by Chris MaGee
It was just a few days ago that news came down about the singing debut of "Battle Royale" actress Chiaki Kuriyama (scroll down the page a bit or click here for details), so I thought, "What?! Again?!" when I came across a video which features another Japanese star stepping up to the microphone to do a bit of crooning. This time around it's screen tough guy Sho Aikawa showing his softer side as he sings "Ikite iru koto ga ii (It's Good To Live)" the theme song for the upcoming Aozora Daichi manga adaptation "Konchu Tantei Yoshida Yoshimi". As we reported at the beginning of December this new comedy will reunite Aikawa with Sakichi Sato the director of the 2005 horror/ comedy "Tokyo Zombie" (as well as the screenwriter for Takashi Miike's "Gozu") and will feature the 48-year-old star as a detective who has the unique talent of being able to speak with insects. This ability helps him in solving crimes, and is doubtless a pretty impressive party trick. The clip from Japanese television has been been slapped with the dreaded "Embedding disabled by request" on YouTube so to see it, hear it, and check out a press conference that features footage from the film just click here. While you're at it Kevin Ouellette has snagged the full theatrical trailer for "Konchu Tantei Yoshida Yoshimi" and posted it over at Nippon Cinema. Head over to see the action, explosion and which other animals start talking to Aikawa's character.
"Konchu Tantei Yoshida Yoshimi" is set to hit Japanese theatres on March 17th.