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Kindaichi Shonen movie team verbally abused in Hong Kong

12:06 JST September 21, 2012 1 comment

HSJ’s Ryosuke Yamada and actress Haruna Kawaguchi filming Kindaichi Shonen. (photo thanks to http://news.sina.com.hk/news/17/1/1/2770173/1.html)

A Hong Kong local disrupted filming for upcoming live action movie of 金田一少年の事件簿 (Kindaichi Shonen Jinkenbo), it was revealed on September 19, reports Nikkan Sports.

 

It has been reported on September 12, Hey! Say! JUMP’s Ryosuke Yamada and the cast and Nihon TV crew of upcoming movie 金田一少年の事件簿 香港九龍財宝殺人事件 (Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo – Hong Kong Kowloon Zaihou Satsujin-jiken, The Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Mystery) had been shooting on location in Hong Kong when a local man approached the set, and shouted at them.

“Don’t let the Japanese film here!”

 

Paparazzi also caused some disruption during the night shoots on the same day.  It has been reported when one photographer got too close one actor, a Japanese crew member who tried to stop it got injured after his head and the photographer’s camera collided.  A Nihon TV public relations representative had said it was only a minor injury.

Head’s up, Kamenashi sweat might fall on crowds during DREAM BOYS

14:55 JST September 3, 2012 2 comments

KAT-TUN’s Kazuya Kamenashi and the cast of stage show DREAM BOYS had their first full run through on September 2 and said they hope to have a injury-free season, reports News 24.

 

Kamenashi, Hey! Say! JUMP’s Hikaru Yaotome, Kis-My-Ft2’s Yuta Tamamori, Toshiya Miyata and Kento Senga will spend most of September performing the stage show, which has been performed by Johnny’s talents since 2004.  The coming of age story features songs, dance, flying acrobatics, and even boxing.

 

Afterwards, Kamenashi told reporters at the rehearsal he was happy there were not any problems during the rehearsal.

“It was my first time going through the whole show on stage.  I was a little nervous.”

 

It has been reported Kamenashi was not the only person who was nervous.  The production team have been double checking all safety measures for their lead man ever since Japanese kabuki performer Somegoro Ichikawa had broken some bones after falling during his own stage performance.

“You have no idea what could happen so we’re doing our best to keep an eye on things and I need to keep reminding myself that what I’m doing is dangerous.  I hope Somegoro-san make it back on stage as soon as possible,” Kamenashi said.

 

This DREAM BOYS season will feature flying acrobatics for the first time since 2010.  The stunt was taken out of last year’s season because frequent aftershocks from the March 11 Japan Earthquake had meant it was not safe enough to carry them out.  It has been reported fans will get to see some new flying acrobatic sequences too, and Kamenashi said he can do them because his fans are there watching him.

“To be honest, today was the first time I’ve been able to pull off this stunt.  It makes a huge difference when there are people in the seats, they give me confidence,” he said.

 

It has been reported one reporter at yesterday’s rehearsal noticed Kamenashi had the longest time in the air, and said to the Johnny’s talent that “you’re dropping ‘Kame-jiru (referring to his sweat)’.  Are you concerned some of it might fall on your fans?”

“I know.  But I take a shower at least four times a day so don’t worry,” Kamenashi said.

 

Kamenashi also said he was looking forward to how fans would react to his performance with Yaotome, Tamamori, Miyata, and Senga this season.

“The five of us made this stage to bring out the best in us, and I think you’ll be able to see different parts of it throughout the show.”

 

To see a video of the rehearsal on morning TV, click here.

Hey! Say! JUMP’s Ryosuke Yamada gets lead in detective drama, heading to Hong Kong

13:56 JST July 24, 2012 2 comments

Producers and writers have been waiting years for Ryosuke Yamada to get old enough to play the lead in popular detective series “金田一少年の事件簿 (Kindaichi Shonen Jinkenbo)”, which will air on TV this winter as a special drama, reports Yomiuri Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun, and Sponichi Annex on July 24.

 

It has been reported Yamada is the fourth Johnny’s talent to play the lead role of high school detective Hajime Kindaichi, following in the footsteps of Tsuyoshi Domoto (KinKi Kids) who starred in the first special drama in 1995, then Jun Matsumoto (Arashi), and Kazuya Kamenashi (KAT-TUN).  The series was also made into a movie in 1997.

 

The drama is based on the manga series of the same name, which has been running for 20 years.

 

The upcoming show will be based on the manga’s current story, “金田一少年の事件簿 香港九龍財宝殺人事件 (Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo – Hong Kong Kowloon Zaihou Satsujin-jiken, The Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Mystery)”, which started being published in weekly manga magazine Weekly Shonen Magazine on July 11 this year.  It has been reported the manga’s co-creator Shin Kibayashi (also known under the alias Seimaru Amagi) will be writing the script for the drama.

 

The story will take place in Hong Kong, where Kindaichi accompanies his friend Miyuki who is getting ready for an international fashion show.  One day, Miyuki is kidnapped.  As he tries to get a grip on the situation, he meets Yang Lan, another model who looks identical to Miyuki.  As the two try to find Miyuki, someone is murdered the night before the fashion show.

“I’m extremely happy to be able to play a character who many of my seniors have played in the past.  I think this will be a huge production, with the story being set in Hong Kong, so I promise to work as hard as I can.  I want to bring out a Kindaichi Hajime that only I can produce,” Yamada said.

 

Drama producer Hiroko Hazeyama had said at least half of the drama will be shot in Hong Kong, and will involve an international cast and crew.  It has been reported a Kindaichi drama starring Yamada had been planned five years ago, but production was postponed because Yamada looked too young at the time.

“The manga’s writer had wanted him (Yamada) to play the part for years, and that’s how this project came along.  He has that cheeky boy personality Kindaichi Shonen needs,” she said.

 

It has been reported the drama will be filmed in Hong Kong from mid-September, and take about two weeks.  Yamada had started to train for the action sequences, as well as learning some Chinese.

 

**EXTRA**

If you’re interested in checking out the manga’s website of the same story, click here.  I can’t say for sure the manga will be the same as the movie, but it’s better than nothing!

Screenshot of the Hong Kong murder mystery manga story (thanks to Kindaichi Shonen manga website)

Kazuya Kamenashi gearing up for DREAM BOYS 2012

10:18 JST July 20, 2012 1 comment

New talents are getting ready give a show about young dreams, failure, and friendship in this year’s Johnny’s stage show DREAM BOYS, it was announced at the show’s press conference, reports Yomiuri Shimbun on July 18.

 

It has been reported the show has been running since 2004, and this year Hey! Say! JUMP’s Hikaru Yaotome, and Kis-My-Ft2’s Yuya Tamamori, Toshiya Miyata and Kento Senga will join the cast.  In contrast, KAT-TUN’s Kazuya Kamenashi has been involved with the show since it’s first season.

“For the first time I’m the oldest in the group.  I’ve known these guys since they were little, I hope everyone will look forward to what we create together,” Kamenashi said.

 

Last year Kamenashi pulled off difficult stunts like acrobatic jumps five-metres in the air, and complicated wire action sequences.

“I don’t feel I’m putting pressure on myself.  I don’t believe in forcing myself to work for something that I think will be cool,” Kamenashi said.

 

The KAT-TUN star also said this year’s show would be a team effort, with everyone bringing what they each do best to the show, including Yaotome with his stage performance skills, Senga with his dancing, and Miyata with his sense of humour.

“I hope we can mash up all of our talents together,” Kamenashi said.

“It’ll be a colour only the five of us can bring out,” Tamamori said.

 

DREAM BOYS begins it’s season at the Imperial Garden Theater in Tokyo from September 3.  Tickets go on sale on August 4 to the public.

Fans spot Hey! Say! JUMP’s Hikaru Yaotome with model Tsubasa Honda in Disneyland

15:37 JST July 16, 2012 2 comments

photo posted on the internet of Hikaru and Tsubasa in Disneyland (http://yfrog.com/h8xj3aurj).

A photo of Tsubasa Honda’s skirt posted on her blog around the same time as the Disneyland date. The similarity in the skirt and shoes has had fans guessing it is her in the Disneyland photo

Hikaru Yaotome and Tsubasa Honda have been spotted on a possible Disneyland date without any disguises, reports monthly magazine BUBKA.

It has been reported several fans had seen the Hey! Say! JUMP member in Disneyland around mid-June with Honda, who is currently a model for non-no magazine and has been starring in TV drama GTO.

“I saw a cute couple walking towards me.  And it was Y-kkuuand Tsubasa Honda.  They were a really good-looking couple,” said one teenager.

It has been reported the two were wearing hats, but nothing else to hide their faces, and looked like every other couple in the theme park who was there to have fun.

Honda is an uprising model and actress, and apart from her current work, has already clinched her first title role in the movie “FASHION STORY” which is due out next year.  According to one source however, her cute boyish haircut look does not mirror her personality.

“She looks innocent and private, but she’s quite open about her relationships.  Shortly after photo-stickers of her cuddling with her model ex-boyfriend were leaked, there were sightings of her in January on a date with her new boyfriend…in Disneyland too, I think.  Despite the fact she was becoming a more recognizable celebrity, I heard she was didn’t seem to take notice of people watching her as she kissed him in public,” said one magazine reporter.

As for Yaotome, it has been reported over the years he has been linked with many girls, including Miyabi Natsuyaki from Berryz Kobo and Perfume’s A-chan.

“He met Honda at a nomikai (drinking party).   Apparently they started talking and found out they were both huge B’z fans, and then they immediately hit it off,” said the same source as above.

It will be worth keeping an eye on where these two are heading in the future.

To see Tsubasa Honda’s blog post with the skirt photo, click here.

Could Ryutaro Morimoto make a come back when he graduates high school?

17:24 JST July 13, 2012 1 comment

It’s been over a year since Ryutaro Morimoto was suspended indefinitely from Hey! Say! JUMP after photos of him doing underage smoking were splashed in gossip magazine Josei Seven, but could the Johnny’s talent make a come back, reports Cyzowoman.

The then 16-year-old Johnny’s talent was suspended on June 27, 2011.  Since then, Morimoto’s name has been removed from the talent agency’s official website, and the media had reported Hey! Say! JUMP to be a nine-member group during their concerts in Hong Kong.

“I feel sad every time I see things like that, but I can’t help but feel hopeful that he’s just being suspended, not expelled.  I do believe he’ll come back,” said one fan.

It has been reported at the time, Morimoto was a first year in his Horikoshi High School’s TRAIT course.  Many teenage celebrities and athletes take this course which allows them to continue with their showbiz or training work without worrying about class times.  Students can catch up with school work either in weekends or school holidays.  The course comes with a steep price tag, but it has been reported Morimoto is currently still enrolled in the TRAIT course.

“There were sightings of him hanging out with his friends, including Johnny’s Jr. talent Jyuri Tanaka during the school’s autumn festival.  He was happy to shake hands with fans, so I think he does want to come back.

He’s still a student so maybe the time to watch is when he graduates.  Like, if he gets into university, there might be a double announcement about his university and his comeback,” said one Johnny’s news reporter.

Past examples suggest the idea is possible, with ex-NEWS/Kanjani8 member Hiroki Uchi coming back into showbiz after a two year suspension for underage drinking.  Although Uchi was unable to rejoin his groups, the talent is now working as a solo artist and has had won roles in movies, TV dramas, stage plays and concerts.

However, there are some talents who have never made a full come back, like ex-NEWS member Hironori Kusano who was suspended for underage drinking.  Although Kusano did make a come back as a talent, he gradually faded out and has since left the agency.  According to his Japanese wikipedia page, Kusano is now a design student at Hosei University in Tokyo.

Johnny’s talents hand over Marching J donations to Tohoku regions in person

11:15 JST March 27, 2012 3 comments

Tackey & Tsubasa, Hey! Say! JUMP, and TOKIO members went to the three prefectures most devastated by last year’s earthquake and tsunami on March 25 to hand over 720 million yen’s worth (about 8.7 million US dollars) of donations, reports Sports Hochi, Sankei News, and Chunichi Sports.

Members from each group traveled to Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectures to deliver the money raised through Marching J to each prefecture’s governor.  According to Johnny’s & Associates, since the charity was set up a year ago, more than 920 million yen has been raised.  This time, 720 million yen is being handed over, and the remaining 200 million yen or so will be handed over in May when the donations collected during KAT-TUN’s tour, scheduled to finish on April 28, can also be added to the lot.

It has been reported Hideaki Takizawa and Tsubasa Imai visited Iwate prefecture to hand over a portion of the donations.  Takizawa has a special connection with the area, which he visited a number of times while filming NHK’s Taiga drama “義経 (Yoshitsune)”, and had even visited it by himself last year as a volunteer.  On March 24 the two had visited Rikuzentakata and saw the famous one Japanese pine tree which survived the tsunami, and met some of the locals.

“I could see how strong-hearted everyone in Tohoku is.  It’s something that makes you stand tall,” Imai said.

“A lot of the debris has been taken away, and I feel like I’m seeing how united the Japanese have become.  It’s really encouraging,” Takizawa said.

Iwate’s governor also thanked the two for coming, and had said in turn the Johnny’s talents were encouraging the young people in the area so much more by visiting the area in person.

The two also visited Ofunato, which was where one of the power supply cars Johnny’s usually use for concerts was sent.  The agency had lent out a number of these cars for free after the earthquake to help supply electricity to areas destroyed by the tsunami.  One local told the two talents how much it had meant to the 300 people staying in their evacuation centre.

“When the power supply car arrived on March 19 and made the light’s turn on, there was a roar of applause throughout the hall.  It was a special light in the dark for all of us.”

It has been reported Hey! Say! JUMP’s Ryosuke Yamada, Yuri Chinen, Hikaru Yaotome, and Kota Yabu had visited Miyagi prefecture to hand over another portion of the donations.

“I hope this money will help build a future for the children who lost their parents in the earthquake,” Yabu said.

“My dad and brother (living in Miyagi) had told me how bad things where up here.  People who live in cold areas like this are perseverant, and I hope they can aim for the future at their own pace,” Yaotome said.

TOKIO’s Shigeru Joshima and Tatsuya Yamaguchi surprised locals when they came on stage during a music event in Fukushima prefecture to deliver the final portion of donations.  Their group has been going back and forth between Tokyo and Fukushima prefecture to develop DASH村 (DASH village) for their TV show for more than 10 years.

“Fukushima is our second home.  But to get to DASH village now, we need special permission,” said Joshima.

“We won’t let it end here.  TOKIO’s also going to hold on strong to hope,” said Yamaguchi.

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