V6’s Junichi Okada and the cast of his new movie 天地明察 (Tenchimeisatsu) visited a movie theatre in Tokyo to celebrate its premiere on September 15, reports Sankei Sports.
Johnny’s talents Okada and Kanjani8’s Yu Yokoyama took part in an event in the Marunouchi Picadilly 1, Tokyo, on Saturday.
One of the movie’s actors and Japanese kabuki performer Somegoro Ichikawa was absent from the event due to an injury during one of his own stage shows. The actor had left a letter apologising for his absence, to which Okada said he hoped Ichikawa would get better soon.
“I hope he can recover as soon as possible, and we can see him dancing gracefully on stage again,” he said.
The star watching apparatus used in the movie was also on special display on Saturday.
Yojiro Takita, who won an oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009 for “Departures”, is adapting popular period novel “天地明察 (Tenchimeisatsu)” for the big screen. Written by To Ubukata, the story follows Harumi Shibukawa (later known as Santetsu Yasui), a Go player and astronomer who lived in the Edo period (around the 17th century) and is famous for revising the Chinese lunisolar calendar for Japan.
It has been reported Okada has been cast as the lead role of Harumi, while actress Aoi Miyazaki will play Harumi’s wife, and Yokoyama will play Harumi’s rival.
“I want to put my heart into this role so that maybe I can give viewers courage and hope in playing a man who pushes forward and puts his life into working on this (lunisolar) calendar, how he takes things straight on, and who’s surrounded by people who have his back,” Okada said.
The movie’s director also said he expected big things from Okada.
“When I tried to picture my main character looking straight at the stars, I thought of Okada-san’s eyes and how they show a certain kindness, but also a strong will,” Takita said.
The movie will begin shooting on June 16 and is scheduled to be released in 2012.
Set in Yokohama 18 years after World War II, “コクリコ坂から (Kokuriko-saka kara)” follows a teenager girl Umi Komatsuzaki (Nagasawa) whose father is missing and mother has gone off to America for work. Okada will play Umi’s love interest, Shun Kazama.
This will be Okada’s second Studio Ghibli film following, “Tales from Earthsea”.
“I feel amazingly honoured to have been offered another role. With the support of the director, cast and staff, I hope to do everything I can to help make this a Ghibli movie that’ll be watched by people for years to come,” Okada said.
It has been reported his co-star Nagasawa said she was equally motivated to make sure she worked hard and carefully to bring out the best of her character.
Film director Goro Miyazaki has said he chose Okada because he trusted the Johnny’s talent after having worked with him before.
“コクリコ坂から (Kokuriko-saka kara)” will open in cinemas in Japan on July 16.
Hey, I just saw Shunsuke Kazama name in the “Kokuriko-saka kara” cast as well!! He’s voicing Mizunuma, Kazama’s (Okada) best friend and their high school’s top scholar.
Part of the money “SP THE MOTION PICTURE Revolution volume” makes will go towards relief efforts for 3/11 victims, it was revealed at the movie’s event in Tokyo, reports Mainichi Shimbun and Daily Sports Online.
Junichi Okada from V6 and the cast of the SP movie came together to the event which had originally been scheduled for March 12, but was postponed because of the 3/11 disaster in north-eastern Japan.
As well as announcing that a portion of the movie’s earnings will be donated, Okada had said he hoped everyone would be able to rebuild their lives as soon as possible. The Johnny’s talent himself had experienced the 1995 Kobe earthquake when he was living in Osaka.
“I hope everyone who was a victim of this earthquake can get a boost of confidence watching SP and how the team fights on, their teamwork, and their courage.
“I think being happy is going to play an important role from now own. We’ll do all that we can to bring smiles to your faces, and I hope that ‘SP’ could help in some way,” he said.
The SP story started as a drama series in 2007, where Inoue (Okada) and his team at the Metropolitan Police Department Security Police Division stop terrorists in Tokyo. The latest movie is a sequel to last year’s “SP THE MOTION PICTURE 野望篇 (Yabo volume, Ambition volume)”
Okada had said team work was key to the SP project.
“We got here thanks to team work. SP is something made by all the staff and cast,” he said.
The movie’s main theme “Security Police” has been remixed by music duo m-flo’s ☆Taku Takahashi for the upcoming movie “SP THE MOTION PICTURE 革命篇 (Kakumei volume, Revolution volume)“. It has been reported music producer group REVOLUTIONS had asked ☆Taku Takahashi to create a revolutionary music scene using “Security Police”. The DJ in turn asked Johnny’s if V6 could sing the song.
The resulting song has become “SP ‘Break The Wall’ feat. V6&☆Taku Takahashi (m-flo)”. The song will not be released as a CD, and will only be available from a mobile download site starting on March 2.
Although V6 have had songs written for them by various household name musicians in the past, this is the first time they have collaborated with one. V6 leader Masayuki Sakamoto said he was proud of their finished product.
“For V6 this was our first time being featured on a song and releasing it on a mobile download site. We’re really looking forward to seeing how people react. ☆Taku-san made this into an amazingly cool song so I think people will be able to enjoy listening to a different kind of V6,” he said.
☆Taku Takahashi said V6 were a revolution, while the SP theme’s original composer Yugo Kanno had said he thought the remix version with V6’s singing was cool.
“SP THE MOTION PICTURE 革命篇 (Kakumei volume, Revolution volume)” opens in Japan on March 12.
Extra links: REVOLUTIONS website
“Break the Wall” (if you missed the link above)
Hollywood film companies are in talks with Fuji TV to see if a remake of Junichi Okada’s “SP movie” would be possible, it was revealed at the movie’s preview event in Tokyo on February 24, reports Mainichi Shimbun Digital and Ticket Pia news.
The V6 pop star and the cast of “SP THE MOTION PICTURE 革命篇 (Kakumei volume, Revolution volume)” had appeared at the event, where more than 4000 fans had gathered to hear the latest news.
“I thought it was amazing. What’s going to happen. Are they going to replace ‘SP’ with ‘Secret Service’ or something. I’m really curious to know who would play what characters,” Okada said.
It has been reported the 30-year-old pop star said if a deal is sealed, he hopes Hollywood film makers would choose SP’s original Japanese script writer and director to head the project.
But putting the news aside, Okada had said he was too excited about the Japanese film’s release next month.
“We worked really hard to finish SP’s Revolution movie. All of us had to overcome our own challenges. I was so nervous yesterday that I couldn’t get to sleep. I wonder what I’ll be like on the day,” he said.
The upcoming SP movie will mark an end to the story’s drama series and its first movie which opened in cinemas last October.
“Thank you so much for staying with us to the end.
“Now finally, everything will become clear,” Okada told yesterday’s crowd.
“SP THE MOTION PICTURE 革命篇 (Kakumei volume, Revolution volume)” opens in theatres in Japan on March 12.