Yamashita Tomohisa (YamapI), has always had a special place in my heart, actually he grew on me out of watching Nobuta wo Produce *_*
I love him even more because he's always saying good about people.... and of course I seem to appreciate him more when one of those people is Kame (Shuuji to Akira) :)))
Now, I'm not really a NEWS fan yet, but I'm a YamapI fan so I promised myself to support him and NEWS more but things always worked out so that KAT-TUN has taken over all my time and interest ^_^... anyways, I've been keeping watch on Pi's solo tour around Asia and also his upcoming movie which I'm anticipating to be very good...
Yamapi is a hard worker ne *_* So here are two reports about his solo tour and his movie... this is me getting to know Yamapi *_*
Under the cut:
- Japan's Soccer win Motivates Yamapi as Japan's Pop Star Representative
- Yamapi Punches up a Show in front of 12 Boxing Champions and 1000 Fans
Japan’s soccer Win Motivates Yamapi as Japan’s Pop Star RepresentativeJohnny’s star Tomohisa Yamashita (25) went into the second day of his Hong Kong concerts motivated by his friend’s tournament-winning form at the 2011 Asia Cup, reports Nikkan Sports, Chunichi Sports, and Sports Hochi.
Yamashita’s solo Asia tour had kicked off in Hong Kong on January 29, and that night the pop star watched the Asia Cup soccer final between Japan and Australia from his hotel. It has been reported he had paid extra attention at Yuto Nagatomo (24), his friend and Meiji University junior. The two had met each other following the 2010 World Cup and Yamashita had said they had gone out for dinner a number of times and were occasional texting buddies.
“(The final) was amazing. I got really excited, and seeing people from my own country giving their all on a world stage like that only gives me a confidence boost.
“(Nagatomo is) amazing when he plays soccer, but he’s also a good guy,” he said.
Yamashita had said he was worried about the language barrier before his concert, but watching Japan win the tournament had fired him up as a pop star representing Japan.
“What I think I can do is keep going until the end. If I could manage myself until the last concert. Then I hope I would’ve done what I had needed to to bring the world closer to me,” he said.
The pop star performed 25 songs in front of more than 4000 fans who welcomed him with Yamapi chants. On a stage with a multitude of special effects including lasers, fire, and a 360 degree stage, it has been reported all of the sets had been taken up 10 trucks-worth of space, each truck holding up to 10 tons of equipment.
Yamashita had previously performed in Taiwan with his Johnny’s group NEWS, but this marks his first solo tour.
Ever since Johnny’s senior star Masahiko Kondo (46) had performed the agency’s first overseas concert in Hong Kong in 1984, the city has had a special meaning to Johnny’s. Other groups who have performed here include Shonentai, TOKIO, KinKi Kids, and V6.
While it is the first time in nine years Johnny’s have performed in Hong Kong, Yamashita’s popularity was made clear after his tickets had sold out within an hour, prompting two more concerts to be added to the tour.
Yamashita’s tour is scheduled to go around cities in Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, and Japan, and is expected to attract more than 260,000 fans in total.
Yamapi Punches up a Show in front of 12 Boxing Champions and 1000 fans
Tomohisa Yamashita (25) delighted fans and impressed world champions as he put on a boxing show at an event for his upcoming movie “Ashita no Joe” in Tokyo on February 7, reports Oricon, Mainichi Shimbun Digital, and CinemaCafe.net.
A “Champion Carnival” was held at Korakuen Hall, the holy land of boxing in Japan. The venue commonly appears in the original “Ashita no Joe” manga series. Twelve new and old boxing world champions joined Yamashita and his movie’s cast inside the boxing ring, where Yamashita showed off his boxing skills. Despite the fact filming had finished six months ago, the pop star managed to punch mitts non-stop for three minutes.
“This was a privilege. I’m sorry to have shown these world champions something that isn’t worthy of them, but I put everything I had into boxing, grew to love it, and I trained every day.
“‘Ashita no Joe’ is truly a movie that everyone put their heart and soul into,” Yamashita said.
It has been reported current WBA super featherweight champion Takashi Uchiyama said he was surprised Yamashita could punch so much in three minutes. Former WBC and WBA champion Koichi Wajima (67) said he was impressed with Yamashita’s form.
“What’s important in boxing isn’t training your muscles for strength, but for speed. But it’s harder to get your muscles into shape for speed so you did a good job,” he said.
When Wajima had been told Yamashita had only trained for four months, he gasped out, “what, really!?” in surprise.
Former WBA super flyweight champion Satoshi Iida (41) and former WBA super bantam weight champion Osamu Satoru (34) said real training probably helped bring out reality in the movie.
“I could tell it as soon as I saw Yamashita-kun’s body. Even a real boxer would say he had a boxer’s body,” Iida said.
“Yamashita-kun and Iseya-kun had the right bodies because they did some real training. It was really, really amazing,” Satoru said.
Yamashita’s co-star Teruyuki Kagawa (45), who plays Joe’s trainer in the film, said he wanted to more Ashita no Joe action.
“(Yamashita’s boxing) got my adrenaline pumping. I hope there’ll be a sequel!”
The movie “Ashita no Joe” is based on the manga series written by Takamori Asao and drawn by Tetsuya Chiba, which was published as a series from 1968 to 1973. To date, more than 20 million copies of the manga have been sold. The manga has already been turned into an anime series, which ran once in the 1970s, again in the 1980s, and has also been made into to anime movies in 1980 and 1981.
The live action movie will open in Japanese cinemas on February 11 with Hikaru Utada’s “Show Me Love (Not A Dream)” is the movie’s theme song.
Translation Credit: momo-edgewood@wordexpress