Toma Ikuta and Yuriko Yoshitaka walk hand in hand for movie premiere
Heart-shaped decorations, a Valentine’s Day present, and acting out favourite scenes were some of the things seen at the premiere of “僕等がいた (Bokura ga ita)” in Tokyo on January 30, reports Sports Hochi, Chunichi Sports, and Asahi Shimbun.
It has been reported more than 800 fans crowded into Roppongi Hills Arena in Tokyo yesterday to see Johnny’s talent Ikuta Toma and actress Yuriko Yoshitaka arrive hand in hand. The two play the lead characters in the movie, a love story following a couple from the time they first meet at high school, until they both become adults. The movie has two parts, and yesterday’s premiere was for part one.
“I think we’ve been able to make the best adaptation of this original story into a two-part movie,” Ikuta said.
“There’s a reason why the movie was split into two parts,” Yoshitaka said.
As for working with each other for the first time, both actors took the opportunity to talk about what they thought of one another in real life.
“I’d seen her on TV and movies before and thought there was something special about her, but when I saw her on variety shows there was something strange about her too (laughs). When I met her in person though, she turned out to be very smart,” Ikuta said.
“He’s smart and he’s sweet. What I found amazing was a lot of the time I’d see a moment where he would exceed all his acting technique and emotion,” Yoshitaka said.
During the event, the actors asked each other to repeat lines particularly memorable to them, and Yoshitaka managed to push a blushing Ikuta into saying a line that made fans scream.
“Can I kiss you one last time,” he said.
The film’s director, Takahiro Miki, said putting Ikuta and Yoshitaka together for the movie worked so well, it was like they really were dating.
“Almost enough to make me, looking on from the other side of the monitor, jealous. In the beginning I remember telling them to keep their distance because they were standing too close together,” he said.
It has been reported at the event, Yoshitaka said she had a Valentine’s Day present for Ikuta, but assured fans it was not chocolate. Instead, she gave Ikuta some portable music speakers. Ikuta, a keen music lover was elated.
“I’ll use them a lot,” he said.
“僕等がいた (Bokura ga ita)” part 1 opens in Japan cinemas on March 17, and part 2 on April 21.
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