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Ninomiya Kazunari

Posted: Aug 12th, '06, 17:20
by Junfan21
Hey anybody who is reading this! Basically this is a threadfor people who love nino from arashi!! Even though my username says junfan21, and my signature and avatar don't have nino on it, i am still a huge ninofan! so if you love nino then i guess just write whatever you want in here about nino!!!

Posted: Aug 14th, '06, 19:34
by FruitChaat
omg, i luv nino, he's so adorable!
i was so sad when he shaved his hair, but now that it's growing back he looks so kawai

Posted: Sep 1st, '06, 16:57
by whisperss_57
[img]http://img108.imageshack.us/img108/1671/awwgs5.th.jpg[/img]

Ninomiya Kazunari joined Johnny's entertainment when he was 13. He is also a very talented actor, such skills gaining him the position as the first Arashi member to make his debut in Hollywood. Ninomiya can also play guitar and likes to mix songs as a hobby.

Name: 二宮和也 / Ninomiya Kazunari
Age: 23 (2006)
Date of Birth: June 17,1983
POB: Edogawa, Tokyo
Blood type : A
Height: 168cm
Weight: 53kg
Jpop Group: Arashi
He has one elder sister who is two years older. People usually call him NINO (ニノ or にの).


Trivia
Nino is left handed, however he writes and plays guitar with his right hand. He also wears his watch on the right side. It seems like he can brush his teeth using both left and right hands.
Nino can play (among others) guitar, bass, piano, drums and harmonica.

Filmography
]黄色い涙 / Yellow Tears (Coming in Spring, 2007)
硫黄島からの手紙 / Red Sun, Black Sand, as Saigou (2007)
ピカ☆☆ンチ / Pika**nchi - Life Is Hard Dakara Happy, as Onda Takuma (2004)
青の炎 / Ao no Honou, as Kushimori Shuichi (2003)
ピカ☆ンチ / Pika*nchi - Life Is Hard Dakedo Happy, as Onda Takuma (2002)

Stage
理由なき反抗 / Rebel Without a Cause, as Jim Stark (2005)
シブヤから遠く離れて / SHIBUYA KARA TOOKU HANARETE, as Naoya (2004)
スタンドバイミー / Stand by Me, as Chris Chambers (1997)

TV Series
少し恩返しができたかな / Sukoshi ongaeshi ga dekita kana, as Kitahara Kazunori (2006)
優しい時間 / YASASHII JIKAN, as Wakui Takuro (2005)
南くんの恋人 / MINAMI KUN NO KOIBITO, as Minami Susumu (2004)
Stand Up!, as Asai Shohei (2003)
熱烈的中華飯店 / NETSURETSUTEKI CHUUKA HANTEN, as Nanami Kenta (2003)
ハンドク!!! / HAN-Dr.!!!, as Sakaguchi Nobu (2001)
涙をふいて / As tears go by, as Fuchigami Kenta (2000)
あぶない放課後 / ABUNAI HOUKAGO, Natsuki Katsuyuki (1999)
あきまへんで! / AKIMAHENDE!, Aoki Taiki (1998)


**creds to DramaWiki** :salut:

Posted: Sep 1st, '06, 21:30
by Junfan21
Thanks for all the information, there's alot of stuff i never knew about him that I now know!

Posted: Sep 2nd, '06, 18:34
by whisperss_57
someone want to post pics of him?? lolll
lets get this board movin!! :wub:

Posted: Sep 2nd, '06, 20:07
by Junfan21
sadly i have no pics since i live in the u.s. :-( so if any1 else has pics, please upload them :D

Posted: Sep 2nd, '06, 20:34
by hamstaball

Posted: Sep 13th, '06, 15:47
by sam-me
Aww I love NINO!!! He's soooo cute!! The way he plays the guitar, its such a turn on... He's a really good actor and a really good singer!!

Posted: Sep 16th, '06, 07:51
by oberon
is it true that he's gonna play a new character on HYD2? I heard he's playing a character that also appeared in the MG version.

Posted: Sep 16th, '06, 14:12
by Junfan21
I'm not completely sure if nino is going 2 be in HYD2, but i have heard a lot of ppl saying he will be, or they think he will be.

Posted: Sep 16th, '06, 15:02
by Hedgehog
I'd love to see Nino in HYD2, it would be such a treat to see two Arashi members in the same drama.

Out of the various Arashi members, Nino is definitely my favourite. I was introduced to him when I first watch Stand Up!, I bought the show solely to fangirl over Yamapi initially. I must say, Nino totally took my attention away from Pi (did not help that Pi was creepily skinny in the show) and I was won over ever since.

Posted: Sep 18th, '06, 17:17
by imano
Nino in HYD2? Thats really a breaking news for me!
Hope its true :wub:
I really want to see Nino in another rendora..... I read somewhere that he is going to be in a series drama-as a student who fail to enter university. the story is from anime and about the tenants of a building. But I couldnt find more info about this so I myself wondering about this drama........

Posted: Sep 21st, '06, 05:44
by hamstaball
nino in HYD2?? sounds interesting
does anyone hav an idea as to who might he play?

Posted: Sep 21st, '06, 21:30
by Junfan21
I read in the HYD2? thread that if he is in it, he would be playing Kazuya, makino's childhood friend.

Posted: Sep 24th, '06, 19:15
by whisperss_57
NINOOOOOO my love ♥♥♥

-3-

i havent been at this board in a while~ ill post some pics when im done cleaning my room

:wub:

i think nino should be in more shows~ did anyone watch that show special he did where he shaved off his hair? it was a while ago.

Posted: Sep 24th, '06, 21:19
by Junfan21
hmmm...i haven't watched that special yet do u have a link to it or anything that i can watch it???

Posted: Sep 24th, '06, 23:18
by lilswtangel
OH! a Nino thread!!!! I think he's by far the best actor of all the ARASHI members, yes even better than MatsuJun.

I really don't have much to say about him since my favorite member is actually Aiba. Just that Nino's acting is better than all other Arashi members IMO~ :)

Posted: Sep 27th, '06, 02:20
by hamstaball
better than jun??
i'd have to reconsider..(well i AM biased haha)

sho i'm not so sure, never seen aiba act nor ohno..
nino was good in Stand Up but i havnt seen anything else
i guess i cant really have an opinion on this topic..

Posted: Sep 27th, '06, 15:28
by imano
Wah!! I saw some screencaps of MagoMago#73-omiya pair! Seems so fun and cute! Hope can download it later. And Nino finally agreed to go to deserted island with ochan (after 2nd attempts from Oo S!)
The topic for the mc is- Which members u want to date and where?
Nino actually said he want to go to Oda's concert during winter WITH A GIRL! (Oda'con suppose to be a tearing con) but then he agreed to date Ohno!

Posted: Nov 1st, '06, 00:01
by florsa86
oh nino...
^__^
he's so kawaiiii,
tthe smile of him is so adorable..
he's so good at dance and singer..but i don't think he can act well..i've watched stand up!
i dont like that drama..i don't know why..
i think they should give nino more suitable character that suit him well..^__^
i guess i talk to much..gomen ne!!
but the truth is i like him so much..especially when he with arashi..he's so himself when he with arashi..

Posted: Dec 20th, '06, 07:35
by Saragorn
Gah! I'm trying to go see Letters From Iwo Jima, the movie by Clint Eastwood that Nino and Watanabe Ken are in, but I'm having absolutely no luck finding where it's being released, since it's limited. *sigh* Hopefully I'll find it sometime.

Posted: Dec 20th, '06, 21:39
by Phinn

Posted: Dec 20th, '06, 22:47
by Junfan21
I soo need to see that movie!! It's probably gonna be tough trying to find it, but if I do, I HAVE to see it in theaters, because you'd be seeing Nino on that huge screen in the theater :wub:

Posted: Jan 26th, '07, 06:16
by thislove
Nino a thread for him<3 I love Nino he's such a hottie in Arashi. Actually all the members of Arashi are hot.

Posted: Jan 28th, '07, 03:24
by inochi
if i remember correctly all members of arashi have acted before, and they've often acted with each other in pairs. i think there's also a couple movies, etc (excluding Yellow Tears to be coming out this year) that they've done with the five of them

Posted: Jan 28th, '07, 15:04
by kopykat
Saragorn wrote:Gah! I'm trying to go see Letters From Iwo Jima, the movie by Clint Eastwood that Nino and Watanabe Ken are in, but I'm having absolutely no luck finding where it's being released, since it's limited. *sigh* Hopefully I'll find it sometime.

Details for Letters from Iwo Jima (Japanese) TS nice quality,direct audio,widescreen,pal.

Hi peeps i have the complete movie as an avi file but no English subs

find me Eng subs and i can give you the movie by Rapidshare or link you to the

bittorrent site i got it from

Letters from Iwo Jima.avi 699.87 MB

ps. I have only 4 invites to this private site :roll

pm me or email

Posted: Feb 2nd, '07, 00:53
by inochi
so can nino speak fluent english or did i just hear a rumor?

it's great that nino did such a serious film..i'd like to see his performance in it. it's cool cause i wouldn't have known about the film at all if it wasn't for nino

Posted: Feb 6th, '07, 16:02
by karin-chan
yeah... im also curious if nino did spoke in engLish in IwoJima... i desperatetly want to see that fiLm...

this thread is dying... so Lets spread nino-Love, ne?

Posted: Feb 6th, '07, 23:50
by Junfan21
ermm...yes, the thread is dying ^-^' Hrmm...Anybody have any pictures to share, or any interesting facts about Nino?

Posted: Feb 7th, '07, 00:23
by dohri
Nino does not speak English XD

Letters from Iwo Jima - is a Hollywood movie directed by Clint Eastwood, however the movie is in all Japanese (released with English subtitles in foreign theatres such as US, CA, etc)

:D

Posted: Feb 7th, '07, 02:12
by jojoana
This is a picture of Nino tha I love :wub: !!!!!
He is really cute in this photo!!!!

[img]http://img157.imageshack.us/img157/6503 ... yc5.th.jpg[/img]

Posted: Feb 7th, '07, 02:24
by Junfan21
yay! Pictures :D! Nino always looks so hott playing on his guitar XD

Posted: Feb 7th, '07, 06:05
by savagett
up up up
nino~~~
I am watching his new dorama <Haikei>, he talks to himslef a lot in it~~ :D
his performance is always so natural but easily touch the bottom of your heart
I like his <Stand> best~~~

Posted: Feb 7th, '07, 06:10
by inochi
hmm...i wonder how nino communicated with clint eastwood then ^^

wow good pictures..where are they from? sho looks good in that one up there too

Posted: Feb 7th, '07, 08:58
by karin-chan
whoaw... you guys are so cooL!!! i Liken the pic with sho!!! if there are others pLs do post... ^_^

maybe they have someone who can translate then,, since nino is not reaLLy into engLish...

yeah... minna.. Lets make this thread awesome!!!

Posted: Feb 7th, '07, 11:46
by jojoana
Pictures from Arashi.... very old ones!!!!

[img]http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/5678 ... os0.th.jpg[/img] [img]http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/4968 ... fi0.th.jpg[/img] [img]http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/959/ ... ad5.th.jpg[/img]

Credits goes to the person who scan the article... I don´t know who you are... but THANK YOU :thumright: !!!!!!!

I don´t like when he is blonde!!!! Do you like???

Posted: Feb 7th, '07, 22:27
by Junfan21
Nino has a new drama?!!! What's it about?

Thank you everyone who uploaded pics ^-^

Nino when he was blonde, i didn't like it very much either -_-'

Posted: Feb 8th, '07, 05:10
by karin-chan
guys... here are some of interesting facts about nino:

LIKES -

Playing his guitar (he is esp. good in ballads)

Sport baseball and everything about it

Colour blue

DISLIKES -

Food vegetables (again!!!)

INTERESTING FACTS -

* Happiest moment was when he won a baseball competition

* Deepest Impression: the first time ARASHI appeared on TV

* Nino is very, very difficult to wake up, and according to Matsujun, he "opens his eyes for a while and would immediately fall back to sleep".

* Nino is a totally different person when he sets out to achieve his goal

* Aiba complained that Nino is a hyper-gamer who plays too much. He would bring along his portable electronic game everywhere he goes and play late into the night. And if he loses, he will suddenly start howling in the middle of the night, waking everyone up.

* Nino claims that although being a baseball player, he could do 14 times lifting, and he would someday like to challenge Matsujun!

* Thinks of himself as Takuya Kimura No. 2 when watching his own dramas

* Emotional, just like Matsujun, cries easily while watching TV

* He is afraid of loneliness

OTHERS -

* Joined Johnny jimusho in 1996

* Type of girl he likes:

- most importantly, they must be compatible in terms of personality and attitude, her looks and style doesn't matter as much

- she has to be sure of herself and must be capable of speaking properly instead of stuttering and using phrases like "maybe", "seems like"... though Nino admits using them frequently himself

- she has to be kind-hearted, has to have good taste and also a sense of humour

- Nino doesn't mind the girl being taller or heavier than him, but the ideal weight is 50kg

- Maybe it would be good if the girl is attractive so that it would make Nino think that she is hard to get

- her hand should be smaller than Nino's, otherwise he would think that he is holding a guy's hand! (so silly)

thanks to the author of this articLe.. ^_^

Posted: Feb 8th, '07, 16:16
by Junfan21
HAHAHA :lol Nino is a hyper-gamer! Oh wow, he even howls in the middle of the night if he loses, lol

Posted: Feb 11th, '07, 02:29
by thislove
karin-chan wrote:guys... here are some of interesting facts about nino:

LIKES -

Playing his guitar (he is esp. good in ballads)

Sport baseball and everything about it

Colour blue

DISLIKES -

Food vegetables (again!!!)

INTERESTING FACTS -

* Happiest moment was when he won a baseball competition

* Deepest Impression: the first time ARASHI appeared on TV

* Nino is very, very difficult to wake up, and according to Matsujun, he "opens his eyes for a while and would immediately fall back to sleep".

* Nino is a totally different person when he sets out to achieve his goal

* Aiba complained that Nino is a hyper-gamer who plays too much. He would bring along his portable electronic game everywhere he goes and play late into the night. And if he loses, he will suddenly start howling in the middle of the night, waking everyone up.

* Nino claims that although being a baseball player, he could do 14 times lifting, and he would someday like to challenge Matsujun!

* Thinks of himself as Takuya Kimura No. 2 when watching his own dramas

* Emotional, just like Matsujun, cries easily while watching TV

* He is afraid of loneliness

OTHERS -

* Joined Johnny jimusho in 1996

* Type of girl he likes:

- most importantly, they must be compatible in terms of personality and attitude, her looks and style doesn't matter as much

- she has to be sure of herself and must be capable of speaking properly instead of stuttering and using phrases like "maybe", "seems like"... though Nino admits using them frequently himself

- she has to be kind-hearted, has to have good taste and also a sense of humour

- Nino doesn't mind the girl being taller or heavier than him, but the ideal weight is 50kg

- Maybe it would be good if the girl is attractive so that it would make Nino think that she is hard to get

- her hand should be smaller than Nino's, otherwise he would think that he is holding a guy's hand! (so silly)

thanks to the author of this articLe.. ^_^

Thanks for the info really appreciate it :D Funny how he said his ideal woman's hand have to be smaller than his or else he thinks he's holding a guy's hand :w00t:

Posted: Feb 11th, '07, 12:11
by karin-chan
im very happy you guys are enjoying my post... weLL here's is another....

*What each member of Arashi thinks about Nino*
Taken from H November issue

1 What's your favourite work among Nino's past works?
Aiba: 'Amagi Goe' in his Johnny's Jr period! He challenged the work in cropped head... He used to use Doraemon towel to cover his head!! which was cute.
Ohno: 'Rebel Without a Cause' Because he looked a different person.
Sakurai: 'Ao no Honoo' I was impressed by his expression when he was attacking his father with a bat, have never seen such an expression on his face.
Matsumoto: 'Stand Up!' I loved his comical acting. He was impersonating our manager and it was so funny.

2 What do you think is Nino's most selling point as an actor?
Aiba: His sensitivity... I'd say the way he interprets a thing is very sharp, or open minded not only in acting but in many different things.
Ohno: Ordinary personality.
Sakurai: He's being natural but deep inside.
Matsumoto: Evanescence (by Ninomiya).

3 If you were a producer, what kind of role in what kind of work would you want him to play?
Aiba: Fantacy. I believe he's capable of acting even a role of non-human beings.
Ohno: Hyper tension character.
Sakurai: Someone totally insane. I'm sure he can do it, but wanna see him acting insane as I've never seen him acting that kind role before.
Matsumoto: An absolute looser.

4 Nino's attractive point and weak point.
Aiba: His hands! I was just talking about this today, his hands look like a beef burger.
Ohno: His hands, round and cute.
Sakurai: He always misses people, but likes being on his own as well. He gets embarrased to be found out what he really thinks inside.
Matsumoto: Small pretty hands with short fingers, might look like a beef burger.

5 What Nino has and you don't, and what do you envy him at?
Aiba: He's got a wide rage of tensions. He can do his job whatever his tension is, no matter how low or high. He knows how to react even when in low tension.
Ohno: He's quick on the uptake.
Sakurai: He's really good at getting people's mind. I think it's because he's quick on reading people's mind.
Matsumoto: He can switch himself on very quickly, for instance he's sometimes playing games just before recording, which I can't do.

6 What do you want Nino to improve?
Aiba: He always wants to read manga I'm just reading!! Although I'm telling him 'I'm reading now', he says 'lend me, lend me', which is like a school boy...
Ohno: He touches my delicate part and bum.
Sakurai: He's always playing with Ohno, which I like because it's fun to watch. But honestly scares me when I think what other people would think of them. However, it's madly funny.
Matsumoto: Used to be annoyed with him playing games beside me (laugh), but got use to it, so play whenever you like.

7 What has he changed most since debut?

Aiba: Don't know very well because we've been together most of the time. But he eats out more often now, perhaps!!
Ohno: Basically he hasn't changed at all.
Sakurai: He gets malicious tongue on TV more often these days, which we call 'Evil Comment'. But he gives sharp and great comments.
Matsumoto: The way he thinks has changed the least among all of us, which means he's tended to think things over since younger.

8 If you express Nino in colour, what colour would he be? and why?
Aiba: Probably Blue? because he used to dance in blue costume in Jr period, and I've still got the strong image of that.
Ohno: Yellow because he often wears yellow costume at concerts.
Sakurai: Pale blue, which I feel is beautiful but evanescent. It shows in his tunes he creates I suppose.
Matsumoto: I can't think of any at all. I stuck at this question and slept on it , but nothing comes up to my mind.


[credits to aibakaland]
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CLOSING THOUGHTS:
1. First, 8 questions are reaLLy NOT ENOUGH!!!
2. They could have asked more interesting questions, and the coLor thing is LAME.
3. in Q3, Jun wants Nino to act as an absoLute loser!! is this a compLiment on Nino's part?
4. The moment i read Q4, i got curious that i immediateLy looked his pics!! [haha!].
5. Ohno's answer in Q9 made me say "WTF?!", What does he want to improve on that... and Nino is a pervert huh... :lol
6. LastLy, things are stating to get interresting for Jun and Nino... :wub:

Posted: Feb 11th, '07, 12:33
by karin-chan
haha!! im very active today!! weLL speaking of Jun-Nino, there are some articles about them that interests me LateLy, though Sho-Nino is stiLL my ichiban!!!

i've read arashi interview on Oricon Style 8/14/2006 translated by ames_909..here's some of the question..

If you have to pick one member to be your girlfriend, who would it be? Also, please give a reason for your choice!

Aiba: Leader. Because you can feel the mutual love (laugh). The blend of gentleness and toughness gives people a pretty good feeling.
Jun: Nino. Because it feels like we won't try to butt into each other's lives.
Nino: I won't choose anyone. How is it possible to choose?!
Ohno: Aiba-chan. It feels like we would be happy baking bread together.
Sho: Waah~ this kind of question's existed ever since we debuted. Is this to draw out the charm of the other members? (laugh) Because we've been together for a long time~ things that we didn't understand to individual strengths have all become very clear. So no one's standing at the starting point. [T/N: I think he talked himself into a tangent for some odd reason...]

and another... this is too oLd but i think this is cute!! this was posted by a fan on another... thank you!!!

Minna, not sure if this has been shared so don?ft mind me if you know this already. Some fun bits about Nino since he's back:

> The first Arashi member that he met was Matsujun. He found out that jun was rehearsing for his butai so he decided to pay a visit (as Nino has worked with most of the cast members + director in jun?fs butai). Even though jun asked him not to come (out of shyness?), nino still went anyway.

> The whole group was first reunited during the shooting for G no Arashi (the uda uda special this week!! I believe~). They went out for dinner together afterwards and that?fs when Nino gave everybody the souvenir from LA. Seems that everyone was really happy with what they got.

> During the Eastwood movie press conference last Friday, our dear Nino was in need to pay a visit to the men?fs room about 10 minutes into the press con. So basically that was the main thing that occupied his mind during this whole event X_X/// Can you imagine that cute smile we saw from the press con is actually a result of him holding.....

>Nakamura Shido invited Nino to his place for dinner!!! If you know Nino is a fan of Takeuchi Yuko (who is recently married to Nakamura), then you know this is probably a pretty big deal for Nino (ha ha...at least it is for us, the fans!!). I wonder if Nino got to meet his idol ^^
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CLOSING THOUGHTS:
1. Jun is getting interested on Nino Lately!! Im gLad!! WeLL, when i first came across arashi i thought they were the cLoset bcoz they are of the same age... but in reaLity its the other way around!
2. There's this vid in youtube where Jun hugged Nino!! i forgot the link, though!! but plz check it out... the name must be JunxNino hugs on SC [or something Like that]
3. weLL i wanna share with you a pic of Jun-Nino!! ^_^

Posted: Feb 11th, '07, 16:14
by Junfan21
OMG, thanks so much for all the facts and all karin-chan! I like Jun's answer on Q3 :lol Aw...I like that pic with Jun and Nino :D

Posted: Feb 11th, '07, 21:40
by princess_jime
After having myself an arashi goodness marathon ( :w000t:) over on youtube my brain has been basically fried, so, in the middle of many hallucinations, this one came to my mind:

Doesn't Nino look like a long-lost younger brother of Karen Mok?

Now everytime i see him I think of her as well....XD XD XD XD

Posted: Feb 12th, '07, 01:36
by Junfan21
I love having my own little Arashi marathons, so much fun :D

erm...who's karen mok?

Posted: Feb 12th, '07, 19:25
by princess_jime
Arashi marathons: aren't they the greatest thing ever? :lol
Link for Karen Mok info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karen_Mok
This cd cover is responsible for putting that idea in my head XD :
[img]http://ray.com.hk/CDjpegs/karenmokep00.jpg[/img]

Posted: Feb 12th, '07, 22:31
by Junfan21
I definitely could see Nino as her younger long lost brother now! lol

Posted: Feb 15th, '07, 10:51
by karin-chan
yeboi!!! page 4!! good work peeps!!!

i reaLLy dont know who that "karen mok" is but i dotn see any resemblance.. maybe the shape of the face onLy...

speaking of... Junfan21, ur Uchi's fangirL right? i have read somewhere that Uchi Hiroki resembLes Nino!! haha!!! havent imagine though... what do you think?!

here's the cover of Nino in Japan Newsweek... Bet Sho-kun has a copy of this one!!

Posted: Feb 15th, '07, 14:26
by Junfan21
@karin-chan - Yes! Uchi is like my favorite JE guy XD although I found out about him while he was suspended...Hmm...When I think about it, Uchi does resemble Nino a little bit!

My parents keep saying they'll take me to watch Letters of (or is it to?)Iwo Jima, but they never do -_-' Has anybody watched it yet?

Posted: Feb 17th, '07, 16:23
by karin-chan
whaoaw!! how nice!!! ^_^! i tought Jun is your ichiban!! weLL i aLso Like Uchi, ive heard he's back [with kusano but as "trainees", a lower level than jrs]... its Like WTF!!!

about the iwojima... i am aLso confused!! they said it wiLL be shown 2007 but i am not sure... i reaLLy want to see the movie, though war movies are not my thing.. i wanna see nino in it!!! hope we couLd watch ^_^... if no one wouLd accompany me then iLL go by myseLf... if we are in the same country we couLd go together!! Lets do our best, ne?! ^_^

Posted: Feb 18th, '07, 06:55
by ohcrapimonfire
I saw Letters from Iwo Jima tonight and it was amazing. I'm not a big war movie person either, but I appreciate a good film when I see it. And this film was excellent, largely due to Nino's incredible acting.

The story was really moving, especially Nino's character, a combat-inept yet honest and kind baker who constantly writes letters to his wife and recently born daughter that he hadn't seen yet since he was conscripted before she was born. I loved Nino in Stand Up, but seeing him in a such a serious, important role and playing it so well made me really happy, despite the fact that I cried like a baby throughout a good third of the movie.

I'd recommend anyone to go see it because the story is poignant, heartbreaking, but in a way, also beautiful. And if you're a Nino fan and are interested in seeing him break out of the usual Johnny's Entertainment pop/drama/variety stuff, definitely see this. It made me appreciate his versatility as an artist so much more! :-)

Posted: Feb 18th, '07, 15:52
by Junfan21
@karin-chan - Jun was my favorite when I got an account here on d-addicts, and I couldn't think of any other name, so I just did junfan21, but on my lj and other forums i use a different name now...I know! I couldn't believe they were back as trainees >.<

@ohcrapimonfire - Lucky!!!! This makes me want to see it even more XD!

Posted: Feb 20th, '07, 12:21
by karin-chan
ohcrapimonfire
>> thank you for the wonderfuL insight.. oh weLL im so damn curious!!! i desperately wouLd Like to watch i!! thanks for droping by i hope you aLways do ^_^

Junfan21
>>yeah... i hope you couLd incLude Nino in your banner... i also wouLd Like to have one but i dont know how to... hope you couLd heLp me... ^_^

Posted: Feb 20th, '07, 14:30
by Junfan21
@karin-chan - Do you want me to make a signature for you? Just tell me who to include in it and I'll make you one :D Although mine aren't very good though, I still don't know how to do everything in photoshop
^-^'

Posted: Feb 21st, '07, 09:05
by karin-chan
reaLLy reaLLy?! cooL!!! uhm... of course nino, sho, tackey, shige, yamapi, ryo, teshi... uhm.. thats it for now... thank you so much!! ^_^

Posted: Feb 21st, '07, 23:34
by Junfan21
no problem :D, do you want any specific word on it?

Posted: Feb 23rd, '07, 15:41
by karin-chan
hmm... i havent reaLLy thought of anything good... hmm.. maybe...

"im addicted!!" haha... i hope its makes sense... weLL im giving this stuff to you, gambare ne?!..

by the way, whose the one the right of jun and the guy on he left of kame? cant recognize...

Posted: Feb 23rd, '07, 16:17
by karin-chan
just got this articLe from aibakaland nd since its onLy Last month its not that deLayed... this is reaLLy interesting... guess what... nino-chan has an articLe on LA TIMES!!
January 28, 2007


WORLD CINEMA
The story is written on this actor's face
Kazunari Ninomiya, 23, expands an already long résumé as the "Iwo Jima" soldier on whose visage war's toll is etched.


By Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer

Tokyo — Kazunari Ninomiya's face is unblemished, almost fragile, a porcelain slate of innocence onto which director Clint Eastwood projects the emotional toll of war in "Letters From Iwo Jima." Ninomiya plays Saigo, an apolitical baker conscripted into the doomed defense of the island, fighting not for the generals or the emperor but only to survive and return to his wife and infant daughter. Through his eyes we see battle, its cynicism, fear, the hatreds and pity. An unknown actor to American audiences, his face was perfect for Eastwood's Everyman.

But in Japan, Ninomiya is a mega-star, a face you can't avoid. This wisp of a 23-year-old has been in the business since he was 14. Big screen and small. Theater. A singer and dancer in Arashi (Storm), one of Japan's most popular male idol bands (and the Japanese love their idol bands). Ninomiya does TV commercials. He does radio shows, and he's a regular presence in Japan's mass-selling fan magazines. Even his voice is in demand, heard as one of the leading characters in the feature-length anime "Tekkon Kinkreet." The kid likes to work.
"It's different from wanting to be a star — I've always wanted to create something, I want to share the joy of creation with others," Ninomiya said between appearances last month for the Tokyo premiere of "Letters," which remains at the top of the Japanese box office weeks after release. The first screenings had left several young women in the audience in tears, though it was hard to tell whether they were crying over Saigo's story or from excitement when Ninomiya appeared on stage to take a bow with his costars after the credits.

Cute? Well, yes

Creativity doesn't usually come high on the list of skills needed to succeed in Japanese pop culture, where cuteness is prized above all. Ninomiya is a product of the artist management company Johnny & Associates, founded in 1963 by California-born Johnny Kitagawa, which has produced the cutest of the cute in the boy idol industry.

With his stable of talent — talento as it is known here — Johnny's exerts extraordinary power over Japanese entertainment. Kitagawa's formulaically engineered idol bands, beginning with the Four Leaves in 1968 and continuing today with the omnipresent SMAP and a steady stream of other squeal-inducers like Arashi, don't just sing. Selected from thousands of auditioning teens, the idols are trained to dance, act and handle themselves on TV as part of Kitagawa's grooming for stardom. He uses established stars to leverage TV exposure for newcomers, a grip over the celebrity-thirsty networks that is commercially successful but also suggests that Johnny's is more factory than talent incubator.

Yet many here argue that Ninomiya is different from most of the cookie-cutter cuties of the idol world. He acted before he sang, debuting on stage rather than TV, in a production of "Stand by Me" at age 14. He had the River Phoenix role.

"Nino stood out early," says Julie Fujishima, a vice president at Johnny's. "He came to us to become a talento, but it was obvious he had a talent for acting." Fujishima says Ninomiya's breakthrough came in a TV drama called "Amagigoe" that aired on New Year's Day 1998. "He was very special, very good, and it got everyone's attention."

More TV dramas followed (TV tends to create bigger stars among Japanese fans than the movies do). And in 1999, Ninomiya became one of the five young stars selected by Johnny's to join Arashi, a J-pop troupe that made its singing and dancing debut on a cruise ship off Hawaii before it had a record out.

"I always liked singing," Ninomiya says. "When I was in the car with my family we'd always play music. I liked American bands, and I went to a Bon Jovi concert when they came to Tokyo Dome. Also Backstreet Boys. When I go to concerts by Japanese musicians, I tend to study them. But American musicians entertain me."

A string of Arashi hits predictably followed, though the relentlessly bland J-pop is not really about the music but about the look. It was Jun Matsumoto, with his ripped abs, who emerged as the band's biggest heartthrob, its Davy Jones, to use a Monkees analogy.

Arashi members have all cultivated different personalities for their fans, and Ninomiya is known as the "actor" in the group. He made his first movie in 2002, a supporting role in a drama called "Pikanchi, Life Is Hard, but Happy." He continued to find theater roles, playing the James Dean role of Jim Stark in a two-month run of "Rebel Without a Cause" in 2005.

And this month, he starts a TV series called "Dear Father," in which he plays an apprentice chef working for a tough Tokyo master. He laughs when asked if he can cook. "No," he says as he emerges from the set's kitchen during a break in the shooting, his hands wet from washing dishes. "But the work is fun."

"There's a real personality to his acting," says Rieko Miyamoto, the show's director. "He can act with his mouth and his eyes." So Ninomiya was an obvious candidate when Eastwood sent out a casting call to Japanese actors for "Letters From Iwo Jima." In addition to his talent, the studio calculated that Ninomiya's J-pop aura might drag a younger crowd to the box office, a tactic that has paid off to some degree, though Warner Bros. exit figures still show that the bulk of the movie's Japanese audience is in its late 30s to early 50s.

Audition tapes were sent across the Pacific to the late Phyllis Huffman, the casting director who had been a longtime Eastwood collaborator. Johnny's had another of its stars in mind for the Saigo role and Ninomiya was originally cast as Private Shimizu, the idealistic military policeman sent to Iwo Jima as punishment for showing mercy toward civilians. But Eastwood had not settled on his Saigo, and the director asked Ninomiya to read again for that part.

A personal connection

Like most young Japanese, Ninomiya had only a sketchy idea about the events at Iwo Jima in early 1945. Unlike most of his contemporaries, he at least knew where the tiny volcanic island is located because he has a map of Japan on the wall of his bathroom at home "and when I sit down, Iwo Jima is right in front of my eyes."

He went into the role the way Japanese soldiers went to battle: unsure of the fate that awaited them, suppressing their emotions. Japanese directors like to exaggerate emotions, he says, cranking up the tears and the music. "They make movies with greater and greater emotion, and it's not realistic," Ninomiya says. "So if you make a movie [like 'Letters'] that is based on reality, some people will find it uninteresting. They will say I should have cried more in certain scenes."

Ninomiya shed his tears after the film was in the can. His grandfather had been a soldier sent off to fight Japan's imperial wars. And he told his grandson about his war: stationed in the occupied Korean peninsula, taken prisoner by Soviet troops, incarcerated in Siberia.

Then the grandson, having played a suffering soldier facing slaughter in a hopeless cause, found himself one night watching another war drama on Japanese TV.

"I couldn't stop crying," he says. "I cried, because it was my grandfather's story."
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THOUGHTS:
1. i wouLd Like to thank the bruce waLLace guy for this and for the compLiment he gave to nino
2. whoaw... i cant reaLLy beLieve this.. its freaking awesome!! even his superiors are amazed with such a taLented guy Like him...
3. and heLLo!! its HOLYWOOD!! and IwoJima is in Oscars!! the dude is reaLLy goin big time!! hooray for that!! :cheers:
4. i reaLLy why Jun's name appeared in this articLe
5. LastLy, its onLy now that ive Learned tha nino's gramps... i mean... "our" grandpa.. was a jap soLdier.. so he reaLLy reLates to this war thing...
6. very Last: i wanna say.. NINO REALLY ROCKS!!! he is my ichiban to the highest LeveL!!! :wub:

Posted: Feb 23rd, '07, 20:53
by princess_jime
WOW! great article, thank you for posting it here. Go nino!

Posted: Feb 23rd, '07, 22:31
by Junfan21
I think I remember reading this article, I love how the mention Jun though :D

@karin-chan - may take me awhile to do your signature, maybe next week or possibly this weekend. and the guy to the right of jun is Ohkura (or Okura, I can't remember) Tadayoshi and the guy to the left of kame is Kim Jung Hoon (korean guy)

Posted: Feb 25th, '07, 08:48
by karin-chan
junfan21>> oh its ok... it may be a bother to you... gomen... anways iLL just wait...

princess_jime>> ur weLcome gurL!!

uhm... i have three favors to ask:

1. pLs vote for nino on jdorama.com, he is in the 26th (i think) and he foLLows Ito Misaki (she is just a coupLe of votes ahead of nino)

2. pLs post pic or any info about nino... i cant Let this thread die... gotta do something...

3. do you know anything about downLoads? it drives me crazy!! i dont have any idea on .srt or .avi or .zip.. so pLs heLp me... onegai...

btw... ive read somewhere that NINO wiLL be having a drama this 2007, by faLL i think, its not yet faLL right? iLL go over with the titLe so i can share what is the drama aLL about...

Love and peace guys!!

Posted: Feb 25th, '07, 09:20
by YamapisWifey
this is crazy, a nino thread i didnt know about. wats more crazy is that i had no idea he was debuting in an american film!! i only found out from watching Utaban ttoday. even though i live in the states, i never watch american television. its been about more than a year now, so i never know wth is going on. that is how obsessed i am with japan right now.

im going to watch the movie tmr at the movie theater, then i just might turn the tv on to watch the academy awards. i hope the movie will win many awards. will nino be in hollywood btw?? ehhh

Posted: Feb 25th, '07, 15:52
by Junfan21
Voted for Nino! :D

I don't have many pics of Nino, but I found this one on the internet, so credits to whoever posted it on the internet
[img]http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b243/ ... ronino.jpg[/img]

@karin-chan - What do you need to know about the downloads?

@YamapisWifey - I think he was already in Hollywood before, but I don't know if he's still there or he's going to be there again.

Posted: Feb 26th, '07, 01:00
by karin-chan
YamapisWifey>> yeboi!! now you know... this thread is kinda negLected and onLy few of us are active posters here unLike other threads Like kame's or yamapi's or jin's etc..anyways, IwoJima is in Oscars but Nino is not nominated in the best supporting actors List... and portraying the roLe of Saigo is the reason why he shaved his head!! [poor him!] anyways... i havent watched the movie but i am insaneLy desparate to!! im sure same goes with Junfan21.. pLs share with us anthing about the movie, okay?^_^

Junfan21>> how can i downLoad dramas? do you know how? ^_^

Love and peace guys ^_^

Posted: Feb 26th, '07, 01:13
by Japanese_alcoholic
i always told myself i would go on this thread, but never got to it. its not that active so i never really saw it. anyway, the only reason i watched Letters from IwoJima was cuz nino was in it.:wub: the movie was ok, it was waaaay better than the american movie, Flags of Our Fathers. i was very disappointed tht nino didnt nominated in the best supporting actors List :-( .

Posted: Feb 26th, '07, 01:14
by princess_jime
Since I'm watching E! live from the red carpet I was telling my brother about letters from Iwo Jima and who nino is, and told him about that weird hand gesture nino said he'd always do when ken watanabe showed up on the set, you know, the one the arashi boys said made him look like a perv.? LOL :lol
He laughed.
Anyway........

Posted: Feb 26th, '07, 01:24
by YamapisWifey
heheh it's awesome! i just got back from the theater. there were only a bunch of elderly ppl that watch this movie!

the movie just shows japans side of the story and portrays how they deal with the losing battle. im surprised by nino!!! I didnt think he could act so well and so serious. I keep thinking of stand up!! when I see nino..

it got too dramatic when the americans came on fighter pilots and started bombing the island then invaded it using vast ship cruisers. this film is very important because war is such a bad thing. i was so touched by watanabe's acting ='(

ahh you guys should watch it ^__^ i think this guys looks so cute, he looks kind of like jordan chan
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Posted: Feb 26th, '07, 01:32
by Japanese_alcoholic
YamapisWifey wrote:heheh it's awesome! i just got back from the theater. there were only a bunch of elderly ppl that watch this movie!

the movie just shows japans side of the story and portrays how they deal with the losing battle. im surprised by nino!!! I didnt think he could act so well and so serious. I keep thinking of stand up!! when I see nino..

it got too dramatic when the americans came on fighter pilots and started bombing the island then invaded it using vast ship cruisers. this film is very important because war is such a bad thing. i was so touched by watanabe's acting ='(

ahh you guys should watch it ^__^ i think this guys looks so cute, he looks kind of like jordan chan
[/spoiler]
lolz, there were very few young kids at the theater. i kno, i kept on thinking about Stand Up! whenever i saw nino. i started crying cuz i couldnt stand to see poor nino to get hurt :cry: my brother didnt want to sit next to me in the theater cuz he knw i would start to squeal when i see nino.lolz

Posted: Feb 26th, '07, 01:34
by nilu20
LOL I can't wait to see that movie! He doesn't speak English in it does he? :unsure:

Posted: Feb 26th, '07, 01:38
by Japanese_alcoholic
no, its all japanese. it has english subtitles.

Posted: Feb 26th, '07, 01:43
by Junfan21
@karin-chan - If you want to download from here, you have to have bittorent.

What's the rating of the movie? Isn't it R or something, if it is, then I'd have to go with my parents, but they never feel taking me to the movies or anything -_-' But I really want to watch it XD

Posted: Feb 26th, '07, 01:51
by YamapisWifey
aww yeah its rated R hahah. i think you can download it somewhere, i'll try to find it later.

Posted: Feb 26th, '07, 02:01
by thislove
Hehe I won't let this forum die

Posted: Feb 26th, '07, 02:08
by nilu20
Japanese_alcoholic wrote:no, its all japanese. it has english subtitles.
Oh ok. thank you :-) Did nino have a big part in the movie?

Posted: Feb 26th, '07, 02:53
by Junfan21
^I think he had a big role in the movie, not sure, I still haven't watched it yet, but he was in the commercial I saw on my TV!