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Mauve

Grand opening of the new Aoyama nightclub

Future Pirates president and “hyper media creator” Tsuyoshi Takashiro
Singer Maki Nomiya (center) and friends
Dengeki Network leader Nanbu Torata
Music producer Nick Wood

Photos courtesy of TAU

 


star struck

Will power

Gadget lover Will Smith kicks some serious android ass in I, Robot

By Chris Betros

Will Smith loves three things with a passion—sushi, gadgetry and Japanese women. The 36-year-old star of I, Robot was in great form this month on his sixth visit to Japan, during which he stuffed himself with sushi at breakfast and dinner, and walked the red carpet at Roppongi Hills with the likes of the Kano sisters, Yumiko Shaku, Erika Haneda and Don Konishi.

“This is a really complete film,” he says of I, Robot, a high-tech murder mystery based on the book of short stories by Isaac Asimov. “It’s got laughs, drama, a powerful and intellectual story at its center and the greatest special effects possible.” The year is 2035 and robots are an integral part of everyday life. Detective Del Spooner (Smith) doesn’t like them and starts getting bad vibes when one of the more sophisticated models is suspected of killing a human, which is supposed to be impossible according to their programming.

Spooner is an old-fashioned cop who still listens to Stevie Wonder and prefers human interaction any day. “I’m the opposite,” said Smith. “I love technology. I gotta have the latest, state-of-the-art gadgetry 100 percent… This film looks at the limits of human logic, the parameters of what distinguishes a human from a robot. I’d love to have a robot, preferably a woman who I could go on long walks with, or a golf caddy.”

I, Robot, which Smith also produced, is yet another in his list of special effects-laden films. “They are really a long process,” he said. “In this film, some scenes are more than 90 percent CGI. Sometimes there is nothing there but me. The enjoyment comes when you see it all put together months later.” Smith, known for playing happy-go-lucky guys who save the day, said he has three rules for choosing projects. “It must be a movie that people want to see; I have to play a character who has problems; and I have to be naked in the first scene,” he joked.

Smith has been so busy with his film career of late that he has been neglecting his music, which launched him on his showbiz career as a high school senior. Will we still be listening to his rap music in the year 2035 like his character does with Stevie Wonder in I, Robot? “Are you kidding? It’s only 2004 and a lot of my music isn’t around anymore,” he said ruefully.

What is around him, though, are lots of Japanese women. “I love Japanese women,” he gushed. “Wait a minute, I can just see the headline on CNN tonight: ‘Will Smith goes crazy in Japan,’ and my wife will see it. Let’s just say I love how respectful Japanese women are of my marriage.”

Photo credit: Chris Betros

 

 


q&a

Catherine Kobayashi

If you ever tune into the K.C. morning show weekdays on 76.1 InterFM (www.interfm.co.jp) from 6-10am, you'll hear Catherine Kobayashi presenting the news and entertainment segments, among other topics. She also does the Better English with Catherine segment six times a day on weekdays. Originally from Vancouver, Kobayashi is a familiar voice (and face), having worked as a lifestyle/cultural reporter for NHK, an MC on SmaSTATION! with SMAP's Shingo Katori, an entertainment reporter for TV Asahi and a columnist for the magazine Sunday Mainichi. She has also emceed Konishiki's wedding reception and Metropolis' popular Halloween party for the past few years.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO JAPAN?
I used to come on race queen jobs for Formula Nippon during my summer breaks-yes, I carried an umbrella. I soon came to realize I didn't know anything about my Japanese roots (my parents emigrated from Japan) and decided to come back to experience something different from Vancouver.

WHAT WAS KONISHIKI'S WEDDING RECEPTION LIKE?
Exciting. It was on a huge cruise ship with different themes on each floor. Sumo wrestlers were there to congratulate him; many Hawaiian dancers and musicians were performing.

WHO WERE YOUR MOST MEMORABLE INTERVIEWS?
George Lucas; Mamoru Mohri, because he was the first Japanese to fly aboard the space shuttle; and Britney Spears, because my youngest sis thought that was "way cool."

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK.
It's called Better English with Catherine (Gakken Publishing). It will come out on September 28. I tried to keep it a fun and easy, entertaining read. There's a CD, too.

WHAT'S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU'VE EVER DONE IN JAPAN?
Cycling from Hiroo to Yokohama with six friends in 39C heat.

WHAT'S THE WEIRDEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO YOU?
I fell in between the train and the platform at Shibuya station. No, I wasn't drunk.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO CHANGE ABOUT JAPAN?
I love it here, so nothing much…but I might encourage some people to be less shy. If someone falls between the platform and train, you can lend a hand. CB

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