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Artists & Celebrities

63rd Kouhaku Uta Gassen artists revealed

Posted  November 26, 2012  by  tokyograph

NHK has announced the artist lineup for the 63rd Kouhaku Uta Gassen. This year will have a total of 50 artists performing, 25 for each of the Red and White Teams. 12 artists are making their first appearances – 6 from the Red Team and 6 from the White Team. The artists, in Japanese alphabetical […]

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Film and Video

Goriki Ayame to star in Getsu 9 drama “Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou”

Posted  November 21, 2012  by  tokyograph

Goriki Ayame (20) will star in Fuji TV‘s Monday night drama series this winter, titled “Biblia Koshodou no Jiken Techou.” This will be her first lead role during golden time, not to mention a “Getsu 9” series, though it will also mark her 7th consecutive season appearing in a drama series on a commercial network. […]

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Film and Video

Mizukawa Asami lands starring role in prime time drama series

Posted  November 20, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actress Mizukawa Asami (29) has been chosen to star in an NTV drama series next season, tentatively titled “Share House no Koibito.” Since the series will air on Wednesday nights at 10:00pm, this marks her first lead role during the prime time hours (7:00pm-11:00pm). As the title suggests, the series is a romance story is […]

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Film and Video

Nagasawa Masami, Okada Masaki to co-star in “Kiyoku Yawaku” movie adaptation

Posted  November 20, 2012  by  tokyograph

Ikeumi Ryo‘s award-winning shojo manga “Kiyoku Yawaku” is getting a live-action movie adaptation, starring Nagasawa Masami (25) and Okada Masaki (23). This will be their first time acting together. Shinjo Takehiko, who previously handled the “Paradise Kiss” and “Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu” adaptations, will serve as director. “Kiyoku Yawaku” was originally serialized […]

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Artists & Celebrities

YUI announces another temporary hiatus

Posted  November 19, 2012  by  tokyograph

Singer-songwriter YUI (25) announced through her official website on Monday that she will be putting her activities on hold at the end of this year. This is the second time in her 8-year career that she has decided to go on hiatus, as she also took a break at the end of 2008 until mid-2009. […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Higashiyama Noriyuki, Kimura Yoshino expecting second child

Posted  November 5, 2012  by  tokyograph

Shonentai‘s Higashiyama Noriyuki (46) and actress Kimura Yoshino (36) are expecting another addition to their family. The Sankei Sports newspaper reports that Kimura is three months pregnant, apparently scheduled to give birth around the start of summer. Higashiyama and Kimura have been married since October 2010, and they gave birth to a daughter on November […]

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Artists & Celebrities

AKB48 becomes first female group with 20 million CDs sold, 10 million-sellers

Posted  November 5, 2012  by  tokyograph

Last week, AKB48 released their 28th single “UZA,” and Oricon announced today that it sold roughly 1,129,000 copies in its first week. This gives AKB48 their 15th consecutive #1 single, but more importantly, it also marks their 10th million-selling single (9th consecutive). They are the first female artist to achieve 10 million-selling singles, and the […]

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Artists & Celebrities

Oriental Radio’s Fujimori Shingo dating announcer Tanaka Minami

Posted  November 4, 2012  by  tokyograph

This week’s issue of FRIDAY reported that 29-year-old comedian Fujimori Shingo (of the duo Oriental Radio) is confirmed to be in a serious relationship with 25-year-old TBS announcer Tanaka Minami. It seems that the two started dating this past spring, after appearing together on the TBS show “Sunday Japon.” FRIDAY managed to get a photograph […]

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Film and Video

Suzuki Kyoka to star in drama series “Yakou Kanransha”

Posted  November 2, 2012  by  tokyograph

Minato Kanae‘s 2010 suspense novel “Yakou Kanransha” (“Ferris wheel at night”) is being adapted as a television drama series next season, starring actress Suzuki Kyoka. Minato is perhaps best known for writing the original novel behind the award-winning 2010 movie “Kokuhaku,” though several of her works have been adapted to television since then, including “Shokuzai” […]

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Film and Video

Kiriya Kazuaki to direct “The Last Knights of AKO,” starring Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman

Posted  November 2, 2012  by  tokyograph

Director Kiriya Kazuaki (“Casshern,” “Goemon“) is going to make his “Hollywood debut,” it has been learned. According to an exclusive report by Screen, he will direct a film titled “The Last Knights of AKO,” using a screenplay written by Michael Konyves (“Barney’s Version”). Details about the movie are sparse, but it is said to focus […]

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Artists & Celebrities

SKE48’s Yagami Kumi announces plans to graduate from group

Posted  November 2, 2012  by  tokyograph

Popular SKE48 member Yagami Kumi (18) made an unexpected announcement on Google+ today: she has decided to graduate from the group. According to her message, the date of her graduation has not yet been decided, but she will be discussing it with the group’s staff. Yagami joined SKE48 as a 1st generation member in 2008, and […]

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Nikkei Trendy names Sakuraba Nanami the “Face of the Year”

Posted  November 1, 2012  by  tokyograph

The magazine Nikkei Trendy has released its annual “Hit Products Best 30” list, which highlights the most popular consumer goods and trends of the year. As usual, it also announced its “Face of the Year,” given to a rising celebrity who had a breakout year and is anticipated to get even bigger. This year, that […]

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45th Nihon Yusen Taisho winners announced

Posted  October 31, 2012  by  tokyograph

Most of the 45th Nihon Yusen Taisho winners have been revealed. Eight artists are receiving the music excellence award, which makes them eligible for the Grand Prize that will be announced on November 14th. The artists are: Otsuki Miyako, AKB48, Kouzai Kaori, JUJU, Hikawa Kiyoshi, Nishino Kana, Mizumori Kaori, and Fairies. Started in 1968, the […]

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60 artists announced for 2012 FNS Kayousai

Posted  October 31, 2012  by  tokyograph

Fuji TV has just announced its first batch of artists for its annual music show “FNS Kayousai.” 60 artists were named, though more are expected to be revealed before the show’s 4-hour live broadcast on December 5th. The artists announced are (in Japanese alphabetical order): Aikawa Nanase Asakura Daisuke Arashi Anzen Chitai / Tamaki Koji […]

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General News and Gossip

“Yuusha Yoshihiko” experiments with one-poster advertising campaign

Posted  October 31, 2012  by  tokyograph

The “low-budget” RPG/adventure comedy series “Yuusha Yoshihiko to Akuryou no Kagi” (starring Yamada Takayuki) will be trying out a similar “low-budget” approach with its new experimental advertising campaign. During the month of November, TV Tokyo will put up just a single poster per week, somewhere within Tokyo. The campaign’s concept is “Yuusha Yoshihiko, somewhere in […]

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Film and Video

Nagasaku Hiromi to lead “Shijuukunichi no Recipe” movie adaptation

Posted  October 30, 2012  by  tokyograph

Actress Nagasaku Hiromi (42) has been chosen to star in Tanada Yuki‘s film adaptation of “Shijuukunichi no Recipe,” originally a novel by writer Ibuki Yuki. The novel was previously turned into a drama miniseries on NHK last year, starring Wakui Emi. For Nagasaku, this will be her first film since the award-winning “Youkame no Semi” […]

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Film and Video

Arashi’s Aiba Masaki to star as doctor in Fuji TV’s “Last Hope”

Posted  October 30, 2012  by  tokyograph

Arashi‘s Aiba Masaki (29) will soon be playing the role of a doctor for the first time. He is set to star in the Fuji TV drama series “Last Hope,” scheduled to start airing in January 2013. The drama is a human suspense story set at an advanced medical center, revolving around a team of […]

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Film and Video

LA EigaFest 2012 to host North American premiere of “Rurouni Kenshin”

Posted  October 29, 2012  by  tokyograph

LA EigaFest 2012 has announced that its opening film will be the live-action “Rurouni Kenshin” movie, which will make its North American premiere with that screening. Director Otomo Keishi will attend both the premiere and the festival’s opening red carpet ceremony. The movie, which stars actor Sato Takeru, opened in Japanese theaters on August 25th. […]

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Film and Video

Maeda Atsuko, Narimiya Hiroki star in “Ringu” director’s new horror film

Posted  October 25, 2012  by  tokyograph

According to Cinema Today, it has been confirmed that “Ringu” director Nakata Hideo is working on a new horror film titled “Kuroyuri Danchi,” which will star former AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko along with actor Narimiya Hiroki. The fictional setting for the film is a dilapidated housing complex known as Kuroyuri Danchi, where a series of […]

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Nakai Masahiro’s drama series “ATARU” to return with special episode

Posted  October 24, 2012  by  tokyograph

TBS has announced that it will bring back the popular mystery drama series “ATARU” for a special episode early next year. The drama has SMAP‘s Nakai Masahiro playing an autistic savant named Ataru (also known as Chokozai) whose incredible memory is the key to solving various crimes. The series got ratings as high as 21.7% […]

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