The newest theatrical anime from Studio Ghibli, “Kaguya Hime no Monogatari,” opened just over a week ago. While we came away impressed, the movie-going public at large hasn’t been coming out in the numbers expected for a release by the legendary animation production house.
Now, one film critic is speculating that the movie may have trouble bolstering its lackluster box office numbers with overseas revenue, stating his opinion that “Kaguya Hime no Monogatari” may not be screenable in certain markets outside Japan without censoring multiple scenes.
Author and journalist Akihiko Reizei recently wrote a column for the Japanese-edition of Newsweek, offering his impressions on “Kaguya Hime no Monogatari.” Reizei was gushing in his praise for the picture, calling it “a tour de force” and predicting that it will go on to become a timeless classic.
But despite his personal love for the film, Reizei expressed concerns about the ability to screen it, in its current form, overseas. The critic expressed his doubts about scenes showing visible breasts while nursing, half-naked babies and children, and a completely naked young girl diving into a pool of water.
While Japan’s relaxed attitude regarding on-screen nudity of the animated sort mean that none of these scenes are raising eyebrows in the film’s country of origin, Reizei believes they will cause problems with distribution in nations with different cultural barometers. In particular, the critic feels that severe viewing restrictions would be placed on “Kaguya Hime no Monogatari” in Islamic countries, and that showing it with a general-admission age rating in the U.S. would be “completely impossible.”
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Dec 01 2013
Monkey Punch's popular manga Lupin III will have a live action adaptation to be shown in summer next year. Shun Oguri has been cast to play Lupin III, while Tetsuji Tamayama will play Daisuke Jigen, Gou Ayano will play Goemon Ishikawa, Meisa Kuroki as Fujiko Mine, and Tadanobu Asano as Detective Zenigata. This is directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, known for his works with Hollywood, as well as for his movie Azumi.
The manga began in 1967, and the TV anime followed in 1971. It was first adapted onto the silver screens in 1974, marking its 40th year from that version. The filming started last October 3 in Japan. They are currently in Thailand for a major on-location shoot that will last for 2 months, and will conduct further shoots in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the Philippines by the end of this year.
Oguri's comment about the adaptation of this beloved franchise is: "I also thought, 'Holy crap, a live action adaptation!'. I believe that a different version of Lupin III exists in each and every one of us. I'll do my best not to succumb to the heat in Thailand and portray a Lupin III that will be enjoyed by the generation who followed it in real time, as well as the younger generation!". He conducted a 10-month action training course in preparation for the role. He also lost about 8kg to stay loyal to Lupin's lanky stature.
Monkey Punch also gave his comments about the other cast members: "Everyone taking part in this project has a very strong appeal, and I was touched as it's just like the Lupin III characters actually jumped out of the manga and into the real world." The casting for Fujiko which took a long ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Following Koki Tanaka's (27) departure from Johnny's, Arashi's Masaki Aiba (30) has also been the subject of dismissal rumors, and what seems to be the indicator of this is his schedule. Aiba still doesn't have any new solo projects after the new year.
"Unfortunately, there has been no news of new dramas or movies for Aiba. All he has now are a total of only 4 shows: Arashi's main programs Arashi ni Shiyagare (NTV) and VS Arashi (Fuji), as well as Tensai! Shimura doubutsuen (NTV) and Aiba Manabu (TV Asahi). There are already rumors within the TV industry that it'll only be a matter of time until Aiba is entirely frozen out. - (broadcast writer)
Why is this happening to Aiba? Behind this lies a feud between the restaurant that Aiba's family runs and the Johnny's agency itself.
"The reason for their discord is the goods sold at the restaurant. The keychain of the letter "K", taken from the initial of the shop is selling like hotcakes, but it seems that the shop is taking advantage of the Arashi members' signatures, as well as the gifts given by fans to Aiba as decorations in the shop to entice the people to buy the goods."- (informant)
The restaurant located in Chiba has gained popularity as this is also where Aiba grew up, and news of this has reached some executives at Johnny's.
"The agency is definitely angry at this. They don't even allow the signatures of their talents to be displayed. The agency eventually requested them to remove the signatures, the presents for Aiba, and to cancel their branch opening at the Tokyo Sky Tree. The ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Oct 24 2013
According to Taiwanese media reports, Japanese heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro threw a TW$10 million (approximately S$40, 000) banquet in Italy, near Lake Como earlier this month (on Oct 11).
Word has it that the banquet which hosted about 30 guests was held to celebrate the actor's marriage to his unknown long-time girlfriend. The news, which was unintentionally leaked out by good friend and film director, Peter Chan, created a pandemonium in the entertainment industry.
However, there were also reports claiming that the 40-year-old Takeshi has yet to tie the knot and was just throwing an extravagant birthday party.
In response to the marriage rumour, Takeshi's manager told reporters, 'I'm not fit to answer any of your queries.'¯
Takeshi, on the other hand, has yet to make any official response.
It's been revealed that Yuzu will be singing the theme song for the anime movie 'HUNTER×HUNTER THE MOVIE -The LAST MISSION-' which will open in theaters this December.
Yuzu has provided their song "REASON" for 'HUNTER×HUNTER THE MOVIE Phantom Rouge' in January and they are also currently in charge of the tv anime's theme song. For the new song, they will once again collaborate with Maeyamada Kenichi. It's titled "Hyouriittai" and it's an uptempo number that was written especially for the movie and will also be used as the tv anime's new ending theme song.
'HUNTER×HUNTER THE MOVIE -The LAST MISSION-' is the second installment film based on Toyashi Yoshihiro's manga 'HUNTER×HUNTER'. It will focus on the history of the Hunters Association as well as a major incident that involves all the Hunters.
Aug 23 2013
Former Japanese singer Fuji Keiko reportedly took her own life by jumping from her apartment building
Fuji Keiko, reknowned enka (a music genre which resembles traditional Japanese music) singer in the 1970s and mother of J-Pop artiste Utada Hikaru, died on Thursday morning after jumping from the 13th floor of her apartment building in Tokyo.
The body of the 62-year-old was found on the grounds of the building at 7am on Thursday. Fuji Keiko was living with a male friend, who claimed to be sleeping at the time of incident. Police said that preliminary investigations have ruled out the possibility of foul play, and that her slippers were left on the railing of her apartment's balcony, with no suicide note found.
The singer's ex-husband, Utada Teruzane, has identified the body, while Utada Hikaru has yet to comment on her mother's passing.
Fuji Keiko, whose real name was Utada Junko, debuted in 1969 when she was 17. The singer divorced from her first husband just one year after the wedding, and relocated to the United States in 1972.
Fuji Keiko tied the knot with Utada Teruzane in 1982 and gave birth to their only child, Utada Hikaru, in 1983 in Manhattan. It is believed that the mother-and-daughter pair has not been on close terms since the latter got married in 2002.
Sources revealed that Fuji Keiko has been behaving strangely in recent years. In 2006, the former songstress was suspected of dealing in drugs and was confiscated of more than US$420,000 (approximately S$540,000) worth of cash at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. The singer was also absent from her mentor Masao Ishizaka's funeral in March this year.
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Takeshi Kaneshiro works on THE CROSSING with an umbrella
Masami Nagasawa flashes a sweet smile
John Woo looks on seriously
courtesy of mingpao.com
Takeshi Kaneshiro (Gum Sing Mo) and Japanese star Masami Nagasawa starred in the John Woo (Ng Yu Sum) directed new film THE CROSSING (TAI PING LUN). Earlier they worked on location on an isolated hill in Huairou. Reportedly they were working on a passionate kiss scene in a cavern. In the film they had a life and death romance. around 7:30AM, Gum Sing Mo left his hotel. He was dressed so casually that the Mainland media joked that he was collecting for the electric company. Later he went to the location. After changing into his costume, drizzle began. He carried an umbrella and entered the cavern. Then Masami Nagasawa also arrived and displayed a sweet smile. Seemingly she and Gum Sing Mo were working pleasantly. Ng Yu Sum looked serious on the set and later entered the cavern to direct the shoot personally.
Aug 07 2013
Popular manga "Gin no Saji Silver Spoon" would be getting a live-action film adaptation for the spring of 2014.
"Gin no Saji Silver Spoon" is an ongoing manga written by Arakawa Hiromu ("Fullmetal Alchemist") that has been serialized on Weekly Shonen Sunday since April 2011. It's a youth story that is themed around dairy farming. The story is set at the agricultural high school in Hokkaido, and it depicts the growth of the kids there.
The protagonist "Hachiken Yugo" will be played by Sexy Zone member Nakajima Kento, while Hirose Alice will take the role of the heroine "Mikage Aki." It was also revealed that Ichikawa Tomohiro will make an appearance as "Komaba Ichiro", one of the classmates of Yugo.
Nakajima commented, "I was able to have a glimpse of a totally different lifestyle through the dairy farming experience and practice for horseback riding. I feel extremely pressured as it's a live-action film adaptation of a manga that all my friends read, but I can't stop the momentum of the 'Gin no Saji.' I am planning to set a fire to it even more."
Reportedly, the filming for the movie has already begun starting this month, and the whole filming will be held in Hokkaido.
The movie will be directed by Yoshida Keisuke ("Jun Kissa Isobe", "Sakukaku"), and is set for release in spring of 2014.
Previously, we reported that a live-action adaptation of Watsuki Nobuhiro's popular manga "Rurouni Kenshin" starring Sato Takeru, will be getting two sequels for the Summer of 2014.
It was recently revealed that Iseya Yusuke and Kamiki Ryunosuke have been added as the new cast members for the film.
Iseya will play as "Shinomori Aoshi" who aims for the protagonist "Himura Kenshin" (played by Sato) in order to dispel his comrades' grudge, while Kamiki will play "Seta Sojiro", the right hand man of Kenshin's old enemy "Shishio Makoto" (played by Fujiwara Tatsuya), who is born with sword ability.
Additionally, Tanaka Min (as "Kashiwazaki Nenji" aka "Okina"), Miyazawa Kazufumi (as "Okubo Toshimichi"), Ozawa Yukiyoshi (as "Ito Hirobumi"), Oyagi Kaito (as "Myojin Yahiko"), Takahashi Maryjun (as "Komagata Yumi"), and Miura Ryosuke (as "Sawagejo Cho") have also been chosen as new cast members.
The sequels are based on the "Kyoto Arc" of the original manga, and it depicts the fierce battles between Kenshin and his powerful enemies who attempt to gain control in Japan.
The filming has already begun, and it will also be held across Japan, including Yamagata, Nagano, Kyoto, and Kumamoto.
The sequels, "Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (first part)" and "Rurouni Kenshin: Densetsu no Saigo-hen (last part)" are set for release successively in the Summer of 2014.
It was announced that Kanjani8's Nishikido Ryo will star in a new Fuji TV drama titled "Yorozu Uranai Dokoro Onmyouya e Youkoso" (tentative).
The drama is based on the best-selling "Onmyouya" (lit. 'Yin-Yang Shop') novel series by writer Amano Shoko. Nishikido plays a fortuneteller who appears to be a yiny-yang master, but he doesn't possess any psychic powers and never directly tells someone's future.
Instead, he makes use of his past experience as a host and is able to to find out the root of his customers' troubles through the art of conversation alone. All the customers are suspicious of him at first because of his frivolous atmosphere. However, his advice actually help them with their various problems and they end up being extremely grateful about having gone to his shop.
Fuji TV will show Nishikido as a fake yet warmhearted fortuneteller every Tuesday at 10:00 pm starting in October.