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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 01/18~01/20

    January 23, 2013 @ 2:04 am

    [caption id="attachment_286852" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 01/18~01/20"][/caption] Two new winter dramas have found their way onto the TV screen during the weekend. On Friday, the mystery and suspense family/society drama 'Yakou Kanransha' (TBS) made its premiere during the 10:00 pm time slot. Suzuki Kyoka, Ishida Yuriko and the remaining cast were able to attract 11.7% of the viewers with a story ba

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  • Aso Kumiko chosen as the heroine for Nagase Tomoya's upcoming drama

    December 8, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    It's been revealed that Aso Kumiko has been chosen as the heroine in Nagase Tomoya's upcoming drama series, 'Nakuna, Hara-chan'. She will play 'Echizen-san', the creator of Nagase's character 'Hara-chan'. "It's been a long time since I've starred in a drama series, so I feel uneasy, but with Nagase-san, my co-stars, and staff, I hope to have fun and create a fantasy world where the hero jumps out of a manga," she said. 'Nakuna, Hara-chan'

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  • Black dresses dominate the green carpet on opening day of the 25th Tokyo International Film Festival

    October 20, 2012 @ 9:04 pm

    The 25th Tokyo International Film Festival opened on October 20th and rolled out the green carpet for around 440 prominent guests who were welcomed with a flurry of camera flashes and loud cheers. 'Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away' opened the festival right after the ceremony and their performers interpreted the green carpet as a green river as displaying a mini performance with a so-called 'boat of dreams'. Their performance was the highligh

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  • Actress Aso Kumiko makes her first public appearance since birth of daughter

    September 7, 2012 @ 2:31 am

    On September 5th, actress Aso Kumiko (34) and actor Oizumi Yo (39) appeared at a press conference in Tokyo to mark the completion of their film “‘GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!’” (directed by Yamamoto Toru, opens December 15th.) As this was her first public appearance since the birth of her daughter on May 7th, Aso smiled as she said, “This was the only film I made while I was pregnant, so it is special.” She also reflected on the live scene wi

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  • Karina's movie "GIRL" to be released as Blu-ray and DVD

    August 18, 2012 @ 1:54 am

    It’s been announced that the Blu-ray and DVD versions of Karina’s movie “GIRL” will be released on November 21st. “Girl” struck a chord with women across a wide age range and became a great sensation in Japan. It is a movie about girl power and an alarming 99.2% of female viewers stated that they identified with the movie. The female cast of Karina, Aso Kumiko, Kichise Michiko and Itaya Yuka gathered to answer questions posed by the male c

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  • Japan Box Office Report – May 26th/27th

    May 29, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    [caption id="attachment_242651" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="'Dark Shadows' / 'Men in Black III' / 'Thermae Romae'"][/caption] 'Men in Black III' wows the Japanese people and easily claims first place on the weekend box office chart. It definitely was a large-scale opening weekend for 'Men in Black III'. It opened on a whooping 979 screens, which gave a lot of opportunity for people to watch it on its ope

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  • Teaser for Oizumi Yo & Aso Kumiko's new movie 'GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!' revealed

    May 15, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    A teaser video for Oizumi Yo and Aso Kumiko's upcoming movie, 'GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!', has been revealed! 'GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!' is based on a novel by Yoshikawa Toriko, and is directed by Yamamoto Yutaka. It tells a story of a complicated family consisting of a single mother, her daughter, and her former bandmate. Aso plays the role of the mother 'Aki', while Oizumi plays the frivolous and kind 'Yagu'. It also stars 'Seventeen' model M

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  • Aso Kumiko gives birth to her first child

    May 8, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    Actress Aso Kumiko (33) has announced that she has given birth to her first child! On May 8th, Aso's agency sent a fax to media outlets reporting the birth of the baby. According to the announcement, Aso gave birth to a healthy baby girl on the 7th. Aso commented, "Both mother and child are healthy. I'm not used to child-rearing, so I'm uneasy, but I want to face it properly with a lot of love. I also hope to enjoy it." The actress p

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  • Check out the first teaser for upcoming movie "GIRL"

    January 29, 2012 @ 1:15 am

    On January 28th, the official site of the upcoming movie "GIRL" (starring Karina) updated with its first teaser. "GIRL" is directed by Fukagawa Yoshihiro ("Byakuyako", "Kamisama no Karute") and follows the lives of four beautiful women. It depicts their problems balancing love and work.  The film features a great ensemble of actors, led by Karina who plays the main character. Her three female friends are played by Aso Kumiko, Kichise Mi

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  • Aso Kumiko announces her pregnancy with first child

    November 28, 2011 @ 11:18 am

    On November 28th, actress Aso Kumiko (33) announced that she is pregnant with her first child! According to the announcement, Aso is currently 5 months pregnant and is expecting to give birth early next year. She wrote, "In our 4th year of marriage, our family will finally grow. I feel happy yet nervous at the same time, but we want to give love to our child with all our might." She continued, "Right now, I want to live each day careful

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