Saturday, May 16, 2015

Fujiwara Tatsuya to star in new movie "Tankentai no Eiko"

Fujiwara Tatsuya will be starring in the new movie "Tankentai no Eiko" (The glory of the adventure team) which is due to be shown in cinemas this autumn. The movie which is based on Araki Gen's same-titled novel, features Fujiwara as an actor Sugisaki whose popularity is going downhill. In an attempt to give his acting career a much-needed boost, he takes part in a TV programme where he has to be the leader of an adventure team which is seeking the UMA (unidentified mysterious animal) named Yaga. Yusuke Santa Maria plays the producer who would do anything to make his programme interesting while Ozawa Yukiyoshi is the director who tends to make a mountain out of a molehill. Tanaka Yoji plays the cameraman who;s very hung up about professionalism, Kawamura Yosuke is the soundman and lighting man who is a UMA expert while Sano Hinako plays the AD who looks down on variety shows and Okayasu Shosuke plays the production team's guide at their shooting location.

As the filming was done over a long period of time at jungles and secluded spots in southern Japan and included some dangerous scenes such as falling from a cliff, Fujiwara recounted that the filming was so tough that he practically lost all memories of it. In addition, as Fujiwara was playing the leader of the adventure team, he had to appear in almost every scene which made him so tired that he was secretly hoping for Yusuke Santa Maria to stand in for him at times. However, Yusuke Santa Maria who wrapped up filming just two days before Fujiwara, was also in such a bad shape by then that he almost wanted to quit the movie. Meanwhile, Ozawa praised Fujiwara for leading the team with such great passion that they were able to overcome the tough conditions.

Filming was completed on 29 April.


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