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17.03.20 Sakurai Sho leading in movie “Laplace’s Witch” O.A. 2018 [English translation]

Story by Higashino Keigo “Laplace’s Witch”, directed by Miike Takashi

ARASHI’s Sakurai Sho-san (35) will act the leading role in movie “Laplace’s Witch” (Rapurasu no majo) (O.A. 2018, directed by Miike Takashi-san), original authored by popular novelist Higashino Keigo-san. It is since four years ago “Kamisama no karute 2” that Sakurai-san takes leading role, and it is the second time he works with Director Miike since the hit movie “Yatterman” (2009) which scored a 3.14 billion yen box office.

The original novel is a commemorative work published in May 2015 celebrating Higashino-san’s debut 30th anniversary. It is the second time Sakurai-san performs Higashino-san’s work, the first time was NHK drama “Tokio Chichi e no Dengon” (2004). “My heart pounds for many ‘since long time’”. This time 12 companies competed for the copyrights of filming this work and Toho won.

The scriptwriter is Yatsu Hiroyuki-san who wrote dramas reflecting social phenomena like “Naoki Hanzawa” (TBS, 2013, original author Ikeido Jun-san), this movie gathers various hit-makers.

Sakurai-san acts a university professor of earth science·Aoe Shusuke. The character investigates two consecutive suspicious death incidents at a strange hot spring, trying to find out the truth. With expectation on Director Miike’s work “Many staff in this crew also worked in “Yatterman”, I savour the joy of being able to be same members again”, the filming started with the aim of making a new hit work.

The filming started crank in at Kanto suburban. The co-cast includes Hirose Suzu-san (18) and Fukushi Sota-san (23). Director Miike also has confidence “there is no way it isn’t interesting”. Sakurai-san also said “I want to make a “big chemistry” with Director and everyone of co-cast at the filming site”. It is Sakurai-san’s first time acting a professor. While he is active in works of artist and caster, he would also demonstrate his excellence in acting work stimulated by the two co-acts with whom he works for the first time.

Source: Paper news scan from twitter @chiy0830