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loving all the posts!! (:

Post by lydiachoa » Nov 26th, '10, 12:04

i must say i really regret not finding this forum thread earlier!
wow seeing all takuya's photos really took my breath away!

can't believe i laughed at my friend for being so into him before (2hat was way back in 2000)!!

but boy she should be laughing at me now! I LOVE HIM! can u believe i got charmed by him through MR BRAIN.gosh and his other dramas are so much more dreamy i love them all!

my dream's to go for a SMAP concert <3

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TOTALLY AGREE!

Post by lydiachoa » Nov 26th, '10, 12:12

chiyuffie wrote:DO NOT WATCH 2046! It was absolutely HORRIBLE!!!!! I think the only good part of that movie was Kimutaku. Ugh. It was an utter disapointment after those several years just putting it together. Man...just a really bad movie.
i know i'm like a million years late but YES the film was HORRID

i even managed to get the film with extended clips of takuya (you know they cut his appearance to barely 2 plus mins in the film for the chi/hk version!! UNFORGIVABLE)

he was GOOD of course. but the whole film was a steamy pornographic MESS. no link at all! although cinematography was good.

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Post by Iris Zephyr » Nov 29th, '10, 00:49

:D I'm pretty psyched about this, and just wanted to share. For Space Battleship Yamato, Kimura-san has started a blog.

Here's the link: http://blog.spacebattleship-yamato.net/kodai-susumu/

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Post by devils2l » Nov 29th, '10, 03:15

Peggy wrote:'Battleship Yamato' has already been screened in Chicago and was rated pretty high I think. It is ready to show in Japan.

this is a manga and one that Kimura loved when he was young and he always kept up with reading it. It must have been a blast for him to play a role in this favourite.
This film was also aired in California some weeks back that was attended by several friends in my Yahoo Group. Rated very highly but I don't know if we'll get anything like a general release in North America. It will probably turn up at film festivals. Perhaps a 1 showing only night could be done like "Death Note" had some years back. Time will tell...

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Post by nnnc » Nov 29th, '10, 05:35

[ XD ] wrote:
MisS Lonliah wrote:Kimura Takuya parodies the KARA “butt” dance

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Top Japanese star Kimura Takuya showed off his dance skills by shaking his hips to the famous KARA “Mister” song.
He recently appeared on TBS’s “Ochano Mizu Hakase” where he parodied the infamous ‘butt’ dance. The star is a huge male icon in Japan, so it’s no passing incident for him to know the “Mister” dance.
Fans of KARA in Korea are reportedly excited that their favorite girl group is achieving such fame in their neighbor country.
The episode will be broadcast on the 30th (KST). source: allkpop

OMG! can't wait!!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:
Do u think it would be available in the net?
Yes it is. Not the whole show but just enough to see how cute it is.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDZoLctebk0

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Post by [ XD ] » Dec 1st, '10, 12:37

nnnc wrote:
[ XD ] wrote:
MisS Lonliah wrote:Kimura Takuya parodies the KARA “butt” dance

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Top Japanese star Kimura Takuya showed off his dance skills by shaking his hips to the famous KARA “Mister” song.
He recently appeared on TBS’s “Ochano Mizu Hakase” where he parodied the infamous ‘butt’ dance. The star is a huge male icon in Japan, so it’s no passing incident for him to know the “Mister” dance.
Fans of KARA in Korea are reportedly excited that their favorite girl group is achieving such fame in their neighbor country.
The episode will be broadcast on the 30th (KST). source: allkpop

OMG! can't wait!!!!!!!!!! :mrgreen:
Do u think it would be available in the net?
Yes it is. Not the whole show but just enough to see how cute it is.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDZoLctebk0
Oooh! hehe, he really can do it xD
Thanks for the link :)

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Post by MisS Lonliah » Dec 2nd, '10, 22:14

nnnc wrote: Yes it is. Not the whole show but just enough to see how cute it is.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDZoLctebk0
awwww, thank you for sharing the preview! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: as expected from him! :mrgreen:

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Post by Iris Zephyr » Dec 3rd, '10, 00:21

Yamato hasshin! :lol Found some videos of Kimura-san doing some promo for Space Battleship Yamato, and just wanted to share in case anyone is interested.

Onegai! Ranking 101129 - http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/6bCJBG1W-wM/

Onegai! Ranking 101130 - http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/hwIYUNwkRJA/

Onegai! Ranking 101201 - http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/YgkJj1rgBpw/

PuSuma 101130 - http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/gVxEBuTjZn0/

Ochanomizu Hakase 101130 - http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/OIRXmYps4J8/

No subs though.

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Post by MisS Lonliah » Dec 3rd, '10, 00:36

Iris Zephyr wrote:Yamato hasshin! :lol Found some videos of Kimura-san doing some promo for Space Battleship Yamato, and just wanted to share in case anyone is interested.

Onegai! Ranking 101129 - http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/6bCJBG1W-wM/

Onegai! Ranking 101130 - http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/hwIYUNwkRJA/

Onegai! Ranking 101201 - http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/YgkJj1rgBpw/

PuSuma 101130 - http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/gVxEBuTjZn0/

Ochanomizu Hakase 101130 - http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/OIRXmYps4J8/

No subs though.
Many thanks!!!! :D

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Post by lydiachoa » Dec 5th, '10, 08:11

yay this place is alive again!! THANK YOU FOR ALL THE GOODIES FELLOW FANS (:

<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3 takuya kimura!!!

btw he is soooooo sexy in the poster! can;t wait for it!!

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Post by [ XD ] » Dec 7th, '10, 13:12

“Space Battleship Yamato” making-of documentary from TBS @ TOKYOHIVE

http://www.tokyohive.com/2010/11/space- ... -from-tbs/

Enjoy ! :cheers:

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Post by MisS Lonliah » Dec 7th, '10, 20:51

"Space Battleship Yamato" earns nearly 1 billion in first 5 days

Film distributor Toho has announced the box office results for the live-action "Space Battleship Yamato" movie, which opened on 440 screens in Japan last week. Over the 5-day period between its opening on December 1 (Wednesday) and December 5 (Sunday), the film earned a total of 943,995,550 yen from 791,012 viewers.

Based on a survey administered by computer and mobile phone, Toho also announced some statistics about the viewing demographic. The audience was approximately 52% male and 48% female. The bulk of the viewers (44.4%) were in their 40s, with the next largest age groups being the 30s (19.0%), 50s (15.1%), and 20s (12.9%). As for occupation, 54.5% said they were company employees, while 16.3% were housewives.

The survey also asked viewers about their reasons for watching the movie. At 31.9%, the most common response was that they wanted to see a live-action version of "Yamato." 21.7% said they watched it because they liked the original "Yamato" anime series, and 15.8% said they went because it starred SMAP's Takuya Kimura. 5.3% replied that they watched it because the special effects seemed amazing.source: tokyograph

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cheers: :D

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Post by Iris Zephyr » Dec 24th, '10, 03:04

More of Kimura-san's appearances on various variety shows :D :

Pittanko KanKan 101203 - http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/Mk81bDG5BQ4/

PuSuma 101207 - http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/MDcFzbIeHZA/

Sekai Ichi Uketai Jugyou 101211 - http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/NehEIJqjCEo/

Gyouretsu no Dekiru Houritsu Sodansho 101212 - http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/d5cDK2GDOLk/


Related to Space Battleship Yamato,

25lalalee36 has been amazing in her translations of Kimura-san's blog for Space Battleship Yamato. All credit goes to her wonderful work and generosity for sharing them. Here's a link to her LJ account where she's posting them - http://25lalalee36.livejournal.com/


Also,

Kimura-san's solo performance of "Kimi no Mama de..." from the 2010 We Are SMAP! Concert Tour - http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/lXBCjc7EuMM/


And this was something that really interested me, so I thought I'd just share. :-) These are actually episodes from one of SMAP's regular radio shows "STOP THE SMAP". This particular segment is called "Ike TEL WEEK" where fans send in messages to the radio show along with their telephone numbers, and the SMAP members take turns to call the fans up. This week was Kimura-san's turn.

STOP THE SMAP 101115 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyxernycuIE

STOP THE SMAP 101116 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNa4lb-e ... re=related

STOP THE SMAP 101117 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2fPQoYC ... re=related

STOP THE SMAP 101118 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnwhTeWl ... re=related


And finally, something really old, but I love it so much, so I thought "why not?" :D Taken from SMAPxSMAP,

Kimura Takuya and Fujii Fumiya collaborate in a duet, singing "True Love" (theme song from Kimura-san's drama Asunaro Hakusho) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL4ZYL64_Zc

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Post by MisS Lonliah » Dec 27th, '10, 13:49

Thanks a lot! Iris Zephyr! :D

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Post by nnnc » Jan 18th, '11, 21:50

New Kimura's (huge) project announced !!! :w00t:
http://www.sanspo.com/geino/news/110119 ... 000-n2.htm

He will have a drama with TBS in October to commemorate TBS's 60th anniversary. The drama is a remake of a Takakura Ken's film called Nankyoku Monogatari ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nankyoku_Monogatari ) His costars will include Sakai Masato, Yamamoto Yusuke, Terajima Susumu and more.

It's going to be a huge project and rumor said filming will start in February and last until July. There is also a rumor that the casts will have to travel to Antarctica to film on location. More info should be revealed soon.

I love Kimura's collaboration with TBS. Mr. Brain may not be that great but Karei Naru Ichizoku was excellent while Good Luck and Beautiful Life were lovely. Can't wait to have more detail on the production team. I'm hoping for another reunion with Karei Naru Ichizoku's staffs. They worked well together and created a masterpiece :thumleft:

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Post by MisS Lonliah » Jan 18th, '11, 22:00

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY thanks a lot for the HAPPY NEWS!

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Post by [ XD ] » Jan 19th, '11, 12:56

@nnnc I'm so exited too! but we have to be patient :D

AND I've just read this article :thumright:

Takuya Kimura to star in TBS's "Nankyoku Tairiku"

Broadcaster TBS has announced that SMAP's Takuya Kimura (38) will star in a new drama series next fall, tentatively titled "Nankyoku Tairiku ~Kami no Ryouiki ni Idonda Otoko to Inu no Monogatari~." The show is being produced in commemoration of TBS's 60th anniversary, and it is said that it will have the biggest budget of any TBS drama series in history.

The series will focus on Japan's first Antarctic research expedition team, which consisted of 11 members and 19 Sakhalin Huskies. The team stayed at the Showa Base in Antarctica for over a year until 1958 when a second team came to take over, but extreme weather conditions forced the teams to completely retreat from the base, unfortunately leaving behind 15 of the Huskies. When one of the dog handlers returned in 1959 with a third team, it was discovered that two of the dogs, Taro and Jiro, had somehow managed to survive.

That expedition team was also the subject of the 1983 film "Nankyoku Monogatari," starring Ken Takakura (79). That movie earned approximately 11 billion yen, making it the second highest grossing live-action Japanese film in history after "Odoru Daisousasen: The Movie 2."

The drama will not be a remake of the film. Instead, it will be an original script inspired by the book "Nankyoku Ettoutai Taro Jiro no Shinjitsu" by Taiichi Kitamura.

Kimura plays the researcher Takeshi Kuramochi, the vice-leader of the team. His rival, the head weather observer Himuro, will be played by Masato Sakai (37). Teruyuki Kagawa (45) is playing the team leader, while Kyohei Shibata (59) is playing the overall person in charge of the expedition. Other team members will be played by Yusuke Yamamoto (23), Susumu Terajima (47), and Naoto Ogata (43).

Filming will start in February and last more than half a year. Scenes will be shot in Hokkaido, though TBS is also considering doing some filming in Antarctica. The series will begin airing in October in the Sunday 9:00pm time slot.

TOKYOGRAPH

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Post by nuntapak » Jan 20th, '11, 15:16

Thank you for your information. Really glad to hear this news. It seems that there is no actress in this drama

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Post by [ XD ] » Jan 21st, '11, 10:57

@nuntapak You're welcome ;)
@MisS Lonliah Hayai ne :D

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Post by MisS Lonliah » Jan 21st, '11, 15:46

[ XD ] wrote: @MisS Lonliah Hayai ne :D
haai~ because I'm TOO excited for his next project! :D :mrgreen:

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Post by Mwulf » Mar 4th, '11, 05:15

Might someone kindly point me toward this Oda Nobunaga movie I've heard so many good things about?

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Post by Peggy » Mar 4th, '11, 21:56

It's pretty easy to do a search. Type Takuya Kimura in your browser and then read up his list of dramas and films. When you see Oda Nobunaga click on it and go from there.

You can find almost anything on the internet if you do a little search.

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Post by iluvasiandrama » Mar 9th, '11, 22:24

I know this drama is old but I just watched PRIDE. It was so good and Kimura Takuya was was so cool. I think he was in Long Vacation too, I remember watching that one a long while ago. I hope to see more of his dramas. :lol :clap:
Now watching: Need to find some new dramas

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Post by kimutaku144 » Mar 27th, '11, 23:17

I just read the news about Kimutaku new drama with Sakai Masato! how exciting! look forward to see them collab again after Engine :D ... I hope Sakai's character will not just be a jealous type but with some depth and fair fighting spirit :D

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Post by kesusita » Mar 31st, '11, 10:32

I love KimuTaku.. he could put away like 70% of his charisma and there would be still plenty of it left. :D

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Post by iluvasiandrama » Mar 31st, '11, 14:01

kesusita wrote:I love KimuTaku.. he could put away like 70% of his charisma and there would be still plenty of it left. :D
I agree! I haven't seen a bad drama with him yet. No matter how he smiles even if it's a half smile, I blush instantly :shhh: He has a nice "air". I enjoy his dramas :-)
Now watching: Need to find some new dramas

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Post by Iris Zephyr » Apr 12th, '11, 11:26

I'm so psyched about this, so I just thought to share.

One of the promos that I really loved during Kimura-san's Space Battleship Yamato period was a variety program called Gyoretsu no Dekiru Houritsu Soudansho. It had the obligatory promo, and also lots of fun stuff (like Kimura-san doing the "pulling-the-tablecloth-of-without-letting-anything-fall" thing, except that this time it was done on someone's head, and him dazzling a high school champion as they play a "poem card game"). Kimura-san also shocked everyone with stories of being rejected by girls he confessed to. Overall, it was just a really fun episode with lots of smiles and laughter. :wub:

The best part it, SmappieSubs has just English subbed it on Livejournal. :D I'm not sure if it's okay, so I won't be posting the link here, but if anyone is interested, feel free to PM me. <3

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Post by MisS Lonliah » Apr 12th, '11, 21:26

Iris Zephyr wrote: The best part it, SmappieSubs has just English subbed it on Livejournal. :D I'm not sure if it's okay, so I won't be posting the link here, but if anyone is interested, feel free to PM me. <3
Thanks a lot for telling us about that! I'm heading to SmappieSubs now! <3

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Post by Iris Zephyr » May 4th, '11, 01:30

So... I got a little curious about Japanese drama ratings in general, and just thought that this was something interesting to look at

Link: http://rz-jocelyn.livejournal.com/27387.html

:blink His record is really amazing, isn't it? :wub:

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Post by devils2l » May 28th, '11, 13:50

Anyone find the airline print of Space Battleship Yamato with English subtitles yet? Fansubs won't be available until after the DVD/Blu-ray release on June 24th...

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Post by MisS Lonliah » May 28th, '11, 18:43

Iris Zephyr wrote:So... I got a little curious about Japanese drama ratings in general, and just thought that this was something interesting to look at

Link: http://rz-jocelyn.livejournal.com/27387.html

:blink His record is really amazing, isn't it? :wub:
Wow! That's really impressive! Thanks for sharing the link with us!

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Post by MisS Lonliah » Jun 8th, '11, 23:30

Guys, never miss this dance xD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiGj-sF2Aag
From [2011.06.06] SMAPxSMAP

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Post by Iris Zephyr » Jun 9th, '11, 03:03

MisS Lonliah wrote:Guys, never miss this dance xD
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiGj-sF2Aag
From [2011.06.06] SMAPxSMAP

So cute~~~~ Mana-chan and Fuku-kun are so adorable, but Kimura-san is equally so. :wub: I love how he tried his absolute best, and I also think its super adorable of him when he said right at the begining, "Let us be your backup dancers." :wub:

Thank you for sharing! :D

Oh, and I'm not sure if anyone's interested but SMAP recently did a mini-drama (about 15 minutes) with Mukai Osamu. It's a police drama that's based on the roles, which Mukai-san assigned to the SMAP members in Bistro,

Kimura Takuya: Senior partner police officer
Nakai Masahiro: Rival police officer
Inagaki Goro: Supervisor which has ulterior motives
Kusanagi Tsuyoshi: Murderer
Katori Shingo: Corpse

Kimura-san is so kakkoii as a police officer. :heart: If anyone is interested, SmappieSubs has subbed it. Of course, feel free to PM me if you want a link to it. :D

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Post by Iris Zephyr » Jun 12th, '11, 16:34

I chanced upon this interesting LJ entry analysing Kimura-san's acting. I enjoyed reading it, so just thought I'd share: http://yutakuya.livejournal.com/16956.html

:wub:

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Post by MisS Lonliah » Jun 15th, '11, 00:34

@Iris Zephyr: SmappieSubs team is great! I have tens of their releases waiting for me to watch them! xD
& thanks for sharing the entry :thumright:

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Post by devils2l » Jul 2nd, '11, 00:16

Space Battleship Yamato DVD, avi, MKV and subs up all over the net, torrent sites, etc. Just a heads up...

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Post by Iris Zephyr » Sep 28th, '11, 01:43

Link: http://www.tokyohive.com/2011/06/smaps- ... photobook/

Source: Tokyohive

Kimura-san will be releasing several books on the 30th September (they are all already up for pre-order) including:

1. KAI-HO-KU 2 which is the sequel to his successful essay collection book KAI-HO-KU

2. Kimura Takuya x MEN's NON-NO ENDLESS which is a compilation of over 200 photographs and an interview

3. Kimura Takuya Premium Box which packages KAI-HO-KU 2 and the Men's NON-NO ENDLESS as well as a T-shirt designed by Kimura-san himself.

And, here is an interview with him promoting the releases: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P04ljiA3 ... ideo_title

Source: dokutomato2011x20

Just thought to share in case anyone might be interested. :D

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Post by yanie » Oct 14th, '11, 03:55

Kimura Nobunaga REVIVAL!!!*v*
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2gdpQUELQ4

So happy to see Kimura playing Oda Nobunaga once again even if its just for Toyota CM! And it's the Honnoji Incident scene, no less! Ureshiii~~ (Kimura didn't get to shoot that scene in the Oda Nobunaga drama SP)

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Post by Iris Zephyr » Nov 10th, '11, 12:21

Sorry for the random post, but this is actually a discussion carried on from the "Kaseifu no Mita" thread (The thread is here: http://www.d-addicts.com/forum/viewtopic_100169_60.htm). Yanie and I got a little off-topic, and since its all about Kimura-san, I've decided to carry it on here. So, on to the discussion.
yanie wrote:Yup. I meant the last time Kimura's dramas still broke 20% even in the middle of the series, was CHANGE (2008). I believe Mr. Brain had 16% at the lowest point?
When you say that "Change" (2008) was the last Kimura Takuya drama to hit 20% in the middle, that isn’t quite accurate. Yes, "Mr. Brain" (2009) hit its lowest point at 16.3% for Episode 03. But, in Episode 04, the ratings went back up to 21.0%. Therefore, it did break the 20% mark in the middle of the drama. Not to mention none of the episodes after that fell below 18%, and the finale of the drama scored a rating of 20.7%.
yanie wrote:When I said 'lost it', I didn't mean it's Kimura's fault that the drama gets below 20% rating.
Haha! No worries, I didn’t interpret it that way as well. :D
yanie wrote:This is just my POV, but seem like in the past, people would watch ANY Kimura's drama without exception. Does it mean ALL Kimura's dramas for 10 years in a row, has equally excellent cast, excellent script, excellent music, excellent direction, etc, which deserves 20% rating? Seems to me, there were actually people who watch those dramas just because Kimura is in it. If not... was it just plain luck that Kimura's dramas kept hitting the "20" number for a decade?
We all have different opinions, and I respect your opinion as well :D. But, just to add to the discussion, here is what I think.

Did ALL of Kimura’s dramas have equally excellent casts, excellent script etc.? I agree, not all of them. I also agree that it’s not, as you put it, “plain luck” that his dramas have hit 20% for over a decade. Clearly when someone has a track record like Kimura’s, plain luck doesn’t cover it. So, I agree. Kimura’s star power and ability to attract ratings do contribute a lot to the ratings of his dramas.

I also agree that there are people, die-hard fans, who will watch any drama as long as Kimura is in it, but if you look at the trend in the ratings of his past dramas, that has not always been the case, even during his supposedly peak years of popularity.

Even though Kimura was thrust into the spotlight in “Asunaro Hakusho” (1994), his real big break as the main actor in a drama didn’t come until “Long Vacation” (1996), which started at a rating of 30.6% and eventually earned an average rating of 29.6%. So, one would expect that every single drama after that got record high ratings? Not quite. Right after that, he starred in “Kyosokyoku” (1996), which averaged at 23.5%. Yes, it did break 20%, but it’s not quite as high as one would expect from a drama starring Kimura Takuya, who was hot property at the time. Besides that, he also starred alongside Tamura Masakazu, who was also a ratings puller. However, Kimura did demonstrate that he had a pull on audiences because the drama’s first episode rated at a high 28.2%. Why did it drop so much? While audiences were interested in Kimura, his presence wasn’t enough for them to invest in the drama itself.

The next year, once again Kimura demonstrated his star power when the first episode of “Love Generation” scored a rating of 31.3% and the drama eventually averaged out at 30.7%. This would cement his place in the history of romance dramas. But, right before that, he actually starred in “Gift” (1997). The drama started out at a rating of 23.0% and averaged out to one of the lowest averages in Kimura’s drama career, which was 17.85%. Did it mean that Kimura had lost his star power? “Love Generation” (1997) would demonstrate that he still had it. So, why didn’t “Gift” (1997) get a higher rating? It may be a cult favourite these days, but it was also known to have had a weird plot; something not quite in keeping with the taste and trend of the time.

The year 2000 saw the story of a romance between a wheelchair bound librarian and a talented, but struggling hairstylist. “Beautiful Life” (2000) started out with a first episode rating of 31.8%, which was already high, but it would average out at a rating of 32.3%, higher than the rating of its first episode. So, Kimura clearly had the power to draw audiences, but from the increased ratings, it was also clear that “Beautiful Life” (2000) in itself was a great drama that engaged audiences.

In 2001, “Hero” went down in Japanese drama history as the only drama where all its episodes rated above 30%. In 2003, “Good Luck!!” started off with a first episode rating of 31.6% and averaged out at a rating of 30.6%. However, clipped between these two monster dramas is another drama that many love as a cult favourite, but it was not considered popular during its time. “Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi” (2002) started off at a rating of 25.7% and eventually averaged out to 22.26%, quite a contrast to “Hero” (2001) and “Good Luck!!” (2003). Many attributed it to the fact that Kimura's character wasn't a hero, not anywhere close the kind of role that audiences liked to see him in.

Therefore, even during Kimura’s peak years, while he demonstrated his consistent star power, it was clear that the character he played and the plot of the drama, along with other factors, such as cast members and soundtrack, played a big role in creating dramas with monster ratings. The Kimura dramas that are ratings legend all had this in common: Kimura’s character was some sort of hero and plots that were not only engaging, but also, in keeping with the trends of the time (as an example, “Long Vacation”, “Love Generation” and “Beautiful Life” were all pure romance or “renai” dramas). I think that both “Tsuki no Koibito” (2010) and “Nankyoku Tairiku” (2011) suffer from the latter. In a time when the trend is live action, light entertainment and mystery/thriller/suspense, both these dramas fall out of the current trends, which mean that they appeal to a more specific audience rather than the general public. Both dramas broke 20% on the first episode, but when the plot itself didn’t/doesn’t fit with expectations/likings, they lost out in the ratings game. Still, the fact that they started out above 20% showed that Kimura is still a ratings pull.

On the topic of the types of character that Kimura plays, it soon became clear that people wanted something different from him. Rumblings of discontent against his similar role-type (ie heroic, charismatic etc) began with “Pride” (2004). Still, the drama started out at a rating of 28.0% and averaged out at 25.1%. However, its effect came along in “Engine” (2005) which started out at 25.3% and averaged out 22.42%. While the drama still rated quite high, its rating isn’t that different from some of the dramas aired in those seasons. “Last Christmas” (2004) (Oda Yuji’s return to the Getsuku time slot since his starring role in the legendary “Tokyo Love Story” (1991)) had an average rating of 21.6%. Although, despite these few exceptions that came close to rivaling him, his drama came in with top ratings.

2007 saw Kimura returning to dramas after a break in 2006 (he only did the “Hero Special”), and the first episode of “Karei Naru Ichizoku” scored a rating of 27.7%, a very high rating for a drama during its time. Clearly, the audience had missed Kimura in a drama, and with a promising and meaty role, his pull was undeniable. Not only did every episode break 20% and it averaged out at 23.9%, already becoming a hard feat during those times, in the place where it was set and was considered most relevant, the Kansai region, it started out at 30.5% and averaged out at 30.4%. By 2008, ratings had declined for real and with a few exceptions, it was rare for a drama to break the 20% average. But, Kimura once again proved that he had what it took when “Change” debuted at 23.8% and averaged out at 21.7%.

Then, came “Mr. Brain” (2009). While by Kimura’s standards, it does seem like he has lost his touch, one has to take into account one thing: the time slot. “Mr. Brain” (2009) actually aired in an experimental drama time slot (As can be found here: http://japan-now.livejournal.com/851746.html). As it has been discussed in the drama’s thread itself, every drama in that time slot barely scored higher than a 10-11% average. Before “Mr. Brain” (2009), the other drama that had the highest rating in this time slot was “Rookies” (2008), which averaged out at 14.8%. So, for “Mr. Brain” (2009) to have maintained a 20% average by the end of its run, it is actually quite an amazing feat. As for “Tsuki no Koibito” (2010), it’s been discussed to death in its drama thread about why it rated that badly (aside from having its ratings also affected by the World Cup), and even then, all things considered, it did quite well, coming out as the 2nd highest rated drama of the season losing out only to “Rinjo 2” (2010). In reverse, there are people who have commented that if it weren’t for Kimura being in the drama, the ratings might have fallen way lower.

“Nankyoku Tairiku” (2011) is still ongoing, so I can’t analyze the trend on this drama until it has fully aired.
yanie wrote:Starting 2009, along with TV rating slump in general, seem like people "who watch Kimura's dramas just because Kimura is in it", has decreased. It also doesn't mean Kimura has lost his popularity, I believe he has not. The decreasing number could be cause by many factors, including the fact that Kimura's fans is getting alot mature by now, though it doesn't mean they're not fans anymore.
I definitely agree with you here. Demographics affect the viewing habits of people.

However, this,
yanie wrote:So, I only meant, he lost that 'magical power' to bring in the ratings^^ That's all.
And, this,
yanie wrote:Of course, I agree. But for the last decade, Kimura's dramas were always a special case^^ But now, Kimura's dramas has lost that "special" factor and become even (in the same league) with other dramas.

I believe Kimura used to be labeled the "Legendary Rating Man" or something like that^^
Even if the audience don't think so, we can't deny the fact that the TV producers and media had always seen Kimura Takuya as a figure who can guarantee "high ratings".
Is a matter of opinion, I guess. :D Because no matter how much criticism he receives, he is also one of the few stars that can still consistently pull in the ratings and generate the hype for the first episode. Despite how I've listed down the different factors that contribute to the makings of a great drama (ie engaging plot etc), does that mean that Kimura's track record is propped up by these factors? That if we took him out of the picture, the dramas would have been just as successful anyway because they had all the ingredients needed for a successful drama? That is not true either. We have seen many cases where the plot is engaging etc., and it seems like the drama has all the ingredients it needs for success, and yet, the drama doesn't score high ratings. There is no denying that all these dramas with monster ratings have one thing in common: Kimura Takuya. His star power gives them the edge; gives them a higher springboard from which they can leap.

Like I have mentioned earlier, he has always been a ratings puller, and with his track record, there is no denying that his star power does contribute to the ratings of his dramas. However, looking at the trends in his past dramas, it is often an engaging plot/plot in trend with audience taste + a good cast + a good soundtrack + that little something extra, which is Kimura’s star power, that give birth to dramas with exceptional ratings.

Of course, this is just my opinion, so no offense meant. :D And, yes, can you imagine of Kimura-san and Matsushima Nanako starred in a drama together? :w00t:
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Post by trasuachieumua » Nov 10th, '11, 12:53

@Iris Zephyr: I love to read your thoughts very much xD.
Although I knew by heart all the average ratings of Kimura-san's dramas, I never looked at them in a logic way.
But the way you make your analyses is really impressive :P.
Please write more xD. I'm really really addicted to it, you know?

With Tsuki no Koibito, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that, Japanese people's taste had (been) changed away :D.
For really-heart-touching dramas like Fuyu no Sakura or Soredemo Ikite Yuku or even Mother, the average rating is really low, and Television Drama Academy Awards don't have the high quality as it had before :D (I mean... as for Tiger and Dragon, Suna no Utsuwa, Aoi Tori and many really-good Jdramas that had received the title Best drama of this Award, but now...? what happened??).

About Kimura-san's drama ratings: First, when the rating of Kimura-san's drama fell down, I'm really sad and worried for him. But then I took it easy than I used to. People's taste changed, not me. Just watch the drama and enjoy it :).

p/s: I'm not good at English so forgive me if I made any mistake, I want to say more but my ability is just... T_T
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Post by Iris Zephyr » Nov 11th, '11, 00:27

@trasuachieumua *blushes* Thank you~ :wub: I'm glad you enjoyed the lil fangirl rambling, and LOL, as much as I like to take full credit for the incredible analysis, a lot of the points actually came from a discussion on ratings between my friend and I, so her thoughts and opinions definitely helped me through it. :wub:

I so agree with you. Tastes and trends (not just drama trends, but things like viewing trends etc.) have changed over time, and I've just come to accept that we'll probably never see ratings the likes of the glory days again. So, whenever we get high ratings for dramas (not just Kimura-san's one, but in general :D ), its nice to celebrate it a little. In the end, as you have put it yourself, as long as we enjoy a drama, that's the most important thing to me. :wub: Its nice that a drama we love have high ratings, but when it comes down to it, its the emotions that are captured in your heart that remain with you along with the memories you have of the drama. :)

P/S: Your English is perfectly fine, so don't apologize. :D Thank you for reading and replying my post. :wub:

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Post by tomatoo » Nov 20th, '11, 17:56

some smap's show are subbed here
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Post by Graucasper » Nov 21st, '11, 21:14

Those look like Newshfan's - they've been posted earlier at her blog. I wonder what French has to do with it...
SMAP FanxFun Party review is awesome. And to think that Captain still fits into P-chan's skin =)
Amazing man.

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Post by sunflower63 » Apr 12th, '12, 14:37

I just discovered this very long discussion about Kimutaku and unfortunately I was not able to read it all because it is so long. I just wanted to add my twopence in this very knowledgeable group by saying that I got addicted to Jdramas thanks to Long Vacation and have become a fan of Kimutaku since then. I have watched many of his dramas mostly of the romantic kind like Love Generation, Beautiful Life and Long Vacation but I also watched Good Luck, Hero, Tsuki no Koibito and Nankyoku Tairiku. At the moment I am watching One Million stars falling from the sky in which he seems to play a slightly different character but on the whole I can say that in my opinion he is a brilliant actor who would have certainly won an Oscar (or a nomination) had they existed for Jdramas.

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Post by L'Arc » Aug 1st, '12, 02:12

http://tabetainjya.com/archives/enterta ... _201210_9/
http://entameblog.seesaa.net/article/279913302.html
http://jdramas.wordpress.com/2012/08/01 ... s-rumours/

I'm not sure if I understood this right, but It looks like Kimura Takuya is going to star in the next getsu 9 drama alongside Karina and it'll be a love story... or how the rumors are saying anyway. :mrgreen:

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Post by Peggy » Aug 10th, '12, 18:41

There is also a slight rumour that Kimura will play in the next years taiga. I think he has said in the past that he would like to do this but he is so tied up with SMAP and other work that it would be too difficult. It takes a good year to complete a taiga. I would love to see him do a taiga about the older Oda Nobunaga. He did such a good job with the one about the young and apparently flighty Nobunaga, and I am sure he would now be the right age and experience to do the older man. It's time he had a wider audience see just how good an actor he really is. Too many people have been saying mean things and making snide remarks about Kimura and his acting. He is actually a fine actor and has many different roles under his belt and he definitely is different in every role.

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Post by sunflower63 » Aug 15th, '12, 06:44

I look forward to seeing him in his new drama this fall called Priceless.

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Post by MisS Lonliah » Aug 16th, '12, 15:58

^ Me too..

And here are the details:

On August 14th, it was announced that SMAP’s Kimura Takuya will be starring in Fuji TV’s new “Getsu 9″ drama for the upcoming fall season.

The drama with the tentative title ‘PRICELESS‘ revolves around a salary man who falls into a life of destitution after being fired from his company. Although it will already be Kimura’s ninth starring role in a “Getsu 9″ drama, it will be the first time for him to play a character living in poverty.

At first everything seems to go well for the protagonist – living a satisfying life as a bachelor and working at the middle management of a major company. He’s also on good terms with his co-workers, but one day he gets wrapped up in an intrigue and ends up getting fired for something he hasn’t done. Before he even realized, he had become a penniless man without a phone and no place to stay. By chance he happens to get acquainted to other poor children at a park and gradually begins to realize that there are many important “priceless” things in life that you can’t buy with money.

‘PRICELESS’ is based on an original script by Furuya Kazunao (‘Ninkyo Helper’, ‘37-sai de Ishani Natta Boku’). It’s said to be a humorous drama with a lovable and cheerful protagonist who never loses his positive attitude despite those tragic turns. His positive attitude even causes the change of his unreliable boss – played by Nakai Kiichi – and one of his female colleagues, an introverted accountant played by Karina. More

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Post by TempestRider » Nov 8th, '12, 19:51

hey, how's PRICELESS going?i hope it's doing goood..haven't watched any of the episodes, yet, been having a hard time DLing, my connection is bad right now..hope somebody will give us updates here..thanks guys!:-)

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Post by sunflower63 » Nov 8th, '12, 20:14

I have enjoyed the first three episodes so far. KT plays his role very well and very naturally as usual and I am appreciating this totally different plot from his past dramas. This is a drama that makes you think and learn not to take things for granted and I appreciate KT for choosing this story.

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Post by TempestRider » Nov 9th, '12, 08:56

sunflower63 wrote:I have enjoyed the first three episodes so far. KT plays his role very well and very naturally as usual and I am appreciating this totally different plot from his past dramas. This is a drama that makes you think and learn not to take things for granted and I appreciate KT for choosing this story.
thanks, sunflower63! i have always loved all of his dramas and i have no doubt that this one will be as good as the others. :-) can u suggest a site where i can wtch this drama? :P

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Post by sunflower63 » Nov 9th, '12, 18:06

I download the episodes from here on D-addicts and there are the English subtitles too. This is a great site! :-)

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Post by TempestRider » Nov 13th, '12, 17:13

sunflower63 wrote:I download the episodes from here on D-addicts and there are the English subtitles too. This is a great site! :-)
i love this site, as well! :thumright: it's been around for years now and i hope it will be around for more years to come :cheers: it's a great site for fans like us who love doramas and korean series...so, let's keep the love flowing for TK, sunflower63 :P

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Post by garagaraSaru » Nov 30th, '12, 12:58

which is the best drama of him?

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Post by RetroHelix » Nov 30th, '12, 13:25

garagaraSaru wrote:which is the best drama of him?
This really depends on what genre you are looking for. For romance its Long Vacation and Love Generation. There is no really bad show with him but Moonlovers and Mr. Brain were a bit disappointing imo.

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Post by garagaraSaru » Nov 30th, '12, 13:36

RetroHelix wrote:
garagaraSaru wrote:which is the best drama of him?
This really depends on what genre you are looking for. For romance its Long Vacation and Love Generation. There is no really bad show with him but Moonlovers and Mr. Brain were a bit disappointing imo.
I heard that is considered the most cool man in Japan, so I want to see him in action :P

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Post by RetroHelix » Nov 30th, '12, 19:19

garagaraSaru wrote:
RetroHelix wrote:
garagaraSaru wrote:which is the best drama of him?
This really depends on what genre you are looking for. For romance its Long Vacation and Love Generation. There is no really bad show with him but Moonlovers and Mr. Brain were a bit disappointing imo.
I heard that is considered the most cool man in Japan, so I want to see him in action :P
He is! :D
He played many different roles and was always able to make the character he played special or 'cool'. Just watch Hero and you will get what I mean.

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Post by garagaraSaru » Dec 1st, '12, 01:41

RetroHelix wrote:
garagaraSaru wrote:
RetroHelix wrote: This really depends on what genre you are looking for. For romance its Long Vacation and Love Generation. There is no really bad show with him but Moonlovers and Mr. Brain were a bit disappointing imo.
I heard that is considered the most cool man in Japan, so I want to see him in action :P
He is! :D
He played many different roles and was always able to make the character he played special or 'cool'. Just watch Hero and you will get what I mean.
I watched first episode... SOOOO FUN!
He is really a good actor... I expect a lot from this drama, thank you for suggest :)
Now I understand why he is the no. 1 in Japan...

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Post by michelle0011 » Dec 1st, '12, 02:15

I also recommend you to watch Mr. Brain too!....It's a pain because I only got hooked with kimutaku just last month. I've d watch Good Luck last 2006 and stopped after that because life just got busy. Now I finally got back in action hehe. Watched Hero and Mr. Brain. And currently watching Priceless.
I just love the guy. He just have this certain charisma on screen. He can sing, dance, act, paint, play the guitar....and he is good in everything that he does..what can you ask for, right?

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Post by garagaraSaru » Dec 1st, '12, 08:52

michelle0011 wrote:I also recommend you to watch Mr. Brain too!....It's a pain because I only got hooked with kimutaku just last month. I've d watch Good Luck last 2006 and stopped after that because life just got busy. Now I finally got back in action hehe. Watched Hero and Mr. Brain. And currently watching Priceless.
I just love the guy. He just have this certain charisma on screen. He can sing, dance, act, paint, play the guitar....and he is good in everything that he does..what can you ask for, right?
He can also paint?? Where?

By the way... I think the old generation of johnny's are really good actors and very talented... like nagase tomoya and Masahiro Matsuoka... the new generations are not talented and complete like them

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Post by michelle0011 » Dec 2nd, '12, 01:13

garagaraSaru wrote:
michelle0011 wrote:I also recommend you to watch Mr. Brain too!....It's a pain because I only got hooked with kimutaku just last month. I've d watch Good Luck last 2006 and stopped after that because life just got busy. Now I finally got back in action hehe. Watched Hero and Mr. Brain. And currently watching Priceless.
I just love the guy. He just have this certain charisma on screen. He can sing, dance, act, paint, play the guitar....and he is good in everything that he does..what can you ask for, right?
He can also paint?? Where?

By the way... I think the old generation of johnny's are really good actors and very talented... like nagase tomoya and Masahiro Matsuoka... the new generations are not talented and complete like them
Yep, he can also paint. I saw it from way back. A painting of a fish. I'll post it once I find it again.

I'm not really aware of the new generations. I like Arashi and Kame too.

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Post by TempestRider » Dec 2nd, '12, 18:18

@garagaraSaru: i have to agree with you, i think the old generation Johnny's are a lot more talented than the new ones (no offense meant,guys :-) ). i love TK and Tomoya Nagase, i think they're one of Johnny's best..i'm glad that these artists are still around and are still doing series/movies that are truly worth watching..anways, i guess you can't put down a good man especially the ones as talented as these guys :-)

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Post by michelle0011 » Dec 18th, '12, 03:32

i love TK as P-chan..Here's P-chan with the sneaky look.
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Post by Peggy » Dec 21st, '12, 21:02

8)

Don't you just love P-chan. that is the one disguise when Kimura can really be bold and naughty because the costume excuses everything. Well it's a dog and he really is the dog.
I would love to see more of this pink poodle but they seem to keep him out of sight these days.

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Post by TempestRider » Dec 30th, '12, 07:10

hey guys, Happy New Year!

making the most out of this Beautiful Life by posting my Pride:-)..ain't he cute?
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Post by michelle0011 » Dec 30th, '12, 08:31

I would like to share this wallpaper I made. :wub:

Happy New Year everyone! :D

@TempestRider: i haven't seen the series yet :-( , but it's now on my list. :roll
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Post by TempestRider » Jan 9th, '13, 17:45

michelle0011 wrote:I would like to share this wallpaper I made. :wub:

Happy New Year everyone! :D

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hope you watch Pride soon..i'm sure you'll love it! :wub: it's a must watch and a MUST Re-watch, hahaha!

Maybe?...MUST be :P

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Post by Peggy » Jan 9th, '13, 20:53

:D

Heard wonderful news today. I have always said that Kimura should play Oda Nobunaga at older age in a taiga. Now there is news that he is going to do just that in 2015. It will be in the Warring States time and Takeshi Beat will be playing Takugawa Ieyasu. Really good names mentioned for other cast. I can't wait to see Kimura play this role again. in the later age. All I have to do is live long enough. I am so happy about this.

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Post by Ethlenn » Jan 9th, '13, 22:34

Oda Nobunaga, you say... now that's tempting. Now wondering how much of time span they will get since Nobunaga died in 1582 and if Kitano plays Ieyasu it means they should show Ieyasu - Toyotomi family battle for power. Cause it's Kitano.
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Post by michelle0011 » Jan 10th, '13, 06:36

OMG!!! I just fainted watching SxS 2013 Dance My Generation perf ...KT did a sexy act there...I was like.......*speechless*...had to play it over and over again hahaha!!!

@temptestRider: well, if KT is in it......it must be GOOD!!! hehehe

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Post by iloveloaf » Mar 15th, '13, 02:55

He's so talented...
But 1-2 of his drama doesn't give impact on me...
I start bored and move on to the other new hero....

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Post by TempestRider » Mar 20th, '13, 00:31

I'm waiting for his new drama this year.. :-)

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Post by holy day » Apr 4th, '13, 07:44

hai everyone.. i'm new, greet to all of you.. i'm so happy found this forum.. i love takuya kimura acting so much and get to know that he's a good husband and father...makes me love him even more :)
i'm looking forward for his new project, can somebody tell. Thank you

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Post by TempestRider » Apr 4th, '13, 08:34

holy day wrote:hai everyone.. i'm new, greet to all of you.. i'm so happy found this forum.. i love takuya kimura acting so much and get to know that he's a good husband and father...makes me love him even more :)
i'm looking forward for his new project, can somebody tell. Thank you
hi holy day!

welcome to Kimura's thread :-)

i'm also waiting for his new drama.. hope he makes a new project soon.. Shingo has an upcoming drama now with SMAP's new single as the theme..hope Kimura makes a new drama soon.. he's a very talented man. just love him :P

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