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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Odagiri Jo stars in new movie "Ernesto" to be shown next autumn

Odagiri Jo will be appearing in the new movie "Ernesto" directed by Sakamoto Junji which is due to be shown in cinemas next autumn. The movie which is a collaboration by Japan and Cuba for the first time in 48 years, features Odagiri as the Bolivian-Japanese doctor Ernesto Freddy Maemura who fought alongside with revolutionist Che Guevara and died at the young age of 25. As the entire movie is in Spanish, Odagiri spent 6 months to learn the language and had to reduce his weight by 12kg for the filming. This being his 14th movie shot overseas, Odagiri revealed that he took on the role precisely because it was tough and something which he had never attempted before.

Odagiri had to fly more than 15 hours over 12,500km in order to get to Cuba's capital Havana for the filming. On the set, instructions were all in Spanish. Although the filming was to start from 3 September, Odagiri flew to Havana ahead of schedule on 15 August so as to get used to the environment. Prior to the filming, he had to keep his hair long for three months and not cut his nails for two months so as to look like a revolutionist. Subsequently, as the filming moved on to the scenes featuring his character's younger days, he had to eat a lot of sweet stuff to regain the weight he lost.

Source: Sanspo

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