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Kusanagi and Takeuchi hold Christmas event in Tokyo

23:11 JST December 20, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

SMAP’s Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (36) and Yuko Takeuchi (30) were spell bound by a children’s choir at a Christmas event at Omotesando Hills in Tokyo today to promote their upcoming film, reports Oricon and Eiga.com.

 

Thirty girls from the Suginami Children’s Choir took part in the event for the film “僕と妻の1778の物語 (Boku to Tsuma no 1778 no Monogatari)”, and sang a number of songs including SMAP’s “ありがとう (Arigato)” and “世界に一つだけの花 (Sekai ni Hitotsu dake no Hana)”.

“You all sounded beautiful, you must’ve practised a lot,” Kusanagi said.

“You sounded so pure!  It was more beautiful than 5.1ch surround sound,” Takeuchi said.

 

Their latest movie is based on sci-fi author Taku Mayumura’s real life experience when he wrote short stories to cheer up his wife as she battled cancer right until her death in 2002.  The movie follows Kusanagi’s character as he takes his wife’s doctor’s advice that laughter is the best medicine and starts writing her a short story every day for five years.

 

It has been reported that at the event, Kusanagi had said he was looking forward to seeing the finished product.

“We were past halfway through filming the movie and I knew I couldn’t change the way I was acting my character by that time, but when I met the book’s author Mayumura-san, I knew there was nothing wrong with how I had pictured my character.  I was able to act my character without worrying that he was based on a real person,” he said.

 

Kusanagi also talked about what it was like working with Takeuchi for the first time in 8 years.

“She shows amazing concentration when going into character.  Yuko-chan’s very easy to work with and she has a warm aura about her, it was fun filming with her,” he said.

 

As for Takeuchi, it has been reported she had other things to say about Kusanagi.

“Kusanagi-kun can speak Korean, he can cook, he can tap dance, he’s really amazing,” she said before being interrupted by the star.

“That’s got nothing to do with this movie…,” he said.

 

As Kusanagi smiled and wished the 1000 fans attending the event a merry christmas, the pop star talked about his own Christmas experiences.

“For the past few decades I’ve had work on Christmas, but the night time illuminations around Tokyo are very pretty,” he said.

 

“Boku to Tsuma no 1778 no Monogatari” will be released on January 15 in Japan.

Yuko Takeuchi at today's event in Tokyo (photo thanks to Eiga.com)

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Source: http://eiga.com/news/20101220/15/

www.oricon.co.jp/news/movie/83198/full/

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