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9:05 am - 05/31/2012

Meisa Kuroki Shows-Off Baby Bump in "Yae No Sakura" Press Conference

Looking very much pregnant and already in her 5 months, Meisa Kuroki shows-off her baby bump at the recent press conference for the upcoming Taiga drama, "Yae No Sakura".

At the press conference last May 30th, Kuroki was seen wearing a white blazer, which did so little to cover her plump stomach. The singer-actress, who married Jin Akanishi last February, was often seen placing her hand on her stomach during the conference. Kuroki is expected to give birth by mid-October.

In the drama, Kuroki will play Nijiima Yae's rival, which will be played by Ayase Haruka. The NHK drama will start shooting this summer, but Kuroki won't be joining the cast until she have given birth to avoid any complications that might delay the shoot.

"Yae No Sakura" won't be released until Jan 2013, it will be a 50-episode drama that is expected to last for the entire year.

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On May 30th, actress Kuroki Meisa attended a press conference for NHK’s upcoming Taiga drama, ‘Yae no Sakura‘, where they announced the new cast members. The drama stars Ayase Haruka as the lead roles.

Kuroki will play the role of ‘Nakano Takeko’, the rival of Yae(Ayase). Born in Edo, Nakano is a skilled long sword fighter and serves as the assistant trainer of a Swordplay School. However, when the Boshin War begins, she returns to Aizu, and teaches samurai wives how to use the long sword.

I hope to deliver the power of life, the bond of people, the importance of protecting something, and courage to everyone. I also want to learn from this piece of work,” Kuroki expressed.

According to NHK chief producer Naito Shinsuke, they offered Kuroki the role last fall. Regarding Kuroki’s filming for the drama, he declared, “The script isn’t done yet, so we’ll see how things go while making arrangements with the schedule.” When asked, “Since Kuroki-san is pregnant, didn’t you think about a replacement?“, Naito explained, “If there are no obstacles during shooting, she can do it. We’ve started productions after thinking about who we need.

During this press conference, 16 new cast members were revealed. They include Nishijima Hidetoshi as Yae’s older brother ‘Yamamoto Kakuma’, Hasegawa Hiroki as Yae’s first husband ‘Kawasaki Shounosuke’, Gouriki Ayame as Yae’s childhood friend ‘Hinata Yuki’, Matsushige Yutaka as Yae’s father ‘Gonpachi’, Fubuki Jun as Yae’s mother ‘Saku’, Hasegawa Kyoko as Kakuma’s wife ‘Ura’, and Kudo Asuka as Yae’s younger brother ‘Saburo’.

Other cast members include Ayano Gou as ‘Matsudaira Katamori’, the last feudal lord of the Aizu clan, Tamayama Tetsuji as ‘Yamakawa Ohkura’, Aizu’s young general, Ikeuchi Hiroyuki as the chief retainer ‘Kajiwara Heima’, Saito Takumi as Jinbo Kuranosuke’s eldest son ‘Shuri’, Kitamura Yukiya as ‘Akizuki Teijiro’, the leading figure of the ‘Satsuma-Aizu Alliance’, Inamori Izumi as Katamori’s sister-in-law ‘Teruhime’, Nakamura Shido as ‘Sagawa Kanbei’, and Nishida Toshiyuki as minister ‘Saigou Tamono’.

The drama portrays the life of Yae, a woman who barricaded herself with 500 women during the Boshin War in Tsurugajou, Aizu. She later fought the battle with guns, which made her known as the “Joan of Arc during the end of the Edo era”. The script will be written by Yamamoto Mutsumi (Gegege no Nyobo), and the theme songs will be done by Sakamoto Ryuichi.

‘Yae no Sakura’ is scheduled to air 50 episodes starting January of 2013.

Source & Image: Mantan Web & Cinemacafe and tokyohive

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Her baby bump looks wide.  I think she's going to have a girl.  What do you think, arama?

Do you think Meisa is going to have a boy or a girl?


iusta_rum 31st-May-2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
I dont think Meisa's career will get any damage. Just see how her agency handled everything! it looks like they wont let her go just because of the Marriage and pregnancy thing. Like i said before in another post, this (at least to me)is more a Jin's scandal than a Meisa's even though she is involved because since everything started all the talk is about how Idiot and Reckless Jin is and i feel that people think about Meisa"She only made a mistake but we forgive her,because she is a good girl".

brucelynn 31st-May-2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
It's not about her agency letting her go, its how much power JE has over the industry, if they want to end her career they will do everything it takes to get their way. It is sad but JE is a fucked up industry.

Also no, people won't just "forgive Meisa" I mean she didn't really do anything wrong but these people will not let her off the hook that easily because of who she is involved with.
iusta_rum 31st-May-2012 06:55 pm (UTC)

But maybe their agencies spoke about this, and JE is going to let meisa "survive", dont you think? I mean, she is still getting jobs offers after all!!!
brucelynn 31st-May-2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
LOL you are giving JE way too much credit right now.

eskarina77 31st-May-2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
As you can see, JE didn't take her career away: she still stars in next Taiga, and I'm pretty sure she'll soon find new contract for CM etc...
(the only thing is that she won't represent same brads as before, or at least won't show same image...)
brucelynn 31st-May-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
The baby is not born yet ... that's why

it's only the beginning, once the baby is born shit will hit the fan.

I have been a fan of JE for many years, I know what goes down.

I feel bad for her, things need to change in that industry tbh, scratch that not just the industry but the society itself.

Edited at 2012-05-31 07:21 pm (UTC)
eskarina77 31st-May-2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
The baby is not born yet, and I think it would have been easier to have her down now she can't do anything. On the contrary, her agency handled everything well (even managing to find someone to replace her at Emporio Armani...)
She already has a contract for after baby is born. I'm not worried about HER carrier, and I don't care about his.
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