Perhaps the most anticipated film of 2007 for Okinawa movie fans is “Koishikute”, directed by Yuji Nakae (“Hotel Hibiscus”, “Nabbie’s Love”), and based on the early days of J/O-Pop super group BEGIN. You can now view the trailer of the film (kudos to them for making it available on Apple’s superb QT format too) on the official website and the film opens nationwide in Japan during GW (read: let’s make this a blockbuster!). The trailer is also a great way to hear the group’s forthcoming single and the theme song of the film, “Miifaiyuu” (Imperial Records), which hits stores on the 7th of this month. And those of you who’re into film soundtracks will be happy to know that it’ll be released on March 21, 2007. (It’s worth noting that Japanese film/televsion soundtracks tend to not include the single(s) in them.)
Will 2007 be Takako Uehara‘s (24, ex-SPEED) year? The J-Pop singer has a best-of album “départ ∼takako uehara single collection∼” (AVCD-16120 [CD-only version], AVCD-16119/B [CD+DVD version]) set to be released on March 14th and on February 5th we’ll have a chance to see her as the image character for Coca-Cola Japan’s Sokenbicha drink. Now who besides me is looking forward to watching the CM (commercial) and hearing her sing the Sokenbicha♪ jingle? Hello? Anyone out there? 😛 [Via nikkansports.com.]
I’m not sure if any of you will miss it, but I disabled Snap previews. If you want it back, leave me a comment and I’ll think about it.
A feature of my previous Okinawan pop culture blogs was the DotW, or the Discography of the Week. Long time readers of my blogs know that although I called it DotW, entries were posted rather sporadically (mostly due to the amount of free time I had to work on the discography) and the main focus of the artist discography was the romanization of album tracks and links (if available) to the artist’s website. I also added in a little tidbit of information on the background of some of the artists. Well, I think it’s time that I brought this feature back to the blog. Oh, and there’s “one more thing” that I’ll add this time around, samples.
So I added a new one. 😀 It’s my long overdue attempt at a filmography for movies that were shot on location in Okinawa. Enjoy! (Thank goodness for the WordPress.com forums.)
Okay, looks like Karakui’s not alone. Other users are writing about not being able to access their Pages in the WordPress.com forums. Oh well, nothing we can do but wait.
Congratulations to J-Pop diva Namie Amuro (29), whose latest single “Baby Don’t Cry” (released 2007.1.24) charted at #3 on the Oricon Single Chart making it her 13th consecutive single to reach the top 10! It’s an amazing feat when you consider that it was her 1995 single “Taiyou no SEASON” that started it all. [Via nikkansports.com.]
Sorry folks. Looks like my post on Meisa brought the blog down to its knees and now the other pages (“About” & “Artist Links”) are no longer functioning correctly (i.e., both of them show up as the main blog index page). Both of the pages are still editable so this may just be temporary. We’ll see.
Some of our Hawaii readers may recognize Meisa Kuroki as the heroine in the J-drama “Aru Ai no Uta (Song of Love)” which was featured as a KIKU-TV 2007 New Year special. The 18 year-old hapa (her father is American, mother is Japanese, and Meisa Kuroki is her stage name) model/actress is steadily gaining popularity and here she is as the image character for a drink from Asahi Soft Drinks called Collagen Water (I’ll leave testing the drink to you guys 😛 ). There are four different desktops available for download over here. [Via 壁紙fan!]