6 japanese actors to watch
The next gen of Tokyo cinema talent talk personal expression and the biggest challenges they face.
This article was originally published by i-D Japan.
Kai Inowaki, 21, from Kanagawa
What makes you continue to express yourself? I believe everyone has their own inferiority complex like I have mine. But that feeling disappears only when I'm acting someone else. I can become a stranger, [someone] completely different from myself in the video, and it's fun for me to think about what I can do while I'm that person. What's the moment you feel the most joy or satisfaction? When many people give me great feedback, and when my initial simple desire to to be on TV became a determination; [that I knew it was] what I want to do.
Aju Makita, 15, from Kanagawa
What do you express in your acting? The feelings of the character that's not written in the script. How do you describe yourself in one phrase? I know what I like and don't like. What kind of person do you hope to be in 10 years? A person that knows herself.
Hayato Isomura, 25, from Shizuoka
How do you describe yourself in one phrase? A guy acting like a grown-up. What kind of person do you hope to be in 10 years? Someone closer to Hollywood. What was the experience where you first felt the joy of expressing yourself? Receiving applause from the audience after I performed. What's the challenge in your next role? Playing a person in a gruelling situation.
Ayumi Yokoyama, 23, from New York
How do you describe yourself in one phrase? Forever Dreamer. What's the moment you feel joy or satisfaction? When I'm just about to reach my goal or my dream. Because once I reach it, I only start reflecting on it. What kind of person do you hope to be in 10 years? A person who's out in the world supporting minorities (especially Asian women). What's the next challenge in your craft? I want to try characters that are a little insane, like ones in director Sion Sono's pieces.
Known Into, 17, from Osaka
What do you express in your craft? Something someone wants to communicate. How do you describe yourself in one phrase? An agent. What kind of person do you hope to be in 10 years? I want to keep my 17-year-old feelings. Which artists do you look up to? There are many people I find wonderful. But I want to continue expressing myself without losing my own style. What's the mission for future artists? To not "lie."
Hiroto Ooshita, 19, from Gifu
How do you describe yourself in one phrase? Rockstar wannabe. What kind of person do you hope to be in 10 years? I still hope to be an actor. But I want to free myself from my part-time job, and be happy. What's the next challenge in your expression? I want to play a role in a movie. What makes you continue to express yourself? Movies are something that continue to last forever and I want to be part of that creation. It's also so exciting I can hardly contain myself.
Photography Kenta Sawada
Styling Kenta Sawada
Hair and makeup Yoshikazu Miyamoto at Perle Management
Photography assistance Takuto Yamasaki
Styling assistance Anna Okuyama
Translation Emi Kariya