The miraculous movie adaptation of Maya Mineo’s Tonde Saitama which sold over 620,000 copies starring Nikaido Fumi and GACKT! Unheard of! The “Saitama dissing movie” of love and hilarity opens in cinemas on Friday, 22 February. Before it’s release, Nikaido Fumi & GACKT have arrived in Fukuoka to convey the “charms of Saitama” in the Nihon Saitama-ka Keikaku!

Loud cheers arose when they appeared! Nikaido Fumi hi-touched with audience members while walking in, while GACKT responded to the cheers of the fans with a smile, heating up the event with unexpected service.

ーーー This is Nikaido-san’s first male role, so what was it like when you first received the offer?

Nikaido: Initially, I was asked what I thought about a female playing this role, but the original story has strong perspective, so we had a discussion about whether I could take this male role if possible, and then I took that challenge. The world view is rather absurd, so I thought that my playing a male role might just work (smiles).

ーーー Did GACKT-san smoothly accept the offer to play a high schooler?

GACKT: I initially rejected it. I thought that such a high schooler doesn’t exist and that it’s just far too impossible. And then the author, Master Maya Mineo said that he hoped that I would do it because that’s the sort of thing he wants to transcend. I myself am a fan of Master Maya Mineo’s works, so since he’s said that to me, I did it.

ーーー While acting the role of a high schooler, was there anything in particular that you kept in mind?

GACKT: Nothing (smiles). But during the very first time we filmed, Fumi-chan was dancing alone in an exceptionally extravagant set of a student council president’s room even though the camera wasn’t rolling. When I saw that, I felt confident that this movie will go well. From that, I clearly understood the world view, so I could proceed smoothly from there.

Nikaido: I don’t remember that, but perhaps it was the atmosphere of the site, but I get the feeling that perhaps was drawn by the grandeur of the set and began to dance. But I guess it was a good thing if that was what gave GACKT-san a peace of mind and believe that things would be alright.

ーーー Did you have fun playing a male role?

Nikaido: I had the chance to take part in scenes that male roles typically have, like taking part in a fight, and such powerful scenes so that was very enjoyable. I think those who watched the Tonde Saitama trailers would know too, but this time, it’s a story that has quite a lot of gags but in the second half, it becomes a story of love and revolution, so I’m truly honoured to have been given the chance to play a male role that confronts that.

ーーー Is there a cast member who left quite an impression on you, or is someone viewers should take note of when watching the movie?

GACKT: For me, Kyomoto’s acting really tickles my funny bone, and during filming, the Kyomoto magic is just too much (smiles). In the movie itself, the world view is memorable too, but it’s as if Kyomoto’s world hits back against that. Anyway, Kyomoto Masaki-san leaves an impression.

Nikaido: There’s a scene of a fight between Saitama and Chiba, and there, on one side it’s the Saitama natives while on the other it’s the Chiba natives, you can affirm that things like that. It’s a scene I really love, so I think it’d be great if you’d pay attention to that.

Halfway through was a surprise where the two of them gave out a famous confectionary from Saitama, Soka Senbei, to the fans gathered!

—— Lastly, please say something to everyone in Fukuoka.

Nikaido: Everyone, please take care of Saitama. Thank you for being here despite the cold. I’ve felt Fukuoka’s warmth, please do enjoy the movie!

GACKT: To those from Fukuoka, you might have absolutely no interest in Saitama, but it’d be nice to know that Kanto has such a problem, just because. I think that this movie is this century’s biggest, no, the biggest comedy in the history of Japanese film. I’ll be glad if you’d laugh while saying that it’s lame when you’re watching it. Please do go and watch it multiple times!

…… And when the event was ending, GACKT took out his smartphone and took a commemorative photo too!

This day was very cold and chilly, but we had a hot and exciting time at the event. Tonde Saitama the movie will begin its nationwide roadshow on Friday, 22 February.


Translation: GACKT ITALIA Team

Translation © GACKT ITALIA