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Taisuke Fujigaya on Beginners!

11:27 JST July 31, 2012 Leave a comment

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.

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Taisuke Fujigaya (Kis-My-Ft2) in his first drama series lead role

10:48 JST June 29, 2012 1 comment

Kis-My-Ft2 member Taisuke Fujigaya and his upcoming drama co-stars came together to promote “Beginners” in Yokohama on June 27, reports Nikkan Sports, Sankei Sports, and Daily Sports Online.

 

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.

Kis-My Ship wows 55,000 fans in Tokyo Dome

11:33 JST April 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Kis-My-Ft2 performed more than 30 songs for 55,000 fans in Tokyo Dome on April 8, reports Sankei Sports and Nikkan Sports.

 

It is the second time the group have performed at Tokyo Dome following a concert shortly after their CD debut in August 2011.

 

It has been reported the seven took advantage of the huge space by coming out from the Kis-My Ship, a giant ship float flying 25 metres above the ground where the members were attached to wires hanging on it.

“We were at the same eye-level as the fans on the third floor, I didn’t know how high we were,” Taisuke Fujigaya said.

 

Other stunts had included roller-skates which light up in seven different colours and dressing in drag.

 “(The concert sets and props) are evolving.  I want to make something that will stick in history,” Hiromitsu Kitayama said.
“The song list and sets were our ideas, it’s turned out to be very Kis-My,” Fujigaya said.

Three Johnny’s talents to star in Korean drama “You’re Beautiful” remake

13:43 JST May 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Kis-My-Ft2’s Yuta Tamamori, Taisuke Fujigaya, and Hey! Say! JUMP’s Hikaru Yaotome will star in a remake of “You’re Beautiful (also known as ‘He’s Beautiful’)”, it was revealed on May 17, reports Nikkan Sports and Sports Hochi.

The TBS drama will go on air from July and the lead will be played by actress Miori Takimoto.  The drama will follow Takimoto’s character, who finds herself replacing her twin brother in his band, made up of Tamamori, Fujigaya, and Yaotome.  It has been reported the band’s leader role, played by Jang Geun-suk in the original drama, will be taken up by Tamamori.

A producer at TBS has said Johnny’s talents were chosen for the drama because “when people think of イケメン (ikemen, good-looking guys) in Japan, they think of Johnny’s”.  It has been reported Tamamori was cast as the band leader because he looked like he could pull of the straight-forward-genius-and-good-looking-but-also-charming guy role.

“I felt a lot of pressure after hearing this was a No.1 drama in South Korea, but I hope to do my best in the Japanese ‘You’re Beautiful’,” Tamamori said.

Fujigaya has been cast as the band’s guitarist, and Yaotome the band’s drummer.

The South Korean drama had been aired in Japan last summer and became a huge hit, becoming rental DVD shop TSUTAYA’s No.1 most rented Korean drama of 2010.

It has been reported the remake’s plot will be mostly the same as the original drama, and might involve guest appearances from Geun-suk and other Johnny’s talents.

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It has been reported Geun-suk himself is looking forward to watching the Japanese version.

“I can’t wait to see how Tamamori-san creates Hwang Tae Kyung, the character that I played.  I’m sure he’ll be able to make it unique in his own way and I support him,” he said.

Kis-My-Ft2 debut to be delayed, debut single also changed

11:28 JST May 10, 2011 1 comment

Popular Johnny’s group Kis-My-Ft2’s commercial debut will be delayed until this summer, it was revealed on May 9, reports Daily Sports Online and NEWS24.

It has been reported the main reason was because of the Tohoku earthquake, which had prompted their debut to be delayed.  On top of this, Johnny’s & Associates president Johnny Kitagawa had asked the group’s debut single to be changed into a more positive and uplifting song to suit Japan’s current situation.

Group members Hiromitsu Kitayama and Taisuke Fujigaya made the announcement to their fans during their stage show “みんなクリエに来てクリエ! 2011 (Minna Crea ni Kite-crea! 2011)” in Tokyo.

Although their debut has been delayed, the two have promised that it will only unleash a larger amount of power.

“If we’re going to to do it, we want it to be the best.  Fujigaya and I were saying that we wanted to become champions,” said Kitayama while Fujigaya nodded in agreement.

A representative from the group’s record company Avex has said Kis-My-Ft2 are currently recording the song, which is about 90 per cent finished.  They had also added the song has been written in a way to cheer people up and make them courageous.

As well as this, the group will go on a national tour this summer.  It has been reported group member Yuta Tamamori came on stage as a guest holding a letter from Mr Kitagawa.  In the same way the group found out about their debut, the three members opened the envelope to find a letter saying they would be embarking on a 6-city tour starting on July 9.

“We seem to find out about things at the same time as you guys (fans) eh,” Fujigaya said.

A debut event is also scheduled to take place closer to the time.

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During yesterday’s show, the Kitayama, Fujigaya, and Tamamori celebrated actress Mitsuko Mori’s 91st birthday.  Mori has been a long-time supporter and friend of Johnny’s talents and had worked with Kitayama and Fujigaya on stage in the past.  Although the actress did not make a personal appearance yesterday, Hey! Say! JUMP’s Ryosuke Yamada joined the three on stage as it was also his birthday and everyone sang Happy Birthday around a birthday cake.

After the show, Kitayama talked to the press about his dreams.

“The ultimate would be to 一世風靡 (Isse Fuubi, become popular and widely known across a generation).  Sorry Yamada,” he said as he patted Yamada’s shoulder.

“We’ll (Hey! Say! JUMP) work hard too.  As good rivals of course,” Yamada said.

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