This winter, actress Arimura Kasumi (18) will have her first starring role on the big screen. The movie is titled “Gal Basara ~Sengoku Jidai wa Kengai Desu~” and is directed by Sato Futoshi (“Girl’s BOX,” “Majisuka Gakuen”).
Arimura just made her acting debut last year and has appeared in dramas such as “Hagane no Onna” and “SPEC.” She also appeared in the movie “Hankyu Densha” earlier this year.
“Gal Basara” is about a group of high school girls who suddenly travel back in time to the Sengoku period, where they are forced …
Actress Miyazaki Aoi (25) will make her first appearance in a television drama since the hit taiga drama “Atsuhime” three years ago. She will play the starring role in an NHK’s “Doyo Drama Special Chouchou-san,” based on the Puccini opera “Madame Butterfly.”
The drama is actually adapted from Ichikawa Shinichi’s novel “Chouchou-san,” which was in turn adapted from “Madame Butterfly.” Ichikawa will be handling the screenplay for the drama as well.
Like the opera, the story is set in Nagasaki in the early 1900s. It portrays the ups and downs of a …
The 36th Toronto International Film Festival has announced many more of the films in this year’s lineup. It was already announced a couple weeks ago that the festival will screen Ishii Katsuhito’s “Smuggler” (starring Tsumabuki Satoshi) and Okiura Hiroyuki’s animated “Momo e no Tegami.” The festival recently added 5 more films from Japan, along with one from Iran featuring Japanese stars.
The newly announced films are:
“Kotoko” – Tsukamoto Shinya – the first film starring singer Cocco
“Himizu” – Sono Sion – based on Furuya Minoru’s manga of the same name and starring …
After last week’s price drop, the Nintendo 3DS had its highest sales in Japan since February 26 and 27, the weekend it launched. The device sold 214,821 units between August 8 and 14 according to data released Tuesday by game magazine publisher Enterbrain Inc. The price drop went into effect on the August 11, knocking the Japanese retail cost from 25,000 to 15,000 yen (in the US the price went from $249.99 to $169.99 on August 12).
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Management agency Box Corporation is currently in its 30th year, and it is planning and producing its first stage play as a special project before the year is up. The company will put on a production of playwright Ohashi Yasuhiko’s award-winning 1988 play, “Godzilla.” Actor Kato Keisuke (22) and Idoling!!! member Tonooka Erika (20) have been chosen as co-stars.
Kato will play the iconic monster Godzilla, while Tonooka will play a young girl who falls in love with him. It appears that Kato will not be wearing a Godzilla costume for …
Actress Ayase Haruka (26) has just been revealed as the heroine of the big-budget TBS drama series “Nankyoku Tairiku” that will air this fall. This teams her up once again with SMAP’s Kimura Takuya (38), as they previously co-starred in the 2009 series “MR.BRAIN” and the 2006 drama special for the “HERO” franchise.
As announced in January, “Nankyoku Tairiku” focuses on the difficulties faced by Japan’s first Antarctic research expedition team, who were also the subject of the hit 1983 film “Nankyoku Monogatari.” In particular, one of the most notable aspects …
The Hello! Project idol group S/mileage has announced the results of its recent audition for new members. Five new girls have been added, but they will start out as “sub” members rather than as official members.
The auditions started in June and roughly 2,000 people entered in the initial round. The field was narrowed down to 12 girls for the final round, and producer Tsunku selected five of the finalists to join S/mileage as sub-members.
The five new faces are Katsuta Rina (13), Kosuga Fuyuka (13), Nakanishi Kana (14), Tamura Meimi (12), …
Online streaming site Hulu.com plans to launch a subscription video service in Japan this year.In a blog post Wednesday, Hulu said the new service will provide access to popular television shows and movies on computers, televisions and mobile devices for one monthly price.
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Popular comedian Tamura Atsushi (37) of the duo London Boots 1go 2go has found a new girlfriend. According to Josei Seven, Tamura spent the night at the apartment of Non-no fashion model Yano Mikiko (24) earlier this month.
Josei Seven says that both of them were enjoying a meal at an izakaya in Tokyo with a group of about 30 people, including television staff members. After that, Tamura headed to Yano’s apartment and spent the night there, and they made sure to leave at different times the next morning.
Tamura’s agency, Yoshimoto …
‘Only in Japan’: a hackneyed phrase, certainly, though we can’t think of many other countries where the groping of an all-female pop group for charity would be considered ‘OK’. We’re not talking about one porn star groping another here, either. This is something the general public is welcome to get involved in, organised as part of a 24-hour telethon by Japanese adult channel Paradise TV. For a suggested donation of ¥1,000 ($12.94 at the time of writing), the average Jo is allowed five squeezes of a pair of breasts, with …Read the full story »