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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

First-day-screening event of new movie "Kekkon"

The first-day-screening event of new movie "Kekkon" was held at Kadokawa Cinema Shinjuku on 24 June which was attended by the director Nishitani Shinichi and cast members Dean Fujioka, Shuuko, Manda Hisako and Kanjiya Shihori. The movie is based on the 2012 novel by Naoki Award-winning author Inoue Areno and features Fujioka as a fraudster Koumi Kenji who dupes women into believing that he will marry them and cheats them of their money by taking on a variety of names and identities. During the process, he is assisted by his buddy Sengoku Ruriko (Shuuko) who was almost cheated by Koumi in the past. In order to find out the truth, Koumi's victims launch an investigation which leads them to Ruriko where they subsequently find out the real motive of Koumi. Kanjiya plays Hatsune who is Koumi's wife. The women who are besotted with Koumi include Nakamura Eriko who plays Kudo Asami, an employee at a furniture shop, Matsumoto Wakana who plays Yoshioka Mana, an aspiring editor, Ando Tamae who plays a city office employee Hobara Hatoko. Furutachi Kanji plays a detective Yajima who tries to investigate Koumi with Hatoko while Manda plays a mysterious woman Hiragi Yasue who helps Koumi.

Kanjiya revealed that this was the third time she had acted in a Nishitani movie and she had to do kissing scenes without fail each time without advance notice. As such, she was told only on the day of the filming that she had a kissing scene with Fujioka which led to squeals of envy from the audience. However, Kanjiya revealed that it wasn't as romantic as they thought because they had to film in the pouring rain due to the bad weather on that day so she ended up having lots of water in her mouth because she had to look up towards Fujioka who is much taller than her. As such, she felt as if she was about to drown and suffocate during the kissing scene.

When asked about the difference between Koumi and himself, Fujioka joked that this would be Koumi being a criminal. As for their similarity, Fujioka said that acting involves convincing himself to become an entirely different individual so that's the same as what Koumi is doing in the movie when he appears in front of different women. Manda echoed his view and said that Fujioka is such a natural at playing this marriage fraudster.

Sources: Eiga.com / Oricon

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