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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 04/01~04/07

    April 9, 2013 @ 3:55 am

    [caption id="attachment_293725" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="'Rich Man, Poor Woman in New York' (Fuji TV)"][/caption] Most of the spring dramas will finally premiere this or next week. As for the previous week, there were already a couple of premieres of midnight and late-night dramas. 'Detarame Hero' (NTV) - starring Sato Ryuta - aired its first episode on Thursday and recorded a rating of 3.6%, which is somewhat of an

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  • Sato Ryuta to star in a new late-night drama as a hopeless man who becomes an unlikely hero

    February 21, 2013 @ 6:48 am

    It was announced that Sato Ryuta will star in a late night drama "Detarame Hero (tentative title)" that will start airing in April. In the drama, Sato will play a hopeless man who is unemployed, hates to do anything troublesome, and asks girls for money. He is clearly not someone to be thanked by others. Though he is just a scum usually, he becomes a hero "Goggle Z" for 10 minutes. - One day, a hopeless man named "Kuzumi Kenta" (Sato

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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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  • Stars of "BRAVE HEARTS Umizaru" appear at early screening of film and joke with audience

    July 5, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    On July 3, stars Ito Hideaki (36), Sato Ryuta (32), and Kato Ai (29) of the movie “BRAVE HEARTS Umizaru” (directed by Hasumi Eiichiro, opens July 13) greeted fans on stage at an early screening of the film in Osaka. At the screening, Ito and Sato put together a combination based on the 2005 Umizaru drama series and battled it out as they imitated the death of Ikezawa (played by Nakamura Toru) in the series. Kato chided them saying, “Tor

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  • Ito Hideaki to take on the challenge of becoming radio personality for the first time

    June 30, 2012 @ 6:52 am

    On June 28, it was revealed that actor Ito Hideaki (36) will take on the challenge of becoming a radio personality. He'll begin by hosting the July 3rd show of Nippon Broadcast’s popular All Night Nippon program. His show, titled “Ito Hideaki no All Night Nippon GOLD”, begins airing at 10PM. The program is usually broadcast from the Yurakucho studio in Tokyo, but on Ito’s particular broadcast date, the program will be broadcast from ABC

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  • Full trailer released for Takita Yojiro's 'Tenchi Meisatsu'

    June 22, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    On June 22nd, the full trailer for the upcoming live-action adaptation of the award-winning novel 'Tenchi Meisatsu' starring V6's Okada Junichi was revealed on its official website. The movie, directed by famed director Takita Yojiro ('Departures'), is set in the early Edo period and depicts the life of 'Yasui Santetsu' (Okada), who is a Go player. One day, chief of the Aizu Domain; Hoshina Masayuki (Matsumoto Koshiro) ordered Yasui to cre

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  • Ito Hideaki and other "BRAVE HEARTS Umizaru" cast members appear at private early screening

    June 20, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    On June 19th, a completion and screening ceremony of “BRAVE HEARTS Umizaru” (directed by Hasumi Eiichiro, release on July 13), the newest sequel to the popular “Umizaru” series, was held at the Tokyo International Forum. Eight cast members including Ito Hideaki (36), the star of the series, appeared at the screening. The film is the 4th sequel to the series; the 2nd sequel, released in 2006, and the 3rd sequel, released in 2010, were both

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  • Drama 'Cleopatra na Onnatachi' to end after just eight episodes

    May 24, 2012 @ 6:26 am

    On May 23rd, it was announced that the Wednesday NTV drama 'Cleopatra na Onnatachi' is going to end after just 8 episodes on June 6. Scriptwriter Oishi Shizuka herself revealed it on her blog. 'Cleopatra-' is centered around cosmetic surgery, and stars actor Sato Ryuta. Several actresses, including Inamori Izumi, Kitano Kii, and Yo Kimiko, are also appearing in the drama. However, it had some difficulties appealing towards the viewers, and

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  • Full trailer for summer blockbuster 'Brave Hearts: Umizaru' revealed

    May 1, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

    After the first teaser in February, distributor Toho has now released the full trailer for their upcoming summer blockbuster 'Brave Hearts: Umizaru'. Brave Hearts' is the fourth movie in the 'Umizaru' live-action series about rescue diver Senzaki Daisuke (Ito Hideaki) and his comrades of the Japanese Coast Guard. This time, they have adapted the greatest maritime accident from the original manga – a jumbo-jet forced to do an emergency lan

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – April 16th~April 19th

    April 22, 2012 @ 3:16 am

    [caption id="attachment_234515" align="aligncenter" width="540" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – April 16th~April 19th"][/caption] Seven new dramas aired their first episodes between Monday and Thursday, including the much-anticipated Monday drama of Fuji TV. The fifth season of the Monday drama 'Hancho' (TBS) seems to be off to a nice season with an improvement of 2.3% between the first and second episode. Fuji TV can say the same about

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