QUEEN BEE Perform Original ‘Ring’ Main Theme For New Film ‘Sadako’

27.March.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

The original Ring film was released in Japan in 1998 and was directed by Hideo Nakata. It is an adaptation of Koji Suzuki’s horror novel of the same name about a cursed video that when watched kills the viewer seven days after watching. The film kindled a J-horror boom when it was released and the main antagonist, Sadako, has gone on to become one of Japan’s most famous ghosts.

 

The next entry to the famous horror series will be Sadako hitting Japanese cinemas on May 24, 2019. It was revealed earlier this month that Hitomi Satō will reprise her role as Masami Kurahashi ―20 years later.

 

It has been announced that QUEEN BEE are releasinga cover of feels like HEAVEN, the theme of the original 1998 film and considered synonymous with Sadako. The song is being used for promotional material.


The already-released trailer for the film features a snippet of the song―a lyric that embedded fear in the hearts of Japanese people with the original movie was released: Kitto kuru (“I’m on my way”).

 

A promotional visual was released featuring QUEEN BEE’s vocalist Avu-chan as a “reverse-Sadako,” donning long white hair. The band’s cover of the main theme will be released on iTunes and other digital platforms on March 28, 2019 at midnight (JST).

Avu-chan released the following statement: “Sadako. A superstar in the world of Japanese horror movies. The artwork we have created and our cover of that iconic song respect her [Sadako’s] development and charisma. We have begun the effort to help spread Sadako’s curse. She’s on her way. On her way to you.”

 

The film’s director Hideo Nakata also commented on teaming up with QUEEN BEE: “At the first QUEEN BEE concert I went to it felt like I had suddenly returned to when I was going through puberty in my teens. Avu-chan’s lyrics and voice have a quality to them that is characteristic of puberty: delicate and easy to hurt. That combines with the other members’ energetic playing. It’s all-out raw positivity, the kind that makes you feel no matter what happens you will keep on living. I felt the combination of those things and the pull of their magnetic force was something incredible. When I met Avu-chan, she explained how she was captivated by Ring and the power that Sadako holds, which is what led her to listen to the original song feels like HEAVEN. I am shuddering at the cover which incorporates the band’s uniqueness magnificently.”

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  • My Film Recommendation | 5 Nostalgic Japanese Movies

    01.July.2020 | FEATURES / MOVIE

    ASOBINEXT is a new project launched by event management and talent agency ASOBISYSTEM, which is known for managing artists like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The project aims to create next generation icons who will promote their unique personalities and outlooks to the world using social media and in turn bring about new forms of culture.

    As part of ASOBINEXT, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON will be publishing content from each talent that is tied to ASOBINEXT in the form of their favourite and recommended things. Today, we take a look at 5 recommended nostalgic Japanese films from ASOBINEXT’s Mirai who makes sure to watch at least one film a week.

     

    Our Little Sister

    ©2015 吉田秋生・小学館/フジテレビジョン 小学館 東宝 ギャガ

     

    ・Film Summary
    The film follows three sisters: Sachi, Yoshino, and Chika who all live in the house of their grandparents in Kamakura where they all grew up together. One day, they receive news of the death of their father. At his funeral, they meet their 14-year-old half-sister Suzu for the first time, whose mother is already dead. She had been living with their father and her stepmom after he remarried. When the eldest daughter Sachi looks at Suzu as the sisters are saying goodbye to her, she invites Suzu to go and live with them in Asakusa. Suzu agrees to go, and thus begins the sisters’ journey together to deepen their relationship with Suzu. Its a very ‘Japanese’ film in many ways, and has a nostalgic Asakusa feel to it from the scenery and how people interact with one another.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    The story really gripped my heart. It’s heartwarming, sad, and has a kind of nostalgia I can’t quite put my finger on which makes me want to go back home. I love Asakusa, the setting of the movie, and go there every year to have fun with my family. We’re also four siblings, brothers and sisters, so this film felt more relatable to me as I watched it. If you’re someone who feels like they want to return to their hometown, or see someone you treasure, or want to feel something Japanese, then I recommend giving this film a go!

     

    My Neighbor Totoro


    ・Film Summary
    In the early summer, Satsuki and her younger sister Mei move into the countryside with their father to be closer to their mother who is hospitalised. They meet a mysterious creature who Mei gives the name “Totoro,” a being which cannot be seen by adults. Satsuki and Mei get whisked into a fantastical world as we see them grow.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    I’ve loved it since I was a kid. It’s one of Ghibli’s films I’ve always watched. The film is set to be set in 1952 during the Showa Period. I was born in the Heisei Period so I wasn’t even born yet when the film was released. Even so, this is a film that continues to receive love, so much so that it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it’s known to all in Japan, and all have seen it. I believe there are still lots of kids who are watching Totoro even now. This film is an emotion that continues to live in our hearts as a memory, one that’s like a dream we had when we were young. I want the people of the world to watch this regardless of their age or gender!

     

    Always: Sunset on Third Street

    ・Film Summary
    Mutsuko Hoshino arrives in Tokyo from Aomori Prefecture to begin her employment at the auto repair shop Suzuki Auto. Captivated by the prospect of living and working in the sparkling city of Tokyo, Mutsuku is disappointed to find that Suzuki Auto is actually a rundown shop in Tokyo’s lower districts. Despite this, she goes into her job with will-power and positivity, and finds herself becoming a member of the Suzuki family. There is also the struggling writer Ryunosuke Chagawa, who accepts the custody of Junnosuke from Hiromi. Junnosuke is the orphaned offspring of the previous tenant of the building where Hiromi opens a bar. All of the cast members convey love, courage, and warmth in this story about being human.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    The moment I saw this film, it felt like I had been transported back in time to 1926, even though I was born in the Heisei Period and not the Showa Period. Despite that, it still fills me with a sense of nostalgia, and it makes me well up with a feeling of courage. The film is set in a time where smartphones, PCs, and TVs aren’t a thing yet, so it really made me realise the importance of our connection to others. I want to recommend this film to anyone who wants to know about old time Japan, or is looking for a film with heart!

    Kimi ni Todoke

    ©2010映画「君に届け」製作委員会 ©椎名軽穂 / 集英社

     

    ・Film Summary
    Sawako is avoided by her classmates in elementary school because of her appearance which leads them to name-call her “Sadako,” the main character from the film The Ring. They also call her a zashiki-warashi, a child spirit. But her father teachers her that a zashiki-warashi is a spirit that actually makes people happy. This makes her happy, since her motto is to “do one good thing a day.” When she becomes a high school stduent, she meets a certain boy, which marks the start of this cute and pure love story.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    This is my favourite of Japan’s love stories. It makes you feel that pure, butterfly stomach kind of youthful love. The music and the backgrounds in the film serve to add another layer to their relationship too. The film makes you want to cheer the two of them on from the shadows as they come to face complicated emotions they have never felt before. Everyone should check this out, regardless of age or gender, if they’re wanting a heart-throb story or feel like returning to their youthful days!

     

    Korede iinoda! Eiga Akatsuka Fujio

    ・Film Summary
    This film covers the life of manga artist Fujio Akatsuka—known for such popular series as Tensai Bakabon—and his 35 year relationship with his editor Toshiki Takei. You get to learn about the unique life of the manga artist, who has been called a genius.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    This comedy film is set in the 1970s and shows how the popular weekly manga magazine Weekly Shonen Sunday came about, a magazine which it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call the start of Japanese manga. Of course, if you love Japanese manga, you should watch this, but I want all of the people of the world who are interested in the history of Japanese anime to see it!

     

    Mirai

    A 19-year-old affiliated with ASOBINEXT and known for her trademark black bob hair. Her hobby is watching movies—she watches one a week. Her goal for the future is to become an idol that stands out from the crowd and can work not just in Japan but around the world. She wants to work in many areas and endeavours to become a person that people look up to.

  • QUEEN BEE Release ‘P R I D E’ Music Video From New Album ‘BL’

    27.February.2020 | MUSIC

    QUEEN BEE just dropped the music video for their song P R I D E which is taken from their new record BL. The band dropped their new album BL last Wednesday, which charted at No. 3 on Oricon’s daily charts and No. 5 on Billboard Japan’s weekly album charts. 

    The music video is built up on the two CD covers for the album, including the above-pictured illustrated one drawn by manga artist Harada which blew up on social media when it was released, and the exclusive version which features a different cover.

     

    QUEEN BEE – “P R I D E” Official MV

    MOre details have also been released for the band’s upcoming two concerts at Makuhari Event Hall on April 4 and 5.

    Titled QUEEN BEE Solo Concert “Ten” −Introduction−, the first day (April 4) will be “BLACK” themed, while the second day (April 5) will be “BLUE” themed.

     

    It is anticipated that the band will fuse together their last album TEN, which was released last year and which features in the name of the two concerts, and BL.

  • QUEEN BEE’s New Album ‘BL’ Content Revealed & Title Track Released Digitally

    28.January.2020 | MUSIC

    QUEEN BEE released their industry-shaking album Ten in May last year, which shot to number one on iTunes in Japan and peaked at 4th place on Oricon’s weekly charts. Their success didn’t end there however, as tickets to all of their live shows in promotion of the record sold out.

     

    It hasn’t even been a year yet, and QUEEN BEE are set to release yet another new album, BL, on February 19.

    The album will be released in several different versions. There will be two limited pressing editions, lily and rose, each with their own design concept and each coming with a gorgeous 88 page visual book. There will also be regular edition copies with just the CD.

     

    The limited pressing editions feature photos of the members wearing different makeup and outfits in line with the respective lily and rose themes. Both visual books will each also contain entirely different photos.

     

    The CDs of all three versions will contain 8 brand new songs, and in line with each edition’s different concepts, the track list will be in different orders too. Additionally, regular edition copies also contain instrumental versions of all 8 tracks.

    The album also includes QUEEN BEE’s new song BL which features as the opening theme for the Japanese drama series Juu no Himitsu (“10 Secrets”) starring Osamu Mukai. The title and lead track for the new album, BL will be released digitally at midnight in Japan tonight (January 28). Pre-orders for the full album are also now open on iTunes in Japan.

     

    Tickets are now on sale for QUEEN BEE’s two concerts entitled “Ten −Introduction−” taking place at Mahukari Event Hall on April 4 and 5.

  • Lorenzo Ferro and Yutaro Discuss the True Crime Film ‘El Angel’ | MMN Interview

    02.August.2019 | FEATURES / MOVIE

    The 2018 Argentine-Spanish true crime film El Angel is set to hit theatres in Japan this year on August 16.

    The movie is inspired by the real-life Argentine serial killer Carlos Robledo Puch. It was screened at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and was chosen for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards in the Argentine category. The film caught public attention and has enjoyed great success, and that’s in huge part thanks to Argentina actor Lorenzo Ferro, a newcomer who has made his acting debut with his role as Puch. He plays the character naturally and effortlessly, capturing the seemingly “pure” looks of Puch coupled with his evil intent, a killer who had free reigns to do whatever he needed to do to achieve his goal. The 60s-70s fashion that Ferro dons in the film is also a highlight worthy of note.

     

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON spoke to Ferro who came to Japan to promote the film, and Yutaro, who is the same age as Ferro, and is a model that has recently become very busy in the acting world. We questioned them about them about the film, the character role, and fashion.

    *Interview translated from Japanese.

    ──What are your thoughts after having seen El Angel, Yutaro?

     

    Yutaro: This was actually my first time watching an Argentine movie. The first thing that piqued my interest was the unique sound of the language. With the story, when I heard that it was about a serial killer I thought it would be a pretty graphic portrayal, but it wasn’t. Even people who aren’t good with graphic and shocking kinds of films would be able to watch this.

     

    ──That kind of reasoning and moral compass [which the film depicts] makes you feel kind of uneasy, doesn’t it?

     

    Yutaro: Obviously the things that the protagonist Carlos does is against the law and morally wicked, but he himself doesn’t believe any little thing he does is bad. He moves on instinct which in his mind is somehow acceptable, and that’s dangerous. Was it hard for you to create the character, Lorenzo?

     

    Lorenzo: It really was tough. I hadn’t played a character until then, so the first thing I had to learn was just being in front of a camera. Playing the role came after. I had to become “friends” with the movie and “friends” with the camera. Those were the first things I needed to do to fulfill my commitment.

     

    The whole shoot took around a month and a half, but prep time was half a year. During that time I practised playing piano and mastered riding a bike. It was a lot of work, but when I finally saw the completed movie, I felt it was definitely worth all the effort.

     

    Yutaro: When you’re playing someone who is far from anything like yourself, prep time is really important, isn’t it? You have to gather material on the role and really use your imagination. I also make sure to properly communicate with the director before shoots. I ask about the film’s theme and intent. If our perceptions don’t match then it’s not going to hold up on screen.

    Lorenzo: It’s definitely important to respect the director and communicate with them effectively. When we were filming, I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget to see the director as a friend. For instance, if the hierarchal relationship is overly strict and the director is the kind of person to look down on you and order you around, then you can’t build trust. I also think the best kind of relationship is when you can give your own opinion. Saying to them like, “That was no good, was it?” [laughs] “Why do I gotta do the same thing 40 times!?” You should be frank and express your doubts.

     

    Yutaro: Speaking of that, it’s important to have trust with your fellow cast members too. I believe that even if you’re filming together, if you can’t build that trust, that subtle distance between you will be conveyed [in the scene]. You yourself have got to try and converse with them in a positive manner. Go out for a meal together before a shoot, talk together about your roles.

    ──You live your days laboriously, Yutaro, including as an actor. What does a time look like for you when things get particularly tough?

     

    Yutaro: I’ve recently been doing a lot of shoots for multiple films at the same time. When that happens I find it very important to maintain retention so that I don’t forget my roles. In that sense, I also find that it’s important to look at how you spend your time outside of shoots when you’re working an acting job.

     

    Lorenzo: Oh, yeah! Having spare time during shoots is a curse as an actor [laughs] Even if you fire yourself up―preparations are done, you’ve done your warmups, and you say, “Right, time to shoot!”―you have to start from zero again if you have time until the next shoot. That happens quite a lot.

     

    ──So you’re demanded to have self-discipline too. El Angel is set in 1970s Buenos Aires. The fashion and interior designs seen in the film really stood out.

     

    Yutaro: For me personally the women’s clothes left an impression on me, particularly the one piece that Carlos’s mother wears. The clothes that Carlos wears in each scene too. They’re plain and simple but cool. I liked the leather jacket he wore when he went on a double date with his pal Ramón.

     

    Lorenzo: Wow, you really took in at all the little details. The influence for Carlos and Ramón was drawn heavily from James Dean and Marlon Brando who were both popular actors at the time.

     

    Yutaro: Oh, really?

    Lorenzo: Like smoking cigarettes and wearing a leather jacket. We naturally had an amazing stylist who prepared our outfits for us. We were both also conscious of people like James Dean and Marlon Brando when we played Carlos and Ramón.

    ──What kind of clothes do you like, Lorenzo?

     

    Lorenzo: I usually wear the kind of thing I have on now. I have a lot of rough-looking clothes. I really like fashion, my wardrobe is packed [laughs] The more clothes you have the harder it is to decide what to wear, so I really want to just wear the same t-shirt, pants and shoes all the time [laughs].

     

    Yutaro: I looked at your Instagram, you wear t-shirts with Japanese games and anime characters on them, don’t you? You have a Super Mario one on today, and I saw a Pokémon one on your Instagram. I like how you venture to wear t-shirts of games that were popular a while back now.

     

    Lorenzo: Really? Thanks, that makes me happy. The overalls you have on now are really cute, but I think that’s because it’s something that would suit you. If I wore something like that I’d probably look like a clown [laughs].

    Yutaro: Do you have a criteria when picking out a character t-shirt?

     

    Lorenzo: Well, I try not to wear t-shirts of franchises I don’t like, or games I haven’t played yet, or of bands I’ve never listened to before [laughs]. I’m wearing a Mario t-shirt today but there’s still much I don’t know about Japanese games or culture. I’m interested in many different cultures of many different countries, so I want to know more about Japan.

     

    Yutaro: In that case, let’s go shopping together in Harajuku next time!

     

    Writer: Takanori Kuroda

    Photographer: MURA

    Models: YutaroLorenzo Ferro

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

    ©2018 CAPITAL INTELECTUAL S.A / UNDERGROUND PRODUCCIONES / EL DESEO

    TALENT PROFILE

    Yutaro

    Yutaro was born in Hiroshima on June 3rd 1998. His modeling career has earned him lots of attention as a fashion icon of the new generation. The famous model also works as a “charisma” shop assistant. Yutaro has gained his reputation as a “mysterious and handsome guy” from his appearance on Japanese variety shows. His debut was made on the show “Gyoretsu no Dekiru Horitsu Sodanjo” and has since then appeared on numerous different TV shows. He challenged himself to appear on stage for the very first time in March this year and is gaining popularity by the day for his diverse work.

  • QUEEN BEE Release Music Video For Tokyo Ghoul S Main Theme ‘Introduction’

    11.July.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    QUEEN BEE just dropped their new music video for Introduction on YouTube.

     

    The song is taken from their latest album Ju which hit shelves back in May. The song will feature as the main theme for the forthcoming film Tokyo Ghoul S, the sequel to the live-action adaptation of the popular manga and anime series Tokyo Ghoul.

     

    The music video was directed by Nakane Sayaka who has worked on QUEEN BEE’s most recent videos including HALFHypnotize, and Holy War.

     

    ©Sui Ishida / Shueisha   ©2019 “Tokyo Ghoul S” Production Committee

  • Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition Bound For Nagasaki This Summer

    10.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    The second run of the Toshio Suzuki & Studio Ghibli Exhibition is set to take place at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki from July 13 to September 23. The event is focused on longtime Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and centres on specific “words” he wishes to convey through this work.

     

    The exhibition had its first run in Tokyo back in April this year. We covered that event in detail so be sure to give it a read.

    The enormous 3-meter tall Yubaba & Zeniba centrepiece will return at the Nagasaki exhibition. Visitors can draw omikuji fortunes from the display which have Suzuki’s keywords written on them along with his explanation of them. You can take these home with you―a perfect addition for your Studio Ghibli collection!

    An extremely special merchandise shop will also open at the site with exclusive items and products on sale and decor and decorations that will have you feeling you have stepped right into an enchanting world woven by Studio Ghibli.

    Fan: ¥702 (Tax Included)

    Get your hands on an official Spirited Away fan to cool yourself down at the event this summer. On one side is an illustration of Yubaba and on the other some powerful words from Suzuki.

    Tote Bag: ¥1,620 (Tax Included)

    Express your love for Studio Ghibli everyday with this tote bag featuring the same illustration of Yubaba―which is the main visual for the exhibition―on the side. It’s big enough to be worn on your shoulder making it a convenient day-to-day item.

    Tea-Towel: ¥1,296 (Tax Included)

    This beautiful tea towel is made in collaboration with dyed goods company Chikusen who have been around since the Edo period. It has a traditional indigo blue colour and is made from high quality material. A perfect gift and souvenir for any fan of Studio Ghibli.

     

    We can’t forget the themed food menu either. You’ll find it on the first floor of Huis Ten Bosch at the Tea Salon.

    Bath House Dessert: ¥850 (Tax Included)

    A fitting dessert for any guest of the Spirited Away bath house, look forward to a bamboo charcoal-black chocolate-sprayed vanilla ice cream, colourful sugar candy and a cookie. It’s also served with iced corn tea.

    Toast For Adventure Lovers: ¥650 (Tax Included)

    Served with a glass of iced corn tea is a delicious egg-topped slice of toasted baked in the hotel bakery. Like you see in anime series, it makes you want to grab it, shove it between your teeth and run outside on an adventure.

    Any fans of Studio Ghibli’s work aren’t going to want to miss out on this very special event. If you’re in Japan this summer be sure you get to go.

     

    ©️TS ©️Studio Ghibli

  • Tokyo Ghoul S Live-Action Film Shown & Cast Give Q&A at Japan Expo in France

    09.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    The sequel to the live-action film Tokyo Ghoul, entitled Tokyo Ghoul S, will be released on July 19, 2019. The first film dropped in 29 countries around the world in July 2017 and went on to become a huge hit. The sequel features a whole new staff team with returning cast members.

    Tokyo Ghoul S was shown at the 20th Japan Expo event in Paris, France on July 7, the first pre-release screening since its premiere in Tokyo. Several cast members including Masataka Kubota (Ken Kaneki), Shota Matsuda (Shū Tsukiyama) and Maika Yamamoto (Touka Kirishima) as well as the film producer Tomohiro Nagae appeared at the event for a Q&A session with fans.

    The French fans welcomed the staff on stage with a round of applause as Kubota and Matsuda greeted them with a “Bonjour!” They got straight into the Q&A, with Kubota, who plays the half-ghoul Kaneki, explaining to the crowd, “All of you eat meat and vegetables, but ghouls are only able to eat people.”

     

    He continues, “People go mad when it’s them who are to be eaten. But I think that’s part of the appeal of this movie.”

    The producer Nagae elaborated on the film’s deep theme: “One thing about this film is how universal its theme is. No matter where you go in the world, it’s mutual. Humans and ghouls experience much drama throughout the franchise, but this also applies to those close to you. When you’re watching the film, try thinking what would happen if you yourself became a ghoul.”

    When asked about their favourite characters in the films, Kubota answered Juzo Suzuya, Matsuda answered Kaneki, and Yamamoto said her own character Touka.

    Matusda also earned huge cheers from the crowd with his Tsukiyama-like answer, saying: “In this film Tsukiyama says for the first time since meeting Kaneki that he wants to eat him, so now I can’t think of anything else but him.”

     

    When asked what fans should look forward to in this film, Kubota simply said “Shota Matsuda!” Matsuda followed this up saying, “I believe this is a romance film between Tsukiyama and Kaneki. Look forward to that aspect of it too.”

     

    ©Sui Ishida / Shueisha   ©2019 “Tokyo Ghoul S” Production Committee

  • QUEEN BEE to Perform Tokyo Ghoul S Live-Action Film’s Main Theme

    12.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    Masataka Kubota, who is reprising his role as Ken Kaneki in the upcoming live-action film Tokyo Ghoul S, announced at the film’s premiere at The Golden Hall in Ebisu that QUEEN BEE will perform the movie’s main theme song.

     

    The song is titled Introduction and is taken from QUEEN BEE’s new album Ju which hit shelves in May. The band also previously performed the song HALF as the ending theme for the TV anime series Tokyo Ghoul:re.

     

    QUEEN BEE released a new artist photo to promote the new collaboration.

    Speaking about their return to the franchise once again, QUEEN BEE’s vocalist Avu-chan commented: “Talks began on the day when we had finished everything on our album Ju―the music, the photos, and the music videos […] Introduction is the last song on the album. It’s a song that follows the road down ten years of QUEEN BEE, and we are honoured that it will begin as the theme song for Tokyo Ghoul S. Please look forward to it.”

     

    ©Sui Ishida / Shueisha   ©2019 “Tokyo Ghoul S” Production Committee

  • YouTubers Mizutamari Bond Make Guest Appearance in ‘Sadako’ Film

    23.May.2019 | MOVIE

    The original Ring film was released in Japan in 1998 and was directed by Hideo Nakata. It is an adaptation of Koji Suzuki’s horror novel of the same name about a cursed video that when watched kills the viewer seven days after watching. It went on to become Japan’s No. 1 horror film. The film franchise is set to receive a sequel entitled in Sadako which is set to premiere in Japan on May 24, 2019.

    The film stars Hiroya Shimizu who plays the role of a video creator. He spreads Sadako’s curse after posting a certain video on a video streaming website.

    It has been revealed that hugely popular Japanese YouTubers Mizutamari Bond will make an appearance in the film.

     

    Mizutamari Bond are a comedy duo on YouTube consisting of Kanta and Tommy. They first began posting videos in 2015 and have since gone on to garner almost 4 million subscribers. They produce a variety of different videos daily, from pranks to experiments to exploring urban legends. Their fried rice prank video which was posted in January has clocked 9.5 million views and even featured on TIME’s website.

     

    Kanta and Tommy will play themselves in Sadako. While they are watching content from another creator, they will discover something strange in the video. We will get to see the spread of Sadako’s curse across the video streaming platform.

     

    Both Kanta and Tommy gave comments on being involved with the film. Kanta said: “I am extremely happy to have the opportunity to be involved with such a historical film as this. I shuddered when I first saw the cursed tape as a child. Sadako finely traumatised me. I’m happy that Nakata is bringing Sadako to modern society by changing it from a tape to an online video. It’s because we’re so familiar them that makes it scary, and if you love in Japan, it’s scary because of the way Japanese houses are laid out and how Japanese-style rooms are. Sadako can come in many forms and is scary in whatever time she appears. This is a really fantastic film.”

     

    Tommy commented: “I never thought a day would come where I would appear in a national horror movie like Sadako. I was also really happy that it came when it did as the subject matter is what I do as my job. I definitely want all the kids of the younger generation who are using the net to watch this film. It’s really scary, but in one viewing I also think it’s a fantastic film.”

     

    The film’s director Hideo Nakata also spoke about having Kanta and Tommy involved. He said: “The scene where both of them appear went unbelievably smoothly, as expected of such big YouTubers. They were lively in front of the camera. Their ability to talk so casually [in front of it] is their forte. We shot on location, so the middle school kids on their way back from cram school spotted them. The setting is that they are watching a―street-style?―type of video which we made by learning from watching others. They praised us enthusiastically for out efforts and said ‘With this you’ll be able to hit a million views!’ [laughs] We were overjoyed to hear that. There’s also a part where a shot from the cursed tape appears on their smartphone…

    ©2019 Sadako Production Committee

  • Japan’s Most Famous Horror Figure Sadako Features in QUEEN BEE’s ‘Seisen’ Music Video

    22.May.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    It has been two years since rock band QUEEN BEE released an album. Their brand new album Ju (“Ten”) was just released on Wednesday 22nd May. Their song Seisen (“Holy War”), which is included on the new album, will be used as the film’s main theme song for the upcoming horror film Sadako.

     

    Along with the release of Seisen, the official music video has also gone public. The wildest thing: the scary ghost of Sadako even takes part in the music video!

     

    Sadako x QUEEN BEE – “Seisen” Collaboration Music Video


    The film Sadako is the sequel to the world-hit 1998 Japanese film Ring, which is an adaptation of Koji Suzuki’s horror novel of the same name about a cursed video that when watched kills the viewer seven days after watching. With Elaiza Ikeda playing the role of the heroine and Hideo Nakata as the film’s director, this latest horror film was created by the hands of an original team. The film is set to premiere in Japan on 24th May.

    The music video was directed by Sayaka Nakane, who also directed the music videos for QUEEN BEE’s HALF, Hypnotize and FIRE. As the film’s main antagonist, Sadako makes a strong appearance in the music video. Witnessing the terrifying Sadako in a music video is something you just have to see! The song Seisen is now available for early digital download and streaming across major digital music platforms.

    The new album Ju is the sequel to QUEEN BEE’s previous album Q which was praised as a masterpiece. The new album consists of 10 songs, including the album version of the band’s biggest singles such as FIRE; the opening theme for anime Dororo; and HALF, the ending theme for anime Tokyo Ghoul:re, both of which were hits on streaming services. Other big hits on the album include Hypnotize for which Limited Pressing Edition copies of the single sold out immediately. And of course, Sadako’s main theme song Seisen is also on the album.

     

    QUEEN BEE is currently on their 2019 Japan tour QUEEN BEE Tour 2019 “Ju” -Kaen-.

     

    © 2019 Sadako Production Committee

  • New Trailer Released For ‘Sadako’ Film Featuring Theme Song ‘Seisen’ by QUEEN BEE

    17.May.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    The original Ring film was released in Japan in 1998 and was directed by Hideo Nakata. It is an adaptation of Koji Suzuki’s horror novel of the same name about a cursed video that when watched kills the viewer seven days after watching. It went on to become Japan’s No. 1 horror film. The film franchise is set to receive a sequel entitled in Sadako which is set to premiere in Japan on May 24, 2019.

     

    QUEEN BEE will perform the film’s main theme song Seisen (“Holy War”) which you can hear in the latest trailer.

    In the trailer, we see the fear-filled protagonist Mayu (played by Elaiza Ikeda) sitting on a bed, contrasted with another scene of her where her desperate eyes are full of rage. There’s also a mysterious scene of a small child with mysterious eyes.

     

    Hideo Nakata explained how Sadako maintains that J-horror atmosphere while keeping in line with the “entertaining fear factor” of today’s movies. He also noted that the film contains strong human drama elements as expressed through love as a blood connection. Nakata praised QUEEN BEE’s song Seisen as being the perfect match for the film as they were able to capture and portray the movie’s themes. He admitted to being in tears after seeing the band perform live.

     

    Elaiza Ikeda’s passionate performance of Mayu combined with the beautiful collaboration between Seisen and the movie are just a couple of reasons why you should check the trailer out.

     

    ©2019 Sadako Production Committee /A KADOKAWA film.

  • 2 New Trailers Release For New ‘Ring’ Film ‘Sadako’

    10.May.2019 | MOVIE

    Two news trailer for the latest entry to the Ring film franchise Sadako have been released.

     

    “I’m On My Way” Trailer
    QUEEN BEE will release a cover of feels like HEAVEN, the theme of the original 1998 film and considered synonymous with Sadako. The song contains a lyric that embedded fear in the hearts of Japanese people when the original movie was released: Kitto kuru (“I’m on my way”). Hear a snippet of the song in the new “I’m On My Way” trailer.

     

    “Seriously Scary Sadako” Trailer

    In the “Seriously Scary Sadako” trailer, we see Sadako emerging from the deep dark well once again. The merciless and frightening ghost is set to imbue fear once again.

     

    The original Ring film was released in Japan in 1998 and was directed by Hideo Nakata. It is an adaptation of Koji Suzuki’s horror novel of the same name about a cursed video that when watched kills the viewer seven days after watching.

     

    Sadako will premiere on May 24, 2019 in Japan.

     

    ©2019 “Sadako” Production Committee / Publisher: KADOKAWA

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