The director Yoshida revealed that he first read the novel more than 30 years ago and had thought lightly about making it into a movie. As such, to be able to assemble such a wonderful cast and to see that the movie is finally ready to be seen by the audience, he felt really happy and gratified. Frankie "complained" that the director gave him a rare character of a father this time and that he had a lot of information to process before he could prepare for his role who happens to be a Martian and weather forecaster at the same time. He also joked that the director's idea of aliens was so old-fashioned that it wouldn't have been surprising if they were made to wear an octopus costume
With regard to Hashimoto who plays his daughter, Frankie said in jest that she has a mysterious air surrounding her and when she cut her hair short, it felt as if she had the power to call a UFO to come and pick her up. Kamenashi chipped in to reveal that Hashimoto was the first to react to the presence of a cow which appeared at the filming location which she admitted to frankly and said that she loves big animals compared to human beings.
When asked about his character, Kamenashi commented that when people watch the movie, they might not notice his presence at the beginning as he tried to conceal his usual image as a performer and Johnny's artiste through his acting. As such, he thanked the director's guidance for being able to do that.
Sources: Eiga.com / Oricon