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[Review & Recap] Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: Gokumonjuku Satsujin Jiken 2014 SP

Johnny’s drama world opens with two mystery SPs at the start of the year. One of which is Ohno Satoshi’s “Kagi no Kakatta Heya” while the other is Yamada Ryosuke‘s “Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo“. Both are murder mystery cases as well as continuations from KageHeya drama and from last year’s Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Case. Anyway, comparisons aside, Kindaichi continues to solve mysteries around Asia, this time in the jungles of Malaysia where he does Enomoto’s specialty- Locked room murder.

Here is a quick recap of Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: Gokumonjuku Satsujin Jiken (The Case Files of Young Kindaichi: The Prison Gate Cram School Murder Case).

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Top 30 Male Celebrity Faces that Japanese Men Wants to Have

Sorry for the awkward title, I can’t think of a better word to use for this article. Anyway, Takasu Mikiya, a known cosmetic surgeon based in Tokyo, and owner of Takasu Clinic conducted a survey from Aug 2013 to Nov 2013 to Japanese men about Japanese celebrity faces they want to have if ever they will undergo plastic surgery.

Here is the complete result of TOP 30 “I want to get cosmetic surgery on my face to look like him!”

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Aiba Masaki Awarded as “Best Jeanist 2013″ for Third Consecutive Year

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Arashi‘s Aiba Masaki was awarded “Best Jeanist 2013” (male category) in the recently-concluded “30th Best Jeans Wearer” at metropolitan Tokyo. The said award is presented to celebrities who is best suited with jeans. This is the 3rd consecutive year that Aiba won the award.

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[Review]Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo SP Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Case

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I was debating on whether I should do a full recap for this SP, but I decided not to or it would be full of spoilers and that would take all the fun in discovering “WHO IS THE KILLER?”

Quick Recap on Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo: Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Case

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The story starts with a look at the past of the so-called “Walled City”, the said city is known for not being bound with the laws outside the city but is answerable to their leader- “Dragon King” aka Wang Long. Moreover, the city is also known for having a treasure, which many believed was later on sold by Wang Long for his own purposes. Thus, he was later killed with a son of his even witnessing the murder.

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[Interview]Yamada Ryosuke on his 1st Solo Release and Covering a Favorite Song of his Senior

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1/11 — Yamada Ryosuke talks about the released of his 1st solo from his group, his challenging role for “Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo“, and currently doing “Johnny’s World“. Lastly, the Hey!Say!JUMP member talks about what he really feels about his solo work and his plans on continuing it.

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Yamada Ryosuke Puts “Body and Soul” for his 1st Solo Single

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Last Jan 9th, Hey!Say!JUMP‘s Yamada Ryosuke attended the preview event for NTV’s “Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo~Hong Kong Kowloon Zaiho Satsujin Jiken~“. The said event happened at Imperial Theater, which is the same venue for “Johnny’s World” stage play.

Yamada Ryosuke  engaged in a “talk-show” with fellow JUMP member Arioka Daiki, who also co-starred with Yamada in Kindaichi. Yamada also performed the drama’s theme song,”Mystery Virgin“, which was also released as his debut solo single the same day. Afterwards, Yamada surprised his fans with a janken tournament and handshake meeting that delighted 1,200 fans who attended the event.

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Yamada Ryosuke is Willing to do Johnny’s World Sequel

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Johnny’s & Associates President, Johnny Kitagawa, was interviewed during the run of “Johnny’s World”, wherein he said that a sequel might happen and it will be called- “Johnny’s Universe“. “Johnny’s World” started December last year and will end by Jan 27, 2013.

Kitagawa is aiming that the said sequel will be performed at Imperial Theater after two years where the story will be reconstructed  to draw the splendor of Japan. Johnny also made it clear that there is a possibility of doing  auditions to gather talents from around the world.

Hey!Say!JUMP‘s Yamada Ryosuke remains positive about doing Johnny’s World again, “I want to challenge the limit of stage performances for four months”. He is also willing to be cast in sequel performances that will run for three months.

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Heck! Johnny’s Universe? I would rather have Johnny’s do the Miss Universe thing.LOL. Ofcourse, they would be Mr. Universe.

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[Interview] Hey!Say!JUMP, ABC-Z, and Sexy Zone Talks About Stage Life in Johnny’s World

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[11/25]As a celebration of being the recipient of two Guinness World of Records, Johnny Kitagawa have staged “Johnny’s World“, which could be said as the culmination of Johnny’s talents. Hey!Say!JUMP serves as the chairman of the stage, which also shows the participation of A.B.C-Z and Sexy Zone. Together, these groups gathered for an interview as they talked about the start of their performance.

—The play has finally kicked-off, it is only the 3rd day, how is it so far?

Yamada: Well, being engaged with Johnny’s World that is said to be culmination of Johnny’s talents that Johnny [Kitagawa] have built is truly an honor. This past three days have been well and I think that we can continue without any big failures for the next three months.

—There are also scenes wherein you will be acting with your seniors like Koichi-san, Takizawa-san, and Kamenashi-san, are there any pressures?

Yabu: Our Johnny’s seniors are part of Imperial Theater history, there is still a certain pressure so we play our parts carefully.

—Were you given any advice?

Yamada: Koichi Domoto-san came to our rehearsal once and he and Johnny-san talk about “how things should be done” until midnight.

—This time, Yabu-san acts as the producer?

Yabu: That’s right, though I received a lot of help from Johnny-san. Johnny-san always believe that “the show must go on” whatever the circumstances may be. So, we learned to adapt and be flexible.

—Is there rivalry with each other?

Yabu: Well, I dreamed that Yamada and I are arguing (laughs) and I don’t know which one is at fault. We just exchange opinions most of the time.

Yamada [to Yabu]: That’s why I though that something is wrong the next morning.

—Did the two of you reconcile in the dream?

Yabu: I actually woke-up crying (laughs). In my dream, Yamada was chasing me and saying, “Yabu-chan, Gambatte! Gambatte!”.

Yamada: That’s not me! I’m not that annoying (laughs).

Yabu: When I woke-up in tears, I was thinking of calling Yamada. I rode the car that morning and felt so awkward that I can’t speak.

Yamada: I’m not sure I understand, but I’ll probably say, “Yabu-chan, genki nai ne” (laughs).

—It has been said that there are 180 performers this time, how do you fit in dressing rooms?

Yaotome: Outside the curtain is great but inside is serious. Lots of voices could be heard like the staff shouting, “set’s passing!” or the children’s yelling “I will pass!”. It’s like coming in-and-out of a car that is full and you have to be careful to avoid injury.

—How about the dressing room assignments?

Yamada: Unexpectedly, there are quite a number of rooms in Imperial Theater.

Yabu: What is amusing is that each room has a window facing each other, so I can just lean-over the window and have a conversation with others and we can hear other conversations as well.

Nakajima (Yuto): (laughs) I did it several times as well.

Arioka: Agree.

Yamada: I have a feeling that living in Johnny’s dormitories in the old days would be hard (laughs).

—How often do you guys practice?

Kawai: We can do “Johnny’s World” even without practice.

Yaotome: ahahaha. Well said.

Yabu: No, [the questions should be] how little do you practice?

Kawai: Well, I do practice a little (laughs). Truthfully, change always happen everyday so we evolve by doing it differently.

Hashimoto: There were also changes this morning which is completely different than yesterday.

Kawai: Everyday is different.

Yabu: From the staff to performers, everyone’s aspirations gets stronger each day. We want to show that each day,we are getting better onstage. We always think how much better we can be on the last day of our performance.

—Did you receive an advice from Johnny-san?

Yamada: To us, there are certain scenes/acts from Johnny’s World that we don’t understand so Johnny-san has to explained it to us. He would explain it like, “you have to pour emotions into this song for this scene”. He also asks us what we think about this and make us try to do something for the 1st time. As for the song, “Hadaka no Shounen”, he wants us to resonates with the audience.

Yabu: Since Johnny’s Entertainment have been going-on for a long and time and Johnny-san has achieved a lot of things, we have to reproduced things like we’re doing it for Johnny-san. I think that I have to listened well to Johnny’s advice and pass it on.

—It [Johnny's World] is a celebration of Guinness.

Yabu: Well, have me keep you up to date as we celebrate it.

—Fans seem to come from all over the world, right?

Yamada: The day after tomorrow, Frank Foley of Guinness World of Records Japan and Arista Richard, Chairman of the Guinness World of Records will be attending so I would want to try my hardest.

—To perform as usual without nervousness?

Yamada: It will be impossible! But I want to try my best without giving-in to nervousness though I will be really serious.

—Kento-kun (Nakajima) is doing a collaboration with the JUMP band.

Nakajima: Well, I’m really glad to be doing collaboration with my senpai’s and I get to play an instrument as well. Though, I’m just really happy to participate for Johnny’s World, and I’m also happy that I came across the best of Johnny’s.

—Finally with enthusiasm…

Yamada: I’m engaged in “Johnny’s World” which is part of Guinness World celebration. Everyone is here as we commemorate the culmination of Johnny’s talents with chibikko Jrs. participating as well. I want to lead the success of Johnny’s World safely without injury and I want to make history on this stage. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your support!

All members: Thanking you in advance!

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It was long and quite delayed but I looooove this interview…

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Hey!Say!JUMP’s Yamada Ryosuke Asks His “Senior” for a New Year’s Gift

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On Nov 12th, Yamada Ryosuke, Yabu Kota, and other members of Hey!Say!JUMP, A.B.C.-Z, and Sexy Zone, who appeared in the stage production of Johnny’s World, attended the press conference after their performance at Imperial Theater, Tokyo.

“Johnny’s World” is the commemorative work of Johnny Kitagawa for being the recipient of Guinness World of Records for “most number of concerts produced” last year. “I feel honored to be on Johnny’s World stage that is a culmination of Johnny’s talents that Johnny-san has built,” Yamada commented. Yamada also feels proud from the positive response that they are receiving, “when I think about our final performance, I think there’s a lot of change from us and that we continue to evolve every day,” he added.

Johnny’s World will run until Jan 27th next year wherein talents behind Johnny’s World talents will be spending Christmas and New Year together. When ABC-Z’s Fumito Kawai suggested that they do Christmas exchanged gifts, Yamada then demanded that Fumito should give them (the younger ones) a  New Year’s present since Fumito is older. “It should be carried-out as to who debuted first,” Fumito replied that earned laughter among the group.

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For those who didn’t get the joke, though Yamada is older when it comes to the year that he debuted with HSJ, Fumito is older by 6 years when it comes to birth age.

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Yamada Ryosuke on his Thoughts by being the 4th Generation Kindaichi

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Hey!Say!JUMP‘s Yamada Ryosuke have just finished shooting for the upcoming NTV’s Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo~Hong Kong Kowloon Zaiho Satsujin Jiken~ that is slated to be shown on New Year next year. This 60-years special program of NTV will be shown in various parts of Asia all at the same time, a first in history.

Yamada, who filmed the series in Hong Kong, decided to follow the style of the 1st generation Kindaichi, KinKi KidsDomoto Tsuyoshi. “I kept my hair as close to the 1st generation and even wore the same style of uniform,” Yamada commented. It has been seven years since the last Kindaichi special was shown with KAT-TUN‘s Kamenashi Kazuya as the 3rd generation and Arashi‘s Matsumoto Jun as the 2nd generation.

The popular series is headlined by a stellar cast that includes Asian stars like former Farenheit member Wu Chun, Big Bang’s Seungri (V.I), and actress Vivian Hsu.

Set in Hong Kong, 4th generation’s Kindaichi will challenge difficult stunts and brilliant action scenes that could likened to that of Jackie Chan. Yamada talked about some of his action scenes including skate-boarding, “I did try skate-boarding since I have learned it in Japan. I was actually excited about the cliffs and such, but it was different once you are in the situation. We used stuntmen for other stunts, but I really worked hard to do my own stunts as possible.”

Yamada also said that he did not feel the language-barrier at all, “I think that it’s easy to convey your thoughts as long as you worked hard,” he commented.  “I think that everyone was worried because of  language differences; however, I enjoyed the differences and you can see that there’s a harmonious atmosphere at the set,” he addded.

Big Bang’s Seungri also raved about Yamada’s enthusiasm, “I think he is great for being the drama’s lead and he is still young.”

First published in 1992, “Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo” became a popular serial manga under Kodansha.  Seimaru Amagi (author of Kindaichi’s light novels) did the screenplay for the first time where he staged the serial murders in a fashion show in Hong Kong.
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Production Announcement for “Johnny’s World”

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Johnny’s original production “Johnny’s World” will begin its run this Nov. 10th at Imperial Theater in Tokyo. A press conference and announcement was held yesterday at Metropolitan, Tokyo where members of Hey! Say! JUMP, Sexy Zone and A.B.C-Z attended.

The said show is Johnny’s Entertainment President, Johnny Kitagawa, way of celebrating as a record holder in “Guinness Book of World Records” for “most concert produced” and “most no. 1 singles produced“. It was only last year when Kitagawa was awarded by Guinness on the same stage where the play will happen.

The press interview were attended by Hey!Say!JUMP‘s Yamada Ryosuke, Chinen Yuri, Yaotome Hikaru and Yabu Kota. Sexy Zone’s Nakajima Kento and Sato Shori. Lastly, A.B.C-Z‘s Hashimoto Ryosuke, Totsuka Shota, and Kawai Fumito.

I’d like to devote myself to this so I won’t shame my senior’s names,” Yamada Ryosuke commented. “Even though this is a culmination of Johnny’s talents, I would also like to show how much we [as ourselves] have evolved,” Yaotome Hikaru added.

Sato Shiori, the youngest from the attendants, was very enthusiastic about the play, “Everything has been a challenge for us during our first time, but now we want to do something that everyone hasn’t done yet,” he said.

Doing guest appearance are KinKi KidsKoichi Domoto, KAT-TUN‘s Kamenashi Kazuya, and Hideaki Takizawa, who will act as “chairperson” as he has experienced performing at Imperial Theater. Reporters asked if they have anything to say to their senpais that will act as guest, Fumito Kawai have a message for Takizawa, “Takizawa-kun, I want to know how can I exude such an aura, I’ll ask you from here since even if I call you, you don’t answer (the phone) so easily.”

Johnny’s World will start its run on Nov 10th at Imperial Theater.

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Hey!Say!JUMP’s Yamada Ryosuke and Arioka Daiki Verbally Abuse by Chinese Locals?

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This is a rough translation, I’m not well-verse with Traditional Chinese so I would appreciate any corrections. However, I’m sure you will get the gist of this news.

Hey!Say!JUMP‘s Yamada Ryosuke, Daiki Arioka, and actress Kawaguchi Haruna, who are in Hong kong to shoot the upcoming Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo~Hong Kong Kowloon Zaiho Satsujin Jiken~ have received some anti-Japanese sentiments from Chinese locals.

Sina News reported that due to the tensions between Sino-Japanese relations over disputed islands, an anti-Japanese sentiment have risen among locals. In their latest location shoot in North Point Market , some Chinese locals/ traders were reported to have given Yamada and the cast a “finger”, few curses, and even heard saying that Japanese should not be coming to Hong Kong to shoot.

Chinese and Japanese relations have been strained after Japanese “nationalized” islands of Senkaku that Chinese are claiming as theirs.

Yesterday, the casts of Kindaichi filmed some of the scenes from Shangri-La Hotel in Tsim Tsa Shui to North Point Market. The busy wet market became a bustling film set with some of Hey!Say!JUMP’s fans following Yamada and Daiki.  The crowd thickened around 9 in the morning, but the casts maintained their professionalism and continues to shoot. However, some traders/business owners were not particularly happy with the casts shooting in their area and were heard saying, “You, Japanese people should not shoot here in Chinese soil“. As the traders angers grew, the production crew were forced to call the police for assistance to mediate.

The shooting continues from North Point Market to Regal Hotel to Causeway Bay streets. A large number of Chinese fans were tailing the film crew and even rented some small trucks/pick-up to make it easier to follow the casts.

The shooting continued until dinner time wherein the casts ate their meals inside their vans.

Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo~Hong Kong Kowloon Zaiho Satsujin Jiken~ will air this Winter.

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Miyuki Nanase’s Role for Yamada Ryosuke’s “Kindaichi” has been Determined!

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Hey!Say!JUMP’s Yamada Ryosuke, who will play as the 4th Generation Kindaichi Hajime, for “Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo (Kindaichi Case Files) -  Hongkong Kowloon Treasure Murder Case” finally gets his heroine.

The role for Miyuki Nanase, Kindaichi’s childhood friend and love interest, will be played by actress Kawaguhi Haruna.

Kawaguchi Haruna is the 4th generation Miyuki after Rie Tomosaka, Anne Suzuki, and Ueno Juri.

Kawaguchi expressed her excitement of playing the role of Miyuki. “It is truly an honor, I still can’t believe it,” Kawaguchi said, “I’m a big fan of the series and Miyuki is a character that I always admire,” she added.

Although there are already 3 previous versions of Kindaichi, Kawaguchi hopes that viewers will be able to enjoy their version and promises that the cast will make this one more interesting.

The shooting will start later this month, but the photoshoot for the casts have already started.

The rest of the cast HERE.

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Asian Stars from 3 Countries to Appear in Yamada Ryosuke’s “Kindaichi”

Stars from South Korea, Taiwan, and Hongkong will be starring in “Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo (Kindaichi Case Files) -  Hongkong Kowloon Treasure Murder Case” where Hey!Say!JUMP’s Yamada Ryosuke has been chosen to play the 4th generation Kindaichi Hajime.

In the latest live adaptation of this well-loved mystery series, the latest version will take Kindaichi to Hong Kong where his childhood friend Miyuki Nanase will be in a fashion show. However, series of murder happened, which will leads to the Kindaichi’s investigation.

Among the casts is Big-Bang‘s Seungri, who’ll play as a student from South Korea, working as a hotel employee where the fashion show will be held. Seungri will be included in the list of suspects; this will be Seungri’s 1st Japanese drama. Next is Taiwan/Hong Kong actress Vivian Hsu, who will act as the fashion designer, a key character in the case. It has been 11 yrs. since Hsu have worked for a Japanese drama since “Honke no Yome”. Furthermore, Former Farenheit member and Brunei-born Taiwanese actor Wu Zun (Wu Chun) will play as a Police Detective while Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang will play as the man who once ruled Kowloon known as “Emperor of Kowloon“. Lastly, joining Yamada from Japan is Kiritani Kenta, who will act as the fashion show’s promoter, and fellow HSJ member Arioka Daiki, who will play as the dependable Ryuji Saki (Saki Ryuta’s younger brother) who will be Kindaichi’s assistant.

Half of the drama will be shot in Hong Kong around mid-September and the rest will be in Japan.

Kindaichi Shonen no Jikenbo (Kindaichi Case Files) -  Hongkong Kowloon Treasure Murder Case will be shown this Winter on NTV.

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[Recap and Review for Kindaichi SP 2013, click HERE]

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