Today actress Kitagawa Keiko (24) made a special appearance at the “17th Kobe Collection 2010 Autumn/Winter” fashion show. Her walk on the runway was filmed by 11 cameras and will become one of many highlights in her upcoming movie “Paradise Kiss”.

The surprise appearance at the fashion show had to be done without a rehearsal. Kitagawa was really delighted when everything ended without problems and amazed by the reaction from the audience. She said, “I’ve never had such an experience before. You can’t imagine how nervous I was. I wonder how this scene will turn out and can’t wait to watch it at the screen.”

“Paradise Kiss” is a movie based on a manga by Yazawa Ai who also created manga such as “Nana” and “Neighborhood Story”. Hayasaka Yukari (Kitagawa) is a typical high-school student who listens to her parents and attends school everyday. As she starts to question her way of life, she encounters a group of fashion design students who has a clothing label known as “Paradise Kiss”. The group needs to find a model to showcase their designs in an up-coming fashion show and decides to pick Yukari instead. Initially, Yukari was reluctant to be associated with this seemingly eccentric group, but eventually, she realizes that they are really nice people. Furthermore, their passion and enthusiasm to follow their ideals and dreams make Yukari realize that she has not been enjoying her life and this motivated her to pursue her own dreams.

The scene they filmed today will be part of the climax when Yukari already became a well-known model. The producers of the movie had been in negotiations with the organizers of Kobe Collection for 2 years just to be able to film that scene during the actual fashion show.

Around 10,000 people came to watch the newest fashion presented by over 100 models. It’s always a huge show with music being one of the key elements. This time the audience was able to see live performance from Uemura Kana, Kobukuro and more. Kitagawa disguised as Yukari was the last model to walk along the runway. “We can’t do a rehearsal and I’m a little anxious, but I can’t wait to get out there and walk…,” she said before her walk. She wore a dress made by the fictional brand “Filange by L’SET ROSE” and finished her performance without any mistakes. “It was over in a blink of a time!” She said right after coming down from the stage. “The audience was great and it was a lot of fun.”

Mukai Osamu will play the male lead while the rest of the cast includes actors such as Yamamoto Yusuke, Igarashi Shunji, Omasa Aya, Kaku Kento and Kato Natsuki.

“Paradise Kiss” is planned to open in Japan in spring 2011

Source – KawaiJoyuu