Takako Uehara gets first starring role in “Koitanibashi” movie

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 木曜日, 1月 20, 2011 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

Takako Uehara

Takako Uehara (上原多香子),28, has been given her first starring role in a movie. She will headline the cast of “Koitanibashi: La Vallee de l’amour,” directed by Koichi Goto, set for release this summer.

Uehara, born in Okinawa is a J-pop singer and a member of the group Speed.She is also a highly sought after model endorsing many famous brands such as Shiseido mainly on Proudia & Tsubaki Shampoo, Dunlop Tyres, NTT DoCoMo, FujiFilm FinePix Camera, SAGAWA, FamilyMart, KC Card, Meiji Chocolate, NEC FOMA and other food & beverages. Her most popular campaign was when she teamed up with Vivian Hsu to promote Shiseido’s ‘Proudia’ range of products aimed at the more youthful market. Uehara has also been a favorite pinup model among teenage men.

As an actress, Uehara won a Japan Academy Prize Rookie of the Year award for her role in the 1999 movie “Dream Maker.” She has appeared in several other films since then, with her last one being the 2008 movie “Yume no Manimani.”

In “Koitanibashi,” Uehara plays Tomoko, a young woman who had headed to Tokyo to pursue her dreams but returns in frustration to her hometown. There, she becomes an okami (proprietress) at a hot spring inn and turns her life around. The story is based on “Ame no Naka no Hatsukoi: First Love in the Rain,” a script that won the 1st Super Scenario Grand Prix.

Dream Maker Trailer (1999)

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