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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 04/15~04/18

    April 20, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    [caption id="attachment_294825" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="'Galileo' (Fuji TV)"][/caption] A total of 8 new dramas premiered from Monday to Thursday this week. Fuji TV's Monday drama 'Galileo' (season 2) - starring heartthrob Fukuyama Masaharu and a new heroine played by Yoshitaka Yuriko - attracted the most viewers with a great rating of 22.6%. Many viewers also swooned over the male duo Ito Hideaki and Sakaguchi Kenj

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  • Ito Hideaki & Sakaguchi Kenji to team up as detectives in new drama 'Doubles'

    February 22, 2013 @ 5:55 pm

    On February 22, TV Asahi announced that the two actors Ito Hideaki and Sakaguchi Kenji will co-star in the upcoming detective drama titled 'Doubles'. 10 years has passed since Ito and Sakaguchi last starred together in a project and in 'Doubles' they are going to deal with heinous crimes as the strongest detective partners on TV. The drama is set at the central police station in Shinjuku, Tokyo and said to feature plenty of action, drama a

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  • Oshima Yuko leaves screening of 'Aku no Kyoten' shortly after it starts

    November 19, 2012 @ 6:12 am

    On November 18, 38 members of AKB48 including members Oshima Yuko, Kashiwagi Yuki, and Akimoto Sayaka appeared at a special AKB48 members-only screening of “Aku no Kyoten,” which stars actor Ito Hideaki.  While many members were excited, Oshima left the theater shortly after the film began playing due to the shocking subject matter of the film, which involves a teacher who murders his students.  Oshima revealed frankly that, “I do not like t

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  • Japan Box Office Report – November 10th/11th

    November 14, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

    [caption id="attachment_276821" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(02) 'Aku no Kyoten' / (01) 'Nobou no Shiro' / (03) 'Kita no Canariatachi'"][/caption] 'Nobou no Shiro' remains on top and 'Aku no Kyoten' opens in at second place. First place was defended by 'Nobou no Shiro' almost as bravely as the castle in the movie itself. After ten days it already recorded 982,363 viewers and a cumulative revenue of 1,184

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  • 'Aku no Kyoten' receives standing ovation at the 7th International Rome Film Festival

    November 11, 2012 @ 12:42 am

    On November 9th, Miike Takashi's live-action adaptation of Kishi Yusuke's mystery novel 'Aku no Kyoten' ('The Lesson of Evil') – starring Ito Hideaki – screened as the opening movie in the main competition of the 7th International Rome Film Festival in Italy. The screening was attended by Miike, Ito, and actress Mizuno Erina, who plays one of the students in the movie. It took place at the Sinopoli Hall in Rome, which was packed with aroun

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  • Ito Hideaki & Goriki Ayame chosen as the 'Best Leathernists'

    November 6, 2012 @ 7:53 am

    On November 3, known as “Good Leather Day”, the “Best Leathernist Awards Ceremony 2012” was held at the Harajuku Quest Hall. Ito Hideaki and Goriki Ayame were chosen as “Best Leathernists” at the ceremony. This year marked the 12th “Best Leathernist Awards Ceremony”. Goriki, who was selected as the female “Best Leathernist” expressed, “Because I like fashion, I am elated to receive this award. I do not know if viewers are used to seeing m

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  • 'The Lesson of Evil' - 'Aku no Kyoten' releases full trailer

    September 18, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    The full trailer for Miike Takashi's upcoming live-action adaptation of Kishi Yusuke’s mystery novel 'Aku no Kyoten' ('The Lesson of Evil') - starring Ito Hideaki - was recently released on its official website. 'Aku no Kyoten' is about an extremely popular high school teacher named 'Hasumi Seiji' (Ito), whose students often call him by his nickname ‘Hasumin’. It’s not just the students that adore him, all their parents and all the other t

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  • 'Aku no Kyoten' releases first teaser with a murderous Ito Hideaki

    August 20, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

    The first teaser for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Kishi Yusuke's mystery novel 'Aku no Kyoten', starring Ito Hideaki, was recently released on its official website. 'Aku no Kyoten' is about an extremely popular high school teacher named 'Hasumi Seiji' (Ito), whose students often call him by his nickname 'Hasumin'. It's not just the students that adore him, all their parents and all the other teachers see him as an ideal teacher.

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  • Japan Box Office Report – July 14th/15th

    July 18, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    [caption id="attachment_254134" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(02) 'Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes' / (01) 'BRAVE HEARTS: UMIZARU' / (03) 'The Amazing Spider-Man'"][/caption] 'Umizaru' is shining on the top, 'Pokémon' claims second place, and 'Helter Skelter' proudly takes fourth place. The fourth movie in the 'Umizaru' series, 'BRAVE HEARTS: UMIZARU' - starring Ito Hideaki - easily managed to take the top s

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  • 'Brave Hearts: Umizaru' grosses 1.5 billion Yen in just four days

    July 18, 2012 @ 3:10 am

    On July 17th, it was reported that Japan's very own summer blockbuster 'Brave Hearts: Umizaru' has attracted more than 1.2 million viewers and grossed more than 1.5 billion Yen (18.97 million USD) since its opening day on July 13th. It's rare for a Japanese movie to open on a Friday, since it's rather difficult to lure people into cinemas on an ordinary weekday. Nonetheless, it still managed to appeal to 190,821 people (mostly ladies in th

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