The Japanese actor's latest movie poster for The Crossing dispelled rumours that age took a toll on him


40-year-old Japanese actor-singer Takeshi Kaneshiro was said to have a rounder face and receding hairline after his last appearance in movie Wu Xia (2011). However, a recent release of his poster for new Chinese film The Crossing dispelled these rumours.

In the movie which cost NT$2 billion (approximately S$84 million) to produce, Takeshi plays a military doctor and the charisma he exuded through the poster captured the hearts of many like before.

The Crossing will be split into two parts which will be shown in Taiwan in this December and next May.

The first part will revolve around three couples ' Takeshi and Japanese actress Masami Nagasawa, Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming and on-screen wife Song Hye-kyo, as well as Chinese actors Zhang Ziyi and Tong Dawei.

Director John Woo shared he decided to shoot the film after hearing the plot from scriptwriter Wang Hui-Ling in 2008, but was unfortunately diagnosed with a tumour in his neck.

He said, 'When I was receiving treatment in the States, I watched a lousy film and realised I cannot die without shooting a film that is perfect to me,' and began filming right after he recovered.


Masami Nagasawa (left), Zhang Ziyi (right)


Huang Xiaoming (left), Song Hye-kyo (right)


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On Wednesday, Japanese-Taiwanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro took on the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and funds for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig's disease.

In the video, the 40-year-old did not utter a single word and expressed his thoughts via subtitles. His manager later explained that Takeshi used water from a dehumidifier for the challenge, so that clean water would not be wasted. With hopes that everyone would take initiative to care for the less fortunate in society, the actor chose not to nominate any celebrity.

At the same time, many artistes around the globe have also taken part in the charitable cause. Dressed in an extravagant fur jacket, Hong Kong actress Carina Lau was complimented by netizens on her poise, even after getting drenched by a bucket of ice water.

Another celebrity who gained widespread attention for the Ice Bucket Challenge is Hong Kong singer-songwriter G.E.M Tang. As the 23-year-old wore a white t-shirt, the bikini under her top was 'exposed' after she got soaked with water. The video on YouTube earned over 650,000 views in less than 24 hours.




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It was revealed that actor Toma Ikuta has been cast in the lead role of Yoshihiro Nakamura's upcoming live-action adaptation of Tetsuya Tsutsui's manga Yokokuhan.


Ikuta will play a man named Gates who hides his face with a mask made of newspaper and heads an organization called "Shinbunshi". Shinbunshi is responsible for a series of internet videos giving the public advance notice of crimes in which people the group deems guilty of transgressions not punishable by law are victimized.


The other members of Shinbunshi have also been revealed. Gaku Hamada will play Nobita, Ryohei Suzuki will play Kansai, and YoshiYoshi Arakawa will play Metabo


Additionally, actress Erika Toda will play Erika Yoshino, an elite inspector from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department's cyber crime division who's attempting to track down the members of Shinbunshi and put a stop to their crimes.


The original manga was serialized in Shueisha's JumpX from 2011-2013. As the story progresses, Shinbunshi gradually wins over the support of the public even as they're pursued as terrorists. Meanwhile, their true motives remain a mystery to police.


Filming of "Yokokuhan" will begin this fall. A release is planned for sometime in 2015.




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Sota Fukushi and Kasumi Arimura have been cast in a live-action movie adaptation of Io Sakisaka's manga Strobe Edge directed by Ryuichi Hiroki. This marks the fourth time they've worked together, having both recently appeared in the TV dramas Amachan, Starman: Kono Hoshi no Koi, and Yowakutemo Katemasu.


Sakisaka's Strobe Edge manga was originally serialized in Bessatsu Margaret from 2007-2009 and has sold over 4.5 million copies. It's classified as a school romance story themed around the idea that everyone has an unrequited love in their life.


Arimura will play Ninako Kinoshita, a high school freshman with no experience in love. Fukushi will play Ren Ichinose, a boy from Kinoshita's school who's popular with all the girls. After Ninako meets Ren on a train during their commute home, she starts encountering him more regularly and gradually develops feelings for him. However, Ren already has an older girlfriend. While the story centers on the growing relationship of these two main characters, it also depicts several unrequited crushes involving their friends.


Additional co-stars include Yuki Yamada as Ren's popular friend Takumi Ando, Arisa Sato as Ren's girlfriend Mayuka Korenaga, Jingi Irie as Ninako's childhood friend Daiki Korenaga, and Yuina Kuroshima as younger student Mao Sugimoto.




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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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Comedian Oshima Miyuki won the best actress award for her performance in the new movie "Fukubukusou no Fuku-chan" in the 18th Fantasia International Movie Festival held at Montreal, Canada, on 9 August which makes her the first Japanese winner in 5 years since Mitsushima Hikari won it for her role in "Ai no Mukidashi" in 2009. The interesting thing is, Oshima shaved her head to play a man by the name of Fuku-chan who develops a phobia for women because of his first love (Mizukawa Asami) and later overcomes this condition when he reunites with her and falls for her again.

When interviewed about her win, Oshima commented that it was fascinating to win a best actress award even though she had acted as a man. She expressed her gratitude towards the director Fujita Yosuke for helping her to make the character Fuku-chan come alive. As for Fujita, he also praised Oshima for giving her all in playing this role and admitted that it was a gamble to get a woman to play a man but Oshima made the gamble pay off handsomely.

In response to Oshima's win, her husband Suzuki Osamu posted on his blog that he was very surprised to hear that his wife won the award by playing a middle-aged man which is something rarely heard of. Suzuki revealed that Fujita had brought the script to his wife some years ago before the March 11 tsunami crisis but there were many hiccups along the way before the movie was finally filmed. Suzuki expressed his joy at his wife's achievement and congratulated her for winning the best actress award.

Oshima is currently taking a break from work in order to prepare for motherhood.

The movie "Fukubukusou no Fuku-chan" will be shown nationwide in cinemas from 8 November.




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Singer BoA is releasing her eighth album in Japan in September, according to her agency SM Entertainment on Saturday.

It has been just more than four and a half years since she debuted a regular album in Japan. The singer’s seventh, “Identity,” was released in February 2010.

The new record not only includes new songs, such as “First Time,” but also some that were previously popular, such as “Call My Name,” “Message,” “Woo Weekend,” “Shout It Out,” “Milestone,” “I See Me,” “Close To Me” and “Baby You.” Each track came out after July 2010.

Songs released last month, like “Masayume Chasing,” are also included on the record, meaning that there will be 14 new tracks on the album in total.

“Masayume Chasing” is well known because it was the theme song for the TV animation “Fairy Tail” in Japan.

To celebrate the new album, BoA will hold a concert tour in Japan for the first time in four and a half years. The singer will start in Tokyo for two days starting Sept. 6 and will then move elsewhere, including Osaka and Fukuoka.

JoongAng Daily

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The newest album released by Korea’s Girls’ Generation has swept Oricon, the Japanese music chart.

The album, titled “The Best,” was released on July 23. It ranked No. 1 on Oricon’s daily and weekly album chart as of yesterday. Up until July 27, almost 75,000 copies of the album had been sold.

On the newest record, the nine-member group put together Japanese versions of many of its popular songs, including “Gee” and “Mr. Mr.” The album also includes the new ballad “Indestructible.”

The group recently completed its tour in Japan, which started on April 26. The group’s agency, SM Entertainment, said that 200,000 fans gathered to see the nine members during 17 performances in seven cities, including Hiroshima, Kobe, Nagoya and Osaka. The “Girls’ Generation Love and Peace Japan 3rd Tour” began in Fukuoka.

JoongAng Daily

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