Queen of the idol world, AKB48's Matsubara Natsumi, stars in a horror movie with other idols
Yusuke Yamada’s short story Kotsutsubo is getting a movie adaptation, and it will feature members of four different idol groups— Natsumi Matsubara of AKB48, Rurika Yokoyama of Idoling!!!, Rina Miyazaki of SUPER☆GiRLS, and Ai Shinozaki of AeLL.
Yamada is probably best known for writing the popular thriller “Real Onigokko”, which inspired a low-budget 2008 movie that was a surprise hit with the after school crowd.
The new movie’s story involves a cursed funeral urn filled with ashes that can bring about people’s deaths. A socially inept female high school student named Eri (Matsubara) attempts to save her childhood friend, a popular girl named Mitsuko (Yokoyama), from a stalker teacher who’s using the urn to spread the curse.
This will be Matsubara’s first movie and first time in the lead role, “I originally wanted to be an actress and then I joined AKB, so this makes me really happy. I want this to be a great film for my career, so I don’t lose to the other members.”
The press was invited to the final day of shooting on February 22nd in Hakone, Kanagawa at a closed school. The crew was on a bullet schedule, filming the movie in just a week. Matsubara commented, “I don’t feel tired at all, but the dark rings under my eyes look terrible (haha). I would say I did everything, like run and run on this cold mountain road. [The running made me get many scratches].
Matsubara plays the main character, Eri, “The role is contrastive to my happy self, but I acted and changed the way I walked and the way I glanced and things like that. People that are fans of a specific person don’t really get the chance to see the girls from other groups, but I’m glad that through this film they can have a chance know about the other idols in the idol world.”
J-horror veteran Akira Nagae (2channel no Noroi Gekijoban) will direct.
“Kotsutsubo” will begin its nation-wide theatrical release in Japan on May 26, 2012.
So happy 4 her omg she deserves it sm!!! Nothing those gross idoling wotas on 2ch can say will change that Natsumi gets top billing sorry freaks.