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  • Japan Box Office Report – May 11th/12th

    May 14, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

    [caption id="attachment_296645" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(02) 'Tantei wa BAR ni Iru 2' / (01) 'Meitantei Conan' / (03) 'Kenchou Omotenashi Ka'"][/caption] The Golden Week is over, but 'Meitantei Conan: Zekkai no Private Eye' still attracted most of the viewers on the weekend and ranked first for the fourth consecutive weekend. In the second slot was the opening of 'Tantei wa BAR ni Iru 2: Susukino Dai

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  • Kanjani8's Nishikido Ryo finds out the hard way that he lacks hosting skills

    May 12, 2013 @ 7:57 pm

    On May 11, actor and singer Nishikido Ryo (of Kanjani8) was supposed to lead the opening day stage greeting of his new film 'Kenchou Omotenashi Ka', but he and the audience soon discovered that he's not fit to be a host. Nishikido fumbled with his words right from the beginning and picked at himself for doing that. He even suggested redoing the greeting, which amused the audience and his co-stars. He apologized, "Please excuse my poor host

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  • Yakusho Koji & Okada Junichi to star in the movie adaptation of 'Higurashi no Ki'

    March 11, 2013 @ 3:30 pm

    On March 11, it was announced that Hamuro Rin's award-winning novel 'Higurashi no Ki' is going to be adapted into a film by director Koizumi Takashi ('After the Rain', 'Best Wishes for Tomorrow'). The period drama that depicts the love between a master and his pupil, the love between a husband and wife, and the love between the members of a family - is going to star Yakusho Koji as the protagonist. The supporting cast is lead by V6 member

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  • Horikita Maki to star in a new movie "Mugiko-san to"

    February 22, 2013 @ 5:02 am

    It was announced that Horikita Maki will star in a new movie "Mugiko-san to" as an anime Otaku girl named "Mugiko". Horikita's co-stars include Matsuda Ryuhei as Horikita's older brother, Yo Kimiko as Horikita's mother, and other various cast members, such as Aso Yumi. "Mugiko-san to" is Yoshida Keisuke's new movie with the theme of "love between a parent and child", and it is said that Yoshida spent 7 years on its plot. - After thei

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  • Kusanagi Tsuyoshi & Horikita Maki to co-star in stage play "A Tale of Two Cities"

    January 24, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    SMAP's Kusanagi Tsuyoshi is starring in the stage play "A Tale of Two Cities", and Horikita Maki will be playing the heroine. This will be the first time for them to co-star with each other, and it will also be the second stage play for Horikita to appear in since her first, "Jeanne d'Arc." "A Tales of Two Cities" is based on Charles Dickens' novel. The original story is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution, but

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  • Horikita Maki meets One Direction

    January 19, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    On January 18th, 5-member English-Irish boy group One Direction held a press conference for their first visit to Japan. At the press conference, actress Horikita Maki, who claims to be a big fan of the group, made an appearance in a gorgeous Kimono and handed them a large bunch of flowers. Member Harry Styles said with a smile, "Japan itself is very beautiful, but Japanese women are beautiful as well. They are fashionable too." Liam

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  • White team is victorious for this year's Kohaku Uta Gassen

    December 31, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

    On December 31st, NHK held their annual "The 63rd NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen" at NHK Hall. This year, the white team grabbed the victory for the first time in 2 years. Below are the performances from this year's NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen. ===== Horikita Maki, the host of the red team, and Arashi, the host of the white team, made appearances in Kimonos, and declared the theme of this year, "Uta de Aitai." Horikita stated, "We will aim for a vi

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  • Arashi and Horikita Maki appear at the rehearsal for Kohaku

    December 29, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    On December 29th, a public rehearsal for the upcoming "The 63rd NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen" was held at NHK Hall. The host for the white team, Arashi and the host for the red team, Horikita Maki attended the press conference. Horikita spoke her mind by stating, "After attending the rehearsal, I began to see the full picture of this year's Kohaku, and it heightens the tension. Though my tense feeling is bigger at this moment, I would like to put

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  • Horikita Maki visits disaster area for Kohaku's special corner

    December 17, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    On December 15th, NHK announced that there will be a special corner related to their reconstruction support song "Hana wa Saku" on the '63rd NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen'. The presenter for the corner will be actress Horikita Maki who will also serve as the red team's host. Nishida Toshiyuki, Nakamura Masatoshi, Mori Kumiko, Arakawa Shizuka, and Sandwich Man will join together as a chores to sing the song.  World-famous pianist Tsujii Nobuyuki an

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  • Horikita Maki, Okada Masaki and Shimazaki Haruka to appear in 'ATARU' special + more details

    November 29, 2012 @ 2:47 am

    On November 30th, TBS finally announced the exact broadcast date and more details for the upcoming special episode of the popular drama 'ATARU', which aired during the spring season of 2012. Aside from the fact that it won't be just one special episode but two with a total run time of four hours, they also revealed that three new key roles will be played by actress Horikita Maki, actor Okada Masaki, and AKB48 member Shimazaki Haruka. 'A

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