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Wakiyaku monogatari (2010)

An actor, who always plays supporting roles and lives in the shadow of famous playwright father, falls in love with an energetic aspiring actress and rediscovers himself.


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Credited cast:
Tôru Masuoka ...
Hiromi Nagasaku ...
Masahiko Tsugawa ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yukimori Akanoma
Karim Cherif
Noriko Eguchi ...
Akira Emoto ...
Homeless guy
Tasuku Emoto ...
Edith Hanson ...
Tomoko Hayakawa ...
Shûji Hayashi
Hikoichi Hayashiya
Keishi Hirata
Sô Hirosawa
Michie Ikeda ...


Hiroshi (43) is an actor who always plays supporting roles and lives in the shadow of his famous novelist father, Kenta (72). Hiroshi has the virtue of being helpful to strangers, but as a result, like a chameleon, he is always mistaken for someone else: other actors, a sales clerk, a gas station attendant, and even a kidnapper. When the lead role of Hiroshi's dreams finally seems within reach, his contract is canceled after he is mistaken for another man having an affair with the wife of an MP. Hiroshi is emotionally closed and has no luck with romance. One day in the train, Hiroshi meets an energetic aspiring actress, Aya (32) who doesn't mistake him for anyone else. Hiroshi falls for Aya head over heels. With tips from his younger colleague, Tomo, Hiroshi tries to make a move for Aya. But Hiroshi is his own worst enemy for getting a date, or landing the lead role. Written by Atsushi Ogata

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Comedy | Drama



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23 October 2010 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Cast Me If You Can  »

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Humor and romance meet in this charming film
22 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

So, the problem foreign films have is that their humor often doesn't translate. Cast Me If You Can, however, is hilarious in any language. And it pulls on the heartstrings, too! An awkward actor who lives with his famous father falls in love with a beautiful girl and obstacles present themselves. There are political scandals and cases of mistaken identity, trysts and chases. We were told that the cast is basically a collection of Japan's most famous actors. Without fail, they turn in a compelling performance that is as funny as it is moving. The protagonist, in particular, is a charmer, as is the cute-as-a-button leading lady. What a treat!

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