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[J-Movie] BYAKUYAKO
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* Movie: Into the White Night
* Romaji: Byakuyako
* Japanese: 白夜行
* Director: Yoshihiro Fukagawa
* Writer: Keigo Higashino (novel), Yoshihiro Fukagawa, Shingo Irie
* Producer: Hiroyuki Ishigaki
* Cinematographer: Hirokazu Ishii
* World Premiere: October 25, 2010 (Tokyo International Film Festival)
* Release Date: January 29, 2011
* Runtime: 149 min.
* Production Company: Gaga Communications, WOWOW, Horipro
* Distributor: Gaga Communications
* Language: Japanese
* Country: Japan

Plot

A pawn shop owner in Osaka is murdered, but due to a lack of conclusive evidence the police lists the man's death as a suicide. Detective Sasagaki, who investigated the case, can't forget the dark eyes of the main suspect's daughter Yukiho (Maki Horikita) and the pawn shop owner's son Ryouji.

As time goes by, more mysterious deaths surround Yukiho & Ryouji. Detective Sasagaki still unable to let go of the pawn shop owner case discovers startling details about Yukiho and Ryouji ...

Cast

* Maki Horikita - Yukiho Karasawa


* Kengo Kora - Ryouji Kirihara


* Eiichiro Funakoshi - Junjo Sasagaki


* Nobuo Kyo - Kazunari Shinozuka

* Yurie Midori - Eriko Kawashima
* Urara Awata - Noriko Kurihara
* Yuki Imai - Ryouji Kirihara (10 years old)
* Shiori Fukumoto - Yukiho Karasawa (10 years old)
* Tetsushi Tanaka - Isamu Matsuura
* Keiko Toda - Mikiko Kirihara


Additional Cast Members:

* Kumi Nakamura - Reiko Karasawa
* Yorie Yamashita


Film Festivals

* 2010 (23rd) Tokyo International Film Festival - October 23-31 - Special Screenings *World Premiere
* 2011 (61st) Berlin International Film Festival - February 10-20 - Panorama
* 2011 (14th) Shanghai International Film Festival - June 11-19, 2011 - Panorama - Global Village: Japanese Film Week
* 2011 (5th) JAPAN CUTS: The New York Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema - July 7-22, 2011 *North American Premiere


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Horikita Maki to play a “wicked woman” in new movie


Next spring actress Horikita Maki (21) is going to show a new side of her when playing as a "wicked woman" in the movie adaption of "Byakuyako". It's based on a popular novel by famed writer Higashino Keigo (52). Horikita will play a women who uses the misfortune of others for her own advantage. "I want to play a woman that will truly shock the viewers," she who never played an evil woman before commented on the opportunity.

The story is about a boy who kills his father to protect a girl while the girl kills her mother to protect the boy.. They have to keep it a secret until the statute of limitations. Many people already used the mystery novel that sold over 1.8 million copies as basis for new productions. In 2005 there was a stage adaption, in 2006 Ayase Haruka (25) and Yamada Takayuki (26) starred in the dorama adaption and last year South Korea turned it into a k-drama as well.

Horikita will play Karasawa Yukiho, a woman who hides her wickedness behind her beautiful face. She tricks others into misfortune for her own advantage, like using her classmates and close friends to attack other people and to murder the lover of her own mother. Horikita used to have a rather innocent image up to now and almost only played roles that would go along with that. Recently she started to choose more mature and unusual roles and the producers of the movie are sure to have chosen the right actress for the role. "There is some great strength and courage hidden behind Horikita-san's pure and innocent image. That's exactly the image of Yukiho," he said.

She also read the novel during her senior high school days and became a huge fan of Higashino. "The tricks behind Yukiho's schemes are impressive and very interesting to read," she said. About playing such a role for the first time she added: "It will be a lot of fun. I also think it might help me to discover new things about myself."
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Maki Horikita to star in film adaptation of “Byakuyako”
Author Keigo Higashino’s mystery novels have already inspired several major films, and now another is being added to the list. Today it was announced that Maki Horikita will be starring in the film adaptation of his novel Byakuyako.

The story was originally serialized in the Shueisha literary magazine Shousetsu Subaru for two years from 1997. In 1999, it was released as a compiled novel which went on to sell 1.8 million copies. In 2006, TBS aired an 11-episode drama adapted from the novel which starred Haruka Ayase and Takayuki Yamada.

The two main characters in the story are a boy named Ryoji Kirihara and a girl named Yukiho Karasawa who are each other’s first love. As a kid, Ryoji murdered his father when he discovered he was a pervert who did terrible things to Yukiho. As it turns out, Yukiho’s mother was also responsible. Driven by greed, she forced her own daughter into the clutches of Ryoji’s father. Yukiho, in turn, kills her mother and stages it as a suicide. Having both murdered a parent to protect the other, Ryoji and Yukiho must stick together until the statute of limitations runs out on their crimes, and they’re each willing to take any extreme measures to make sure they never get caught.

Horikita, who will be taking over the Yukiho role from Ayase, has accumulated a large fanbase over her career. Until now, she’s typically played innocent high school girls and has benefited from her casual acting style. This time around, she’ll be challenged with playing the role of a woman whose humanity has been completely warped by a traumatic childhood.

The film is slated for release in early spring 2011. Neither the director or any other casting decisions have been announced yet. More than likely, the actor playing Ryoji will be the next major announcement.


Source: Cinema Today




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cool to see that Maki's breaking the pure image side of her[:
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It'd be great to see different kind of role for Maki~
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femme fatale?
Posted 4/28/10
That's awesome.

First the J-drama, then the Korean movie adaption, now the Japanese adaption....

It's one of my favorite dark dramas, so I'm looking forward to seeing this.
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for real wow
i loved the drama so i am looking forward to seeing this
and wonder how maki will do as a femme fatale
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Byakuyako's Casts at 23rd TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (23rd October 2010)






(Thanks to Junkojoy)

More photos at http://community.livejournal.com/horikita_maki/208257.html

Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47KL9BHuelU

Stage greeting on 25th October 2010:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLzF0C8qe2s



Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI7-0QQQNdA


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FULL TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgrh2FLDXH8



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I have a feeling it'll be better than the drama and the Korean adaption!
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Will Horikita Maki have a spicy love scene in “Byakuyako”?

It has been clear since the announcement of Horikita Maki’s new movie, “Byakuyako“, that the actress would be casting away her pure and innocent image with the role of an evil and scheming young woman. However, it has never been confirmed whether she would go as far as challenging her first authentic love scene.

Now the rumors are growing stronger that we are going to see a spicy love scene between Horikita and the male lead, Kora Kengo. Media insiders revealed some details about that scene and the bizarre setup prior to the filming.

One of them said: “The production company still tries to hold back an official announcement of the mentioned scene. It seems like they are going to make it their secret weapon during the final PR campaign. They’ve filmed the scene at the studio in Setagaya, Tokyo and somehow a lot of important people gathered at the studio that day. The executive secretary of the production company, several sponsors, and bosses of the involved agencies. Everyone was looking forward to Horikita’s bed scene, and you can’t blame them after the reading the script.”

However, as soon as it was time to film the anticipated scene, only the director, the cinematographer, and only a couple of people from the staff were allowed to stay inside at the set. Even those from the staff and the extras that weren’t present during this scene had to get their hand baggage searched to avoid any kind of leaks in the form of snapshots or short clips.

“Five cameras alone filmed Horikita’s body and facial expressions, even though the level of exposure is really limited,” the same person said.

However, it seems like the director and the cinematographer did a great job in appealing to the imagination of the viewers. The spicy scenes are not just going to feature the actual intercourse, there is going to be a sensual foreplay and hints at other sexual acts. Of course, there will be moaning as well.

In 2006, Ayase Haruka and Yamada Takayuki had a love scene in the drama version of “Byakuyako” that featured a deep kiss. However, there are more limitations for a TV show than a movie production and so it’s natural that this time they would try to surpass the drama in its intensity. In addition, Horikita’s intention might be to win a direct comparison, and thus become as or even more popular than Haruka, who is currently the most popular actress of her generation.

“Byakuyako” will open in Japan on January 29th, which means that there is still some time to make changes to the movie. Whether or not this scene or parts of it will make it into the final movie is still not 100% sure, but it would definitely influence her future career.

In recent history, we were promised a spicy love scene in “Cobalt Blue” starring Nagasawa Masami as well, but shortly before its release, they decided to cut the scene in order to keep her pure image. People don’t like to get teased for nothing, and thus her popularity took a huge blow, resulting in almost a whole year without any bigger roles. Therefore, it should be interesting to monitor the decision making process revolving around Horikita Maki’s love scene.

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PV of BYAKUYAKO Theme Song 'Yasoukyoku'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Txv2UQ8ayYg

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