This Douban 9.4-point drama performance is so ostentatious, why is it so addictive?

There is almost no suspense, "Hansawa Naoki 2" has become the most watched TV series in Japan's Reiwa era. The only suspense is whether tonight's finale can break the ratings record set in the first season in the Heisei era.

The reason why this Douban drama with a score of 9.4 is so popular is that 996's "community animal" can feel the thrill of knocking down evil bosses through Banze. In the drama, the forceful and exaggerated performances of the leading actors have also become a hot topic among the audience.

In Japan, a performance in which such characters' facial expressions suddenly become extremely distorted is called "Yan Yi." Before "Hansawa Naoki 2", Japanese dramas such as "Legal High" and "I'm Big Brother" have set off many "face art carnivals", and many famous scenes and emoticons have been born.

▲Picture from: "I am Big Brother"

" Yan Yi" has become a highly recognizable style of Japanese TV dramas, and quickly went out of the circle with a comedy effect that breaks through the dimension wall. It has evolved into a potentially explosive "meme" (meme) on the Internet. The core element in the emoji culture .

How come you see the exaggerated performances in Japanese TV dramas?

If you often watch Japanese dramas, you may have similar questions to me. Why are the expressions of many actors in Japanese dramas so exaggerated or even artificial?

However, if you are also a fan of Japanese anime, you should be able to accept this style of painting, because the term "Yan Yi" was born in the ACG culture in Japan. It is generally believed that the earliest Yan Yi comes from the "Yugioh DM" Malik Ishdar .

In this anime, Malik Ishdar’s original personality is calm and calm, but once he becomes a dark personality, his facial expressions will become hideous and distorted to show his transition from "cold" to "fanatic". And this classic "Yan Yi face" is also recognized as the ancestor of Yan Yi.

This style of Yan Yi was actually intentional by the painting supervisor Kakami Gao Hao at the time. Many impressive Yan Yi can also be seen in many of the works of "Game King". Kakami Gao Hao also said :

Yan Yi is a part of Yu-Gi-Oh.

In Japan, the strong ACG culture blurs the boundary between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional. This kind of facial expressions that only appeared in animation in the past are also gradually appearing in live-action film and television works .

Many of the popular Yan Yi in Japanese dramas, many of them are comic works. In the restoration of the original animations of these film and television works, even Yan Yi's performance was directly copied.

Among them, the scenes of "a beautiful girl in a thousand years" Hashimoto Kannaa "destroyed" the appearance of the scenes, all come from comic film and television works.

▲ Remember this Hashimoto Kanna.

"Gintama" is Hashimoto Kannai's first "Yan Yi work". Seeing this idol-born goddess picking nostrils and swearing in the play, many otaku's fantasies are instantly shattered.

After that, Hashimoto Kanna completely let go of herself. In "The Disaster of Qimu Kusuo", the narcissism and black belly of Teruhashi Minmei were vividly shown with Yan Yi.

And in last year's "I'm the Big Brother", Hashimoto Kanna turned from the meek little sheep in front of her boyfriend to the fierce big sister, which is even more impressive.

Perhaps it is that Yan Yi has gained roots in the hearts of the people in Japan, and many goddesses in the Japanese showbiz decisively throw away their idol baggage and embrace Yan Yi.

Your "wife" Yui Aragaki, in "Legal High", dedicated his beauty that is not lost to Hashimoto Kanna.

The Nagasawa Masami in "Defrauding the World" can be called a walking Yanyi emoji, reminiscent of the cheap and cute lawyer Gu Meimen in "Legal High".

Like "Legal High" and "Defrauding the World", they are no longer comic dramas. More and more Japanese dramas take the initiative to use Yan Yi in their works to present comic-style comedy effects.

However, it is not just comedy that is rich in Yanyi. Other types of Japanese dramas also use Yanyi to highlight the ugliness of villain characters. Among them, the masterpiece is the "Banzawa Naoki" series.

▲ One of the most widely circulated Yan Yi in the first season of “Hansawa Naoki''.

If in the first season of "Hansawa Naoki", the few clips of Bansawa's roar and Ohwada's kneeling are "Yan Yi snacks" dedicated to the audience by the protagonists, then the second season is completely a show. "Yan Yi feast."

The Japanese drama with the highest ratings in the Reiwa era invited half a Kabuki troupe

Different from the Yanyi style born out of ACG culture, the Yanyi in "Hansawa Naoki" is Kabuki style , which is a traditional Japanese drama, similar to Chinese Peking opera. The performance is usually accompanied by strange movements and expression.

Why is the beauty of "Hansawa Naoki 2" so dense? Just look at the list of actors. Many leading actors such as Kagawa Teruyuki, Ichikawa Kamejiro, Kataoka Ainosuke, etc. all have experience of Kabuki actors.

Kagawa Teruyuki, who plays Owada, comes from a family of kabuki performers. His father is the famous Japanese Kabuki performer Ichikawa Sarunosuke III. Although Kagawa Teru broke off from his father for a time, he eventually inherited the old Ichikawa mantle and became the ninth-generation heir of Ichikawa Kabuki.

▲ Kagawa Teruyuki.

What's interesting is that Naoki Hansawa's signature ruthless expression in the play is thought to have borrowed from the Ichikawa family's "stare" (睨み), a Kabuki performance handed down from generation to generation.

Kagawa Teruyuki was still in charge of Yan Yi in the second season, and the phrase "Death" that Owada appeared on the scene soon became popular on the Internet, causing many netizens to imitate.

In the second season, the actor of the first villain Isayama, Ichikawa Kamejiro, is the cousin of Kagawa Teruyuki. This character who expresses anger in every inch of facial muscles is impressive. In the play Isayama is forced to kneel and shout. The way of performing an apology is also a commonly used technique in Kabuki.

In addition, Kataoka Ainosuke, who was nicknamed "Kurosaki Empress" by Chinese netizens, entered the entertainment industry at the age of 5 and was active on the Kabuki stage. He once expressed his hope that more people can sing and dance through his performances in TV dramas. The trick generates interest.

Therefore, on the set of "Hansawa Naoki", these Kabuki actors will wonder how to integrate Kabuki and performance together.

When participating in a variety show, the protagonists revealed that in the seventh episode, Owada and Naoki Hansawa coerced their subordinates. They used Kabuki's performance techniques. This was decided after discussion by the two protagonists, Kagawa Teruyuki and Sakai Masato.

In this scene, the voices and expressions of the two men's interrogation gradually increased as the camera switched. Yamato finally shouted "Come, come, come, come" to film the case, pushing the oppression of the forced confession to a climax. The more the audience watched, the happier.

Although some audiences think this kind of performance is too exaggerated and artificial, some film critics believe that it is the exaggerated and excessive performance that is unique to Kabuki actors that make this bank workplace drama easy to understand.

In fact, the influence of traditional dramas such as Kabuki on the style of Japanese film and television predates the birth of the term "yan art." In the early 20th century, Japanese film and television creations largely borrowed from the narrative methods and aesthetic concepts of classical dramas such as Kabuki, Noh, and Kyogen , which also had a profound impact on the narrative style of Japanese film and television works after this.

At present, the earliest surviving film in Japan, "Appreciating the Red Leaves", uses Kabuki actors as the protagonists. Many Japanese film actors in that era have the shadow of Kabuki in appearance, makeup, body movements and pronunciation, and of course they also include exaggerated expressions.

Until now, Kabuki, the quintessence of Japan, is still at the top of the chain of contempt in the Japanese entertainment industry . The income of well-known Kabuki actors is not lower than that of first-line stars, and they are often invited to appear on variety shows, and they are often more respected than ordinary film and television actors. In Japan, a family of Kabuki actors like Ichikawa is no different from the rich.

▲ "Koryoya" from the family of Kabuki in Japan, the second generation of Matsumoto Shiroi is the father of the famous Japanese actress Matsuko.

This may be difficult to understand for Chinese audiences. Can you imagine that the performance style of Peking Opera penetrates into domestic film and television works? It is also the quintessence of the country, but this traditional drama culture is becoming more and more niche in China, at least it is difficult to please most young people.

Is there any difference in Kabuki? Matsui Imasako , a historical fiction writer with experience in directing Kabuki , pointed out that Kabuki is not a classical art in the true sense. It exists from the beginning to attract audiences to earn box office.

On the one hand, it maintains the elements of classical art, but it does not allow the classical to penetrate into the bone marrow, so as not to become boring. Therefore, in order to please the audience of different eras, Kabuki is constantly integrating new things and keeping up with the times. This is its premise.

This may be why this drama art with a history of more than 400 years can still be perfectly integrated with two-dimensional works and modern film and television works, giving birth to a popular culture called "Yan Yi", which continues to capture a large number of audiences .

This is the best time for Yan Yi

Yan Yi's acting skills in film and television works have contributed a lot of emoticon material to social networks. These actors and film and television works have been further out of the circle with the spread of emoticons. In this era when emoticons have become the universal language of the Internet, no one can escape Yan Yi's bombardment .

▲ Madam Rong can be said to be a classic of Yanyi in domestic dramas.

There are countless emoticons appearing on your screen every day, of which Yan Yi is an important part.

Apart from anything else, the "Big Three of Asian Emojis" composed of Yao Ming, Director Jin and Hanazawa Coriander have established Yan Yi's position in the emoji industry.

Fan love child was in a presentation package of cultural expression mentioned in the article , the aesthetic of contemporary popular expression package has changed, we love cheap culture increasingly deep, sand sculpture of running on the road.

There are thousands of emoticons, and there is nothing more vivid than Yan Yi to show the style of base culture and sand sculpture culture . No matter Jacky Cheung’s "Eating shit, you" emoticon, or the crooked mouth of the god of war who recently became vibrato at station B, it all proves Yan Yi's potential to screen on the Internet.

When people are tired of a serious elite culture, they use exaggerated words and images to dispel seriousness and provide everyone with a lower threshold of carnival, which has become a new trend in the Internet today.

In such an Internet world, Yan Yi ushered in the best era.

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