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SMAP’s Shingo & labrador retriever & Ryoko Hirosue to star in new movie

10:10 JST November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Ryoko Hirosue and Love (photo thanks to Oricon)

SMAP’s Shingo Katori, actress Ryoko Hirosue, and a dog will bring a popular TV variety series to the big screen, it was revealed on November 29, reports Oricon and Chunichi Sports.

The movie “LOVE まさお君が行く! (LOVE Masao-kun ga iku!)” will feature a cute but slightly dumb labrador retriever called Masao-kun, who goes on a journey around Japan with unpopular comedian Matsumoto, played by Katori.  The two begin to understand one another and grow as a person or dog, while Matsumoto’s girlfriend, played by Hirosue, watches over the two.  The film is based on the variety series “まさお君が行く! (Masao-kun ga iku!)” on the TV Tokyo show “ペット大集合!ポチたま (Pet Dai-shugo! Pochi-tama)”, which ran from 2000 to 2010.


Katori’s canine co-star, six-year-old Love, beat 200 other hopeful dogs.  According to producers, Love had caught their attention because he had a naturally cute but slightly dumb manner.  During the press conference yesterday in Tokyo, it has been reported Love continuously wagged his tail and even jumped at the press.

“He’s already peed on me twice.  Both when the camera wasn’t rolling.

“When an actress comes in he always rolls on his back in front of them.  He hasn’t done that to me once…,” Katori said.


Katori also talked about how he gets into character to play a comedian who can not get jobs.

“I try not to pay attention to things around me.  I’ll listen to things that don’t matter while we’re on location, and sometimes I’ll walk ahead of Masao when we’re really supposed to be traveling together.

“I’ve worked with a lot of comedians so I’ve been trying to think of how this person and that person act…there are at least three people I keep referencing back to,” he said.


Filming had begun on October 23, and has been going around Tokyo and the countryside.

“Even when things go wrong, the camera keeps rolling, but it’s because of that that we have a lot of fun on set too,” he said.


“LOVE まさお君が行く! (LOVE Masao-kun ga iku!)” is set to be released on June 23 2012.

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SMAP’s Shingo Katori feels like he’s really Ryo-san

10:59 JST August 12, 2011 2 comments

SMAP’s Shingo Katori said he has been playing his latest movie’s character so much lately he feels like it is real, the star revealed at an opening event in Tokyo on August 11, reports Sankei Sports and International Business Times.


Katori is playing the lead character Ryo-san in the movie adaptation of the manga-turned-drama-series “こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所 THE MOVIE 勝どき橋を封鎖せよ!(Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari-koen-mae Hashutsujyo THE MOVIE Kachidoki-bashi wo Fusa seyo!)”.  A key scene in the movie involves Tokyo’s Kachidoki bridge opening up.  However, this was digitally added in for the movie, and in real life, the Kachidoki bridge has not been opened up since 1970. It has been reported the Johnny’s talent visited the control room to the Kachidoki bridge yesterday, dressed in his character’s police uniform outfit.

“I was so excited.  I literally wanted to press the button to open up the bridge, but they told me it would cost a few hundreds-of-millions-of-yen so I stopped,” Katori said.


The movie itself opened up to audiences on August 6, and Katori said he’s been getting good feedback.

“People have told me, ‘it was actually really good’, or, ‘I can’t believe it, but I actually cried in the end’,” he said.


But with the large number of promotional events Katori had attended leading up to the opening, the talent had said he began to get confused with whether he was acting Ryo-san or SMAP’s Shingo Katori.

“I had work with SMAP yesterday, but it felt like it had been such a long time.  I’ve been dressing as Ryo-san practically every day lately.  It felt like I was acting a guy called Shingo Katori.  I want to thank everyone who has seen the movie, and hope that you will all go home happy, and I promise to go back to being a normal SMAP.  Thank you!”

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Shingo Katori says he and SMAP’s members are more than friends

16:56 JST April 26, 2011 5 comments

Screenshot from trailer of "friends - Mononoke-jima no Naki" of Shingo Katori's character

SMAP’s Shingo Katori (34) revealed who he considered his best friends at a press conference in Tokyo on April 25, reports Mainichi Shimbun Digital and Sankei Sports.

The pop star voices a red ogre (or demon) called Naki in an upcoming 3D computer animation movie based on the Japanese fairytale “泣いた赤おに (Naita Aka-oni, The Red Ogre who Cried)”.  Along with his best and only friend, blue ogre Gunjo, the two discover a human boy who gets washed up on the shores of their home on Mononoke Island, and then begins their adventures.

The story shows the significance of friends, and it has been reported Katori said he knew exactly who his best friends were.

“Everyone in SMAP.  They’re my best friends, in fact we’ve gone beyond friends now,” he said.

The movie is being directed by Ryuichi Yagi and Takashi Yamazaki, who has previously directed “SPACE BATTLESHIP Yamato”.  The directors themselves have been friends for about 20 years.

“泣いた赤おに (Naita Aka-oni, The Red Ogre who Cried)” will be the first fully 3D computer-animated movie in Japan, and at the press conference, the cast and press got to have a sneak peek at some of the footage.

“The graphics were amazing.  I didn’t record my lines while looking at the animation (like traditional anime movies).  I got to deliver my lines just like I wanted to, and it’s so interesting to see what kind of facial expressions they’ve put on top of my lines.  I’m so happy to be a part of this all,” Katori said.

“泣いた赤おに (Naita Aka-oni, The Red Ogre who Cried)” is scheduled to open in Japan cinemas on December 17 2011.

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SMAP turn drama song into charity single

09:51 JST April 8, 2011 3 comments

SMAP’s upcoming single “not alone ~幸せになろうよ~ (Shiawase ni Narouyo)” will be released as a charity single for Johnny’s relief project Marching J, it was announced on April 7, reports Daily Sports Online and Chunichi Sports.


“not alone” is the theme song to Shingo Katori’s upcoming Monday night drama “幸せになろうよ (Shiawase ni Narouyo)”, and was originally planned to be released as a CD until CD manufacturers and printing factories had to slow down production to save power as a result of the 3/11 disaster.  The song will now be released as a download single, a first for SMAP.

It has been reported for every single sold, 100 yen will go towards the Marching J donation box.


SMAP’s latest single is a medium-tempo song with the message “you are not alone”.


On April 25, a short version of the song will go on sale for 105 yen, and on May 4 the full song will be able to be downloaded from Recochoku, Dwango, Johnny’s web, and Victor MUSIC uta! for 525 yen.  Mobile wallpapers of SMAP will come with the full version song.

“We’ll only be able to release this as a download this time, but I believe that our thoughts will come through to you all.  I’d be happy if this drama ‘幸せになろうよ (Shiawase ni Narouyo)’ and SMAP’s new song can make you feel even just a little bit better,” Katori said.

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Kyoko Fukada will play Shingo Katori’s first love in movie

16:28 JST March 4, 2011 Leave a comment

Actress Kyoko Fukada (28) will join the original TV drama cast of “こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所 (Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari-koen-mae Hashutsujyo)” in their upcoming movie, it was revealed on March 3, reports Oricon and Cinema Today.

The TV drama series aired in 2009, starring SMAP’s Shingo Katori, and was based on the long-running manga series of the same name.  It follows Kankichi “Kan-san” Ryotsu (Katori), a cop who keeps finding trouble.  Kan-san’s fellow police officers Reiko Catherine Akimoto (Karina) and Keiichi Nakagawa (Mokomichi Hayami) watch over him, and his boss Daijiro Oohara (Masatou Ibu) growls at him.

In the movie, Kan-san finds himself reunited with Momoko (Fukada), a girl he had admired during primary school, and falls in love with her.  Shortly afterwards, the Police Commissioner’s granddaughter is kidnapped.  After finding out Momoko is involved in the incident, Kan-san goes all out to solve the case for her.

It has been reported shooting is still going on, and is expected to finish by mid-March.  The film itself will be released this summer.

The “こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所 (Kochira Katsushikaku Kameari-koen-mae Hashutsujyo)” comedy manga series first appeared in weekly manga magazine Shonen Jump in 1976, and currently holds the record for the longest-running manga series in history.

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SMAP’s Shingo Katori to play a marriage counselor in upcoming drama

11:56 JST February 9, 2011 2 comments

Shingo Katori will return to the Monday night drama slot as a man who sells happiness to those looking for love, it was announced on February 8, reports Sankei Sports and Daily Sports.


The SMAP member will turn into a marriage counselor who has a talent for fixing together happy couples.  One day, a woman beautiful beyond description, played by Meisa Kuroki, comes into the counseling office.  Strangely, nothing in the textbooks works for her, and Katori’s character finds himself falling in love with this mysterious client.

But wanting her to be truly happy, he decides to set her up with Mr Perfect, a good-looking and rich lawyer played by Naohito Fujiki.  Things take an unexpected turn after secrets about the two clients are revealed, dragging Katori’s character into the equation.


To date Katori has played ninjas and warriors, but the pop star has said he was ready to for his upcoming love comedy drama.

“We might not be living in an overly happy world today, but I hope that people can become happy by watching my character,” he said.


The Fuji TV drama’s producer Ken Murase said he had high hopes for Katori to bring some smiles back to Monday night dramas.

“We want people to smile and giggle as they watch Katori’s character try to solve his own love problems, but also be able to see the frailty of love, it’s joy, and how deep it can get.

“I hope we can make this like a Hollywood romantic comedy where people can laugh out loud, but also get warm fuzzy feelings,” he said.


This drama will be Katori’s fourth Monday night drama, the last being in January 2008 when he had starred in “薔薇のない花屋 (Bara no Nai Hanaya)”.


The title of the drama is yet to be announced, and will start in April.

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Shingo Katori unveils his large-scale art piece

22:04 JST February 1, 2011 2 comments

SMAP's Shingo Katori's art is unveiled in Tokyo today (photo thanks to Oricon)

SMAP’s Shingo Katori expressed his love for Cirque de Soleil through his art, which was unveiled at a ceremony in Tokyo on February 1, reports Oricon.


The pop star had been appointed Cirque du Soleil’s “Kooza” show mission ambassador and had visited the show’s cast in Miami last November.

“I’d been looking for a way to show people how amazing it was and the smiles I saw on everyone’s faces,” Katori said.


This lead to the pop star spending two months creating a 1.8 metre by 1.5 metre art piece titled “宝箱 (Takara-bako, Treasure Box)” depicting what he had seen.

“I really love drawing, and to have been given the chance to do this made me the happiest person ever.

“All of the characters are packed into it,” he said.


The “Kooza” show’s Japan season starts tomorrow on February 2, and at today’s welcoming ceremony, Katori told people what to expect.

“It happens right in front of you.  I think it’ll put a smile on your face several times from giggling to laughing out loud.

“I got given a free pass that lets me come any time.  I’m going to see it a lot of times myself!  Look for me too!,” he said.

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