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.
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.
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.
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.