The completion screening event of new movie "Isshukan Friends" was held on 12 January which was attended by the director Murakami Shosuke and cast members Kawaguchi Haruna, Yamazaki Kento, Matsuo Takashi, Uesugi Shuhei, Takahashi Haori, Totsugi Shigeyuki and Furuhata Seika. The movie which will be shown in cinemas from 18 February, is based on the same-titled shoujo manga that had sold more than 1.5 million copies to date. Kawaguchi plays a senior high school girl Kaori who has an illness which causes her to lose her memories every Monday and Yamazaki plays her classmate Yuki who has to confess his love to her every week so that she can remember him.
Kawaguchi recounted that playing this character was very difficult because she had to show the subtle differences in her character's expressions and actions as time went by. In response to this, Yamazaki who is working with Kawaguchi for the first time, he praised his co-star for being able to switch between her onscreen and offscreen modes with ease. Kawaguchi chipped in to say that Yamazaki is a gentle, handsome and interesting guy but can sometimes be a bit silly so that explains why he is so popular with girls.
Kawaguchi also revealed that the cast enjoyed their filming a lot and became close by going out for activities such as eating udon from the convenience stores and gathering around the heated stoves to chat. However, for Totsugi who plays the form teacher, he commented that he felt quite out of place among his younger co-stars who are in their 20s and joked that he felt it difficult to blend in with them.
Sources: Sponichi / Oricon / Eiga.com