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9:39 am - 05/15/2012

Sawajiri Erika goes on hiatus due to poor health

On May 15th, it was reported that actress Sawajiri Erika has been on hiatus since early-May due to poor health.

After taking a short break from the acting scene, Sawajiri landed the lead role in the upcoming movie, ‘Helter Skelter‘. She was expected to make her big comeback with this film, but was forced to cancel promotional events due to her poor health.

A person from a movie magazine revealed, “Recently, the day before an interview, Sawajiri-san suddenly called in to cancel. Two months before the movie opens in theaters. It’s a period for promotions, but we were told that replacement interviews are indeterminate. We were troubled…

Others in the film industry say that Sawajiri’s poor health is due to a change in her mind and body. “In her upcoming movie, she’s challenged herself to intense sexual scenes. She’s an actress who becomes absorbed into her roles, so the heroine Ririko wouldn’t leave her body for a long time. She seemed to be down.

‘Helter Skelter’ is based on a 90’s manga Okazaki Kyoko, and it tells a story about a top idol named Ririko, who received plastic surgery on her entire body. As a result, she rises to fame, but her body eventually begins to deteriorate due to the after effects and stress from the entertainment industry. Because the original work included homosexuality and multiple sex scenes, the film-adaptation generated a buzz as people started talking about how far Sawajiri could go.

A person involved in the entertainment industry, who attended a private showing for ‘Helter Skelter’ earlier this month, commented, “It’s filled with scenes of mental confusion, it’s a dangerous role so it’s not strange that her spirit would fall apart. I don’t have the courage to have our actresses play the role.

Regarding her health, Sawajiri’s agency later sent a fax to several media outlets. They stated, “Because of her poor physical condition, the promotional events will be canceled.

After examination with a doctor, they concluded that “she’s required to rest for a selected time period. In regards to the her future activities, they explained, “She plans to return to work upon consultation with the doctor and once her physical condition has settled.

Sawajiri is scheduled to appear at the movie premiere for ‘Helter Skelter’ on July 5th. Her appearances will be decided upon progress of her health.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1, 2 and tokyohive
Image: Oricon

Check out the full trailer below...It looks INTENSE...

crimsonbreeze 15th-May-2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
Not gonna lie, I've never been a fan of her but she does look like she had some health issues... at least she wasn't that thin before. I don't like her but it's sad to see that when she was about to make her big comeback, she has to retire again. Hope she will get better soon.
dorkylifestyle 15th-May-2012 04:55 pm (UTC)
it's sad to see that when she was about to make her big comeback, she has to retire again. Hope she will get better soon.

pretty much THIS.
mitchy_fleur 15th-May-2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
“It’s filled with scenes of mental confusion, it’s a dangerous role so it’s not strange that her spirit would fall apart. I don’t have the courage to have our actresses play the role.”

Well I agree that Ririko is a dangerous character, I hope Sawajiri can recover soon :(
kyokutan 15th-May-2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
I hope she recovers soon!!
ungalad 15th-May-2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
Actually... she seems like a good actress and I kind of wanna watch the film. :O
rabu_parade 15th-May-2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
Oh man :( I hope she gets better soon. I love her sfm.
doujoushin 15th-May-2012 05:57 pm (UTC)
this. ): worried tbh. ririko does seem quite mental >>
lenra 15th-May-2012 07:49 pm (UTC)
me too :/
a_grumble_cake 15th-May-2012 06:03 pm (UTC)
Well, at least this time she gave an excuse? That's progress.
kazu_kumaguro 15th-May-2012 06:16 pm (UTC)
I just read the whole manga.
isolated_killer 15th-May-2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
One fabulous read.
lillie_frost 15th-May-2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
I don't want to be mean, but I don't really believe this...
polluxme 15th-May-2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
I thought that,too but I hesitated to comment. Since you said it ... here's +1 from me LOL.
THe movie looks really interesting, tho.
chizzyrei 15th-May-2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
I also don't. Either it's her condition from the start she won't do any promos or she suddenly didn't want and then movie PR staff had to come up with an excuse.
arashic5 15th-May-2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
Ririko is such a messed up character. I can't feel any pity nor compassion to her.
I've heard some actors would end up getting depression due to their acting role. I hope erika doesn't go through the same thing
asth77 15th-May-2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
wow this movie looks so great!
SHe's a good actress too from what I saw.
Hope she gets better.
neechee_striped 15th-May-2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
i love helter skelter, but it was a really heavy read.. i hope she gets well soon.
mrjl_writer 15th-May-2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
Doesn't this ring familiar to anyone else? I seem to remember the last time she had to do promos for something, she cancelled last minute citing health-issues. Either girl needs to take better care of herself, or maybe she doesn't like doing promo much. Maybe both. She does look VERY off in that pic though, hope she gets better.
inachan89 15th-May-2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
this movie looks pretty intense indeed
annhh 15th-May-2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Something doesn't sound right.. Or it could be she's just exhausted from putting all her energy into the movie, so now she needs a recharge both physically and mentally
lenra 15th-May-2012 07:50 pm (UTC)
i hope it's nothing serious and that she gets better soon.
isolated_killer 15th-May-2012 10:07 pm (UTC)
not surprised, Ririko's too fucked up.
kat_desu 15th-May-2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
I hope she gets well soon!
devilsatin 15th-May-2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
i'm not surprised tbh. she filmed l et m, helter skelter, and akujo ni tsuite back to back in just 4 months!! she's probably exhausted

i hope she gets better soon :3

Edited at 2012-05-15 10:31 pm (UTC)
memorian 15th-May-2012 11:20 pm (UTC)
I wonder if this film will be as racy as the manga
veessentielle 16th-May-2012 12:19 am (UTC)
queen ♥
xoxoknlove 16th-May-2012 04:00 am (UTC)
I hope she feels better ):

and really wanna watch that movie :D
ofs1992 16th-May-2012 04:32 am (UTC)
whats with that picture? her face, hair all looks fake!
booboobooboo99 16th-May-2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
Her faces scares the shit out of me these days, tbh.
georgiaannaa 16th-May-2012 11:23 am (UTC)
Hope she gets better asap.
Can't wait for the movie :D
booboobooboo99 16th-May-2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
Moar liek Hiatus Due To Surgery.
vampyrrep 16th-May-2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
poor health? or poor acting? hmmm... either way, i hope she be well.. well my opinion doesn't have to be yours too..
kerplunk 16th-May-2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
w/e her acting is fine, the film looks intense and amazing. i wasnt that interested at first but i watched the trailer because this is her "comeback" and bcz of evolution lol jk the movie actually looks really good.

I like films about entertainment industries and the dark side of it all. If anyone knows jpn films like that other than this please recommend

Edited at 2012-05-16 10:04 pm (UTC)
the_lilone 17th-May-2012 07:52 am (UTC)
I get that this is a form of art but I never understand how it is worth it to mess with an actor/actress's head so profoundly and permanently that things like this happen. She's definitely not the first and it's always saddening to hear about something like that.
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