On Saturday 29 August, co-stars Suda Masaki and Komatsu Nana had a 30′ minute online chat with about a hundred fans from the 47 prefectures of Japan. It was their last appearance as a pair to promote Ito. They both thanked the fans for their support and comments as many said they were deeply moved by the film. Then the two thespians answered a few questions from the MC.
Nana Komatsu said she had never talked that much about a role before a release. Director Takahisa Zeze could not attend but a letter he sent was read, he praised his two leads for their human qualities and their involvement in and for the film.
Talking about her co-star, Nana Komatsu said he was both receptive and responsive. The whole event should be available on Toho’s YouTube Chanel from August 31 onwards, in the meantime you can get the original Japanese script from Screen Online.
Not a full translation but excerpts in English from Komatsu Nana‘s interview in Movie Walker Press today. Original article and interview there (Japanese): 小松菜奈が語る
Nakajima’s song is a great one which has been covered by a lot of people and it’s a song about life.
Beyond the ups and downs, the good times and hard times of life, the film emphasizes the importance of connecting with people.
When she came to know she was to work with Masaki Suda again, she kind of expected tough stuff -recalling some rough scenes from Drowning Love and Destruction Babies- and saw Ito as a new challenge as it depicted a quiet/peaceful love relationship.
As it is their third collaboration, she adds that they both know each other well when it comes to be in tune acting wise. Shooting in Singapore and Okinawa were done separately so it wasn’t easy to express the love between Aoi (Komatsu) and Ren (Suda) as he wasn’t there. In that sense she’s glad he was the one who played Ren to convey that.
About the numerous crying scenes, especially the one in Singapore, she tells the journalist she’s not very good at that and can’t cry out of the blue. She had to prepare and focus (…) It was easier for the airport scene as she felt she was more involved emotionally.
On Friday 21, Komatsu Nana and Suda Masaki went on stage for a special Ito premiere at the Toho Cinema in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo. Separated by plexiglass panes they entertained the chosen few with co-stars Nana Eikura and Takumi Saito.
[Updated] A live promo event was held today (Tuesday 11) in Tokyo at the Ebisu Garden Hall (south of the Shibuya area). Separated by panes of plexiglass, Director Takahisa Zeze and his two leads talked about Ito bound for a nationwide theatrical release on August 21, Japan.
Director Zeze said he observed Komatsu Nana and Masaki Suda interact and found they got along well in between takes but when it came to playing the scenes they got into something new and he was very pleased they were able to bring that. He added that no special request came from singer songwriter Miyuki Nakajima yet she asked him not to make a sad ending. 🙂
Nana Komatsu helped a lot on the set, trying to get food for the extras especially on one cold day in Hokkaido. Masaki Suda said he and Komatsu had been working together several times and was glad they could work together again. Watching Masaki Suda play and interact with the kid actors, she said he would be a good father.
Referring to the period of emergency and restraint Nana Komatsu said she missed the connection between people, the communication, adding that though things aren’t back to normal she’s happy to open up again.
The two added that things they did on screen in the past were rather intense (spitting, choking each other…) whereas Ito was more like a classic love story.
TV Japan has just published an interview of actress Komatsu Nana, they asked her about her role and the filming of Ito, the forthcoming movie from director Takahisa Zeze (nationwide preview on August 13 and theatrical release on August 21)
Below is a summary in English of selected highlights (original article and interview in Japanese: The tv.jp)
She says she has a connection with nearly all the actors/actresses in the movie, especially with Mizuki Yamamoto whom she worked with in Close Range Love but also with Masaki Suda as they’ve been working together in three movies.
Filming in Singapore was a lot of fun and together with Mizuki Yamamoto and Mahiro Takasugi they went to a lot of food stalls. 🙂
She has good memories of Okinawa too where she was with Takumi Saito whom she describes as a nice and calm person.
Crying over her plate of food was quite a scene and Miyuki Nakajima‘s song in the background helped her out.
She remembers her debut in The World of Kanako and how Director Nakashima -whom she saw then as a scary person- helped her out when she didn’t know what to do. She found fun in acting, adding that life is all about turning points.
TV appearances, promo messages from the two leads, sponsoring from Niko and, as the production team continues feeding Twitter with stills from the ‘making of’ and some other new pics, the campaign has entered a new phase with the announcement of a pre-screening special day: viewers will get a chance to watch Ito before its national theatrical on 21/08. (Oricon News)
According to Filmarks recent survey, Ito is the most anticipated movie in August.
This page is bound to be regularly updated throughout August so stay tuned !