Friday, June 28, 2013
New film Galileo 2: Manatsu no Houteishiki
Japanese actor Fukuyama Masaharu arrived in Hong Kong last night to promote his film, Galileo 2: Manatsu no Houteishiki. He attracted over 400 fans who came to the airport for his arrival. Fukuyama appeared very friendly throughout, waving at his fans and greeting everyone in Cantonese. This is Fukuyama's first time in Hong Kong for work. His 3-day visit will include a press conference this afternoon, followed by the Hong Kong premiere of his movie in Tsim Sha Tsui. Fans will be able to catch him on the red carpet this evening. Fukuyama arrived in Hong Kong yesterday night at 8:25pm. Even though he exited through a private corridor, fans quickly caught whiff of the news and flocked over to greet him, packing both sides of the walkway. Some fans already arrived at the airport at 3pm. There were fans who came from Chongqing, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Guangdong to see him. Many held signs with greetings written in Chinese. Airport staff set up rails along the pathway to help maintain control, while there were also 12 security guards on hand. Fukuyama emerged wearing a t-shirt and jeans with a black jacket on top. He was holding flowers he received from staff members and had a smile on his face the entire time as fans called out his name. He happily obliged with the media's request for photos. Even though staff members had said that he wouldn't be accepting any interviews, when he saw reporters waiting for him, he took initiative to greet them in Cantonese. Later he switched to Japanese and expressed how happy he was seeing his fans. Afterward he was led out by his staff members, but continued waving at his fans, even the ones standing far off on the top floor. He was led to an awaiting vehicle and waved to his fans one last time before stepping inside. According to reports, Fuji TV specially sent a camera crew to record Fukuyama's visit to Hong Kong. After being dropped off at his hotel, Fukuyama was accompanied by his staff for dinner at the Prince Restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui. After dinner he returned to his hotel to rest. This business trip to Hong Kong will be the first for Fukuyama after debuting 23 years ago. While there were rumours that he had planned to visit Hong Kong back in 2011, the trip was cancelled due to the 311 earthquake. His first order of business was to taste local delicacies. Today, he will begin a series of promotions for his film. Fukuyama is scheduled to depart tomorrow and will continue his promotions in Taiwan July 4. Galileo 2: Manatsu no Houteishiki will be released June 29 simultaneously in Japan and Hong Kong. Fukuyama already completed the premiere screening in Tokyo's Roppongi Hills. He was accompanied by actress Yoshitaka Yuriko and director Nishitani Hiroshi. The premiere attracted over 600 fans.