Few Japanese movies see the light of day outside of its home country, much less screened simultaneous both in Japan and abroad like director Naoto Kumazawa’s (Kimi ni Todoke live-action) latest film, Jinx!!! — the movie is slated to hit cinemas in Japan, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan all at the same time come Autumn 2013.

Then again, Jinx!!! isn’t your typical Japanese movie.

Starring Hyomin, a member of K-Pop idol group sensation T-ara, with co-stars Kurumi Shimizu (Mika Miyabe in The Kirishima Thing, also known as Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo) and Kento Yamazaki (Koichi Sakakibara in the live-action adaptation of novel and anime series Another), the movie is a cross-border production that will be shot not only in Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture, but also in South Korea.

In Jinx!!!, T-ara’s Hyomin plays the role of university exchange student Ji-Ho, who in turn plays matchmaker to Kurumi Shimizu and Kento Yamazaki’s characters – Kaede and Yusuke respectively – when she notices that the two have feelings for each other.

Her goal of getting Kaede and Yusuke into a relationship will not be easy, however, as the two are not honest with themselves. In fact they’re pretty bad at letting their affection for one another show.

That said, Ji-Ho has a plan. One that will culminate in a Korean style romance unfolding between the two Japanese natives, all in the hopes of Kaede and Yusuke finally working up the courage to confess their love for one another and be together.

Will Ji-Ho succeed? You’ll just have to find out when the film hits cinemas here in Singapore later this year.


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