• EXILE gets their first documentary film

     

    The popular music group EXILE will appear in their first documentary film, titled "EXILE PRIDE." The movie is set for a limited theatrical run, starting on February 5.
    "EXILE PRIDE" takes a behind-the-scenes look at the group, especially its leader HIRO. As HIRO explained, the group hopes that the movie can express their "thoughts" and "beliefs" that they can’t express through their works and live performances. The documentary will start with their activities around March 2009, when they merged with J Soul Brothers and became a 14-member group.
    The movie is being directed by Koichi Makino, who is also handling composition, cinematography, and editing. To capture everything, Makino even accompanied HIRO on the performer’s overseas trips to places such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Hawaii.
    EXILE had a big year in 2010, including a stadium tour that drew an estimated 1.1 million people and their third consecutive win at the Japan Record Awards. They recently announced five major projects for 2011, not including this movie.

     

    Source: Tokyograph

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  • HIRO and Aya Ueto Living Together?

     

    Back in October, news outlets began reporting that actress Aya Ueto (25) and EXILE member HIRO (41) had started dating. In this week’s issue of FRIDAY, it is now being claimed that Ueto has moved into an apartment in the same building as HIRO’s, but on a different floor.
    FRIDAY reports that Ueto has been frequently in and out of the apartment building where HIRO lives. According to the magazine, she recently became a tenant in that building, though she is still living separately from HIRO.
    Sankei Sports followed up with Ueto’s agency, Oscar Promotion, which said that the news is not exactly true. The company explained that the apartment is actually leased by Oscar Promotion and is not Ueto’s private residence. The agency also said that other talents besides Ueto use the apartment. When asked about Ueto and HIRO’s relationship, the company simply restated that it is leaving her private life alone.
    However, Sankei Sports also contacted HIRO’s management, whose comments suggest that the relationship is progressing. "Both of them are supported by many people, and they have a social responsibility in their position. When conditions are ready for a solid announcement to be made, it will be announced then, so until that time please warmly watch over them."
    Based on that quote, it appears that the two could be headed for marriage, and that arrangements are perhaps already being made to prepare for such an announcement.

     

    Source: Tokyograph

    My personal opinion: I really think this is just a rumor. From the very start, the idea that Aya will date another guy right after a relationship that lasted 8 years is absurd. But who knows?

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  • HIRO Dating Aya Ueto?

     

     

    Just a couple weeks ago, it was learned that Aya Ueto (25) and V6′s Go Morita (31) broke up after an 8-year relationship. At the time, it was said that neither side had found a new lover, but news reports today claim that Ueto is now dating EXILE leader HIRO (41).
    Ueto and HIRO have known each other since 1999, when HIRO gave her dance instruction in preparation for her singing debut. At that time, Ueto was 13 years old and in junior high, while HIRO was 29 years old and forming the EXILE predecessor J Soul Brothers. Although their relationship was primarily a student-teacher one, Ueto also thought of HIRO as an older brother. Over the years, Ueto has often been seen at EXILE concerts, and she is also good friends with the group’s other members.
    Ueto and HIRO’s friendship is said to have turned into a romance around July of this year. Ueto and Morita broke up in May, despite Ueto’s strong desire to get married. HIRO, on the other hand, has been hard at work as EXILE’s leader and president of their management agency. His last reported relationship was with actress Mayumi Sada (33), but they broke up in 2007.
    A representative for HIRO simply said that the two are good friends. Ueto’s agency said that it has not heard about the relationship and is leaving Ueto’s private matters alone now that she is an adult.

     

    Source: Tokyograph

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