News: Mikako Tabe, Haruma Miura to Star in “Kimi ni Todoke”

2 04 2010

The “Kimi ni Todoke” live-action film now has a cast: actress Mikako Tabe (21) and actor Haruma Miura (19) will take on the starring roles. The movie was first revealed in January, though no details were known at the time.

The original manga by Karuho Shiina has sold more than 10 million copies over 10 volumes so far, and an animated version just finished airing on NTV. The story revolves around a shy and misunderstood high school girl named Sawako Kuronuma (Tabe), whose appearance resembles the character Sadako from the horror movie “Ringu.” When Shota Kazehaya (Miura), one of the most popular boys in school, begins talking to her, her life completely changes.

Although the manga is still ongoing, the movie version is said to have an original ending. Shooting starts in late April, and the film is set to open in theaters on September 25. Naoto Kumazawa (“Rainbow Song,” “DIVE!!”) is directing.

JDramas (Ratings & Reviews): 1 Litre of Tears

26 01 2010

1 Litre of Tears (1リットルの涙)

Summary: Based on the real life of Kito Aya (木藤亜也), this drama tells the compelling story of a girl diagnosed with a degenerative disease (Spinocerebellar Degeneration) at the young age of fifteen. She continues writing in her diary even though she has difficulty engaging in daily activities, hoping to reach out to others with the same condition. The drama series follows her through her life from when she is diagnosed to her death. It portrays her struggles, her loves, her release, and most of all her tears. Starring Sawajiri Erika (沢尻 エリカ), Nishikido Ryo (錦戸亮), Yakushimaru Hiroko (薬師丸 ひろ子), Jinnai Takanori (陣内孝則).

Review: Well, you may have noticed the shortness of the summary. That is because this drama has nothing to talk about. I’m not dissing it completely, it’s just that we know she’s going to die. We’re all just watching each episode, waiting for it. The thing is, that’s the only way such a drama can be acted. It’s the filming that counts in drama like these and I must say the filming was not very well done. There were often times when scenes are supposed to be raw and bursting with emotion, but Read the rest of this entry »

JDramas (Ratings & Reviews): Hana Yori Dango

24 01 2010

Hana Yori Dango (花より男子)

Summary: Makino Tsukushi (牧野 つくし) is a poor, hardworking student at the prestigious Eitoku Gakuen reserved for the rich and privileged. There, she tries to stay invisible and quietly pass away the high school days. However, Fate does not think so. One day, when defending her friend, she has a run in with the leader of the F4, Domyouji Tsukasa (道明寺 司). The F4, rulers over the school, immediately issue her a ‘red notice’. Now the entire school gangs up on Tsukushi to make her life hell. Stubborn, Tsukushi refuses to drop out of school. In light of her obstinacy, Domyouji can’t help but fall in love with this very different girl. He’s not winning her over easily, though. Tsukushi’s got a crush on another F4 member, Hanazawa Rui (花沢 類), and hates Domyouji with her life. Starring Inoue Mao (井上 真央), Matusmoto Jun (松本 潤), Oguri Shun (小栗 旬), Matsuda Shota (松田 翔太), Abe Tsuyoshi (阿部 力)

Review: This was my first Japanese drama. FIRST! So, it holds a lot of special meaning for me. Anyway, I absolutely loved it when I first watched it. It was lively, it was stupidly funny, it was well formed. Unfortunately Read the rest of this entry »

JDramas (Ratings & Reviews): Hana Kimi

24 01 2010

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (花ざかりの君たちへ)

Summary: The story starts off with Ashiya Mizuki (芦屋 瑞稀) enrolling in Osaka Gakuen (桜咲学園), a school for boys. To do so, she defies her parents wishes, disguises herself as a boy, and leaves her home in the United States for Japan. Why? Because a high jumper, Sano Izumi (佐野 泉), injured himself to save her life and can’t jump anymore. And, surprise surprise, Sano goes to Osaka Gakuen. When Mizuki arrives, the residents are not as friendly as they could be, but Mizuki sticks it out. She also discovers that Sano is her roommate. At Osaka, Mizuki befriends the funny Nakatsu Shuichi (中津 秀一). To top off all the weirdness, Shuichi starts falling for Mizuki, only to wonder about his sexuality (he still thinks Mizuki is a guy) while Mizuki pursues her love with Sano. Starring Horikita Maki (堀北 真希), Oguri Shun (小栗 旬), Ikuta Toma (生田 斗真).

Review: Well, I am a very shallow person because I watched this due to its popularity. Gomen. Nobody judge me. But, to my surprise, it was rather enjoyable. I found this drama extremely funny at times. Actually, those were Read the rest of this entry »