Gift (2014) movie trailer

Trailer for Japanese movie Gift, starring Kenichi Endo and Rena Matsui. The later plays a bar hostess who’s running away from a secret past, then she met with a bad-tempered but successful businessman who proposed to pay her 100 million yen (~one million USD) for 100 hours of her time (it’s not as kinki as it may sound).

Endo is a veteran who has starred in many dramas and films, mostly as supportive cast AFAIK. Meanwhile, this is the first leading role in a feature film for Matsui, who’s a member of SKE48, one of the girl groups under the popular AKB48 franchise.

SKE48 Cheer Fight

Japanese girl group SKE48 members turn into cheerleaders in a recent magazine photoshoot. Photographed by Takeo Dec, found via Afro_Stud @ Jphip

SKE48 Japanese high school cheerleaders

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AKB48 & SKE48 Live in Asia – Macau

Japanese pop groups AKB48 and SKE48 kicked off their first joint Asia tour last month in Macau. Both team sent 12 members respectively for the concert at Sand Theatre. Video in Chinese and Japanese, with English subtitles…

It’s Friday with SKE48’s Rena & Jurina

Japanese pop idols Rena Matsui and Jurina Matsui of girl group SKE48 are featured in December issue of Friday Magazine [Jp]. Speaking of Japanese lolicon culture, one of the girls is just over 13 of age (difficult to tell from her look though); a few of the photos might be deemed inappropriate for her age in some places…

SKE48 Rena and Jurina Matsui Friday magazine

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SKE48 – 1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku! music video

Japanese music video for 1!2!3!4! Yoroshiku (1!2!3!4! ヨロシク!, or 1,2,3,4 best regards), title track of the fourth single album by pop group SKE48

The album was released on November 17 and did pretty well, selling over 120,000 copies in its debut week. They were a bit unlucky not to top the Oricon chart (losing out to KAT-TUN), as the figure should rank #1 half of the time.

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