • disqus

        this guy probably feel left out or something that fuji tv paid the attentions and promos more to Yamapi for their new drama lol but if that’s true what a childish kid.

    • Chez Ganal

      i have not seen any dramas of this kid, but i am mildly impressed that he actually said something lik that. if he actually is saying that because of his frustrations with yamapi and his acting… well… kid, i share the frustration, but what can we say. entertainment is partially a ratings game.

      • guest0

        you should see his acting first then, he is actually not that better acting than yamapi, or maybe worse.

      • gemz

        After you watch his acting, I’m sure that you will want to share about your frustrations with his acting to Yamapi. :)
        Yamapi act better than him.

    • MJ0104

      He’s just trying to shame Yamapi cuz he’s jealous he got all the attention in an English-speaking drama while he speaks english fluently but got a minor role. lol. Good luck with that attitude

    • gemz

      If only those statement came from actor who actually can act, or acting critics, or general public.

      Sorry for being honest, but for me, he can’t act.
      I will compare his acting with a “musician” EXILE AKIRA (they have same impression for me).
      As supporting role = I didn’t notice him at all in High School Debut, like I didn’t notice AKIRA in HYD Final.
      As lead role = I didn’t like his acting in Itakiss more than I didn’t like AKIRA’s in GTO (tbh Itakiss is the 1st drama that the lead actor made me disappointed so much, because he not only can’t act, but also not have any charm that could attract me)
      I don’t watch other filmography from them yet. But if I look from their acting experiences (filmography number and role varieties), I think now AKIRA can act better than him.
      For me, Johnny Yamapi, AAA Nissy, EXILE Alan can act better than him.

      I agree that J-entertainment industry is full of idols with inappropriate talent, and it needs to be fixed. And I never could understand too, with people who watch drama/movie just because the cast (actually its not only happened in Japan).
      But there are always a place for actor who actually can act, just look at Kenichi Matsuyama, Eita, Satoshi Tsumabukki, Hiroki Narimiya, etc.

      So, if he serious with his statements, and responsible to those. I think he should be the first actor who retiring from acting career by himself.

      Tbh, for me, he just another Mukai Osamu, who get acting role, more because his look, face, body, and his ability to speak English fluently, which is for me, not so importance for actor.

    • van

      Since he’s in a drama with Yamapi (an Idol) and Mocomichi (a model, or atleast he started out as one) all he really needs to do is to prove that he is better than those 2. I’ve seen him in Itazura no Kiss and I can actually compare him to other actors with the same role (Taiwan version), he ok but not impressive. I agree to some of his points, some Idols just can’t act but still landed some roles but it’s not the case in general.

      • Maria Bardina

        He plays the only real Irea needed in this particular story from manga. Others a playing ordinary guys with no realtion to Irea from the original at all. Not impressive at all. Troughly speaking, other asian versions have nothing taken from the original, despite of the main story line, neither insight, nor atmosphere. That’s not a question of play, its a question of following the required character, and he managed to do this better than others. I like the special Japaneese charisma he put in this role. To catch this thing one should read originals with using their brain and sense of what real japaneese feel on the subject. I was really dissappointed by other actors in other asian versions, as they are poor, and even Korean guy makes more self-enjoyment, than play.

    • you

      Is he really try to shading yamapi like some people said here? For now, though I also dislike yamapi, he still win more, whether in acting range and his followers. I watched first episode of their new drama and i think yamapi impresive viewers more with his annoying monk role while furukawa only play usual ikemen role.
      I thought when you’re working together you should respect each other.

    • justbeingme

      I think this goes for every country and not only Japan. It’s just the way the world works. There are so many movies with good quality out there, but they get overshadowed by movies with actors/actresses that are much more known to public. If he wants people to watch films/shows for the quality of it, then he should aim to be an actor that people admire for his acting and not his face. Because currently, majority of the public only sees him as an “ikemen” actor. Anyways what he said was true, and I hope he becomes one of those actors that are known for their acting rather than their looks. Good Luck Furukawa Yuki :)

    • Angeline Carista

      but you can’t act as well….

    • I recently got to know him through from the drama 5→9 and was impressed by his fluent English dialogue in there and got interested in seeing more of his works and watched his lead role drama Itazura na Kiss. I also saw a few interviews of him on YouTube and he seems to be a really humble and modest person and shows that he knows he’s got a long way to go in acting and he doesn’t think he’s the best. Actually in one interview I watched of him speaking in English in which he was promoting the drama 5→9. He said he felt honored to be working with Yamapi and Ishihara Satomi and that they’re really nice people. Ishihara Satomi is even like an older sister to him in which he respects because her acting career is like two times of his.

      I don’t think he was saying this to shame anyone or put down Japan and the Japanese film and television industry in any way. It’s more of he was just providing some truth about Japanese culture and how it’s really different from Hollywood. It’s true that most of Japan’s films and dramas seem to come from mostly anime/manga and I agree with him about the good and bad things. I think one of the bad point is it’s too restricted as you already have a character that you need to follow as fans of the anime/manga will compare/expect you to act accordingly to how the manga character is suppose to be. This limits an actor’s ability to fully play their role as they need to always reference it to the original manga/anime, thus less freedom to expand the role. It also lacks originality in the drama/movie as well when you’re just simply bringing manga/anime to TV in real life which usually ends up failing in most cases. Take Attack on Titan for example, was totally not impressed with how live action movie turned out.

      As for what he said about idols/models and comedians being in dramas, I don’t think he means to say they shouldn’t be but more of it’s a thing in Japan to put them in dramas even if they can’t act. The Japanese audience will simply watch them because they like them and not for the story plot. That you’re usually casted to play certain roles because you look good and people want to watch you. Which I have to say, he is also falling in this category in which he is now getting more drama works because people see him as an idol as well. He wasn’t recognized for his acting ability but simply because his fans find him cute and pleasant to look at on screen. Therefore, if he wants to prove that he’s more than just an idol, he’s got a lot more to do to establish himself as an actor.

    • Michelle Mayanquer

      I’m not good in English so I’m going to write in Spanish…. He visto la actuación de Yuki Furukawa, el es muy talentoso, el problema no es su actuación, sino los papeles que consigue, siempre obtiene papeles de adolescentes que no le permiten demostrar su potencial. No entiendo porque lo critican, han visto Litchi Hikari Club???, su actuación es impresionante, lo que demuestra que puede hacer papeles dramáticos. O han visto sus obras de teatro, no creo que no tenga potencial y en serio creí que no lo tenía cuando lo vi en Itazura Na Kiss, pero en sí el papel de Irie Naoki no es tan fácil de lograr como se ve. Él tiene razón sobre las tramas de películas y dramas, sí la industria de entretenimiento japonesa profundizara en libretos originales sería más exitosa.
      Si Yuki Furakawa da su opinión sobre lo que siente de la industria japonesa es porque él la conoce bien, no creo que nosotros debemos criticar su opinión. Espero que el pueda obtener mejores papeles en el futuro. I hope he will get better acting roles in the future!!!! Yuki Furukawa I’m supporting you!!!! Sorry for my English :(

    • Maria Bardina

      I would not agree with this point of view on talents in many respects. There were various examples concerning cinema industry, since the genre came to life in 20th century) I quiet agree with those saying talent is not necessarily should be accompanied by a special training. For example another statics shows that most of the great europian actors (I new various french, italian and russian actors) whos talents came up from war experience and special life circumstances, experience (Gaben, Delon, Montan). Still actors training do not necessasrily means the actor will perform greatly, as nowadays people have poor life-experience, avoid self-development etc. Many factors are to be taken into account, when one assumes this is a kind of a trend, one should operate on a real statistics, otherwise putting forward such points of view seems a bit snobbery, imo.
      The same ambiguous statement is about the facts, why people over world watch lives based on anime and manga. Without statistics, sharing opinions and studying trend this is not convincing at all. There are special features of Japaneese style of staging, references to culture, exotic topics etc, that force people love asian cinema. As for me I avoid pathetic american style movies. I see some great attraction in

      Taiwanese settings, e.g., not that straight-forward, it some-times seems that they purposely ommitting a lot from
      the hronological plot to give the viewers more freedom to depict the story by themselves.

      The actors play in someways is the same, apart from the classical shool of play, one should obtain a kind of his own style and way of
      expressing emotions. In this respect, the school of participating in various musical projects is in itsef a great school
      of communication with people. There are a relatively strong actors came up from bands,
      who developed their careers starting with pop-industry (Ikuta, Okada).

      For me the critical thing is how a person goes on practizing in the theater and in the serious films and series, but
      this is not a question of training or so, its just a question of proper casting within each movies project, may be higher
      standards are to be established there…

      In other words its a much more complicated questions to make such intransigent jurgements as in this interview.

    • Maria Bardina

      I would not agree with this point of view on talents in many
      respects. There were various examples concerning cinema industry, since
      the genre came to life in 20th century) I quiet agree with those saying
      talent is not necessarily should be accompanied by a special training.
      For example another statics shows that most of the great europian actors
      (I new various french, italian and russian actors) whos talents came up
      from war experience and special life circumstances, experience (Gaben,
      Delon, Montan). Still actors training do not necessasrily means the
      actor will perform greatly, as nowadays people have poor
      life-experience, avoid self-development etc. Many factors are to be
      taken into account, when one assumes this is a kind of a trend, one
      should operate on a real statistics, otherwise putting forward such
      points of view seems a bit snobbery, imo.
      The same ambiguous
      statement is about the facts, why people over world watch lives based on
      anime and manga. Without statistics, sharing opinions and studying
      trend this is not convincing at all. There are special features of
      Japaneese style of staging, references to culture, exotic topics etc,
      that force people love asian cinema. As for me I avoid pathetic american
      style movies. I see some great attraction in

      Taiwanese settings, e.g., not that straight-forward, it some-times seems that they purposely ommitting a lot from
      the hronological plot to give the viewers more freedom to depict the story by themselves.

      The
      actors play in someways is the same, apart from the classical shool of
      play, one should obtain a kind of his own style and way of
      expressing emotions. In this respect, the school of participating in various musical projects is in itsef a great school
      of communication with people. There are a relatively strong actors came up from bands,
      who developed their careers starting with pop-industry (Ikuta, Okada).

      For me the critical thing is how a person goes on practizing in the
      theater and in the serious films and series (for example, I followed
      Ikuta’s story and was astonished, he plays a gret deal of attention to
      the theater staging, this characterizing him as a serious actor), but
      this is not a question of training or so, its just a question of proper casting within each movies project, may be higher
      standards are to be established there…

      In other words its a much more complicated questions to make such intransigent jurgements as in this interview.

      Besides benchmarking only american experience (when we have a 100-year
      world cinema history available) is not such a proper thing, imo)

      Sorry for my english too) My post is an attempt to make inferior equivalent of Russian to English translation(

    • Maria Bardina

      Furukawa is incorrect in the total thesis. He is trying to compare two different worlds in cinema. Hollywood is a school wich tends to have leading world power in the cinema. It takes the roots from Shakesperian theatrical manner focusing on dialogs and thoughtful monologs.
      Asian cinematogrohy is focusing on a very small asian viewers, with no aim to win world-wide positions. Asian drama is mainly concentrated on emotions derived from picturing the characters in whole. This provides the films are mainly the product of editing, the producers steps, than the screenplay of actors (in its most common meaning for europians and americans). Thus the asian drama do not require such focus on the academical study, it requires more profound knowledge of actors psychology etc. I think I displayed what I’m thinking of the situation in whole.
      If Furukawa wants to be a decent Hollywood actor the best way for him is to return to the States, as I do not believe he can change anything neither about the asian style of film-making, nor about the casting methods.

      • ramjo

        If you are going to take his words constructively, he wants J-industry to give emphasis on acting instead of popularity. The Popularity of the Manga or Anime put a facade on actor’s acting weaknesses instead of the quality of story. Any J-Drama which is going to be broadcast-ed overseas will always have an equal share of praise and criticisms same with other ASIANS dramas. And there is cultural differences and people around the world will always see things differently.

        • Maria Bardina

          I quite agree with you (sorry for my English). But one thing I can’t make a bit more rational for myself. It is: why in total I believe more in the play of Shun, Ikuta Toma, Kimura more, than in the academic play of the holliwood actors. It is smth behind my understanding( I do not think they are quite popular in their region, if compared to Koreans, but… is this

          sincerity? There’s smth they shouldn’t miss with the emphasis on the academical matters

          May be I’m just get used to this through 10 years of following Japaneese cinema…

    • Coming back and reading this….Johnny’s fans are a bunch of goddamn peaches, ain’t ya’ll.