Miyake Ken in the Takizawa Kabuki

Tackey & Tsubasa‘s Takizawa Hideaki personally went to talk to V6‘s Miyake Ken to cast him in the “Takizawa Kabuki” and for their KFC CM.

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Bits & Pieces 35

April is coming soon, and I have been mentioning about how excited I am for “Sekai Ichi Muzukashii Koi” and “99.9”, and I’ll say it again, I just cannot wait to watch those two dramas. I’ve been rather busy around the end of these months, especially with finals for the Japanese course I’ve taken, so I’m really looking forward to April in a whole anyway.

Involved Parties in this edition are: the Junior Boys, Kanjani8’s Maruyama Ryuhei, V6’s Okada Junichi, and Sexy Zone’s Sato Shori.

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V6 and Hey!Say!JUMP as Main Personalities for “24 Hour TV”

Double treat for everyone and I can’t wait on who will do the drama. Let it not be the “usual”.

V6 and Hey!Say!JUMP has been announced as this year’s host for NTV‘s “24 Hour TV~38~Love Saves the Earth~“. The announcement was made during “DASH Itte Q!” special.

V6 has hosted the popular charity show back in 2000 and Morita Go even served as the charity marathon runner while this is the first time for Hey!Say!JUMP. This is also the first time that two sets of group will host the show to appeal to two generations. V6 will serve the adult generation while Hey!Say!JUMP are for the younger generation.

This year’s theme will be “to connect~a smile beyond time~” and V6’s Sakamoto Masayuki commented that a smiling face is important to connect and he jokes that Okada Junichi might be able to connect the entire Japan with a smile.

Hey!Say!JUMP’s Yamada Ryosuke commented that he always wanted to stand on the same stage as V6 while Yaotome Hikaru said that he’s as nervous as the time the group debuted.

24 Hour TV~38~Love Saves the Earth~” will air this August.

via Oricon Style and Yahoo!Japan

Image credit via aikasan29

Okada Junichi’s Double Win at Japan Academy Award

This news is late but still….Congratulations!!!

The 38th Japan Academy Award had its awarding ceremony at Grand Prince Hotel in Tokyo and V6‘s Okada Junichi won two top acting awards from different movies. Okada won Best Actor in a Leading Role for “Eien no Zero” and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for “Higurashino-ki“. The Japan Academy Award is the first for the Johnny’s talent and the first time in Japan Academy’s history that both prizes were won by the same actor.

Okada is in tears during the ceremony where he thanked his fellow actors, filmmakers, and supporters for the recognition. Okada also said that it’s miracle for him have a place in Japan Academy Award. The V6 member also thanked his co-member, V6’s Inohara Yoshihiko, a friend he has worked with for 20 years. Inohara sent Okada an email after his nomination where the former mentioned how proud he is that Okada have made his place (in Japan Academy).

Okada’s movie starrer, “Eien no Zero”, also took home other top awards such as Best Picture and Best Director.

via jnews1 and Sponichi Annex

Okada Junichi to Challenge Mt. Everest in New Movie

A new and exciting movie role for Okada!

After V6‘s Okada Junichi‘s successful roles in “Eien no Zero” and “Higurashino-Ki”, the idol actor is set to fully open his inherent physical capabilities for his new role in the movie, “Everest: Kamigami no Itadaki” (Everest: the Summit of Gods). The movie is based from Yumemakura Baku‘s original novel where Okada will challenge filming in an altitude of 6,000 meters.

Okada will play the role of Fukamachi Makoto, a photographer who found a camera supposedly own by British mountaineer George Mallory who went missing in the Everest until his body was found in 1999. Fascinated by Mallory’s past and if he did reach the world’s highest peak, Fukamachi will embark on a climb with legendary climber, Joji Habu (Abe Hiroshi), a genius who isolates himself because of his reckless personality . In addition, actress Machiko Ono will play Kishi Ryoko,  a woman who loves a climber and tries to find him.

Okada have started physically training his body to be able to adapt in a low oxygen environment. Aside from being proficient in martial arts, he also started with rock and mountain climbing. Okada is also eyeing to start training in a low oxygen chamber, he said that he’s looking forward to filming in Everest along with harsh shooting.

The movie has been in preparations for five years and the producers are glad to finally found an actor to accept this role. Filming will start in Nepal this March until summer with a budget of 1.5 Billion Yen. All cast and crew were given special insurances for this dangerous project.

Everest: Kamigami no Itadaki” will be released next year.

via jnews1 and Nikkan Sports

Okada Junichi Wins Japan Academy Prize Topic Award

I hope that this will be the start of good news.

V6‘s Okada Junichi was awarded with “Japan Academy Prize Topic Award” (Wadai-Sho/Audience Award) by listeners of “All Night Nippon” (ANN). Okada was voted as “Best Actor” for his performance in the movie “Eien no Zero” and “Best Supporting Actor” for his performance in “Higurashino-Ki“.

This is Okada’s first win and he won with a total  25, 382 votes. Okada is very pleased for the win and he’s honored that he was chosen by the radio listeners. He also added that he will work hard every day so he can participate in such works.

via jnews1 and All Night Nippon

Technically, this award is like a popularity award and I hope that the critics will be moved. haha.