Sunday, March 26, 2017

Completion press conference of new WOWOW drama "Hokuto - Aru Satsujinsha no Kaishin-"

The completion press conference of new WOWOW drama "Hokuto - Aru Satsujinsha no Kaishin" was held on 16 March which was attended by the director Takimoto Tomoyuki and cast members Nakayama Yuma, Miyamoto Nobuko and Matsuo Suzuki. The drama which consists of 5 episodes and begins its run from 25 March, is based on the 2012 same-titled novel by Ishida Ira that won the 8th Chuokouron Bungeisho and features Nakayama as a 20-year-old young man named Hashizume Hokuto who was abused by his real parents when he was a child and later sent to an orphanage. It was only when he was adopted by his foster mother Kondo Ayako (Miyamoto) that he finally tasted what it means to be loved. However, due to a cruel twist of fate, he ends up becoming a murderer and asks his lawyer (Matsuo) to stop defending him so that he can be given the death sentence. The story describes the process of how he becomes a murderer and the trial he goes through until the verdict is passed.

In order to play this difficult role, Nakayama lost 12kg in 20 days and slept for only 15 minutes on the last two days of the filming to create his haggard image. As for preparing himself mentally, he stopped using his mobile phone, removed the TV from his house and lived apart from his pet dog during the filming. Takimoto also emphasized that if viewers watch the entire drama, they will be able to see the changes in Nakayama's physical appearance and screen presence as the story progresses. When the filming finally ended, the director brought Nakayama's dog to him which made him so happy that he cried tears of joy.

Source: Oricon

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