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.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.Nevertheless, I suddenly got the urge to run down a list of the leading men of Japanese entertainment and giving my two cents on them.This list is by no means complete, and skews heavily towards the good looking actors rather than the acclaimed thespians.
Last year’s ren’ai does nothing for me, other than add to my Takenouchi Yutaka love.He’s always great, even if I don’t always like his projects. department head) in (Season 1 and 2, with a movie on the way next Spring) with Ayase Haruka. I adore him as an actor, but would never think about bringing him home to meet the parents.Tamaki Hiroshi He’s probably best known for his role as the prickly genius conductor in Nodame Cantabile, but I actually loved him in more. But he’s been acting for ages and has quite a prolific resume. He is such a scene stealer onscreen, always making any role memorable and unique.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).