Ran Ito, appearing on NHK’s Kohaku Uta Gassen for the first time in 46 years, reveals the truth about Candies’ breakup upon her return to acting. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Ran Ito, appearing on NHK’s Kohaku Uta Gassen for the first time in 46 years, reveals the truth about Candies’ breakup upon her return to acting.

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Ran Ito (right) attends the press conference announcing the production of the film “Hippocrates. With Masato Furuya (left) and director Kazuki Omori (center)… (’80)

Ran Ito charmed the audience and Candies fans at the 74th Kohaku Uta Gassen on NHK last New Year’s Eve by singing “Candies 50th Anniversary SP Medley,” which included the hits “Younger Boys,” “Ace of Hearts Won’t Come Out,” and “Haruichi Ban. It was her first appearance in Kohaku in 46 years, and her first as a solo artist.

The Candies, Ran-chan (Ito Ran, 22 at the time), Sue-chan (Tanaka Yoshiko, 21), and Miki (Fujimura Miki, 21), had been taking the world by storm with their numerous hits, and on July 17, 1997, at the end of their concert at Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall, which was packed with 40,000 enthusiastic fans, they performed “Ace no Ace” and “Haru Ichiban. At the end of the concert

Candy’s has decided to disband.

and the three members broke down in tears.

The audience was in an uproar at the sudden announcement of the breakup, and at a press conference the next day, the three members said

I want to be a normal girl again.

The next day at a press conference, the three said, “We want to be normal girls again,” which became a popular phrase at the time.

At the end of that year, Candy’s made their final appearance on NHK’s Kohaku (red and white) TV program, and the following year, 1978, they held “sayonara concerts” in eight cities across Japan, the final one being held at Korakuen Stadium on April 4, 1978.

The final concert was held at Korakuen Stadium on April 4 of the same year. 55,000 people packed the stadium and sang for three hours in an unusually hot atmosphere. Tens of thousands of paper tapes were flying in the air.

We were so happy.

and the three left the stage, bringing the curtain down on the four-and-a-half-year career of the national idol group Candy’s. After graduating from the idol group, the three went on to become highly acclaimed actresses.

Two years later, in March ’80, Ran Ito returned as an actress in the TBS drama “Whisper of Spring”. She also appeared in the film “Hippocrates” (directed by Kazuki Omori). And when she was selected for the role of Madonna in Shochiku’s “Otoko wa Tsuraiyo Tora Jiro Kamome Uta”, the 25th film in the Tora-san series, I interviewed her at a restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo.

Tosa no Ippon Zuri” starring Yoshiko Tanaka, who also returned that year, was screened at the same time, and the two “starring” together became the talk of the town.

Hippocrates” was the start of a comeback for me,” said Tora-san, “because it was the perfect match between what I wanted to do and Omori’s film. I was very lucky to end the year with Tora-san’s Madonna.

He rejoiced.

I was also told that I “couldn’t go back to being a normal girl” when I made my comeback,

But in the end, our goal was to break up Candies, and the three of us said that if there was something we really wanted to do after the breakup, we would do it even if we had to be on our own.

He also revealed the “truth” behind Candies’ breakup.

As for the Candies, he said

I want to keep them as wonderful memories in a tiny box with a beautiful ribbon tied around it. Tie a beautiful ribbon around it.

I was impressed by his words.

There had been rumors of a romance with a musician.

I was so mad. Even though there is nothing going on. I’m not thinking about marriage for the time being.

She was burning for her work as an actress. It was nine years later, in 1989, that she married Yutaka Mizutani.

Kiyoshi Atsumi, who co-starred with her in the aforementioned “Otoko wa Tsuraiyo” (Otoko wa Tsuraiyo), said

Atsumi Kiyoshi, who co-starred with her in the aforementioned “Otoko wa Tsuraiyo,” praised the actress, saying, “She never gets up in front of the camera and never misses a line.

Director Yamada also praised Atsumi’s performance. Director Yamada also praised her.

Director Yamada also praised her, saying, “She is an actor who can express herself with her body and her sensibility.

Yamada also praised her as “an actor who can express herself with her body and sensitivity. She continued to appear in numerous dramas and films and flourished as an actress.

In 1919, she released the album “My Bouquet” and made her debut as a solo singer for the first time in 41 years since the breakup of Candy’s. She also went on a concert tour. She also went on a concert tour. Her “two-faced” style as both an actress and a singer is expected to lead to further success.

  • Text Ryo Sakamoto (Writer, former head of the Culture and Society Department of Tokyo Sports Newspaper)

    Writes articles on entertainment, movies, Hollywood information, etc., including the web magazine "PlusαToday". Member of the Japan Film Pen Club

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