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  • Actress Minami Kaho appears at press conference for upcoming drama 'Tadaima Kaa-san'

    December 25, 2012 @ 8:42 am

    On December 24, actress Minami Kaho (48) appeared at a press conference in Osaka for her starring role in the upcoming NHK-BS Premium Drama “Tadaima Kaa-san” (to be aired next year starting February 24 at 10 PM). She spoke about her quick agreement to the offer, confessing that “the script was the best I received this year.”  In a typical year, she would be traveling with her husband, actor Watanabe Ken (53), around this time, but she spok

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  • Remake of 'Unforgiven' invites press to the set

    October 25, 2012 @ 7:39 am

    [caption id="attachment_273500" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Watanabe Ken and Sato Koichi"][/caption] Director Lee Sang-il ('Akunin') and his cast, lead by Watanabe Ken, are currently in the middle of filming the Japanese remake of the Academy Award-winning movie 'Unforgiven' (Japanese title: 'Yurusarezaru Mono'). On October 24, they released the first still cuts and invited press to visit the set. 'Yurusarezaru Mono' is set in

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – 09/07~09/09

    September 12, 2012 @ 2:21 am

    [caption id="attachment_266056" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – 09/07~09/09"][/caption] Two more dramas have come to an end, while another special one with an international cast aired its first episode. On Friday, the ratings for 'Kuro no Onnakyoshi' (TBS) haven't changed at all, while TV Asahi recorded a small boost for the final episode of 'Boys on the Run' (+0.6%; rating: 6.3%). Its season average amou

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  • Supporting cast revealed for the Japanese remake of 'Unforgiven'

    September 10, 2012 @ 1:32 am

    On September 10th, it was revealed which actors are going to make up the supporting cast for the upcoming Japanese remake of the multi-Academy Award-winning movie 'Unforgiven' (Japanese title: 'Yurusarezaru Mono'). Previously it was already revealed that the story is going to be transported into the world of samurai. Watanabe Ken is going to take over the role of Clint Eastwood, while Sato Koichi is going to play the role of Gene Hackman a

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  • Watanabe Ken to star in new Japanese drama series along with Tanihara Shosuke and Matsuyuki Yasuko

    July 27, 2012 @ 5:18 am

    Watanabe Ken (52) will be portraying former prime minister of Japan, Yoshida Shigeru, in a NHK drama series titled "Makete, Katsu~Sengo wo Tsukutta Otoko • Yoshida Shigeru~ (Victory after Defeat ~ The man who created post-war Japan, Yoshida Shigeru~)", which will air at 9 PM every Saturday from September 8th and onwards. American actor David Morse (58) known for his work in films such as "Green Mile" and "The Indian Runner" will play Douglas

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  • Results of the 2012 February 'TV Celebrity Image Survey' revealed

    March 29, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    Earlier this week, Video Research Ltd. released the results of their influential 'TV Celebrity Image Survey', which is conducted twice a year (February & August). Aside from researching the official TV audience ratings, Video Research Ltd. often conducts image and popularity surveys related to various topics concerning people, products, and characters appearing on TV and radio. One of those surveys is the well-known 'TV Celebrity Image Surve

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

    February 14, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    [caption id="attachment_220871" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption=""Always: Sunset on Third Street 3" / "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" / "Kirin no Tsubasa""][/caption] This week's box office report has been stamped with a dragon tattoo, while "Hayabusa" returns back home in fourth, and everyone's favorite "Ace Attorney" lies down the law on fifth. David Fincher captivated the Japanese audience with his

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  • Drama Prime Time Report – December 16th~18th

    December 20, 2011 @ 9:31 am

    [caption id="attachment_211264" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Drama Prime Time Report – December 16th~18th"][/caption] Here is the Friday and weekend edition of the Drama Prime Time Report, highlighted by various concluding dramas, including the grand finale for TBS's 60th anniversary work, 'Nankyoku Tairiku'. Two dramas aired their final episode on Friday, 'Sengyou Shufu Tantei' (TBS) and '11 Nin mo Iru!' (TV Asahi). Somehow, b

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  • Watanabe Ken & Horikita Maki promote NTT DoCoMo's new line-up

    October 20, 2011 @ 4:44 am

    Actor Watanabe Ken and actress Horikita Maki attended a press conference of NTT DoCoMo to introduce their new '2011-2012 Winter/Spring Models' lineup of mobile and smart phones, as well as their newest mobile services. Both of them have been working as image characters for NTT DoCoMo for a while now and, in the most recent commercials, disguised themselves as actual smart phones. Watanabe seems to be satisfied with his acting as a smart

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  • Watanabe Ken and Kikuchi Rinko talk about their movie, "Shanghai", with Yahoo! Japan

    August 30, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    Yahoo! Japan recently conducted an interview with Watanabe Ken and Kikuchi Rinko about their movie, "Shanghai". Check out their interview below! - Interviewer: What did you most expect when you decided to be a part of this project? Kikuchi Rinko: When I read the script, I thought it was a rich story that cannot be dealt by ordinary means. The cast was already chosen, and I was attracted to work with people I usually don't have the

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