Aside from Imouto wo, my favorite Toshiaki dorama is (The Man Who Can’t Get Married).He’s what I would call a man’s man, with a commanding screen presence. It’s hard to separate Naohito from his performance as Buchou (i.e. Osamu gives off such bad boy vibes that should you meet him at a bar and he decides to turn on his megawatt charm, you’ll wonder thirty minutes later where your panties went.It’s really not very cookie cutter over there, and I appreciate that.Kimura Takuya The Crown Prince of Japanese entertainment, with a twenty-year career spanning idol pop and serious acting.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.
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 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).
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.
He reminds me of a combination of Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung, with plenty of simmering charisma to burn.