Arashi, this year’s main personality for Nihon TV’s “24時間テレビ35『愛は地球を救う』(24Hr Television / Love Saves the Earth’)”, look back on their third time hosting the show, reports Mainichi Shimbun on August 27.
“It’s possible there’s only a set number of dreams one person has. But being here with everyone, and thanks to all of those people on location, in these 24 hours I’ve been able to see so many more dreams about the future.”
“This year was another great time for me, I had to fight back the tears so many times… I could feel how much people wanted a bright future.”
“It was truly an honour. I was touched by everything.”
“My feelings for the future have become stronger from this, our third show. I want to make a fresh start for the future.”
“I feel like the show was over in an instant this year. If people were able to get our message about moving forward, I think it was a good 24 hours spent for the future.”
Jun Matsumoto is turning into a brass band conductor, Sho Sakurai a soccer player, and Kazunari Ninomiya has just finished shooting his drama on the edge of a 20 metro cliff for this year’s 24 Hr TV, reports Sports Hochi, Sponichi Annex, Sankei Sports, and Nikkan Sports on June 10.
“２４時間テレビ３５『愛は地球を救う』(24Hr Television / Love Saves the Earth’)” is being hosted by Johnny’s group Arashi this year, and new details about their special programs have been revealed.
Matsumoto will conduct the brass band at a high school in Ishinomaki, a town devastated by last year’s tsunami. It has been reported Matsumoto had no plans to conduct at first. The band had been invited to perform in Tokyo’s Budokan, where the 24Hr TV special will be aired from, to express their gratitude to everyone who has supported their community and to tell people they are doing their best to rebuild their lives. But after Matsumoto had visited the school in June, the students invited the Arashi member to lead them as they prepared for their Tokyo performance. Having no conducting experience, Matsumoto has since been learning the fundamentals from Japanese conductor Yutaka Sado.
“He said the most important thing is to draw together all of the thoughts of each and every musician, become a part of their music-making, and to have fun. I had also heard that after the tsunami, Sado-san had been involved with organizations which had donated instruments to their school. Maybe it’s fate,” Matsumoto said.
Just north of Ishinomaki, a high school soccer team in Rikuzentakada had been invited by Sakurai and FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Homare Sawa to play a match in memory of their team member Shiori Koyama. It has been reported the Mizusawa UFC Princess player had a dream of becoming a World Cup soccer player but she was lost in the tsunami which hit Rikuzentakada on March 11, 2011. Despite the fact Sawa and a number of her team mates were preparing for the London Olympics, the women’s soccer team INAC Kobe made time for a match against their juniors earlier this month. Sakurai joined the Tohoku team as a special member as the two sides played off in a 30 minute match.
“It was incredible. Even the heavy rain stopped while we were having the match. I think Shiori-san was watching us,” Sakurai said.
It has been reported over in Shizuoka prefecture, Ninomiya had been filming the climax scene to his special drama “車イスで僕は空を飛ぶ (Kuruma-isu de Boku wa Sora wo Tobu)”. In the drama, Ninomiya plays a good-for-nothing teenager who gets in a fight which leaves him paralysed from the waist down. Wanting to end his life, he drags himself and his wheelchair to the edge of a 20 metro cliff. The cliff used in the scene had bad footing even for those who could walk, and so just in case, a rescue team and coast guard team were on standby during the shoot.
“You might see it as taking too much risk, but it was a decision made by all of the production staff to bring out the real meaning of this scene,” Ninomiya said.
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With news going around about actor Shun Oguri and model/actress Yu Yamada getting married, Arashi’s Jun Matsumoto released his own message of congratulations on March 12, reports Daily Sports Online.
“When you told me about it, you were glowing. You’re so cool Shun Oguri!! Listening to you talk about it made me really happy. I hope the days you will share together in the future will be full of happiness. All of us friends will be there for you too. Let me take you out some time to celebrate!! Shun Oguri-san, Yu-san, congratulations.”
Matsumoto and Oguri are good friends and have worked together for the 花より男子 (Hana yori Dango) drama series.
Matsumoto plays a rookie detective in his upcoming drama series Lucky Seven. Along with six other detectives at his company, the detectives fight with one another, but eventually manage to work together to solve the case.
“I think we’ve made a really good show. I think it brings something different to the usual Monday night dramas and I hope everyone looks forward to it,” Matsumoto said.
During the press conference, the cast were asked what they would like to investigate if they were real detectives, and actor Yo Oizumi said he would like to look into Matsumoto’s dating life.
“It has to be Matsujun. You never hear that stuff about him…so do you have a girlfriend?”
The question caught Matsumoto off guard.
“You want me to say something about it right now!?,” Matsumoto said.
But Oizumi kept the conversation on the same topic.
“You’re old enough, and I was curious. I assume you’d have loved someone by now,” Oizumi said.
“I’ll tell you later,” Matsumoto said.
During the event, Matsumoto shared some stories about what it was like on set.
“There’s a scene in our detective office where we all talk together, but we each had our ‘this-might-make-it-more-interesting’ ideas so the scene ended up becoming something bigger than what was written in the script. I’m having a lot of fun going to work because there’s always something new.
“Another scene I remember was an action sequence I did [for episode 1] with Eita. We had to get it perfect or one of us could’ve got injured, but we managed it alright. Right?”
Eita answered by giving his side of the story.
“In the action scene, I had to hit Matsujun for real, but it was amazing because Matsujun kept telling me to hit him harder. By the time it came to filming the scene, I felt so guilty while I was hitting him. We’re good friends in real life though,” Eita said.
Lucky Seven begins in Japan on January 16. To go to the drama’s website, click here.
Sho Sakurai and Jun Matsumoto will not only guest in Satoshi Ohno’s upcoming drama, they will play characters they act in their own dramas, it was revealed on December 6, reports Oricon.
Representatives at Fuji TV, who are making Ohno’s New Year’s drama “もう誘拐なんてしない (Mou Yukai nante Shinai)”, announced Arashi’s Sakurai will reprise his role as butler-and-detective Kageyama from his current drama “謎解きはディナーのあとで (Nazo-toki wa Dinner no Atode)”, while Matsumoto will play his newbie detective character from his upcoming TV drama series “ラッキーセブン (Lucky Seven)”.
“It’s not like usual, it’s not very Arashi-like,” Matsumoto said.
The announcement was made at a press conference where all five Arashi members were promoting a New Year’s campaign for the TV company. It has been reported Sakurai said he had been given the script for the drama a few days ago, and was already excited to be part of the project.
“The first page had Ohno’s name, and then on the second page was Matsumoto’s and my name. It just made me happy that I carry it around with me every day,” he said.
On the other side though, a disapproving Kazunari Ninomiya and Masaki Aiba questioned their leader as to why they had not been invited.
“What about us, Ohno-kun? Not that I’m asking for a big part, but there’s still a chance if you’re still filming, right. Where are you filming it,” Aiba said.
“I haven’t gotten any invitations yet. I don’t mind going straight to the set to meet everyone either,” Ninomiya said.
“Not this time,” Ohno said, before the two tried comforting one another by saying they’d work harder on “VS Arashi”.
After Sakurai’s current drama series finishes and before Matsumoto’s drama series begins, Fuji TV will air a series of Arashi specials.
The entire campaign is called “福嵐 (Fuku-Arashi)”, and will include s TV special that looks back on Arashi’s career and a VS Arashi special. Commercials for Fuku-Arashi will go on air in Japan between December 17 and January 3, with special one-day-only commercials on January 3. Fuji TV also plans to open a special website, where fans will be able to play Arashi games and quizzes, plus a special lottery to win Arashi merchandise.
The “Lucky Seven” drama will be set in a tiny detective agency in Tokyo where seven detectives team up to solve cases. The drama promises a lot of action, laughter, and positive attitude that Fuji TV producers expect it to appeal to a wide audience from children to adults.
Matsumoto will play newcomer detective Shuntaro Tokita, a guy who can’t keep his feelings out of his job. Although detectives are supposed to stay calm in light of an investigation, Shuntaro keeps getting into trouble for doing a lot more than he’s supposed to.
Matsumoto’s comment on the Fuji TV website is as follows:
“I’m looking forward to spending some intense time with this team. I hope we can work so well with one another that people watching the show will go, ‘I want to be a part of this team!’.
“I’m also looking forward to what kind of action sequences the director, Mr Sato, has in mind. I’m expecting great things.
“I haven’t worked with Eita-san in a while. We might be rivals, but I hope we can make it work together.
“Oizumi-san has an ability to make everyone on set really cheerful so I’m looking forward to working with him again!
“The other cast members haven’t been announced yet, but like the title says, there are seven of us who work as a team to solve each mystery. I think these seven individuals of different ages and genders will make this a drama full of laughter, action, and make your heart race.”
Arashi’s Jun Matsumoto will play a gentleman from the land of chocolate in his next commercial, it was revealed on October 2, reports Oricon.
Chocolate company Meiji is celebrating 85 years since their Meiji Milk Chocolate slab went on sale for the first time, and have chosen Matsumoto to star in their next commercial. In the commercial, the Arashi star talks to little girl on a train platform. He tells her about how her mother, and her mother’s mother had eaten the chocolate. He then performs a magic trick to make some chocolate appear.
It has been reported Matsumoto had spent a lot of time practicing his magic trick during the filming day with a professional magician.
“I’ve got the magic sorted out, but I’m worried whether I can do it while saying my lines,” he said.
No worries as the Johnny’s talent pulled off another perfect performance.
Meiji chocolate’s new commercial goes on air in Japan on October 4.