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On December 2nd it was announced that Arashi’s Matsumoto Jun (29) and actress Ueno Juri (26) will work together for the first time in the film adaptation of Koshigaya Osamu’s popular novel “Hidamari no Kanojo”. Last movie Matsumoto Jun participated in was “Hana Yori Dango Final“, 5 years ago and the last movie for Ueno Juri was 3 years ago with “Nodame Cantabile“. Okuda Kosuke (Matsumoto) and Watarai Mao (Ueno) are connected by fate.
The story is about choosing to continue giving love rather than just receiving it, a fantasy love story that takes place in Shonan. This trendy novel ranked “No.1 love story girls want boys to read” and became a smashing hit selling more than 350,000 copies up until now.
Before shooting Ueno commented, “It’s been 3 years since I was last casted in a movie, I’m really happy. When I read the novel I was really touched by this pure and wistful love story. Heartwarming, this novel leaves you with a warm feeling and I want to work really hard to convey those feelings to the audience too”. She also talked about co-starring next to Matsumoto for the first time, “Matsumoto is an actor, singer and also does varieties. He is such a versatile person who has been active in many fields so I’m really looking forward to co-starring next to him”.
On the other hand, Matsumoto, “As soon as I read the original story and the screenplay I thought ‘Let me do it’. More than the love story between the two characters, I was moved by how entertaining the world they live in sounded like. I want to be able to deliver a warm and gentle fantasy with Ueno”, he said looking forward to the filming.
Holding the megaphone, master movie director Miki Takahiro who has previously worked in youthful romance stories like “Solanin” and “Bokura ga Ita“. He commented on the film adaptation of this popular novel, “To be called love, it has to be an innocent affection without pushing it. I was struck by the sincere heart of nothing else but lovers. Keeping the novel in mind, I want to portray this lovely story about this two, little embarrassed but warm sun spots, together with this amazing cast”. Also mentioned in the original, classic music group Beach Boys and their song “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” will be used as theme song of this unprecedented love miracle.
Filming begins next January and is scheduled to go on road show on October 2013.
In today’s entertainment world, who is the person with the highest degree of familiarity and interest from the public? “Nikkei Entertainment!“‘s June edition, which is now on sale, features its fifth annual “Talent Power Ranking.”
In its “Talent Power Ranking,” public research company Architect investigated “public degree of familiarity (knowing the name and face)” and “degree of interest (wanting to see, wanting to know, wanting to listen)” and calculated their power as talents and finally ranked them. Those included in the list were actors, comedians, musicians, sports figures, announcers, and other celebrities and totaled 1,196 stars.
The ranking’s top ten:
*The number in the parenthesis indicate their rank last year
Japanese magazine, Josei Jisin, revealed a list of the most highly paid celebrities for commercials, and some familiar names made it into the higher ranks.
Arashi came in at the top spot, reportedly earning 150 million yen (approx. $1.95mil USD), ahead of SMAP who earned 120 million yen (approx. $1.56mil USD). Jang Keun Suk was the fourth most highly paid male star for modelling. At his highest, he used to be paid 120 million yen, but he soon lowered his fee to about 80 million yen “because Jang Keun Suk became too expensive, many companies started to pull out their contracts”.
The top spot for female modeling fees went to Japan’s beloved idol group AKB48. AKB48, who is rewriting J-Pop history by releasing million-seller albums and singles, was priced at about 50 million yen (approx. $650,000 USD).
KARA was revealed to be of top star status in Japan by ranking third at around 40-50 million yen. According to the article, KARA is the most highly priced Korean idol singer, and is considered well worth the price.
Girls’ Generation, tied with several other female stars at #12, was priced at 30 million yen, while Tohoshinki came in seventh on the male star list at 40 million yen.