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Koichi Domoto is the best in Johnny’s according to his seniors

11:00 JST July 23, 2012 2 comments

Johnny’s senior talent Noriyuki Higashiyama told a popular TV show he thinks Koichi Domoto from KinKi Kids is the biggest perfectionist in Johnny’s, reports Techinsight Japan on July 21.

 

Higashiyama is currently 45-years-old, and is considered a perfectionist who has followed a strict training regime for the past 20 years.  During a talk on TV show “しゃべくり007 (Shabekuri 007)”, it has been reported Higashiyama said he has kept his body-fat percentage below 10 per cent all these years because he exercises daily.  This includes stretching and 1000 sit-ups every day.

 

Even so, when asked who he thought was the biggest perfectionist in Johnny’s, Higashiyama had said it would be Koichi, and that the KinKi Kids member was more dedicated to work than himself.

 

It has been reported Higashiyama said there was one time during the New Year’s Johnny’s concert when he went back to his dressing room thinking everything was alright, when Koichi came knocking at the door to ask him if the two could go through the songs one more time.  Higashiyama also said Koichi’s “SHOCK” stage show was perfect, and admired Koichi for being able to “keep it up for four months on that show, usually your weight drops four or five kilos from doing a show for that long.”

 

Another Johnny’s talent who had been on the same TV show, TOKIO’s Masahiro Matsuoka also said Koichi was the most professional talent in Johnny’s, and the best junior to him.

 

It has been reported Koichi has been playing the main role in the stage show “SHOCK” for the past 13 years.  It could be because he was given such an important role at the young age of 21 that he learned about responsibility more than others.

Higashiyama will be Matt Damon’s voice in Japanese version of “We Bought A Zoo”

11:06 JST April 6, 2012 1 comment

Johnny’s senior talent Noriyuki Higashiyama’s first go at dubbing an actor’s voice for a live action film will begin with Hollywood actor Matt Damon, it was revealed on April 4, reports Daily Sports Online.

 

The movie “We Bought A Zoo” will be released in Japan on June 8.  It is a comedy about a family who buy a ruined zoo, and follows their efforts to bring the zoo back to life and open for the public.

“I hope audiences (in Japan) can watch this family adventure miracle, and let it remind them of that special person in their own lives,” Higashiyama said.

 

Higashiyama has been recognised as having a good voice, and has already narrated several documentaries in Japan and has done voice acting for Disney’s animated feature film “Brother Bear”.  It is, however, the first time the Johnny’s talent has done the voice of a character in a live action film.  It is also unusual for Johnny’s to let one of their talents become the voice of a Hollywood actor, but it has been reported they were impressed with the film’s story.

 

It has been reported recording had finished around late March.  Higashiyama’s concentration surprised production staff as the talent pushed his way through eight-hour recording sessions for two days without stopping.

“The voice is my own interpretation of Matt Damon’s acting,” Higashiyama said.

Ikuta and movie cast congratulate first-time father Higashiyama

14:52 JST November 8, 2011 Leave a comment

The cast of “源氏物語 千年の謎 (Genji-monogatari Sen-nen no Nazu, The Tale of Genji: A One-thousand-year mystery)” congratulated Johnny’s senior talent Noriyuki Higashiyama, who became a father on November 4, during their movie’s event in Tokyo on November 7, reports Sports Hochi.

Higashiyama’s wife, actress Yoshino Kimura, gave birth to their baby daughter earlier this month.  It has been reported Higashiyama was by her side at the time.

“I felt feelings beyond anything I’ve ever felt, but for some reason, instead of crying I couldn’t stop laughing,” Higashiyama said.

At the movie event, Higashiyama and the cast lined up on stage as they waited for the arrival of their movie’s lead character, played by Johnny’s talent Toma Ikuta.  Ikuta appeared, from the ceiling, standing on a gondola that lowered him down onto stage.

“That was embarrassing,” Ikuta said before walking in front of Higashiyama to give him his personal congratulations.

“I want to take this opportunity to say congratulations!  Coupled with the our movie’s birthday, now I’m doubly happy,” he said.

Movie director Yasuo Tsuruhashi also sent his congratulations to Higashiyama on behalf of the production team.

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