Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Completion screening event of new movie "Hamon Futari no Yakubyougami"

The completion screening event of new movie "Hamon Futari no Yakubyougami" was held at Marunouchi Picadilly on 13 December which was attended by the director Kobayashi Shotaro and cast members Sasaki Kuranosuke, Yokoyama Yu, Kitagawa Keiko, Johnny's WEST Hamada Takahiro, Hashimoto Manami and Hashizume Isao as well as the original novel's author Kurokawa Hiroyuki. The film features Sasaki as the bad-tempered gangster Kuwahara Yasuhiko who forms an unlikely alliance with a poor construction consultant Ninomiya Takayuki to chase after a phony movie producer Koshimizu (Hashizume) in the Kansai region and Macau after the latter cheats them.

Sasaki commented that he had managed to achieve a breakthrough this time with his portrayal of this gangster character. As he had hardly come across such characters in his acting career so far, being able to do this and especially using Kansai-ben which is his hometown language made him feel even more satisfied with what he had done in this movie. As for the fighting scenes, he gave his all without holding back even when treating Hashimoto roughly and stepping on his senior Hashizume,

When the audience was shouting "Kura-san" at Sasaki once they saw him appear, Yokoyama commented sadly that nobody calls out to him like that which led the audience to start calling him "Yoko-san". On the other hand, Yokoyama revealed that Hamada, his junior from the same agency suffered from sore eyes on the first day of the filming which was said to be due to not washing his hands thoroughly enough thus causing an infection. As such, Hamada apologised for the inconvenience caused then.

As for Kitagawa whose hometown is in Kobe, this was the first time that she used Kansai-ben at work. Usually, she uses the standard language but she speaks in Kansai-ben in private. During the filming, she tried hard to make sure that her Kansai-ben lines were done properly and got a tape from the director with the correct pronunciation and was even coached on set by Yokoyama who praised her for being more proficient in the dialect than they expected at first.

The movie will be shown in cinemas from 28 January 2017.


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