Sunday, September 10, 2017

First-day-screening event of new movie "Tori Girl!"

The first-day-screening event of new movie "Tori Girl!" was held at TOHO Cinemas Shinjuku on 1 September which was attended by the director Hanabusa Tsutomu and cast members Tsuchiya Tao, Mamiya Shotaro, Takasugi Mahiro and Ikeda Elaiza. The movie which is based on the same-titled novel by Nakamura Kou, talks about a group of university students who put in their all to take part in a Tori Ningen Contest i.e. human-powered flight machines at Lake Biwa. Tsuchiya plays the lead character Toriyama Yukina who made it to a science university after repeating for a year. Upon starting school, she joins the club aiming to take part in the Tori Ningen Contest because she has fallen in love at first sight with a senior Takahashi Kei (Takasugi) who is also in the club. While preparing for the contest, she tries to achieve their dream of flying with her beloved and handsome senior and another senior Sakaba Taishi (Mamiya) who behaves like a delinquent and is constantly at odds with her.

Tsuchiya commented that it had been a very memorable summer filming this movie last year where she got to try various things and be freed of restrictions. With regard to this, the director said that he didn't give a lot of instructions to the cast and left it to them to do what they deemed best. Takasugi then chipped in to say that this allowed them to enrich their characters as the filming went on. As for being able to do a lot of ad-libs, Mamiya said that it was fun to be allowed to do so and see how Tsuchiya reacted accordingly. As such, Tsuchiya said that this required a lot of fine timing so that they could keep the interaction going and in that sense, it was like a battle of wits between her and Mamiya in the movie.


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