Nangoku Gyarus on Next Chao (YouTube)

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Yoshimotozaka46 has a YouTube series called Next Chao and they recently featured the comedy/music duo Nangoku Gyarus (they’re so new that there’s no other info on them other than the video). The duo is Higa Ruruka (sanshin) and Minosako Kana (ukulele) from Kyoto and the skit has the both of them naming things that they think are most popular in Okinawa (e.g. “Who is the first person that comes to mind for an actor/actress from Okinawa?”). Be sure to watch it till the end as they do a mash-up of “Nada Sou Sou” and “Shimauta”.

Nangoku Gyarus on Next Chao

Film: “Minami no Shima no Furimun”

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The film’s poster at Consolidated Theatres Pearlridge West 16.

Minami no Shima no Furimun” (also called “Furimun’s Paradise” or “Furimun in Okinawa“) is the 2009 directorial debut of comedian/actor Gori of the comedy duo Garage Sale. Gori, who also stars in the film as its main character Eisho (the furimun), also gets credit for writing the film as well. (A synopsis of the film can be found on AsianMediaWiki.)


The film trailer.

Rounding out the rest of the main cast:

  • Masaru (a father figure & friend of Eisho’s) played by Masao Teruya
  • Rimi (Masaru’s daughter & Eisho’s friend) played by former Folder/Folder5 member AKINA
  • Hitoshi (Eisho’s best friend) played by Daisuke Moromizato of the comedy duo Ham.
  • Masaru’s wife is played by Kanako Fukuda
  • Hitoshi’s mom is played by Yoko Tanaka
  • Kinjo-sensei played by Tomi Taira

Making appearances in the film are Rimi Natsukawa as the saataa andagi fortune-teller, ISSA (DA PUMP) as a bartender, KEN (formerly of DA PUMP) as a bar’s door person, Taeko Yoshida as a bar’s mama, and Hiroki Kawata (Gori’s partner in Garage Sale) as a referee.

The film is currently screening at Consolidated Theatres Pearlridge West 16.

You’ll find some film trivia as well as a look at the music featured in the film after the jump.

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Gori to be in Yoshimoto Kogyo’s new idol group

Management agency Yoshimoto Kogyo has launched a new idol group named Murasaki Shikibu, featuring five of its popular comedians. The unit consists of Sekai no Nabeatsu (as the leader), both members of Ameagari Kesshitai (Hiroyuki Miyasako and Toru Hotohara), Cocorico’s Naoki Tanaka, and Garage Sale’s Gori (emphasis is ours – karakui.com).

Murasaki Shikibu made their stage debut with a performance in Shinjuku on Sunday. The members’ hairstyles drew comparisons to the Johnny’s Jimusho group Hikaru Genji, but instead of performing with roller skates, they took the stage on stilts instead.

Their debut single ‘LOVE Nandayo,’ written and composed by Nabeatsu, goes on sale this Wednesday.

(Link: Sekai no Nabetsu heads new idol group.)

Looks like Gori’s going all-out this year or is it Yoshimoto Kogyo that’s working him to the bone? Either way, it’s a great thing for fans of the comedian who’ll be seeing a lot of him this year.

Rimi Natsukawa becomes an actress – Tokyograph

Newlywed singer Rimi Natsukawa is ready to make her acting debut. She has been cast in ‘Minami no Shima no Furimun,’ a movie starring and directed by comedian Gori of Garage Sale.

The movie is Gori’s first full-length directorial effort. The story is a comedy set in Okinawa, where both he and Natsukawa are originally from. Natsukawa plays the part of a mysterious fortune teller.

Natsukawa is also singing the film’s theme, titled ‘Unju no Furusato.’ Gori wrote the lyrics, while Kiroro’s Chiharu Tamashiro (also an Okinawan) composed the music.

‘Minami no Shima no Furimun’ will have its first screening at the Okinawa International Movie Festival, organized by Yoshimoto Kogyo. The festival runs from March 19 to March 22.

(Link: Rimi Natsukawa becomes an actress.)

Gori’s on a roll this year and will also be starring in director Kazuaki Kiriya’s much anticipated 2nd film, “Goemon.” Sanspo.com has pics of Rimi and Gori so be sure to check it out.

YouTube: Yoshio Kojima

One of my daily routines every night is to check YouTube’s Most Viewed of the Day and I’ve been seeing a lot of clips from a Japanese comedian by the name of Yoshio Kojima. Lo and behold, he’s from Okinawa! A graduate of Waseda University, the comedian got his big break from his appearances in GuruNai. The clip above also features beautiful actress Ryoko Kuninaka (recently seen in the J-drama “Hotaru no Hikari”).