Sunday, April 07, 2013

Production press conference of "35-sai no Koukousei"

The production press conference of NTV's spring 2013 drama "35-sai no Koukousei" was held on 7 April at its Shiodome HQ which was attended by cast members such as Yonekura Ryoko, Mizobata Junpei, Katase Nana, Miyazaki Karen, Mizuno Erina and Hirose Alice. The drama will begin its run from 13 April at 9pm on Saturdays but the first episode will air at 9.20pm. Yonekura plays the role of a 35-year-old woman named Baba Ayako who starts to attend a public high school and solves the problems facing the school and its students and teachers e.g. bullying and refusal to attend school. Yonekura commented that there were lots of issues which she did not know had existed before she took on this drama and these are issues which matter a lot to those who are affected by them. She also stressed that this drama is not just for students but for everyone to understand these issues.

In the first episode which features bullying from an elite group of students, Yonekura recounted how these students were described in the script and just imagining being subjected to such treatment would have easily caused anyone to break down. As such, she praised the acting skills of Hirose who plays the role of the bullied student for conveying the hopelessness and fear her character feels.

On the other hand, Mizobata who plays Yonekura's form teacher commented that it is a weird feeling to be her teacher. In addition, he was worried if he would look like a teacher since his real age is not that far from those who play his students in this drama.

Source: Sponichi

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