Sometani Shota: Top Ten Movie Countdown: The Prelude

If you’re a reader of this blog, or seen me around other sites like Psychodrama (who shares similar passion), or even at Sometani’s facebook page then you’ll be aware of my love for Sometani Shota. Never has there been an actor who has caught my attention and love like him. Sure I’ve had favourites – James Dean, River Phoenix, Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Ezra Miller, Anton Yelchin, Dane Dehaan  to name but a few, but none compare to the wunderkid turned mature young adult Sometani Shota. Who knew a small Japanese kid (he was thirteen at the time) would skyrocket to become my number one favourite actor in the world. Who knew?


With Sometani’s latest anticipated film Wood Job! in cinema’s since yesterday, this fan-girl thought it was about time to celebrate the achievements of Sometani with the Top Ten movie countdown.

Starting with Number 10. Love Sickness (2012). But before that a little bit more about Sometani.

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Why I like Sometani Shota

The short answer is because he is a talented actor….the long answer is because he is that and so much more. Sometani isn’t an actor for pay, he actually enjoys acting, once saying that he never felt more alive than when acting. But his passion for acting doesn’t stop with him, he loves all aspects with the magical world of cinema (and television, although he is more silver screen). He loves watching movies, any sort, any genre, however he is a fan of the classics and avant-garde directors. He loves photography, he loves storytelling, he loves being in front or behind the camera. So, much so, that he actually turned his skills (and passion) to directing his first short film in 2013, which he not only directed, but starred in and co-wrote with good friend, and mentor, Natsuki Seta (whom Sometani worked with on A Liar and a  Broken Girl)

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Who is Sometani Shota?

….easy, Japans best young actor (well….)

Many fans of Japanese cinema would recognize Sometani for his latest works (Lesson of Evil, XXXHoLic, Esper), and in recent years his award-winning portrayal as the long-suffering and brooding Sumida Yuichi from Sion Sono’s, Himizu (2012). But Sometani was acting way before that (and winning awards). In fact before he turns 23 in September this year, Sometani would have acted in 50 films, with more to come like the conclusion to his two-part science fiction saga Parasyte Part 1  (2014) and Parasyte Part 2 (2015).

What does this all mean….well it means Sometani is a bankable actor in hot pursuit at the moment. And more than likely you’ll be seeing him around (or indeed starring as the protagonist) in the next big film you want to watch.

 What kind of roles can I expect?

If you jumped on the bandwagon of being a Sometani fan because of Himizu then you won’t be disappointed, but Sometani isn’t a one trick pony. He is a versatile actor, with skills in both ‘dramatic’ and ‘comedic’ acting, although his character roles generally are more on the complicated side, but that isn’t to say Sometani can’t make you laugh (cry,… flinch,… yell…). He was after all a fanboy of comedic genius Charlie Chaplin and lists Panto (Pantomime) as one of his special skill sets, which also includes photography, magic and ping-pong.

One thing though is you can expect Sometani to be slapped around by an older cast member (it seems to be the norm for him). It just wouldn’t be a Sometani role if he wasn’t being physically beaten, attacked, insulted, or vice versa. This was the child actor who played a murderer at the age of 10 in Aibou: Season 1 (TV Asahi / 2002). And since went on to play a number of school delinquent, troubled teenage, and misguided youth roles, with a scattering of historical figure roles (most recently as Ranmaru Mori in Kiyosu Kaigi (2013)). And it doesn’t look like anytime soon he’ll be stopping playing such character roles.

You can read more about Sometani here.

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Now onto the countdown…


#2 Touching the Skin of Eeriness
#3 Nora
#4 A Liar and Broken Girl
#5 Pandora's Box 
#6 Yuriko's Aroma 
#7 The Intermission
#8 Strawberry Night and Lesson of the Evil
#9 Tokyo Koen
#10 Love Sickness 
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One Comment Add yours

  1. jedmed says:

    As expected an insightful and enjoyable piece, can’t wait for the actual countdown, you made the introduction full of excitement and mentioning the multi-dimensional aspect of Sometani’s love for acting – be it behind the camera as director or in the portrayal of many characters. Himizu is but a good introduction into his acting career if one is interested, but it is not his whole career, because even on television he shines – supporting roles or lead parts, it doesn’t matter. As you said, he loves what he’s doing.

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