Ai Kago will be making her return to Japanese TV this Friday on Fuji TV
Former Morning Musume and super popular Japanese idol Ai Kago (加護亜衣) announced on her blog last Friday that she’s officially back in Japanese showbiz! Affectionately called “Aibon” or “Kago-chan” by her fans, the 20 year old cutie revealed she’ll make her first Japanese TV appearance since her second smoking scandal more than 2 years ago.
“Aibon” is back in the spotlight, this time as a serious actress and talent
Ai Kago is going to be the guest on Japanese showbiz icon Sanma Akashiya’s Fuji TV late night variety show “Sanma no Manma” (さんまのまんま) this Friday. On the show Aibon will talk about her downward spiral, her road to recovery, her succeeding in losing 22 pounds and her current status as a bona fide Japanese actress and “talent”. Aibon has recently returned from Hong Kong after completing her role in “Super Chef” (スーパーシェフ), her first movie since her comeback. The film will be shown in Hong Kong this fall and be in theaters in Japan next April.
If Ai Kago and Maki Goto got together, what would you name the unit?
Ai Kago has also began filming a historic suspense drama with NTV (Nippon TV) in the ancient capitol of Kyoto since returning to Japan. She plays a princess and from the leaked press photos I’ve seen she looked absolutely adorable! Upon her return she was asked about the rumor of her and former Morning Musume member Maki Goto (current AVEX artist) forming a new unit. Aibon responded that it was also the first time for her to hear such speculation but she’d welcome it.
June 13, 2008 · posted by john · Filed Under cute, gravure, japanese, movies, news, pictures · Comment
Japanese gravure idol and actress Yui Aragaki (新垣結衣) was in Tokyo at the end of last month promoting Japanese soda “Mitsuya Cider” (三ツ矢サイダー) and its latest TV commercial. Mitsuya Cider, which tastes similar to 7 Up has a long history and is celebrating its 125th year on the market this year. The cute Okinawa Prefecture native was selected to be the “Mitsuya Cider Girl” and will starr in a series of new commercial that focus on a group of old friends being reunited on the beach.
On Wednesday “Gakki” turned 20 and announced that effective immediately her short lived blog would be shut down. Instead she’ll continue to have diary entries on a cell phone site.
Yui Aragaki blows out the candles on her birthday cake as she “graduates” from the U-19 idol status
권혁문PD]10일 오후 청담동 클럽서클에서는 XTM의 4부작 드라마 ‘앙녀쟁투’ 쇼케이스가 열렸다. 이날 주연배우인 성은, 이파니, 김세인은 포토타임에서 섹시명랑한 포즈로 많은 박수를 받았다.
한편 기자간담회에서 이파니는 첫 연기에 대해 “참 어렵긴 한데 너무 재밌다. 잘 맞는거 같다. 오늘 예고편을 보며 안타까운게 많다”고 말했다.
‘앙녀쟁투’는 모델 아카데미를 배경으로 섹시하고, 매혹적인 모델들의 이야기를 다룬 작품으로 3월 15일 밤 12시 XTM을 통해 방송될 예정이다.
May 19, 2008 · posted by john · Filed Under blog, cute, japanese, movies, news, pictures · 1 Comment
Ai Kago at Narita International Airport last Friday
Former idol and Morning Musume member Ai Kago (加護亜依) aka Aibon has officially kicked off her comeback in a big way after over 2 years of hiatus that stemmed from her “smoking incidents”. The always cute Aibon (あいぼん) left for Hong Kong this past Friday to work on an upcoming Hong Kong blockbuster movie tentatively titled “Kung Fu Chef” or “Super Chef” (功夫厨神). This is Ai’s first major work project since announcing her return to Japanese showbiz as an actress back in April.
Aibon appeared to be in high spirit at her press conference
At a brief press conference held at Narita International Airport before her departure, the 20 year old said, “I’ve finally made a comeback! I’m somewhat nervous but I shall do my best.” Commenting on the scar left from her suicide attempt, Aibon said, “I’ve done the worst possible thing as a human being so I’ll never do that again.” On her blog which has recently received top ranking in hits she wrote, “I’m sorry I wasn’t able to talk much about my projects but forget about that as I bring you the good news! It’s been confirmed I’ll starr in a Hong Kong movie. I didn’t know I’d get offered a job that quickly…I’m so happy!”
Aibon going over the script for Kung Fu Chef before leaving for Hong Kong. She’ll be there until early June.
Miss Kago is indeed very lucky (her new management is obviously fighting very hard for her) to land a role in “Super Chef”. The movie starrs the legendary Hong Kong action superstar Sammo Hung (洪金寶) as the charismatic super chef and former Taiwanese boy band F4 member and Asian heartthrob Vanness Wu (吳建豪) as his disciple. Aibon will play the younger sister of the boss that runs the restaurant. Her character often gets in trouble and she has an acute sense for taste and is skilled in the art of tea and spices.
Random photos from Ai Kago’s popular blog
When reporters asked about her beau, cafe operator Yasuyuki Ishimoto (石本靖幸) who’s 18 years her senior, Ai replied, “He’s more like an older brother than a boyfriend to me. He told me to go and do my job seriously.”
At the press conference the subject of smoking was once again touched on. According to Aibon, she quit smoking by sucking on her favorite milk flavored candy and mint gum.
April 17, 2008 · posted by john · Filed Under blog, japanese, jpop, movies, music, news, pictures · Comment
ZARD’s latest single 翼を広げて (Tsubasa wo Hirogete) will be featured in a Detective Conan movie
A previously unreleased song by Izumi Sakai, lead vocal of the Japanese rock band ZARD will be the theme song for the latest Detective Conan anime movie, “Meitantei Konan Senritsu no Gakufu” (Detective Conan, Score of Horror). Izumi Sakai was the voice and face of the somewhat mysterious unit that was extremely popular in the 90s. She passed away last May under cloudy circumstances while battling cervical cancer.
The poster for 名探偵コナン 戦慄の楽譜 “Detective Conan Score of Horror”
The song “Tsubasa wo Hirogete” (Spread Your Wings) was written by famous Japanese musician Tetsuro Oda and its lyrics penned by Miss Izumi Sakai herself. The animated movie will hit theaters across Japan this Saturday.
Japanese talent Chiriko Sakashita (L) and comedian Ryota Yamasato of Nankai Candies (R) promoting the movie in Tokyo last week
i have no idea who this is. she’s labeled as an av star of some sort,…