Happy~Happy Aloha~♡ Friday ヾ(＾∇＾)！！～！！
For tonight’s Idols♥ Unzipped we’re heading all the way back to that time when you first saw Azumi and went Woah! Awesome film(s) ヽ(。´▽`。)ノ。。！！Okay so the first Azumi without question reigns superior to its sequel you know with the original storyline, amazing fight choreography, that supremely dark character in Mogami Bijomaru played incredibly by the very versatile Odagiri Jo!, an accomplished director in Kitamura Ryuuhei and of course the multi-talented and beautiful Ueto Aya~♡!~!
~My Favorite♥ Ayachan Movie!~
When it comes to stylish~action all set in the samurai genre~* one of my most watched and re~watched movies is “Azumi.”
Good storyline under the masterful direction of Kitamura Ryuhei who also directed the cult classic “Versus” along with director duel winner and short film “Aragami” and “Alive.” He has a most amazing way of capturing action scenes and like a director such as Tarentino you can really see a distinctness to his visions brought to the silver screen~* which can often be viewed as trademark to his style of direction~. Ueto Aya is amazing in her role as the lead character “Azumi” and also of note is a most chameleon like actor Odagiri Joe…he’s so so talented!!!!..and his character Mogammi Bijomaru is one of the most deliciously bad villains ever!!!..I’d say in cinematic history~!
Okay so as you can see just above I “may” have been just a bit clinically~obsessed♥ with this movie series and Ueto Aya of course what with me owning the LE Japanese original release (which is gorgeously packaged I must say!) along with the U.S. release version and for the sequel both a Taiwanese version as well as the original Japanese version and a special mook (yup when you’re born part magazine and part book you become a Mook!) ^^.
I’m thinking that most everyone on planet earth has seen “Azumi” however just in case anyone reading is from outer space or just hasn’t just yet seen it, I’ll refrain from spoilers here and instead share just a few glimpses into this most awesome film~* ＼(^o^)／☆。
Here’s the movie trailer…
~Ueto Aya in “Azumi” (movie trailer)~
Um….I think I may have a bit too many versions of this film (*´艸`)。。(and one of them isn’t even pictured…forgot! (*>ω<)）but there’s also “Azumi 2” although it wasn’t quite a great as the original film~ ＾ ＾。 The LE is awesomely packaged though~!!
And here’s a little fun clip where famed director Kitamura Ryuhei visited the Anime Expo in the U.S. and he had some fun poking it at one of his familiar cast members…really funny =)!!
~Anime Expo 2006 with director Kitamura Ryuhei~
Oh but wait!!!!!!!!!!!
“Azumi” isn’t actually the reason for this post at all!
Tonight’s post is all about a bit of reminiscing with
the SMAP boys when Ueto Aya visited their Bistro
set for a most fun episode on SmapxSmap
….and as the timing of this episode coincides with
the height of the “Azumi” craze I just got a
“little” Azumi~nostalgic there just thinking about
(random baby~llama picture inserted for your pleasure ^^)
~SmapxSmap Bistro feat. Guest Ueto♥Aya~
Okay so I’d originally labeled this episode as being originally aired on July 5th, 2003 however my memory or my pen on that day may have been a bit off as I realize that Azumi2 is actually mentioned so that would place it perhaps in 2005 instead, but in any case this most awesome episode of Smap Bistro occurred right in the wheelhouse of Azumi so we’re going back pretty far as Ueto Aya was just right around 17~19 years old then! Now while the boys try to hide just how smitten they are with the young actress/singer/model/talent! ….it’s always fun to see the youthful demeanor of someone who’s grown into a major celebrity over the years and here with Ueto Aya it’s sooooooooo cute!! how she interacts with host Nakai~kun who’s the constant pro as well as the two Bistro teams. So tonight it’s Team Kimutaku/Shingo vs. Team Goro/Tsuyoshi and if you’ve ever imagined the embodiment of the joy of eating then you’ll readily recognize all of those symptoms coming at you two~fold as Aya~chan is beyond herself in loving all of the dishes presented to her by both teams I might add which then makes it most most difficult in even attempting to guess which team will reign triumphant at this episode’s end!!!
And of course to the winners go the spoils of the special guest’s kiss~♡ at each episode’s end =) and that’s exactly when the aforementioned youthfulness of Aya~chan comes to a head in the form of her nervousness of being on such a “stage” as it gets the better of her in one Freudian slip moment with the Japanese language ~*you won’t want to miss…(^q^)!
~One Stinky Food to Rule Them All!!~
Now as far as stinky foods go I clearly remember the very morning when my Mom decided to have some natto, a dish she hadn’t eaten in years or ever as far as I knew ….and its scent traveled to my unsuspecting bedroom where I suddenly thought I was smelling feet or perhaps something worse (・д・`*)！！！And upon entering the living room I realized it was YES natto, just that word sends shivers down my nostrils at the very thought of it (゜Д゜;)！！！And it smells that way because it’s fermented!!!! And if you’ve smelt noni juice before I believe it’s equally as gross LOL! So anyway long story~short I went outside just to escape its scent as I just couldn’t handle it!
~Natto’s Umm “History”~
So I’m guessing that some guy during rural Japan had forgotten his lunch somewhere outside and then on a dare from his buddies decided to actually eat it even though it had been outside in the hot sun and weather for some days then (。ーωー。)笑！And wallah! Natto was officially um …..born ＼(^o^)／ ☆！！！Okay so I just totally made that whole natto story up however I didn’t make up it’s smelly sense of itself as in it really REALLY smells (*>ω<) ！！！！～！！People seem to really love it though so it’s probably just me (。ーωー。)笑。
~Would you like one lump or two with that?~
Anyway, Ueto Aya’s Smap Bistro order is none other than natto along with a yummy dessert dish and let’s just say that the boys don’t disappoint (*´∀｀) うれしー♥♥♥！Their culinary skills have long been the stuff of legends and in particular I have to admit their desserts are most alluring~♥ albeit I’m not even that much of a sweets~lover ^^. Also be on the ready for Shingo’s “oishi” reaction which he always does during his opponent’s unveiling of their dishes if and when the guest of honor declares it YUMMY as it’s an Azumi reference …..literally! Shingo also offers up a bit of his own cinematic nostalgia in the form of his starring role in the must-see “Nin Nin Ninja Hattori-kun The Movie” also a DVD I’ve purchased from back then as it’s great fun and you gotta love Aya~chan’s reaction here to his wacky antics on set =)!
So sit back and enjoy this bit of Bistro meets Idol♥ nostalgia with one of Japan’s most beloved stars, just feel fortunate that the clip above isn’t smell~o~vision…(^q^)!
(For a post about the size of a small village based upon my adoration of all that is Ueto Aya you can search here under: “Ueto Aya Smile Project” for much more Aya~chan content, it may take a bit of time to load ….you’ve been warned! =) )