The cast and crew of Erika Sawajiri’s upcoming movie “Helter Skelter” promise the movie will not shy away from the shocking content of the original and said there will be a steamy sex scene.
“Helter Skelter” is based on an award-winning sexually graphic manga by Kyoko Okazaki. Sawajiri takes the role of Ririko who becomes a new breed of entertainment industry star after undergoing cosmetic surgery on her entire body. When the clinic is investigated for its shady business practices, Ririko’s beauty to starts fade. Her mental condition also starts to deteriorate.
The movie, directed by Mika Ninagawa, marks Sawajiri’s first movie starring role since “Closed Note” in 2007. That was the start of her troubles when she displayed a bad attitude during a stage appearance at the Japan premiere.
Sawajiri told reporters that she enjoyed making “Helter Skelter” and that she is happy to be back in business.
“Helter Skelter” opens July 14.
Satoshi Miki (Adrift in Tokyo, Instant Swamp) is working on a new movie called It’s Me, It’s Me (Ore-Ore), and Kazuya Kamenashi of the pop band KAT-TUN is set to star.
Miki based the screenplay on a novel by Tomoyuki Hoshino about the nature of identity which won the 5th Kenzaburō Ōe prize for literature in 2011.
The story involves a popular scam in Japan called “ore-ore sagi” in which the scammer calls up unsuspecting people (typically the elderly) and pretends to be someone they know, asking for money for an emergency or whatever urgent reason they can come up with.
In the film, the protagonist gets bored with his mundane life so he tries out the “It’s me” fraud. In a surreal twist, he keeps meeting different "me"s after that—literally all different versions of himself—and they continue to multiply. Before long, the elimination of the other "me"s begins.
Kamenashi will have to play over 20 different versions of his character in the movie, such as the “military enthusiast me”, the “huge breasts me”, the “full body tattoo me”, etc.
Filming of “It’s Me, It’s Me” will start early this month and a release is slated for 2013. The push for overseas distribution will begin in Cannes later this month (editor’s note: For the sake of clarity, that means the Cannes film market, not the competition).
May 14 2012
Say what you will about how tightly controlled Japanese movie publicity is, but they sure know how to keep a secret. Just one day from the theatrical release of Tsutomu Hanabusa’s Sadako 3D in Japan, the young actress playing the latest incarnation of Sadako has finally been revealed: Ai Hashimoto.
There was actually a preview screening held back in April, but the 12 minutes of end footage that would have revealed her identity was left out.
The casting puts her in good company. Although the first Sadako was played by kabuki actress Rie Inoo for her ability to move creepily, subsequent Sadakos were played by famous actresses such as Yukie Nakama and Tae Kimura.
Anyone who follows mainstream Japanese films should be pretty familiar with Hashimoto at this point. She’s appeared in a slew of movies since her debut in 2009. Most notably, her performance in Tetsuya Nakashima’s critically-adored 2010 film Confessions made her the ultimate “it” girl of teen film actresses over the past two years.
In the newest installment of the Ring series, Sadako’s curse is spreading faster than ever thanks to internet video sharing, and her essence floats around in the cloud waiting for an appropriate person to posses by climbing out of their computer monitor.
Unlike the first version of Sadako, who was portrayed as hideous and waterlogged after climbing out of a well, Hashimoto’s version remains a pretty girl, supposedly to entice people who see her into even more fear.
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May 13 2012
Compiled from: Yomiuri & Ameblo
Translated by: sparkles_n15 @ asianfanatics.net
Actress Inoue Mao will be starring in a new drama from NTV titled Tokkan Tokubetsu Kokuzei Choushuukan. Based on a novel of the same name, the drama will air Wednesdays from 10pm starting in July. Written by Takadono Madoka, the original work ran in the monthly publication Mystery Magazine. This will be the first drama for Inoue since starring in the NHK asadora Ohisama a year and three months ago.
In Tokkan, Inoue will be playing a tax collector named Suzumiya Miki. Her role will be a complete turn from her good-natured heroine role in Ohisama. Instead, Inoue will be chasing after people who have been deliberately evading their taxes. Working with her on the drama include director Mizuda Nobuo and screenwriter Izumi Yoshihiro. Mizuda recently directed the movie Tsuna Hiichatta!, which stars Inoue, while Izumi worked with her on the drama Anmitsu Hime. Further details of her co-stars and theme song have not been released.
Osaka police on Thursday arrested Hitoshi Nishimura, the head of a right-wing nationalist group, and three others for threatening a Japanese cosmetics company that hired Korean actress Kim Tae-hee as an advertising model. The group, established in 2007, led rallies protesting against a flood of Korean TV programs on Japan's Fuji TV.
The group visited Rohto Pharmaceutical in Osaka on March 2 to protest against its hiring of Kim as the model of a cosmetics line. The group took issue with Kim and her brother, actor Lee Wan, being named in 2005 as advocates of Korea's territorial sovereignty over the Dokdo islets, to which Japan lays a dubious claim.
Rohto had planned a press conference unveiling the new line featuring Kim on Feb. 21 but canceled the event due to safety concerns.
Excerpt from: Oricon
Translated by: sparkles_n15 @ asianfanatics.net
Actress Inoue Mao will be directing an episode of the MBS • TBS documentary program Jounetsu Tairiku for the first time. In the documentary, Inoue will be interviewing singer-songwriter Oda Kazumasa. Filming took place back in April, with Inoue handling part of the camera work herself.
Jounetsu Tairiku started back in April of 1998. Currently on air for the past fifteen years, this May marked its 700th episode. A new format will be introduced starting June 10, where an actor or talent will be in charge of filming the episode. The program airs Sunday evenings from 11:00 to 11:30 PM. Inoue and Oda's episode will be broadcasted June 10.
Released on 3/28, a year since their last album, their new album “ALIVE” achieved third place on Oricon weekly chart, and even now when two weeks have passed, it is still in the Top 10. The monster group going strong despite their blank period, BIG BANG from South Korea.
BIG BANG has begun their world tour on March, from South Korea that goes around the world to 16 countries 25 cities.This world tour is produced by producer Laurie Ann Gibson, who has worked with the famous Lady Gaga and will be a very new kind of stage with universal standards (high standards).
The Japanese version of that tour, “BIG BANG ALIVE TOUR IN JAPAN” will start from 5/17 at Nagoya prefecture, Nihon Gaishi Hall to have 13 concerts at 5 cities.
These concerts had sold out in minutes after the sales start and the 150,000 tickets had attracted more than 1 Million applications.
Also, the ticket sales for the add-on concerts on 5/25(Fri) at Kanagawa prefecture, Yokohama Arena, 5/31(Thurs) and 6/3(Sun) at Osaka, Castle Osaka Hall, will begin on 5/12(Sat) 10:00am and further competition is to be expected.
17 May (Thurs), 18 May (Fri) Aichi prefecture,nihon Gaishi Hall
25 May (Fri), 26 May (Sat), 27 (Sun) Kanagawa prefecture, Yokahama Arena
31 May(Thurs), 1 June (Fri), 2 June(Sat), 3 June (Sun) Osaka, Castle Osaka Hall
16 June (Sat), 17 June (Sun) Saitama prefecture, Saitama Super Arena
23 June (Sat), 24 June (Sun) Fukuoka prefecture,Marine Messe Fukuoka
Source: mu-mo.net + musicjapanplus
TOKYO: Johnny and Associates, the management agency behind popular J-pop boy bands like KAT-TUN, Arashi and SMAP, intends to form a new male idol group made up of Chinese members, reported Japanese media.
"I intend to create a Chinese idol group and also want to hold an audition in China," Johnny Kitagawa, founder and president of Johnny and Associates, told Japanese media on Thursday.
The 80-year-old music producer revealed that the new group's members will be in their teens, though he has not yet decided how many members the group will have.
Kitagawa said he plans to debut this new Chinese idol group, which will be a major part of his company's business strategy in Asia, sometime in November.
Founded in 1968, Johnny and Associates is one of the biggest entertainment companies in Japan, and has a reputation for creating highly successful boy bands by focusing on developing its artistes' as all-round entertainers instead of just musicians.
Apr 24 2012
Boy band TVXQ finished their Japanese tour on a high note on Monday, ending a journey they began in January that saw them cover nine cities including Yokohama, Fukuoka and Nagoya.
They wrapped up the tour with three performances in as many days at the 45,000-capacity Kyosera Dome in Osaka. Thousands of fans packed the area near the stadium for hours before the concerts began, and many stood and cheered throughout the three-hour-long shows.
This tour was TVXQ's first solo concert in Japan since 2010, when the pop quintet downsized to a two-man band after the other members left to form JYJ. The duo's agency, SM Entertainment, said, "The 26-show tour attracted a total of 550,000 concertgoers and brought in around W100 billion in ticket revenues and merchandise sales (US$1=W1,140)."
No other Korean group has attracted an audience of this size on a Japanese tour, it added.
Apr 23 2012
Source: TV Asahi News
Translated by: sparkles_n15 @ asianfanatics.net
Actress Inoue Mao and actor Sakai Masato attended the 3rd Nippon Theater Staff Film Festival award ceremony on April 22. Theater staff cast their votes in eight award categories for films that were released from March of last year to January of this year. Based on their performances, Inoue Mao was awarded the Best Actress award for her film Youkame no Semi, while Sakai Masato won the Best Actor award for his film Tsure ga Utsu ni Narimashite.
Inoue Mao was asked by female staff members her secret to beauty. Although she was surprised by the question, Inoue sincerely commented: "I like observing people. When I look at someone's make up or their gestures, I will use it as a reference." For Sakai it was his second time winning an award in three years. For viewers who watched the CM spot, many expressed that they would like to trade places with Miyazaki Aoi, who played his wife in the film. After hearing the comment, Sakai says that he hasn't seen it yet, as he would feel very embarrassed.
Actor Shota Sometani was the the recipient Grand Chariot Newcomer Award, which was added this year. The grand prize went to the film Suteki na Kanashiban (Once in a Blue Moon). The best director award was given to Koki Mitani, while the supporting actor awards went to Nagasawa Masami and Nishida Toshiyuki.
Grand Chariot Award
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