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Kanjani8 member Maruyama Ryuhei will be taking on his first leading role in a primetime drama when he appears in the NTV Autumn 2014 drama "Jigoku Sensei Nube" which begins its run from October in the Saturdays 9pm timeslot. The drama is based on the same titled manga by Makura Sho and Okano Takeshi that was serialised between 1993 and 1999. Maruyama will play the role of a senior high school teacher by the name of Nueno Meisuke who uses his supernatural powers to protect his students from evil spirits. Even though he is clumsy most of the time, he is well-liked by his students and his left hand is nicknamed "Oni no Te" for its power to ward off evil spirits. Co-stars include Kiritani Mirei, Hayami Mokomichi, Yamamoto Mizuki and Takahashi Hideki.

 

 

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Sawajiri Erika's Spring 2014 drama "First Class" will be making its return in just three months since it ended in June with its sequel due to be shown in the Autumn 2014 drama. The FujiTV drama will also enjoy an elevation in status from late night on Saturday to primetime at 10pm on Wednesdays.

The sequel "First Class 2" will feature Yoshinari Chinami (Sawajiri) who has become a new designer at a fashion brand but the people who will attempt to stop her climb to the top will be changed. Nonetheless, cast members from the first series including Sasaki Nozomi, Nanao and Itaya Yuka will make appearances in the new drama although details have not been finalised. Sawajiri expressed her happiness at being able to work on this drama again and revealed that her character will also become an evil woman in order to overcome her enemies who will be even more malicious and powerful than those in the original series.

 

 

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Ikuta Toma and Oguri Shun will work together again in the upcoming TBS Winter 2015 drama "Ouroboros" (timeslot undecided) which will be shown from January next year. The drama which is based on the manga by Kanzaki Yuya that had sold 1.2 million copies to date, is the first real-life adaptation production and the title means ancient symbols of a snake and dragon which bite their tails to form a circle that represents "death and rebirth" as well as "destroy & create". (Click here to see a picture of the ouroboros)

Ikuta and Oguri who are close friends and had last worked together in the 2007 FujiTV drama "Hanazakari no Kimitachi e ~ Ikemen Paradise", will be playing childhood friends Ryuzaki Ikuo and Danno Tatsuya respectively this time. Ikuo and Tatsuya who grew up together in an orphanage, chose entirely different paths in life where Ikuo is a clumsy and seemingly ordinary police detective who actually has the best arrest rate and is extremely fit. However, Tatsuya uses his good looks and cleverness to rise to the top of an yakuza organisation but secretly helps his buddy Ikuo to handle his cases. In addition, the two of them strive to find out the truth about the murder of their beloved Yuko-sensei who took good care of them at the orphanage 15 years ago. Back then, they had testified to the police that they saw the murderer but the case was written off by a police officer who they remembered was wearing a gold watch at that time. While trying to find the police officer concerned, they become unlikely allies who seek to punish evil when justice cannot be upheld by the law.

Filming is due to begin at the end of November.

 

 

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The Taiwanese trio will develop their careers in different fields for the rest of the year





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Members of Taiwanese girl group S.H.E, Selina Jen, Hebe Tien and Ella Chen, will reportedly focus on their solo activities for the rest of the year, after concluding their 2GETHER 4EVER encore concert in Taipei last week.

On Sunday, the trio performed at a concert organised by mobile video game 'Tower of Saviors'. The show, which was hosted by Selina, is said to be S.H.E's final appearance as a group this year.

Displaying her mature hosting skills in recent years, Selina allegedly plans to solidify her position in the field by taking up the huge role as an emcee at Golden Bell Awards at the end of the year.

Meanwhile, Hebe will continue to develop her career as a singer. This year alone, the songbird has performed at the coveted Taipei Arena for a total of six times. Rumours are rife that the 31-year-old will throw her solo concert at the same venue later this year. '[Taipei Arena] is like my kitchen now,' she joked.

As for Ella, the 33-year-old will be working on expanding her acting career. Besides landing a role in new film I Love Binlang, the actress will soon embark on promotional activities for new drama The Lying Game.



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Ng Man Tat in April was mistakenly rumored to be dead due to his heart problem. After 4 months, yesterday rumors of his death again surfaced online. The media yesterday afternoon contacted Ng Man Tat who was resting in Malaysia. Full of energy, he said yesterday morning he has already received all the consolation from friends and media everywhere. Because this was already the second time his death has been rumored, he not only felt helpless but also laughed off the death rumor. He even joked, "Perhaps everyone cares about me too much." As for his health, Brother Tat said that he was doing very well, very safe, and his life was not in danger. For his health he has decided to temporarily set aside his work.

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Dior Cheng Yi Kin and music creator Chan Kwong Wing yesterday promoted their song USED TO IT for the film BREAK UP 100 (FUN SAU 100 CHI) on Commercial Radio. Ekin felt that lately the Hong Kong music market rarely had film original soundtrack. This time the film company put an effort into producing the record, invited Ivana Wong Yuen Chi, C AllStar and Ekin to perform songs for the film. It was a rare production. Ekin asked Chan Kwong Wing to tailor a song for him, which enabled him to put his impression after watching BREAK into a song.

Ekin pointed out that in the past decade he has infrequently performed love songs. He hoped this time the song that Chan Kwong Wing created for him would be able to bring back the love sing performance feeling to him; he also said that he once through about asking lead actress Chrissie Chau Sau Na to perform the song. He said, "If she could sing then it would be great. Her voice itself wasn't the problem, a deep voice could sound good too."

BREAK UP 100's box office performance was worse in the Mainland than in Hong Kong. Ekin pointed out that this film was not released on too many cinema circuits in the Mainland. "This is a Hong Kong film. When we promoted in the Mainland, the film just opened. After we left it left the cinemas too. So I hope Hong Kong would have more circuit with it." He also said that he was busy with the September 27 and 28 YOUNG AND DANGEROUS ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Stephen Chow Sing Chi's new film MERMAID (MEI YUN YU) last night held an event to introduce the recruits in Beijing. From Hong Kong's "Inch Mouth Barbie" Liu (Ha Wai Yu), Anita Chui Bik Ka, Kabby Hui Nga Ting, Japanese model Linah Matsuoka and a group of Mainland recruits introduced themselves. Sing Yeh did not attend.

The event even held an ice bucket challenge. Barbie and Anita volunteered and poured the entire bucket of ice water on themselves. The cameras often closed in on their chests.

In addition recruit and singer Rainky Wai Yu Yui yesterday attended a nail beauty event. She revealed that yesterday morning she rushed back from Chow Sing Chi's MERMAID recruitment in Beijing to support her friend. Last night she flew back to continue her audition. "Because I am in the top 40, I have had one or two scene auditions so far. I can't talk about the content at all because I signed a confidentiality agreement." She continued to state that she has already given her all to the audition, and even praised Barbie's courage for self parody in her recruitment video. She said that the result will be announced on the 24th.

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0819-00282-006b1.jpg?t=1408406926893Nicholas Tse still believes ever after.  When he was young he thought that love needed occupation.  With more life experience his idea about love also matured.0819-00282-006b2.jpg?t=1408406875597Ting Fung loses 15 pounds to work with Gao Yuanyuan0819-00282-006b3.jpg?t=1408406869935As a film production company boss Ting Fung still focuses on making movies and leaves the company in the hands of others.
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Best Actor Nicholas Tse Ting Fung and Mainland star Gao Yuanyaun in the new Emperor Motion Picture BUT ALWAYS (YUT SUN YUT SAI) played a couple. Tse Ting Fung said that he has never made such a pure romantic film in his career and hoped to make a new attempt. In addition he has never worked with Gao Yuanyuan, so he agreed to make the film. Although this film was a romance, Tse Ting Fung worked out before the shoot. He said, "The film is more than one kiss scene. When I read the script I learned that I had to perform topless, so I had to go through a hellish diet and exercise. Finally I lost 15 pounds. (Were you worried about embarrassing yourself in face of Gao Yuanyuan?) No, because the character had hard labor, I shouldn't eat well, live well and have so much fat. Losing weight for a romance this time, at first I thought it would be easier than working on an action film. I didn't expect it to be even more exhausting on the mind and body."

After making the film he would rather return to action films. Tse Ting Fung said, "If I made an action film the superficial wounds could heal very quickly, but for this ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Nick Cheung Ka Fai and Sammi Cheng Sau Man two nights ago with Cheuk Wan Chi, Rita Ip Lau Suk-Yee and Winnie Yu Jung attended the film TEMPORARY FAMILY (SUT LUEN GUP YEUNG) premiere at Admiralty. However Ka Fai was stiff with Sammi during photos,which was quite a contrast to Sammi who leaned on Ka Fai. Finally Ka Fai during the interview kissed Sammi four times.

Sammi joked about Ka Fai's stiff performance during the photo shoot. "No, he is a traditional Chinese man. He would be more reserved with his limbs. I instead am a little wilder, like a guy." Ka Fai stated that he was not stiff and even told Sammi to come over so he could kiss her. Was he afraid that Sammi's boyfriend Andy Hui Chi On would be upset? He joked, "With photo shoots of course I have to pretend to be a gentleman with manners." He continued to say that he had a feeling of meeting too late with Sammi. He also had an idea for working together again in the future, but it would not be a romance. It would be a hardcore drama, only for now he did not know whether he would direct or act.

As for Sammi's claim that he declined to be her concert guest, he admitted that he did not know how to enjoy the share. The last time when he was Julian Cheung Chi Lam's guest he kept practicing. He said, "So even Sister ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Chor Yuen earlier was rumored to have Alzheimer's disease. When Chor Yuen's wife Nam Hung two nights ago attended a charity Cantonese opera show she clarified, "He doesn't have Alzheimer's. That day I went with him to see a doctor for a monthly examination. Maybe because I didn't wear any makeup and we were dressed casually, we looked like we were very depressed." Nam Hung pointed out that Chor Yuen was in good spirits. "However Hubby now doesn't want to go out. Because he feels that he was on the set everyday before, he enjoys staying at home now, watching television, eating and sleeping."

Nam Hung joked that she instead went out, learning calligraphy, painting, singing and other hobbies. "Hubby hasn't studied with me. He joked that he used his brain too much before, now he doesn't want to use his brain too much." She said that Chor Yuen was not upset about the illness reports. "He is very happy, enjoys the family life. He is just very afraid of entertaining." Nam Hung said that every month she has been practicing Cantonese opera and admitted that she still has the acting bug. "Actors naturally have the acting bug. I have had offers and am interested. I of course want to play the gentle wife and kind mother, but now I am older. Even the younger folks are playing Ma." Next month she will perform in Malaysia.

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