Takeru Sato and Tsuyoshi Ayano talked on the live action movie “Ajin Demi Humans” on September.


Gamon Sakurai(桜井画門)’s popular anime “Ajin: demi-human”(亜人) is made into a live action film, is directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro (本広克行) and is released on September 30 in Japan.
Takeru Sato(佐藤健) who played as a main character Kei Nagai (永井圭) and Tsuyoshi Ayano (綾野剛) who performed as a character Sato(佐藤) were interviewed about the movie in this September.


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In the original manga’s story, an immortal first appeared on an African battlefield 17 years ago. Later, rare, unknown new immortal lifeforms began appearing among humans, and they became known as “Ajin” (demi-humans). Just before summer vacation, a Japanese high school student named Kei Nagai is instantly killed in a traffic accident on his way home from school. However, he is revived, and a price is placed on his head. Thus begins a boy’s life on the run from all of humankind.


Q: your action was really cool in the movie. what did you think of it?

Sato Takeru: I put the emphasis on the point that how to fight more intelligently than physically.
Actions I want to show in this movie is not the same in the movie I played before(Rurouni Kenshin ).


Ayano Tsuyoshi: There were two important action scenes, the beginning scene and a fight with SAT. As a person named Sato is a guerilla and good at approaching battle, I had to make audiences curious to know how main character Nagai wins Sato. So I show a devastating power of Sato at the first scene. On the contrary, Audiences cannot determine who wins in the battle between Nagai and Sato at the end of this movie and I played intelligently in the battle. This last battle is a game of brains of the two characters.

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Q: A scene that Sato follows Nagai who was escaping at the beginning was truly exciting.

Ayano: Ken proposed an idea for this scene that he will express a large pressure while chasing like the movie Terminator. Thanks to his idea, I could make a direction for my perform clearly.


Sato: Somehow I thought that this movie is imitated the two movies: Terminator and Mission Impossible. Tom Crouse did excellent actions in the movie. He did cool not only on the battle scene but also on every small act such as jump or running. so I wanted to make the Movie Ajin also cool totally.

Q: It is exactly Tom Cruise! You have performed with almost no stunt. What is fun to do stunt -scene by yourself?

Sato: There are professional stuntpersons. of course, but I think I am also a man as a stunt-person. so I can do by myself. I had this idea since I debuted. I like to perform by my self.

Ayano: Because I also like playing action. I thought that It was possible to do stunt scene if I practice well.

Director Motohiro


Q: Have you had any hard time because of the action scene?

Sato: In this movie, I was always chased and attacked by Sato. So I had many passive roles such as being thrown against the storage rack. Only once I was hit on it, it is not painful. However, I was thrown away many times and I felt pain gradually. I was a little hard.


Ayano: I never got tired. Rather, It was difficult to play with an “Invisible black matter”, which is a way to record a 3D scene. I could not see the matter while fighting against it, so I have to imagine how it looks real fight with Sato after this scene is made into CG.

Q: What kind of impression did you feel with each other after playing together?

Sato: I thought Ayano is very stoic. He plays much better than the other people anticipated him.
I trusted him during shooting, so I did not have anxiety at all with him. It is easy to say but is difficult in reality to get trusted by during shooting.

Ayano: Sato has a strong will and seemed always to be diligent and fine in the shooting place. It made me relieved. Of course, he surely had difficulties about playing in his mind, but he showed his will strongly, so I could find what to do on the scene easily.

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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




Atom Mizuishi lent his Voice to Alphonse in the Movie “Full Alchemist” showed on 1th December

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It was announced that Atomu Mizuishi(水石亜飛夢)  is in charge of the voice of Al appearing in the live-action movie “Fullmetal alchemist“(鋼の錬金術師) nationwide released from December 1.

Atomu Mizuishi

Mizuishi is known for the musical ‘The Prince of Tennis’ 2nd season’ s second role, and in recent years he is appeared in the TV drama ‘GARO(牙狼)’ series, the movie ‘MUKOKU(武曲)’.

In this work, he was selected in the audition for Ed’s brother role played by Yosuke Yamada(山田涼介) .

Directer Fumihiko Sori‘s (曽利文彦) Comment

Mizuishi was selected as an actor for motion capture of CG Al at first, but gradually it revealed that he fits this roll and play it like stand-in. Once I filmed the scene that Al and Ed scrap with each other and in this scene they seem to be a real brother interacting with each other. Before filming, I supposed that the voice actor of Al was not Mizuishi but another person. As the Filming going on, his acting show itself so wonderful. Then I  decided to choose Mizuishi as the voice actor of Al in addition to Motion capture actor. So Mizusawa won this voice actor roll by his efforts. Rie Kugimiya(釘宮理恵),  Al’s voice actor of the animation version, agreed with my decision. She praised Mizuishi’s Al greatly, when she watched this movie in advance. so I and Mizuishi were so pleased that we could jump into the sky and I am satisfied with my judgment was not wrong.

Rie Kugimiya with Precur


Edward and Alphonse Elric live in the rural town of Resembool with their mother Trisha and their father Van Hohenheim, the latter having left home for an unknown reason. When Trisha dies of the plague, the brothers perform the forbidden alchemic technique of human transmutation in an attempt to resurrect her. Consequently, the transmutation backfires and in law with equivalent exchange, Edward’s left leg and Alphonse’s entire body are destroyed. Edward sacrifices his right arm to rescue Alphonse’s soul, binding it to a suit of armor with a blood seal. Edward is invited by Roy Mustang to become a State Alchemist to research a way to restore Alphonse’s body. Edward passes the State Alchemist exams, becoming the Fullmetal Alchemist, the title based on his prosthetic automail limbs and use of alchemy involving metal materials.


The Film “The Fullmetal Alchemist” will come to the Tokyo International Film Festibal

The live-action film “The Fullmetal Alchemist“(鋼の錬金術師) by Arakawa Hiromu was decided on October 25 as an opening screening work of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival to be held in Tokyo · Roppongi Hills, EX THEATER ROPPONGI etc.

The Tokyo International Film Festival has been trying to promote Asian film industry and culture as the only international film festival in Japan recognized by the International Film Producers Federation. Japanese movies will be screened in the opening work for the first time in ten years, and it will be the first time in the history of Japanese original manga movies.

“The Fullmetal Alchemist” is a work that widely expands the possibilities for Japanese movies towards the world.This piece is a highly complete image that could not be imaged until now I think that it is a big branch point that proves that you can visualize the pop culture of manga and animation consisting of stories and the world view with their own hands and make a big message to the world. Director Sogori Fumihiko (曽利文彦)is sincerely hoping that as one piece of the latest work of the Japanese film, I can broadly appeal Japanese content power and quality of Japanese film and technology to domestic as well as overseas people.”

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The Premiere Party of the new film “March comes in like a lion second part” was hold in Tokyo

“March comes in like a lion” is a film created into a live action and based on the the same name manga. The first part is already released last year and the second part will come to the theater soon.



The Premiere Party of the new film “March comes in like a lion second part” was hold in Tokyo on 22. April. This film is based on the same name Manga drawn by Umino Chika(羽海野チカ).


In this party appeared casts Ryunosuke Kamiki(神木隆之介) acted Rei Kiriyama as (桐山零), Kana Kurashina (倉科カナ)acted as Akari Kawamoto(川本あかり), and the Director Keishi Otomo(大友啓史). They told about the main attractions of this film.


Kamiki said “ I changed Duffle coat has other colors in the movie. The color expresses Rei’s feelings.”


Kurashina explains the importance of the dinner scenes. They are very heartwarming and ease Rei and Kawamoto family’s feelings”.


At last the director told “ the climax of this movie is the scene of the game between Soya(宗谷) and Rei. How does look Rei like? It is important. Rei is brought up by Soya and now Rei would defeat him in the game. I hope that audiences blesse Rei like a member of his family as they have watched over him since he is a child.”


This article is cited from http://natalie.mu/comic/news/229868 and translated by this blog.


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The Trailer of the live action movie based on “ Fullmetal Archemist” is released.

Argawa Hiroshi’s manga “ Fullmetal Archemist” is created into a live-action Film by Fumihiko Sori whose major Work is “Ping Pong”. A trailer of the Movie is published this time.

In the trailer, Edward and his brother · Alphonse tried a forbidden human body alchemical reaction in order to see their died mother. Furthermore, Edward is wearing the steel prosthesis “machine armor (Automatic Mail)”, and make weapons using alchemical reactions, and the battle scene of Alphonse are seen.

Mr. Sori, Director of this movie, told his expressions about the Scene that as a result of the failure of the human body alchemical reaction Edwards lost his limbs and Alphonse all of his body. “The main theme of this Film is the brothers heavy burden resulted from the Taboo related to life.” And now that we could reach the point that it is possible to jump onto the place where the Japanese film technology could not have done before, and we have a lot of advanced technologies, so I want to challenge this work. I’m trying to touch the area is unexpected by the audiences before, but the technology is only the part of a good work and the Story is the most important part. So “the story” is the first and I think that it would be really wonderful if the technology is integrated carefully to express the story “.
(this news is cited from http://natalie.mu/eiga/news/227705

Movie HP http://wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/hagarenmovie/

Who is…
Fumihiko Sori (曽利文彦)  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fumihiko_Sori
Hiromu Arakawa (荒川 弘) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiromu_Arakawa

What is…
Fullmetal Alchemist https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fullmetal_Alchemist