The two-part live action movie 3-gatsu no Lion (March Comes in Like a Lion) is the latest work from director Keishi Otomo, who is best known for the Rurouni Kenshin live action movie series. The movie features an outstanding line-up of cast members including Ryunosuke Kamiki. The second part of the movie was finally released on 22 April.
To celebrate, a stage greeting event took place at Toho Cinemas Roppongi Hills Tokyo with the movie’s leading actor Ryunosuke Kamiki and his co-stars Kasumi Arimura, Kana Kurashina, Kaya Kiyohara, Ryo Kase, Yusuke Iseya, Gin Maeda, as well as the director Keishi Otomo.
The movie’s protagonist is Rei Kiriyama, a professional high school shogi player who lost his entire family at an early age and later left his foster father-cum-shogi teacher. The highly talented, prolific young actor Ryunosuke Kamiki tackled this sensitive yet strong character and his acting has attracted a lot of attention. Kamiki previously starred as Sojiro Seta in Otomo’s trademark work Rurouni Kenshin and his outstanding acting performance earned him the leading role in this new movie.
During the event, Kamiki talked about his acting style, ‘There is a certain period of time between the first part and the second part, so I changed my walking pace and posture. I tried to express that Rei is in the right frame of mind this time. Please, pay close attention to his posture as well as his playing speed during his matches.’
However, Iseya teased Kamiki on his emphasis on these noteworthy points, ‘You just like your own scenes after all!!’
Hearing this, Kamiki said in panic, ‘Hey, don’t be silly, don’t be silly.’
Iseya and Kase pointed out that the duel scenes left the biggest impression on them. Kiyohara and Kurashina highlighted the Kawamoto family meal scene. They talked about Kamiki’s behind-the-scene episodes in each of the scenes and the fans seemed to be listening to these untold episodes with much interest.
They also talked about Kamiki’s behind-the-scene episodes in each of the scenes. The fans seemed to be every interested in these stories.
On stage, they also performed Kagami Biraki, a Japanese traditional ceremony, hoping for the movie’s great success. However, inside the sake barrel, there was some information on a surprise present for the audience. The audience was informed of the movie’s official participation in the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival (Panorama category) and that it will be screened at the first-ever two-night premiere. Since Kamiki didn’t even know about this, he expressed his joy saying ‘First ever…and it will be two days in a row. I like the sound of First Ever!’ He was very emotional about the release of the movie, ‘The movie flew out of our hands and now it’s for everyone. Please keep supporting it with affection. I can’t thank you enough!’
* Japanese traditional ceremony to attract good fortune.