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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.

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.

Kazuya Kamenashi in Hokkaido filming Bem movie

16:29 JST July 13, 2012 1 comment

Actors Anne and Fuku Suzuki on location in Hokkaido for the Yokai Ningen Bem movie (photo thanks to Muroran Minpo)

Johnny’s talent Kazuya Kamenashi was in a Hokkaido seaside town from July 3 to 9 filming his upcoming movie “妖怪人間ベム (Yokai Ningen Bem)”, reports Muroran Minpo.

 

Kamenashi, his co-stars Anne, Fuku Suzuki, and the movie’s production team were in Muroran, Hokkaido, for on-location shooting around the town’s scenic spots.  It has been reported the lighthouse on Daikokujima, just off the mainland will serve as the trio’s home in the film.

 

It has been reported the movie’s producer had chosen this town because of the right number of factories, mist, mountains, and sea.  Everything needed for the movie’s setting.

“The night lights at the factories are very pretty.  There’s a sense of magic about the place that you could really believe that monsters live here,” Kamenashi said.

 

“妖怪人間ベム (Yokai Ningen Bem)” is due out in cinemas on December 15.

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Yokai Ningen Bem is becoming a movie

15:14 JST June 14, 2012 7 comments

Kazuya Kamenashi, Anne, and Fuku Suzuki will be coming to movie theatres powered up with more CG effects and action sequences, reports TheTV on June 14.

 

The three will be reprising their roles from the 2011 monster drama series “妖怪人間ベム (Yokai Ningen Bem)” in a story especially written for the big screen.

 

The drama series ended with Bem (Kamenashi), Bera (Anne), and Bero (Suzuki) choosing to protect the human race rather than become human, and then disappearing from their friend detective Natsume.

 

The movie will start with Bem, Bera, and Bero coming to a new town.  The town, however, has been troubled with a string of mysterious, unsolved cases.  Then, Bero falls in love with a girl he meets.  As Bero’s desire to become human grows, Bem and Bera find a way to become human, but struggle to decide whether it would be best to let just Bero become human, or whether they should become human with him.  The three also discover that the mysterious cases had been caused by another yokai.  Not just any yokai either, one more powerful than Bem and his friends have ever encountered.

 

The battle scenes will be bigger than they were during the drama, and more special effects makeup and CGs will be used in the upcoming movie.

 

On the Yokai Bem website, all three cast members have released their comments.

“Oha-yokai!  I’m so excited!  I really wanted to know what they (Bem, Bero, and Bero) were doing now so I’m looking forward to it.  I’m excited to be able to see Bera and Bero again, and to be able to play Bem.  I want to be a yokai-ningen now!” (Kazuya Kamenashi)

“I’m so excited to hear it’ll become a movie!  I hope to be able to play an even more action-packed Bera on the big screen.  I want to be a yokai now!” (Anne)

“I’m so excited to hear my favourite Yokai Ningen Bem will become a movie.  I’m looking forward to shooting with my favourite Kamenashi-san and Anne-san.  I love action sequences so I hope I get my own fight scene.  I’ll do my best to put myself in my acting!  Shooting will be over the hot summer season, but as a yokai ningen I promise to do my best not to sweat too much or get bitten by insects, and make the best yokai ningen team ever.” (Fuku Suzuki)

 

The movie will be released on December 15, 2012, in more than 300 movie theatres.

 

To go to the official website, click here.

Bera and Bero (photo thanks to The TV)

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Kazuya Kamenashi wishes he could turn into a girl and wear skirts

15:55 JST March 12, 2012 7 comments

Transformation was the keyword for KAT-TUN’s Kazuya Kamenashi’s latest commercial, reports Oricon on March 12.

Kamenashi is the latest celebrity to endorse KIRIN’s canned tea drinks 午後の紅茶 (Gogo no Kocha, Afternoon Tea), and took part in an event to promote the product in Tokyo today.

The new commercial shows a normal businessmen transforming into the good-looking Kamenashi after taking a sip of the drink.  On the topic of transformation, the press asked Kamenashi what he would want to transform into.

“I’d like to become a woman and wear a skirt.  I’m just curious about how it feels.  I’d like to wear a skirt and go for a stroll around town.”

Kamenashi said he found it really exciting to work with a motion capture camera for his new commercial.

“The device is so cool.  It can tell what I look like from the side when all I’ve been doing is face straight forward.”

While the Johnny’s talent was telling the press he had fun working with the director, who would ask Kamenashi to wink at the camera, the cameramen at today’s event asked him to kiss the can of drink.

“You’re asking for more than the director,” Kamenashi said before hesitating, but eventually giving in and kissing the tea can from different angles.

To go to KIRIN’s tea website, click here.

Kazuya Kamenashi happy with first ratings for his latest drama

12:13 JST October 25, 2011 4 comments

Scene from "Youkai Ningen Bem", with Bera and Berro

Kazuya Kamenashi, star of the latest monster-anime-turned-live-action-drama, achieved one of his best TV ratings last Saturday, reports Mainichi Shimbun on October 24.

“妖怪人間ベム (Youkai Ningen Bem)” started its season off with an impressive 18.9 per cent average rating during the first episode.

“I really want to thank the large number of people who watched the show.  I’m totally happy right now,” Kamenashi said.

It has been reported Kamenashi said it was only the beginning of an exciting series.

“The original story has a lot of character.  Along with our production team who keep breaking down the walls that stand against us in making his live-action show possible, and my co-stars, I hope we can become a stronger team, and put all our heart and hard work into the shoots to make this drama that will stay with people,” he said.

The drama follows three monsters who dream of becoming humans, and in the process befriend a human family.

It has been reported ratings during the first episode peaked at 22.9 per cent, during the scene when the three transform into their monstrous forms.

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Kamenashi’s biggest flying stunt revealed

13:20 JST September 5, 2011 5 comments

KAT-TUN’s Kazuya Kamenashi had been getting special training from a Chinese stunt coach to pull off his biggest flying sequence yet, it was revealed at a press conference in Tokyo on September 4, reports Sankei Sports and Chunichi Sports.

The Johnny’s talent had just finished his performance of “DREAM BOYS”, which opened on September 3, when he appeared in front of the press.

Kamenashi’s highlight performance sees him standing on a triangular swing set up five metres in the air.  From there, he bungy jumps down, then spins around to fly back up.  The stunt requires the performer to grab the rubber rope as they are falling down, then use their abdominal and arm muscles to lift their entire body back up, do a full 360-degree spin, and end up back at their starting point.  It has been reported Kamenashi repeated this 15 times at high-speed without any mistakes.  Getting the stunt wrong would leave the performer dangling in mid-air.

A special performing coach had been called in from China to teach Kamenashi the stunt.  Although it would usually take a performer four months to master the sequence, an already fit Kamenashi managed to master the stunt in just 20 days.  Although the KAT-TUN star has been doing flying stunts for years, he said this one was his hardest yet.

“To be honest, it’s the scariest one I’ve done so far.  Before we started training, I weighed 64 kilos, and now I’m 59.2 kilos,” he said.

Johnny’s & Associates president Johnny Kitagawa had said he has hopes of taking the show overseas to the US.

“There aren’t many talents who have been able to push themselves to that extent.  I think it has potential to be recognized even in America.  I hope we can sometime next year,” he said.

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