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Eye Candy : Yamashita Tomohisa & Maki Horikita, Wednesday September 24, 2008 Singapore

Eye Candy
Who's sizzling? Who's scorching? We single out the up-and-coming hunks and hotties who should be on your radar

Tomohisa Yamashita

MOVE aside, Takuya Kimura.

The 'sexiest man in Japan' is boyish heart-throb Tomohisa Yamashita.

Known to fans as Yamapi, the 23-year-old singer-actor joined the entertainment giant Johnny & Associates 12 years ago and worked his way up from a mere boy band member to a movie leading man.

The leader of pop group NEWS makes his celluloid debut in The Black Swindler, the movie version of a manga-adapted drama of the same name, which also starred him in 2006.

The movie, which co-stars Maki Horikita and Tsutomu Yamazaki, is now showing in theatres here.

Tomohisa plays a young man who becomes a swindler to seek revenge for his family who committed suicide after having fallen prey to scams.

In real life though, he told The New Paper in a short e-mail interview that he's the type who 'does not want to be deceived' by others.

'But I've been conned before without realising it,' he added without any elaboration.

During filming, he said he felt excited and yet, uneasy.

He was worried that the film might not be accepted by people who are fans of the original manga, which has sold more than 3.5 million copies in Japan.

But, working with veteran actor Tsutomu, who plays a master swindler, was a pleasant experience.

Tomohisa noted that Tsutomu was a 'great and hard worker' whose script was filled with his own scribblings in black.

'I was really glad that he gave me lots of advice,' added Tomohisa, who shot to fame in the drama Nobuta O Produce in 2005.

The cutie answered only three out of 10 questions submitted and ignored topics relating to love, his personal life, and even his own take on revenge and justice.

He did write a message to his Singapore fans, thanking them for their continued support.

'I'm glad that my work can be seen by different people overseas. I hope this film can make people smile... and I'd like to go and meet my fans one day.'

YUMMY FACTOR: 4 out of 5


Maki Horikita

AT 19, Maki Horikita is easily the hottest actress in Japan in the past year, garnering both popularity votes and acting chops for her hit drama Hana-Kimi.

Ironically though, the sweet-faced babe didn't watch TV and was never interested in showbiz until she was talent scouted in the streets in 2003.

Then in junior high school, she was known as a model student who boasted good grades and participated actively in the school's basketball team and the students' union.

Josei Seven magazine reported that she was camera shy and unwilling to sign with the talent agency that spotted her.

But the agency's owner went as far as going to her house to speak to her mum and managed to convince her.

Despite her initial reluctance, Maki proved to be a natural on TV. She made her debut in the movie Cosmic Rescue in 2003, and in just five years, she has acted in about 20 films - an impressive figure for a newcomer.

Her latest is The Black Swindler, in which she plays a law student who is romantically drawn to the suave conman played by Tomohisa Yamashita.

But, it was her TV dramas Nobuta O Produce and Hana-Kimi that really boosted her popularity in Japan and East Asia.

She is now hailed as one of the new generation of Queens Of Drama.

Another sign of Maki's rising status is how her endorsement fee soared to a pricey 25 million yen ($332,500) but she still managed to snag nine prominent deals this year, including for car, beverage and mobile phone.

The paparazzi is also hot on her heels, eager to dig out any dirt on the squeaky clean girl who was once linked to her Nobuta O Produce co-star Kazuya Kamenashi.

Talk had it that she is now dating actor Atsushi Ito, 25, her geeky screen brother in the drama Train Man. Bubka magazine said they had been spotted several times at Akihabara, Tokyo's geek central.

YUMMY FACTOR: 3 out of 5,...,177773,00.html?,...,177774,00.html?

only 3 out of 5 for maki? she deserves AT LEAST a four, if not a 4 1/2 :].
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Horikita Maki wants a boyfriend for her present, Friday October 10, 2008 Japan

One of Japan’s popular actress, Horikita Maki, celebrated her 20th birthday and a memorial and appreciation party, at one of Tokyo’s hotel on October 6th. Approximately 250 media showed up for Horikita Maki’s birthday to write down information and take pictures. She also said she had a private party at home with her lovely parents.

After that she was asked about boyfriends. she replied saying “I don’t have a boyfriend at the moment, but I’d like to do my best to find one from now on. I’d like to be married within 10 years. I hope I’ll still be attractive then.”

Horikita Maki is also acting a new drama called “Innocent love” and will air on October 20 on Fuji TV.

source: kojaproductions
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Whoa. Boyfriend for her BDAY?! yamapi had better APPLy fast!
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ahhahha..lolx.,,i agree xDDD.,,yamaki 4ever xDD
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