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Akanishi Jin – American debut of “Test Drive” is November 8th

Details have finally been announced regarding Akanishi Jin’s debut American release. He will start out with a digital-only single titled “TEST DRIVE Feat. JASON DERULO,” to be released on November 8. After that, he will release the song in Japan as part of a new mini-album that goes on sale on December 7.

Akanishi’s American debut single was first announced in February of this year. The song is a collaboration with singer-songwriter Jason Derulo, produced by J. R. Rotem. Akanishi is releasing the single through Warner Music, using the artist name “Jin Akanishi.”

Because the digital single will not be made available for download in Japan, Akanishi will release it as a mini-album in Japan on December 7. The regular edition will contain three versions of “TEST DRIVE,” plus three other songs titled “MY MP3,” “PAPARATS,” and “TIPSY LOVE.” The limited CD+DVD edition will have the same tracklist except without “TIPSY LOVE,” but the DVD will have the music video and the making video for “TEST DRIVE.”

Akanishi is said to be planning his first U.S. album for 2012, but a release date has not yet been announced. He is working with music production team Stereotypes, who have previously worked with artists such as Far East Movement, Usher, and Justin Bieber.

Akanishi is also making his Hollywood debut next year with Keanu Reeves’s movie “47 Ronin,” coming out in December 2012. Akanishi was revealed as a cast member this past spring.

47 RONIN – Keanu Reeves with Sanada, Shibasaki, Asano, and Kikuchi

Hiroyuki Sanada (Lost), Kou Shibasaki (Battle Royale), Tadanobu Asano (Mongol), and Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) will star with Keanu Reeves in Carl Erik Rinsch’s 47 Ronin. The Japanese legend of ronin who fought to avenge their master’s death is a new film from Universal set for release in 3D on November 11, 2012 and is gearing up to start film in couple of weeks.

Official Press Release:


Japanese Superstars Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi Join Cast of Epic Inspired by Ancient Japan’s Most Enduring Legend

LONDON, ENGLAND, March 1, 2011—Universal Pictures announced today that principal photography begins March 14 on 47 Ronin, the new epic 3D fantasy-adventure inspired by ancient Japan’s most enduring tale.  Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 Ronin.  Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind.  To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.

47 Ronin is helmed by visionary director Carl Erik Rinsch (The Gift).  Inspired by styles as diverse as Miyazaki and Hokusai, Rinsch will bring to life the stunning landscapes and enormous battles that will display the timeless Ronin story to global audiences in a way that’s never been seen before.

Joining Reeves in the cast are a who’s who of Japanese superstars, including Hiroyuki Sanada (The Twilight Samurai, Sunshine, The Last Samurai) as the clan’s chief samurai, Oishi; Kou Shibasaki (The Lady Shogun and Her Men, One Missed Call) as their master’s daughter and the love of Kai’s life, Mika; Tadanobu Asano (Mongol, Ichi the Killer, upcoming Thor) as the treacherous Lord Kira; and Academy Award®-nominated actress Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Norwegian Wood) as the mysterious lady Mizuki who executes Kira’s every request in his search for ultimate power.

The film is from writers Chris Morgan (Wanted, Fast Five) and Hossein Amini (upcoming Drive, The Wings of the Dove).  Scott Stuber (The Kingdom, upcoming Battleship), Pamela Abdy (Garden State, Man on the Moon) and Eric McLeod (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and At World’s End, Tropic Thunder) produce the epic.

Rinsch leads a behind-the-scenes crew comprised of two-time Academy Award®-nominated cinematographer John Mathieson (Gladiator, Robin Hood); two-time Academy Award®-nominated production designer Jan Roelfs (Alexander, Gattaca); editor Craig Wood (Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, The Ring); costume designer Penny Rose (Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, Evita); special effects producer Paul Corbould (Mamma Mia!, The Wolfman); and visual effects producer Garv Thorp (The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Your Highness).