Young trendy idols aren’t my thing and I’m not a fan of the coquettish virginal image that so many emerging actresses in the Asian drama industry feel compelled to adopt/affect. Oh I know it’s mostly due to market forces and socio-cultural expectations. Looking “cute and innocent” is still prized above the actual ability to act by most media executives and sad to say, viewers as well.
It’s ironic then that kicking off this series category is an actress who began her career in the late 80s as one of Japan’s original bishoujos. Thrust into the limelight when she was 11, Rie Miyazawa is proof that it is possible to take charge of the car wreck that your life has become and re-invent yourself as a respected actress. (more…)