New 90-Second Trailer, Key Visual Released for DEEMO: Memorial Keys

21.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

DEEMO: Memorial Keys is scheduled to release in select locations nationwide on February 25, 2022, and a new key visual and 90-second trailer filled with brand-new footage just dropped!

 

The key visual was created by Mebachi, a popular illustrator known for creating the character designs for both DEEMO and the ending animation of Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club.

 

Against the backdrop of the castle where Deemo lives, a spiral staircase made of piano keys leads guests to a mysterious world. Alice, the main heroine, and Deemo, the masked girl, along with other characters are seen gazing up at the sky. Cherry blossom petals and light pour down from above in this emotional key visual that perfectly encapsulates the story’s world.

 

DEEMO tells the story of a girl who falls from the sky. She has no memories and finds herself traversing a strange castle. The sound of piano rings out, and the girl must discover the truth of who she is, and where she finds herself.

 

DEEMO: Memorial Keys Trailer

 

Based on the popular DEEMO mobile game, many famous tracks from the title will appear in the movie, so fans shouldn’t miss it!

 

ⓒRayark Inc./「DEEMO THE MOVIE」製作委員会

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    20.January.2023 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    The film Doraemon: Nobita’s Sky Utopia will be released on March 3, 2023. The 42nd Doraemon movie follows Doraemon, Nobita, and his friends as they venture off to find Utopia, a perfect land in the sky where everyone lines in joy and happiness. They do so using an airship with a time warp function on their adventure, and to commemorate the film’s release, the Flying Doraemon Project began on January 14. A real-life 17-meter-long Doraemon blimp will soon appear in the sky, and fans are being asked to decide on a name for the craft.

     

    The blimp, inspired by the Doraemon movie, will feature popular characters including Nobita, Shizuka, Suneo, and Gian. The blimp is the largest unmanned airship in Japan.

    The message of the Flying Doraemon Project is to convey the feeling that in this day and age, children and adults alike can once again look upward and move forward toward their hopes and dreams.

     

    Fans are asked to contribute ideas for the blimps name during the application period. Check the website for more details!

  • Natsume Mito to Appear in Upcoming Film ‘Kono Chiisana Te’

    18.January.2023 | MOVIE

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    This is the feature-length debut of director Hiroyuki Nakada, who previously worked as an assistant director on films such as Love is Light and Tsukuritai Onna to Tabetai Onna.

     

    <Comment from Director Hiroyuki Nakada>

    “What is a father?

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    <Story>
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    Desperate, Kazuma gradually realizes that there are people who care for him and want the best for his life. Determined, he sets out to repair his bond with his daughter.

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    (C)映画「この小さな手」製作委員会

  • SSSS.GRIDMAN Compilation Film Bonuses Revealed

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    Based on the Tsuburaya Productions Gridman live-action tokusatsu series from 1993, the
    SSSS.GRIDMAN anime series aired in October 2018. A sequel, SSSS.DYNAZENON, followed in April 2021.

     

    Ahead of the release of GRIDMAN UNIVERSE, an all-new anime film coming in March, both SSSS.GRIDMAN and SSSS.DYNAZENON will be getting compilation films. Each will only be
    in theaters for two weeks.

     

    劇場総集編『SSSS.GRIDMAN』

    The SSSS.GRIDMAN film will be in theaters starting January 20. Those buying tickets will
    receive a special illustration card with a voice drama created by Akira Amemiya, the director of the SSSS series, while supplies last. The title of the drama is Hinekuremono Demo (Even if You’re Cynical) starring Soma Saito (Sho Utsumi) and Hass (Akari Kito).

     

    The newly-revealed illustration card’s design features Yuta Hibiki, Sho Utsumi, Rikka
    Takarada, and Akane Shinjo happily snapping photos.

     

    SSSS.DYNAZENON will be released for two weeks starting March 10, and those buying
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    The SSSS.GRIDMAN compilation film is being directed by Yoshiyuki Kaneko, who served as assistant director on the anime series. The film will show a somewhat new interpretation of the story under his new direction. Both compilation films will include extra footage leading
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    ©円谷プロ ©2023 TRIGGER・雨宮哲/「劇場版グリッドマンユニバース」製作委員会

  • Additional Voice Cast Announced for Upcoming DEEMO Memorial Keys Anime Film

    01.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Western video game fans aren’t as obsessed with mobile games as those in the East, but Deemo is one title that has crossed borders. The rhythm game was originally released in 2013 and has been downloaded over 28 million times worldwide on iOS and Android, with Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 ports coming in 2017. Announced in 2019, DEEMO Memorial Keys is an animated film inspired by the rhythm game due to release across Japan on February 25, 2022. Previously announced voice cast members include Ayana Taketatsu and Akari Nibu of idol group Hinatazaka46. In addition, Gaku Hamada, Naomi Watanabe, Issey Ogata, Kouhei Matsushita, and Koichi Yamadera have been added to the cast list. 

     

     

     

    Gaku Hamada will play Mirai, a stuffed cat living in the mysterious castle that Alice, played by Ayana Taketatsu, falls into. He is the leader of the three dolls following Alice on her adventure, along with the Nutcracker and Fragrant Sachet. These characters accompany Alice through the castle as she attempts to retrieve her lost memories. 

     

    Naomi Watanabe will take on the role of the Fragrant Sachet, the calmest and most fashionable of the three dolls. The elderly Nutcracker will be performed by Issey Ogata, who is sure to make audiences cringe with his dad jokes. The actor noted that he played the role using his entire body during recording. 

     

    Kohei Matsushita plays Hans, a master pianist who lost his parents and currently lives with his aunt and baby sister. The actor played the piano during the recording process, channeling the spirit of the character into his music. Alice’s piano teacher Professor Valensky is played by Koichi Yamadera. 

     

     

    Comment from Gaku Hamada (Mirai): 

    Mirai looks cute, but he has a bad mouth and constantly pokes fun at the other characters. I felt it was an important role, and I was lucky–everyone had already recorded their lines by the time I was in the booth, so it was much easier to get into the right headspace. Hearing everyone’s voices helped me to relax and inspired me to do my best, just like Alice in the film. This movie was created by a group of real Japanese pros. I did my best to infuse Mirai with my own unique personality, so I hope you enjoy it! 

     

     

    Comment from Naomi Watanabe (Fragrant Sachet): 

    This was a type of character I had never played before, so it took me a while to get the role down. So much of the film’s story depended on her lines, and I was constantly nervous that my voice was shaking or that I was slurring my words. I wanted to give her a more gentle voice, and finding the right balance was really tough. The real world is tough these days, and DEEMO is a film that I could so easily lose myself in. I want people who don’t play music games or who have never heard of DEEMO to see it. It’s a movie that reminds me of emotions I haven’t felt since I was a child. 

     

     

    Comment from Issey Ogata (Nutcracker): 

    The film tells the story about the heart. It’s a film that allows a person to look within, and to stop and have a conversation with themselves. A new DEEMO will be born! This is DEEMO! I hope that those coming to the theater take the time to think deeply about their own feelings. 

     

     

    Comment from Kohei Matsushita (Hans): 

    Working on DEEMO was my first experience with dubbing, so I was nervous, but the director gave me lots of detailed instructions that made it so much easier. I learned so much. This film has elements of music, movies, and games, so I think it will be entertaining to lots of different people. With so many possibilities, I hope DEEMO will inspire people to dive into the world of music–and the world of anime as well. 

     

    An English-subtitled trailer is available to watch on the Pony Canyon Anime YouTube channel. It was originally screened at Anime ExpoLite 2021 in July. 

     

    ⓒ2021 Rayark Inc./「DEEMO THE MOVIE」製作委員会

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    Selected Films

     

    La La Land (with subtitles) – November 19, 2021

    © 2017 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

     

     

    The Secret Life of Pets 2 (dubbed) – November 20, 2021

    © 2019 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

     

     

    A Whisker Away – November 21, 2021

    © 2020「泣きたい私は猫をかぶる」製作委員会

     

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    Special Movie:https://www.marcjacobs.jp/contents/heaven.php

     

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  • My Film Recommendation: Pulled Into the Story by Minami Hamabe’s Character in Let Me Eat Your Pancreas

    29.September.2020 | FEATURES / MOVIE

    ASOBINEXT is a new project launched by event management and talent agency ASOBISYSTEM, which is known for managing artists like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The project aims to create next generation icons who will promote their unique personalities and outlooks to the world using social media and in turn bring about new forms of culture.

    As part of ASOBINEXT, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON will be publishing content from each talent that is tied to ASOBINEXT in the form of their favourite and recommended things. Today, we are joined by ASOBINEXT’s Haruna Tamura, an actor and YouTuber, whose film recommendation in this edition is the live-action adaptation of Let Me Eat Your Pancreas.


    Synopsis

    The story is centred on two individuals who, at the start of their relationship had never really spoken about anything in particular… initially. “Me,” the male protagonist in the film, comes across a diary in a hospital waiting room and discovers it belongs to his classmate Sakura Yamauchi. He learns in the diary that she has a pancreatic illness.

    Sakura is a very popular girl in Me’s class, and he never thought she would be suffering from such a fatal illness. She had kept it a secret, with only the people in her family knowing about it. And so begins a bittersweet love story between the plain and simple Me and Sakura, his complete opposite who is the popular one of the class.

    Cast 

    There are different cast members in Let Me Eat Your Pancreas for playing both the present and past selves of the characters.

     

    The characters of the past, 12 years ago, are played by the following: Minami Hamabe as Sakura Yamauchi, Takumi Kitamura as Me/Haruki Shiga, Karen Otomo as Kyoko, and Yuma Yamoto as Gamu-kun.

     

    This film marked the first time Minami and Takumi had starred in film together, and it was a huge success amongst viewers who shed tears at the relationship between the ill-stricken girl, and the boy who found her diary that details her experiences of living with said illness.

     

    Playing the characters of the present is: Shun Oguri as Haruki Shiga, Keiko Kitagawa as Kyoko, and Yusuke Kamiji as Gamu-kun. Comments from viewers who have watched the film often pointed towards how Shun and Yusuke gave authentic performances of Haruki and Gamu-kun grown-up together, and how they Keiko Kitagawa’s dress was spot on. I was drawn in by how they all knew each other at school.

    My Favourite Part

    The highlight of the film for me which I want to point out to everyone is Minami Hamabe’s portrayal of Sakura Yamauchi. She purposely puts energy into her performance, and that really left an impression on me. The world of the movie and the real world are two completely different things. Of course, this character doesn’t really exist, but when I watched the performance I felt I understood her. There was a real affinity there. As the story progresses, so too does the illness grow more serious, so what I want is for people to pay attention to her facial expressions, her demeanour, and such, as that happens.

     

    Wrapping Up

    I first watched this film when I was a 3rd year high school student. Since the film is set in the same school year, the story had an even greater impact on me. I was able to learn the bittersweet-ness of romance as well as the preciousness of life. To this day, I think it remains my favourite film.

     

    I was captured by the array of emotions that Minami Hamabe portrays in particular. There are a lot of parts that I can relate to from being a student to becoming an adult. It’s a very easy story to get behind, so if you’re reading this, I’d love it if you checked it out.

     

    Minami Hamabe and Takumi Kitamura are also starring in the film Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare which is showing now too. I want to go and see it for myself to see how they have both grown.

     

    Haruna Tamura

    Actor and YouTuber. He has played major roles in drama series and films and has over 1 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. He is working towards appearing at Fun Fest. He’s skilled at baseball and his hobbies include watching movies and playing games.

  • My Film Recommendation | 5 Nostalgic Japanese Movies

    01.July.2020 | FEATURES / MOVIE

    ASOBINEXT is a new project launched by event management and talent agency ASOBISYSTEM, which is known for managing artists like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The project aims to create next generation icons who will promote their unique personalities and outlooks to the world using social media and in turn bring about new forms of culture.

    As part of ASOBINEXT, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON will be publishing content from each talent that is tied to ASOBINEXT in the form of their favourite and recommended things. Today, we take a look at 5 recommended nostalgic Japanese films from ASOBINEXT’s Mirai who makes sure to watch at least one film a week.

     

    Our Little Sister

    ©2015 吉田秋生・小学館/フジテレビジョン 小学館 東宝 ギャガ

     

    ・Film Summary
    The film follows three sisters: Sachi, Yoshino, and Chika who all live in the house of their grandparents in Kamakura where they all grew up together. One day, they receive news of the death of their father. At his funeral, they meet their 14-year-old half-sister Suzu for the first time, whose mother is already dead. She had been living with their father and her stepmom after he remarried. When the eldest daughter Sachi looks at Suzu as the sisters are saying goodbye to her, she invites Suzu to go and live with them in Asakusa. Suzu agrees to go, and thus begins the sisters’ journey together to deepen their relationship with Suzu. Its a very ‘Japanese’ film in many ways, and has a nostalgic Asakusa feel to it from the scenery and how people interact with one another.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    The story really gripped my heart. It’s heartwarming, sad, and has a kind of nostalgia I can’t quite put my finger on which makes me want to go back home. I love Asakusa, the setting of the movie, and go there every year to have fun with my family. We’re also four siblings, brothers and sisters, so this film felt more relatable to me as I watched it. If you’re someone who feels like they want to return to their hometown, or see someone you treasure, or want to feel something Japanese, then I recommend giving this film a go!

     

    My Neighbor Totoro


    ・Film Summary
    In the early summer, Satsuki and her younger sister Mei move into the countryside with their father to be closer to their mother who is hospitalised. They meet a mysterious creature who Mei gives the name “Totoro,” a being which cannot be seen by adults. Satsuki and Mei get whisked into a fantastical world as we see them grow.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    I’ve loved it since I was a kid. It’s one of Ghibli’s films I’ve always watched. The film is set to be set in 1952 during the Showa Period. I was born in the Heisei Period so I wasn’t even born yet when the film was released. Even so, this is a film that continues to receive love, so much so that it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it’s known to all in Japan, and all have seen it. I believe there are still lots of kids who are watching Totoro even now. This film is an emotion that continues to live in our hearts as a memory, one that’s like a dream we had when we were young. I want the people of the world to watch this regardless of their age or gender!

     

    Always: Sunset on Third Street

    ・Film Summary
    Mutsuko Hoshino arrives in Tokyo from Aomori Prefecture to begin her employment at the auto repair shop Suzuki Auto. Captivated by the prospect of living and working in the sparkling city of Tokyo, Mutsuku is disappointed to find that Suzuki Auto is actually a rundown shop in Tokyo’s lower districts. Despite this, she goes into her job with will-power and positivity, and finds herself becoming a member of the Suzuki family. There is also the struggling writer Ryunosuke Chagawa, who accepts the custody of Junnosuke from Hiromi. Junnosuke is the orphaned offspring of the previous tenant of the building where Hiromi opens a bar. All of the cast members convey love, courage, and warmth in this story about being human.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    The moment I saw this film, it felt like I had been transported back in time to 1926, even though I was born in the Heisei Period and not the Showa Period. Despite that, it still fills me with a sense of nostalgia, and it makes me well up with a feeling of courage. The film is set in a time where smartphones, PCs, and TVs aren’t a thing yet, so it really made me realise the importance of our connection to others. I want to recommend this film to anyone who wants to know about old time Japan, or is looking for a film with heart!

    Kimi ni Todoke

    ©2010映画「君に届け」製作委員会 ©椎名軽穂 / 集英社

     

    ・Film Summary
    Sawako is avoided by her classmates in elementary school because of her appearance which leads them to name-call her “Sadako,” the main character from the film The Ring. They also call her a zashiki-warashi, a child spirit. But her father teachers her that a zashiki-warashi is a spirit that actually makes people happy. This makes her happy, since her motto is to “do one good thing a day.” When she becomes a high school stduent, she meets a certain boy, which marks the start of this cute and pure love story.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    This is my favourite of Japan’s love stories. It makes you feel that pure, butterfly stomach kind of youthful love. The music and the backgrounds in the film serve to add another layer to their relationship too. The film makes you want to cheer the two of them on from the shadows as they come to face complicated emotions they have never felt before. Everyone should check this out, regardless of age or gender, if they’re wanting a heart-throb story or feel like returning to their youthful days!

     

    Korede iinoda! Eiga Akatsuka Fujio

    ・Film Summary
    This film covers the life of manga artist Fujio Akatsuka—known for such popular series as Tensai Bakabon—and his 35 year relationship with his editor Toshiki Takei. You get to learn about the unique life of the manga artist, who has been called a genius.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    This comedy film is set in the 1970s and shows how the popular weekly manga magazine Weekly Shonen Sunday came about, a magazine which it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call the start of Japanese manga. Of course, if you love Japanese manga, you should watch this, but I want all of the people of the world who are interested in the history of Japanese anime to see it!

     

    Mirai

    A 19-year-old affiliated with ASOBINEXT and known for her trademark black bob hair. Her hobby is watching movies—she watches one a week. Her goal for the future is to become an idol that stands out from the crowd and can work not just in Japan but around the world. She wants to work in many areas and endeavours to become a person that people look up to.

  • Anime Film DEEMO THE MOVIE’s Third Round of Votes Announced For Main Theme Song Singers

    14.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Pony Canyon has announced that the third round of online votes for someone to sing the theme song for the upcoming anime film DEEMO THE MOVIE will open on June 15, 2020.

    DEEMO, the rhythm music game that DEEMO THE MOVIE is based on, have 23 million downloads worldwide. The anime film is being co-produced by Pony Canyon and Production I.G.

     

    “DEEMO THE MOVIE” PV

    The song has been written and composed by none other than music composer Yuki Kajiura (Sword Art OnlineDemon Slayer), and the film staff are now for someone to sing it.

     

    Auditions opened in January, and over 1,000 people from around the world took part. Across the months, it has been whittled down to just 14, and online votes for them are now set to open.

     

    The candidates will first be judged on their singing by Yuki Kajiura and a team of professionals. Online votes will then open on June 15 until June 16.

    Over on the official website, you can now see previous singing videos that the candidates submitted, amongst other things, so you can see how their character and singing ability has improved over the course of the auditions.

     

    Once votes are over, the 14 candidates will be reduced down to 5, with the final winner being announced in early July. They will also sign a contract with Pony Canyon to make their major debut.

     

    未来の歌姫は一体誰になるのか?世界中のゲームファンやアニメファンから注目を集める歌姫の運命を握る一般投票。その誕生の瞬間を見届けるために、あなたもぜひ「DEEMO THE MOVIE」歌姫オーディション3次予選一般審査の投票に参加してみてはいかがだろうか。

     

    ⓒ2020 Rayark Inc. /DEEMO THE MOVIE Production Committee

  • Anime Film DEEMO THE MOVIE is Taking Auditions For Main Theme Song Singers

    16.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Winners of the second round of online auditions have been announced for someone to sing the theme song for the upcoming anime film DEEMO THE MOVIE which is being produced by Pony Canyon. The song has been written and composed by none other than music composer Yuki Kajiura (Sword Art OnlineDemon Slayer), and the film staff are now looking for someone to sing it.

     

    DEEMO THE MOVIE: The Story

    Alone in a castle, a figure plays a piano… Deemo

    One day, a girl falls from the sky

    A castle littered with mysterious inhabitants

    A sacred tree growing by the melody of piano

    A girl with no memory And Deemo

    A gentle story that will touch your heart

    DEEMO: the rhythm game cherished around the world

    Adapted for animated film

    *DEEMO THE MOVIE official website.

     

    DEEMO THE MOVIE Main Theme Song Singer Auditions

    The theme song singer for DEEMO THE MOVIE will be selected through an international audition, open to all around the world. 58 people from countries across the globe participated in the second round of auditions from Japan to the US, Canada, the Netherlands, and so on. A third and a final round of auditions are to be held soon.

     

    Those judging the auditions include Yuki Kajiura, Yasuhiro Mori (the film’s music producer), and Pony Canyon’s producers. Public fan votes are also considered towards a person’s score. The grand winner is scheduled to be announced on July 2020 at ANIME EXPO in L.A.

     

    Auditions are also being broadcast every Sunday on BS Nippon Corporation in Japan from 23:30. The second round of auditions will be broadcast on May 24, 2020. These broadcasts are being archived on the channel’s official YouTube channel.

     

    ©2020 Rayark Inc. /DEEMO THE MOVIE Production Committee

  • Music Rhythm Game DEEMO Anime Film Adaptation Slated For 2020

    19.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Japanese publisher Pony Canyon attended Anime NYC 2019 which was held at the Javits Convention Center in New York from November 15-17.

    On Friday 15th, Ming-Yang Yu, CEO of the gaming company Rayark, held a talk about the internationally popular game DEEMO and revealed that an animated film has been greenlit. He was joined by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, the CEO of Japanese animation studio Production I.G who are known for having worked on some of the biggest titles in the anime industry, such as Attack on Titan, Ghost in the Shell, and Guilty Crown. Together, they also announced that the Rayark’s next work will take place in collaboration with Production I.G.

     

    DEEMO is a popular music rhythm game for smartphone which has accumulated over 23 million downloads worldwide. DEEMO -Reborn- will be released on PlayStation 4 on November 21, 2019, both digitally and physically. The game sees players using a piano to perform a wide variety of genres, from rock to jazz, electro and more, with around 200 songs to choose from. The game has proven particularly popular in Asia, but enjoys a huge fan base across the globe, who have praised how smooth it is compared to other mobile rhythm games, and how it feels like you’re actually playing a piano.

    The film will be animated by Signal.MD, an animation studio founded by Production I.G holding company IG Port. Production I.G themselves will support the production.

    Junichi Fujisaku (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone ComplexBlood+) is the screenwriter while up-and-coming director Shuhei Matsushita will stand in as director.

    Yuki Kajiura will compose the main theme and insert songs. She has composed music for the Sword Art Online series, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/ZeroThe Garden of Sinners, and more.

     

    The film is set to be complete sometime in 2020. Check the official website for ongoing updates and details.

     

    ©2020 Rayark Inc. /DEEMO THE MOVIE Production Committee

  • Lorenzo Ferro and Yutaro Discuss the True Crime Film ‘El Angel’ | MMN Interview

    02.August.2019 | FEATURES / MOVIE

    The 2018 Argentine-Spanish true crime film El Angel is set to hit theatres in Japan this year on August 16.

    The movie is inspired by the real-life Argentine serial killer Carlos Robledo Puch. It was screened at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and was chosen for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards in the Argentine category. The film caught public attention and has enjoyed great success, and that’s in huge part thanks to Argentina actor Lorenzo Ferro, a newcomer who has made his acting debut with his role as Puch. He plays the character naturally and effortlessly, capturing the seemingly “pure” looks of Puch coupled with his evil intent, a killer who had free reigns to do whatever he needed to do to achieve his goal. The 60s-70s fashion that Ferro dons in the film is also a highlight worthy of note.

     

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON spoke to Ferro who came to Japan to promote the film, and Yutaro, who is the same age as Ferro, and is a model that has recently become very busy in the acting world. We questioned them about them about the film, the character role, and fashion.

    *Interview translated from Japanese.

    ──What are your thoughts after having seen El Angel, Yutaro?

     

    Yutaro: This was actually my first time watching an Argentine movie. The first thing that piqued my interest was the unique sound of the language. With the story, when I heard that it was about a serial killer I thought it would be a pretty graphic portrayal, but it wasn’t. Even people who aren’t good with graphic and shocking kinds of films would be able to watch this.

     

    ──That kind of reasoning and moral compass [which the film depicts] makes you feel kind of uneasy, doesn’t it?

     

    Yutaro: Obviously the things that the protagonist Carlos does is against the law and morally wicked, but he himself doesn’t believe any little thing he does is bad. He moves on instinct which in his mind is somehow acceptable, and that’s dangerous. Was it hard for you to create the character, Lorenzo?

     

    Lorenzo: It really was tough. I hadn’t played a character until then, so the first thing I had to learn was just being in front of a camera. Playing the role came after. I had to become “friends” with the movie and “friends” with the camera. Those were the first things I needed to do to fulfill my commitment.

     

    The whole shoot took around a month and a half, but prep time was half a year. During that time I practised playing piano and mastered riding a bike. It was a lot of work, but when I finally saw the completed movie, I felt it was definitely worth all the effort.

     

    Yutaro: When you’re playing someone who is far from anything like yourself, prep time is really important, isn’t it? You have to gather material on the role and really use your imagination. I also make sure to properly communicate with the director before shoots. I ask about the film’s theme and intent. If our perceptions don’t match then it’s not going to hold up on screen.

    Lorenzo: It’s definitely important to respect the director and communicate with them effectively. When we were filming, I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget to see the director as a friend. For instance, if the hierarchal relationship is overly strict and the director is the kind of person to look down on you and order you around, then you can’t build trust. I also think the best kind of relationship is when you can give your own opinion. Saying to them like, “That was no good, was it?” [laughs] “Why do I gotta do the same thing 40 times!?” You should be frank and express your doubts.

     

    Yutaro: Speaking of that, it’s important to have trust with your fellow cast members too. I believe that even if you’re filming together, if you can’t build that trust, that subtle distance between you will be conveyed [in the scene]. You yourself have got to try and converse with them in a positive manner. Go out for a meal together before a shoot, talk together about your roles.

    ──You live your days laboriously, Yutaro, including as an actor. What does a time look like for you when things get particularly tough?

     

    Yutaro: I’ve recently been doing a lot of shoots for multiple films at the same time. When that happens I find it very important to maintain retention so that I don’t forget my roles. In that sense, I also find that it’s important to look at how you spend your time outside of shoots when you’re working an acting job.

     

    Lorenzo: Oh, yeah! Having spare time during shoots is a curse as an actor [laughs] Even if you fire yourself up―preparations are done, you’ve done your warmups, and you say, “Right, time to shoot!”―you have to start from zero again if you have time until the next shoot. That happens quite a lot.

     

    ──So you’re demanded to have self-discipline too. El Angel is set in 1970s Buenos Aires. The fashion and interior designs seen in the film really stood out.

     

    Yutaro: For me personally the women’s clothes left an impression on me, particularly the one piece that Carlos’s mother wears. The clothes that Carlos wears in each scene too. They’re plain and simple but cool. I liked the leather jacket he wore when he went on a double date with his pal Ramón.

     

    Lorenzo: Wow, you really took in at all the little details. The influence for Carlos and Ramón was drawn heavily from James Dean and Marlon Brando who were both popular actors at the time.

     

    Yutaro: Oh, really?

    Lorenzo: Like smoking cigarettes and wearing a leather jacket. We naturally had an amazing stylist who prepared our outfits for us. We were both also conscious of people like James Dean and Marlon Brando when we played Carlos and Ramón.

    ──What kind of clothes do you like, Lorenzo?

     

    Lorenzo: I usually wear the kind of thing I have on now. I have a lot of rough-looking clothes. I really like fashion, my wardrobe is packed [laughs] The more clothes you have the harder it is to decide what to wear, so I really want to just wear the same t-shirt, pants and shoes all the time [laughs].

     

    Yutaro: I looked at your Instagram, you wear t-shirts with Japanese games and anime characters on them, don’t you? You have a Super Mario one on today, and I saw a Pokémon one on your Instagram. I like how you venture to wear t-shirts of games that were popular a while back now.

     

    Lorenzo: Really? Thanks, that makes me happy. The overalls you have on now are really cute, but I think that’s because it’s something that would suit you. If I wore something like that I’d probably look like a clown [laughs].

    Yutaro: Do you have a criteria when picking out a character t-shirt?

     

    Lorenzo: Well, I try not to wear t-shirts of franchises I don’t like, or games I haven’t played yet, or of bands I’ve never listened to before [laughs]. I’m wearing a Mario t-shirt today but there’s still much I don’t know about Japanese games or culture. I’m interested in many different cultures of many different countries, so I want to know more about Japan.

     

    Yutaro: In that case, let’s go shopping together in Harajuku next time!

     

    Writer: Takanori Kuroda

    Photographer: MURA

    Models: YutaroLorenzo Ferro

    Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

    ©2018 CAPITAL INTELECTUAL S.A / UNDERGROUND PRODUCCIONES / EL DESEO

    TALENT PROFILE

    Yutaro

    Yutaro was born in Hiroshima on June 3rd 1998. His modeling career has earned him lots of attention as a fashion icon of the new generation. The famous model also works as a “charisma” shop assistant. Yutaro has gained his reputation as a “mysterious and handsome guy” from his appearance on Japanese variety shows. His debut was made on the show “Gyoretsu no Dekiru Horitsu Sodanjo” and has since then appeared on numerous different TV shows. He challenged himself to appear on stage for the very first time in March this year and is gaining popularity by the day for his diverse work.

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