Archive for April, 2011

Johnny’s Jr. perform parodies of their senior’s shows

23:34 JST April 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Johnny’s Jr. group A.B.C-Z have been performing parodies from Koichi Domoto and Hideaki Takizawa’s famous shows in their latest stage show, it was revealed on April 29, reports Oricon.

For the second year in a row, the group had kicked off the season of their self-produced show “みんなクリエに来てクリエ 2011 (Minna Kurie ni kite Kurie 2011)”.  This year saw the group fuse together comedy and musicals, which explains the parody performances of their Johnny’s seniors shows.

“We respect our seniors so we’ve made sure we don’t go over the line, but we do try to get as close as we can to it,” Shota Totsuka said.

When asked by the press whether they group had Koichi Domoto’s blessing to do a parody about him, Koichi Goseki confessed that they had not.  His group member Fumito Kawai also elaborated on the fact.

“We do respect him…but if Koichi-kun came to our show, I think we’d be panicking,” he said.

It has been reported Johnny’s & Associate president Johnny Kitagawa had thought up the idea of bringing together comedy and musicals, but the actual script, stage direction, and planning was done by all five A.B.C-Z members.

A.B.C-Z spent a long time last year performing in their seniors shows including Takizawa’s “新春 滝沢革命(Shinhun Takizawa Kakumei)” and “PLAYZONE”.  The group’s show “みんなクリエに来てクリエ 2011 (Minna Kurie ni kite Kurie 2011)” is part one of a four-part show.  The second part involves a special live performance by Kis-My-Ft2 members Hiromitsu Kitayama and Taisuke Fujigaya, the third a show by A.B.C-Z members, and the fourth a show including Mis Snow Man members and Johnny’s Jr.  The show’s season finishes on May 29.

It has been reported all pre-tickets have been sold.

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Shingo Katori says he and SMAP’s members are more than friends

16:56 JST April 26, 2011 5 comments

Screenshot from trailer of "friends - Mononoke-jima no Naki" of Shingo Katori's character

SMAP’s Shingo Katori (34) revealed who he considered his best friends at a press conference in Tokyo on April 25, reports Mainichi Shimbun Digital and Sankei Sports.

The pop star voices a red ogre (or demon) called Naki in an upcoming 3D computer animation movie based on the Japanese fairytale “泣いた赤おに (Naita Aka-oni, The Red Ogre who Cried)”.  Along with his best and only friend, blue ogre Gunjo, the two discover a human boy who gets washed up on the shores of their home on Mononoke Island, and then begins their adventures.

The story shows the significance of friends, and it has been reported Katori said he knew exactly who his best friends were.

“Everyone in SMAP.  They’re my best friends, in fact we’ve gone beyond friends now,” he said.

The movie is being directed by Ryuichi Yagi and Takashi Yamazaki, who has previously directed “SPACE BATTLESHIP Yamato”.  The directors themselves have been friends for about 20 years.

“泣いた赤おに (Naita Aka-oni, The Red Ogre who Cried)” will be the first fully 3D computer-animated movie in Japan, and at the press conference, the cast and press got to have a sneak peek at some of the footage.

“The graphics were amazing.  I didn’t record my lines while looking at the animation (like traditional anime movies).  I got to deliver my lines just like I wanted to, and it’s so interesting to see what kind of facial expressions they’ve put on top of my lines.  I’m so happy to be a part of this all,” Katori said.

“泣いた赤おに (Naita Aka-oni, The Red Ogre who Cried)” is scheduled to open in Japan cinemas on December 17 2011.

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GANTZ sequel breaks records set by first movie

15:36 JST April 25, 2011 4 comments

Kenichi Matsuyama in "GANTZ PERFECT ANSWER" (photo thanks to Cinema Today)

“GANTZ: PERFECT ANSWER” has recorded bigger sales and larger crowds at its opening, reports Cinema Today on April 25.

The movie stars Arashi’s Kazunari Ninomiya and actor Kenichi Matsuyama.  Although the first movie earned an impressive 3.4 billion yen at the box office at its opening in January, its sequel has earned more than 4 billion yen.  By 1pm on the movie’s opening day on April 23, cinemas across the country had recorded ticket sales of 104 per cent compared to the first movie.

It has been reported a large portion of the crowd attending the opening day event in Tokyo were women, including daughters and mothers or girl friend groups, showing the movie’s appeal to fans in their teens to 40s.

The “GANTZ” movies are based on the popular SF manga series of the same name, which is still being published.  Because of this the sequel has invented it’s own original ending to the story.

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