One of Johnny’s Jr. group A.B.C-Z’s members might be injured, but yesterday the group had showed they were staying positive for the start of their new stage show season, reports Sankei Sports.
It is the second year in a row A.B.C-Z take the lead roles in “少年たち (Shonen-tachi)“, which starts its season in Tokyo on September 4.
It has been reported group member Ryoichi Tsukada, who specialises in acrobatics, had tore a ligament in his left leg during rehearsals last month. Although this means he can’t perform any stunts until his leg recovers, the A.B.C-Z member said he was optimistic about the situation.
“I might not be able to do acrobatics, but I’m more enthusiastic than ever!”
Fellow group member Ryosuke Hashimoto had joked it could be worth coming to see the show while Tsukada is recovering.
“This might be the only time you’ll ever see Tsuka-chan not doing acrobatics.”
It has been reported Kansai Johnny’s Jr. member Akito Kiriyama said their talents were worth seeing as well.
“The Kansai team have come back better than last year, I think we’ll be some fierce competition for the other [Johnny's Jr. from Tokyo],” he said.
“Yeah, but one of ours is injured…,” A.B.C-Z member Fumito Kawai said.
Johnny’s Jr. talent Jesse Lewis will play a university student taking part in a bloody quiz show where contestants are killed off one by one, reports Cinema Today on August 23.
The cast of special drama The Quiz held a press conference on August 21, where Lewis, and other Johnny’s Jr. talents Keigo Hagiya and Hikaru Iwamoto talked about their upcoming show.
The drama is based on a horror mystery novel where 10 contestants compete in a quiz show to win 100 million yen. But it is not as easy as it seems, because for every question one contestant is killed off.
It has been reported Lewis will play the lead character, Shota, a third-year university student.
“I’m so surprised I got my first lead. I hope I can convince people that I can pull off roles like this. I hope I get them sitting on the edge of their seat when they watch this show,” he said.
The talent had also said he had never thought he would be able to be in so many dramas this year, from 私立バカレア高校 (Shiritsu Bakarea Koukou), Sprout, and now The Quiz.
For his co-star Hagiya, who plays a cold-hearted Tokyo University graduate student, the whole drama experience is completely new to him.
“This is my first drama. There are so many things I don’t know but I’ve been getting through it all thanks to the advice the director has been giving me,” he said.
Iwamoto, who plays a national karate champion Riku, said he had a lot in common with his character.
“Riku has a bright personality like me so it’s easy to get into character. I hope we can have fun making this into a great show,” he said.
The three talents also talked about what they would do if they themselves got their hands on the 100 million yen cash prize,
“I’d build a movie theatre inside my house! I watch DVDs with my family when I have a day off so I want to watch it on a big screen,” Lewis sad.
“I’d build a sound-proof room at home and put a drum kit and karaoke machine there,” Hagiya said.
“I’m really into designing lately so I’d like to open up my own apparel shop,” Iwamoto said.
The Quiz goes on air in Japan on September 1.
Johnny’s Jr. talents Jyuri Tanaka, Lewis Jesse, Keigo Hagiya, Kentaro Yasui, and Taiga Kyomoto will star in the latest commercial for Baskin Robbins ice cream, reports Nikkan Sports on July 19.
Baskin Robbin’s summer snowman campaign commercial goes on air on July 21, and will show the five talents walking in a parade surrounded by snowmen.
Apart from Kyomoto, this will be the first commercial for the Jr. talents.
“Although I would like to say that the first person I want to see this commercial in my big brother, really it’s my junior high school teacher,” said Tanaka.