[2012 JMovie] Afro Tanaka
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Movie: Afro Tanaka
Romaji: Afuro Tanaka
Japanese: アフロ田中
Director: Daigo Matsui
Writer: Masaharu Noritsuke, Masafumi Nishida
Release Date: February 18, 2012
Language: Japanese
Country: Japan


Hiroshi Tanak
a (Shota Matsuda) sports an intense perm which looks like the afro hairstyle favored by some African-Americans back in the 1970's. He doesn't get his hair done at a hair shop, he was actually born with his hair like that. For freedom, Hiroshi moves to Tokyo. He works hard there and, even though he turns 24, he still doesn't have a girlfriend. Meanwhile, a school friend informs Hiroshi that he is going to get married. Hiroshi remembers a promise that they made. Hiroshi is even more impatient to find a girlfriend. A beautiful woman named Aya Kato (Nozomi Sasaki) then moves into the neighborhood.


Shota Matsuda - Hiroshi Tanaka
Nozomi Sasaki - Aya Kato
Atsushi Tsutsumishita - Mikio Osawa
Kei Tanaka - Hajime Okamoto
Kaname Endo - Daisuke Murata
Ryusuke Komakine - Shinya Inoue
Mikie Hara
Mitsuru Fukikoshi
Sarutoki Minagawa
Emiri Henmi
Lily Franky


Based on gag manga series "Afro Tanaka" by Noritsuke Masaharu.
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his hair is hilarious.
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First trailer of Matsuda Shota as “Afro Tanaka” revealed

The live-action adaption of the popular manga ‘Afro Tanaka‘, starring Matsuda Shota and Sasaki Nozomi, finally has its first trailer.

The “Afro Tanaka” story revolves around Tanaka Hiroshi (Matsuda), a twenty-four year old high school drop-out who works as a tunnel digger in Tokyo. His trademark is a big fluffy afro. One day, a beautiful woman named Kato (Sasaki) moves into the apartment next door and he falls madly in love with her.

Although her character wasn’t part of the original manga, her sweetness plus neat and clean appearance create a wonderful chemistry between the two.

In the trailer, we can also see Henmi Emiri blowing away viewers with her incredible performance as Tanaka’s eccentric mother. Other unique appearances include a group date with the female entertainment group Ayaman JAPAN, as well as, Lily Franky, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, and Minagawa Sarutoki as Tanaka’s superiors.

Tanaka’s friends are being played by Impulse’s Tsutsumishita Atsushi, Tanaka Kei, Endo Kaname, and Komakine Ryusuke.

“Afro Tanaka” is slated for a release on February 18th, 2012.

Check out the trailer blow!
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He's freaky. but in a funny way.
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WooooW . Can't wait for the movie to be released
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Matsuda Shota and Sasaki Nozomi attends pre-screening for “Afro Tanaka”

On December 15th, Matsuda Shota and Sasaki Nozomi attended the pre-screening for their upcoming film, “Afro Tanaka“.

Matsuda plays the role of ‘Tanaka Hiroshi’, a 24-year old with a big afro, who has no experience with women. He commented, “The director and I became Afro Tanaka, and we thought about girls.” Director Matsui also stated, “We made this film while facing Tanaka Hiroshi’s thoughts.”

Written by Noritsuke Masaharu, “Afro Tanaka” is a gag manga that is currently serialized in “Big Comic Spirits“. The movie portrays the story of Tanaka Hiroshi, who struggles to find a girlfriend after his high school friends decide to get married. Sasaki plays the beautiful, young woman who moves next-door to Tanaka. Other cast members include Tsutsumishita Atsushi, Tanaka Kei, Endo Kaname, Hara Mikie, Minami, Fukikoshi Mitsuru, Watanabe Emiri, and Lily Franky.

Sasaki promoted the film saying, “It’s a movie that both men and women can enjoy,” while the director also expressed, “It’s a gentle film. Although it’s unusual to have a main character who doesn’t mature, I hope he will grow along with the audience.”

Tanaka, Tsutsumishita, Endo, and Hara also attended the pre-screening.

“Afro Tanaka” will hit theaters nationwide on February 18th.

Check out photos from the event below!

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Matsuda Shota and Sasaki Nozomi attend stage greeting for “Afro Tanaka”

On February 18th, actor Matsuda Shota and actress Sasaki Nozomi attended the first stage greeting for the upcoming movie, “Afro Tanaka“, at Shinjuku Piccadilly.

The afro Matsuda had to wear became a topic of great amusement at the stage greeting, especially after Sasaki revealed, “Matsuda-san would put on his afro and make strange movements, so I couldn’t help but laugh every time. I also got to wear the afro myself, and Matsuda told me, ‘It suits you’. I don’t know if I should be happy or not…”

Matsuda laughed as he replied, “The power of the afro is great.”

This movie is based on a gag manga by Noritsuke Masaharu, currently serialized in the manga magazine, “Big Comic Spirits“. Its story revolves around Tanaka Hiroshi (Matsuda), who struggles to find a girlfriend after his high school friends start to get married.

The manga’s comedic flair found its way to the set of the movie. Matsuda revealed, “Right before we started shooting, the director made us play a strange game. When we arrived, he told us, ‘Get into your underwear!’” He added, “That made no sense at all.”

In response, director Matsui Daigo explained, “Because of that, we were able to become so close. We got in a circle and introduced our characters…”

As for his vision for the movie, the director said, “I aimed to make a movie thatwould be loved by both fans and people who don’t know the manga. I had the support of Shota-kun and the rest of the cast.”

The stage greeting was also attended by co-stars Tsutsumishita Atsushi, Takana Kei, Endo Kaname, Komakine Ryusuke, and Hara Mikie.

Check out pictures from the event below!

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