Catching up on news from Tokyograph

I’m catching up on articles from the awesome website Tokyograph of mostly film and TV news. Click on the links to read the full articles on Tokyograph’s website. The original show starred Ueto as rookie detective Sakuragi Izumi, who worked on difficult unsolved cases as part of a Special Investigations Office (based on an actual …

Okinawa’s Tokusatsu Hero: Ryujin Mabuyer

“Ryujin Mabuyer (琉神マブヤー)” is a Tokusatsu TV series made in Okinawa. The 13-episode series aired in 2008 from October 4th to December 27th. The series will be made into a movie titled, Ryuujin Mabuyaa THE MOVIE Nanatsu no Mabui (琉神マブヤー THE MOVIE 七つのマブイ),” and star Shintaro Yamada as Ryujin Mabuyer and ISSA (from DA PUMP) …

Aya Ueto to star in “Thermae Romae”

Cameras are already rolling for the live-action movie adaptation of Yamazaki Mari’s “Thermae Romae” manga, but the main cast has just been revealed. Abe Hiroshi (46) will star, while Ueto Aya (25) will play the female lead. The manga, which won the Manga Taisho and a Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize last year, is a comedy …

Tokyograph: Morning Musume’s Niigaki Risa cast in ninth “Twilight File” omnibus

An audition announcement has revealed that Morning Musume member Niigaki Risa (22) is set to appear in a movie tentatively titled ‘Bad Days Reason,’ part of the omnibus ‘Twilight File IX.’ Specific details about the film are not yet known, but shooting is scheduled to start in fall 2011, presumably for a 2012 release. […] …

Tokyograph: Kuroki Meisa cast as heroine in “Andalucia: Megami no Houfuku”

Actress Kuroki Meisa (22) has picked up another heroine role in a major motion picture. After co-starring with Kimura Takuya (38) in last year’s hit movie “Space Battleship Yamato,” she will now be joining Oda Yuji (43) in “Andalucia: Megami no Houfuku,” the sequel to the 2009 blockbuster “Amalfi: Megami no Hoshu.” […] (Via Tokyograph.) …

Takaka Uehara returns to the big screen

SPEED member Takako Uehara (28) has been given her first starring role in a movie. She will headline the cast of “Koitanibashi: La Vallee de l’amour,” directed by Koichi Goto, set for release this summer. As an actress, Uehara won a Japan Academy Prize Rookie of the Year award for her role in the 1999 …

HIFF 30: 2 Films, 2 Actresses from Okinawa

The Hawaii International Film Festival gets underway from October 14th to the 24th and we’re in for a treat as they’re screening two films that feature actresses from Okinawa. Official Website “Abacus and Sword (武士の家計簿 Bushi no Kakeibo)” (Japan, 2010) stars Yukie Nakama and will be shown on 10/23/10 at 8:45 PM and on 10/24/10 …

Film: “Minami no Shima no Furimun”

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 …

Meisa Kuroki in Yajima Biyoshitsu movie

[…] The parody group consists of the Yajima family, which is a 37-year-old mother named Margaret (played by Tunnels’ Noritake Kinashi), plus her 12-year-old daughter Strawberry (played by Tunnels’ Takaaki Ishibashi) and 18-year-old daughter Naomi (played by DJ OZMA). So far, the only known detail of the group’s history is that they came from Nevada …

Manami Higa to be in the movie version “Saru Lock”

It has been known for some time that the NTV drama series “Saru Lock” is getting a movie version. The film now has an official release date: February 27, 2010. An announcement on Thursday also revealed some of the new cast members, including actress Manami Higa (23). […] (Via Tokyograph.) Have I mentioned that I’m …