The majority of the cast of the Gintama live action movie joined the Japan premiere event on 28 June 2017 at Tokyo Dome City Hall.
Attending the event were 15 cast members; Shun Oguri, Masaki Suda, Kanna Hashimoto, Yuya Yagira, Hirofumi Arai, Ryo Yoshizawa, Akari Hayami, Tsuyoshi Muro, Masami Nagasawa, Masaki Okada, Jiro Sato, Nanao, Ken Yasuda, Kankuro Nakamura, and director Yuichi Fukuda.
First, Oguri talked about the character he is playing, Gintoki Sakata, ‘Normally he is really lazy, but he can fight for the things he wants to protect which is really cool.’
This is where Suda, who plays Shinpachi Shimura, told the story of how the song ‘Gintama Ondou’ was born. The song was used in one of the special movies (link below). The cast went to eat in one of the filming breaks and at the restaurant Oguri suddenly said ‘Wouldn’t “Gintama Ondou” be funny?’. And then it really was funny.’
Suda also said about Kagura, played by Hashimoto, that she isn’t a heroine but rather a ‘Heromit’, ‘She is snorting and vomiting and doing things that aren’t at all idol-like, but it seems like the most fun.’ Hashimoto was very serious and answered calmly, ‘I am not worried but… It was hard. I tried very hard to reproduce the face that the director was showing me.’
When they were asked about the hardships they faced during filming, Nakamura (cast as Isao Kondo) answered, ‘Since we filmed mainly in July and August, the hottest time of the year, I think it was hard on everybody. But since my character gets naked most of the time, I didn’t suffer much.’ He continued to make the audience laugh, ‘On location, I was mostly naked and only wearing a gown, so everybody said I was a porn actor.’ And Yagira (cast as Toshiro Hijikata) added, ‘Even though it would be a serious talking scene with the Shinsengumi, he was still butt-naked. It was hard to not laugh.’
Yoshizawa, who is playing the popular Sogo Okita, let everybody look deep into his thoughts, ‘The reaction of the fans of the original work was really scary. I thought they might kill me.’ When he said that, Tsuyoshi Muro stuck uncomfortably close to Yoshizawa, and Fukuda sent him a warning glance.
Arai is playing Nizo Okada, the character bearing the weight of all the serious parts in the movie. ‘If it was fun for the staff behind the camera, it was a win. We did it very seriously, there was nothing funny. When we came on, everybody was silent,’ he confessed, and Sato added, ‘Because he is that kind of character!’ Arai answered, ‘I know that!’ and regretted that there weren’t any ‘funny’ parts. And Nanao (cast as Matako Kijima) told us that she kept bursting into laughter at Saitou’s ad-libs during the takes.
Nagasawa, who had to do many funny faces for the movie, said, ‘I did things I hadn’t done since I became an actress.’ She seemed a bit embarrassed, but Fukuda revealed, ‘Yesterday I got a text from her saying “Next time I will be able to do more.”‘
Then it was finally Okada’s turn so he said ‘I wanted to talk sooner!’ and Muro said, ‘Finished talking, Masaki?’ which Okada returned with a simple, ‘Shut up!’ Just like that, the whole talk segment broke into chaos with all of them mocking him. Suda also joined the teasing, ‘Masaki~’ Okada answered softly, ‘You’re also Masaki!’, which made some fans in the audience swoon.
In the end, Oguri summarized the friendly talk, ‘I think this talk showed it very clearly, it’s going to be a movie just like this. So I think it’s very enjoyable.’
The movie will come to Japanese cinemas on 14 July 2017. A drama called Gintama -Mitsuba Arc-will also be released on 15 July 2017 on dTV with the same cast members.