Fukuyama Masaharu will be back to play the role of Yukawa Manabu in the latest installment under the Galileo series with a new movie "Manatsu no Houteishiki" (The midsummer formula) which is due to be shown in cinemas next summer. This is the first time in five years since he is appearing as Yukawa as the last movie "Yogisha X no Kenshin" was released back in 2008.
The Galileo series is based on a series of novels from Higashino Keigo and features the lead character Yukawa, a genius physicist who solves difficult cases. The series had its first drama adaptation in autumn 2007 via FujiTV and followed up with a drama SP "Galileo Episode Zero" and the film "Yogisha X no Kenshin" in October 2008. "Manatsu no Houteishiki" is the 6th novel in the 7-part Galileo series which was just published in June last year and boasts of sales to date totaling 300,000 copies. Filming for the new movie began on 23 September in Shizuoka Prefecture.
In this latest movie, Yukawa is invited to a presentation of a project to extract underwater minerals from the seabed and chances upon the strange death of a man at the seaside town. Co-stars include his longtime partner Shibasaki Kou who plays the female detective Utsumi Kaoru and Kitamura Kazuki who plays Yukawa's ex-classmate Kusanagi who is also a police detective. Announcements of the cast line-up are expected to be revealed at a later date.
Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang revealed that he will not be acting in the new Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo SP as reported by Ming Pao on 21 September. He was originally announced as part of a number of Asian stars to feature in this SP set in Hong Kong along with BIG BANG's Seungri and Taiwan's Wu Chun and Vivian Hsu. However, owing to recent conflicts between China and Japan over the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, he didn't think that it was appropriate for him to appear in a Japanese production at this point in time and announced this when the media asked about it during his first grandchild's 100th-day celebration on 21 September. In addition, a travel programme which features Tsang and was supposed to go to Japan for location shooting has been cancelled. Last but not least, Tsang also rejected a certificate of thanks from the Japanese government for his support during the fund raising campaign for those affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami crisis.
Sep 21 2012
A new album, new tour announcement, and a concert filled with songs chosen by fans, Arashi’s National Stadium concert in Tokyo on September 20 was a big one for those 70,000 with tickets, reports TV Asahi and Sankei Sports.
It has been reported towards the end of yesterday’s concert, the words “重大発表 (Important Announcement)” flashed onto the giant screen. Fans screamed as the group announced they were releasing a new album “Popcorn” on October 31, and had another tour coming up within the year.
It will be Arashi’s first dome stadium tour in two years, which will go around five venues in Japan, starting with Osaka’s Kyocera Dome on November 18. Although the group have had dome stadium tours regularly since 2008, last year’s Tokyo Dome concert was cancelled following the devastating Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident. Instead, the group had arranged a more electricity-saving event for fans, the 嵐のワクワク学校 (Arashi no Waku-waku Gakkou).
“The circumstances weren’t right to hold a concert in Tokyo Dome last year, but I’m really happy we can do one this year,” Masaki Aiba said.
It has been reported the total number of fans the upcoming tour is expected to attract, plus the number of fans who had (or will) attend group’s two National Stadium concerts yesterday and today, will top 870,000. This is the biggest number to date for Arashi. The group have said they want to make it a fun concert tour which focuses on a characteristically pop style.
Yesterday’s concert was special because the song list had been chosen by fans who had voted for songs online. It has been reported ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Sep 17 2012
SMAP leader Masahiro Nakai is known to be the busiest of the group, but his new shows may have boosted his salary to almost 700 million yen (about US$9 million), reports Tokyo Sports and Johnny’s Watcher.
It has been estimated Nakai had earned 500 million yen in 2009, but this year the Johnny’s talent has worked on drama series ATARU and been the main reporter for the London Olympics. On top of this, he has been given two new regular shows this year, プラチナイト (Platinight), which started in April, and ナカイの窓 (Nakai no Mado), which starts in October.
“That means Nakai now has nine regular shows, and if you include TV specials then it goes into double figures. That’s why they’re saying he’ll make 700 million yen this year with all his TV shows and commercials,” one source said.
To make a rough calculation of how much work that is, from March to August this year Nakai has been in:[list]
[*]52 shows for TBS, totaling about 99 hours
[*]74 shows for Fuji TV, totaling about 78 hours
[*]51 shows for Nihon TV, totaling about 44 hours
[*]28 shows for TV Asahi, totaling about 29 hours
[*]1 show for NHK, totaling 2 hours
It has been reported most of Nakai’s shows are variety shows, and there is a reason why the SMAP leader is such a popular pick.
“Of course Nakai is a talented host, but what many people don’t know is that he takes part in meetings where shows are being planned out. He has a good eye for telling what ideas would be good, and which ones should be thrown ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Sep 16 2012
Actress Aya Ueto, 27, and HIRO, the 43-year-old leader of the band Exile, registered their marriage on Friday, Ueto’s birthday, their management agencies announced Saturday.
Ueto and HIRO, whose real name is Hiroyuki Igarashi, have been dating since last year. Tabloids first reported back in January that wedding plans were in the air but their management agencies denied it.
A spokesman for Ueto’s agency said a date for a wedding ceremony and reception have not yet been finalized, Sankei Shimbun reported.
Speaking about his new wife who has been in show business for 15 years, HIRO said in a statement to media: “She dedicated her youth to her career and continues to work hard. I learn a lot from her. I respect her way of thinking and her way of life. I wanted, from the bottom of my heart, to make her happy.”
TOKYO: Hong Kong actor Tony Leung will appear alongside "Liar Game" star Japanese actor Shota Matsuda and actress Atsuko Maeda, a former member of the popular girl group AKB48, in his first Japanese film titled "1905", Prenom H the production company behind the film announced on Monday.
Helmed by Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the film, which is set in 1905's Yokohama, will see Leung play Yang Yunlong, a loanshark from China who travels to Japan to hunt down five Chinese debtors who have fled there.
Along the way, he encounters a Japanese nationalist (Matsuda) who hunts the same five people for very different reasons, and has a quirky relationship with a feisty Japanese girl (Maeda) who takes care of him during his stay in Japan.
"I always admire the works of Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and am thrilled to have a chance to work with him. I will treasure the experience and enjoy every moment of it," said Leung in a media statement.
Although "1905" is a Japanese film, 90 percent of the lines in it will be in Chinese.
Maeda and Matsuda are currently taking Mandarin classes to prepare for their roles, which will require them to speak some Mandarin.
Filmed in Japan as well as Taiwan, "1905" will go into production in November, and is expected to be completed in January next year.
Big Bang will become the first Korean artists to hold a concert tour hitting Japan’s 3 large domes.
On September 10th, YG Entertainment announced that an additional concert date had been added as a finale concert for their ‘Big Bang Alive Tour 2012 in Japan‘. Following their concerts to be held at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka (November 23rd and 24th) and at the Tokyo Dome (December 5th), the ‘Special Final in Dome‘ concert will be held at the Yahoo! Japan Dome in Fukuoka on December 22nd.
Earlier this year, Big Bang held their a Japanese concert tour in May and June hitting up 5 cities with 13 concerts. With the addition of their remaining concerts in 2012, Big Bang will have performed for 355,000 audience members in Japan.
According to YG Entertainment, 150,000 tickets were originally prepared for their concert tour earlier this year, but over 1,000,000 ticket requests were received. Big Bang’s Dome tour was created as an expression of gratitude for the endless requests made by fans who were unable to attend their concerts. However, as their Dome tour became yet another hit in ticket sales, the Fukuoka stop has been added to the tour.
Meanwhile, Big Bang plans to continue their ‘Big Bang Alive Galaxy Tour 2012‘ world tour in Singapore on September 28th.
taken from: allkpop.com
Seungri has been cast in the latest drama special of Kindaichi Case Files entitled "The Files of Young Kindaichi: Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Case" that is set to air on NTV Japan this winter.
The special 2-hour drama features Yamada Ryosuke of Japanese idol group Hey! Say! Jump, who will play the lead role of detective Kindaichi Hajime, Taiwanese stars Wu Chun and Vivian Hsu, Hong Kong's Eric Tsang, and Seungri from Korean group Big Bang. Popular Japanese actor from "Rookies", Kiritani Kenta, will also be making an appearance.
Seungri will be playing the role of Kim Rondon (or Ryongdong), a student from Korea who works part-time at a hotel in Hong Kong. A murder happens at the hotel during a fashion show and Seungri will be included in the list of suspects.
Commenting on being cast, he said:
According to reports, first half of the filming will take place in Hong Kong mid-September and the rest will be in Japan.
The series was last shown 7 years ago as a drama special in September of 2005.
Seungri's character from the manga:
Sources: read full article...
Aug 22 2012
As the dispute over the islet of Dokdo escalates, the Japanese media have slammed Korean stars like Bae Yong-joon and Girls’ Generation for sending mixed messages on their stance.
On Tuesday, News Post Seven uploaded a preview article online titled, “How Yonsama and Girls’ Generation are involved in the Takeshima Performance.”
The media outlet claimed that the upcoming article will include an in-depth analysis on the duplicity of K-pop stars.
The weekly publication posited that it was ironic how K-pop stars claim Dokdo as Korean territory, but still had no problem making millions in Japan.
“Popular idol group Girls’ Generation has recently exclaimed ‘Dokdo is ours!’ at a rehearsal for a concert in Seoul,” the news outlet said, “and Bae Yong-joon has also claimed likewise on his Web site back in 2005.”
The Japanese media also pointed out recent examples of Korean celebrities’ involvement in the dispute, such as singer Kim Jang-hoon and actor Song Il-guk’s participation in a swim event to raise awareness of the islets.
Aug 05 2012
We discover a tougher and more everyday side of the multi-talented Japanese star under her princess-like exterior
Video: Fiona Lin
The first impression Shoko Nakagawa gives is that of a typical cutesy Japanese girl - the petite 27-year-old with flowing locks was all dressed up in a pretty lavender frock complete with sparkling accessories during her interview with xinmsn. Through the course of the interview, Shoko's unique personality shone through as she animatedly discussed with us, among other things, her fascination with blood and her less-than-perfect childhood.
A self-confessed pessimist, Shokotan (her nickname) shared that her 10-year showbiz journey was made possible by those around her. She expressed, "I honestly didn't expect to last so long; I've been negative since I was a child so it was my friends and those around me who helped me through (the hard times)."
Growing up in the 20th century as an avid Otaku (in her case, having a strong interest in anime and manga) had its fair share of problems. Her interests were largely frowned upon by most of the population and she had to keep her interests bottled up. Revealing that she was far from a model student in school, Shoko took to blogging to share her feelings as she explained, "I felt like I was about to explode".
She had an unexpected surprise when she, who was once the victim of bullying, suddenly had a wave of people commenting on and sharing her love for the Otaku culture; many of which who have become bosom pals in her life. She now updates her official blog at least 20 times a day and draws inspiration from whatever feelings or happenings that have left an impression on her at the moment. Her ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)