On October 12th, actress Naka Riisa, actor Ishibashi Ryo, and director Ishii Yuya attended the ‘16th Busan International Film Festival‘ (BIFF) and greeted the audience after the screening of their movie “Hara ga Kore Nande“.
Naka immediately left for South Korea after finishing the 68th performance of the recurring play “Dokurojo no Shichinin” on the 11th, and greeted the audience in Korean with a slightly husky voice. The audience in the sold out theater were pleasantly surprised by the Korean greeting and gave her a warm welcome. This year it’s the first time the actress attended the film festival.
In “Hara ga Kore Nande”, Naka plays a charming and incredibly kind pregnant woman called ‘Hara Mitsuko‘, who constantly tries to help and cheer up the people around her, despite having her own problems of not having any money and not knowing the father of the child. Earlier this year, her movie “Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo” opened in South Korea as well and she also gained a lot of fans with her drama roles, such as in “Yankee-kun to Megane-chan” and “Shiawase ni Narou yo“. The fact that all three screenings of “Hara ga Kore Nande” at BIFF are sold out is another proof of her popularity.
About playing a pregnant woman, she commented, “‘Oh right, I’m pregnant!’ This is such a powerful role that I often forgot that I’m actually playing a pregnant woman. I think that a pregnant women have a lot of things to worry about, but it would be nice if there were more pregnant women like Mitsuko.” Further she added, “People who match this movie will become a more positive attitude again, which is not just important for people in Japan but for everyone in the world who is troubled by some really bad things.”
Ishibashi, who plays a somewhat shy and pitiable man, commented, “So far I played seven roles of villains and was killed just as much (laughs). This time I survived until the end (laughs). I often thought, how nice it would be if I lived a life as simple as the life of the character I’m playing in the movie.”
In Japan, “Hara ga Kore Nande” is going to open on November 5th.
I wanna see this movieeeee! >_<