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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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  • FRIDAY reports that Hashimoto Ai and Ochiai Motoki are a couple + statements from their agencies

    May 11, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

    On May 10, the latest issue of weekly tabloid FRIDAY reported that actress Hashimoto Ai (17) and actor Ochiai Motoki (22), who worked together in the movie 'Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo' (International title: 'The Kirishima Thing'), are currently a couple. The tabloid was able to obtain pictures of the two coming and going in front of each others' apartments, which led to the assumption that they are in a romantic relationship. Both a

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  • Director Riju Go and cast appear at pre-screening of 'Sayonara Debussy'

    January 22, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

    On January 21, pre-screening for the upcoming film “Sayonara Debussy” (opens January 26) which stars actress Hashimoto Ai (17), was held in Osaka.  At the pre-screening event, director Riju Ko (50) and co-star / pianist Kiyozuka Shinya (30), as well as a singer Izumi Sayoko who sang the theme song, attended the stage greeting. Riju spoke about the late director Oshima Nagisa, who praised a film he made when he was in high school, and revea

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  • Omnibus movie 'BUNGO ~Sasayaka na Yokubo~' holds stage greeting

    September 30, 2012 @ 1:59 am

    On September 29th, the omnibus movie 'BUNGO ~Sasayaka na Yokubo~' held a stage greeting on its opening day. The greeting was attended by the four actresses Ishihara Satomi, Hashimoto Ai, Haru, and Misaki Ayame and since the movie features several short love stories set during the Show era, they all impressed the audience with a fabulous retro look. 'BUNGO ~Sasayaka na Yokubo~' is made up of a total of six stories divided into the two main

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  • Kanjiya Shihori to star in Tsutsumi Yukihiko's new movie 'Kuchizuke'

    September 1, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    On September 1st, it was revealed that director Tsutsumi Yukihiko ('TRICK', '20th Century Boys', 'SPEC') is going to adapt Tokyo Seleccion Deluxe's most popular play, 'Kuchizuke' ('Kiss') into a movie starring actress Kanjiya Shihori. The original play by Tokyo Seleccion Deluxe, who announced their breakup in 2012, was performed in four major cities in 2010 and was sold out for every day. The writer of the play, actor Takuma Takayuki, was

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  • 'BUNGO ~Sasayaka na Yokubo~' releases full trailer revealing its great ensemble cast

    August 24, 2012 @ 12:32 am

    On August 23rd, a full trailer for the upcoming omnibus movie 'BUNGO ~Sasayaka na Yokubo~' (literally: 'Meager Desire') was released online. Similar to the 'BUNGO' drama series back in 2010, it features a live-action adaptation of short stories written by some of Japan's finest authors from the Showa era. They are brought to life by six well-known scriptwriters and directors. The movie is made up of a total of six stories written by the l

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  • Cast of 'Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo' receive a standing ovation

    August 13, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    [caption id="attachment_259922" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Hashimoto Ai overwhelmed by the standing ovation and praise."][/caption] On August 11th, the opening day of the youth drama 'Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo' - starring Kamiki Ryunosuke and Hashimoto Ai - was commemorated with an obligatory stage greeting in Tokyo. The stage greetings took place after the screening and the cast received a standing ovation from the audie

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  • Japan Box Office Report – August 4th/5th

    August 7, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    [caption id="attachment_259044" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(02) 'BRAVE HEARTS: UMIZARU' / (01) 'Kamen Rider Fourze' / (03) 'Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki'"][/caption] 'Kamen Rider' dethrones 'Umizaru', while 'The Dark Knight' gets pushed down to the fifth place by two anime. The Japanese movie industry is still fighting against the Olympics on TV and less movie tickets have been sold compared to the prev

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  • Hashimoto Ai holds handshake event for her first photo book

    August 5, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    On August 5th, actress Hashimoto Ai (16) held a handshake event to commemorate the release of her first photo book, 'Ai no Furu Hoshi'. Hashimoto shared, "When I look back at my 14-year-old self, it makes me think about how young I used to be. Now, I'm often mistaken as a 20-year-old, so I miss being young." She continued, "Even when I walk together with a 20-year-old friend, I look older, so I'm a little confused. Of course, I'd like to b

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  • Tsutsumi Shinichi to star in live-action adaptation of 'Ore wa Mada Honki Dashitenai Dake'

    July 23, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    On July 23rd, it was announced that Aono Shunju's popular manga 'Ore wa Mada Honki Dashitenai Dake' will be adapted into a live-action movie. This manga made it on the 'Kono Manga ga Sugoi!' ranking in 2009 and more than 20 companies are said to have sent Aono offers regarding a live-action adaptation. The protagonist, an unappealing 41-year-old salary man named 'Oguro Shizuo' who suddenly quits his job in order to pursue his goal of becom

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