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Oguri Shun & Upcoming Movie “Kitsutsuki to Ame” Cast Gathered For Screening

On January 18th, the cast members of upcoming movie ‘Kitsutsuki to Ame‘ gathered for a pre-screening event with their fans. Oguri made heads turn by appearing as the only cast member in a kimono.  However, Oguri realized that he stood out too much in a kimono, “Everyone is calling me ‘Young master’ today. It seems like I put too much effort in my style. It is kind of embarrassing.”

“Since the new year has come, I wanted to renew my resolutions. I would like to be an actor who people say is The guy who always attends the stage greeting in a kimono” he explained.

This movie is set at a peaceful mountain village, which is home to a woodcutter named ‘Kishi Katsuhiko’ (played by Yakusho Koji). One day, Kishi somehow ends up helping a film crew who came to the village to film a zombie movie, and meets a faint-hearted rookie movie director named ‘Tanabe Koichi’ (played by Oguri Shun). Though the two avoided each other in the beginning, they gradually deepened their ties with to one another. The movie exhibits the strange, yet heart-warming collaboration between the villagers and the film crew.

Aside from Oguri and Yakusho, Furutachi Kanji, Ibu Masato, and the director of the movie, Okita Shuichi attended the event.

“Kitsutsuki to Ame” which will be released on February 11th.




Matsuyama Kenichi & Koyuki Expecting

Matsuyama Kenichi and Koyuki, who recently got married in April, are expecting their first child!

The couple made their  announcement to the media through a fax sent by their agency.

Koyuki, who is five months pregnant and lead actress in one of my favorite dramas “Kimi wa Petto”, wrote; “I am starting to feel the joy and responsibility of taking care of this new, tiny life within me. I hope to take care of myself and prepare myself for that day with the help of my husband, Matsuyama Kenichi”.

Matsuyama also wrote, “Today, I’d like to inform you that my wife is pregnant. We will be the first people that our new baby will see. I don’t know how we will appear to our child, but as a father, a man, an actor, and a person, I’d like to continue growing and live a fun life with my wife and child.”

via Yahoo! japan

AKB48 Gives Again to “Hana Kimi”

A couple of weeks ago, we told you AKB48’s Maeda Atsuko had been cast as the lead in the remake of the popular drama “Hanazakari no Kimitachi e”, from now on shorten “Hana Kimi”. Additionally, she received first place in AKB48’s 3rd Senbatsu Election making her the most popular among the girls. Now it was announced just a few days ago that the theme song will also be provided by AKB48!

The title to the 22nd single is unknown, but it will be released on August 24, 2011. The members that will be included in this song will be the senbatsu: Maeda Atsuko, Oshima Yuko, Kashiwagi Yuki, Shinoda Mariko, Watanabe Mayu,Kojima Haruna, Takahashi Minami, Itano Tomomi, Sashihara Rino, Matsui Rena, Miyazawa Sae, Takajo Aki, Kitahara Rie, Matsui Jurina, Minegishi Minami, Kasai Tomomi, Akimoto Sayaka, Sato Amina, Yokoyama Yui, Masuda Yuka, and Kuramochi Asuka.

The main male cast as well as some of the supporting cast members that will join Maeda after she disguises herself as a boy in order to enroll into a boys’ boarding school for a certain reason were also revealed. Four years ago, it was actress Horikita Maki who portrayed the same role and was trapped in a complicated love triangle between the two main male characters portrayed by Oguri Shun and Ikuta Toma. This year Nakamura Aoi and Miura Shohei will take over those important roles and hope to experience as much of a breakthrough as their seniors. Nakamura’s thoughts about his role, “I’m aiming to not just portray Sano as an ikemen by appearance, but also show his hidden passion and strong willpower.” Miura’s comment about replacing Ikuta for the role of Nakatsu, “I’m feeling happy and pressure at the same time. I’d like to become as foolish as possible in order to portray the role of Nakatsu to the best of my abilities.”

Other well-known characters from the original drama will be played by variety talent Yamada Shintaro (the younger brother of actress Yamada Yu), actor Mitsushima Shinosuke (the younger brother of actress Mitsushima Hikari) and theater heartthrob Takami Ozora. They’re all young talents who aim to make a name for themselves by repeating the same level of success as the original drama. It was also revealed that popular singers who are famous on the Japanese streaming portal Nico Nico Douga will make surprise appearances throughout the drama.

“HanaKimi 2011″ will air on Fuji TV every Sunday at 9pm and is scheduled to begin sometime in July.

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Lee Seung Gi appears on “SMAPXSMAP”

Lee Seung Gi recently made an appearance on Japan’s Fuji TV’s “SMAPXSMAP“.

On June 13th, he made a guest appearance on the popular Japanese TV program alongside the Japanese singer Inagaki Goro of SMAP. On the show, the two acted as opposing rivals and Lee Seung Gi even showed off his comedic side through a comedy sketch. In the sketch, Lee Seung Gi plays, Hwan, operator of a Korean restaurant in Japan and has a girlfriend, Kumi. Lee Seung Gi and Inagaki Goro, whose character wouldn’t let go of an old girlfriend, acted as the typical cool guys in the sketch.



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