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  • Japan Box Office Report September 8th/9th

    September 11, 2012 @ 6:03 pm

    [caption id="attachment_265705" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="(02) 'Rurouni Kenshin' / (01) 'Odoru Daisousasen THE FINAL' / (03) 'Anata e'"][/caption] As expected, 'Bayside Shakedown' easily took over the top spot, while 'Safe House' opens up at fifth place. 'Odoru Daisousasen THE FINAL' (international title: 'Bayside Shakedown THE FINAL'), starring Oda Yuji, recorded a splendid opening weekend. Over the w

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  • Sasaki Nozomi confesses to Abe Sadawo at the advanced screening of 'Paikaji Nankai Sakusen'

    June 21, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    On June 21st, an advanced screening along with a stage greeting was held for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Shiina Makoto's novel 'Paikaji Nankai Sakusen' starring Abe Sadawo. The screening was also attended by Abe's co-stars Nagayama Kento, Kanjiya Shihori, and Sasaki Nozomi, as well as the director Hosokawa Toru. 'Paikaji Nankai Sakusen' tells the story of the cameraman Sasaki (Abe) who just lost his job and went through a divorc

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  • AKB48 and SMAP to perform a Christmas medley on 'SMAP X SMAP'

    December 16, 2011 @ 3:50 pm

    It's been announced that idol group AKB48 will guest-feature on the December 19th broadcast of Fuji TV's 'SMAP X SMAP Special'. The members will dress up in Santa outfits for the special occasion, and sing Christmas carols like "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" with SMAP. Both groups will take the stage for a total of six songs, including AKB48's ultra-popular hit, "Kaze wa Fuiteiru". SMAP X SMAP has also invited other guests to participa

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  • Abe Sadawo to star in live-action movie for "Paikaji Nankai Sakusen"

    December 3, 2011 @ 3:35 am

    Shiina Makoto's popular survival novel, "Paikaji Nankai Sakusen", will get a live-action movie adaptation starring Abe Sadawo, Nagayama Kento, Kanjiya Shihori, and Sasaki Nozomi! Originally published in 2004, the book has been described as a "modern Robinson Crusoe" story. Commenting on the exciting development, the author said, "This is way too enjoyable. It will be such a fun movie." "Paikaji Nankai Sakusen" follows the tale of 'Sas

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  • Matsuyama Kenichi attends a fan gathering in Iwate Prefecture for "Taira no Kiyomori"!

    August 27, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    On August 26th, actor Matsuyama Kenichi attended a fan gathering of 300 in the disaster-stricken area of Oshu, Iwate Prefecture. The gathering held to celebrate the filming of his 2012 NHK Taiga drama, Taira no Kiyomori. Matsuyama, who just started filming for this drama on the 19th, showed up wearing his samurai costume for the first time in public. Speaking about his character, he stated, Kiyomori has the strength to laugh away the h

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  • Kitano Kii to star as a detective in new "Unfair" drama special

    August 8, 2011 @ 12:22 am

    Today it was announced that young actress Kitano Kii (20) is going to star in a special drama called "Unfair the special ~Double Meaning / Nijuu Teigi~" on Fuji TV this fall. "Unfair" was a very popular detective drama starring Shinohara Ryoko (37), and it aired back in 2006. The series also spawned a special drama in the same year and a movie in 2007. On September 17th, the series' second movie, "Unfair the answer", will see Shinohara wil

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  • "Marumo no Okite" reaches rating of 23.9 % + announces special drama

    July 4, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

    The final episode of "Marumo no Okite" starring child actress Ashida Mana, child actor, Suzuki Fuku, and actor Abe Sadawo aired on July 3rd. After the final episode aired, it was revealed that the average rating reached was 23.9 % (Kanto area: by VideoResearchLtd.). During the broadcast, the highest rating moment reached as high as 27.5%. This drama was about a single man Takagi Mamoru (Abe) who is around 40 years old and decides to ta

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  • Which actor gets along well with children?

    June 12, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    [caption id="attachment_160061" align="aligncenter" width="450" caption="Abe Sadawo in "Marumo no Okite""][/caption] Recently, we already published the results of a goo/NTT DoCoMo poll, asking,"Which young actress gets along well with children?", and today the mobile portal released the results for a poll about male actors. Nagasawa Masami's "Calpis" commercial with several children still worked as an example for the actor's pol

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  • Ashida Mana attends press conference for her upcoming drama

    April 15, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

    A press conference for the upcoming drama "Marumo no Okite" was held on April 15th, and Ashida Mana, Abe Sadawo, Suzuki Fuku were in attendance. "Marumo no Okite" is a fantastic home drama between a single man (Abe) with twins (Ashida and Suzuki) who are his best friend's orphans along with a dog which understands human language. Ashida will be the youngest actress to lead a drama series in the golden time slot. Ashida was asked what her

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  • Ashida Mana to star in her first drama next season

    February 24, 2011 @ 9:43 pm

    A little under a month ago it was announced that child actress Ashida Mana (6) was going to become the youngest lead star in Japanese drama history. Back then we were reporting about her upcoming drama special "Sayonara Bokutachi no Youchien" (NTV), but who knew that the same headline could be used yet again in such a short time. Fuji TV has revealed that the young gifted actress is going to star in their spring drama called "Marumo no oki

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