On March 14th, actress and former Morning Musume member, Ichii Sayaka, attended an interview regarding her film Asu ni Kakeru Ai. The film will open in Japan on the 31st, and starting in April it will also be released in 700 theaters throughout China in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of friendly relations between Japan and China.
Ichii plays the role of a fashion designer whose grandmother (Yachigusa Kaoru) was a Japanese World War II orphan left in China. Ichii’s character is also a single mother, something that strikes Ichii close to home as she was in the process of divorcing her husband when the filming began last May. Ichii is the mother of a seven year old girl and a five year old girl.
When asked about her private life, Ichii responded that she dances to AKB48’s hit songs with her eldest daughter and that her daughter said, “Mom, you look like Shinoda (Mariko)”. However, when asked if her daughter listened to Morning Musume she replied, “MoMusu? It seems like she knows who they are, but right now she likes AKB.”