December 9th, 2006

  • aishoni

More on our Little Hollywood Star

.....featuring Ken Watanabe (looking startlingly like an Asian Clint Eastwood) as Japanese commander General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, and contemporary teen pop idol Kazunari Ninomiya in a terrific turn as the (fictional) private Saigo, the Schweik-ian (somebody care to explain?) nobody Watanabe’s great man befriends. ......The acting, as always with Eastwood’s films, is flawless and real. Performance is a language Eastwood would appear to speak fluently in any tongue. - Ray Greene:

...The soul of Eastwood's film is the baker-turned-soldier Saigo (Kazunari Ninomiya, in a strong performance), who has promised his wife to return alive and never fires a shot...- Aaron Gerow / Special to The Daily Yomiuri

Why can't they just tell us why they love him instead of giving one/two words of praises!?!

We meet Saigo (Kazunari Ninomiya), a baker who was shuffled off to the war and hopes to make it back to the simple life with his wife and child. Saigo irreverently curses the island, the war and his place in it....The three aforementioned performances head up what has to be seen as one of the year’s most organic and accomplished ensemble performances. The cast seems to live and breathe as something singular in that light, each character a part of a greater being. This makes the concentration on individuality in the film’s flashback sequences all the more poignant, sometimes more so than the greatest of American war cinema. Watanabe seems all but assured an Oscar nomination for Best Actor, and should the buzz really amp up, he’s got the stuff to steal the statue. Ninomiya also has enough heart-twisting moments to declare a place amongst the supporting actor regiment, should the snowball continue to build... - Kris Tapley /

I was hoping more from this guy. keep praying for the snowball to keep on rolling.

Letters delivers at least three performances that are unquestionably more affecting than the respectable but muted ones in Flags -- Ken Wanatabe's as General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, a portrayal of a combat-averse foot soldier named Saio by the unknown Kazunari Ninomiya, and Tsuyoshi Ihjara's as Baron Nishi, a kindly cultivated officer with a fondness for horses. - Jeff Wells / Hollywood Elsewhere

David Poland's 20 Weeks To Oscar - the article might not look like anything but scroll down & CLICK THE CHARTS
Kazunari Ninomiya - Letters From Iwo Jima : Watanabe's opposite number in the film... could gather momentum in a hurry

he'll get a nomination if the buzz stays active.
i wish he'll get one of the critics award... but in case if he doesn't get any, he'll still be attending the Oscars. Letters is in the race.

I posted the whole articles in my lj if the links doesn't work.
crossposted to nino_daily. sorry for not putting it under a cut. lj cutter when bonkers on me