Atsuko Maeda, the former leader of the uber-popular J-pop idol group AKB48, made her first trip to Taiwan over the weekend only to be greeted by numerous fans as she attended the premiere of her debut movie, Kuroyuri Danchi. While 21 year old Maeda “graduated” from the girl group in August of last year, a crowd of over 1,000 AKB48 fans were waiting at the Taipei airport to see her step off the plane.
Arriving in Taiwan on Saturday, this marked Maeda’s first trip overseas since leaving AKB48. Joining her for the premiere was costar Hiroki Narimiya and the movie’s director, Hideo Nakata, who is widely known for directing the international Japanese horror hit Ringu (known in the West as The Ring). On Sunday, a press conference was held where Maeda addressed fans in Chinese, saying “I never had the chance to visit Taiwan when I was in the group. But here I am. Finally I get to see all of you” while sporting a traditional Chinese-styled dress.
Kuroyuri Danchi is scheduled to be formally released in Taiwan on May 31st. The horror flick tells the story of a run-down housing complex, known as Kuroyuri Danchi, where people have been mysteriously dying for the last 13 years. Maeda plays a young woman who moves into the complex without knowing its history, and eventually finds the deceased trying to communicate with her. Narimiya plays a man who tries to come to her aid by using his own unique experiences with the dead.
[via Jpop Asia]