August 17th, 2012

Keanu Reeves’ ’47 Ronin’ Pushed Another Year!

What is going on with 47 Ronin? First scheduled for a November 2012 bow, Universal Studiospushed the samurai actioner starring Keanu Reeves to a February 2013 date and now its moved yet again. Directed by first-timer and commercial helmer Carl Rinsch, the film will now land onDecember 25th, 2013 due to extensive visual effects work and some re-shoots. According to Deadline, this couldn’t be done in the right timeframe, because of the London-based team having scheduling issues due to the Olympics. I’m wary, but we have a long ways to go before we see anything from this one and the Christmas slot is usually promising. Universal has also issued a slew of other release date updates, which can be seen below.


Animated Zen

"Akira Project" aims to create live-action fan trailer in response to WB screwing up everything

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Angry Asian Man | Akira Project

tl;dr some fans are trying to do Akira justice by creating a fan trailer (but just a trailer) and want your help.
nhf the
uh-KEE-ruh and MAYN-guh in the pitch vid but it seems like a good and worthwhile project.
mods, post the entry with tags, somewhere in the cut process they disappeared so oop @ me

Naka Riisa to star in new medical drama ‘Resident ~ 5-nin no Kenshui'


On August 17th, it was announced that actress Naka Risa will be starring in the new TBS drama called ‘Resident ~ 5-nin no Kenshui‘ for the upcoming fall season.

Naka already starred in the late-night drama ‘Nihonjin no Shiranai Nihongo‘ (2010, NTV) and is going to star in a 10:00 pm drama called ‘Tsurukame Josanin‘ (NHK), which will start airing on August 28th, but ‘Resident’ is going to be her first starring role in a golden time (7~10 pm) drama.

The story revolves around a group of new medical interns at the emergency and critical care center of a university hospital. ‘Miyama Shizuku’ (Naka) is one of them and medical care seems to run in her blood, as both of her parents are private clinicians. However, at the hospital she soon realizes that reality is far different from her own ideals of “facing each patient with the utmost sincerity and benevolence”, as Naka described her character.

As the title suggests, the group consists of five new medical interns and the remaining four are played by Hayashi KentoNEWS‘ Masuda TakahisaOmasa Aya, and Ishibashi Anna.

Naka commented, “We’re all from the same generation and I’m looking forward to work together with them. It probably won’t be quiet at the set.”

The doctors who will guide the new medical interns are going to be portrayed by Ozawa YukiyoshiFuruta Arata, and Sudo Risa.

‘Resident ~ 5-nin no Kenshui’ is scheduled to air on TBS every Thursday at 9:00 pm, starting sometime in October.

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So Koki really becomes a Monk!

It has been announced that KAT-TUN‘s Koki Tanaka will play a monk named Gyoukei in the upcoming TBS drama “Ooku ~ Tanjou ~ Arikoto. Iemitsu Hen” where Sakai Masato plays a priest named Arikoto. Gyoukei will served as a disciple to Arikoto who will joined him in the inner chamber with 3,000 men vying for the affection of the female shogun to be played by actress Tabe Mikako (Tokugawa Imetsu).

“Ooku” is a popular manga by Fumi Yoshinaga that was  made into a movie back in 2010 which stars Arashi’s Ninomiya Kazunari and actress Kou Shibasaki.

The story revolves around an alternate history in Edo period wherein a mysterious plague affects only the male population. Due to the nature of the plague, male’s population have plummeted, which leads to a role reversal wherein females became more dominant than men. Female even hold the highest position at the time (Shogun) wherein only  Shogun’s can keep a harem of handsome and unproductive men known as Ooku.

Furthermore, the drama will follow Vol.2 to 4 of the manga and will have another movie adaptation to be shown in theaters this December.

Co-starring are Yumi Asou, Hiroyuki Hirayama, Nao Minamisawa, Toshinori Omi, Yasunori Danta, and Takashi Naitou.

Ooku ~ Tanjou ~ Arikoto. Iemitsu Hen” will start this October 12th, 10:00PM (JST) at TBS.