Jin to make his Hollywood debut

It was just announced that former KAT-TUN member Akanishi Jin will be making his Hollywood debut through the Hollywood remake of the Japanese movie 47 Ronin. Jin will star alongside Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves and Japanese actors Sanada Hiroyuki, Tadanobu Asano, Kikuchi Rinko, and singer Shibasaki Kou. And as of right now it’s set to be released on November 21, 2012. But that’s obviously not set in stone. Movies get pushed back and release dates get changed all the time.

This is extremely exciting news for a couple of reasons. Obviously the first one being that Jin will grace theaters worldwide and will get worldwide exposure from this movie. The second reason is this is a Hollywood movie in English. I’m sure most Jin fans, or anyone who reads his twitter, know that his English isn’t the best. But since this is a Hollywood movie probably with a big budget, I bet there will be someone on set to help him with his English a bit. Granted it doesn’t seem like anyone has been helping Ken Watanabe with his English all that much. But that hasn’t hurt his American career in the least bit. And of course the third reason this is great is because of the exposure this will give Jin’s American career. Everyone knows that Jin is going to release his first American album. But so far a release date hasn’t been announced which means the album is no where near ready. So, that makes me assume that his album will be released late 2011, like November or December, or early 2102, like January or February. Now, a movie being released that late won’t give Jin that much promotion for the actual release of his album but it will probably pimp Jin enough to get people interested in his music. Depending how popular the movie is and how well Jin comes off to American audiences. Since Jin is going to be in the movie he will probably be doing some of the promotions. Especially on semi-big late night shows. Since a lot of shows have to settle for secondary actors in the film if they can’t book the big names. Like Jimmy Fallon or George Lopez will never get a huge actor who’s movie is currently in theaters. But they might get Jin. Also, Jin could possibly get a tie in song. Since he’s an American singer, or will be soon, they might pimp his music. Movies always love to feature the actor’s music in movies. So, if we’re lucky one of his songs will be playing while the credits play.
You also gotta love how the Japanese tabloids were almost right. Back when Jin first decided to take a break from KAT-TUN to do his solo concerts a Japanese tabloid said he was doing so to audition for Pirates of the Caribbean 4. And he would be unable to do KAT-TUN’s concert and audition for the movie. Well, it seems that they were half right. They just got the movies mixed up. It also seems like Jin really did leave to audition because it was also said that Jin went and auditioned for the movie on his own. So, to me it seems like he did just that with JE’s permission. And once he actually got the role Johnny thought it would be an absolutely perfect idea to have him also debut in the US as a singer. Which is why they didn’t announce he would be debuting in America until after his concerts were over, when he was supposed to come back. And not before then, in case he didn’t get the part. And if he didn’t get the part there would be no reason to have him try to debut in the US. That’s just my two sense though. Perhaps I’m just overanalyzing the situation like I always do. XD
Good luck to Jin though. I hope this movie becomes a success. Even though Jin will probably end up getting like 10 lines. XD

Bandage movie review

Recently I watched Akanishi Jin’s moive Bandage. Well actually now it wasn’t as recently as I would have liked it to have been. But personal things have pushed this post back by a lot. Anyway, while I was watching the movie I decided to make a post about the movie. Since I never review movies or dramas, I thought it would be fun to do a movie review. And this review will contain spoilers, not like there is much to spoil anyway.

Let me start this review off by saying the sole purpose I watched this movie was for Jin. Much like a lot of people did. And I guess that really wasn’t a very smart thing to do, because I didn’t really care for the movie very much. Yes, of course I enjoyed looking at Jin for roughly an hour and a half. (Who wouldn’t?) But beyond that the movie was extremely bland. The movie lacked substance, and it didn’t really have a story line.

Let’s start off with the main thing about the movie that irked me. The whole Natsu and Asako relationship. Oh wait, I can’t talk about that because they didn’t have one. The trailer said it was a coming of age story, that alluded to a romance. And I’m a sucker for a good romance, especially when the male lead is hot. The movie starts out with Asako going to see LANDS live with a friend. The friend, who I might add, she ditches and sees once every 3 years. XD And Asako starts off being a little bit under Natsu’s spell, but that wear off in 5 minutes. So the whole movie is Natsu loving Asako from a far, and Asako keeping him at arms length and being all angsty and selfish. The movie jumps like 8 months in the future and I though, “Oh man, we’re finally going to get some Natsu Asako action!” But of course not. Natsu might love her from a far, but you never really see that he has any real interest in her until like the middleish of the movie. Throughout it Natsu just seems to be a little flirty. And it’s completely frustrating that this movie is completely not the love story I was hoping for!

Another thing I hated was the lack of a storyline. The movie was the somewhat rise of the band. And that is it! And absolutely nothing else happened! No addiction to drugs, no huge groupie orgy, no alcohol induced car crash, no suicide attempts, and no angsting against fame. What kind of rock star is he? I don’t know what the writers of this movie have heard, but this is what real bands are up to. Even Japanese bands from the 90’s. Anything like this would have made the movie miles more intense. But instead we got to see the ever interesting recording process, the lyric witting process, getting signed, arranging music, and being a manager. How exciting! The movie pretty much seemed liked a CD making of and behind the scenes footage of the concert. If I wanted to see that I’d watch the tour documentary of NEWS’S Live Diamond again. Which was much more entertaining. It was a very mundane version of being in a band. Granted this is what it’s REALLY like to be in a band. But I’m watching a movie here, the last thing I want from a movie is realism. I want fantasy, I want adventure, I want entertainment. In all honesty NANA was a better band movie then Bandage was. And I would recommend watching NANA over Bandage any day. At least exciting things happened in NANA. And if you want a hot guy, Hiraoka Yuta is in NANA. Sure he may not be Jin’s level of hottness, but he’s still pretty hot.

The last thing I disliked about Bandage was the ending. First off it flashed forward 2 years into the future. In that time Asako hadn’t spoken to Natsu. She goes up in the recording area, see’s Natsu is recording and starts to cry. Then the credits roll! I hate movies that do that. Where they don’t completely end the story. I want to know what happens next. Do they finally become a couple? Does Natsu still hate her? Is Asako done being so whiney? We will never know. And I hate that.

Since this is a movie review I couldn’t help but taking a few screencaps of the movie. 😀

This part made a lol. No, literally lol. I giggled like an idiot at this part. Mostly because it was unexpected, kinda funny, and I thought the movie would be awesome. Obviously I was wrong. XD And that just seems like something Jin would say in real life.

Engrish it’s everywhere. If you can’t read it, it say’s: No smoke no future, and do a rat. Personally I would have preferred smorke over smoke, but this was still pretty random.

LOLZ! Gotta love the movie foreshadowing KAT-TUN’s future.

I hate that this magazine is called Japanese. When it’s pretty obvious it’s supposed to be Oricon Style. Japanese is stupid. They should have called it magazine over that.

I really hate that the No Names stopped making music. Just when they were so close to reaching number 1 on the Oricom charts.

WTF is up with this dude? He’s so emo!

I’d kill to have Jin that close to me. How could anyone ever turn him down?

I might not have enjoyed Bandage, but that doesn’t mean you can’t. XD For anyone who wants to watch the movie you can watch the stream here. The here is clickable incase that’s not clear to some people. XD

Maimi and Kanon’s winter ghost story

C-ute member Yajima Maimi and Hello Project Egg Fukuda Kanon are to appear in a movie together called Winter Ghost Story.

Now I don’t know much about the movie yet, since I can’t read Japanese. For now all I know is Maimi and Kanon are in it. Which is exciting news. This will be Kanon’s debut as an actress and will be Maimi’s second movie role. From the title we can assume it’s a horror/suspense movie. I have a feeling it will be a mix between Ghost Train and A Tale of Two Sisters. But that’s based on title alone.

I’ll be updating this story later when I have more info on it. You can also read about it on Shinichi Konjina’s blog.