Film: ‘The Yakiniku Movie: Bulgolgi’ to screen at this year’s LVHIFF

From the LVHIFF 2007 site: THE YAKINIKU MOVIE is sure to drive LVHIFF filmgoers into a feeding frenzy after the screening! It’s the tale of Hyon and Yonchi, two long lost brothers from Korea reunited in Japan by their passion for barbecue…only to find themselves on opposite sides of the ultimate bulgogi smack down! […] …

Desktop: Canon’s Enjoy Photo with three beauties

Wow, Canon’s been rolling out the desktops (and screen savers) for their Enjoy Photo website once a month (which is pretty quick for for a non-calendar desktops) but who’s complaining? Grab the desktop (available in widescreen too) and screen saver featuring Yu Yamada for your Mac/PC over here (choose from the picture that reads ダウンロード …

Yui Aragaki to debut at Budokan – Tokyograph

Details of Yui Aragaki’s new music career were announced on Monday. On December 5, she will release her first album, titled ‘Sora.’ Then on December 21, she will give her first live performance in front of 10,000 fans at the Nippon Budokan. Aragaki is only the third artist (and first female idol) to debut at …

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) …

TV: Manami Higa’s ‘Dondo Bare’ finishes strong

It got off to a weak start but how you finish is what’s important, right? NHK’s 76th Asadora (if you’re keeping track, “Churasan” was the 64th), “Dondo Bare” starring Manami Higa, finished its run on September 29 with a strong finish at 23.2% for the final episode — contrast that with the 14.9% for the …

[Updated] ‘Hair change!’ – Yu Yamada

[Update] We’ve been had by Yu who was preparing for her first live event for the Shibuya Girls Collection. Yu Yamada (23) posted a pic (above) on her blog today showing off her new “hair change.” Although I believe Yu’s long hair was one of her trademarks, I think she looks cuter with short hair …

Yukie Nakama and Aya Ueto are Japan’s CM Queens

Nakama’s still the CM queen: Video Research Ltd. has published its mid-year report on TV commercials, which includes a section measuring celebrities’ exposure. On top of the list is actress Yukie Nakama, continuing her streak as ‘CM queen’ since 2005. In the Kanto region, Nakama had a total of 6,175 commercial broadcasts, adding up to …

Yui Aragaki to Make Debut as J-pop Singer!

If Yukie Nakama is beautiful, Yu Yamada sexy, then 19 year old Yui Aragaki definitely has cute down. The model-turned-actress will be making her J-pop singing debut with the song “Memories” from the film which she also stars in called “Koisuru MADORI” (starts its run in theaters on 8/18/07). Also appearing in the movie is …

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 …