Popular Japanese actors Masaki Suda and Takayuki Yamada made remarks that seemed to disparage the Korean entertainment industry and actors, sparking controversy.
Masaki Suda and Takayuki Yamada appeared on Japanese Fuji TV “Matsumo to Nakai Matching Night,” which aired on the 19th, expressing their thoughts on the popularity of Korean dramas.
Masahiro Nakai asked, “Why is Japan being pushed back by Korean dramas and movies now?” Takayuki Yamada said, “I don’t think Japanese staff or cast members are at a lower level than Korea.” Masahiro Nakai asked, “Why do Japanese women like Korean love stories, but they don’t watch Japanese love stories?”
Masaki Suda said, “I personally thought Korean actors were proud of acting properly in love stories”, adding, “Actors in their mid-30s are doing their best to play love stories, and regardless of whether that’s good or bad, it’s not that I’m ashamed, embarrassed, or flirtatious, but ‘Do you want to see something like this?’ Shouldn’t I be acting like a narcissist with that feeling?” he said. He then said, “In that way, I think physical strength is a separate thing. Acting melodrama properly is also a way to attract fans”, seemingly making a remark that disparaged Korean dramas and actors.
Takayuki Yamada continued, “I thought it would create opportunities like that. It doesn’t work perfectly on SNS but it’s easier to spread there”. Masahiro Nakai asked, “Do they even calculate that?”. Takayuki Yamada added, “I know it would be like this right the moment I look at it. Come to think of it, it’s like, ‘Look, it becomes just like that’.”
Masaki Suda is currently one of the representative top actors in Japan who is in his 20s. Appearing in various dramas “Jimi ni Sugoi! Kōetsu Girl: Kouno Etsuko”, “MIU 404”, and movies “Wilderness 2”, “Gintama 2”, “Girl in the Sunny Place”, “The Asadas”, “Threads: Our Tapestry of Love”, etc., Masaki Suda gained many Korean fans. Takayuki Yamada is a well-known actor in Korea thanks to his role in “A True Love Story”. He is aiming to become more popular once again with Netflix’s “The Naked Director”.