The first-day-screening event of new movie "RANMARU Kami no shita wo motsu otoko Hoozuki Death Road Hen" was held at Marunouchi Picadilly on 3 December which was attended by the director Tsutsumi Yukihiko and cast members Mukai Osamu, Kimura Fumino, Sato Jiro, Kimura Tae, Kurotani Tomoka, Zaizen Naomi and Nagase Tasuku. The movie which is the sequel to the drama series shown during summer this year via TBS, features Mukai as the lead character Tomonaga Ranmaru who has the special power to identify the contents of something just by tasting with his tongue. Along with Kamekanbo Hikaru (Kimura) who is a great lover of suspense dramas and Miyazawa Kanji (Sato), the trio will go to a secluded village hidden within the mountains to solve a murder case in the movie.
Mukai recounted that the movie's filming was tough for him and he cited the example of having to wear a fundoshi only at 6am in the morning and cycle. However, the nine months he spent on the drama and movie was something which he had not tried before so it was quite an experience for him. Kimura who is appearing in a Tsutsumi work for the first time, "complained" that they had to do a scene in a room where the aircon was turned off. As it was a hot day, this made the temperature climb up to near 40 degrees Celsius. Upon hearing this, Tsutsumi "kneeled down" in front of the cast and said sorry for putting them through all these.
Upon seeing the audience who had filled all the seats in the cinema theatre, Sato revealed that he was so surprised that he thought that it was a prank. Mukai also admitted that they didn't think that it was possible to make a movie out of this story which led him to feel emotional about the film being finally ready to meet the public.
In relation to the movie's title, the cast were asked what kind of special skills they had which they felt would be unrivalled. Mukai who worked as a bartender before he made his debut, commented that he's very quick at washing glasses which led Tsutsumi to give him the nickname of Dishwashing God.
Sources: Oricon / Eiga.com