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“Everyone goes for Nino,” says Matsuyama at GANTZ event

20:09 JST April 18, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Actor Kenichi Matsuyama at today's event (photo thanks to Movie Walker)

Hayfever and co-star jealousy were some of the things the stars of “GANTZ PERFECT ANSWER” talked about at an event in Tokyo on April 18, reports Movie Walker, Eiga.com, and CinemaCafe.net.

The two actors made an appearance at the closing of the GANTZ Trailer tour along with the film’s director and producer.

It has been reported that today, Ninomiya-san showed up with a runny nose and some bad news.

“I’m sorry I have a blocked nose today.  After talking to a lot of people, I think I’ve got hayfever.  Apparently Hinoki-san (cypress pollen) and I get along well. (laughs)  This is the last movie you’ll see a hayfever-free Ninomiya,” he said.

Matsuyama said he and Ninomiya had been promoting GANTZ together for a while and he enjoyed traveling to different places, but there was one thing he had begun to notice.

“I relied on [Ninomiya] a lot, both on set and during interviews.  When we were being interviewed and I had trouble explaining something in the movie, he would explain it perfectly for me.  I think I only spoke for 2 per cent of the time.

“But every time the interviewer always goes for Ninomiya-san.  They’ll go, ‘yes, yes,’ when I talk, but then they’ll be like, ‘so, Ninomiya-san’. (laughs)  Everyone loves him no matter where we go,” Matsuyama said.

“GANTZ PERFECT ANSWER” is the sequel to the first GANTZ movie, which was released in Japan in January.  Both movies are based on the popular manga series by Hiroya Oku.  It’s story centres of two friends Kei Kurono and Masaru Kato who die in a train accident while trying to save another person, but wake up to find themselves involved in a “game” to hunt down and kill aliens.  The first movie has grossed more than 3 billion yen at the Japanese box office and was the number one movie in the country for four straight weeks.

It has been reported the GANTZ trailer loaded with props and costumes used in the GANTZ films had been touring around the country, traveling more than 12,000 kilometres and had attracted more than 50,000 fans.  Unfortunately the tour’s Hokkaido, Miyagi, and Shizuoka stops had to be canceled due to the 3/11 Tohoku earthquake.  The film’s producer said he was thankful the movie was given the OK to open up because of the large number of fans who pushed for it.

Ninomiya had also talked about the moment he realised how much the disaster had affected everyone in Japan.  The earthquake had struck a day after the talent had finished promoting GANTZ at the Tokyo International Forum.

“When I found out that the Forum was being used as a shelter for people who couldn’t get home I realised how close to home this disaster was.  I spent a long time after the earthquake thinking about what I could do to help.  But in the end I felt like the only way to repay those who have supported GANTZ was to continue on with GANTZ,” he said.

“Everytime we meet you all, we go home feeling so much better.  Now I hope our movie can make you go home feeling better too,” Matsuyama added.

“GANTZ PERFECT ANSWER” opens in cinemas in Japan from April 23.

Props on the GANTZ trailer which traveled around Japan (photo thanks to Cinemacafe.net)

GANTZ fans (photo thanks to Cinemacafe.net)

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  1. Lyan
    21:18 JST April 18, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Nino gets the attention because he likes to talk lol
    thx Momo 🙂

    • 08:15 JST April 19, 2011 at 8:15 AM

      @Lyan:

      No worries.

      Lol, I love it how Matsuyama brings it up now too.

      Momo xoxo

  2. 13:33 JST April 19, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Matsuken Oniichan >,< Don't be jealous
    I'm always love u no matter what^^
    I love both of you..equally ^^ NinoMatsu Ga Daisuki~
    Well..actually..Nino love you even more xDD I can see it ^^ LOL

    • 17:54 JST April 19, 2011 at 5:54 PM

      @Asui:

      Lol, I love Matsuyama too!
      Go go go!

      Momo xoxo

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