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If Ohoku were a reality, Nino would sing to survive

22:30 JST September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Arashi’s Kazunari Ninomiya (27) and actress Ko Shibasaki (28) talked at a preview event today about what they would do if Ohoku were real, and how they found working with one another, reports Mainichi Shinbum Digital and Cinema Cafe.

Ko Shibasaki at today's preview

The film is an adaptation of Fumi Yoshinaga’s manga series set in medieval Japan, where a mysterious disease has killed more than 80 per cent of the male population.  Three-thousand of the most handsome men are now part of harem to a woman shogun, and the story follows their ambitions, jealousy, likes and dislikes for one another.

The first day of filming involved shooting the scene where Shogun Yoshimune entered a room 40 metres long, where all of the men were waiting for her.

“If I hadn’t had been fully prepared for my role, I would’ve run away (from there).

“I did it for acting’s sake, but sometimes I wondered what I would have done in the same situation.  I think picking one person out of a line of people would be extremely difficult,” she said.

Scene from Ohoku (photo from Ohoku website)

The press then asked the actors what they would do to get up in the ranks of a harem if Ohoku were reality.

Ninomiya said he would do what he has been for the past 11 years.

“I would start by singing every Arashi song from our debut single to our latest one,” he said.

His co-star, also said she would make use of her profession.

“I would sit by his side and do anything he wanted or I’d make a play that would show off myself (laughs),” she said.

The movie was the first time Ninomiya and Shibasaki had worked together, and the popstar could not help but praise his co-star.

“She smelled really good.  Obviously, she shows amazing emotions and is an amazing actress, but on top of that she smells human, and smells like a girl.

“I didn’t have many scenes with the shogun (Shibasaki), but when I did she had cool outfits.

“I was impressed while working with her and watching her in the movie,” he said.

Shibasaki had said she thought Ninomiya had looked cool in his kamishimo outfit.

“大奥 (Ohoku)” begins in Japan cinemas on October 1.  The movie also stars Tadayoshi Okura from Kanjani8, Maki Horikita, Aoi Nakamura, Hiroshi Tamaki, and Kuranosuke Sasaki.

Ohoku website: http://ohoku.jp/

August 31 – September 6: TV Drama ratings, Record sales, DVD sales

10:59 JST September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Johnny’s TV Drama ratings (Japan)

  • JOKER episode 8 – 11.9% (last week 15.7%)
  • うぬぼれ刑事 (Unubore deka) episode 9 – 6.5% (last week 7.2%)
  • GM踊れドクター (GM Odore Doctor) episode 8 – 7.7% (last week 9.6%)
  • 夏の恋は虹色に輝く(Natsu no Koi ha Niji-iro ni Kagayaku) episode 8 – 12.9% (last week 11.4%)

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Johnny’s Record sales (Japan)

Single weekly Top 50 (as of September 6)

1. “LIFE ~目の前の向こうへ~ (Me no Mae no Mukou he)” – Kanjani8

17. “This is love” – SMAP

32. “To be free” – Arashi

43. “NaNaNa (太陽なんていらねぇ) (Taiyo nante Irane)” – TOKIO

44. “One in a Million” – Tomohisa Yamashita

49. “Wonderful World!!” – Kanjani8

Album weekly Top 50 (as of September 6)

2. “僕の見ている風景 (Boku no Miteiru Fukei)” – Arashi

24. “We are SMAP!” – SMAP

32. “All the BEST! 1999 – 2009″ – Arashi

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Johnny’s DVD sales (Japan)

Weekly Top 20 (general) (as of September 6)

18. “ARASHI Anniversary Tour 5 x 10″ – Arashi

Koichi Domoto to star in Seven Samurai stage show

10:48 JST September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Koichi Domoto (31) from KinKi Kids will play his first stage role in a show not produced by Johnny’s, it was revealed yesterday, reports Chunichi Sports.

The singer will star in “七人の侍 (Seven Samurai)”, a new show directed and produced by designer Kansai Yamamoto (66) for the “KANSAI SUPER SHOW”.

Yamamoto’s latest show will transform Koichi into a samurai unlike any other.  It comes three years after Yamamoto’s last “KANSAI SUPER SHOW”, “太陽の船 (Taiyo no Fune)” which had starred TOKIO’s  Masahiro Matsuoka (33).

The director had said he wanted to keep an open mind about possible overseas performances, which was why he was drawn to make a show based on Akira Kurosawa’s critically acclaimed film “Seven Samurai”.  The story portrays a group of samurai who never give up until they fulfill their dreams.  Yamamoto had said he based Koichi’s character from the film’s character Kikuchiyo.

He had also said he chose Koichi for the show because the singer would bring in new ideas.

“We’re from different generations and grew up in different surroundings so I’m looking forward to seeing something completely new come out from him.

“I think both of us will affect the way the other lives their life,” he said.

Producers will be flying in from New York shortly, meaning that this show will truly be a new challenge for Koichi.

“Seven Samurai” will be performed at Tokyo’s Ariake Colesseum on November 20 and 21.

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