Fly With The Gold - 黄金を抱いて翔べ

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    Fly With The Gold - 黄金を抱いて翔べ

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    • Movie: Fly With The Gold
    • Romaji: Ogon O Daite Tobe
    • Japanese: 黄金を抱いて翔べ
    • Director: Kazuyuki Izutsu
    • Writer: Kaoru Takamura (novel), Yasuhiro Yoshida, Kazuyuki Izutsu
    • Producer: Ryuhei Chiba, Shinichi Karube, Osamu Fujioka, Noboru Aburatani, Wakana Kanno, Yasushi Minatoya
    • Cinematographer: Shinya Kimura
    • Release Date: November 3, 2012
    • Runtime: 129 min.
    • Genre: Crime / Heist / Suspense
    • Distributor: Shochiku
    • Language: Japanese
    • Country: Japan

    Plot
    Kota (Satoshi Tsumabuki) hears about an impending 1.5 billion yen gold bar heist from his friend Kitagawa (Tadanobu Asano), a former college classmate, and decides to take part. The gold bar sits in the basement of the HQ of Sumita Bank.

    Helping Kota and Kitagawa are bank security employee Noda (Kenta Kiritani), a North Korean spy pretending to be a college student (Shim Chang-Min), Kitagawa's younger brother Haruki (Junpei Mizobata) and a former elevator engineer (Toshiyuki Nishida). These 6 men are about to carry the boldest of schemes to bypass the bank's high-tech defense system.

    Notes
    1. Based on the best-selling novel "Ogon O Daite Tobe" by Kaoru Takamura (published January, 1994).
    2. Filming begins January, 2012.
    3. Shim Chang-Min, member of Kpop group "TVXQ," plays Momo, a North Korean spy pretending to be a student.
    Cast
    • Satoshi Tsumabuki as Kota
    • Tadanobu Asano as Kitagawa
    • Shim Chang-Min as Momo
    • Kenta Kiritani as Noda
    • Junpei Mizobata as Haruki
    • Toshiyuki Nishida as Zii-chan

    Additional Cast Members:

    • Munetaka Aoki as King
    • Yuri Nakamura as Keiko
    • Tomorowo Taguchi as Yamagishi
    • Shingo Tsurumi as Suenaga


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    Summary On Changmin’s Part In “Fly With The Gold”

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    Introducing the character:

    Originally came from North Korea. His name is 楚要焕, 26 years old. He has one older brother who is 4 years older than him, and two younger sisters. He was a spy from North Korea organization. Moved to Kyoto, Japan five years ago and exchanged identity with a person named 宗隆生, who is a Korean that lived in Tokyo. Like to introduce himself as 桃太郎 (aka モモ). He always wears wool sweater and jeans with a oldfashioned shoulder bag. He is a master student and teaching assistant in an university.

    Also works part-time at a tofu shop called 丸吹. His expertise is to create bombs.


    モモ met 幸田 [Kouda] (the main character):

    Kouda first saw モモ at the train station. The door was about to close, so Kouda ran immediately into the train. He then realized a guy was behind him but the door closed, therefore the guy couldn’t get on. First, Kouda didn’t recognize モモ until he bumped into モモ again in a stationary store at Akihabana 秋葉原.

    Kouda finds him very strange. 野田 [Noda] (another character who is part of the gold robbery plan) asked Kouda if モモ is an alien or ET since no one knows where he was from. Kouda’s apartment can look into モモ’s apartment clearly. Because モモ doesn’t have air conditioner, therefore all the windows are opened most of the time. Yet, he hardly turns on the light at night time even when he was home.

    モ モ goes to tofu shop everyday at 3am to prepare then does delivery at 9am to the customer near the area. Kouda isn’t sure if モモ will go to school after work since he isn’t around. But he assumed モモ is not a hardworking student since he doesn’t turn on the light and study at night.
    After knowing モモ for one month later, they started to get to know each other therefore sometimes they will go out for meals or play lead balls machine game (a very popular machine game in Japan) together. モモ is addicted to this game and goes to the game store in front of the bus stop everyday.

    モモ never gets any mails, and not even advertisement letters. He doesn’t even order newspapers so no one would ever come to his house. He probably doesn’t even have any friends or no one even knows where he lives. Moreover, he always disappears for few days or a week. Whenever he goes for a short trip, he will change his old shoulder bag to a blue travel suitcase, yet keeps his outfit. Next time seeing him, even though he looks extremely tired, he will be sitting in front of the lead balls machine playing games.

    Kouda believes モモ was the one who set up the bomb explosion at Shibuya 渋谷 police station a month ago since he remembered seeing モモ buying some bomb creating materials at Akihabana at three different stationary stores a year ago.

    北川 [Kitagau], the organizer of this robbery plan wanted to invite モモ to join the group, therefore, he asked Kouda to find モモ. But Kouda thinks モモ is too complicated and he killed his own brother so he doesn’t want モモ to be part of them.

    Moreover, モモ has disappeared for a while since Kouda last saw him, but Kitagau insists to have モモ in because of his bomb creating expertise.


    モモ killed his brother:

    This is also how the story begins by discovering the dead body of モモ’s brother.
    モ モ’s brother is also a spy from North Korea. He came to Japan to kill モモ. Yet, he got killed by モモ with a gun in the head. This gun is believed to be belonged to モモ’s brother. モモ then threw the dead body into the river. Unfortunately, a guy saw モモ and how he disposed the dead body to the river. A passport was found in the dead body, and the name of the passport was 楚要焕.

    モモ reappeared in front of Kouda with the same outfit but looked completely different. Most likely because of the beard all over his face. モモ pulled him to a quiet place and questioned if the gun モモ was holding was Kouda’s. モモ’s brother told モモ it was Kouda who told him where モモ lives. モモ also confessed that he used this gun to kill his brother. Kouda said he didn’t even know how his brother looks like, he also said he will keep the gun for now and warned モモ not to cause troubles again or else he will call the police. モモ then mumbled in Korean.

    Kouda then dig a hole near his old house on top of a hill where he lived during his childhood, and hided the gun. There’s also a church near his house, too.


    モモ joined the gang:

    モ モ was followed by two people, one was balled the other one was a bit chumpy, to his apartment. Kitagau also followed behind them. Kouda saw it from his apartment so he ran over and helped Kitagau. モモ went into his house and Kouda and Kitagau were fighting with the two guys and Kouda and the two guys fell down the stairs. At this time, they could smell something burning from モモ’s apartment. Kouda ran down to the back of the apartment since he knew モモ would escape from the window while Kitagau ran into the apartment. Kouda saw モモ jumped off from the window, followed with Kitagau. They caught モモ and then they heard an explosion from モモ’s apartment.

    Kouda stole a gun from the two guys and Kitagau asked モモ which country is this gun from? モモ didn’t answer. Kitagau then forced the gun to モモ, so モモ had to put the gun in his coat.
    Noda came to pick them up and decided to place モモ at [Old man]’s apartment.

    Old man’s apartment also lived a young lady. From then on, モモ became a member of the group.


    Kouda and Kitagau killed the witness for モモ:

    Kouda and モモ began their first mission together by observing the building where they were going to rob. During the observation, モモ saw the guy who was the witness of モモ’s murder. This guy was with the young lady who was living at old man’s apartment. Kouda told モモ they are dating couple. After that, モモ disappeared again for few days.

    Kitagau and Kouda thought モモ wanted to kill the witness, therefore they were so mad and beat up モモ after モモ came back. But モモ didn’t kill the guy.

    Kitagau and Kouda didn’t want anyone or anything to effect their plans, therefore they killed the witness for モモ.

    モ モ felt bad that Kitagau and Kouda killed the witness for him. He thought if anyone is going to the jail, it should be him only. He didn’t want to get other people involved. He believes he is going to die or to the jail eventually. Kouda asked モモ why didn’t you kill the witness then. モモ replied by saying there’s no reason to live anymore if I killed a guy like him.

    He felt regretted for killing his brother. He wanted to go to church and confess, wanted to find someone to say it to. Therefore, he felt relieved after he told Kouda yet this made Kouda suffered. “…heard from Kitagau that you have a bible. I don’t know anything about you, but one day I want to chat with you about God, chat about my secrets…”

    Afterwards, they found out that the witness was controlled by a gangster’s group called 青銅社. This group was looking for モモ. The witness also reported the murder incident to the Japan police.

    Kouda and Kitagau suspected that モモ used to be a spy with North Korea but he wanted to quit. Then South Korea wanted to get information from him, therefore, North Korea wanted to kill モモ before South Korea gets him.


    Old man betrayed モモ:

    Noda started to suspect that there was a traitor in the group. Because the people who wanted to kill モモ always knew where they were or what they did. Even after モモ kept moving and started dressing like a girl. No one ever suspected Old man except Kouda. Since Old man is a scavenger near the river where the dead body was disposed; Therefore, Old man most likely got asked by the police after the incident happened.

    Kouda went to ask モモ if he knew anything about Old man. モモ answered yes. Kouda then asked why didn’t you say a word, why didn’t you escape. モモ said because I have no where to go. モモ said he found out Old man was very closed to this guy 末永 who was once a connector with the North, then a Japan police. Back in the days, he would probably kill Old man right away, but since he was not a spy anymore, therefore all he could do now is hide. Kouda told モモ to stay at his place from now.

    モモ told Kouda South, North, and Japan police wanted to kill him, and three parties, 末永 (the North), 青銅社 (gangster), and Old man wanted to catch him.
     
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    [part two]

    モモ’s death:

    From then on, モモ only focused on making bombs but he would still dress like a lady when he went out. He looked exactly like a Kyoto beauty. Also, he smiled more often than before, and looks very pretty when he smiles.

    The plan of robbery is going to happen on December 16th, and モモ finished all the bombs and preparations they needed 4 days before the action begins. モモ said to Kouda, only 4 days left before the 16th, but there’s nothing to do anymore. Kouda answered he thought so too.

    Then Kitagau told Kouda Noda noticed Old man was seeing 末永 again at Old man’s apartment. At this point, Kitagau wanted to give up モモ since he already finished all his duty and they didn’t need him anymore but they need Old man for his skills during the robbery. Kouda knew that モモ would be in serious danger.

    December 15th, Kouda left モモ in his house and went to buy food in the morning. He bought a box of sushi and a carton of milk. After he went back to the apartment, モモ told Kouda that the phone line was cut. Then he took a gun out of his suitcase. モモ told Kouda to hide in the closet. Kouda looked into モモ’s eyes and just looked like the eyes of a professional killer. Kouda then said, “don’t be silly, let’s leave together now. I didn’t see anyone outside when I came back.” モモ shook his head with a bitter smile and said, “I’ve seen these so many times. You better trust me, please.”

    The door bell then rang, so モモ pulled Kouda to the side. The bell kept ringing then stopped. Then someone was trying to get into the house by damaging the door. The guy made a big hole on the door. モモ told Kouda to bend down. The door was opened.

    The guy started shooting his gun and Kouda got shot. モモ shot the guy down with his gun then pulled the guy out of the door then closed the door. モモ was calling Kouda but Kouda felt very cold. モモ gave Kouda a glass of warm Vodka and said, “you probably lose blood that’s why you feel cold but you will feel warm soon.”

    Kouda asked, “where did I get shot at?”

    モモ said, “You right shoulder below your shoulder bone but I took the bullet out already. Bone is a bit broken.”

    Kouda asked again, “Why am I not in pain?”

    モモ answered, “Because I helped you to inject some Morphine.”

    Kouda said, “How come you have such thing, seems like you have everything with you!”

    モ モ then carried Kouda but in a weird position because he got shot at the same spot as Kouda as well. He said he would be fine so they left the apartment and hide at the church. They finished up the sushi and milk Kouda bought then モモ felt asleep at 1am on the bench. Kouda also fell asleep with his arms crossed.

    Kouda was waken up by the coldness at 6:30am. モモ’s head was leaning on Kouda’s left shoulder. Kouda then realized モモ’s body was cold.


    モモ in Kouda’s heart:

    During the robbery, Kouda remembered how モモ taught him and he thought to himself: モモ, it’s alright. Let me do it.

    After he succeed at the task that モモ taught him to do, he screamed inside himself: モモ, do you see it? I succeed!

    At the end, “Right, モモ. I want to chat with you about God. I want to have deep chats with you…”


    Source; @novelmine, @MissyStephie, Changmin’s gall, @simzang218
    Reported/Arranged by: Balik
    Translated by: CTVXQstaff_mug_ping @ ContinueTVXQ.com
    Distributed by: Balik @ ContinueTVXQ.com
    taken from : tvxqupdates , facebook
     
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    [TRANS] 130123 Announcement About The Blu-ray & DVD Release Of “Fly With The Gold”

    It has been decided for the “Fly With The Gold” Blu-ray and DVD to be released on 2 April 2013 (rental will begin on the same date)!
    Aside from an outer casing and a copy of the promotional material that was issued to the press (resized version), the collector’s edition this time will include special contents such as behind-the-scenes footage not included in the “Making Of Fly With The Gold” DVD, released 2 October 2012, as well as footage from the showcase and the stage greeting during the premiere. The collector’s edition will be limited to first press editions only.

    [Blu-ray] Fly With The Gold First Press Limited Collector’s Edition (2-Disc Set)
    BIXJ-0069 Suggested Retail Price: 8,190 yen (tax inclusive)
    [DVD] Fly With The Gold First Press Limited Collector’s Edition (2-Disc Set)
    BIBJ-8269 Suggested Retail Price: 7,140 yen (tax inclusive)

    ■Special Contents■
    Fly With The Gold Luxurious Outer Case/ promotional material issued to the press (resized version)
    [Special Footage](tentatively approximately 140 mins)

    [Main Disc]
    ○Preview Compilation
    [Special Disc (DVD)]
    ○Shooting Diary (Filled with footage not included in “Making Of Fly With The Gold”)
    ○Showcase・Premiere Stage Greeting
    ○Character Introductions Compilation
    ○Spin-Off Drama 「The Reason Why I Chase The Gold」 (5-Episode drama distributed via the BeeTV&Video Store/approximately 70 mins)
    ※The special contents are tentative. Please note that they may be subject to change.

    [Blu-ray] Fly With The Gold Standard Edition
    BIXJ-0070 Suggested Retail Price: 5,040 yen (tax inclusive)
    [DVD]Fly With The Gold Standard Edition
    BIBJ-8270 Suggested Retail Price: 4,095 yen (tax inclusive)

    ■Special Footage■Preview Compilation

    Publisher: Avex Marketing
    Distributor: Happynet
    Release Date: 2 April (Tue)

    Official Site → http://www.ougon-movie.jp/

    Source: [Tohoshinki Official Site]
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    Nikkan Sports Movie Awards : Fan Award

    The fan award was announced and prsented to the “Fly with the Gold”(directedy by Izutsu Kazuyuki) starring Cheumabuki Satoshi at the Film Awards. Voting was conducted on the premium paid mobile sites “Nikkan Entertainment Premium”, “Nikkan Entertainment,” “Nikkan Sports . com” etc. from 11/29 to 12/10. “Fly with the Gold” received 229 votes beating 2nd place “The Final Judgement” by 11 votes.

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    [TRANS] 130503 TVXQ Changmin Fly With The Gold Interview with MTV Taiwan

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    About appearing on a Japanese film for the first time…

    “I did not have confidence in myself, as I was surrounded by words and environment that I was not used to. Japanese was not my first language so whenever I would have to answer someone, according to the script, I would have to translate the line to my own language before I actually react to it. Because of this, my timing was too slow and I was scolded by the director from time to time.”

    Changmin reflected the toughness of Director Izutsu, “There was a part-time job scene at the Tofu store. My character was a bombing expert so I was supposed to be skilled with hands, but instead because of the cold water and freezing air, my hands were shaking, which caused the tofu to break so many times. I had unexpected amount of NGs and the director got really mad at me.” There was a time when the director instructed to do something and Changmin cried at the spot, since he couldn’t do what he was told to do.

    Regarding Changmin disguising himself as a woman…

    “I was given three days to film this scene. I was hoping for the script to be fixed but the director insisted on going on (the scene was one of the key parts in the novel, since it gave a feeling of him being chased frantically to make him feel that there was no way out. Changmin’s character always escaped with the skin of his teeth and he had to even disguise as a woman in order to run away.) so it took me three days to put myself together and be ready to film the scene.”

    Once he made up his mind, Changmin changed his perspective and began to think that he should get the best out of it. He even discussed which makeup and hairstyle looked best on him with the stylist. When his fashion was chosen, he went around, asking how he looked. Tsumabuki, who was his co-star, was surprised at Changmin’s purely looked face and style and couldn’t resist but say, “Cute”.

    Source: MTV Taiwan via hellomomo_tw
    Translation by: la_dolce_vita_8
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    [NEWS] 131001 ‘Fly with the Gold’ will be released in Korea on 10 October

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    "Fly with the Gold" Changmin, He is definitely TVXQ

    TVXQ member, Choikang Changmin, has returned as an actor.

    Through the movie “Fly with the Gold”, Changmin has demonstrated his outstanding acting abilities and has passed the grade as an actor.

    In his 2011 drama “Paradise Ranch”, Changmin transformed into an actor through his role as the male lead, Han Dong Joo. At that time, he showed off a new side of him as a brash heir to a chaebol group. Even though it was his first stab at acting, he received positive reviews from his stable acting abilities. However, while he was unable to receive a huge response at that time, through “Fly with the Gold”, he has shown off another new side of him, not as the singer Choikang Changmin, but as the actor Choikang Changmin, and made an impact.

    In “Fly with the Gold”, Changmin plays a detonation expert born in North Korea. With his ease with the Japanese dialogue, he played this important character to the T. In contrast to his frail appearance, he displayed a tough inner side to him, showing off his impressive acting abilities.

    In particular, Changmin has attracted much attention for being able to match up with / coordinate well with Japanese actor, Tsumabuki Satoshi, who has many fans within Korea. Without being inferior to the best Japanese actor Tsumabuki Satoshi, his natural acting abilities allowed him to immerse in his role in the movie.

    Through this movie, Changmin has won numerous awards in Japan and broken the stereotype / prejudice about idol-turned-actors. He has firmly cemented his presence as an actor after breaking through his identity as a singer. Regarding his acting abilities, the director of “Fly with the Gold” praised him and said “No wonder he is TVXQ”.

    Source: Naver
    Translated by: mug_ping
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    DBSK’s Changmin Wins “Best Rookie Actor” For Japanese Movie “Fly With The Gold”

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    On March 8, DBSK‘s Changmin attended the 36th Annual Japanese Academy Awards Ceremony and took home the “Best Rookie Actor” Award.

    He made his Japanese large screen debut in the film “Fly With The Gold” as an under cover North Korean spy named “Momo” taking the guise of a foreign exchange student. According to sources, Changmin blew film officials out of the water with his perfect Osaka accent. Receiving an award from the Japanese Academy Awards committee is considered to be a prestigious honor in the field of drama and film.

    In other news, DBSK released their sixth Japanese studio album “Time” on March 6 and within two days over 20,000 copies have been sold. On April 27, DBSK will be kicking off their “TIME” dome tour starting in Saitama super arena and then onward to Tokyo dome, Osaka Kyocera dome, Fukuoka Yahoo Japan dome, etc.

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    [News/Trans] 130311 “It is an honor,” Changmin’s Acceptance Speech, the First Korean to win Japan Academy Rookie of the Year

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    Changmin received the Rookie Award at the 36th Japan Academy Awards. His role as a bomb specialist in the Japanese movie “Fly with the Gold’’ was well-received , especially, being a foreigner who had to use the Osaka dialect smoothly.

    “I’m so honored that I got an opportunity to work with such a great movie director, actors, my company, and staff. I am really thankful for getting such a phenomenal award.” said Changmin during the ceremony.

    “Was shooting for your Japanese film debut difficult?” asked the MC. Changmin aroused laughter with his funny and witty answer saying the director’s Kansai dialect made communication difficult and that it was scary.

    Japan’s most prestigious movie awards the Japan Academy Award winners from 16 categories have been announced. Four actors received the Rookie of the year award, Changmin is the only foreigner to receive this award this year and the first Korean to win it.


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    TVXQ Changmin Wins Rookie Award at 'Japan Movie Critics Awards'

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    TVXQ member Changmin has been chosen to receive the 'Rookie Award' at the 'Japan Movie Critics Awards'.

    They revealed that Changmin would take this award for his appearance in the Japan movie, 'Run with the Gold" in which he played the character of Momo.

    Changmin's first Japan movie role, "Fly with the Gold" is originally a crime novel written by Takamura Kaoru. The main plot of the story is that there are 6 men that try to steal a gold bullion that is hidden underground in Osaka. The movie features other famous Japan movie stars such as Tsumabuki Satoshi and more.

    The movie released last year in November.

    Changmin also won the rookie award at the Japanese Academy Awards this past March for the same movie as well.

    It seems that Changmin's acting has caught the eyes of many in the film industry.

    The winners for the awards are chosen by the critics themselves. This ceremony will be held in Japan on May 2.

    Changmin is also currently the MC for the KBS show, "Our Neighborhood Arts and Physical Education" along with MC Kang Ho Dong.

    He debuted in the group TVXQ under SM Entertainment and has become one of the leading K-Pop idol groups around the world.

    He recently debuted as an actor in Japan with the movie, "Run with the Gold" and has won many awards and received positive responses from both fans and critics.

    Changmin first made his acting debut in 2009 through a drama title, "Paradise Meadow."


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    Fly with the Gold Navigation Book - Changmin Interview


    He plays the spy named “Momo,” who lives in a completely different world from himself.

    Within the 6 men planning a bank robbery in “Fly with the Gold,” there is a character who stands out, the one named “Momo” who is a spy for his former country. He is scouted by the team as a pro in bomb-making, and this man, who has a large influence on the main character Kouda Hiroyuki, can be said to be the key to the movie’s success. The one selected for this important character is Tohoshinki member Changmin.

    The period for movie filming overlapped with Tohoshinki’s tour, but when I read the script and heard the names of Director Izutsu and my fellow cast, I wanted to take the challenge no matter how unreasonable. I had seen Director Izutsu’s “Pacchigi!” and his other works after that, and I was convinced to be in his unique view of the world.

    Momo, who on the outside is a student studying abroad working part-time at a tofu shop while attending graduate school, is a spy for his former country. For some reason, he is being trapped, deserted by his mother country, chased by the police. Just like it’s him against the world. No matter which organization he is found by, there is no fate without being caught. Although Changmin, who has had activities in Japan for 8 years, is also “a foreigner who makes a living in Japan,” he tells us his first challenge was understanding Momo who he has nothing in common with.

    I felt the difficulties of acting in a foreign language.

    "I live in a bright world, but Momo lives quietly because of the circumstances that force him to hide his true self. It wasn’t easy understanding his feelings. If there were a similarity, it would probably be that we have the kind of personalities that don’t like to stand out (laughs). In the beginning, I was the type who was bad at being in front of people. When I meet my friends from a long time ago, they tell me, ‘Even now, I can’t believe you sing and dance in front of people as a performer.’ I can’t really believe it either. Nowadays, I’m proud that I like this work, but when I was child, I never had any interest in acting or singing."

    This is his first time appearing in a full-fledged movie. Nevertheless, he had prepared for the tall hurdles of acting in a foreign language (Japanese) for a foreign movie from the start. Despite that, he confesses that it was a a harder trail than he had expected.

    "Before filming, I read the script until I understood the lines of the others as well…I studied harder (than if I were acting in Korean), but even with that, at the actual filming location when I tried acting with my fellow actors, I would reply to their lines right away without feeling." After I understood in my head, I would react, but it was just a little late. Maybe it was just 1 second late, but for a movie, that’s too slow. If I expected and reacted, it became forced….I felt that the hurdles of acting in a foreign language were so high once more.

    Changmin has the ability to appear on regular TV or give an interview using only Japanese and without using a translator. For people just meeting him, his skills will probably be a surprise. However, Director Izutsu, who is known for for his strict direction in the acting world, doesn’t accept pardons like “he’s good for a foreigner.” He demanded a performance at the same level as the other 5 main cast members, who are capable and have past achievements. At the filming location, the retakes piled up without mercy. In the beginning, he fell into a panic when he couldn’t follow the director and the staff’s Osaka dialect.

    "I was worse at understanding the Osaka dialect than I expected, and I had to guess at what they were saying, even the director. I became apparent that we weren’t able to communicate. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t stressful. The staff and my co-stars came to the Tohoshinki live, but the assistant director saw me dancing and singing on the bright stage full of confidence, and said that he couldn’t believe it was the same person (laughs). I really lost all confidence when I was at the filming location."

    As a result of working so hard, he is moved by the finished film and has a certain feeling of satisfaction.

    "Up until now, among the Japanese movies I’ve seen, it’s the one filled with the most tension. The scene I liked was in the beginning where Momo and his older brother meet again. It’s a short scene, but it’s one where Momo’s character comes out and shows what kind of situation he is in."

    The times where he felt the difficulties of acting as well as its charms was when he had to act and express emotion with Kouda, played by Tsumabuki Satoshi. In the original work, they have a homosexual kind of feel, and he worried how to portray the subtle sway of emotions.

    The emotional eye-opening scene with Kouda

    "Kouda and Momo both carry various feelings of loss and despair. In their harsh environment, they find a way to live for themselves, and live in desperation. Because of this, I think the two are naturally attracted to each other. A bond is gradually formed. It was important to express it with the eyes and the face. I believed in the director and followed his supervision. It was really strict guidance though (laughs)."

    Something else that stirred up a storm, is the scene where he changes into women’s clothes to hide from his pursuers.

    "It’s in the original work, and because it’s a meaningful scene that shows the opening of Kouda’s heart, I prepared to act it out. If I was going to do it, I wanted to look pretty, but when I looked at myself in women’s clothes in the mirror, it was ridiculous. I think I have a thin figure, but I was shocked to see a thick person reflected in the mirror. Women are very slender aren’t they? But when you see it on screen, they edited it really well, and I was relieved that I looked prettier than expected. The movie pulls together the strengths of the director and the staff."

    Stitched in between his overcrowded live tour schedule, the filming he took on was harsh physically and emotionally, but there is a feeling of accomplishment.

    "If there is another chance, I’d like to appear in a another movie. It was a valuable experience. But if it were a foreign language film, it would be important to be more cautious."

    I experienced Nepalese food for the first time in Osaka where you can enjoy many foreign cuisines.

    I’ve been to Osaka many times before for Tohoshinki’s concerts, but because it was always coming and going to the same places, the hotel, the live hall, and out for food, I didn’t really know it in detail. This time I’ve come to what Osaka is like more deeply from going through the location. Osaka Castle is reflected in the opening scene of the movie, and even though I’ve had concerts at Osaka Castle Hall, I was impressed by its beauty when I saw it lit up.

    Osaka is unique and completely different from Tokyo in that its atmosphere has a good mix of flashy and ordinary. When I walk the streets, there are many Zainichi Koreans [Koreans who are permanent residents in Japan] , and I feel a sense of affinity with them. However, I don’t really eat Korean food. Because Japan has a lot of delicious things, there’s no need for me to go out of my way to pick Korean food. I love Japanese food as well, but there are many different restaurants for foreign cuisine in Osaka. One that I discovered during filming was Nepalese food. It was my first time eating it, but I was so moved by how delicious it was that I was in a dream for a week.


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    there are also some updates / interviews at ~
    ~ http://fandomrelated.tumblr.com/
    ~ tsubakiya.livejournal.com (part translation of the novel can also be found here , mostly momo's part)

    and owh yeah... my favorite part of the movie ~ when momo sings the momo song

     
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    tnx a lot!
    i will try to add them :)
     
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    News Post Seven - Director Izutsu Interview

    As it was Changmin’s first time taking on a Japanese film, how was his performance?
    Up until I saw his performance on set, I was uneasy about how he would do. To be honest, I wasn’t even sure if he could write the character E in engi (performance). I thought I would have to edit by cut and pasting, but I did not have that trouble at all.

    It seems that he had trouble understanding when you gave directions in your Kansai dialect though.
    He did at first. However, he really understood my nuances well. His Japanese skills are amazing.

    Did he gradually come to understand your directions?
    He understood everything. He understood tremendously. There was a scene in a tofu shop where he couldn’t grasp the tofu very well, but he knew what the performance meant and tried his best. A lot of takes piled up, but he did it until the end without making a sound. He’s really something.

    Did he give a manly performance?
    He did. His role is especially complex in that he has secret identity as a bomb maker and a spy for his country. It’s the complete opposite from his regular job, so I think he had fun while doing it.

    Filming was during his concerts, so it seems like he was very busy during filming.
    He would go to a concert and sing and dance up in front of fans, then come back and play a bomb maker. And again, he’d do concerts, play the role of a bomb maker, and do scary things (laughs). As expected of a professional stageman, he’s skilled at switching between feelings.

    It seems that his cross-dressing scene has become quite the story.
    That seemed like fanservice (laughs). It was also in the original work. He had to hide himself while running away from his country and organizations, so he disguised himself and took on the opposite form. His role is one where he can’t live by playing fair. However, he acted it out.

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