Gackt’s Hollywood debut – Tokyograph

Musician Gackt will act in his first Hollywood film. The movie, titled ‘Bunraku,’ is an action film written and directed by Guy Moshe, starring Josh Hartnett and Demi Moore. The film is named after a type of traditional Japanese puppet theater, but the universe it is set in also draws inspiration from origami, video games, …

Yuri Chinen (Hey! Say! JUMP) to star in April’s “Sensei wa Erai!”

Although Yuri Chinen has had a string of appearances in several J-drama, “Sensei wa Erai!” will be his first recurring role in a drama since 2004’s “Nanako to Nanao.” The drama stars Hey! Say! JUMP members Yuto Nakajima, Ryosuke Yamada, Yuri Chinen, and Daiki Arioka as middle schoolers who try to turn a dull teacher …

Comedian Yoshio Kojima to make film debut – oppappii!

Popular comedian Yoshio Kojima (Kumejima, Okinawa) will be making his film debut in the SF love/comedy flick “Kami-sama no Pazuru (Puzzle)” which will hit theaters in Japan on June 7, 2008. The film will be directed by Takashi Miike and stars Hayato Ichihara (“Check It Out Yo!!“) and Mitsuki Tanimura. Not sure where Kojima’s going …

Desktop: Takeshi Kaneshiro’s ‘Sweet Rain’

Gosh, it’s seems like ages since I last saw Takeshi Kaneshiro in a Japanese film. It think it was 2002’s “Returner.” This time around, Takeshi plays a shinigami (death god) in a film called “Sweet Rain: Shinigami no Seido” that’s about to begin its road show on March 22nd. From the looks of the trailer, …

Kaneshiro, Matsu to star in “Niju Menso” – Tokyograph

Toho has announced that it is producing a movie titled ‘K-20: Kaijin Niju Menso Den,’ directed by Shimako Sato. The story revolves around author Edogawa Rampo’s infamous criminal, Kaijin Niju Menso (also known as the ‘Fiend with Twenty Faces’). However, the movie is not an adaptation of Rampo’s works; rather, it is based on a …

Autumn 2007’s line-up of J-dramas

Summer 2007’s J-drama line-up proved to be a successful one for actors from Okinawa so how does autumn look? Abarenbo Mama (Fuji TV) stars Aya Ueto in the lead role Hataraki Man (NTV) stars Yu Yamada in a supporting role Joshi Deka! (TBS) stars Yukie Nakama in the lead role Otoko no Kosodate (TV Asahi) …

A TV Season Like No Other

I’m not sure how many of you may recall a time (in the ’90s) when the J-pop scene was filled with artists from Okinawa from Namie Amuro to SPEED. Although you’ll still find Namie, ORANGE RANGE and Haikara at the top of the J-pop charts, it’s definitely far from what it used to be. So …