Matsuyama Kenichi Fan Gathering

Matsuyama Kenichi fan gatheringJapanese actor Matsuyama Kenichi attended a fan gathering of 300 in the disaster-stricken area of Oshu, Iwate Prefecture. The gathering held to celebrate the filming of his 2012 NHK Taiga drama, “Taira no Kiyomori”.

Rei Dan, 'micchi' To Get Married

Rei Dan, 'Micchi' to get marriedActor-singer Mitsuhiro Oikawa, 41, and actress Rei Dan have married. Oikawa’s management agency, Mother Enterprise, announced the marriage in a statement faxed to media on Wednesday. The agency decided not to hold a news conference and instead sent photos of the couple to media.

Saya Zamurai

Saya ZamuraiSaya Zamurai is an upcoming Japanese movie directed by comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto. It will be released by Shochiku on June 11, 2011.

The film stars Takaaki Nomi, a Shinjuku bartender who has appeared on the variety show “Hataraku Ossan Gekijo”, as a samurai named Kanjuro who decided to give up his sword after refusing to use it in a fight.

Ogawa No Hotori

Ogawa no HotoriBased on a story by the late Shuhei Fujisawa (The Twilight Samurai, Sword of Desperation), the film revolves around a samurai named Inui Sakunosuke (Noriyuki Higashiyama) who is given a mission of vengeance from his clan. However, his assassination target is a man named Sakuma Morie, the husband of his younger sister, Tazu (Rinko Kikuchi).

Hara-kiri: Death Of A Samurai

HaraKiri : Death of a Samurai The official website for Takashi Miike’s Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai has been updated with a teaser trailer.

This is a 3D remake of Masaki Kobayashi’s 1962 film Harakiri (Seppuku) and will be competing for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in a few weeks.

Koyuki Kenichi Matsuyama Wed

Koyuki, Kenichi Matsuyama Popular movie stars Koyuki, 34, and Kenichi Matsuyama, 26, recently tied the knot, Matsuyama’s office said Wednesday.

The couple, who costarred in the 2009 film ‘‘Kamui Gaiden (Kamui side story),’’ registered their marriage in Tokyo earlier this month.

Ken Watanabe Offers Long Support

Ken WatanabeActor Ken Watanabe said Thursday he is determined to engage in long-term support for the victims of the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami after visiting hard-hit areas in northeastern Japan.

Sakura Sakura Movie

Sakura Sakura Movie"Sakura Sakura" (Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms) is a biopic about Dr. Jokichi Takamine (1854-1922), the late biochemist known for successfully crystallizing and isolating adrenaline, which is also called epinephrine.

Dubbed the father of modern biotechnology, Takamine also produced Takadiastase, a digestive enzyme still used as an ingredient in medicines.

Oba, The Last Samurai

Oba , the Last Samurai"Taiheiyo no Kiseki: Fox to Yobareta Otoko" ("Oba, the Last Samurai") is the dramatic story of a Japanese captain who led 46 soldiers and hundreds of civilians into the mountains of Saipan where they resisted an invasion of 45,000 U.S. soldiers at the closing of World War II.

With little food, their resistance lasted 16 months, including about three months after the war ended in August 1945.

Gakko Wo Tsukuro

Gakko wo TsukuroDuring Japan's 19th-century transition from feudal times to a modern state, four young men aspire to change their country, not with military might but through education.

"Gakko wo Tsukuro" (Let's build a school) is based on the true story of the founders of Senshu College during modern Japan's emergence after the 1868 Meiji Restoration.

Seven Samurai On Blue-ray

Seven Samurai on Blue-RayWinner of Silver Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" (1954) arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Criterion.

The supplemental features included with this release are: audio commentary with popular scholars and critics David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns, and Donald Richie; audio commentary with Japanese film expert Michael Jack; the documentary "Akira Kurosawa - It Is Wonderful to Create"; video interview with Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima; the documentary "Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences"; trailers and teaser; and galleries with production stills and posters.

Toshiro Mifune

Mifune ToshiroToshiro Mifune (April 1, 1920 – December 24, 1997) was a Japanese actor who appeared in almost 170 feature films.

He is best known for his 16-film collaboration with filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, from 1948 to 1965, in works such as Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Throne of Blood, and Yojimbo. He is also popular for portraying Musashi Miyamoto in Hiroshi Inagaki's Samurai Trilogy.

Ken Watanabe

Ken WatanabeKen Watanabe was born on October 21, 1959 in Niigata Prefecture, Japan.

In 1978, he moved to Tokyo to pursue his career as an actor. He drew attention of the critics when Yukio Ninagawa, a famous Japanese director, chose him for the lead role in one of his plays even though he was still an acting student.

Fuma Kotaro

Fuma Kotaro character in Samurai Warriors 2F?ma Kotar? was the name adopted by the leader of the F?ma clan of ninja during the Sengoku era of Japan. According to some records, his name was originally Kazama.

The clan was based in Kanagawa Prefecture, specializing in horseback guerrilla warfare and naval espionage. According to some sources, the family has roots in the 10th century when they served Taira no Masakado in his revolt against the Kyoto government.