SMAP leader Masahiro Nakai will be coming back with more ATARU for a special drama during New Year’s next year, it was announced on October 25, reports Mantan Web.
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.
Interview with Kis-My-Ft2’s Taisuke Fujigaya in Yomiuri Shimbun, published on July 30.
It must have been a long wait, but the 25-year-old Kis-My-Ft2 group member is in the middle of playing his first lead in a drama series. He was a late bloomer for a Johnny’s talent, but that has not changed his attitude.
“I always wanted to try a lead role. How different is it. There’s so much I want to learn,” Fujigaya said.
Fujigaya’s character in Beginners! wants become a police officer because his father was one. The Johnny’s talent said he brings things about his own relationship with his father into his character.
“My parents have done so much for me. My dad’s a quiet person, but when I was going through a tough time thinking about my future, he was there for me. I was so happy when he came to my concert.”
Q&A with questions sent in by fans:
Q: How do you remember you lines?
A: When I’m at home, usually in the bath. I’ll imagine the scene and take my time going over lines.
Q: What kind of character would you like to try?
A: Something like 10 episodes of the love story from the first episode. I want to try so many characters.
Q: What job would you be doing if you weren’t doing this one?
A: I love kids so I might’ve become a kindergarten teacher or a worker at Disneyland.
Q: What’s the best thing a fan has told you?
A: Things like, “you gave me support”, or, “you gave me motivation”. Knowing that what we do makes someone happy makes me happy too.
By the way, it is only a wig. But the makeup team did such a good job, Maruyama had said it looks just as real.
“When I looked at myself in the mirror, it was unlike anything I’d ever seen!!”
It has been reported episode 4 of the talent’s drama shows Maruyama’s character in a showdown with his main competition, and in order to show how serious he is, he dons a Robert-De-Niro-in-the-1976-movie-Taxi-Driver mohican hairdo.
“I’m happy I got to do this. Because of the job I do, I’m not able to change my hairstyle this radically, and I’m not the type that tries out really different hairstyles either. I really like this look,” Maruyama said.
Fans too, can expect to be surprised too.
“All the staff were surprised so I think everyone watching the drama will be in for a shock too,” he said.
Episode 4 of “Boys On The Run” goes on air on August 3.
Producers and writers have been waiting years for Ryosuke Yamada to get old enough to play the lead in popular detective series “金田一少年の事件簿 (Kindaichi Shonen Jinkenbo)”, which will air on TV this winter as a special drama, reports Yomiuri Shimbun, Mainichi Shimbun, and Sponichi Annex on July 24.
It has been reported Yamada is the fourth Johnny’s talent to play the lead role of high school detective Hajime Kindaichi, following in the footsteps of Tsuyoshi Domoto (KinKi Kids) who starred in the first special drama in 1995, then Jun Matsumoto (Arashi), and Kazuya Kamenashi (KAT-TUN). The series was also made into a movie in 1997.
The drama is based on the manga series of the same name, which has been running for 20 years.
The upcoming show will be based on the manga’s current story, “金田一少年の事件簿 香港九龍財宝殺人事件 (Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo – Hong Kong Kowloon Zaihou Satsujin-jiken, The Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Mystery)”, which started being published in weekly manga magazine Weekly Shonen Magazine on July 11 this year. It has been reported the manga’s co-creator Shin Kibayashi (also known under the alias Seimaru Amagi) will be writing the script for the drama.
The story will take place in Hong Kong, where Kindaichi accompanies his friend Miyuki who is getting ready for an international fashion show. One day, Miyuki is kidnapped. As he tries to get a grip on the situation, he meets Yang Lan, another model who looks identical to Miyuki. As the two try to find Miyuki, someone is murdered the night before the fashion show.
“I’m extremely happy to be able to play a character who many of my seniors have played in the past. I think this will be a huge production, with the story being set in Hong Kong, so I promise to work as hard as I can. I want to bring out a Kindaichi Hajime that only I can produce,” Yamada said.
Drama producer Hiroko Hazeyama had said at least half of the drama will be shot in Hong Kong, and will involve an international cast and crew. It has been reported a Kindaichi drama starring Yamada had been planned five years ago, but production was postponed because Yamada looked too young at the time.
“The manga’s writer had wanted him (Yamada) to play the part for years, and that’s how this project came along. He has that cheeky boy personality Kindaichi Shonen needs,” she said.
It has been reported the drama will be filmed in Hong Kong from mid-September, and take about two weeks. Yamada had started to train for the action sequences, as well as learning some Chinese.
If you’re interested in checking out the manga’s website of the same story, click here. I can’t say for sure the manga will be the same as the movie, but it’s better than nothing!
Kanjani8’s Ryuhei Maruyama and his drama co-stars started punching sand bags in front of the press on June 28 to see which of them was a better boxer, reports Daily Sports Online and Walker plus news.
Maruyama plays a virgin learning to box in his upcoming drama series “Boys On The Run“, which is based on the manga series of the same name. Other cast members include KAT-TUN’s Tatsuya Ueda, Akina Minami, Eriko Sato, and Takanori Jinnai.
“We’re working on a drama during a particularly tough time (with the Olympics starting in July), but I think this story is just as entertaining. I just watched through the first episode and it’s like watching something that has so many things packed into it. Try watching even the first episode please,” Maruyama said.
It has been reported during their promotional press conference in Tokyo on Thursday, a punching machine was brought out to see how good the actors were at boxing. Special guest and former WBC bantamweight boxing champion Yasuei Yakushiji set the first record, throwing 195 punches in 30 seconds. KAT-TUN’s Ueda scored 172 punches, while Maruyama scored 269 punches.
“I’m sorry, while watching you guys I got an idea about what works best,” he said.
Another question thrown at the cast was about which actress they found most attractive.
“I’d choose Shiho-san (played by Sato). She has a kind of older-woman seductiveness, she’s open-minded. She’s the best female character who says the right thing and it sticks in your mind, so I think that makes her a very amazing lady,” Maruyama said.
“The one lady who I can really trust as a trainer is Hana-san (played by Airi Taira), but then the ladies next to me (Minami and Sato) are really pretty too… They’re all too beautiful that I couldn’t choose,” Ueda said.
“What are you, some pure-hearted teen idol!” Maruyama said in response to Ueda’s comment.
“Boys On The Run” begins on July 6.
The drama is set in a police boarding school. The place is full of loser students, but every week they grow stronger and grow as people. It is Fujigaya’s first go at a drama series lead role.
“[My character is] stupid and lame, but there’s a lot of coming-of-age drama and ambition in it,” Fujigaya said.
It has been reported one of the police instructor characters gives Fujigaya’s character a hard time, and there is a scene where Fujigaya gets slapped in the face for causing trouble.
“I think my parents are going to be surprised when they see it,” he said.
But the Johnny’s talent said it was also something funny to watch.
“I get beaten up every time so I hope the fans enjoy looking out for it,” he said.
Fujigaya’s co-stars also include his fellow Kis-My-Ft2 member Hiromitsu Kitayama and actress Ayame Gouriki.
“A lot of the cast are the same age so it was easy to become a team,” Fujigaya said.
It has been reported during the press conference, a cake was brought out to celebrate Fujigaya’s 25th birthday, which was on June 25.
“Beginners” goes on air from July 12.