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“ROOKIES” rakes in 1.2 billion on opening weekend

Posted by diopatra on June 2, 2009

As expected, the “ROOKIES” movie was a major success at the box office in its opening weekend. The film played on 428 screens across Japan, and in two days it was seen by over 980,000 people, earning more than 1.2 billion yen.

The movie’s performance is being compared to “Hana Yori Dango Final,” which was the #1 live-action film and #2 overall (behind “Gake no Ue no Ponyo”) of 2008. “ROOKIES” opened on 7% more screens (compared to 400) and made 21.7% more in ticket revenue. At this rate, “ROOKIES” could eventually earn over 9 billion yen in theaters, given that “Hana Yori Dango Final” ultimately grossed 7.75 billion. Toho hopes that “ROOKIES” may even break the 10 billion yen mark, which has only been achieved by three live-action Japanese films so far.


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VMAJ 2009: EXILE triumphs again

Posted by diopatra on June 1, 2009


On Saturday, the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2009 took place at the Saitama Super Arena. The big winner of the night was the group EXILE, picking up a total of three awards for the second straight year.

EXILE again won the title of Best Video of the Year, this time with “Ti Amo (Chapter 2).” The same video earned them honors for Best Group Video. EXILE completed the trifecta with the Best Choreography Award.

This year’s ceremony was hosted by comedian/actor Hitori Gekidan. Several celebrities made guest appearances, including Thelma Aoyama, Nana Eikura, Meisa Kuroki, Nana Tanimura, and Kanako Yanagihara. The event also featured performances by artists such as EXILE, Black Eyed Peas, BoA, Green Day, Katy Perry, and Remioromen.

* Best Male Video: KREVA, “A Ka Sa Ta Na Ha Ma Ya Ra Wa Wo N”
* Best Female Video: Namie Amuro, “NEW LOOK”
* Best Group Video: EXILE, “Ti Amo (Chapter 2)”
* Best New Artist Video: Kimaguren, “LIFE”
* Best Video of the Year: EXILE, “Ti Amo (Chapter 2)”
* Best Rock Video: Maximum the Hormone, “Tsume Tsume Tsume”
* Best Pop Video: Katy Perry, “I Kissed A Girl”
* Best R&B Video: Namie Amuro, “Sexy Girl”
* Best Hip Hop Video: TERIYAKI BOYZ, “ZOCK ON! feat. Pharrell & Busta Rhymes
* Best Reggae Video: HAN-KUN, “HOTTER THAN HOT”
* Best Dance Video: Towa Tei, “Mind Wall feat. Miho Hatori
* Best Video from a Film: Remioromen, “Yume no Tsubomi” (from “Kansen Retto”)
* Best Collaboration Video: NELLY and FERGIE, “Party People”
* Best Album of the Year: Mr.Children, “SUPERMARKET FANTASY”
* Street Icon Award: Beastie Boys
* Best Choreography Award: EXILE


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[MV] Big Bang – My Heaven

Posted by diopatra on May 28, 2009

japanese version of their Korean song Heaven.

just read it somewhere, i dont want to add other descriptions that might be in accurate.

i always enjoy Big Bang’s music but really cant say im a fan.

though on this video, im noticing g-dragon’s hotness for the first time 😀

good luck to their japanese new album.

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TVXQ will Release a New Single

Posted by diopatra on May 15, 2009

As the continuation of their 23rd single “Doushite Kimi Wa Suki Ni Natta Shimattan Darou?” which was performed in NHK, TVXQ recorded their new single in Japan released on July 1st, the 28th single, “Stand by U”.

Hero Jaejoong explained the title of the new single — “Stand By U”, “Someone left without saying good bye, but then realized how his feeling has been leaving unchanged,” he said firmly. “Nonetheless, instead of trying to be back again, he just continues to stand waiting with a faith that he will meet his true love once again.”

In addition to the single “Stand by U”, is a song that will be used for ending theme of NIHON TV’s Best Information Programme “Miyaneya” — “Tea for Two”. While their old single “Sky” is going to be the third track. TVXQ has finished filming music video for “Stand by U”.

TVXQ also has completed their first 4 stages from total 21 cities tour, mobilizing 250,000 audiences through their TVXQ 4th Live Tour 2009 – The Secret Code.

source: Union News (
trans: sharingyoochun@wordpress

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SS501 Introduces A Capella Song in 2nd Japanese Album

Posted by diopatra on May 14, 2009

The five members of SS501 are back together to launch their activities in Japan.

Until recently, the members had been busy with their separate activities: Kim Hyun-joong was filming “Boys Over Flowers,” Park Jung-min was appearing in the musical “Grease,” and Kim Hyung-jun, Kim Kyu-jong and Heo Young-saeng performed under the name “Triple S.”

SS501’s second Japanese album, which is slated for release on May 13 and entitled “All My Love,” shows off a more mature side of the members’ vocal skills.

All 13 songs included in the album are performed in Japanese. The new album contains a song that sends a message of hope to a loved one; the ballad “Mermaid,” performed by Park Jung-min; the single “Lucky Days,” which entered the Oricon weekly chart last year, and “Get Along,” which was strongly recommended by the CEO of SS501’s agency, DSP Media.

The title track, “All My Love,” had drawn the spotlight even before the album’s release because it is SS501’s first a capella song. Park Jung-min said he and his band mates doubted their ability to perform the song when they first heard about it, but at the same time they believed they had to try it. Kim Hyung-jun, the leader of SS501, said the group practiced hard to perfectly convey the warmth of the song.

On May 17, SS501 will hold a handshaking event for its fans at the TFT Hall in Tokyo to mark the release of its new album and arouse interest in it.

On August 13, the group will hold two concerts at the Budokan Hall for the first time as part of its Asian concert tour.

source: KBS

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