Did you miss Makino Tsukushi?

She’s back!! Monday’s a happy day. Who would’ve thought??? I’m not supposed to be blogging right now because Mondays are wayyy hectic but whatever. Two of my fave Japanese stars are going to team up in a movie, and from the reports I’ve read so far, it’s gonna be pretty darn good!


What has Inoue Mao been up to?



From Nikkan Sports:

Actress Inoue Mao (22) finished filming for the movie ‘Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sasagu’ on 3rd May (movie opens nationwide on 24 October). She has just graduated from Meiji University in March but in the movie, she plays a high school student. “Perhaps this is the last time,” she said, clad in a uniform.

During the days of Kids War and Hana Yori Dango, she appeared in school uniforms. While her long hair makes her more adult-like now, she still looks like she fits in the school set, with her uniform and blazer.

“The very next day after graduating from university, I had the school uniform on. I was worried how it would turn out. So how is it? Can I still pass off as one? (Graduating) made me feel like an armour has come off. It was difficult but it felt natural to be doing school assignments together with work. I’m still thinking of how to make use of time now. I hope to absorb a lot from watching plays and movies and reading.”

Following on last year’s hit movie ‘Hana Yori Dango Final’ which made 7.7 billion yen, she again plays a high school girl in love, a role which she might have a monopoly on.

“The role of Makino Tsukushi in HanaDan was someone younger-sister like who is helped by the people around her. The character this time, Taneda Mayu, is the one who supports her boyfriend.”

The role of her boyfriend is played by Okada Masaki (19), a promising actor with a string of recent movies like Honokaa Boy, Halfway and Gravity Clown.

“It’s the first time with someone younger, at first, when he used polite terms I felt embarrassed. And furthermore since I have graduated from university, I ended up in that position. I felt unsure. To the staff, our roles were about the same. But I think it’s because even at the same age, girls mature a little faster.”

During interviews, she plays pranks on Okada and on location, she is affectionate to him like a sister is to a younger brother. It is a different atmosphere than on the set of HanaDan with the older Matsumoto Jun and Oguri Shun.

“Looking at such a fresh Okada-kun, thinking of those two in student roles anymore is just impossible (*laugh*). Well, I’m thinking, this is probably the last for me too. It was my intention to give my everything to this movie.”

translations credits to unleashthegeek

Just a little background, Okada Masaki played a bit role in the popular TV series Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, alongside Maki Horikita, Shun Oguri and Toma Ikuta. Idunno why but even though he didn’t really stand out because of his small role, I immediately took a liking to him. He was the first guy who was nice to Maki in Hana Kimi, showing her around campus and introducing her to the boys’ culture. I was like, dannng who was that guy?? Anyways!! Sorry for that spazz attack. Remember my post about the best actor/actresses in a supporting role? I wrote that wayyy back but I can still remember putting Okada on the list because I was sure that in the future he will be big. And he did! See it here: http://icecapades.livejournal.com/4885.html#cutid1

The movie is a manga adaptation of the same name. Here’s the summary from mangafox.com:

Takuma and Mayu’s story began when they were only 8 years old. During his childhood, Takuma was constantly hospitalised due to his heart condition. He soon became friends with Mayu, the daughter of the doctor in charge of his case. Day by day they grew closer and closer. However, the summer when Takuma was 8, he made a promise to Mayu that he couldn’t keep… Their story unfolds as they grow older and their bond gets stronger… Motto Ikitai… is a special side-story to Boku no Hatsukoi wo Kimi ni Sosogu released with the 18/2005 issue of Sho-Comi.

HOTDAYUUM. The boy rocks the upswept hair the best!



The last time I watched her (well, of course after Hana Yori Dango) was in “First Kiss”. Highly recommended. It’s not one of those typical sappy love stories – this time the story is more about the relationship between an older brother and his sister (played by Mao).


Kawaii Maochan!

She does look really good in a uniform and not in an otaku dream-come-true kind of way. She’s just naturally cute. For me, she’s the best girl to play Makino of HYDango. She can do both cute and strong personalities. Remember when I posted the news about Goo Hye Sun being chosen for the Korean adaptation of Boys over Flowers? I said it before and I’ll say it again. She’s just a bit annoying and unnatural. I don’t know if it was her mediocre acting but her facial expressions are too forced! I couldn’t get past 6 episodes of the Korean version let alone finish the entire 25 episodes filled with overdramatic melodrama and bad, bad acting! If I hear “ALMOST PARADISE” one more time I’m gonna puke! It really didn’t live up to the hype, seriously. I’ll take the horrible, tacky hair and clothes of the Taiwan version any day!

Gambatte!! Can’t wait!<3

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