Hiroshi Kamiya and Kana Hanazawa Appeared at “The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl” Film Premiere!
Director Yuasa offered Mr. Hoshino with an autograph letter
The film premiere of movie “The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl” was held on March 9. The movie will come to public from April 7.
At the film premiere, Gen Hoshino (as Senpai), Kana Hanazawa (as The Girl With Black Hair), Hiroshi Kamiya (as The School Festival Executive Head), Ryuji Akiyama (as The Underpants Leader) and director Masaaki Yuasa appeared on stage. They have talked about their characters and their feelings toward the movie in front of lucky fans who became the world fastest audiences of the movie.
“Senpai” had to be played by Mr. Hoshino
Mr. Hoshino said that he was offered to perform in the movie by director Yuasa with an autograph letter. Mr. Hoshino decided to join in the movie because the letter was passionately saying that the role of “Senpai” had to be played by him. Director Yuasa mentioned that all the staffs were feeling that ‘Mr. Hoshino is the only person who can play “Senpai” and we had to offer him in order to making a great movie’.
The important role in the movie “The Girl With Black Hair” was played by Kana Hanazawa, and she commented that it was honor to play her role since she was a huge fan of original story. Mr. Kamiya said that he was happy to be able to play his role, since he once failed the audition for anime “The Tatami Galaxy” which was directed and written by same staffs.
A unique character “The Underpants Leader” was played by Ryuji Akiyama, who is a member of Japanese comedian group called ‘Robert’. He expressed his feeling by saying ‘it was fun to play a character called “The Underpants Leader”, because I really love underpants’. The theater was filled with laughter when he commented that he did not change his underpants to come on stage, deriving from The Underpants Leader’s characteristic of ‘not changing underpants until his dream comes true’.
Next thing they talked was about their experiences of recording. Mr. Hoshino commented that is was hard and fun at the same time to play the character “Senpai”, who has more than 20 types of characteristics in his heart. He tried to build up each character with director Yuasa, by changing his acts and tone of voices. He was imaging that the atmosphere of the movie will be similar to “The Tatami Galaxy”, but surprised that it turned out to be completely opposite.
Furthermore, the recording for this movie was done one by one. Ms. Hanazawa was the first person to attend to the recording, and said that it was a hard time to perform before any voices were on the movie. Moreover, she told audiences that the image of the “Girl” she had in her mind was different from the actual “Girl”.
The School Festival Executive Head is cute!?
Mr. Kamiya commented that he was not told to play a scene of musical, but was enthusiastic to play in director Yuasa’s movie.
However, it was not just a musical scene but a musical scene with “female dress”. Mr. Kamiya exposed that his voice was planned to be edited to hear like women, but it did not fit to the scene so he tried to act feminine and in the end, his non-edited voice was decided to be used for the scene. Ms. Hanazawa and Mr. Akiyama commented that his “feminine voice” was ‘very, very cute’.
Want audiences to watch this movie at theaters more than once
To conclude, casts gave comments to fans that are willing to watch the movie. Mr. Akiyama commented that ‘I want many people to watch, since it’s an enjoying movie’, and interspersed some jokes within his comment to make audiences laugh.
Mr. Kamiya commented that ‘I want fans to watch this movie at theaters, since this movie will make you smile’. Ms. Hanazawa commented that ‘you will feel to ‘want to enjoy the life like Girl’ in the end. I want audiences to watch this movie at theaters more than once’.
Mr. Hoshino commented that ‘”Senpai” is a serious minded person and becomes too careful to everything, but I performed trying to express his straight feelings. The last part of the movie shows leaps and bounds, which are very good and very interesting’. In the end, director Yuasa commented ‘I really enjoyed taking this movie. I hope audiences to feel the same’.
▲The film premiere was concluded with call and response of ‘The Night Is Short’, ‘Walk on Girl!’
Movie “The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl”
ROADSHOW: April 7, 2017
Ticket sold in advance
Now on sale
Price: 1,400yen (tax included)
Special item: original calendar (April 2017~ March 2018)
Original work = Tomihiko Morimi “The Night Is Short, Walk on Girl” by KADOKAWA
Director = Masaaki Yuasa
Script = Makoto Ueda (Europe Kikaku)
Original character design = Yusuke Nakamura
Music = Michiru Ōshima
Theme song = ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION
Animation work = Science SARU
Production partnership = Nakame no Kai
Distribution = Toho
Gen Hoshino, Kana Hanazawa, Hiroshi Kamiya, Ryuji Akiyama (Robert), Kazuya Nakai, Yūko Kaida, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Seiko Niizuma, Junichi Suwabe, Aoi Yūki, Nobuyuki Hiyama, Kazuhiro Yamaji, Mugihito
“Senpai”, who is falling in love with “The Girl With Black Hair” was carrying out the operation named ‘Nakame Sakusen’ to “catch her attention”. He tries carrying out same operation at Ponto-chou in spring, at secondhand book store in summer, at school festival in autumn but fails every time. Unique characters drag him into troubles in Kyoto, and the night advances more and more. What will happen to his passion towards The Girl!?