Kimura Takuya and Nagasawa Masami’s J-movie Masquerade Hotel Tops the Box Office as Fun Detective Flick

It’s hard being the most famous commercial star in Japan since every project starring Kimura Takuya is scrutinized for whether it conforms with his past string of successes or a sign that his star is waning with a less than stellar reception. KimuTaku’s dramas nearly double his movie projects his his most recently released detective movie Masquerade Hotel has turned out to be a box office champ to start off the new year 2019. The movie costarring Nagasawa Masami has been number 1 in the box office for two straight weeks and looks hella entertaining from the trailer chock-a-block with so many cameos to keep up. It’s based on the same title mystery novel by writer Higashino Keigo about a grizzled detective going undercover as a hotelier in order to catch a serial killer at the location he/she is projected to strike next. There’s an added bonus of the director for Masquerade Hotel having worked with KimuTaku multiple times before with Long Vacation, Hero, and Priceless. Continue reading

Asian Stars Attend 2017 Cannes Film Festival with C-actress Fang Bin Bing Serving in Jury

The Asian stars were not out in force at this year’s 2017 Cannes Film Festival, though Bong Joon Ho‘s new Netflix movie Okja got plenty of press in the current debate over what films are eligible based on being released … Continue reading

Snapshot of the Most Popular Japanese Actors of 2014 From Popular Year End Polls

The end of the year starts counting down now and with it comes the unending stream of polls, surveys, and lists. Which makes it a good time to check back in with Japan entertainment to see how the tastes have … Continue reading