Interviews on Live action Film “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” of Jojo’ Actor


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Hirohiko Araki’s super popular comic “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険)which continues to increase fans with unique style and unusual worldview. The fourth part, “Diamond Is Unbreakable“(ダイヤモンドは砕けない), was made into a live-action film by directer Takashi Miike(三池崇史). In the fictitious city Morio-cho(杜王町), Kento Yamazaki(山崎賢人) playing the main character’s high school student Josuke Higashigata(東方仗助) and Yusuke Iseya(伊勢谷友介) play the character Kyujyo Jyotaro(空条承太郎)who tells the story  and fight with Kujyo Jyotaro. Jyotaro describes fights with friends who have special abilities (stands) and their friendship。


Q:  enthusiastic fans of Jojo are afraid how good the Story will be in Live- action Film. How do you feel when you received an offer?

Yamazaki: The pressure was very large. However, After I read the original manga, I realized that the Story, the character and the world view are really exciting. Then I found it cool to play Josuke and became a fun of him, as he has a strong will and very sharp and the world view of the work is cool, so I wanted to play it.

Iseya: I have always been reading “JoJo” since the start of the series, and I was particularly into it about part 3 and part 4. A special manga that likes that distinctive graphic and is truly respectful. There was quite a lot of pressure on how to do it in real life. In the world, I think that “this is the work I want it to be a Live-action movie, but at the same time,  I do not want to see it as a Live-action Film because of  the afraid to make a good Film. Honestly I needed courage, but there was an ego as an actor, “I wanted to play Jojo instead of other actors”.that is this is a very honorable Roll.


Q: In fact, at the cast announcement,  pros and cons goes up emerged from the original fan on Internet. Have you been nervous?

Iseya: I haven not read opinions about me on Internet. It is not a good habit to read such opinions  even if they are pros or cons. there is a possibility to betray support expectations from fans, but also to make it well against the  hostile remarks. So it makes no difference to read them in any case. I guess that every actors and actress try not to read such comments on Internet as less as possible. However, no matter how I try it, i cannot help but to notice some opinions. it is impossible to completely ignore it, though.

Yamazaki: Well, even though I do not like to read negative opinions on Internet,  I always tried not to care for. However I wanted to participate in the Miik Group in spite of such stress, sience all these casts were gathered, and great  and so I thought ‘I will do it!’

Iseya: I played in a movie called “CASSHERN” although it is a live-action work of animation, but SNS was not as much as now at that time (released in 2004), “Iseya’s face is different from Casshern I did not hear such a voice very much. But, since there are so many fans living in the visual of “JoJo”, it is said that the voice is coming “just different from Jyotaro” right now. I am used to such complains already (bitter smile).


In 1999 in the town of Morioh (杜王町 Moriō-chō) located in S-City, M-Prefecture (M県S市 Emu-ken, Esu-shi), Josuke Higashikata (東方 仗助 Higashikata Jōsuke, the kanji 助 suke, can also be read as jo) is a popular boy in high school who becomes quick friends with one of his classmates, Koichi Hirose. When Josuke’s nephew Jotaro Kujo (who’s older than Josuke himself, despite the fact his grandfather, Joseph Joestar, is Josuke’s biological father) appears, Josuke is suddenly pulled into the world of the supernatural powers known as Stands. One of DIO’s henchmen has brought the Bow and Arrow to Morioh, and someone has been using it on various people in the town, creating Stand users—as discovered when one of them, the murderer Anjuro “Angelo” Katagiri, uses the power of his Stand Aqua Necklace to try and kill Josuke for interfering with his plans to rob a store and generally disturb the peace in Morioh earlier. Aqua Necklace manages to kill Josuke’s grandfather, Ryohei Higashikata, in revenge for him being jailed by him. Josuke and Jotaro eventually capture him and, as a consequence of insulting Josuke’s hair, ends up getting fused to the rock he was leaning on at the time, becoming a tourist attraction known as “Angelo Rock” in the process…….

The cast includes:

Kento Yamazaki (Orange, Your Lie in April, Heroine Shikkaku, Wolf Girl and Black Prince, live-action Death Note television) as Jōsuke Higashikata
Ryunosuke Kamiki (Howl’s Moving Castle, The Secret World of Arrietty, Bakuman., Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno) as Kōichi Hirose
Nana Komatsu (Bakuman., Kin Kyori Renai, World of Kanako) as Yukako Yamagishi
Masaki Okada (Hana-Kimi, Boku no Hatsukoi o Kimi ni Sasagu, Otomen, Mahō Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto, Space Brothers) as Keichō Nijimura
Mackenyu (Chihayafuru) as Okuyasu Nijimura
Takayuki Yamada (Bakuman., Terra Formars, Crows Zero, Gantz) as Anjūrō Katagiri
Yusuke Iseya (Casshern, Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno, Shinjuku Swan, Honey and Clover) as Jōtarō Kūjō
Alisa Mizuki (Doraemon: Nobita no Space Heroes) as Tomoko Higashikata
Jun Kunimura (Attack on Titan, Chihayafuru, The Wind Rises, Ichi the Killer) as Ryōhei Higashikata