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Yokai Ningen Bem is becoming a movie

15:14 JST June 14, 2012 7 comments

Kazuya Kamenashi, Anne, and Fuku Suzuki will be coming to movie theatres powered up with more CG effects and action sequences, reports TheTV on June 14.

 

The three will be reprising their roles from the 2011 monster drama series “妖怪人間ベム (Yokai Ningen Bem)” in a story especially written for the big screen.

 

The drama series ended with Bem (Kamenashi), Bera (Anne), and Bero (Suzuki) choosing to protect the human race rather than become human, and then disappearing from their friend detective Natsume.

 

The movie will start with Bem, Bera, and Bero coming to a new town.  The town, however, has been troubled with a string of mysterious, unsolved cases.  Then, Bero falls in love with a girl he meets.  As Bero’s desire to become human grows, Bem and Bera find a way to become human, but struggle to decide whether it would be best to let just Bero become human, or whether they should become human with him.  The three also discover that the mysterious cases had been caused by another yokai.  Not just any yokai either, one more powerful than Bem and his friends have ever encountered.

 

The battle scenes will be bigger than they were during the drama, and more special effects makeup and CGs will be used in the upcoming movie.

 

On the Yokai Bem website, all three cast members have released their comments.

“Oha-yokai!  I’m so excited!  I really wanted to know what they (Bem, Bero, and Bero) were doing now so I’m looking forward to it.  I’m excited to be able to see Bera and Bero again, and to be able to play Bem.  I want to be a yokai-ningen now!” (Kazuya Kamenashi)

“I’m so excited to hear it’ll become a movie!  I hope to be able to play an even more action-packed Bera on the big screen.  I want to be a yokai now!” (Anne)

“I’m so excited to hear my favourite Yokai Ningen Bem will become a movie.  I’m looking forward to shooting with my favourite Kamenashi-san and Anne-san.  I love action sequences so I hope I get my own fight scene.  I’ll do my best to put myself in my acting!  Shooting will be over the hot summer season, but as a yokai ningen I promise to do my best not to sweat too much or get bitten by insects, and make the best yokai ningen team ever.” (Fuku Suzuki)

 

The movie will be released on December 15, 2012, in more than 300 movie theatres.

 

To go to the official website, click here.

Bera and Bero (photo thanks to The TV)

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KAT-TUN members not surprised about Jin Akanishi getting married

16:38 JST April 24, 2012 4 comments

Johnny’s group KAT-TUN opened up about what they thought of their ex-member’s recent marriage during a press conference in Tokyo on April 22, reports Chunichi Sports and Nikkan Sports.

The group had been in town last weekend to perform concerts for the Tokyo leg of their national tour.  The group had said they first found out about Akanishi on the news on February 9.

“I want to say congratulations.  But honestly, we’ve been through a lot so this didn’t surprise me.  Out of everyone, I think the five of us were the least surprised,” Kazuya Kamenashi said.

“He didn’t give any warning before he left the group two years ago, or even when he left to go overseas (in 2006).  I think that’s just his personality,” Koki Tanaka said.

It has been reported Tanaka also commented on the penalties Akanishi was given by Johnny’s for his unconsulted marriage.

“Now he has someone.  His responsibilities will get bigger from now on.  That, I think is the thing he finds hardest to cope with.  But as a working adult, he needs to at least respect the fundamental rules.  It’s not just your own problem anymore,” he said.

But even so, it has been reported Tanaka hoped for the best.

“KAT-TUN is staying positive, and he needs to too,” he said.

The group also touched on how hard it is to cope with getting Akanishi questions thrown at them, but they remain optimistic.

“No matter what we say or don’t say, people say we’re mean.  It’s difficult,” Kamenashi said.

“Every time we have a concert, the lead is about ‘Akanishi’,” Tanaka said.

“Our job is to make people smile!” said Junnosuke Taguchi.

KAT-TUN  have entertained more than 460,000 fans in 12 locations across the country.  Their tour wraps up in Sendai on April 28.

Kazuya Kamenashi wishes he could turn into a girl and wear skirts

15:55 JST March 12, 2012 7 comments

Transformation was the keyword for KAT-TUN’s Kazuya Kamenashi’s latest commercial, reports Oricon on March 12.

Kamenashi is the latest celebrity to endorse KIRIN’s canned tea drinks 午後の紅茶 (Gogo no Kocha, Afternoon Tea), and took part in an event to promote the product in Tokyo today.

The new commercial shows a normal businessmen transforming into the good-looking Kamenashi after taking a sip of the drink.  On the topic of transformation, the press asked Kamenashi what he would want to transform into.

“I’d like to become a woman and wear a skirt.  I’m just curious about how it feels.  I’d like to wear a skirt and go for a stroll around town.”

Kamenashi said he found it really exciting to work with a motion capture camera for his new commercial.

“The device is so cool.  It can tell what I look like from the side when all I’ve been doing is face straight forward.”

While the Johnny’s talent was telling the press he had fun working with the director, who would ask Kamenashi to wink at the camera, the cameramen at today’s event asked him to kiss the can of drink.

“You’re asking for more than the director,” Kamenashi said before hesitating, but eventually giving in and kissing the tea can from different angles.

To go to KIRIN’s tea website, click here.

Clothing line apologises for KAT-TUN tweet

12:38 JST January 18, 2012 7 comments

“KAT-TUN’s Taguchi-san came shopping today,” started the tweet.

 

But the news hasn’t sparked any talk on the internet, and it may be because the clothing line acted quickly and apologised before any gossip could start spreading, reports J-CAST News.

 

Around mid-January a shop attendant in a BEAMS clothing shop in Tokyo tweeted about Taguchi’s shopping trip.

“本日カトゥーンの田口さんがお買い物に来て下さったらしいけど、正直どうでもよすぎるねって亀梨君ならねって先輩と話してて、 でも終わったら20万円代のまとめ買いだったらしく、予算に貢献して下さってた笑 ありがとうございます”

“KAT-TUN’s Taguchi-san came shopping today, but he was talking to one of my seniors about how, ‘honestly, I couldn’t care less’ and, ‘if it were Kamenashi-kun’, but in the end he apparently spent more than 200,000 yen so thank you for contributing to our budget, lol.” (translation)

 

The tweet has since been deleted, but judging by the tweets about it, it seems like Taguchi went shopping last Tuesday night (January 10).

 

It has been reported several people had complained about the tweet, saying it revealed private information about Taguchi, and another asking the shop attendant to stop making fun of him.

 

As well as deleting the tweet, BEAMS has released a statement on their website on January 12, apologising for the incident.  It also says the company will carry out a harsh punishment for the employee in question.

Statement released on BEAMS website.

 

It has been reported the shop attendant was simply using Twitter as a way to chat with a friend, and did not realise how visible the tweet would be to everyone on the internet.

 

Kazuya Kamenashi happy with first ratings for his latest drama

12:13 JST October 25, 2011 4 comments

Scene from "Youkai Ningen Bem", with Bera and Berro

Kazuya Kamenashi, star of the latest monster-anime-turned-live-action-drama, achieved one of his best TV ratings last Saturday, reports Mainichi Shimbun on October 24.

“妖怪人間ベム (Youkai Ningen Bem)” started its season off with an impressive 18.9 per cent average rating during the first episode.

“I really want to thank the large number of people who watched the show.  I’m totally happy right now,” Kamenashi said.

It has been reported Kamenashi said it was only the beginning of an exciting series.

“The original story has a lot of character.  Along with our production team who keep breaking down the walls that stand against us in making his live-action show possible, and my co-stars, I hope we can become a stronger team, and put all our heart and hard work into the shoots to make this drama that will stay with people,” he said.

The drama follows three monsters who dream of becoming humans, and in the process befriend a human family.

It has been reported ratings during the first episode peaked at 22.9 per cent, during the scene when the three transform into their monstrous forms.

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KAT-TUN’s first variety show in 18 months

19:25 JST September 9, 2011 6 comments

KAT-TUN will try out the latest things that are in, and depending on how well they perform, might have to endure some punishments in their new TV show, it was revealed on September 8, reports Asahi Shimbun.

 

Nihon TV’s new show “KAT-TUNの絶対マネたくなるTV” starts on October 18, and will centre on the KAT-TUN members as they try out things that in fashion along with a guest.  There are also entertaining punishment games being planned.

 

It has been reported TV producers have said they wanted KAT-TUN to lead the show because they were pop stars making history, and it would be perfect to have them introducing things that would be the next big trend.

 

This will be the first TV show the group has had since 2010.

 

Currently, it has been reported the group is being briefed on how the show will run, and there are plans for on-location shoots.

“This is our first variety show as a group in a long time.  I hope we can make a show where people can have fun watching us have fun, and find out things about us that people never knew existed,” Kazuya Kamenashi said.

“It’s our first show in a while, I want to put even more effort into this and make it a place where popular things begin.  I want to make it a show that’ll stay in people’s minds rather than break records,” Koki Tanaka said.

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Kamenashi’s biggest flying stunt revealed

13:20 JST September 5, 2011 5 comments

KAT-TUN’s Kazuya Kamenashi had been getting special training from a Chinese stunt coach to pull off his biggest flying sequence yet, it was revealed at a press conference in Tokyo on September 4, reports Sankei Sports and Chunichi Sports.

The Johnny’s talent had just finished his performance of “DREAM BOYS”, which opened on September 3, when he appeared in front of the press.

Kamenashi’s highlight performance sees him standing on a triangular swing set up five metres in the air.  From there, he bungy jumps down, then spins around to fly back up.  The stunt requires the performer to grab the rubber rope as they are falling down, then use their abdominal and arm muscles to lift their entire body back up, do a full 360-degree spin, and end up back at their starting point.  It has been reported Kamenashi repeated this 15 times at high-speed without any mistakes.  Getting the stunt wrong would leave the performer dangling in mid-air.

A special performing coach had been called in from China to teach Kamenashi the stunt.  Although it would usually take a performer four months to master the sequence, an already fit Kamenashi managed to master the stunt in just 20 days.  Although the KAT-TUN star has been doing flying stunts for years, he said this one was his hardest yet.

“To be honest, it’s the scariest one I’ve done so far.  Before we started training, I weighed 64 kilos, and now I’m 59.2 kilos,” he said.

Johnny’s & Associates president Johnny Kitagawa had said he has hopes of taking the show overseas to the US.

“There aren’t many talents who have been able to push themselves to that extent.  I think it has potential to be recognized even in America.  I hope we can sometime next year,” he said.

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