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On Sunday 9 July, there was an press event to announce the opening of a ‘realistic escape game’ based on the extremely popular TV anime Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter 1. Kento Yamazaki, who plays the lead of the movie, attended the event.
Before the event, Yamazaki was asked about his experience with Jojo’s Escape from a Bizarre Amusement Park. He said, ‘I’ve been going to amusement parks from a very young age. It’s fun to enjoy Jojo’s world in a familiar environment, wander around the premises writing keywords and going through mazes. When I solved the puzzle I was very happy.’ When he was asked which of his co-stars would be good at the realistic escape game, he said, ‘Takayuki Yamada likes games so I think he would be good at it. Ryunosuke Kamiki is also very smart so he seems like he would solve the puzzles easily.’
He experienced the game onstage. Then he said, ‘In the realistic escape game, it feels like you have entered the world of Jojo so it was fun. I would like you all to enjoy the attraction and the movie.’
Also, when asked about the movie and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventures: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter 1’s (4 August release) filming location in Spain, Yamazaki said, ‘The manga is based in a town called Morioh but a town called Sitges in Spain fits the image of the world. Creating that world together with Director Miike and the wonderful cast was fun.’
He also commented on the impressive scenes, ‘I was excited to see the Stands onscreen. The scenes which incorporate Stands into the fight can only be found in Jojo so it was very exciting to see it.’ Also, when the subject of the film’s win of the Viewers Prize at the 17th Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival was brought up, he said, ‘The local fans really enjoyed themselves and they were really passionate. I am happy that we were able to send the movie overseas and win the votes of the people who watched it.’
The event will be running in Tokyo Dome from 15 July – 24 September 2017, in Osaka’s Hirakata Park from 21 July – 18 September 2017 and in Kumamoto’s Greenland from 22 July – 3 September 2017.