The latest issue of Josei Seven, which went on sale Thursday, reports that actor Koide Keisuke (27) and actress Mizukawa Asami (27) are dating. The two have been friends since appearing together in the 2006 drama series “Nodame Cantabile,” but it seems that it later turned romantic.
According to the magazine, the pair have been spotted on several dates since early February, such as at the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park, a spa, and a cafe bar. Mizukawa was also at a party for Koide the night before his birthday. In mid-April, the magazine snapped photos of Mizukawa as she was leaving Koide’s apartment building at night.
However, both of their agencies responded to inquiries by stating that they are just friends. Mizukawa’s agency said that there were several other friends present during their reported “date.”
Noritsuke Masaharu’s gag manga series “Afro Tanaka” is getting a live-action movie adaptation. Matsuda Shota (25) will star as the afro-haired protagonist, while model Sasaki Nozomi (23) will play the heroine of the story.
The “Afro Tanaka” series, which runs in Big Comic Spirits, started with “Koukou Afro Tanaka” in 2002-2004 and was followed by “Chuutai Afro Tanaka,” “Joukyou Afro Tanaka,” and the current “Sasurai Afro Tanaka.”
The manga revolves around Tanaka Hiroshi, an afro-haired boy who transfers to a high school in a fictional city in Saitama, and his everyday life with his friends. The various series followed him as he left school, moved to Tokyo, and began working. It is not yet known which time period the movie will focus on, but filming is said to already be close to done.
“Afro Tanaka” is being directed by the young Matsui Daigo (25), who debuted as a screenwriter a couple years ago, when he became the youngest ever to write for an NHK drama series (“Futatsu no Spica”). He then directed part of the Fuji TV drama series “0 Go Shitsu no Kyaku.”
The script for the movie is written by Nishida Masafumi (“Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora”).
Theatrical release is scheduled for 2012.
Today it was announced that popular South Korean multi-entertainment group SUPER JUNIOR will make their first appearance in a Japanese commercial in addition to news that they’re releasing a Japanese version of “BONAMANA” in June.
Their commercial will be for the popular convenience store chain “Circle K Sunkus” that currently operates 6,257 stores throughout Japan. The members are going to promote the chain’s “South Korea Fair” that will be held in all stores from May 17th to June 13th. During that time you will be able to purchase various special products such as onigiri filled with bulgogi and other Korean dishes. The commercial will start airing on the 17th.
SUPER JUNIOR will also provide the theme song for the commercial, “Bijin“, a Japanese version of their hit song “BONAMANA”. That song will also become the first Japanese single that is going to become available in digital form on May 18. The CD release is going to follow on June 8th.
It is said that the recording with the Japanese lyrics back in March wasn’t much of a problem for the members and the commercial, that was actually already filmed in February, was almost done in one take, underling the professionalism and versatility of the group.
The group commented, “We hope that you will get to know as a bit more through our appearance in the commercial and our song ‘Bijin (BONAMANA)’.”
The group is also going to participate in the “The 4th K-Pop Super Live” concert in Chiba on May 15th.
Source: Sanspo, tokyohive
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Multiple sources reported today that actor Matsuyama Kenichi (26) and actress Koyuki (34) have officially married. At least one source claims that Matsuyama will hold a press conference by himself later today (April 20).
Sources from both of their management agencies revealed that the couple registered their marriage on April 1, an auspicious day (“taian”) according to the rokuyo calendar, but they delayed the public announcement in consideration of those affected by the March 11 earthquake.
Matsuyama and Koyuki were dating for almost three years. They first met in 2008 when they worked together on the movie “Kamui Gaiden” (2009), as Koyuki replaced Kikuchi Rinko after Kikuchi suffered a serious injury during filming. News of Matsuyama and Koyuki’s romance publicly came out in April 2009, and Matsuyama personally confirmed it for the first time in January 2010.
The two are reportedly living together already. It is said that Koyuki plans to continue with her acting career.
According to the Sankei Sports newspaper, actress Nagasawa Masami (23) and EXILE member AKIRA (29) are currently in a romantic relationship.
A source with knowledge of the situation explained that both of them are originally from Iwata, Shizuoka, and their parents were acquaintances. They both went to the same elementary school and middle school, though several years apart. They later met again after they had both entered the entertainment industry. Nagasawa began turning to AKIRA for advice about work and life, and that developed into romance. It is said that they have been dating for more than a year now, and they frequently visit each other at their homes.
AKIRA reportedly invited Nagasawa to EXILE’s concert in Yokohama on September 12 of last year. The two have also been seen together at a restaurant in Tokyo.
AKIRA’s management office said that it would not comment on his private life. Nagasawa’s side has not yet been reached for comment.
Meanwhile, Sankei Sports also reported today that the rumored relationship between EXILE member HIRO and actress Ueto Aya still seems to be going strong.
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 about Lucius (Abe), an ancient Roman bath house architect who travels through time to modern Japan and finds inspiration in its bath houses. Ueto will play the part of Mami, a young Japanese woman aiming to become a manga artist.
The film is being directed by Takeuchi Hideki, who handled the live-action “Nodame Cantabile” series and other dramas such as “Densha Otoko.” The screenplay was written by Muto Shogo, who also worked on “Densha Otoko,” as well as the “Hanazakari no Kimitachi e” drama and the “Crows ZERO” movies.
Filming started in Rome on March 14 and is expected to finish in early May. Theatrical release is planned for 2012.