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Not because she’s gonna be there, don’t get your hopes up, people.

LOL

From July 1 – 16, 2010 in NYC

The following Yu Aoi related films will be there:
Otouto (About her Brother/Younger Brother)
Hyakuman-en to Nigamushi Onna (One Million Yen Girl)

joining the line-up…

Ultra Miracle Love Story (Bare Essence of Life) with Kenichi Matsuyama
Dear Doctor with Eita
Memories of Matsuko by Tetsuya Nakashima
Kokuhaku (Confessions) by Tetsuya Nakashima (also at the NY Asian Film Fest)

more films and info via Nippon Cinema.

On Kokuhaku news, there was a little get together for the release of Nakashima’s film, which opens on June 5th, with the actors and actresses from his previous films. Yes, including Miki Nakatani (Memories of Matsuko), Kyoko Fukada and Anna Tsuchiya (Kamikaze Girls).

via Japan Now.

I won’t really link to the article because it mainly mentions her private life, and I know the video does mention it  a bit, but her people — because that was “her people”, right? ushered reporters away in the end.

Can I just say the exhibit looks pretty awesome? A room with big pictures of Yu Aoi… in 3D and those cute 3D glasses is a win for me.

I bothered to get some of the captions…

“蒼井優展を開くきっかけは”
The Yu Aoi Exhibit to Open

“個展を開くにあたっての感想は”
Your impressions on the opening of the exhibit

“実際に見た感想は”
The impressions on what you see (?)

“うそ をテーマにした訳は”
Conclusions of the theme of “Lies.”

“うそ をついたことは”
Ever lied? (?)

and a last caption pertaining her private life.

Anyway… I think it’s funny hearing all the giggles in the background, it makes it look like all the female reporters are totally smitten by her. Though, to be fair… I think Japan is smitten with any of their celebrities.

Uso.

I already pre-ordered the book. Alongside with a surprise for all of you Yu-Aoi-tagged element readers, but I’m gonna make you beg and grovel for the surprise… of course, I won’t be able to tell you anything until I get my order… but you can try groveling for details until then~

As I blogged 2 weeks ago, Yu-chan will be releasing a new Photobook, this time with pop-up elements, which ties into the 3D exhibit she’s doing in Shibuya, opening today in Tokyo (it’s 27th already there), and she will be at a meeting event on the 29th – if you’ve got a seat, would you report here?

All details about the book are on the link posted above.

via Japan Now.

PS: Yu Aoi has already returned to Japan – was at an event for Club Keiba, so that means she’s done shooting Vampire in Vancouver? Or will she be returning for more shooting?

Two of my favorite people are teaming up with one of my fave Japanese directors for a new drama for Asahi TV. Joe Odagiri was set to star on Atami no Sousakan (熱海の捜査官, Atami Investigators?), a series directed by Satoshi Miki (Turtles Swim Faster than Expected, Instant Swamp) that will start airing on Asahi TV on July 2nd (Friday) at 11.15pm. And now, Chiaki Kuriyama (Kill Bill) has joined the cast.

Now… wonder, is anyone subbing this, or am I watching this and figuring out the plot as I go. LOL

via Tokyograph.

*EDIT*

I dunno why I posted July 2nd
it starts July 30th

So… casting over at the current NHK Taiga drama gets even more interesting with the announcement that Yusuke Iseya will be playing Takasugi Shinsaku, samurai friend of Ryomaden.

His first appearance will be in the episode scheduled to air on July 18th. It starts from the scene where Ryoma meets Shinsaku and other Choshu samaurai by chance at a restaurant in Nagasaki.

Suzuki Kei, the chief producer, explained: “Ryoma and Shinsaku both died young, had an unconventional fashion sense, dreamed of activity overseas, there were a lot of common features between them. We’ll be depicting them as ‘having the same soul,’ the friendship and intermingling of two people as soulmates.”

via Arama They Didn’t.

Bolding mine.

I gotta be honest with you, I haven’t kept up with Ryomaden, mainly because it just gets a really difficult time-slot here. It airs like at 6am, and then it re-airs at 1pm… Maybe NHK should really think about differing their transmission. But then I would be complaining about that too, right?

Six Degrees of separation! Well, not really… Yu Aoi — anyone knows when her character will show up? — played opposite Yusuke Iseya on Honey & Clover. Their names also appeared together on Tekkonkinkreet… and Tekkon is much cooler than HachiKURO xD

I just wanted to post this photo.

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