This is the movie i watched recently,
seriously, i fall in love with the character ashiya mizuki by maki horikita because of how she act with all she can.
I pray i can meet her one day and express my gratitude because i am one of her fans for now and always. =) Here is some about her and the story.
|Born||Marina Hara (原麻里奈 ) |
October 6, 1988 (1988-10-06)
Maki Horikita (堀北 真希 ,Horikita Maki, born October 6, 1988, in Kiyose, Tokyo) is a Japanese actress. Maki Horikita started her acting career in 2003 as a U-15 idol and has since starred in a number of Japanese television dramas, TV and magazine ads, and films.
Maki Horikita was born the eldest of three girls on October 6, 1988 in Kiyose, Tokyo, Japan. She had been boyish during her childhood days. In middle school, she enjoyed playing basketball and baseball with her friends on holidays. as well as the captain of a basketball team. When she had been in junior high school, she preferred playing Dragon Ball Z with the boys than playing dolls with the girls. This was because with the girls, she couldn’t play the role of a princess the way she wanted to in the princess make-believe game.
When she attended as a guest on KAT-TUN's variety show, Cartoon KAT-TUN, she stated that she loved imitating her mother when she was younger.
During junior high school, Maki served as the vice-president of their student council and the vice-captain of the basketball club. She was also described as the “Boss of 3-C” in a number of various writings, in recognition of her status as the class leader. As she became more active in the entertainment industry though, she put her club and council activities on hold. Being unable to meet her many commitments and after much deliberation, she finally withdrew from her school activities, concentrating only on her studies and her career.
After completing her senior high school education, she passed the entrance examination for Chuo University. Maki had been asked if she would pursue Law, as Chuo University was famous for it's Law School, but it has remained uncertain whether she will study Law.
Horikita started modeling as she appeared for various advertisements in 2003, and took on roles in TV dramas and films in supporting roles. Her first photobooks featured her as a mild-themed gravure model. However, her career in the said modeling field had been short-lived as she gradually dropped gravure-themed modeling just when she started to get busy with TV appearances.
Her well-known commercials are her advertisements for Fujifilm (wherein she appeared alongside Japanese idol Tomoya Nagase) and Lotte (particularly for its sub-brands Ghana and Airs). Her current advertisements for the said chocolate brand are its Ice Yogurt and Shasha. In 2008, she had been chosen as Honda Cars Japan's endorser of STEP WGN.
Horikita has appeared in numerous men's and teenage magazines, most of them featuring her on the cover. Her semi-nude photoshoot in the October issue of AnAn Magazine and her latest photobook, entitled S, were both released in October 2008, in time with her twentieth birthday -- an age in Japan that formally inducts a teenager as an adult.
She has also been featured in the cover of First Kiss, a compilation album of 15 songs from female artists released in the late 90's. The album aims to evoke a person's memories of their first kiss, with the songs having been chosen through a survey of women in their twenties. The album includes songs from Hikaru Utada, Ringo Shiina and The Brilliant Green. Horikita was enlisted to appear on the CD jacket through the same survey, and turned out to be the most popular choice among the young actresses of the present that reminded the respondents of themselves when they had their first kiss .
Maki also ranked in Nihon Monitor's Most Popular Personality in TV CMs for 2008, penetrating the list of the Top 10 female endorsers for 2008 with 10 different CMs under her belt.
Currently, Horikita is a constantly praised U-20 Japanese idol, her rise to fame seemingly gradual but certain.
Movie and television
Although Horikita had appeared in various commercials and dramas she gained much recognition in 2005 from her back-to-back TV dramas, Densha Otoko and Nobuta wo Produce. Her exemplary portrayal of the shy Nobuko Kotani in Nobuta wo Produce bagged her a Best Supporting Actress award in a Japanese award-giving body. The role propelled her into popularity and she starred in a TV special, Tsubasa ni Oreta Tenshitachi (Wingless Angels), a four-night special that featured four of the most popular young Japanese actresses, in different roles that depict the darker reality of the lives of young Japanese women in present time.
On the other hand, the chemistry between her character, Nobuko, commonly known as Nobuta, and Akira Kusano, played by Japanese idol and NEWS member Tomohisa Yamashita, was recognized as well, leading both of them to star in another drama, Kurosagi. Playing the role of Tsurara Yoshikawa, a law student who disapproves of Kurosagi's swindling ways and who, ironically, falls in love with the con artist, Horikita bagged her second Best Supporting ActressTeppan Shoujo Akane, and the role of a mastermind bully who pulled the strings from behind a class of rebellious students in the drama Seito Shokun!. She was also part of the Japan-South Korea collaboration movie, One Missed Call: Final, third and last of the One Missed Call franchise, with Meisa Kuroki and Jang Geun-suk. award from the same award-giving body for her performance in this drama. Producers and scriptwriters have recognized her acting skills and soon she was given the lead role for
Come 2007, her role as Mizuki Ashiya in the Japanese drama adaptation of the gender-bending manga Hana-Kimi, or Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, earned her a Best Actress award; her first one to date. Towards the end of the series, Horikita has been attending press conferences here and there for her three upcoming projects: the Taiga drama, Atsuhime; the suspense movie where she plays the lead character who has multiple personality disorder entitled Tokyo Shōnen, and the sequel to her breakthrough movie, Always: Sunset on Third Street, Always: Zoku Sanchome no Yuhi.
All her exceptional work paid off when Horikita was chosen by Vogue Nippon as one of its eleven recipients of the prestigious Women of the Year award for 2007. Other recipients of the same award include Ayase Haruka and Anna Tsuchiya.
Early 2008, Maki had been chosen as the lead actress for NTV's two-part, four-hour special, Tokyo Daikushu, which was televised on March 17 and 18, 2008. The drama was a special commemoration of Japan during the World War II era, when Japan had been under siege. Alongside actor Tatsuya Fujiwara of the Death Note fame, she played the role of Haruko Sakuragi, a nurse whose father had been killed years prior, when his factory had been bombed. Fujiwara, on the other hand, is the man who saved her during her father's death, and who is later on brought into a hospital as a patient with a heart condition, where the two once again cross paths. Other actors in the drama special include Eita, Yuki Shibamoto, Ryoko Kuninaka, Hiroshi Tachi and Miki Maya, with the drama's music composed by Yoshiki of the legendary rock band X-Japan.
Two years after starring in Kurosagi, TBS brought the television drama to the silverscreen and Horikita reprised her role as Tsurara Yoshikawa in Kurosagi. The movie was said to have earned approximately 15.5 million US dollars, whereas the movie had been filmed with only a budget of 2 million US dollars.
October of the same year, she was once again seen on television opposite Yuzu's lead vocalist Yujin Kitagawa, leading the cast of FujiTV's golden time slot in the drama Innocent Love. Maki played the tragic heroine, Kan'on Akiyama, a young woman who sought a better life away from her hometown without people judging her based on her family background, only to find love in the form of a church pianist, played by Yujin Kitagawa..
She also appeared in the TV Asahi special that was aired in December, Danso no Reijin as Ri Kouran, a famous actress in China and the United States during the 1950's, while the lead role of Yoshiko Kawashima, announced earlier that year, had been taken by Meisa Kuroki . Ri Kouran, whose real name was Yoshiko Yamaguchi, had been rumoured to be closely linked to Kawashima at one point.
Towards the end of the year she had once again been chosen as the lead actress for a movie, this time a Hollywood-Japan collaboration movie directed by internationally-acclaimed director and self-confessed Japanese culture fanatic, Hans Canosa. She had been casted as Naomi, the female protagonist of Nakushita Kioku, the film adaptation of Gabrielle Zevin's popular novel, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (2007).. Ken'ichi Matsuyama and Jpop group NEWS' member Yuya Tegoshi also appear in the movie, which is slated to premiere on Fall 2009.
Horikita is also one of the six young female hosts of the radio show, GIRLS LOCKS!, a sub-portion of the Japanese radio program, SCHOOL OF LOCKS!, broadcasted by tfm. She usually gives her letter-senders a call as a form of reply and gives book recommendations to her listeners. Her stint is at ten in the evening, every third or fourth week of the month. Other hosts of this radio show include Yui Aragaki, Erika Toda, Chiaki Kuriyama, Nana Eikura and Riko Narumi.
She has also debuted as an anime seiyu for a Doraemon animated movie, Nobita and the Green Giant Legend 2008 as the young princess of the "Green Planet," who transfers all of Earth's plants there because of the Earth's advancing environmental destruction. 
On January 20, 2008, she did a public 'after-recording' at a studio in Meguro, Tokyo for the Doraemon movie, along with other guest voice actors like Maria Genesis (GT). She already has done a voice recording for a video game series, Professor Layton series since 2006, but she said it's harder to get used to dubbing in the animation, than it is for the game. She was asked who, in the Doraemon series, is her favorite type of a boy. She replied that she has a lot in common with Nobita; a similar interest in sleeping, string figures, and shooting (as seen in western movies).
Early 2009 she had also brought Japanese voice to the Belgian 3D animated movie Nat's Space Adventure 3D/Fly Me to the Moon, her voice being used as the voice over of the protagonist, a young male fly who was determined to explore the outer space.
- Nintendo GBA: Fire Emblem (2003)
- Nissinbo: Cotton Feel (2004)
- Fujifilm: Fujicolor (2004)
- Try@HOME: (2005)
- Lotte: Airs (2005)
- Suntory: Nacchan (2005)
- Lotte: Ghana (2006)
- Lotte: Ice Yogurt (2007)
- Shiseido: Seabreeze Deo & Water (2007)
- Lotte: Shasha (2007)
- KONAKA: KONAKA (2007)
- Suntory: White Nacchan (2008)
- Sound Shower Wedding Fashion Show (2008)
- Lotte: Gyugyutto (2008)
- NTT Docomo: A.042 (2008)
- Fujifilm: 10000 (2008)
- Suntory: Orange Nacchan (2008)
- Honda: STEP WGN (2008)
- BUMP OF CHICKEN: Namida no Furusato PV
- Remioromen: Sangatsu Kokonoka PV (2005)
- Janne Da Arc: Furimukeba PV (2006)
- Going Under Ground: Hatsu Koi (2008)
- Bijomegane 2
- NS Eyes
- Koisuru Nichiyoubi: Watashi, Koishita
- Shinkansen & Love
- Layton Kyoju Series (Voice of Luke)
- 47th Television Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Nobuta Wo Produce)
- 49th Television Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Kurosagi)
- 29th Japan Academy Awards: Best Newcomer (Always: Sunset on Third Street)
- MTV Student Voice Awards 2006: Best Teen Actress
- Japanese U-20 Scholar Idol Ranking 2007: Placed #4
- Beauty Week Award 2007: Most Stylish Hairstyle for Short Hair division
- 54th Television Academy Awards: Best Actress (Hanazakari no Kimitachi E)
- Vogue Nippon - Women of the Year 2007: One of the eleven recipients
- TV Life: Best Actress (Hanazakari no Kimitachi E)
- Japanese U-20 Scholar Idol Ranking 2008: Placed #2
- Jewelry Best Dresser (teens) for 2008, awarded by the Japan Jewelry Association.
- Oricon Chart Top 20-year-olds for 2008: Ranked 2nd
- Oricon Chart Ideal Women: Ranked 5th
Hanazakari no Kimitachi e Ikemen Paradise (花ざかりの君たちへ イケメン♂パラダイス ,Hanazakari no Kimitachi e Ikemen Paradaisu), also known as Ike-para, is a Japanese drama produced by Fuji Television and first aired on July 3, 2007. It is based on Hisaya Nakajo's manga, Hana-Kimi. Filming locations include the Ryutsu Keizai University.
A TV Special has already aired with the regular cast reprising their roles. The story starts off half a year after Mizuki's secret of being a girl has revealed. It is near Valentine's Day, and Sano and Nakatsu are talking about the last week of Summer vacation. This is when the story gets back to the last week of Summer holidays, which is between episode 7 and 8. The shooting started on March 19, 2008. A conference was held on September 18, 2008 announcing the completion of the special, subtitled Sotsugyoshiki & 7 to 1/2 wa Special (卒業式&7と1/2話スペシャル ).
The series has already been dramatized in Taiwan.
The drama is based on the popular manga of the same name by Nakajo Hisaya. Horikita plays the protagonist Ashiya Mizuki, a Japanese girl in the U.S. who one day sees the young athlete Sano Izumi compete in high jumping on television. She begins to idolize him. Sano gets injured one day in America while trying to help Mizuki escape from some gangsters. He stops high jumping ever since. Mizuki blames herself for the incident and decides to go to Japan and help Sano find his love for high jumping. However, Izumi goes to an all-boys school, so Mizuki disguises herself as a boy in order to meet with him again.
- Maki Horikita (堀北 真希 ,Horikita Maki) as Mizuki Ashiya (芦屋 瑞稀 ,Ashiya Mizuki)
- Shun Oguri (小栗 旬 ,Oguri Shun) as Izumi Sano (佐野 泉 ,Sano Izumi)
- Toma Ikuta (生田 斗真 ,Ikuta Toma) as Shuichi Nakatsu (中津 秀一 ,Nakatsu Shūichi)
- Hiro Mizushima (水嶋 ヒロ ,Mizushima Hiro) as Minami Nanba (難波 南 ,Nanba Minami)
- Yusuke Yamamoto (山本 裕典 ,Yamamoto Yūsuke) as Taiki Kayashima (萱島 大樹 ,Kayashima Taiki)
- Masaki Okada (岡田 将生 ,Okada Masaki) as Kyogo Sekime (関目 京悟 ,Sekime Kyōgo)
- Ryo Kimura (木村 了 ,Kimura Ryō) as Senri Nakao (中央 千里 ,Nakao Senri)
- Junpei Mizobata (溝端 淳平 ,Mizobata Junpei) as Kazuma Saga (嵯峨 和真 ,Saga Kazuma)
- Shunji Igarashi (五十嵐 隼士 ,Igarashi Shunji) as Shinji Noe (野江 伸二 ,Noe Shinji)
- Hiromi Sakimoto (崎本 大海 ,Sakimoto Hiromi) as Arata Kyobashi (京橋 新 ,Kyōbashi Arata)
- Shota Chiyo (千代 将太 ,Chiyo Shōta) as Taichi Yodoyabashi (淀屋橋 太壱 ,Yodoyabashi Taichi)
- Ryo Tajima (田島 亮 ,Tajima Ryō) as Jo Arashiyama (嵐山 譲 ,Arashiyama jō)
- Enoku Shimegi (標 永久 ,Shimegi Enoku) as Kyoichi Tannowa (淡輪 恭一 ,Tannowa Kyōichi)
- Hikaru Okada (岡田 光 ,Okada Hikaru) as Riku Takaida (高井田 睦 ,Takaida Riku)
- Jun Ikeda (池田 純 ,Ikeda Jun) as Itsuki Kamishinjo (上新庄樹 ,Kamishinjō Itsuki)
- Kota Suzuki (鈴木 康太 ,Suzuki Kōta) as Kanata Uenoshiba (上野芝 奏太 ,Uenoshiba Kanata)
- Keisuke Shibasaki (柴崎 佳佑 ,Shibasaki Keisuke) as Manato Minase (水無瀬 学人 ,Minase Manato)
- Yuma Ishigaki (石垣 佑磨 ,Ishigaki Yūma) as Megumi Tennōji (天王寺 恵 ,Tennōji Megumi)
- Mitsuomi Takahashi (高橋 光臣 ,Takahashi Mitsuomi) as Mitsuomi Daikokucho (大国町 光臣 ,Daikokuchō Mitsuomi)
- Kouhei Takeda (武田 航平 ,Takeda Kōhei) as Kohei Kitahanada (北花田 航平 ,Kitahanada Kōhei)
- Ryohei Suzuki (鈴木 亮平 ,Suzuki Ryōhei) as Soichiro Akashi (明石 総一郎 ,Akashi Sōichirō)
- Yuichi Sato (佐藤 雄一 ,Sato Yūichi) as Shota Tezukayama (帝塚山 翔太 ,Tezukayama Shōta)
- Sosuke Nishiyama (西山 宗佑 ,Nishiyama Sōsuke) as Soma Shichido (七道 宗磨 ,Shichidō Sōma)
- Ryo Hayakawa (早川 諒 ,Hayakawa Ryō) as Sakyo Gotenyama (御殿山 左京 ,Gotenyama Sakyō)
- Tatsuya Hagiwara (萩原 達也 ,Hagiwara Tatsuya) as Hiroto Ishikiri (石切 寛人 ,Ishikiri Hiroto)
- Koji Matsushita (松下 幸司 ,Matsushita Kōji) as Ren Shojaku (正雀 漣 ,Shōjaku Ren)
- Nobuo Kyo (姜 暢雄 ,Kyō Nobuo) as Masao Himejima (姫島 正夫 ,Himejima Masao) aka Oscar (オスカー).
- Keisuke Kato (加藤 慶祐 ,Katō Keisuke) as Hikaru Yao (八尾 光 ,Yao Hikaru)
- Toshihiko Watanabe (渡辺 俊彦 ,Watanabe Toshihiko) as Sho Imamiya (今宮 昇 ,Imamiya Shō)
- Yuta Takahashi (高橋 優太 ,Takahashi Yūta) as Haruki Shijo (四条 春樹 ,Shijō Haruki)
- Shoichi Matsuda (松田 祥一 ,Matsuda Shōichi) as Junnosuke Kuzuha (樟葉 淳之介 ,Kuzuha Junnosuke)
- Naoki Miyata (宮田 直樹 ,Miyata Naoki) as Tsukasa Saiin (西院 司 ,Saiin Tsukasa)
- Yasuhisa Furuhara (古原 靖久 ,Furuhara Yasuhisa) as Taiyo Ogimachi (扇町 太陽 ,Ōgimachi Taiyō)
- Naoya Ojima (尾嶋 直哉 ,Ojima Naoya) as Kohei Kaizuka (貝塚 こうへい ,Kaizuka Kōhei)
- Yuya Nakata (中田 祐矢 ,Nakata Yuya) as Ken Katabiranotsuji (帷子ノ辻 健 ,Katabiranotsuji Ken)
- Yu Kawakami (川上 祐 ,Kawakami Yū) as Genji Korien (香里園 源治 ,Kōrien Genji)
Toukyou High School
- Yuu Shirota (城田 優 ,Shirota Yū) as Makoto Kagurazaka (神楽坂 真言 ,Kagurazaka Makoto)
- Syunsuke Daitou (大東 俊介 ,Daitou Syunsuke) as Shin Sano (佐野 森 ,Sano Shin)
St. Blossom's High School
Hibari Hanayashiki and Hibari 4
- Mayuko Iwasa (岩佐 真悠子 ,Iwasa Mayuko) as Hibari Hanayashiki (花屋敷 ひばり ,Hanayashiki Hibari)
- Mirei Kiritani (桐谷 美玲 ,Kiritani Mirei) as Kanna Amagasaki (尼崎 カンナ ,Amagasaki Kanna)
- Airi Taira (平 愛梨 ,Taira Airi) as Erica Abeno (阿倍野 エリカ ,Abeno Erika)
- Madoka Matsuda (松田 まどか ,Matsuda Madoka) as Jyuri Kishinosato (岸里 樹里 ,Kishinosato Jyuri)
- Manami Kurose (黒瀬 真奈美 ,Kurose Manami) as Komari Imaike (今池こまり ,Imaike Komari)
- Seiko Matsuda (松田 聖子 ,Matsuda Seiko) as Principal Tsubaki (椿 校長 ,Tsubaki Kouchyou)
- Takashi Ukaji (宇梶 剛士 ,Ukaji Takashi) as Head teacher Saruwatari (猿渡 教頭 ,Saruwatari kyoutou)
- Susumu Kobayashi (小林 すすむ ,Kobayashi Susumu) as Yoshioka (吉岡 ,Yoshioka)
- Takaya Kamikawa (上川 隆也 ,Kamikawa Takaya) as Hokuto Umeda (梅田 北斗 ,Umeda Hokuto)
- Mahiru Konno (紺野まひる ,Konno Mahiru) as Akiha Hara (原 秋葉 ,Hara Akiha)
- Yoshinori Okada (岡田 義徳 ,Okada Yoshinori) as Shizuki Ashiya (芦屋 静稀 ,Ashiya Shizuki)
- Hajime Yamazaki (山崎 一 ,Yamazaki Hajime) as Takumi Ashiya (芦屋 拓見 ,Ashiya Takumi)
- Mariko Tsutsui (筒井 真理子 ,Tsutsui Mariko) as Eiko Ashiya (芦屋 英子 ,Ashiya Eiko)
- Yoko Moriguchi (森口 瑤子 ,Moriguchi Yōko) as Io Nanba (難波 伊緒 ,Nanba Io)
- Natsuki Harada (原田 夏希 ,Harada Natsuki) as Kanao Tanabe (田辺 可南子 ,Tanabe Kanako)
- Tetta Sugimoto (杉本 哲太 ,Sugimoto Tetta) as Takehiko Sano (佐野 岳彦 ,Sano Takehiko)
|Episode||Broadcast Date||Episode Title||Viewership|
|1||July 3, 2007||Getting into the Forbidden Boys' Dormitory||15.9%|
|2||July 10, 2007||Wrong Kiss||16.8%|
|3||July 17, 2007||Bizarre Big Brother||16.5%|
|4||July 24, 2007||Dangerous Three-Person Room||16.6%|
|5||July 31, 2007||Hopeless Coast Story||15.3%|
|6||August 7, 2007||The Beginning of Stormy Love||14.7%|
|7||August 14, 2007||Suddenly in Bed||14.7%|
|8||August 21, 2007||I Like Mizuki||17.5%|
|9||August 28, 2007||Exposed!||18.2%|
|10||September 4, 2007||Depend On Me||17.8%|
|11||September 11, 2007||I'll Jump for You||19.5%|
|Last||September 18, 2007||We'll Protect You||21.0%|
There are many differences from the manga and drama. The storyline of the drama is completely different from the manga. Though the concept and characters are the same, the story is described differently. For example Sano got injured from saving his friend, while in the drama he got injured from saving Mizuki. Genders are also different in the drama as well. Akira is suppose to be a guy, however the character is potrayed as a woman in the drama. In the manga Sano found out Mizuki's true gender when he accidentally "felt her up", but in the drama Sano finds out Mizuki's a girl when he overhears Mizuki talking to her brother. Nakatsu also found out about Mizuki's gender a lot earlier, while in the manga he finds out Mizuki's true gender along with everyone else.
- IKEMEN Boogie
- Men of Paradise
- Go to School!
- HA.NA.ZA Carnival
- Save Me
- Early Summer
- IKE-MEN 2007
- I can't tell you why
- Boyz be ambitious!
- Beautiful Enough
- Into a Nap
- Be Silent
- IKEMEN Boogie Nights
- I am Lady
- I can't tell you why (reprise)
- Sand Time
- Is This Spiritual
- Trap Happy
- PEACH (IKEMEN☆instrumental version)
- My Love by Kawashima Ai 
- Boom boom boom by Go Hiromi (not present in the TVB broadcast of the series)
- Paradise Ginga by Hikaru Genji
- Tomaranai Ha~Ha by Yazawa Eikichi
- Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne (Sakuranbo (さくらんぼ) by Otsuka Ai played alternatively in the TVB broadcast of the series)
- Airing date: March 24, 2008 to April 25, 2008
- Broadcast network: GMA Network 
- Theme song: PEACH by Ai Otsuka
- Airing date: May 4, 2008 to July 27, 2008
- Broadcast network: TVB Jade