On May 13, actors Hiroshi Abe and Aya Ueto, as well as film director Hideki Takeuchi attended a special stage greeting at Tokyo's TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills to commemorate the success of the movie "Thermae Romae", which as of Saturday has earned 2.75 billion yen from 2.17 million admissions.
Commenting on the success of the film, Abe revealed, "I have gotten feedback from friends for this movie more than any other, so I'm as glad as can be." "It's unbelievable. I never thought I would appear in such a grand film, it feels like a dream," added Ueto.
Ueto, who portrays the original character of aspiring manga artist Mami Yamakoshi, tapped into her sex appeal for the role. "Before coming here tonight, (Takeuchi) asked me if it was okay if he talked about my breasts. That's actually what I was expecting him to comment on," revealed Ueto. "Her bra line during the scene where she draws Lucius was the sexiest," obliged Takeuchi, prompting laughter from Ueto. "I had a lot of insecurities but decided to just act and let the director handle everything else," she explained.