You Should Know One of These Boy Band Members

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If you like Clint Eastwood movies, that is.

Nintendo has repeatedly roped in Japanese boy band Arashi, which means "storm" in Japanese, to promote its games. The band appeared in television ads for Super Mario Kart Wii, Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and more recently Wii Party.

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Wii Party is Nintendo's forthcoming party game for the Nintendo Wii.

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Nintendo Co., Ltd. uses many Japanese celebrities for its ads, but it seems to have the longest continuous relationship of late with this group.

Nintendo loves Arashi! Japan loves Arashi! The group churns out chart topping hits in The Land of the Rising Sun. (Sadly, their music has been scrubbed from YouTube. If you find any videos, please paste them in comments section below.)

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As anyone familiar with Arashi will tell you, the member of this boy band that has gained the most notoriety in the West is Kazunari Ninomiya, who turned in a brilliant performance as Saigo in Clint Eastwood's World War II epic Letters from Iwo Jima.

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Later this year, Ninomiya, or "Nino" as he is known, will star in a film adaptation of manga Ooku. And next year, he will star in a big screen version of anime/manga thriller Gantz.

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I H-A-T-E Arashi/Smap/Kat-tun/News with a burning passion that would make a thousand dying suns look tame by comparison. If you ever see me at a party, DO NOT bring up these groups, or I will be unable to control myself, and sit there until the sun comes up ranting.

BUT!

I literally sat there slack jawed the first time I saw Letters From Iwo Jima.

When Ninomiya is on Japanese TV, he is always wearing some ridiculous ass get up, participating in some crazy silly game. But in that movie, his performance was so dignified I was absolutely stunned. The juxtaposition between how he appears in the Japanese media, and how he appeared in that movie was like nothing I have ever seen before.

That being said, I bet this movie was an absolute NIGHTMARE to film. Why you may ask? Because Johnny's Entertainment, the talent company that for all intents and purposes "owns" Ninomiya, is absolutely legendary for over protecting its celebrities. Most of the time you HAVE to cast these guys in a positive light (do 5 minutes of research on the upcoming live action Yamato), or Johnny's will literally shut down your production until you change the script/story. So most of the time when they are on Japanese TV, they are perfectly coifed, have on perfectly clean clothes, etc. But in this movie, Ninomiya is constantly dirty, has a shaved head, and is carrying around a "shit bucket."

I need to check out the special features/deleted scenes to that movie. There NEEDS to be a clip of bad ass Eastwood screaming at a Johnny's Entertainment talent manager.

But yeah, Letters From Iwo Jima is total required viewing. One of my very favorite movies of the past decade.