Apr 27, 2008
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Erika Toda is set to take her first step as an international actress. She has been cast in the movie "Tea Fight," a collaborative work between Taiwan and Japan. The story follows a young Japanese girl who travels to Taiwan in search of a legendary tea that may help her father (Teruyuki Kagawa).
The idea for the tea-themed film began two years ago. The Taiwanese director approached a Japanese production company to discuss the project, and he was introduced to Toda, who at the time was acting in the Fuji TV drama series "Engine." He was impressed by her acting skills, and has been following her progress since then.
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L: Change the World, directed by Hideo Nakata, is a spin-off film of the Death Note movie series. The series is based on the manga Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. However, this film follows an original storyline. The film was released in Japan on February 9, 2008, Hong Kong on February 7, 2008 and Singapore on February 21, 2008.
Ken'ichi Matsuyama reprises his role as L Lawliet from the previous Death Note films. The film chronicles the final 23 days of L's life, and follows L as he solves one final case. L is the protagonist of this film. L has to stop a bioterrorist group that aims to wipe out much of humanity. A virus with ten times the infectiousness of Ebola killed everyone except for one boy in a village in Thailand. L takes the survivor and a junior high school girl named Maki Nikaido under his wing.
Shunji Fujimura also reprises his role as Watari, but, dying in The Last Name, he is dead early in this film. Despite being depicted on the promotional poster, Misa Amane and the Death God Ryuk have brief cameos in the film, appearing on screen for less than thirty seconds each. A video still of Light Yagami is also used in the film. The Thai boy becomes the detective Near at the end of the movie.
The film was supposed to chronicle the events before L Lawliet met Kira, and was when Naomi and L worked together. Instead, the film will be about what happended after the Kira story and before L dies which is 23 days later.
Hideo Nakata told The Daily Yomiuri that he wanted to exhibit L's "human side" that was not exhibited in the Death Note series.
Up until March 5, 2008, there was total of 2,200,000 attendance (a total of approximately 250,000,000 yen) for this film. March 5 was also Ken'ichi Matsuyama's birthday, so he celebrated both his birthday and the hit of the film.
Despite there not being any English release, there has already been mixed reception from Japan. On Yahoo! Movies, the average User Review results have been 4 out of 5 stars with fans praising the acting, but criticizing the slow pace of the story.
Derek Elley of Variety described the film as "a lame spinoff" with many plot holes, absence of the mind games in the Death Note films, and a lack of suspense.
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L returns to the big screen in the blockbuster Death Note spin-off L change the WorLd! Stealing the show with his performance in the two Death Note films, Matsuyama Kenichi reprises his fan-favorite role as the quirky genius detective with a sweet tooth and thick eyeliner. Directed by Nakata Hideo of Ring and Dark Water fame, L change the WorLd revolves around the last 23 days of L's life, shedding new light into the inner world of the awkward and endearing prodigy as he embarks on his final adventure. Though the film does reference elements from Ohba Tsugumi's manga including the school for the gifted that trained L and other one-letter detectives, the story itself is developed from an original screenplay. Running at leisurely pace on offbeat humor, L change the WorLd leaves behind the Death Note plot device in favor of more character development and screen time for everyone's favorite barefooted detective. Watch L as he chews sugar cubes, rides a bike, makes new friends, saves the day, and maybe even stands up straight!
With only 23 days left to live, L (Matsuyama Kenichi) burns the remaining Death Note and proceeds to work day and night solving as many cases and consuming as many sweets as possible. One final case is sent his way in the form of a Thai boy who alone survived a deadly virus outbreak in his village. L gets another guest when 12-year-old girl Maki (Fukuda Mayuko, Little DJ) shows up on the doorstep. Both children are connected to an Ebola-influenza virus developed by Maki's father which has been stolen by terrorists. With the terrorists hunting for Maki and threatening to unleash the virus, L is forced to leave his chair and venture out into the real world, both children in stow. The days tick down as L rushes to develop an antidote and catch the terrorists before time runs out.
This L change the WorLd boxset comes with three cards, a 24-page booklet, and the following special features:
Bonus Disc 1
- L change the WorLd Making Of Complete Version (Japan and Thailand Chapters)
Bonus Disc 2
- Production Wrap Press Conference
- Jump Festa 2007 (Stage Event/Screening Booth Footage)
- Asia Campaign
- Japan Premiere
- Premiere Circuit
- Blockbuster Event Tour
- "outside of file No.15" from Loppi Limited Edition DVD
- The Return of L
- Drama "Spin-off Matsuda Keiji"
- Promotion Spot Collection
- L WorLd of change the WorLd Navigate DVD Hidden Footage
- Death Note Test Answers
- Death Note DVD Hidden Footage
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Apr 20, 2008
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The latest creation from Fuji TV's "mudra" ("music + drama") project stars actress Erika Toda. Produced in collaboration with FUJIPACIFIC MUSIC, "mudra" are short dramas based on songs that are then distributed online.
Toda's drama is based on the song "Lily," which was released by the band Monkey Majik while they were still on an independent label. Directed by Fuji TV's Michio Mitsuno and written by Yumiko Inoue, the comical story depicts a young woman (Toda) sending a video letter to her ex-boyfriend (Yoshihiko Hosoda).
The drama consists of 3 episodes, each roughly 5-7 minutes in length. The episodes will be sold for 210 yen apiece, available for mobile phones through NTT DoCoMo's iMovie Gate site starting on the 20th, and through Fuji TV's Fuji Melo site starting on March 3.
Apr 4, 2008
Source : www.asianpopcorn.com
Actress Erika Toda is starring in a movie called "Koikyokusei," due out this coming winter. It will be the directorial debut of photographer Amiy Mori.
The story is based on a short manga by Omi Mitsuya called "Kimi ni Hikari wo" that appeared in Bessatsu Friend in 2005. Toda plays Natsuki, a young woman who lives in Hokkaido, where she takes care of her autistic younger brother. One day, she reunites with a childhood friend (Kazuki Kato) and falls in love, but he suffers from a terrible illness.
This is Toda's first time playing the sole lead in a movie, and is also her first love story.
Filming, already underway in Otaru and Sapporo, is scheduled to last until mid-May.