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romeo and July July 10, 2008

i just came back from kuala lumpur (my hometown).. for my cousin’s wedding ceremony. my relatives keep asking when will be my turn.. ah, there.. i just lost my cupid so i didn’t find my romeo yet.. haha, could they accept that kind of excuse, i wonder 🙂
Chris sent me nanako’s Nintendo CM.. hehe. thnx for that. i just realize long time i didn’t update Nanako’s news.. so here we are.

Nanako Matsushima still loyal with Sumito Life Insurance as the endorser. actually i love the jingles (theme song for Sumito CMs).. it’ll make me wanna sing with my cute nephews (their name are Aiman and Anwar). emm, talking about children rhyme.. i love Tulip song from “Ryokiteki na Kanojo” dorama. Oh, back to Nanako and Sumito CM.. the campaign theme is still about Eggs. You could watch her latest CM here: Mirai

I’m still searching Nanako’s latest 2006 movie “Inugamike no Ichizoku [The Inugami Clan]”. But if I couldn’t find it at store shelves.. I might buy online instead. From what i read, the movie is based on Yokomizo Seishi’s epic work about the slow-burning family murder mystery. Directed by a legendary Japanese director Ichikawa Kon in year 1976 . Thirty years later.. he did the re-make of his own work, updating the classic movie for contemporary audiences. FYI, “The Inugami Clan” holds a very special place in Japan’s long tradition of supernatural suspense. What’s the story is all about..? Some fitting follow-up to the original film. The unsettling Murder of the Inugami Clan delves into a tangled web of murderous lies and deceptions that is tearing apart a wealthy multi-generation family. When tycoon Inugami Sahei (Nakadai Tatsuya) passes away, he unexpectedly leaves the family fortune to outsider Tamayo (Matsushima Nanako) on the condition that she marry one of the Inugami grandsons. Among Inugami grandsons.. Tamayo needs to choose between – Sukekiyo (Onoe Kikunosuke), Suketake (Katsurayama Shingo) or Suketomo (Ikeuchi Mansaku). Somehow pitting blood against blood.. Next, members of the family begin to show up dead, one by one. Because of this Detective Kindaichi Kosuke (Ishizaka Koji) is called in to investigate the murders. Slowly, the truth is revealed as Mr. Detective happens upon years of hidden skeletons and a shocking family secret. Emm.. Ishizaka Koji (leads the all-star cast) actually is an original cast from 1976 movie. Don’t you think it’s good to have his return here.

I just wanna flashback another 2006 movie “Meishan-BIZAN” acted by Nanako, Takao Osawa and Nobuko Miyamoto. It was transformed from the best-selling novel wrote by Sada Shino Masa.

Besides Sorimachi, i could say that Nanako and Takao are the best on-screen combi.. in doramas, SP and movies. once, i watched Nanako-Takao in “Midnight Express”.. it was the man’s journey from Delhi (Asia) to London (Europe) by bus. This SP dorama was based on Sawaki Koutarou’s non-fiction book.

Takao Osawa worked with KimuTaku in Stay Gold, with Takeno in The Last Song & Heaven’s coins ~ Die Sterntaler and also with Rena in “The Taste of Fish” movie. This Takao-Rena’s movie was just released last June 2008.

i’ve watch the trailers.. not bad.. it’s gonna be fish world!
Rena’s role as Asuka. Takao as Shuntaro Akagi needs to help out Asuka’s family business in the Tsukiji Fish Market; the well-known middle trader shop called “Uotatsu”. Somehow, the competition is fiercely fought within the long-established conventions held by the expert traders. Without much experience in this kind of business, Shuntaro only depends on his ability to distinguish good taste of fish with his tongue.

i love the movie theme song. This movie would be turned into a series, also this year.. but i’m still not sure in which TV station. Anyway, here is the Tsukiji uogashi sandaime @ The Taste of Fish” movie trailers file (in flv file)

The latest news from Sorimachi Takashi is he got a role as a businessman in TV Asahi dorama “Lot 6, 300 million man won 20 million yen @ Lotto Man”. Other casts would be Nakajima Tomoko, Naomi Matsushima etc. and Ito Masaki is the guest for first episode. Short news HERE. Talking about Nakajima, i love Nakajima Tomoko.. she is 36 years old now.. but she’s cute and funny.. i know her because of SmaSma Roulette Bowling 2005 where Nakajima was with Blue Team (Tsuyoshi and Goro) and Matsu was with Red Team (Takuya and Shingo). one thing i just realized that Nakajima Tomoko was acting in “Ice World” (Nanako-Takeno’s dorama). i think i should find her back.. i can’t remember Nakajima’s role there.. uwaa, gomen!

Next, Takeno with Kanno Miho in TBS dorama “Tomorrow” .. i still didn’t watch yet. never mind it’s still on-air now. But so far, the first episode was well-received. and viewers commenting the scenery shot was beautiful and the plot was realistic.. FYI, one of the directors is Yamamuro Daisuke.
Yutaka Takenouchi working many times with Yamamuro which are “Dropout Teacher Returns to School, Rondo and Tomorrow” dorama {wooohhhh…!^^}. Yamamuro also the one who directed (just to name.. )
– Say Hello BlackJack (act by Tsumabuki Satoshi, also a medical dorama) – Suna no Utsuwa (Vessel of Sands, act by Nakai & Ken Watanabe) – Tobosha (act by Eguchi Yosuke & Abe Hiroshi, a thriller dorama) – M no Hegeki (act by Goro) – Hana Yori Dango – Karei naru Ichizoku (act by Kimura) – The story of Yamada Taro. {wooooohhh sugoii sugoii… can i love Yamamuro now? ^^} .

i’m already finished watching “Ryokiteki na Kanojo”.. only now i got time to do that. Miss them sooo much! See… i just know my TsuRena will be a great combi. Wish to see them again together in future.. like I always said to people.. Riko and Sabu are just perfectly fit for Tsuyoshi and Rena. Nobody could do better than them. Looking TsuRena really reminds me of KimuraMatsu.. :). Oh, I never care about bad comments or bullshits reviews from some people. They should watch from Beginning to End of story, A to Z.. and that’s the protocol when making reviews, right.
As the light-warm comedy romance dorama, i really enjoying this. Especially when the production team making great surprise. They brought Somegoro to TV screen. The last time Somegoro was in Pride dorama as co-star with KimuTaku. Even with short scenes.. I still couldn’t forget Somegoro’s words and expression. I guess it’s the aura from “Kabuki Prince”, na. Somegoro’s role as a hair stylist (named Nonomura Shunsuke) who love poetry, reading literatures and could wrote difficult kanjis in such beautiful hand writing. I think it’s rare to find a character like this.. But that sounds so Somegoro and Nonomura’s character fits well with him. I wanna add some latest news about Ichikawa Somegoro aka Matsu Takako’s brother. At last, we could see Somegoro more in non-kabuki jobs.. Next August 2008, he would be in a contemporary stage play “Jyokyoushi wa 2-do Dakareta/Held by A Female Teacher for The Second Time”. Starring together with Ohtake Shinobu. Seems like a love story with a much older woman.. hihi. Look at him.. kakkoi, na!! And Somegoro already finished filming “On Next Sunday” movie which will be screen year 2009 Spring. He’ll star with a 19-years old Korean actress named Yoon Ha. From Sponichi which translated by my good friend Yanie.. {i wanna paste full report.. coz it’s sooo interesting!} Somegoro now is 35 years old man but play a role as an ordinary man in nearly 40’s.. Oh, we’re not simply calling Matsumoto Koshiro-san’s family members as royal family without reason.. The FACT is, they’re really well-known in Japan as Kabuki King, Prince and Princess of Rein (kabuki society). Obviously we know why. Believe me.. they’re really amazing, humble and funny.

Prince Somegoro as A Worn-out Ojisan (= men around 40s)
(Sponichi article on 18 March 2008 )

Kabuki actor, Ichikawa Somegoro (35) will play the role as an ojisan working as a university cleaning service, a newspaper delivery man, and a pizza delivery man, in a movie titled “Kondo no Nichiyoubi ni @ On Next Sunday”. He’s a 39 years old divorcee who works hard to pay his son’s education fee. Somegoro has always been playing kakkoii and youth roles, “This is a role I had never play before, so it intrigued me….”, he said. The movie will premiere in next year’s spring.

At one time, he’s a university cleaning service, at another time he’s a newspaper delivery man, at another time he’s a pizza delivery man. Somegoro changes roles just like the fast changes in kabuki. Somegoro said, “When I put on the uniform, somehow I feel I’m ready to get to work already,”, seem like he’s having fun with the filming. He himself often order pizza, so he said, “My favorite is the pizza delivery uniform,” while laughing.

This movie is a human drama story about a man who has to pay his friend’s debt, and left behind by his wife and child, who experience a heart interchange when he meet a female foreign college student from Korea. As he’s always worn-out with all the jobs, he’s always in a sleepy state.

Somegoro is the kabuki actor, Matsumoto Koshiro’s eldest son, the kabuki world’s prince. He usually gets kakkoii roles in movies, like Ashurajo no Hitomi and Semishigure. The director said, “A kakkoii actor who plays a worn-out ojisan will be very interesting to see. To experience the world one never experience before, to play a role one never play before, is always interesting,”.

The filming takes place in Nagano prefecture, Matsumoto city. Somegoro feels a bit worried about playing a role who is 4 years older than himself. But on the set, Yoon Ha (19), the Korean actress who play the role as the foreign student teased him, “Somegoro-san tte, ojisan desu ne…”, and Somegoro denied, “No, I’m not!!”.

In the movie, he will show alot of his comical side, so we’d be able to see the other side of Somegoro. Seem like it’s going to be a movie that’ll become a turning point in an actor’s life.

Tsuyoshi Kusanagi was acting in “Mabuta no Haha” (In Search of Mother) stage play last May. So i do some searching on the topic.. i just realized that the title was originally from a play written by Hasegawa Shin which then turned into a jidai-geki movie in year 1931. The story was combination of swordplay action-style with family-type melodrama. In short, it’s about a lonely wandering Yakuza who longing to find back and reunion with the mother who abandoned him.

To those who didn’t know.. among SMAP members, Kusanagi and Goro are still active in stage play world. From what i read and i saw, i believe both are great actors with their own style. Kohei Tsuka (a famous writer) once said that Tsuyoshi was a genius in his “Kamata Koshin Kyoku” play. And he got Haruko Sugimura Award (a prestigious prize) for his performance in “Chici Kaeru @ Father’s Returning”. Tsuyoshi now considered to be one of the most remarkable actors in Japanese theater industry.. not as idol star but as one of the best actors.
To imagine how Inagaki Goro in his stage play.. you should see him in “Warai no Dagaku / University of Laugh” movie which based on Koki Mitani’s stage play.

Last year 2007, Yanie managed watching Goro in “The Magic Fountain Pen” from 3rd row seat. So close, na ~ I just wanna share by quoting part of her own words as she’s really star-strucked with the play.. haha. Despite to that, she still could wrote full, long and detailed review.. ya’know XD.

“The set was at New York, in the 1920s. It’s a COMEDY stageplay. Each character named after popular pen brands. Goro’s character is PARKER. He’s just a rookie, not-too-successful novelist. He has a pal, named WATERMAN. But he’s also like a sidekick x) Parker is an arrogant, a jerk. Pause first on the story… I want to comment, that Goro’s acting was EXCELLEEENNTT, SO SUPERB here!!! He was really ALL OUT!! I was kinda disappointed with his acting in BusuKoi. But here, he was really ALL OUT like in Warai no Daigaku!!! Sugooooiii~~!!! In Warai, he was this goody-goody writer, right? This time, Parker is the opposite kind of writer… he likes to do everything his way, and everyone has to follow him. I sooo love Goro’s ignorant expression. Parker is also a hyper, talkative kinda guy”.

Oh, when we talked about Nanako’s movie.. i think i should talk about Rena’s Dec 2007 movie “Moryo na Hako/The Shadow Spirit” .. i really wanna watch this.. why.. because the returning of the team. Abe Hiroshi (a detective who has the special power to see into people’s memories), Shinichi Tsutsumi (a used book seller and “onmyouji”/specialists in magic and divination), Rena Tanaka (a reporter), Shiina Keppei (a writer), Hiroyuki Miyasako (police officer), Kuroki Hitomi (a famous actress)!!

From the trailer, I could say “Moryou” (directed by Masato Harada) is much better than the previous “Ubume no Natsu” (directed by Akio Jissoji).. i hope so.. coz I was blur and disappointed with Ubume movie. FYI, Moryou is the second book of Natsuhiko Kyogoku’s series (a famous novelist) which received Mystery Writers Association of Japan Award in year 1995. You could watch Moryou trailer HERE

After non-stop RenaRena “monthly movies”, in this month of July 2008; the screen plays would have “Gegege no Kitaro” sequel movie. i’m so sure Matsu Takako would watching this.. as i could considered that she is a hardcore fan of Gegege… hehehe! On Gegege premiere day, Rena Tanaka still with her long hair.. wearing dress in her usual pink. Gegege no Kitaro movie was in year 2007 and because of its well-received we’ve got another sequel in year 2008. Rena is famous with Gegege Dance. You could watch her HERE. She’s so cute, don’t you think… the ghost dance is cute.. fun like MJ Thriller.
Btw, back to Tsuyoshi’s play of “Mabuta no Haha”.. fans said Rena went watching Tsuyoshi’s stage play.. Hope one day, she’ll come down to that world.. because i know Rena Tanaka is a great actress. If not acting with Matsu… i wish with Tsuyoshi.. KUDASAI **

20th Anniversary of B’z – again Tak and Koshi gave us #1 record again in Oricon chart!
emm, i should explaining this from beginning.. For their 20th Anniversary, B’z released their album “Ultra Pleasure” on 18th June (4 days after my birthday).. at the end of that same day, 116,582 copies already sold. Why? because those who’re pre-orders could grab at store shelves one day before the actual released. Guys from “Off The Lock” site were so kind to translate Tak and Koshi’s messages regarding this album. You could read those HERE. BTW, B’z Live-Gym Pleasure 2008 ~ Glory Days ~ tour will be started next September and the sale of tickets will be starting end of this month. Special website for special celebration.. for having special treasure. You could DIG Here!^^

Talking about 20th Anniversary, SMAP also already 20 years.. coz they were formed in year 1988.

Bistro SMAP recently having lots foreigner guests.. emm, i just watched few only. Dunno why I didn’t enjoy much this year guests.. Let’s see, when the last time i really love to watch the guests.. ah, Matt Damon during his Bourne movie promo – also Cameron Diaz & Jude Law. Frankly, I’m more excited to watch Japanese Guests.. coz that will brought me to know more about the people and their achievement (especially if the guests are historical persons).

SMAP as usual busy with their solo and group jobs – SmaSma, variety shows, doramas, movies, radio programs, CMs etc. But here i REALLY wanna highlighted their perfomance with Yoshida Brothers last 23rd June 2008. Watch Yoshida SMAP Brothers of Dynamite clip HERE. Kakkoii~ that was first time i knew Yoshida Brothers. They played Shamisen (Japanese traditional music instrument) which usually accompanied KABUKI or other Japanese traditional dance performances. Yoshida Brothers is accompanying a contemporary dance by SMAP, well-fit with SMAP’s Dynamite song. Hemm, this really remind me of Omatsu first appearance in SmaSma in year 1997.. LOL, i wonder if Somegoro or Matsu could join them.. must be really fun. Matsu first dancing was in SmaSma October 2001 singing SMAP’s Shake song.

Matsumoto Koshiro-san and his son Ichikawa Somegoro were doing Kirin beer’s CM together.. love to see them both HERE. The idea of this CM was to let them having a casual conversation whatever they like while drinking beer. There were 3 versions. Two of them were “Parent-Child Relationship” and “Musume no Kekkon” (Daughter’s Marriage) versions. Haha.. i couldn’t even believe.. Koshiro-san really talked about this. When Matsu’s Papa started to complain about his daughter’s marriage, seems like Somegoro burst out laughing for real 🙂 Anyhow I always love to see the bonds of this great family..


One Response to “romeo and July”

  1. TeeroBeste Says:

    It’s amazing

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