Thursday, May 29, 2008
As promised: More Hayato Ichihara
I can hardly believe that it has been seven years since I was first impressed by Hayato Ichihara's performance in the beautiful and harrowing All About Lily Chou-Chou. Ichihara has become quite the heartthrob in Japan, working constantly in movies and TV, often playing the gorgeous but goofy type. Fans might want to seek out his TV mini-series Waterboys 2 (less a sequel than a remake of the 2001 movie Waterboys and its TV spin-off about high school boys forming a synchronized swimming team) in which he sports a Speedo for roughly half the running time. Not that anyone asked, but I'm not really wild about the blond hair.