One of the fastest rising actresses of Japan, Tina Tamashiro has recently been cast in the live-action adaptation of ‘Way of the Househusband’ in a supporting role. Renowned for being an exclusive model of ViVi magazine and the winner of Miss ID 2013, this 24-years-old model and actress had made her debut with the movie, ‘Wolf Girl’ and ‘Black Prince’ in the year 2016 and has been gathering more and more followers since then. She has starred in some of the most popular Japanese movies over the last five years. A huge fan of Arashi’s Sho Sakurai, AKB48’s Haruka Shimazaki and Idoling!!!’s Mai Endo, Tina Tamashiro has even won the award for the Best New artist for ‘The Flowers of Evil,’ and ‘Diner’ back in 2019.
In case you want to catch up with some of Tina Tamashiro’s best movies, here is a list of the top seven movies of her that you should definitely save on your watchlist.
7. Hell Girl (2019)
Screenwriter & Director: Shiraishi Koji
Starring: Tamashiro Tina, Mori Nana, Nimura Sawa, Namioka Kazuki, Oba Mina, Hashimoto Manami
A horror fantasy, ‘Hell Girl’ or ‘Jigoku Shoujo’ follows a creepy website called ‘Hell Correspondence’ that opens sharp at midnight. The strange thing about the website is that it has a hell girl named Ai Enma who can get rid of the person whose name is entered on it, bringing that person down to hell. However, it comes with a price too, which is, that the user, after the end of his/her life will be sent to hell as well. The story is about a high school girl named Miho who gets suspicious of her friend getting stuck within the evil schemes of a famous rock band since it is not before Haruka joins the audition that she begins to act strange. However, while Miho looks for ways to help her friend out, she gets involved in the cursed world of ‘Hell Correspondence’.
The movie is immersing and interesting and keeps the viewers hooked till the end. You will find the story to be well-written with some solid character development.
6. We Love (2018)
Director: Sato Yuichi
Screenwriter: Takahashi Natsuko
Starring: Hirano Sho, Sakurai Hinako, Ito Kentaro, Tamashiro Tina, Isomura Hayato, Sakurada Hiyori
The movie has been inspired by Hoshimori Yukimo’s manga series, titled, ‘Ui Rabu -Uiuishii Koi no Ohanashi’ which revolves around four childhood friends, Rin, Yuu, Koyomi and Keita, currently going to the same high school, living in the same apartment building. Of course, like any other high-school movie involving childhood friendship, Rin and Yuu are in love with each other but are too scared to confess their feelings. While Yuu is not confident enough to let Rin know of her feelings, Run tries to act cool most of the time by making biting remarks to her. This makes Yuu all the more sure of her decision to hide her feelings for Rin. And that’s when Kazuma makes an appearance in their lives!
The movie is enjoyable and showcases the strong friendship between the actors. The storyline is very adorable and doesn’t involve annoying themes like jealousy or selfishness.
5. Girls in the Dark (2017)
Director: Yakumo Saiji
Screenwriter: Okada Mari
Starring: Sengen Yoshiko, Iitoyo Marie, Seino Nana, Tamashiro Tina, Kojima Riria, Taira Yuna
Inspired by a mystery novel by Rikako Akiyoshi, going by the same name, ‘Girls in the Dark’ is a horror psychological thriller that follows a high school girl named Shiraishi Itsumi who dies falling off from the terrace of her school building, holding the valley flower’s lily in her hand. Itsumi, being the daughter of the school’s administrator, has always been a subject of envy by the other students. No one knows if her sudden death is a suicide, mistake or intentional murder. However, soon after her death, her position as the president of the literature club is given to Sayuri, who, in her regular club meetings, read out the stories written by the members. As strange as it could be, the theme of the stories is ‘Shiraishi Itsumi’s death’. The story is unpredictable and quite unique, delivering twists and turns every now and then throughout the movie.
4. Sadako vs Kayako (2016)
Screenwriter & Director: Shiraishi Koji
Starring: Yamamoto Mizuki, Tamashiro Tina, Satsukawa Aimi, Ando Masanobu, Kikuchi Mai, Endo Runa
‘Sadako vs Kayako’ is a classic horror movie that features two main ghosts from two of the most popular movies of Japan, Sadako from the horror movie series ‘Ring’ and Kayako, from the horror movie series ‘Ju-on. The story revolves around a university student named Yuri who somehow ends up watching the cursed video of Sadako calling her out and saying that she would definitely die after two days. On the other hand, a high school student named Suzuka steps inside a house where every person entering disappears, said to be haunted by the ghost Kayako.
Kyozo attempts to save both Yuri and Suzuka who have been cursed by two of the most dangerous ghosts and makes a scheme that will make both the ghosts fight against each other. The movie manages to give everything that we want in a horror movie, including a surprising ending.
3. Missions of Love (2018)
Director: Yamamoto Toru
Screenwriter: Kitagawa Ayako, Yamamoto Toru
Starring: Tamashiro Tina, Koseki Yuta, Sato Kanta, Yamada Anna, Kaneko Daichi, Takada Riho
Total Number of Episodes: 4
‘Missions of Love’ is a school-drama mini-series that revolves around a junior high student and cell phone novelist named Yukina Himuro who has a cold and withdrawn personality. However, in order to satisfy her fans, she needs to write love stories. For someone like her who doesn’t have any experience in dating, writing love stories isn’t a petty thing. Meanwhile, she discovers a big secret about the most popular guy at school, Shigure, and decides to use him to solve her issues. She blackmails him into doing missions for her involving romance to develop plots for her novels, playing her boyfriend’s part. However, with time, she begins to question if it’s just for the mission or is love really developing. The movie has a pretty simple storyline but it is indeed fun for those who are looking for a lightweight and high-school story with some twists.
2. Diner (2019)
Screenwriter & Director: Ninagawa Mika
Starring: Fujiwara Tatsuya, Tamashiro Tina, Kubota Masataka, Hongo Kanata, Takeda Shinji, Oguri Shun
The movie has been inspired by a novel by Hirayama which has subsequently been adapted into a manga series by Takanori Kawai. The story follows a woman named Kanako Oba who, in order to get a part-time job, makes use of a mysterious site. However, this puts her life in danger immediately as she is forced to work as a waitress at the restaurant Diner. The restaurant serves only those with membership where every member is a contract killer. The real problem comes forth when Kanako Oba is threatened to be killed if she refuses the job. While watching the movie, the viewers can feel the thrill if Kanako would be able to survive amidst such an environment. The movie is extremely well-crafted, wacky, uber-creative with gorgeous and interesting lore visuals.
1. The Flower of Evil (2019)
Director: Iguchi Noboru
Screenwriter: Okada Mari
Starring: Ito Kentaro, Tamashiro Tina, Akita Shiori, Iitoyo Marie, Sakumoto Takara, Tanaka Taketo
One of the most popular films of Tamashiro Tina, ‘The Flower of Evil’ tells the story of a bookworm named Kasuga Takao who is a great fan of Les Fleurs du Mal by Baudelaire. He has a huge crush on his classmate, Saeki Nanako, whom he admires from a distance. One day, when he comes back to class to pick up his Les Fleurs du Mal which he had left by mistake, he finds Saeki’s gym uniform lying. On an impulse, he takes it away while the weirdo and creepy girl of the class, Nakamura catches him doing the act. While Kasuga is dying with guilt for stealing the uniform, after everyone in the class knows the thief as some pervert, Nakamura decides to take control over his life with the little secret she knows about him.
Nakamura’s intention, in no way, seems to be good as she makes it even more difficult for Kasuga to get closer to Saeki. ‘The Flower of Evil’ is a psychological thriller and you should definitely get your hands at it in case you like sad, depressing and dark stuff.