Archive for April, 2011

Johnny’s Jr. perform parodies of their senior’s shows

23:34 JST April 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Johnny’s Jr. group A.B.C-Z have been performing parodies from Koichi Domoto and Hideaki Takizawa’s famous shows in their latest stage show, it was revealed on April 29, reports Oricon.

For the second year in a row, the group had kicked off the season of their self-produced show “みんなクリエに来てクリエ 2011 (Minna Kurie ni kite Kurie 2011)”.  This year saw the group fuse together comedy and musicals, which explains the parody performances of their Johnny’s seniors shows.

“We respect our seniors so we’ve made sure we don’t go over the line, but we do try to get as close as we can to it,” Shota Totsuka said.

When asked by the press whether they group had Koichi Domoto’s blessing to do a parody about him, Koichi Goseki confessed that they had not.  His group member Fumito Kawai also elaborated on the fact.

“We do respect him…but if Koichi-kun came to our show, I think we’d be panicking,” he said.

It has been reported Johnny’s & Associate president Johnny Kitagawa had thought up the idea of bringing together comedy and musicals, but the actual script, stage direction, and planning was done by all five A.B.C-Z members.

A.B.C-Z spent a long time last year performing in their seniors shows including Takizawa’s “新春 滝沢革命(Shinhun Takizawa Kakumei)” and “PLAYZONE”.  The group’s show “みんなクリエに来てクリエ 2011 (Minna Kurie ni kite Kurie 2011)” is part one of a four-part show.  The second part involves a special live performance by Kis-My-Ft2 members Hiromitsu Kitayama and Taisuke Fujigaya, the third a show by A.B.C-Z members, and the fourth a show including Mis Snow Man members and Johnny’s Jr.  The show’s season finishes on May 29.

It has been reported all pre-tickets have been sold.

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Shingo Katori says he and SMAP’s members are more than friends

16:56 JST April 26, 2011 5 comments

Screenshot from trailer of "friends - Mononoke-jima no Naki" of Shingo Katori's character

SMAP’s Shingo Katori (34) revealed who he considered his best friends at a press conference in Tokyo on April 25, reports Mainichi Shimbun Digital and Sankei Sports.

The pop star voices a red ogre (or demon) called Naki in an upcoming 3D computer animation movie based on the Japanese fairytale “泣いた赤おに (Naita Aka-oni, The Red Ogre who Cried)”.  Along with his best and only friend, blue ogre Gunjo, the two discover a human boy who gets washed up on the shores of their home on Mononoke Island, and then begins their adventures.

The story shows the significance of friends, and it has been reported Katori said he knew exactly who his best friends were.

“Everyone in SMAP.  They’re my best friends, in fact we’ve gone beyond friends now,” he said.

The movie is being directed by Ryuichi Yagi and Takashi Yamazaki, who has previously directed “SPACE BATTLESHIP Yamato”.  The directors themselves have been friends for about 20 years.

“泣いた赤おに (Naita Aka-oni, The Red Ogre who Cried)” will be the first fully 3D computer-animated movie in Japan, and at the press conference, the cast and press got to have a sneak peek at some of the footage.

“The graphics were amazing.  I didn’t record my lines while looking at the animation (like traditional anime movies).  I got to deliver my lines just like I wanted to, and it’s so interesting to see what kind of facial expressions they’ve put on top of my lines.  I’m so happy to be a part of this all,” Katori said.

“泣いた赤おに (Naita Aka-oni, The Red Ogre who Cried)” is scheduled to open in Japan cinemas on December 17 2011.

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GANTZ sequel breaks records set by first movie

15:36 JST April 25, 2011 4 comments

Kenichi Matsuyama in "GANTZ PERFECT ANSWER" (photo thanks to Cinema Today)

“GANTZ: PERFECT ANSWER” has recorded bigger sales and larger crowds at its opening, reports Cinema Today on April 25.

The movie stars Arashi’s Kazunari Ninomiya and actor Kenichi Matsuyama.  Although the first movie earned an impressive 3.4 billion yen at the box office at its opening in January, its sequel has earned more than 4 billion yen.  By 1pm on the movie’s opening day on April 23, cinemas across the country had recorded ticket sales of 104 per cent compared to the first movie.

It has been reported a large portion of the crowd attending the opening day event in Tokyo were women, including daughters and mothers or girl friend groups, showing the movie’s appeal to fans in their teens to 40s.

The “GANTZ” movies are based on the popular SF manga series of the same name, which is still being published.  Because of this the sequel has invented it’s own original ending to the story.

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TOKIO members were at DASH village on 3/11

10:23 JST April 25, 2011 2 comments

Two members of TOKIO were filming at DASH village when the earthquake struck north-eastern Japan on March 11, it was revealed during the group’s TV show on April 24, reports Sponichi Annex and Sankei Sports.

It has been reported TOKIO leader Shigeru Joshima and Tatsuya Yamaguchi were in the middle of filming at DASH village when the earthquake happened.  Yamaguchi had said it had taken them about 11 hours to get back to Tokyo.

“I knew that everyone (who was involved with DASH village at the site) were okay, but I’m worried about what’s happened to them since,” he said.

TOKIO’s Taichi Kokubun added he hopes things will go back to normal.

“They’ve been so kind to us, we have to do something in return.  That also means getting (DASH village) back,” he said.

DASH village’s location had been kept secret up to know, but for the first time it was revealed to be in an area north-west of Namie town, Fukushima prefecture.  The town lies within the 20 to 30-kilometre zone from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which meant the entire town, including DASH village workers and DASH village livestock, had to be evacuated for their safety.

Yesterday’s show also showed footage of Joshima visiting evacuation centres in Fukushima.

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Ryuhei Maruyama gets first movie role

23:58 JST April 24, 2011 2 comments

Thing are set to get a little wild as Kanjani8’s Ryuhei Maruyama (27) tackles his first movie based on manga series about a group of crime-fighting motorcyclists, it was revealed on April 23, reports Daily Sports Online and Cinema Today.

“Wild7” is a manga series by Mikiya Mochizuki and was published in Japan during the 1960s and 1970s.  The story follows seven reformed criminals who turn into the ultimate crime-fighting team on motorcyles.  Actor Eita (28) will play the lead role while Maruyama will be the Wild7 team’s mechanical and explosives expert who is one quarter American.  Having learned about explosives from his American military grandfather, パイロウ (Pairo) finds he has a talent for it, and makes his first explosive weapon when he’s 13-years-old.  He sets the bomb off, injuring some people in his neighbourhood and getting his arrested for the first time.  Even after being freed, Pairo blows up a jumbo jet, and then a police car, killing both policemen inside.  A true explosives maniac.

In preparation for the role, it has been reported Maruyama had already gotten his medium-sized motorcycle and motorcycle driver licenses in March.

“I’m excited about being able to take on the challenge of starring in a movie for the first time.  There’s going to be things like sidecar motorcycles, guns, and huge explosions.  I hope I can show a wild side of me never before seen,” he said.

No details about the movie’s release date have been announced, but it has been reported to be around the end of this winter.

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Drama Ratings April #1

17:44 JST April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Drama Ratings April #1

幸せになろうよ (Shiawase ni Narouyo) average ratings (%)

starring Shingo Katori (SMAP) and Yuta Tamamori (Kis-My-Ft2)

Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10


犬を飼うということ スカイと我が家の180日 (Inu wo Kau to Iukoto Sky to Wagaya no 180-nichi) average ratings (%)

starring Ryo Nishikido (Kanjani8/NEWS) and Junnosuke Taguchi (KAT-TUN)

Ep 1 Ep 2 Ep 3 Ep 4 Ep 5 Ep 6 Ep 7 Ep 8 Ep 9 Ep 10



Tsubasa dresses in Chanel for event

10:17 JST April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

stage show poster for "Gabrielle Chanel" (photo thanks to Shochiku website)

Tackey & Tsubasa’s Tsubasa Imai donned a Chanel necktie of his choice and actress Mao Daichi a Chanel dress as the two promoted their upcoming stage show about fashion legend Coco Chanel in Tokyo on April 21, reports News 24 and Asahi Shimbun.

This is the third year in a row since 2009 the two actors have performed the stage show “Gabrielle Chanel“, which follows the private life of fashion designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, played by Daichi, and her affair with English polo player Arthur “Boy” Capel, played by Imai.

“This time I’ll work as Tsubasa from ‘Mackey & Tsubasa’ and not ‘Tackey & Tsubasa’,” said Imai.

It has been reported that working together for the third time, the two actors have now become good friends and often exchange text messages.  Even so, Tsubasa made it clear he had not forgotten about Tackey.

“Right now (Hideaki) Takizawa is performing his show here at Nissay Theatre so I just sent her a text asking, ‘when would you like to see it with me?’,” Imai said.

“Gabrielle Chanel” begins performances at the Nissay Theatre in Tokyo from May 14 to 28.

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