[J-Autumn Drama 2012] MONSTERS
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SMAP’s Katori Shingo and Yamashita Tomohisa to star in new TBS drama

It was announced that SMAP member Katori Shingo and actor/singer Yamashita Tomohisa will be starring in the new TBS drama “MONSTERS“! This is an exciting mystery drama which revolves around convexo-concave pair of detectives, and this will be the first time for both Katori and Yamashita to act as detectives.

Katori’s role will be a detective at the First Investigation Division of the Metropolitan Police Department, named ’Hiratsuka Heihachi’ who is cheap, makeshift, meticulous, and rude man, though he always puts a smile on his face and is an extremely civil-spoken person. Hiratsuka exposes a person’s hidden face and the true nature of human relations, and solves cases by brazenly getting to the core of the person. On the other hand, Yamashita’s role ‘Saionji Kosuke’ is a pure and honest rookie detective who is a son of noble family and filled with strong morals. Those two will team up, and make a convexo-concave combination.

For Katori and Yamashita, this will be the first time to co-star with each other. Katori commented about co-starring with his junior from Johnny’s Jimusho, “My image toward Yamapi is a quiet and earnest cool guy! I am looking forward to co-star with him. I can’t wait to clash passionately with the young ‘MONSTER’ (Yamashita)!“, and Yamashita showed his expectation as he said, “I would like to learn a lot from Katori-san.” Reportedly, the two are already congenial spirits though the filming has not even started yet.

“MONSTERS” will start airing in October on TBS (every Sunday at 9:00 pm).


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Katori Shingo & Yamashita Tomohisa to star in TBS autumn drama "MONSTERS"

SMAP's Katori Shingo and solo singer Yamashita Tomohisa will be starring together in the TBS autumn drama "MONSTERS" starting in October in the Sundays 9pm timeslot. This is the first time that the two who are from the same agency are working together.

Katori plays Hiratsuka Heihachi, a detective at the Metropolitan Police Department who has a keen eye on details and is very hung up on manners. He thinks nothing of overstepping boundaries in order to expose the truth about people and their interpersonal relationships. On the other hand, Yamashita plays Saionji Kosuke a newbie detective and rich man's son who becomes partners with Heihachi.

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Katori Shingo And Yamashita Tomohisa To Co-Star In Police Drama Mystery Series




Katori Shingo, of the idol group SMAP, and singer/actor Yamashita Tomohisa will team up to co-star in a new police drama series scheduled for the fall season entitled "MONSTERS." The two will form an odd detective duo in which Katori plays the role of the biggest eccentric on the force who is an impolite stickler for detail yet talks to anyone no matter who they are with a smile and the utmost gentlemanly use of language, while Yamashita's part is that of a straight and honest greenhorn detective who is also the son of an extremely wealthy socialite and the possessor of an abounding sense of justice.

For both performers this will be their first time to play detective roles, of which Katori commented, "I'm really looking forward to it, as it feels like 'At last the time has come!'" Yamashita remarked, "It's my first detective role and I'm excited." Regarding performing with Katori Shingo he added, "I'm going to do my best not to hold him back while learning much from him." This will also mark the first time the two actors will perform together.

"MONSTERS" will begin airing in October during TBS's Sunday Theater time slot.
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SMAP's Shingo and Yamapi to release single under special unit "The MONSTERS"



Katori Shingo from SMAP and Yamashita Tomohisa will be forming a special unit "The MONSTERS". The two stars of TBS autumn drama "MONSTERS" will be singing the theme song for their drama, which they also co-wrote together. The song, also titled "MONSTERS", has already been included as track in SMAP's 20th album "GIFT of SMAP", but it will be released as a single by the "The MONSTERS".

The single is planned for release on 15th November, and will also include a remix version of "MONSTERS" and a cover of Pink Lady's "Monster" as coupling tracks.

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Yanagihara Kanako to play Yamapi’s girlfriend in her first heroine role!

Comedian Yanagihara Kanako has been granted her first heroine role in drama “MONSTERS” (Sun 9:00PM) to premiere on October 21st, detective drama that features, co-starring for the first time, SMAP’s Katori Shingo and Yamashita Tomohisa.
When filming a dating scene with Yamashita, Yanagihara said “since the role was also addressed to different actresses seniors at the end it turned out to be me, I’m just glad is not a prank” with a tone of relief.

It was reported by the producers that Yanagihara thought it was a prank when she heard the news. Yamashita had this to say, ”we’re almost the same age so it was easy to establish conversation and get along well. Yanagihara-san is bright and wonderful, though this is the first time we meet, I think she’s really cute so I’m looking forward to filming together”.

When asked about a kiss scene for the two, Yamashita said “I’mlooking forward to find out what kind of lips she has!”, in a display of his “EroP” character.


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MONSTERS to re-shoot some scenes in Ep 1 due to loss of tape


It was reported on 2 October that TBS has to re-shoot some scenes in the first episode of its upcoming autumn drama "MONSTERS" due to the loss of one tape which contained already-completed scenes. According to TBS, they only discovered the loss in late September when they were about to begin editing work for the first episode. As a result, the TV station had to explain the situation to the cast and re-shoot the scenes which were affected by this incident.
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Shingo & Yamapi’s new unit start with a surprise at SMAP concert



Newly formed unit “The MONSTERS” with Katori Shingo (35) and Yamashita Tomohisa (27) as members, showed their first performance during SMAP’s Tokyo concert in Ajinomoto Stadium on October 14th. Yamashita appeared as a “surprise” mentioned during Katori Shingo’s solo corner, performing the theme song of TBS drama where they co-star, “MONSTERS” (Starting on October 21st, Sundays 9PM). They both sang while receiving cheers from an audience of more than 50,000 people.

The moment the two silhouettes appeared on stage, the whole stadium rumbled, wrapped in a great cheer from fans. Katori and Yamashita were wearing a blue and black costume. While exchanging fierce dance moves and matching their breathing, they sang their drama’s theme song “MONSTERS”. Usually, during the solo corner of this SMAP tour, Shingo had to dance this song always matching the images projected on the screen until they finally performed together for the first time, perfectly aligned and without prior notice to the 55,000 overjoyed fans. Yamashita talked about his first appearance in a SMAP live concert, “More than a usual live, I was double nervous, couldn’t even sleep yesterday and during rehearsal my mind just went blank”. Despite that, fans were beyond excited.

Composed by the 2 of them, Katori Shingo talked about the said song, “We had to put this idea into our own words and create a theme song. One of my favorite phrases is ‘aoi heart’, we kept thinking about what color comes to mind when you think of a monster? and the words just came out as ‘blue heart’, we both felt excited about the idea”.

Yamashita was inspired by Katori’s attitude, “I was really stuck when we had to finish the song and on top of that, I had to learn a lot of new things and kept thinking my own self so far wouldn’t be enough.” to which Katori said, “It’s not about expecting others to tell you what to do but you have to suggest your ideas and make it your own”. Before going up on stage Katori said “This is where The MONSTERS start”, performing like a scene out of a drama.

About the future, “If we can work together even after the end of the drama it would be great, I want to tour too, though it might be a little too early. We should just keep making music on our own and see where it takes us”, Katori said jokingly.


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