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  • Kiki Kirin saves Hashimoto Ai from reporter questions at the 4th Nippon Theater Staff Film Festival

    May 11, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    On May 10, young actress Hashimoto Ai was among the attendees of the '4th Nippon Theater Staff Film Festival in Seijo' and was showered with questions related to the recent reports of her alleged relationship with actor Ochiai Motoki. Hashimoto attended the festival to receive the "Best Supporting Actress" award for her performance in the movie 'Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo' (International title: 'The Kirishima Thing'). Ochiai also appea

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  • "55th Blue Ribbon Awards" holds its ceremony

    February 16, 2013 @ 2:48 am

    On February 14th, an award ceremony for "The 55th Blue Ribbon Awards" was held at Iino Hall. Customarily, the winners of Best Actor and Best Actress from the last year, participated as the emcees for the event, and therefore, Takenouchi Yutaka and Nagasaku Hiromi took the roles of emcees this year. For both Takenouchi and Nagasaku, it was their very first time to serve as an emcee. Takenouchi, who made a mistake in timing while saying t

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  • Japan Box Office Report & Trailer Park – December 26th/27th

    January 29, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

    [caption id="attachment_287556" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(02) 'Ted' / (01) 'Strawberry Night' / (03) 'Life of Pi'"][/caption] In a tough battle for the top spot on the box office chart, the new Japanese mystery thriller 'Strawberry Night' - starring Takeuchi Yuko - emerged victorious over American comedy 'Ted', which did extremely well even on its second weekend. In third place opened the visually stu

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  • 'Thermae Romae II' announced for Golden Week 2014

    January 29, 2013 @ 9:27 pm

    On January 30 (JST), it was announced that one of the most successful movies of 2012 - 'Thermae Romae' will be receiving a sequel in 2014! All the main actors from 'Thermae Romae', lead by Abe Hiroshi as the protagonist will be reprising their roles in 'Thermae Romae II', which is slated for release during the Golden Week of 2014 (early May) and will be directed by Takeuchi Hideki again. The filming will take place in Bulgaria, a first for

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  • Abe Hiroshi visits Waseda University to promote his upcoming movie

    December 23, 2012 @ 2:33 am

    On December 22nd, Abe Hiroshi appeared at the Okuma Memorial Hall of Waseda University for an event with about 600 students, for his upcoming movie 'Tsuya no Yoru Aru Ai ni Kakawatta, Onna-tachi no Monogatari'. This movie is based on Naoki Prize winning novelist Inoue Areno's novel of the same name, and is directed by Yukisada Isao. The protagonist "Matsuo" (Abe) has been struggling with his wife's ("Tsuya") infidelity. One day, Tsuya

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  • Oricon reveals ranking of ideal faces chosen by men

    November 30, 2012 @ 7:28 pm

    We recently reported the results of Oricon's "ideal faces chosen by women ranking". Now, the ranking for the men has been revealed! Singer/actor Fukuyama Masaharu was chosen again as this year's number 1, making this his 4th consecutive time to top the ranking. Check out the full results below! === 1. Fukuyama Masaharu 2. Mukai Osamu 3. Kimura Takuya 4. Tsumabuki Satoshi 5. Inaba Koshi 6. Okada Junichi 7. Abe Hiroshi 8. Iku

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  • Japan Box Office Report – November 24th/25th

    November 29, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

    [caption id="attachment_277644" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(02) 'Aku no Kyoten' / (01) 'Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.' / (03) 'Nobou no Shiro'"][/caption] The number one movie this week remained the same with the anime 'Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance' on top. It is followed by the same second and third place movies as last week with 'Aku no Kyoten' and 'Nobou no Shiro' respectively. Among t

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  • Abe Hiroshi announces the birth of his 2nd child

    November 27, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

    On November 27th, it was reported that actor Abe Hiroshi (48) has become a father of two. He and his wife welcomed a 3,054 gram (6lb 11 oz) baby girl on the 1st of this month. Both mother and baby are said to be healthy. Abe commented, "With the joy of gaining a new member in the family, I am motivated with a sense of responsibility as a father of two. I will work without rest." According to sources, Abe was visiting Nagano to film the

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 10/22~10/25

    October 28, 2012 @ 12:52 am

    [caption id="attachment_274054" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 10/22~10/25"][/caption] The first four days of the 43th week of the year offered some mixed results for our prime time dramas, from nosedives to disappointing starts, with a few slight improvements. On Monday, everyone was looking at how well Fuji TV's latest Getsu 9 drama 'PRICELESS' would do with the (former) drama/ratings king Kimura Takuy

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 10/08~10/11

    October 13, 2012 @ 11:41 pm

    [caption id="attachment_271693" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 10/08~10/11"][/caption] The fall season is here and this week already brought us a couple of new dramas, though real surprises failed to appear. 'Perfect Blue' (TBS), starring Takimoto Miori, premiered on Monday and managed to record a better start than last season's 'Naniwa Shonen Tanteidan' with a rating of 9.0%. It faced some really strong

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