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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Completion screening event of new movie "Peach Girl"

The completion screening event of new movie "Peach Girl" was held at Iino Hall on 20 April which was attended by the director Shintoku Koji and cast members Yamamoto Mizuki, Inoo Kei, Mackenyu, Nagano Mei, Motokariya Yuika, Mikami Kensei, Masu Takeshi and Kikuchi Momoko. The film is based on the same-titled manga by Ueda Miwa that was serialised between 1997 and 2004 in the manga magazine "Bessatsu Friend" and has sold more than 13 million copies to date. Yamamoto plays Momo, a senior high school student with her hair dyed in red and a dark complexion which leads her to be misunderstood by the people around her while Inoo plays the charismatic prince of their school Kairi. When rumours run wild about Momo and Kairi having kissed each other, they get embroiled in a love triangle with Touji (Mackenyu) who she has been in love with since she was in junior high. Nagano Mei plays Kashiwagi Sae who tries to snatch the things which other people like and sees Momo as an eyesore.

When the audience cheered the actors as they made their appearance on stage, Inoo thanked them for their cheers with a wide smile. During the talk segment, the cast were asked about scenes which made their hearts race. Yamamoto cited the scene when Momo and Touji were on the way home from school with Kairi trying to cause some trouble and Touji actually told Kairi off by declaring that Momo was his. Upon hearing this, Inoo said that this scene was shot on the last day of filming so he felt sad because it felt as if something was taken away from him. He cited his favourite scene as the one where Kaiji lifted Momo's skirt which he was sure that many guys can identify with. As for Nagano, she said that the scene didn't make her heart race but she had fun during a scene where Sae was giving Kairi a dressing down and it made her feel really good after that.

During the event, there was a psychological test conducted by counselor Odaka Chie which aimed to revealed the surprising and unknown sides of the cast. Yamamoto was diagnosed as someone who is a perfectionist, has a clear view of what she wants in life, stubborn, behaves like an artisan and poor at pandering to the opposite sex so upon hearing this, she was shocked by how accurate the results were. As for Inoo, he was diagnosed to be someone who craves security, safety and stability and has a strong self-defense mechanism within himself. Upon hearing this, Inoo commented these traits seem to make him a boring person but Odaka added on that he has motherly instincts and can behave like a spoiled child at times which led to Yamamoto and Nagano laughing and teasing him. Inoo also "complained" that having his true character traits exposed like this is a form of business obstruction because this goes against his usual image as an idol singer.

"Peach Girl" will be shown in cinemas from 20 May.

Sources: Sponichi / Oricon / Eiga.com

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