Saturday, August 13, 2011

Fukuda Mayuko (福田麻由子): Soredemo, Ikiteyuku Interview

Interview at “Soredemo, Ikiteyuku” website on August 9, 2011.

 

Touyama (Misaki) Akari – Fukuda Mayuko-san

 

Q. How’s acting as Akari?

There are a lot of scene with the whole family for me. Unlike her parents and sister, Akari is the only one in the family who has no relation to the crime from 15 years ago. However, from the atmosphere of her family, she understands that they are the assailant family. From such subtle situation, it’s difficult to act as Akari.

Q. What’s your impression when watching the finished work?

When I first read the script, “Ah, so this is how it’s going to develop!”, and was surprised. Though I understood the story, but when everyone’s scenes are connected together in this work, the finished film was wonderful… The contents are thought provoking, I cried each time I watched it.

Q. On the other hand, before filming start…. what did you think when you first read the script?

Not only am I not a family of a victim, but also I don’t really see works that carefully depicts the family of a assailant. As for myself, I also don’t really think about what the assailant family have to go through. From the script I realized that when a crime happen, it’s not only a problem for the assailant and the victim, but also a problem for their families and the people around them.

Q. How did you want to portray Akari?

In any case, I want her to appear as a “normal girl”. Many people around Akari, particularly her family, are very conscious of the incident, in order to show that different in thoughts about the incident… it’s difficult (laughs).

Q. What’s your impression of Mitsushima Hikari-san who plays Futaba?

The scenes where Akari and her sister, Futaba, talk together are surprisingly few. Playing as Akari, I rapidly felt like Mitsushima-san that’s playing Futaba is really my One-chan (older sister)… For me, the scene where those two talk about random things on the phone has a special feeling. It’s like… Akari also really love Futaba.

Q. How is acting with Akari’s father, Shunsuke (Tokito Sabur0-san), and her mother, Takami (Fubuki Jun-san)?

Everyone are really great people. Acting together with Tokito-san, Fubuki-san, and Mitsushima-san made me really feel the family atmosphere. I’m sure everyone of the viewers also able to feel the same thing, right?

Q. How’s the break between filming like?

We talk a lot to each other. For the Touyama family, there are a lot of gloomy scenes, but Tokito-san lift the atmosphere by saying “Those are such happy times.” to the picture taken of the smiling family when Akari entered junior high (laughs). Because Fubuki-san and Mitsushima-san are also cheerful people, during the break, the heavy atmosphere of the story doesn’t drag on.

Q. Lastly, please give a message to the viewers.

Though Akari finally learned that she and her beloved Futaba and Fumiya (Kazama Shunsuke) are from different mothers… And though all of them love each other, but for episode 4 and 5, Touyama household somehow break apart. Even so, I think that because they are a family, they are connected. That’s why, it’s not just about the victim’s family or the assailant’s family, both families are being affected by the case. If it’s possible to say it, I think no matter if it’s good or bad, they both have the same human relationships. It will make me happy if everyone are able to feel that.

 

 

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- Sorry, translation may not be correct.

- Her lack of scenes in “Soredemo, Ikiteyuku” made me sad… And yet I’m really thankful that’s she got a chance to act with so many great actors/actresses… Thankful yet sad. Sad yet thankful.

- I actually really like that phone call between Akari and Futaba in episode 5. In the beginning of the show, you see Akari keep chiding Futaba with remarks, but then episode 4-5 quickly pushed their strong sister-bonds. I really like that. These two’s sister-love are so cute.

 

- So FLaMme blocked outsider from their mobile site at such unfortunate time, seriously. Mayuko’s blog “Otona ni Naru Mae ni…” just updated earlier this week. Entry 16 talks about her school life and specifically “guy friends” (Otoko tomodachi). According to Mamayu-land BBS, Mayuko talked about how she like the easy going conversation of the guy rather than the girls. Interesting right? I would love to read that. I also agree, I’m also more at ease when I talk to guy than girls… I really don’t know how girls think so I always have to choose my words carefully. lol

- Speaking of which, for Entry 15, Mayuko talked about how she was shopping in Shibuya and happened to eavesdropped on 2 girls talking. As for what the contents of the conversation are, I have no idea.

 

 

- Third point, thanks to the heads-up from 2ch. According to a blog, Mayuko is going to be appearing in another drama, Pandora 3, with Izumiya Shigeru.

- Pandora 3 will begin broadcast on WOWOW (a cable channel) on October 2nd (every Sunday) at 10pm.

- On the blog, it’s said that Mayuko’s wearing very plain clothes. With her rough images, she blended right in with the make-up artists, so the writer didn’t notice that it was her until after the filming. lol

- As for what the content is about… I really have no idea. I haven’t seen Pandora nor Pandora 2, so I really don’t know. Wait… I think I watch the first episode of Pandora… and then kind of stop for some reason. lol

Pandora synopsis:

Suzuki is an eccentric at university hospital who has been conducting a research to come up with a miracle drug for cancer on his own. One day, Suzuki finally succeeds in developing a new type of anticancer drug that completely hinders the self-renewal of all cancer stem cells. However, his colleagues do not seem to share his excitement, and he is not even allowed to carry out clinical trial on humans. Suzuki is disheartened and completely at a loss by this but then he comes across a girl, Manami, who is suffering from terminal cancer. With help from her, he successfully carries out clinical trial. Yet, things take an unexpected turn. What will become of Suzuki, Manami and all the others around them? What is the fate of this new drug? Pandora’s box released all the evils as soon as it was opened. What is it that is ultimately left inside?

@Drama wiki

Pandora 2 synopsis:

Amid a world faced with an unprecedented global food crisis, brought on by an increase in grain prices as a result of its conversion to biofuel, and crop failure because of climate change accompanied by global warming, an agricultural scientist called Suzuki Mamoru, develops genetically engineered maize ‘God Corn’ which can grow four times faster than usual after seven years of research. Sato Koichi plays the protagonist, Suzuki, who finds himself engulfed in a world swirling with desire and intrigue as the Japanese government and fund companies set their sights on the rights and huge profits of this new invention.

@jdorama.wordpress

- Not sure if Mayuko will be part of the main cast or just a guest, but I’ll look forward to it. And you know the casts are going to be really strong and amazing.

- New drama~ ♥! (゚∀゚)

 

2 comments:

  1. My sister's watching this~ :)
    I want to watch it, too! ^^

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  2. You should! It's really good. :D

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