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Go Morita’s girlfriend gives her opinion on marriage

21:54 JST August 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Japanese actress Aya Ueto (24), who is also dating Go Morita from V6, gave her opinion about marriage at a promotional event in Tokyo today.

Aya Ueto's new drama poster

The actress was promoting her upcoming drama “10年先も君に恋して (10-nensaki mo Kimi ni Koishite)” on August 17.

The drama follows an woman who one day gets approached by a middle-aged man claiming to be her future husband who has come back from 10 years in the future.  He tells her that the two of them will meet for the first time in a few days, and urges her not to marry his younger self.

When asked about her own idea of marriage, Ueto said she was all for it.

“I admire the idea of marriage; one day I want a family.

“I’d do my best to be treated as a wife and a lady,” she said.

Ueto’s drama starts on August 31 on NHK.

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SMAP’s Goro Inagaki movie to show at Venice Film Festival

21:34 JST August 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Fans will see SMAP’s Goro Inagaki (36) in a completely different light in his latest movie said the film’s director at a press conference in Tokyo today, reports Oricon.

“十三人の刺客 (Jusan-nin no Shikaku, 13 Assassins)” will be shown at the 67th Venice Film Festival, which kicks off in September.

The story follows a group of assassins who hunt down the worst tyrant in history, played by Inagaki.

The cast of "13 Assassins" at today's press conference

The film’s director Takashi Miike had said watching Inagaki would “change the way you see SMAP”.

Actor Koji Yakusho, who heads the team of assassins, joked about how he and his co-stars stayed in character.

“We had good teamwork.  During filming all 13 of us made sure we hated Goro Inagaki-chan,” he said.

Bad guy Inagaki had said he was excited to be able to be a part of the Venice Film Festival.

“As a film lover, I’m looking forward to it.  No matter how it ends up, I feel priviledged that my name is going to make it’s mark,” he said.

“13 Assassins” is a remake of the 1963 black-and-white film directed by Eiichi Kudo.

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“Ashita no Jo” update

17:59 JST August 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Still can’t find a good shot of Yamapi, argh!!!

But found a slightly clearer screenshot, phew…

TV coverage of "Ashita no Jo" characters

There’s also a movie trailer at the film’s website:

Momo xoxo

Yamapi lost more than eight kilos for “Ashita no Jo”

10:43 JST August 17, 2010 Leave a comment

NEWS’ Tomohisa Yamashita (25) lost 8.5 kilos and his body fat percentage went down to 5% while he worked on “あしたのジョー (Ashita no Jo)” it was revealed yesterday, reports Daily Sports Online and Sponichi Annex.

Character photos of the cast in the movie were released yesterday, which showed a muscular Jo Yabuki, played by Yamapi, and his rival character Tohru Rikishi, played by Yusuke Iseya (34).

Yusuke Iseya in "Ashita no Jo"

Yamapi and Iseya making headlines in Japanese sports newspapers this morning

The two stars had said their training consisted of a strict diet and rigorous exercises.

Yamapi started getting in shape for his role in February, a month before filming began.  His daily calorie intake was halved down to 1200 calories a day, and mainly featured chicken fillets and salads.  Yamapi also did two to three hours of boxing and cardio training every day, and even had sparring sessions with former WBA world super bantamweight champion Osamu Sato (33).

By the time filming had finished in early June, Yamapi’s weight had dropped from 62 kilos to 53.5 kilos, and his body fat percentage dipped from 14% to 5%, giving him a clear six-pack.  It has been reported a number of his group members from NEWS said they we were worried about his sudden weight loss.

Co-star Iseya had also endured a similar training routine, and his weight had dropped from 67 kilos to 57 kilos, and body fat percentage from 15% to 3 %.

The film’s supervising trainer had said that the two stars had gotten into better shape than Japanese boxing champions he had seen in the past.

Yamapi and Iseya had said they were serious when it came to their fighting scenes.

“I went into it with a ‘I’m not going to lose to Iseya!’ attitude.  Iseya-san had this ‘give me your best shot’ look and the fact that the two of us were really punching one another, it helps you to feel the scene instead of just relying on the film’s lines,” Yamapi said.

“あしたのジョー (Ashita no Jo)” will open in Japan cinemas in 2011.  It is based on the critically acclaimed boxing manga of the same name by Asao Takamori and Tetsuya Chiba, created in 1968.


Why can’t I find a decent shot of Yamapi’s character!!!  Not happy! (>w<)/

Sorry I could only find a small newspaper scan.  If anyone can find a good Yamapi shot, please let me know!

Momo xoxo

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