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10:52 pm - 04/28/2012

ERIKA SAWAJIRI'S HOT COMEBACK FILM uses Ayumi Hamasaki's "evolution" as theme song

On April 26th, a new poster for the upcoming movie “Helter Skelter” was revealed along with the announcement that Hamasaki Ayumi’s 20th single “evolution” (released in 2001) will be used as its theme song.

“Helter Skelter” is directed by Ninagawa Mika and marks the comeback of actress Sawajiri Erika after a five year-long abstinence from the silver screen. It tells the story of a woman named ‘Ririko’ (Sawajiri), who received cosmetic surgery on her entire body, thus allowing her to become a shining top star in the entertainment industry. Eventually, however, her body starts to deteriorate due to the procedure’s after-effects. During this time, ‘Ririko’ causes many incidents one right after another, drawing people around her into the fray.

Ninagawa commented that Hamasaki and her song “evolution” perfectly match the movie’s theme and world view. “It’s a movie about a woman who flexibly keeps on her feet, although she’s getting consumed by the city called Tokyo,” she explained. “I don’t think there is any artist better suited for such a theme than Hamasaki Ayumi.”

She continued, “Whether people like the song or not, they all know it’s from Hamasaki Ayumi after listening to it for a second and they are able to hum the melody. That’s proof of its wonderful originality and energy which never seemto vanish.”

Hamasaki herself revealed, “With pleasure I accepted the offer, after all it was Ninagawa who wished for me to provide the theme song, and moreover, it’s a very important movie for Erika, my junior from the same agency.” She added, “I myself am very emotionally attached to this song and that’s why it makes me very happy that I’m able to give more people the chance to listen to it for the first time and let it leave an impression on them.”

Sawajiri, who has been a big fan of Hamasaki for a very long time, also was delighted to hear about the collaboration and commented, “I was so happy when I heard that ‘evolution’ was going to be the theme song for this movie. I think that with Ayu’s song the movie became even more colorful and charming than it already was.”

The new poster for “Helter Skelter” features an exclusive photograph taken by Ninagawa just for this purpose. It was shot on set in the room with the huge projection of a pair of lips, with Sawajiri striking a provocative expression for the camera. As typical for Ninagawa’s works, it’s a richly colored photograph that is sure to make an impact on everyone who sees it. It will be put up at cinemas nationwide starting on April 28th.

“Helter Skelter” itself will open on July 14th.

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roomgirl 29th-Apr-2012 03:05 am (UTC)
Can't wait to see this.
baboona 29th-Apr-2012 03:07 am (UTC)
ayu's best song
love_keiko 29th-Apr-2012 04:09 am (UTC)
i keep reading about this movie but i still feel like i don't have the slightest clue what it's about. so plastic surgery, body falling it. how the fuck r they gonna pull that off????

still REALLY interested to see this

Edited at 2012-04-29 04:11 am (UTC)
anduril_narsil 29th-Apr-2012 04:48 am (UTC)
Read the manga. She found a bruise on her forehead it went downhill from there.
love_keiko 29th-Apr-2012 04:50 am (UTC)
ohhhhhhh, ok. will do, thnx.

is there a place i can read it online?
untrueo 29th-Apr-2012 05:18 am (UTC)
Try MangaFox, they have it.
anduril_narsil 29th-Apr-2012 07:46 am (UTC)
And here's another link:
(beware of nudity, sex and substance abuse. nsfw)
wapiko 29th-Apr-2012 04:38 am (UTC)
Interesting. evolution was one of my first Ayu songs. It's interesting for a song to make a comeback after 11 years...
doujoushin 29th-Apr-2012 08:34 am (UTC)
Can't wait for this movie.
rainbow_yarn 29th-Apr-2012 09:22 am (UTC)
So the theme song will be the only decent part of this movie?
ethereal_limbo 29th-Apr-2012 09:54 am (UTC)
gj, op, for being a fellow erika-sama crusader.
captxfizz 29th-Apr-2012 10:17 am (UTC)
Oh god i'm so pumped for this movie
Love Ninagawa's works, they're always so rich in colour
coika 29th-Apr-2012 12:58 pm (UTC)
"evolution" is one Ayu's greatest songs. It's really positive and I even used it at our wedding reception. Why the surprise for it coming back? Lots of j-pop hits are recycled in various CMs and dramas over the years.
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zomboid 29th-Apr-2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
They finished post-production too, according to NinaMika. I'm guessing more clips/promos will be out soon.
xxpopopxx 29th-Apr-2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
Hmm this doesn't sound too bad and flawless choice of a song!!!
dreamsintokyo 30th-Apr-2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Can't wait for this movie!
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