“Eightranger” started in cinemas in Japan over the weekend, and Kanjani8 appeared for the premiere in Tokyo dressed in yukata.
“To make it easier, each of our obi-belts are the same colour as our own image colour,” Subaru Shibutani said.
But then the group traveled to Osaka on the same day to take part in their hometown’s premiere of the movie in the evening, this time dressed in their Eightranger costumes. It has been reported it is the first time all seven members had been in Osaka to promote the movie. Ryuhei Maruyama was not scheduled to appear in the Osaka event, but managed to at the last minute.
It has been reported fans in Umeda, Osaka were screaming and crying.
The movie is based on a concert performance the group have been doing for a number of years.
“I feel so happy knowing that we’ve been able to make Eightranger into something that we could give to all of you,” Shingo Murakami said.
The group itself celebrates eight years together this year, after starting as a Johnny’s group filled with members from the Kansai region, who have now gained popularity both as a group and as soloists.
“I’m really happy to be here to celebrate the first day of our movie, a movie about Osaka’s Eightrangers, which will now be shown across the country,” Ryo Nishikido said.
The group’s co-star, 62-year-old Hiroshi Tachi, also wears an Eightranger suit in the movie, and Yu Yokoyama had said he looks very cool.
“I hope I can wear that outfit when I’m Tachi-san’s age,” he said.