Maki Horikita to star as Joan of Arc

Japanese actress Maki Horikita will make her stage show debut, starring as French heroin Saint Joan of Arc.

Maki Horikita and Hideaki Ito

Actor Hideaki Ito will be her co-star.

Maki Horikita is homeless

Japanese actress Maki Horikita, 20, will play a homeless girl in Fuji TV’s new drama from April.

Japanese actress Maki Horikita

In the new drama, which is not yet titled, Horikita will play a girl who becomes homeless due to her deceased father’s debt. She then marries a rich man who later dies of an illness, leaving behind six adopted children.

Horikita said, “When I saw my photo on the poster, my dirty appearance made me feel something that I had never experienced before.”

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Kimutaku is Japanese TV commercial king

Japanese star Takuya Kimura was the most popular male personality in TV commercials in 2008. Kimutaku appeared in 10 TV commercials last year and tied with ex-professional tennis player Shuzo Matsuoka at the top spot.

Japanese artist Takuya Kimura

The most popular female personality in TV commercials in 2008 is Becky, who appeared in 14 TV commercials.

Male personalities – Takuya Kimura (10) – Shuzo Matsuoka (10) – Shingo Katori (9) – Hiroshi Tamaki (8) – Sekai no Nabeastu (8) – Shun Oguri (7) – Junichi Okada (7) – Shosuke Tanihara (7) – Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (7) – Senichi Hoshino (7) – Tomoya Nagase (7) – Tomohisa Yamashita (7)

Female Personalities – Becky (14) – Saki Aibu (11) – Yukie Nakama (10) – Aya Ueto (10) – Ryoko Shinohara (10) – Maki Horikita (10) – Aoi Miyazaki (10) – Yuri Ebihara (9) – Yuki Amami (8) – Norika Fujiwara (8) – Miho Kanno (8) – Yu Aoi (8)