[J-Drama 2012] Ume-chan Sensei
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Horikita Maki confirmed to star in NHK morning drama “Umechan-sensei”

Actress Horikita Maki (22) has officially been announced as the star of an upcoming NHK morning drama, confirming a rumor from earlier this month. The drama is titled “Umechan-sensei” and is an original story written by Ozaki Masaya (“Kekkon Dekinai Otoko,” “Oniyome Nikki”).

The story is set in the devastated area of Kamata, Tokyo, in 1945 just after the end of the war. Horikita plays Shimomura Umeko, the youngest of three siblings whose father is a doctor at a university hospital. Compared to her outstanding sister Matsuko and brother Takeo, she lacks self-confidence, but an incident makes her determined to become a local doctor. However, her path is fraught with failures.

Horikita will play the character from the age of 16 up to her mid-30s. This is the first time that she has been cast as a doctor.

Filming is scheduled to begin in November of this year. The series will last 156 episodes, starting on April 2, 2012.


Source: Mantan Web

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Press conference for Horikita Maki’s morning drama, “Umechan Sensei”
by HPriest on June 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

After the not-so-official announcement earlier this month, NHK held a press conference with actress Horikita Maki to make it official that she will star in next year’s morning drama.

The drama also has a title, “Umechan Sensei“, and Horikita is already trembling with excitement. She said, “I’ve never been so nervous and felt this much pressure before.”

As expected by various insiders, the drama will be set in the past as well, the time of the post-war reconstruction to be exact. Horikita will play a female doctor called Umeko, better known to the people as ‘Umechan-sensei’, treating all kind of patients in Kamata, Tokyo.

NHK once again decided to send the offer directly to the actress instead of holding auditions for their next morning drama. It was the same case with this year’s “Ohisama” starring Inoue Mao. Horikita’s most recent appearance on NHK was for the taiga drama “Atsuhime“.

Chief producer Iwatani Kanako didn’t hold back with the praises for the actress. She commented, “Last year I experienced her stage play and I could feel all this powerful energy coming from her slender body. Somehow she is an actress who embodies the atmosphere of the Showa era (1926~1989), so I think she is the perfect choice for this drama.”

Horikita’s character, Umeko, also bears the burden of being the youngest of three siblings. Her older sister and brother are called Matsuko and Takeo, so she often refers to herself as the plum (ume) of the auspicious group of pine (matsu), bamboo (take) and plum. This auspicious group of plans and trio of kanji is also called the ’shochikubai’.

Her thoughts about this kind of character, “I haven’t yet put myself into the shoes of this character, but with her initial inferiority complex, I’m personally looking forward to what kind of path she will take.”

About playing the lead in a morning drama, she commented, “I haven’t told anybody about it yet (laughs). I expect everyone around me will know it after this announcement. Personally I’m a little frightened. The filming will take place for a very long time and I still can’t image what it will be like every day.”

It’s also said that she was a big fan of the 2001 morning drama “Churasan“, so she knows about the meaning of such a drama. She added, “A morning drama is a drama you’re watching every morning, so it eventually could end up becoming a part of your daily life. I would like to put all my effort into this project, so that everyone who will be watching the drama will start each day with a smile. I can’t wait for people to start calling me Umechan-sensei.”

Horikita also is aware that she tends to play characters during the Showa era quite often, most memorably her role in the movie “Always: Sunset on Third Street“, but she doesn’t really dislike this era. She stated, “I’m learning a lot of new things when playing such characters and one thing I noticed is that the Japanese people of the postwar period had an amazing power. I can be proud that I was born in the Showa era.”

Scriptwriter Ozaki Masaya is responsible for the screenplay. He already wrote the great scripts for dramas such as “Natsuko no Sake“, “Kekkon Dekinai Otoko“, “Shiroi Haru“, and “Oniyome Nikki“.

“Umechan Sensei” will begin airing next year on April 2nd, 2012 and air for a total of 156 episodes. The filming is scheduled to begin this November.


Source:eiga.com

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Presscon Clip: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xjr8dg_2011-06-29-nhk-ume-chan-sensei-press-con_shortfilms
News: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRlGitpU1q4
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She's so young to play a doctor....
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Oh, my gosh! 156 episodes?! I can't do it!
But I wish her luck. Hopefully the series is going to be great! :D
She's too young to look 30 though. o_o

And for someone who's 22, she's sure done A LOT of dramas and movies.
Way to go, Maki!
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Good news! Another drama starring one of the best japanese actress. Gambatte^^

Maki looks matured here, I mean her outfit is not the 'to-be-cute' type(although she still cute here coz she really is). And the hair looks good also.

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Horikita Maki’s supporting cast in “Umechan-sensei” revealed



On Tuesday, NHK held a press conference to reveal additional cast members for the 2012 spring-summer morning drama series “Umechan-sensei.” The show was announced this past June with actress Horikita Maki (22) as the lead.

Set in Tokyo in 1945 just after the end of World War II, the story revolves around Shimomura Umeko, the youngest of three children of a university hospital doctor. Despite being overshadowed by her older brother and sister, she resolves to become a local doctor.

Takahashi Katsumi (50) and Minami Kaho (47) will play the parents of the Shimomura family, while Mimura (27) and Koide Keisuke (27) will play her Umeko’s older siblings. Matsuzaka Tori (22) has been cast as Umeko’s childhood friend Nobuo.

The cast also features Baisho Mitsuko (64) as Umeko’s grandmother, Tsurumi Shingo (46) as Umeko’s uncle, and Kataoka Tsurutaro as Nobuo’s father. Rakugo artist Hayashiya Shozo (48) will be in charge of the narration.

“Umechan-sensei” starts on April 2, 2012.


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Can't wait for this drama. The casts are awesome.
Maki is getting prettier these days
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On November 14th, actress Horikita Maki kicked off filming for her NHK morning drama “Umechan Sensei” in Takahagi, Ibaraki.

“Umechan Sensei” is set in Kamata, Tokyo during the time of reconstruction after the Second World War. Horikita plays the protagonist, Shimomura ‘Umechan’ Umeko, a cheerful and bright young doctor.

They’ve created a large-scale open set that perfectly resembles the burned up area of Kamata after the war.

Horikita commented, “This world is still so overwhelming, but I’ll try to get used to the postwar Japan as soon as possible. It’s still only the beginning, but I wonder if I’m already looking like Umechan.”

However, she revealed that the realistic set brought up some other feelings as well. She said, “When I saw this scenery for the first time, all those images from March 11 (Great Tohoku earthquake) popped back into my head. It made me really sad again. However, Umechan is such a bright and clumsy character, who makes other people laugh. Being on this set now, it suddenly feels difficult to portray her cheerfulness.”

She continued, “I hope we will be able to properly convey the important things of life, as well as the bonds and relationships between various individuals.”

“Umechan Sensei” will start airing on April 2nd.

Source: Sanspo, Oricon


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