Erika Sawajiri ill after completion of Helter Skelter

Erika Sawajiri will be suspending her activities for the time being as announced by her agency through a fax statement on May 15th. It was mentioned that she had fell ill after the completion of her movie “Helter Skelter” which is due to be shown from July 14th. As a result, Sawajiri will not be participating in most, if not all the promotional activities for the movie. Depending on her doctors advice, she may be able to attend the Japan premiere of “Helter Skelter” on July 5th.

Erika Sawajiri to return to television with TBS’s “Akujo ni Tsuite”

Sawajiri Erika (25) will star in a drama special on TBS titled “Akujo ni Tsuite,” it has been announced. This will be Sawajiri’s first time acting in a television drama (not counting mobile TV) since a special episode of “1 Litre no Namida” in 2007.

“Akujo ni Tsuite” is an adaptation of a 1978 novel by the late writer Ariyoshi Sawako. The novel was a masterpiece of its time, and it was also notable for having a television drama airing as it was being serialized in a magazine.

Sawajiri plays Kimiko, the main character of the story who has died. Although the title implies that it is a story of a “wicked woman,” the original novel was divided into 27 chapters, one for each “testimony” by someone who knew Kimiko at some point in her life, providing a range of perspectives on what kind of person Kimiko was.

Sawajiri’s supporting cast has not yet been revealed, but expectations are high given the novel’s reputation and history.

“Akujo ni Tsuite” is scheduled to air on April 30.

Erika Sawajiri collaborating with Samantha Thavasa and Mercury Duo

Actress Erika Sawajiri is making her debut as a fashion producer. The project is a collaboration with the popular brands Samantha Thavasa and Mercury Duo, in connection with Sawajiri’s mobile phone drama “L et M: Watashi ga Anata wo Aisuru Riyuu, Sono Hoka no Monogatari.”

It was previously announced that fashion magazines sweet and GLAMOROUS are providing most of the outfits for the drama. However, Sawajiri used a special Samantha Thavasa bag in the 2nd episode, which she designed from scratch, from the materials to the stitching. The “L” version of the bag is already on sale starting today through websites such as Stylife, along with about 35 other accessories and dresses that appeared in the drama.

An “M” version of the bag is scheduled to go on sale on March 12.

Erika Sawajiri to star in adaptation of “Helter Skelter” manga

Actress Sawajiri Erika is confirmed to be making her return to the big screen with a live-action adaptation of Okazaki Kyoko’s manga “Helter Skelter.” The movie will be just the second feature film directed by photographer Ninagawa Mika, who directed “Sakuran” in 2007.

Sawajiri has not starred in a movie since “Closed Note” in 2007, due to her unprofessional conduct at a PR event for the film. She recently has begun regularly appearing in television commercials again, and she also is starring in a mobile drama that begins next month.

“Helter Skelter” began publication in 2003, and the following year it won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize. The story revolves around a woman named Ririko (Sawajiri), a top model in the entertainment industry. However, her perfect beauty has been attained entirely through plastic surgery, a secret that she cannot reveal to anyone.

Ninagawa said that she has been wanting to adapt “Helter Skelter” since even before she worked on “Sakuran.” Producer Uda Mitsuru also revealed that he first talked with Sawajiri about starring in the movie about three years ago, before the adaptation rights had been obtained and the screenplay had been written.

Because the original manga includes mature topics such as sex and drugs, there is some speculation that Sawajiri may have a nude scene in the film. A source familiar with the matter neither confirmed nor denied the possibility.

The supporting cast includes Omori Nao as a prosecutor investigating an incident at the clinic where Ririko underwent surgery, Terajima Shinobu as Ririko’s manager, Mizuhara Kiko as a younger model, Kubozuka Yosuke as Ririko’s boyfriend, Momoi Kaori as the president of Ririko’s agency, and Harada Mieko as the head of the clinic. Ayano Go, Arai Hirofumi, Suzuki Anne, Terajima Susumu, and Aikawa Sho have also been cast.

“Helter Skelter” opens in theaters on July 14, 2012.

Erika Sawajiri returns to acting in mobile drama “L et M”

Erika Sawajiri is making her return to acting with a double role in a mobile drama called “L et M: Watashi ga Anata wo Aisuru Riyuu, Sono Hoka no Monogatari.” This will be her first work as an actress since the movie “Closed Note” in 2007.

“Tenshi no Koi” director Kanchiku Yuri is directing the 12-episode series. The drama separately follows the love lives of two very different women, both played by Sawajiri. “L” is a cool working woman who shies away from love, while “M” is pure and cute but can be a little devilish when it comes to men.

Fashion magazines sweet and GLAMOROUS are providing the outfits for L and M, said to total about 50 in number.

The series will be distributed through the BeeTV mobile service between February 1 and April 9, 2012. New episodes are scheduled for release on Mondays, with each episode advancing both of the story lines.

Erika Sawajiri and Avex enter business partnership

Avex announced on Monday that its Avex Management division has entered a formal business partnership with the private management office of actress Sawajiri Erika (25). The partnership contract has already been in effect since April 1st of this year, putting Avex Management in charge of managing her show business-related activities in Japan.

Sawajiri stated that she plans to keep acting at the center of her career while expanding into other areas. She said that she recently finished filming a commercial, but she is aiming to return to film and television dramas as soon as possible.

The specifics of the contract between Avex and Sawajiri’s management office are unclear. It seems that the management office is a private company representing Sawajiri in Japan, though the name of the office was not revealed. Meanwhile, Sawajiri still has her own management office in Spain which handles her personal affairs.

Erika Sawajiri to hold possible press conference this month

The latest rumor regarding actress Erika Sawajiri (24) comes from the Sports Nippon newspaper, which says that she may be returning to Japan this month, with possible plans for a press conference.

Sports Nippon previously reported that Sawajiri was out of contact with her mother for a few weeks after disappearing in September. Although the details of her situation have remained unverified, it has since then been reported by multiple newspapers that she is currently overseas.

According to Sports Nippon, Sawajiri’s mother stated that the actress will be coming back to Japan this month, and she hinted that Sawajiri may hold a press conference upon her return. No other details were given, but a friend interviewed by the newspaper indicated that it is likely Sawajiri will be back in time to celebrate Christmas with her mother.

If Sawajiri does hold a press conference, it is speculated that she will talk about the status of her marriage with multimedia creator Tsuyoshi Takashiro (46). An unconfirmed rumor has been circulating for several months that she plans to get a divorce as a condition for signing with Avex’s management division.

Where’s Erika Sawajiri?

The Sports Nippon newspaper is reporting that people have recently been unable to contact actress Erika Sawajiri (24). According to Sawajiri’s mother Lila, who was interviewed by the newspaper, the actress has not been heard from in the past three weeks.

Lila, who currently lives with Sawajiri in a Tokyo apartment, mentioned that her last contact with Sawajiri may have been as much as 20 days ago. However, when the newspaper asked for more details, Lila declined to comment and completely stopped speaking on the subject.

Sawajiri was scheduled to appear at a press conference for a new commercial on September 21, but she canceled the day before, apparently due to a high fever. Her last appearance in front of the press was on September 5.

Sports Nippon speculates that Sawajiri’s disappearance may be related to an article published on a CNN website on September 1. In the article, Sawajiri stated that she reluctantly gave in to her former management agency, which forced her to give a tearful apology on TV in 2007 after she was criticized for unprofessional behavior at a press conference for the movie "Closed Note." The article has apparently caused trouble for her former agency and other parties, so Sawajiri may simply be avoiding the spotlight for the time being.

Erika Sawajiri headed for a divorce?

On Sunday night, the Fuji TV show “Mr. Sunday” broke the news that actress Erika Sawajiri (24) appears to be headed for a divorce. Since then, the media has been scrambling to verify the story. Although Sawajiri has yet to make an official statement and has been avoiding the press, it seems that the news is true.

Sawajiri got married to media creator Tsuyoshi Takashiro (45) in January 2009, though their relationship started back in 2007. There have been plenty of rumors about the two getting divorced, but it appears that Sawajiri became serious about it in September 2009, around the time that she was dismissed by her former agency, Stardust Promotion.

Sources say that since her dismissal, Sawajiri has, on at least three occasions, informed people around her of her decision to split from Takashiro. It is not clear yet what her reasons are, though there is some speculation that it may involve financial troubles.

Meanwhile, Sawajiri is still making progress in her return to show business. She and Takashiro launched their own private management office in early May, based in Spain. However, with this divorce, she plans to find new management, and she has apparently been in talks with Avex president Max Matsuura (45) to negotiate a contract with Avex’s management office. Avex confirmed that contract negotiations are under way, with plans to have Sawajiri make her acting comeback in a BeeTV drama series. The company could not provide further details at the moment, nor did it have any comment on the divorce rumor.

The report aired during “Mr. Sunday” seems to have taken many by surprise, including Takashiro himself. Commenting on the matter, he indicated that the news was a big shock to him, as talk of divorce has not come up before in his conversations with Sawajiri. When he was interviewed on Monday, he said that he had been unable to reach Sawajiri ever since the broadcast of “Mr. Sunday.”

Before “Mr. Sunday,” Sawajiri had been reached for comment regarding the divorce, but she had simply stated that she couldn’t talk at the time and requested that the inquiry be made at a later date.

Actress Erika Sawajiri returns to Japan and the spotlight

Actress Erika Sawajiri is making a comeback. After establishing herself with critically acclaimed movie roles, she committed career suicide in 2007 at a movie PR event, which amounted into a new public opinion of her that was not favorable at all. She then married a man twice her age, Takashiro Tsuyoshi (45), and left Japan. It’s been two and a half years since she last worked, after her refusal to play the public relations game changed her image from hugely promising actress to spoiled showbiz drama queen. With the final stake being thrust last September when her management agency, Stardust Promotion cut her loose saying only that she had been in serious breach of her contractual obligations.

But that’s all in the past and yesterday she appeared at a press conference for the beauty clinic chain Takano Yuri, for whom she will be promoting products. Asked if she would retract the recently announced legal requirement for media people to sign a six-point agreement before getting access to her press releases, Sawajiri said no. She said she has been surprised by the media backlash against her. She still desires that reporters respect her privacy and public image. But she was clearly also trying to get back on their good side, bowing and expressing her apology several times and even choking up when talking about the support that she has been receiving from fans.

After deciding to produce herself, her acting career is starting to look promising as well, especially overseas where she is entertaining offers from her agent in Los Angeles with promising roles for her in the American market.

A new photo book is planned for a release in April as well. It was shot by a British cameraman and close friend of Takashiro. It will be a purely artistic collection of photographs and a must-have for all her fans.