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Posted: Sep 6th, '08, 22:15
by ^Yuuki
From the latest issue of Nikkei Entertainment. An interview with Juri, and here's a part that mentioned about Last Friends:

It is because Ueno has a strong conviction that a piece of work where everyone can confront with honesty and sincerity contains a 'special kind of strength'. The critically acclaimed 'Last Friends' too, whether it's between the director, staffs or the other co-stars, it's a work that was born out of many conflicts and discussions.

"I'm really glad to be able to work together with actors/actresses from the same generation in that drama. Watching each one of them sincerely come face to face with their characters and act even through the worries, through the conflicts, I understood something. "Ahh, it's not just me(that think that way)". It was encouraging."

"For me as well, for the whole duration of playing Ruka, I worried about a lot of things. It was a constant battle. For example, the scene in episode 9 when Ruka goes to confront Sousuke(acted by Nishikido Ryo), there was a line in the script where Ruka was suppose to say, 「あんたの偽物の愛になんか負けやしない」(Your false love, I won't lose to something like that). I thought to myself, 'This line, I won't be able to say it as Ruka'. The writer, Asano-san and the director, I understood the enthusiasm they were trying to inject into the lines. But Sousuke's love being imitation or false isn't something that can be decided like that. Ruka also can't be the only one that is always right. That's why I suggested 「あんたの愛なんか本物だとは思えない」(Your love, somehow, I can't think of it as being real love), saying it almost with a jealous tone. Because I wanted to protect this character named Ruka, I fought. If it's about Ueno Juri, anything is fine, but if it's for the sake of the role or for the work(drama/movie), I'll fight no matter what."

"Actually, towards the end, Ruka's scenes have been abruptly and drastically cut down. But alas, because they wanted to have the scenes at the share house, things have to be re-shot again. But that's okay. How many seconds(that was shown of her), things like that isn't important. The prove of Ruka living her life is there, so if people is able to see that then it's fine. Towards the final moment, everyone still had their worries; there was a time where we filmed 2 days straight without any sleep. But, being able to create a work together that everyone can sincerely and seriously come face to face with, and because of that bringing in a lot of critical acclamations, I'm really happy."

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Uhuh...our girl is a fighter so don't mess with her~! XP

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The rest of the article can be read here. Interestingly, there's a page dedicated to analyzing the increase of Juri's female fans too. With graphs! :mrgreen:

Posted: Sep 7th, '08, 00:45
by bmwracer
^Yuuki wrote:"Actually, towards the end, Ruka's scenes have been abruptly and drastically cut down. But alas, because they wanted to have the scenes at the share house, things have to be re-shot again.
I think it was more to give more screen time to what's-his-face. :glare:

Posted: Sep 7th, '08, 01:00
by Ladymercury
Ryo Nishikido? He was MIA half of the series... if you really look at it. :/ Only pop in to slap a ho and then return to his slapaho tribe.

I'm actually rewatching Last Friends, I'm going to do a complete marathon tonight :3 And write an 'essay' on the series. I think rewatching Last Friends without all the hype that came with it will give me a better opportunity to understand it.

Posted: Sep 7th, '08, 05:45
by suchira
Ryo Nishikido? He was MIA half of the series... if you really look at it. :/ Only pop in to slap a ho and then return to his slapaho tribe.
I... I think I might die. XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

But seriously though, this drama is one that I am immensely satisfied with, dissatisfied with, that frustrates me and pulls on my heart strings.

I didn't think I'd love/hate a J-drama like this. =\[/quote]

Posted: Sep 7th, '08, 06:12
by siutou_amy
miznagase wrote:i think ueno juri is a lot prettier and more talented than that masami chick.
gotta love juri!!!
Buahaha.

I think most girls will agree on that with you. Many guys (note, I'm not saying all) will give it at least a 2nd thought.... xD

I didn't know the LF board was so active after the end. xD

Posted: Sep 8th, '08, 03:51
by miznagase
i just went to the japanese store today and looked at the magazines.
juri-chan is the cover girl of five different magazines.
she's getting really popular. and she deserves it!!!

Posted: Sep 8th, '08, 22:22
by Not_Priority
hmm...my friend recomend it to me too......

seems to be nice, lets get it :D:D:D

Posted: Sep 9th, '08, 01:07
by bmwracer
siutou_amy wrote:Many guys (note, I'm not saying all) will give it at least a 2nd thought.... xD
Not me. :mrgreen: :thumleft: :wub:

Posted: Sep 9th, '08, 13:32
by hanashi
LOL! It's so true Juri-chan is more talented than Masami. But I think Masami's also pretty good though. :D
I love her in Sailor Fuku to Kikanju. And Propdai was pretty good. :D

Posted: Sep 9th, '08, 21:56
by miznagase
hanashi wrote:LOL! It's so true Juri-chan is more talented than Masami. But I think Masami's also pretty good though. :D
I love her in Sailor Fuku to Kikanju. And Propdai was pretty good. :D
i thought masami was ok in prodai, but in last friends, her acting was pretty bad, and it pissed me off.
juri, eita, asami, and ryo all did great, but masami was just plain bad.
i think they should've casted a better actress to play michiru.
the chick who played eri in prodai would've been my pick.

Posted: Sep 9th, '08, 23:58
by Ladymercury
I think people think Masami's acting was bad because her character had made some stupid ass choices, so there was a lot of frustration at her....

Posted: Sep 10th, '08, 02:02
by miznagase
Ladymercury wrote:I think people think Masami's acting was bad because her character had made some stupid ass choices, so there was a lot of frustration at her....
no, i don't think so.
well, personally, i would never have a biased opinion about an actor's talent depending on his or her character.
i think ryo did a good job, but, obviously, his character is f-ed up.
i just think that masami is not a very good actress, that's all.

Posted: Sep 10th, '08, 02:14
by Rori
Eh, strangely enough, LF made me LIKE Masami. She was had a pretty annoying character in ProDai which I hated.

As for her acting, I think it's pretty decent. Not much more to say.

Posted: Sep 10th, '08, 03:05
by kikurazz
gotta love ueno juri's hair in LF.
masami is the pretty version, while ueno juri is the stylish type.

Posted: Sep 10th, '08, 03:51
by bmwracer
kikurazz wrote:gotta love ueno juri's hair in LF.
Only if you wanna look like a guy.

Posted: Sep 10th, '08, 05:08
by siutou_amy
bmwracer wrote:
kikurazz wrote:gotta love ueno juri's hair in LF.
Only if you wanna look like a guy.
LOL. Actually, I think Juri's short hair suits her better. But then again, I could see guys' views on longer hair.
IMO, the short messier Ruka do gave her an UMPH,

hard to explain xD Hmm... like Natalie Portman's short hair look good, better than her longer straight hair dos....

Now I wonder...... how does Juri look with long wavy locks a la Portman in Attack of the Clones era? xD Or Juri shaved-head... now THAT be shocking for racer. xD

Posted: Sep 10th, '08, 13:34
by bmwracer
siutou_amy wrote:LOL. Actually, I think Juri's short hair suits her better.
My perception is that the short hair suits the gay crowd, for the most part... From the straight view, the longer hair is (typically) more preferred...

Posted: Sep 10th, '08, 14:16
by scherzando
Her short hair suited her character perfectly in LF.

Posted: Sep 10th, '08, 16:57
by siutou_amy
bmwracer wrote:
siutou_amy wrote:LOL. Actually, I think Juri's short hair suits her better.
My perception is that the short hair suits the gay crowd, for the most part... From the straight view, the longer hair is (typically) more preferred...
I disagree, a little... but then we'll be getting into lesbian/gay perceptions of beauty... which I think vary a lot as well, LOL'

so let's just say that it all depends on the person... in this case, Juri did rock the short hair.
For instance, I don't think Masami or Asami could rock a short do, but maybe I'm wrong... Asami did rock the wavy curls though, she looked better than in Nodame xD

Posted: Sep 10th, '08, 19:12
by bmwracer
siutou_amy wrote:
bmwracer wrote:
siutou_amy wrote:LOL. Actually, I think Juri's short hair suits her better.
My perception is that the short hair suits the gay crowd, for the most part... From the straight view, the longer hair is (typically) more preferred...
I disagree, a little... but then we'll be getting into lesbian/gay perceptions of beauty... which I think vary a lot as well, LOL'
Yeah, it's a touchy subject and I hope I didn't step on any toes... It's just my observations from the posts here and other threads regarding Juri-chan's hair and role... :sweat:

Posted: Sep 10th, '08, 22:33
by miznagase
juri's hair in last friends is sexy

Posted: Sep 11th, '08, 17:04
by miznagase
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! :hissy:
i know i'm like half a year late to be saying this, but i just watched episode 8 last night and omg the ending was so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cry:
ruka finally confessed her true self to takeru, and takeru told her that he would love her no matter what!! :heart:
sigh...that is true love right there. :wub:

Posted: Sep 11th, '08, 17:47
by scherzando
It's hard to watch LF and not go ga-ga over Takeru ;)

Posted: Sep 12th, '08, 16:54
by scherzando
@miznagase: About your signature pic, what event was that? And who is Hayato? Juri looked good! (and kinda different.. looked older)

Posted: Sep 12th, '08, 19:13
by bmwracer
miznagase wrote:AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!! :hissy:
i know i'm like half a year late to be saying this, but i just watched episode 8 last night and omg the ending was so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cry:
Shouldn't you have used the spoiler tags?

Posted: Sep 12th, '08, 22:31
by noisia
Just finished the last episode on LF. I think the last 3 episodes were fantastic and I really enjoyed the ending. The best you could hope for really.
Why doesn't anyone like Takeru in the story? I think Eita and Juri played their powerful roles extremely well. I really didn't like Ryo's acting in LF, it seemed distant and disjointed, compared to 1 litre of tears, especially when it came to his ending. According to their roles in the OP, I think Eita, Juri and Mizukawa exceeded expectations in their roles whereas Masami and Ryo were quite sub-par performance wise. I didn't get the right feel for their characters. I would've preferred it if Sousuke died earlier and developed the idea of Michiru x Ruka more.
Overall, I recommend this drama to anyone, their topics and ideas are fresh with the cast providing a strong driving factor for their own plots and the character developments. 9.5/10

Posted: Sep 12th, '08, 23:10
by miznagase
scherzando wrote:@miznagase: About your signature pic, what event was that? And who is Hayato? Juri looked good! (and kinda different.. looked older)
http://community.livejournal.com/juri_u ... tml#cutid1
it was a kobe fashion show this past august. juri was a special guest along with hayato.
hayato is an actor who's best known as aniya from the popular drama "rookies."
you should check it out. it's a good drama. and he's really sexy :wub:
juri and hayato worked together in a movie called "rainbow song."
i think they look really cute together. too bad hayato has a girlfriend though.
doesn't juri look gorgeous???

Posted: Sep 12th, '08, 23:12
by miznagase
bmwracer wrote:Shouldn't you have used the spoiler tags?
i assume that everyone here has watched the whole drama except me... :P

Posted: Sep 12th, '08, 23:31
by bmwracer
miznagase wrote:
bmwracer wrote:Shouldn't you have used the spoiler tags?
i assume that everyone here has watched the whole drama except me... :P
Not everyone... You shouldn't make that assumption. :P

Posted: Sep 14th, '08, 18:38
by rulan
bmwracer wrote:
kikurazz wrote:gotta love ueno juri's hair in LF.
Only if you wanna look like a guy.
that comment seems really offensive to me. i hate the stereotype that girls had to have long hair while guys needed to have short hairs. i mean in that cause does most of the guys in korean want to look like girls? it's just a trend and if it makes you comfortable then be it. your comment reminds me of my 6 yr old neighbor who asked me if i was a boy because i liked to tie my hair up to a ponytail. comments like these is why i don't come around here anymore.

Posted: Sep 15th, '08, 03:38
by untypikal
what was the story arc concerning takeru and his sister?
they seemed to touch a little bit on it in 1 or 2 episodes, and then he forgives her at the special episode, without really telling the audience what's the deal between them? was he sexually abused by her? sorry if this was discussed earlier, but i stopped reading after 50 pages =/

Posted: Sep 15th, '08, 08:30
by noisia
untypikal wrote:what was the story arc concerning takeru and his sister?
they seemed to touch a little bit on it in 1 or 2 episodes, and then he forgives her at the special episode, without really telling the audience what's the deal between them? was he sexually abused by her? sorry if this was discussed earlier, but i stopped reading after 50 pages =/
Yeah Takeru was sexually abused by her. You can tell because in one of the later episodes, there is a flashback of Takeru and his sister in a field. She hugs him and gropes his arse. The camera then zooms in to show that :O
I'm still waiting on Eri, my love to be raw'ed up and subbed down. Can't wait for it :wub:

Posted: Sep 15th, '08, 18:12
by ^Yuuki
NG scenes from Ganbatta Award~

:mrgreen:

Posted: Sep 15th, '08, 22:02
by bmwracer
^Yuuki wrote:NG scenes from Ganbatta Award~

:mrgreen:
LOL, Juri-chan put on her motorcycle helmet backwards... :lol

Silly girl. :lol :wub:

Posted: Sep 16th, '08, 00:41
by miznagase
HAHA juri was so cute during that bar scene. :lol
and omg asami and ryo were hilarious!!! ryo actually looked cute there. :P

Posted: Nov 2nd, '08, 03:36
by Nasi
:(( till the end, I cannot hate Sousuke :((

Posted: Nov 2nd, '08, 03:47
by mattroilanh_tt
@ Nasi: Glad to see you here... Prisoner of Sousuke :D

Posted: Nov 2nd, '08, 11:19
by noisia
Nasi wrote::(( till the end, I cannot hate Sousuke :((
As a guy, i wanted to beat the crap out of him. His character, not him, naturally :P

Posted: Nov 7th, '08, 15:47
by mister88
Me too I want to beat the sh*t out of him!

And also that pansy Ogurin.

Posted: Nov 12th, '08, 17:28
by 2muchsoda
Wonder when she'll be acting for new drama..
arggh so addicted to her acts

Posted: Nov 12th, '08, 20:26
by sarah117
2muchsoda wrote:Wonder when she'll be acting for new drama..
arggh so addicted to her acts
who's that? Juri-chan? well, she's more in movies right now, but i do agree that i'm impatient to see her in a new drama.. :lol

miss the day when i first watched Last Friends. i can't seem find new dramas which can give me the same mood i had while watching this one..

Posted: Nov 13th, '08, 00:52
by miznagase
sarah117 wrote:
2muchsoda wrote:Wonder when she'll be acting for new drama..
arggh so addicted to her acts
who's that? Juri-chan? well, she's more in movies right now, but i do agree that i'm impatient to see her in a new drama.. :lol

miss the day when i first watched Last Friends. i can't seem find new dramas which can give me the same mood i had while watching this one..
i totally agree :thumleft:
the first time i watched last friends, i was like, "woah! who is that girl???!!!"
and i've obsessed with her ever since :D

Posted: Nov 13th, '08, 11:21
by flamethunder85
miznagase wrote:
sarah117 wrote:
2muchsoda wrote:Wonder when she'll be acting for new drama..
arggh so addicted to her acts
who's that? Juri-chan? well, she's more in movies right now, but i do agree that i'm impatient to see her in a new drama.. :lol

miss the day when i first watched Last Friends. i can't seem find new dramas which can give me the same mood i had while watching this one..
i totally agree :thumleft:
the first time i watched last friends, i was like, "woah! who is that girl???!!!"
and i've obsessed with her ever since :D
Ahh....Looks like everyone is getting impatient..
I love Juri-chan in LF but the development of storyline is just *cough* bad *cough*
I'm more into Nodame :wub:

Posted: Mar 23rd, '09, 02:49
by softbank
haha.. necrothread.. but..
anyone see the rumour about the Last Friends movie?
Has it been struck down or validated?
It's late, but i just watched Last Friends... i love it so much.. but it left me wanting more somehow, even though the ending was well-done. Maybe the characters were just so lovable.

Posted: Mar 23rd, '09, 12:23
by avieamber
softbank wrote:haha.. necrothread.. but..
anyone see the rumour about the Last Friends movie?
Has it been struck down or validated?
It's late, but i just watched Last Friends... i love it so much.. but it left me wanting more somehow, even though the ending was well-done. Maybe the characters were just so lovable.
omg! :O I've totally forgotten all about the movie version! But anyway, since it's not the original casts anymore, it's just natural for it to slip away as easy as it is... :lol

Posted: Mar 23rd, '09, 12:37
by avieamber
softbank wrote:haha.. necrothread.. but..
anyone see the rumour about the Last Friends movie?
Has it been struck down or validated?
It's late, but i just watched Last Friends... i love it so much.. but it left me wanting more somehow, even though the ending was well-done. Maybe the characters were just so lovable.
omg! :O I've totally forgotten all about the movie version! But anyway, since it's not the original casts anymore, it's just natural for it to slip away as easy as it is... :lol

Posted: Mar 23rd, '09, 15:03
by softbank
avieamber wrote:
softbank wrote:haha.. necrothread.. but..
anyone see the rumour about the Last Friends movie?
Has it been struck down or validated?
It's late, but i just watched Last Friends... i love it so much.. but it left me wanting more somehow, even though the ending was well-done. Maybe the characters were just so lovable.
omg! :O I've totally forgotten all about the movie version! But anyway, since it's not the original casts anymore, it's just natural for it to slip away as easy as it is... :lol
ah... they're not bringing back the original cast?!
might as well not make it anyways..I'd rather they just leave the rest of the story to our imaginations~
I think the actors perfectly fit their roles. Just became each character.. it was magical lol :D

Posted: Mar 23rd, '09, 15:23
by ssih
If it's not the original cast, it would make no sense to do it as a Special (i.e., here's what they did following what you saw in the show). Perhaps they're going to completely retell the story with a new cast.

Posted: Mar 24th, '09, 04:45
by avieamber
ssih wrote:If it's not the original cast, it would make no sense to do it as a Special (i.e., here's what they did following what you saw in the show). Perhaps they're going to completely retell the story with a new cast.
I'm not entirely sure that it would be a totally diff casts for the movie, but most likely it'd be different judging by the look of it. (my assumptions though) except if the decided to make a movie taking off from where it ended in the special (maybe show more of their lives with Rumi...etc)

until now, there doesnt seem to be any news yet...on the progress of the movie version. Anyone else knows? :-)

Posted: Mar 24th, '09, 17:58
by flamethunder85
^ As far as I know, the whole movie thing is just a rumor.... :unsure:

Posted: Mar 28th, '09, 04:08
by bmwracer
^ Just let the story/movie die and go away... Time to move on to better things. :sweat:

Posted: Apr 1st, '09, 03:01
by stolenxkisses
Just wondering, were the photographs that Michiru kept looking at in the first episode ever uploaded to any site?

Posted: Apr 1st, '09, 10:17
by flamethunder85
stolenxkisses wrote:Just wondering, were the photographs that Michiru kept looking at in the first episode ever uploaded to any site?
You can find them on official sites of Last Friends (if that's what you asked)

http://www.fujitv.co.jp/lastfriends/another/index.html
http://www.fujitv.co.jp/lastfriends/index.html

Posted: Apr 1st, '09, 12:52
by stolenxkisses
flamethunder85 wrote: You can find them on official sites of Last Friends (if that's what you asked)

http://www.fujitv.co.jp/lastfriends/another/index.html
http://www.fujitv.co.jp/lastfriends/index.html
Ah, thanks -- I was actually referring to the photos in Michiru's hand. The shots with them standing together in front of the house, or with the (apparent) barbecue celebration, or with Michiru and Ruka in high school. But thanks for the links -- there are some great photos there as well :)

Posted: Apr 1st, '09, 13:16
by hoyung
nicer

Posted: Apr 1st, '09, 14:30
by flamethunder85
stolenxkisses wrote:
flamethunder85 wrote: You can find them on official sites of Last Friends (if that's what you asked)

http://www.fujitv.co.jp/lastfriends/another/index.html
http://www.fujitv.co.jp/lastfriends/index.html
Ah, thanks -- I was actually referring to the photos in Michiru's hand. The shots with them standing together in front of the house, or with the (apparent) barbecue celebration, or with Michiru and Ruka in high school. But thanks for the links -- there are some great photos there as well :)
Yeah I saw them in the first link I gave you...There are 8 numbers below and each number has many photos (click the arrow left and right)

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Posted: Feb 6th, '10, 12:07
by Keiko1981
Anyone who knows Chinese and can help here.
Is it a remake, fanvideo, CM

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And a video:

Posted: Feb 6th, '10, 15:51
by Lady Zhuge
Keiko1981 wrote:Anyone who knows Chinese and can help here.
Is it a remake, fanvideo, CM

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That's a poster for a play version of an old Chinese idol drama by the same name.
Keiko1981 wrote: And a video:
That's an opening segment for this TV Shopping Channel.

Posted: Feb 6th, '10, 16:15
by Keiko1981
Lady Zhuge wrote: That's a poster for a play version of an old Chinese idol drama by the same name.
That's an opening segment for this TV Shopping Channel.
Interesting. Thank you very much for answering my question. :)

Posted: Jun 17th, '12, 04:47
by bmwracer
I noticed on the Baidu forum that apparently a Director's Cut of Last Friends was released on DVD.

If they did it right, all the scenes with Nishikido Ryo are deleted. :mrgreen: