Group "Dong Bang Shin Gi (TVXQ)" topped the Japanese Oricon Weekly Chart with their new album “Time”, their management, SM Entertainment, announced on March 12.
Sales of ‘Time’, which was released in Japan on March 6, reached 244,000 during the first week, a record for the first week sales of the group’s albums in Japan.
This is the third time for TVXQ to top the Oricon Weekly chart following the ‘Best Selection’, released in 2010, and ‘Tone’, released in 2011.
A representative of SM Entertainment said, “TVXQ’s previous album 'Tone' recorded sales of 205,000 and ‘Time’ has also passed the 200,000 mark.” He added, “TVXQ achieved sales of over 200,000 in the first week of the album’s release for the second consecutive time. It is the first time in 5 years and 11 months - since Avril Lavigne in 2007.”
TVXQ will embark on a tour of Japan’s five major domed arenas, including Tokyo Dome, Kyosera Dome Osaka, Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome, Sapporo Dome and Nagoya Dome, starting with a concert in Saitama Super Arena on April 27. The SM Entertainment representative said, “It is the first time for Korean artists to underatke a tour of five domes in Japan. The total audience is expected to reach 700,000 people.”
Kaoru Tada's classic unfinished shōjo manga Itazura Na Kiss is getting a new television drama adaptation starting on March 29. The Itazura Na Kiss ~Love in Tokyo drama will star 16-year-old model and actress Honoka Miki (Suzuki-sensei, Maria Watches Over Us) as Kotoko and 25-year-old Yūki Furukawa (High School Debut, Rich Man, Poor Woman) as Naoki. Miki herself is a huge fan of Tada's work, and owns all of the manga volumes. Yūki Yamada (2012's GTO, Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger) will also star in the series as Naoki's love rival Kinnosuke Ikezawa. The series will have a total of 16 episodes.
In the romantic comedy, a high school girl named Kotoko finally tells a fellow senior named Naoki that she has loved him from afar since she saw him on their first day of high school. However, Naoki, a haughty "super-ikemen" (handsome male) with smarts and sports talent, rejects her offhand. Fate intervenes when a mild earthquake ruins Kotoko's family house. While the house gets rebuilt, Kotoko and her dad stay at the home of her dad's childhood friend...whose son is Naoki.
The story follows Naoki and Kotoko through high school and beyond, but the manga is unfinished because Tada passed away in an accident in 1999. The popular manga has more than 30 million copies in print. The story was previously adapted into a television drama series in Japan in 1996, two drama series in Taiwan under the name ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Mar 08 2013
It was announced that Takeru Satoh will star as a 25-year-old music producer in Norihiro Koizumi’s upcoming live-action movie adaptation of Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru. Additionally, Sakurako Ohara (17) was hand-picked from over 5,000 applicants to play the female lead, Riko.
Kotomi Aoki’s original manga, which has reached a total circulation of over 2.7 million copies to date, tells the story of a highly successful, yet reclusive music composer named Aki Ogasawara who becomes involved in a relationship with a 16-year-old fan on a whim while lying about his true identity. Eventually she gets recruited into the music industry herself, causing additional complications. Meanwhile, the film will convey the troubles that arise among creative people in the music industry and offer an unique perspective on the business side of things.
Satoh previously played guitar in Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s 2010 band-themed film BECK. This time around he’ll be in scenes requiring him to play bass and realistically depict the process of composing music.
Ohara won the role of Riko by participating in last year’s audition process, which involved submitting two pieces of original music in order to qualify. She was eventually selected by both Koizumi and the film’s music producer Seiji Kameda, former bassist of the band Tokyo Jihen.
She originally heard about the audition from a high school friend who thought she’d be perfect for the role. Althrough Ohara has almost no acting experience to speak of, she reportedly has an exceptional singing ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
According to Cinema Today, 22-year-old actor Kanata Hongo will be getting his first lead TV drama role in a new series called Real Onigokko: THE ORIGIN, playing the protagonist Tsubasa Sato. The series is based on Yusuke Yamada's 2001 novel Real Onigokko (aka The Chasing World), which was hugely popular among teens.
The novel has already spawned a slew of adaptations, including manga, anime, and a series of films. According to Hongo, the drama will be the most faithful adaptation of the original work to date.
Onigokko is a Japanese version of the children's game "tag" in which one player is designated "oni" (demon) and must try to catch the other players.
Real Onigokko is set in the near future, when people with the surname "Sato" are chased down and killed if they're caught. The drama will stick to this basic premise with a clear and concise series of plot developments.
Fumika Shimizu, known best for playing Yuki Jojima in Kamen Rider OOO and Kamen Rider Fourze, will play Sato's little sister Ai. Ryusei Yokohama (Joker Game) will play his best friend Hiroshi Sato.
Filming of "Real Onigokko: THE ORIGIN" began in early February. It will air every Tuesday on Teletama, Chiba TV, and tvk beginning on April 9.
Mar 08 2013
"Iron Chef", the long-running popular cooking battle programme which was renewed just last October, will be ending its run in March. During the April programming changes press conference held on 1 March, FujiTV admitted that despite the fact that they were happy with the quality of the programme, they couldn't deny that the programme was suffering from poor ratings so they had no choice but to axe the programme. However, the programme may return as a SP in future so it doesn't mean that viewers will not get to see it again.
Mar 08 2013
All-girl band ZONE will end their activities after a final concert on April 7 at Tokyo's Shibuya O-East in Shibuya. Member Maiko Sakae broke the news on the Runtime Music agency's website.
“I've decided to bring ZONE to an end with my own hands,” she said, “We have caused all of you a lot of worry and trouble.”She also commented on member Miyu Nagase's trouble with the record label that led to her being released from her contract, saying, “It was an event that I myself didn't expect; my shock towards this is truly how I feel.”
Runtime Music Entertainment had terminated the contract of Miyu last month, citing "considerable misconduct as well as repeated work negligence" as its reasons for cancelling the contract. The company explained in an official statement that it "attempted to provide Miyu Nagase with guidance and persuade her to change, but there was no improvement in her actions."
ZONE debuted in 2001 with four members. The band became known for the song "secret base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~," and a cover was used as the ending theme to Fuji TV 's Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai. (anohana) anime (as sung by the anime's voice actresses). ZONE also performed in the opening theme "True Blue" and second ending "Tetsuwan Atom: ballad version" for ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Feb 26 2013
JYJ will appear at the iconic Tokyo Dome for the first time in four years, CJeS Entertainment announced on Monday.
“It is a meaningful event for them for many reasons, and we will announce further information this week,” the agency said.
It’s a long-awaited comeback for the group after it was forced to suspend its activities in Japan in the midst of a legal battle over an exclusive contract with SM Entertainment.
The group only managed to sign with Japanese agency AVEX after an injunction was issued against SM. But it was later forced to stop yet again after disputes with AVEX.
In that matter, a Japanese court ruled last month that the Japanese agency could not claim exclusive management rights over the stars and should pay 7.8 billion won ($7.2 million) to JYJ’s Korean agency.
Since the group still enjoys much popularity among Japanese fans, it will likely have a successful comeback in the country.
Translated by: sparkles_n15 @ asianfanatics.net
Last September it was announced that Tony Leung would have a chance to collaborate with Maeda Atsuko on a joint Chinese-Japanese film titled 1905. With the escalation of anti-Japanese sentiments in China over territorial issues of the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands, Tony was highly criticized by netizens who wished for him to drop out from the project. At that time, Tony's management company clarified that he had not formally signed on for the film. Tony's wife Carina Lau also said that he would postpone the film indefinitely. It seems plans for the movie were already over before it began. Yesterday there was news that the production company in charge of funding the film has filed for bankruptcy.
According to corporate credit research company Teikoku DataBank, an announcement was made today revealing that Japanese production company Prenom-H has already filed for bankruptcy on the 20th to the Tokyo District Court. The company's liability was at approximately 643 million yen. Last year Prenom-H decided to film 1905 and invited both Tony Leung and Maeda Atsuko to star in the movie. The film was planned for a fall release and there were plans to shoot on location in both Taiwan and Japan. Unfortunately no one could predict how badly the situation between China and Japan deteriorated. With news of Tony dropping out of the project and the avoidable delays in production, it caused cash flow problems within the company, resulting them to declare bankruptcy.
Hayami Mokomichi won the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards' Japanese cooking category with his cookbook "MOCO's Kitchen" and attended the prize-giving ceremony in Paris on 23 February. He has been hosting the cooking corner in NTV's morning programme "ZIP!" since 2011 on the weekdays and released 6 volumes of "MOCO's Kitchen" to date which has sold over 350,000 copies. The books contain the 500-odd recipes he demonstrated on the programme during this period. Hayami commented that although it was tough trying to come up with new ideas on what to cook every week, he was also encouraged by the anticipation and support viewers showed towards his programme. On the other hand, food researcher Matsumoto Sakafumi also won the Grand Prix in the single theme category with his book on how a Matsuzaka cow ends up on the dining table as sukiyaki.
The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards are established in 1995 and gives out awards in various categories such as recipes, wine, food photography. This year, there were 13,000 entries from 170 countries which took part.
Arashi's Ninomiya Kazunari(29) will host his first variety show "Nino-san" which begins its run from April 2013. This is the first time he is hosting on his own without his fellow members and the show will be a variety programme shot in a studio that is expected to consist of 10 episodes until June. This is considered as a trial run because 5 directors from NTV will produce two idea proposals each and the chosen one will become a regular programme from October this year. Ninomiya commented that he is happy about this solo hosting gig and will put in his best to ensure that the programme doesn't end at the trial run stage.