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“L” is off the market

Kenichi Matsuyama, the lovable “L” to you and me, and the foremost Japanese actor when it comes to eccentric roles, is officially off the market.

The lucky cougar woman is top Japanese endorser Koyuki, his girl friend of two years. (SOURCE)

from Tokyo Hive

The couple registered their marriage last April 01, so I guess the fans already knew that MatsuKen is off the market. I’ve always thought that MatsuKen is quite matured for his age, and he seemed not to have the ego and the trappings of a young J-Idol. A thousand pats on the back for Koyuki for finding her true-to-life “petto”.

I guess the marriage is doing good for MatsuKen, because….

obviously having much, much fun with married life (and Koyuki's cooking) - image from TokyoHive

This image is eons away from the Matsuyama Kenichi we come to know and love:

Read Kenichi Matsuyama’s response to questions about his marriage here


My favorite kind of three-way

…is the kind which mixes my interest in movies + music + literature.
Kinda like… Ahn Hung Tran + The Beatles + Haruki Murakami

Not to mention, the presence of one of Japan’s best (if not, the best) young actor of today, Kenichi Matsuyama…

…and we have “Norwegian Wood” — the big screen adaptation of one of Haruki Murakami’s best selling novel of the same name:

Norwegian Wood is the story of Toru Watanabe (Kenichi Matsuyama) as he looks back to the Summer of 1969. His Best friend just killed himself and he is slowly developing feelings for his best friend’s grieving girlfriend. As the girl he loves, Naoko (Rinko Kikuchi) fails to reciprocate his feelings, his attention turns to Midori, a classmate in Tokyo who is more than willing to share her life with him.

Judging from these stills, I am already excited about the cinematography. I’ve been in awe of Ahn Hung Tran ever since I saw “I Come with the Rain” and the movie just blew me away. Never mind if people don’t seem to get the very dark film, I simply loved it. So, my expectations for this movie is simply way up there… And with Kenichi (another anti-idol) and Rinko (Oscar nominee) on board, I can simply say that I have a feeling that this movie is gonna be really good.

I am no longer hoping that “Norwegian Wood” will be shown locally (and what? compete space and ticket sales with brainless entertainment that populate Pinoy theaters?). This early, I have asked The Queen to start trawling the net for me. Or maybe good old Makati Cinema Square can also help.

Memoirs of a former teenage drama queen

Almost a year after I first started searching online for the movie “Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac”, a film produced and made by Japanese-American collaboration and starring one of the best young actors in Japan today, Kenichi Matsuyama and the lovely Horikita Maki — I finally found an uploaded version via YouTube.

You don’t know the sh*t I had to go through searching for this movie. It’s like–the more I yearn to see it, the more it becomes hard for me to see a full, English-subtitled version. It’s crazy!

Here’s a short summary of the story: Due to a series of unfortunate events, Naomi falls off the stairs of her school, Tokyo American School, effectively wiping out four years of her memory. She forgot that she is dating the school jock, Ace Zuckerman and even finds little meaning in her previous preoccupation as co-editor of the school yearbook along with her bestfriend Hasegawa Mirai. She then falls in love with the school loner, Yuji Miwa who hides a dark past. With her amnesia comes change on who she is: she quits the yearbook, broke up with Ace, started dating Yuji, quit the tennis team and even started acting in a play. She started questioning why she even liked yearbook and photography in the first place. By losing her memory, she had to start building herself (her likes and dislikes) in just a few short weeks after the accident. When she started gaining her memory back, it is only then that she became to appreciate herself as a person. As the story came to a close and as her father informs her of an impending engagement to another person, he tells Naomi:“‘You forget all of it anyway… You forget your junior year class schedule and where you used to sit and your best friend’s home phone number and the lyrics to that song you must have played a million times…. You forget who was cool and who was not, who was pretty, smart, athletic, and not…. You forget all of them. Even the ones you said you loved, and even the ones you actually did. They’re the last to go. And then once you’ve forgotten enough, you love someone else.'”

Horikita Maki as always is the gem of Japanese cinema. She can be so naive yet so casually cold at the same time. Being a Japanese-American collab, Maki (along with her other Japanese co-stars) were required to speak in English (almost 1/3 of the movie is in english). She delivers well and without the usual accent present with non-native speakers. Maki succeeds in playing the quintessential Japanese young female on the verge of growing up. Though sometimes, it’s hard to differentiate her acting from other teen dramas and show where she is required to be charming and precocious.

And Kenichi Matsuyama? As mentioned before, he has the “angry-young-man/weird-character-with-a-heart-of-gold/loner-who-you-want-to-kiss” roles down pat. The great thing about Kenichi is that he is so good he could be the resident schizophrenic of Japanese young cinema. He has a way of building characters and making them separate from one another, even if there’s only ONE ACTOR behind all the masks. Imagine, who would think that L, Shin, Johannes Krauser II, Yuji Miwa and Toru Watanabe were all the same person. He is so good. In this movie, be prepared to fall in love with him–especially if you’re the type who likes her men angry, emotionally tortured and mysterious like hell. Though there are times when he reminded me of Wes Bentley in American Beauty.

Tegoshi Yuya as Mirai as lovable as always, but I have a feeling that Tegoshi is very capable of giving something more than the requisite tortured friend-in-love-with-his-best friend. I suspect given a more challenging role, he can definitely bring it on and maybe (who knows) slum it up with Mr. Best Actor himself, Kenichi Matsuyama.

If Anton Yelchin’s role description as Ace Zuckermann is to make his annoying to viewers, then congratulations Gabrielle Zevin and Hans Canosa, you succeeded in making his annoying. He is a self-centered, arrogant prick!

Seeing this movie made me look back on what I remember during high school. In high school, I was far from the drama queen that I am today–lemme put it this way, I was more of a Yuji Miwa back then. I cut my hair really short, dressed like a boy yet behaved like a tortured writer even at fifteen. Looking back, I was such a drama queen as early as 1994, yet being boyish–I mistook it for the equivalent of emo crap that pervades the youth of today. I never had to develop an amnesia in secondary school, but looking back on the shitty things I did back then–I think I could use one right now. More preferably an amnesia that would remove all four years of high school: the prefect visits, the drama, the annoying hair cut as well as my (funny) belief that I look good in an XL shirt tucked in a jumper.

The movie (yes, let’s go back to that) also sports a killer OST that begs to be played during long drives and during times when you feel like your heart been’s skewered.

Going gaga for “teenage amnesiac”


I badly need to see this movie otherwise, I will die from utmost despair and sadness (HAH! I didn’t took a semester in theater arts for nothing!)

I have basically tried everything there is just to get a copy of the movie. ISO Hunt and Torrentz proved of no use this time. The same goes for my friendly neighborhood Makati Cinema Square (MCS) Japanese movie source. Full disclosure: this source of mine sells DVDs at MCS–considered the mecca for pirated movies in the Philippines–she basically supplied me everything there is to watch when it comes to my beloved J-movies and dramas. She failed me this time, and basically looked at me as if I am speaking in a foreign language when I looked for this movie.

Oh, I really needed to see this. As you can see from the trailer, the delish and talented Matsuyama Ken’ichi stars, along with Horikita Maki and Tegoshi Yuya (a Jimusho boy), as well as a host of foreign actors (Emma Roberts + Anton Yelchin). Oh, the thought of seeing MatsuKen star in a light yet entertaining romance movie appealed to me too much–since the boy is known more for his quirky roles and for his aversion for romantic lead roles.
MatsuKen, as we all know is also into dating cougars… What this means, ladies and gentlemen, is that the (unmarried) oba-chans/ahjummas of the world has a shot when it comes to this star. (I do not qualify on the basis of possession of a marriage contract).

So–please I beg you (in my most melodramatic capacity) to please point in my direction any source of this must-watch movie.

Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu!

Norwegian Wood gets the “Beatles”

There are few things in life that you could utterly be thankful for:
1. Good music
2. A great piece of literature
3. A movie adaptation that would make you further appreciate points 1 and 2.

So imagine my utter joy when it was announced that a movie adaptation of Haruki Murakami is in the works, and will star the delish highly-regarded actor, Matsuyama Ken’ichi and Oscar-nominee Rinko Kikuchi.

Finally, a movie worth waiting for. And the fact that it stars the brilliant MatsuKen fills me with utter joy. This remind me that I have yet to see “Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac” where MatsuKen plays one of the lead characters.

So, here comes the part about the “good music”. As previously posted, I am a big Beatles fan, so much so that I dream of crossing Abbey Road one day, barefoot okay, bare foot! This recent news that the movie was given a go-signal by Apple Records to use the original recording as soundtrack for the movie is so. FREAKING. COOL. that I am even tempted to spend the remaining hours of this day playing all the Beatles songs on my iPod. To my mind–nothing can ever be cooler than that (well maybe ‘cept for my MatsuJun going to the Philippines).

May I be bold and venture that I smell an Oscar-winning entry in the making? If this happens and MatsuKen walks the red carpet, I’m gonna skip work and throw an Oscar party at home, just because!

kyaaaaaah!!! Horikita Maki + Matsuyama Kenichi! kyaaaaah!!!

The movie, “Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac” (Dareka ga Watashi ni Kiss wo Shita) is based from the novel of the same name by author Gabrielle Zevin and stars Horikita Maki, Kenichi Matsuyama, NEWS hearthrob Tegoshi Yuya and Anton Yelchin.

The story is about Naomi Suzuke who lost her memory after a bad fall in a flight of stairs. What follows are a series of questions which she now must find the answer for her to truly find herself and find love again.

This is basically the plot:

“If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn’t have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn’t have hit her head on the steps. She wouldn’t have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia. She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She might even have remembered why she fell in love with him in the first place. She would understand why her best friend, Will, keeps calling her “Chief.” She’d know about her mom’s new family. She’d know about her dad’s fiancée. She never would have met James, the boy with the questionable past and the even fuzzier future, who tells her he once wanted to kiss her. She wouldn’t have wanted to kiss him back.

But Naomi picked heads…”

Wow, the story sounded really, really good PLUS I’ve always find Horikita Maki cute and Kenichi Matsuyama totally adorable. I think this is my first time to see Kenichi playing a “normal” boy for once. Since most of his roles are pretty deranged weird characters: as L in Death Note, as Johannes Krauser II in Detroit Metal City…and the pierced J-Rock guitarist Shin (Shinichi Okazaki) in Nana.

Tegoshi Yuya meanwhile is a member of best-selling Japanese boy band “NEWS”.

The movie opens in Japan tomorrow, 27 March 2010. I am now counting the days when I can finally have a copy of the movie (I don’t care from where or how!) cos right now, I am still smiling ear-to-ear and I’m positive it’s because of Kenichi-kun.

Death Note’s L has a taste for older women

Matsuyama Kenichi (the famous L from the Death Note movies) have confirmed that he is currently in a relationship with actress/model Koyuki (from Kimi Wa Peto). Matsuyama, or MatsuKen is 24 years old while Koyuki is 33 years old.

Their relationship blossomed after the two worked together on last year’s “Kamui Garden”

Kenichi Matsuyama
the lucky girl...errr...woman

So, L might be sucking on lollipops and feasting on sweets and candies, but in real life–his taste in women runs on the finer side.