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.
Jul 30 2013
The wealthy Japanese fan held a press conference yesterday, following recent reports of her overly rabid behaviour
Jam Hsiao's infamous Japanese fan, Yuki, turned up at a press conference with her lawyer yesterday to clarify that she 'meant no harm'¯ with her actions.
At the press conference, Yuki, who reportedly comes from a wealthy background, claimed that she first met her idol in Xiamen last March. Attracted to the Taiwanese singer for his music talents, she decided to invest in his concert as a sponsor and even gave out free tickets to the disadvantaged groups.
Although she admitted that she has invested more than NT$9 million (approximately S$370,000) in Jam-related activities, Yuki emphasised that she has never attended any dinner gathering with her idol. However, she later sang a different tune and said that she had no idea that her secretary did contact the singer to arrange for a meal previously.
Earlier reports stated that Yuki showed up at Jam's doorstep carrying a pot of soup and pressed his doorbell relentlessly in the middle of the night, which led to the singer's outburst on Facebook. The overzealous fan responded to the reports, saying, 'I learned on his microblog that he got injured while playing basketball.'¯
'I thought that since we meet each other often, we are considered as friends, and that I should go ask after him,'¯ she continued.
Yuki also insisted that she is not a 'crazy fan'¯ and explained that she took a self-portrait with Jam's motorbike as memorabilia, when the real estate agent brought her to the building for viewing.
Following the reports, Jam's manager, Summer, mentioned that the singer has been harassed for 'nearly half a year'¯. While speaking to the ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Today it was revealed that Shinichi Tsutsumi, Machiko Ono, and Hiroshi Tamaki will star in Toshio Lee’s Kamisama wa Bali ni Iru (lit. God Is in Bali), the first Japanese movie filmed on location in Bali, Indonesia.
Filming will take place in Bali for about a month from late July before wrapping up in Japan.
The story is based on Sho Kuroiwa’s book “Dekasegeba Daifugou”. It revolves around a woman named Sachiko (Ono) who flees to Bali after the failure of her Konkatsu (marriage hunting) business. By chance, she meets and is inspired by a Japanese multi-millionaire who’s called “Aniki” (big brother) by other visiting foreigners. Tsutsumi will play Aniki, a character based on real-life Japanese entrepreneur Maruo Takatoshi who made his fortune in Bali and continues to influence others to become successful.
Tamaki will play a former doctor named Ryu who changed his life after meeting Aniki.
“Kamisama wa Bali ni Iru” will be released nation-wide in Japan in 2014.