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Tackey and Johnny’s Jr. take over a TV game show

23:40 JST September 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Hideaki Takizawa (28) and more than 100 Johnny’s Jr. talents will make up the guest list and studio crowd on a popular Japanese game show, reports The Television.

Cast of Tokyo Friend Park 2

Tackey and a team of Jr. members he selects will compete in the next “関口宏の東京フレンドパークII (Hiroshi Sekiguchi’s Tokyo Friend Park II)” special to air on September 20.

Johnny’s Jr. talents in the show will include Shintaro Morimoto (13), B.I. Shadow, and Hip Hop JUMP.

The popstars will try out games such as Go! Up Hill, Panic Ringo-ski 2, Wild Wild Duck, and Hyper Hockey.

Tackey will be challenged by trying out the show’s newest game, Panic Ringo-ski 2, which is a two-person attraction.  It requires one person to shoot an arrow at apples on the TV screen while the other person has to try and catch the falling apples with a basket on their back.

Another new game, Wild Wild Duck, will require the Johnny’s talents to do things such as kicking acorns to defeat a mole and playing golf.

The Panic Ringo-ski game

It is the second time in history the game show has been completely rented out to its guests; the first being in April when Japanese stage company Takarazuka had made up the guests and studio audience.

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Nino and A-list actors line up guest list for Matsujun’s drama final

08:54 JST September 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Arashi’s Kazunari Ninomiya (27) as a props technician and Kyoko Fukuda (27) as an assistant producer are the roles guest actors will be playing in the final of Jun Matsumoto’s summer drama next week, it was revealed yesterday, reports Sankei Sports.

The drama “夏の恋は虹色に輝く (Natsu no Koi wa Niji-iro ni Kagayaku)” follows the romance between a second-generation actor Taiga Kusunoki (Matsumoto) and single mother Shiori Kitamura (Yuko Takeuchi).  The final focuses on the Taiga’s work in the stage play of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

The guest actor list for the final has revealed a line up of many A-list Japanese actors, including Masachika Ichimura (61) who plays a stage actor who had gotten the role of Claudius in the play.

Ichimura had previously starred with Matsumoto in 2007’s drama series “Bambino!” and had said he had been extremely excited to be able to work with the popstar again.

It has been reported that Arashi’s Nino, who plays a props technician, also has a scene with Matsumoto, but how the two character’s will interact with one another has been left as a surprise for Monday.

Other guests include Kyoko Fukuda as an assistant producer role, Yukiya Kitamura (36) as an actor who plays Hamlet, and Mari Natsuki (58) as a singer role.

Matsumoto has been reported to have been working 100 per cent for the final.

“I want to make this Hamlet play the best it can be,” he said.

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Hiroki Uchi caught on holiday with musical actress

00:14 JST September 17, 2010 2 comments

The Japanese magazine 女性セブン (Josei Seven) edition released on September 16 has published pictures of Johnny’s Jr. member Hiroki Uchi (24) with a woman the magazine reports to be his girlfriend, actress Rena Sasamoto (25).

Josei Seven have published photos of the couple at the airport, having returned from a holiday in Hawaii.  The couple were then photographed putting their luggage into Sasamoto’s parent’s car, before reportedly driving off to Sasamoto’s home in Chiba.

The two had met while working on the stage musical of “Guys and Dolls” earlier this year.

Guys and Dolls musical poster starring Hiroki Uchi and Rena Sasamoto

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