The movie which will be shown in cinemas from 11 November, is based on the same-titled novel by Araki Gen about an amateur orchestra said to be the "oldest" in the world as the average age of its elderly members is very high. An plays the role of a senior high school teacher who is tasked to be the conductor of this orchestra. As An had to learn conducting and how to play the violin, she found that more stressful than being the lead actress in the movie. However, she had derived a lot of energy from her older co-stars and felt that she had to match up to them by putting in more effort.
As the event was held on Respect-for-the-Aged Day, the younger actors i.e. An, Sakaguchi, Kuroshima and Hosokawa offered shoulder massages for Sasano, Komatsu, Ishikura and Fujita as an expression of thanks. Sasano praised An for being powerful enough since she has to carry her daughters and said that he might live three years longer, thanks to her massage.
Sources: Oricon / Eiga.com