Arama They Didn't

10:27 am - 10/24/2011

"Don't want to lose to Broadway" Talk with Johnny Kitagawa

 「Most No 1 Singles Produced」「Most Concerts Produced」――。We asked Guinness World Record holder and Johnny's Jimusho President Johnny Kitagawa his thoughts on show business and raising idols, etc.


 ――Certified as Guinness World Record holder

 I think this record will be hard to break. I'll be turning 80 soon but this is a record that I've spent all those years making. Entertaining others while entertaining yourself, that is "Show business". As such, I want to continue on having fun forever.

 ――Inspiration to join show business was

 Having grown up in Los Angeles because of my father's job, I got to see many shows and musicals from very young. In my early teens, Hattori Ryoichi and Misora Hibari came to perform (in the States) and I was tasked as interpreter. We would make bromides and sell them and they would just fly off the shelves. Still being a child but having the trust of everyone, that was the point where I decided I wanted to enter the entertainment industry.

 ――After that, I started an agency in Japan

 After the war, Japanese products such as cameras and televisions were on the cutting edge. But for some reason, the entertainment industry remained in the stone age. It was a time when it was embarrassing for a guy to lift his legs while dancing. It was from there that I went forward. I planned to make men dancing commonplace.

 ――How did you raise so many idols?

 You can't succeed with just singing and dancing. You must be "All Mighty" [A/N: All-Around, good at everything]. To increase the chances (of succeeding), I wanted to stock up skills. SMAP's Nakai (Masahiro) couldn't talk at all at first, but now his specialty is talking (as MC). It is amusing.

 They call it the "Ikemen Boom", but there aren't any boys in Johnny's that are just there because they are good looking. Matchy (Kondo Masahiko) isn't even good looking. It's because what they're doing is cool that they're cool. More than looks, it is motivation that is important. When Hikaru Genji was formed and I told them that I wanted them to rollerskate, they replied, "We don't know how to skate. But it sounds fun, let's try it". And in one hour, they were all skating smoothly. It's because one likes something that one can become good at it.

 ――Future aspirations

 I went forward with the feelings that I don't want to lose to Broadway. They say our shows are very broadway-like, but I want to produce a Japanese show that is recognized by the world. Little by little, we're coming to the point where it would be strange for Japan not to be on the cutting edge (in show business).

Source: Asahi.com
Translation: Me

I don't know about you but I find this interview very interesting. It's revealing about how Johnny thinks.

"They call it the "Ikemen Boom", but there aren't any boys in Johnny's that are just there because they are good looking." Well I guess the other boys can't say anymore that "Elite" MatsuJun was only chosen because of his face XD
    And can someone say "ouch!" for Matchy?
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chopper 24th-Oct-2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
lol matsujun's face is ugly

thank god that johnny actually knows what he's doing. its not just about their faces (lol, tegoshi???)

i am feeling offensive today sry arama
arashi_l 24th-Oct-2011 05:36 pm (UTC)
was the Matsujun comment necessary? ¬¬
crimsonbreeze 24th-Oct-2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
If he thinks Matchy isn't good looking, I wonder what the fuck does he think about Go Morita... in any case, all hail the eternal lord of idols.
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daikishlicious 24th-Oct-2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
Matchy (Kondo Masahiko) isn't even good looking. - Really a? Oh well Johnny, that's your opinion.

javiera 24th-Oct-2011 02:53 pm (UTC)
Man, Johnny is everywhere lately...

I agree that johnnys aren't all good looking (in the "typical" kind of way anyway) and that it's not enough to get the job done. Motivation is everything. And having talent is more than being able to sing, dance, act or MC-ing. The "best" idols are those that are great at networking. *Those* are the ones that gets the jobs, opportunities, and thus the attention.
zheinpathos 24th-Oct-2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
"...there aren't any boys in Johnny's that are just there because they are good looking. Matchy (Kondo Masahiko) isn't even good looking."

WIN!
sakuratikah 24th-Oct-2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Aww Johnny didn't mention arashi or which group he's gonna make a world tour for :(
dictionarysays 24th-Oct-2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, wait. Is he seriously considering a world tour? Or are we just deluding ourselves like we usually do, lol? xDD
xanderave 24th-Oct-2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
JOHNNY SPEAKETH THE TRUTH!
simuntu 24th-Oct-2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
"Matchy (Kondo Masahiko) isn't even good looking"

What? I think Matchy is still very attractive despite his not so young age.
And MatsuJun... He looks okay now, but when he's younger i don't think he's handsome at all. He was skinny, his face looked weird and his teeth... ewww. If he's chosen because of his looks, then i can say that Johnny has a weird taste.
yaoilicious_53 24th-Oct-2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
MatsuJun joined JE during his..CUTENESS OVERLOAD days.. not his skinny ugly days.

This is how he looked during his early Junior days.
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tennyo29 24th-Oct-2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
"They call it the "Ikemen Boom", but there aren't any boys in Johnny's that are just there because they are good looking." Well I guess the other boys can't say anymore that "Elite" MatsuJun was only chosen because of his face

There is irony in me saying this RIGHT as this was posted -->
http://tinyurl.com/5tpvql6
meiachii 24th-Oct-2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
idk. I find an idol to be good looking while executing their talents to the fullest. And talents can be just about anything. Maybe that's why I find some of Johnny's unattractive as opposed to the norm.
newsvsyamapi 27th-Oct-2011 08:10 pm (UTC)
You are sooo right ^^
terrorpinguchib 24th-Oct-2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
Entertaining others while entertaining yourself

urgh. don't wanna know with who exactly he was entertaining himself.
tennyo29 24th-Oct-2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
I KNEW someone was going to comment on that. As soon as I translated it I'm like "Oh, this is gonna be taken as meaning other things :P"
frozencrumbz 24th-Oct-2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
"Matchy (Kondo Masahiko) isn't even good looking."
LOL CRACKED ME UP.

But I raise my glass to Johnny; I'm glad he did not make plastic surgery a protocol for success.
katzsong 24th-Oct-2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
but they have excellent dental plan xD
pocketsock 24th-Oct-2011 03:09 pm (UTC)
"They call it the "Ikemen Boom", but there aren't any boys in Johnny's that are just there because they are good looking."
Yupp, elite J entered because of looks, but he's certainly more than that! And that's why he debuted! (Biased fangirl being biased! sry?)

"Matchy (Kondo Masahiko) isn't even good looking. It's because what they're doing is cool that they cool."
I think he looks dandy enough, so it's fine.

And I really like... no, love this: "We don't know how to skate. But it sounds fun, let's try it"
It's like, one of the core, hidden reasons I ever stick to JEntertainment, now that I think about it.

Thanks for the read!
kurakura_chan 24th-Oct-2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
this is really interesting article.

"They call it the "Ikemen Boom", but there aren't any boys in Johnny's that are just there because they are good looking."
"It's because what they're doing is cool that they cool. More than looks, it is motivation that is important."
I love those sentences. my love for my bias is more than look. he even look ugly for many people xD

thanks ^^
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