Saturday, February 14, 2015

First-day-screening event of new movie "Little Forest Fuyu / Haru"

The first-day-screening event of new movie "Little Forest  Fuyu / Haru" was held at Shinjuku Picadilly on 14 February which was attended by the cast members Hashimoto Ai, Matsuoka Mayu, Miura Takahiro, Nukumichi Yoichi, Kirishima Karen and the director Mori Junichi. The movie consists of two parts i.e. "Fuyu / Haru" (Winter / Spring) and "Natsu / Aki" (Summer / Autumn) and is based on the manga by Igarashi Daisuke which features Hashimoto as the lead character Ichiko who left her hometown to seek greener pastures in the city but failed to get what she wants and returns to her hometown in the Tohoku region where she tries to be self-sufficient through growing her own food despite the challenges of nature. As a result of the experience, she learns to understand herself better.

During the event, the cast and crew also celebrated Matsuoka's 20th birthday in advance. Hashimoto who is a close friend of hers, commented that although they have worked together three times to date, this is the first time when their characters could smile at each other so the both of them are very happy to see the film finally being released. Hashimoto also credited Matsuoka's presence as a driving force and form of support which allowed her to overcome the tough filming period.

The movie was screened at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival's Culinary Cinema category on 10 Feb and Hashimoto and Director Mori were also there to meet the media.


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