Why haven't (m)any Japanese actors taken the world stage?

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Why haven't (m)any Japanese actors taken the world stage?

Post by Elvin » April 24th, 2009, 5:20 am

Really, there's like no one who's really made it over here. Lack of talent? No one speaks English? Too shy?

I was being silly and thinking of who'd be a good fit with one of the Japanese characters in one of my stories. These were my criteria

Can pass themself off as 19, not too old, not too kiddy
Speaks English perfectly, no hint of accent
Talented actor, able to use their face/body language well and manipulate their voices well to show their emotion
Relatively good looking
Confidence
Able to crack a joke and sound witty as naturally as an English costar.

My mental list of actors that fit the profile dwindled down to 0 half way down the list. Don't they have any aspirations to make it big?

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Re: Why haven't (m)any Japanese actors taken the world stage?

Post by oldwrench » April 24th, 2009, 8:24 am

#2 on your list just killed it. They're Japanese, not American. You can't expect them to speak our language without an accent.
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Re: Why haven't (m)any Japanese actors taken the world stage?

Post by Elvin » April 24th, 2009, 5:22 pm

I'm sure there are some specialist schools that teach you how to speak English like that at a younger age, but unless their parents are training them to be an actor starting then I guess it's kind of useless to hope one of those rare kids'll grow up to be an actor.

Actors like Jackie Chan and Jet Li made it here with out outstanding English, but that was during the age of kung-fu movies. There are always Japanese raised in English speaking countries, but from my knowledge they're pretty rare too. I guess it'll be stuck with a Chinese or Korean person passing off as jp if my book ever gets a movie adaption :love:

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Re: Why haven't (m)any Japanese actors taken the world stage?

Post by Sakura » April 25th, 2009, 8:38 am

Compared to mine I've seen people using worse english but I still cannot speak a single work :shy:
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Re: Why haven't (m)any Japanese actors taken the world stage?

Post by Elvin » April 26th, 2009, 3:15 am

Sakura wrote:Compared to mine I've seen people using worse english but I still cannot speak a single work :shy:
What do you mean D:

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Re: Why haven't (m)any Japanese actors taken the world stage?

Post by Sakura » April 26th, 2009, 8:48 am

Repeat: I cannot speak english.

Which part of this sentence is it you don't understand? :hmm: :gg:
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Re: Why haven't (m)any Japanese actors taken the world stage?

Post by Elvin » April 26th, 2009, 2:49 pm

Wuuuuuh?? That's news to me :omg: but your spelling is so awsome :shy:

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Re: Why haven't (m)any Japanese actors taken the world stage?

Post by JHawkNH » April 27th, 2009, 6:40 pm

Sakura wrote:Repeat: I cannot speak english.

Which part of this sentence is it you don't understand? :hmm: :gg:
Well there goes my idea for a video/voice chat. I am actually suprised that you can't speak English. You comunicate so well through text.
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Re: Why haven't (m)any Japanese actors taken the world stage?

Post by Zeratul2k » April 27th, 2009, 10:30 pm

There are a lot of people like that. Or, IMO, that aren't too confident on their pronunciation. Like me.
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Re: Why haven't (m)any Japanese actors taken the world stage?

Post by agito_0291 » May 9th, 2009, 5:35 am

Ditto with Z2k. If I really REALLY tried I could probably speak understandable Spanish (not anymore thought...I haven't in almost 3 years) but 99% of the time I wouldn't be confident enough to do it.

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