Sakurai has been cast as a doctor for the film, which is based on a bestselling novel published last year by an actual doctor named Sosuke Natsukawa. Ichito Kurihara (played by Sakurai) is a local physician in Nagano who meets an elderly woman with terminal cancer. His interaction with her leads to his own growth as a doctor and as a person. Miyazaki plays Sakurai’s beloved wife Haruna, who works as a photographer.
The staff for the film includes the production team from the movie “Sekai no Chuushin de, Ai wo Sakebu” and screenwriter Noriko Goto, whose credits include the dramas “Blackjack ni Yoroshiku” and “Team Batista no Eikou.”
“Kamisama no Karute” will be released during the second half of 2011.
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Multi-talented entertainer Rain has become the first Korean celebrity to score a win at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards, according to his agency J. Tune Entertainment on Monday.
J. Tune announced in a press release that the singer and actor was named “Biggest Badass Star” at the awards ceremony, held Sunday (U.S. time) in Los Angeles.
Rain picked up MTV’s signature popcorn trophy for his star turn in last year’s martial arts pic “Ninja Assassin,” beating out high-profile nominees such as Angelina Jolie, Channing Tatum, Chris Pine and Sam Worthington.
The star, who had previously said that he was happy just to even be attending the event, delivered the following message through the agency after his big win.
“I think everything I endured while shooting ‘Ninja Assassin’ is coming to fruition. I would like to thank the fans who have given me enormous support from the bottom of my heart,” the actor was quoted as saying.
Born Jung Ji-hoon, Rain has released six studio albums to date and performed at numerous concert tours throughout Asia and in the U.S. including a sold-out concert at Madison Square Garden.
He has been busy building his career in Hollywood over the past few years, making his debut through the Wachowski Brothers’ pic “Speed Racer” in 2008 and following it up with a lead role in “Assassin.”
Last March, he scored a triple win at the Green Planet Movie Awards, picking up trophies for “10 Outstanding Asians in Hollywood,” “Asian Cultural Ambassador of the Year” and “Best International Entertainer (Asia).”
Rain will be returning to Korea tomorrow evening.
Amazing~!!! He’s now a world class actor.
Film is another guise for the multitalented ‘Korean Madonna’
|Eom Jung-hwa portrays a nervous author involved in a series of plagiarism scandals in “Bestseller,” coming to local theaters April 15. Provided by Lemon Tree|
Korea’s entertainment industry experts love to nickname local stars after Hollywood celebrities. It’s a surefire way to attract the public’s attention. A young teen in an idol group who can dance and sing might be called “the Korean Justin Timberlake” or a skillful child actor who can burst into tears on demand is dubbed “Korea’s Dakota Fanning,” even though Fanning is all grown up now.
These would-be stars often fail to live up to their namesakes. But Eom Jeong-hwa – known as the “Korean Madonna” – may be the exception. Eom is unafraid of transforming herself for a screen role – her characters have included a devoted wife, a lesbian, a single woman who wants to have a baby – while on stage, she sings disco with her hair in a bob, wearing skin-tight leather tops and shorts at the age of 41. She also loves to stir up controversy: Eom was the first local singer to appear in public in her underwear.
A favorite of the public and paparazzi alike, Eom has been an A-list screen darling for almost two decades, and she has 10 albums under her belt – every one producing at least one hit. No other Korean star has juggled acting and singing careers as successfully, or for as long, as Eom has.
This spring, Eom plays the role of a hysterical author involved in a plagiarism scandal in her new film “Bestseller,” to be released next month.
In order to play the role, Eom, who calls herself a gourmet, went on a diet and shed about seven kilograms (15 pounds).
“I’m not the type of person who easily slims down, but I had to do so to add reality to this nervous and hysterical character, because people who often get stressed out or sensitive are usually thin. So I walked on the treadmill for 100 minutes per day and ate protein instead of carbohydrates,” Eom said at a recent press conference in central Seoul.
To see her in this role, it’s hard to believe the soft-spoken and amiable Eom was once a regular in romantic comedies. The effort to expand the scope of her film career began when she played a serial killer in “Princess Aurora” in 2005. That film convinced Bestseller director Lee Jeong-ho that Eom was right for the job.
“I think Eom is the best and smartest actress in Korea, interpreting and understanding her roles better than other Korean actresses,” he said.
Although Eom still feels more comfortable with romantic comedies, she said she was hooked by the script of Bestseller after reading only a few pages. “When I do romantic comedies, I feel like I’m loved by many people, and it makes me feel good. But I think there is a different level of pleasure when I film thrillers. My eyes and facial expressions are gloomy and dark when I do thrillers,” she said.
“The action scenes were really tough but really fun. I don’t think I’ll be able to forget the moment when I climbed up to a rooftop wearing seven-centimeter (2.8-inch) high heels. The director might not know, but I cried on the rooftop,” Eom said, laughing.
Eom’s co-star Ryu Seung-ryong, also at the press conference, predicted the film would be a turning point in Eom’s acting career.
The actress herself was less sure.
“The audience will judge whether this is going to be my turning point or not, but one sure thing is that I found myself enjoying every single scene during production,” Eom said.
Bestseller is slated to open on April 15.
By Sung So-young [firstname.lastname@example.org
Hallyu superstar Bae Yong-Joon has strived hard to promote South Korean tourism in the past 2 years. Entering 2010, he is finally announcing a new acting project. His & ace producer Park Jin-Young’s joint production of ‘Dream High’ will begin shooting soon. Team members of popular girl group WONDERGIRLS are expected to collaborate.
Bae Yong-Joon, in writing his travel book ‘The Journey in Search of Beauty of Korea’, had receded from the entertainment spotlight for a significantly long time. His BOF management company said that his first priority this year is a TV drama. Besides the earlier ‘Waterdrops of God’ that is temporarily shelved due to product placement issues, there are other purchaseable adaptations of copyright works under discussion.
[The last paragraph is left untranslated as the news tidbits are about actresses Yunjin Kim & Jun Ji-Hyun.]
Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun is set to star in an online mystery film titled “The Influence”, according to a press release by the film’s producer Realize Pictures on Wednesday.
Lee, 39, will play one of the main characters who has to make a choice on his path to fulfilling a promise made many years ago in the film set for release online in early March.
Lee Jae-kyu, who has created several hit TV series including “Damo” and “Beethoven Virus,” will be making his directorial debut with “Influence.” He will team with screenwriter Hong Jin-ah of “Beethoven” again for the three-part movie based on a time period covering 1907 to 2010.
Lee Byung-hun is considered one of Korea’s top actors who has starred in numerous Korean dramas and films, including the recent blockbuster TV series “Iris” for which he won the award for best actor at the 2009 KBS Acting Awards.
He also debuted in Hollywood last year with a supporting role in “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” alongside Channing Tatum and Sienna Miller and starred in action thriller “I Come with the Rain” alongside Josh Hartnett and Takuya Kimura.
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BANDAGE opening in Taiwan and Korea. Negotiations going on for other countries,
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Akanishi’s “BANDAGE” advancing globally!
Akanishi Jin (25) of the popular group “KAT-TUN”‘s first movie “BANDAGE” will be distributed in Korea and Taiwan starting the 16th. The distributor, Toho, is “under negotions with (other) countries”, so it seems like the rock band vocals of Akanishi’s will be heard all over the world. As of today in Japan, it’s been released on 214 screens across the country, and box office revunue is expected to start at 20 billion yen. In Tokyo, Akanishi and the others had a greeting where they celebrated the movie’s opening and global advancement.
There is some great news with the premiere of the movie. It’s been decided that the movie “BANDAGE”, starring Akanishi, will be distributed in Taiwan and Korea. Furthermore, it seems that other countries are voluntarily negotiating a release.
For Akanishi, who hasn’t had any overseas performances with KAT-TUN, will this time step into foreign markets with his group activities.
Acting in this film is of course, the rock band LANDS, who last November came out with the single “BANDAGE”, and this month on the 13th came out with an album “Olympos”, were a big hit. It seems that the two faces of drama and music will be recognized worldwide.
With such good news, Akanishi, at the main screening building in Tokyo, Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills, appeared with Kitano Kii, Anne and others. They celebrated the premiere and global advancement with the fans.
The movie is about Natsu (whom Akanishi plays), a leader of the rock band LANDS that’s having some conflicts, and the growing up that comes with adolescence. Appropriate of a movie about a rock band, the shooting was the same production as when the artist Yazawa Eikichi sang “Tomaranai Ha~Ha”, where the fans threw their towels.
With 500 towels thrown up all at once, the theater completely changed into a concert hall. Furthermore, 1 towel managed to hang off of Akanishi’s head. Akanishi wore the towel jokingly. Different from the shameless attitude of the group, his expression was very loose.
He responded admirably with, “I’m filled with gratitude to everyone. Since we’ve been shooting since the year before last, it’s like, it’s finally open”.