[2012 JMovie] Ai to Makoto - The Legend of Love and Sincerity

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Movie: Ai to Makoto / Ai to Makoto - The Legend of Love and Sincerity
Romaji: Ai to Makoto
Japanese: 愛と誠
Director: Takashi Miike
Writer: Ikki Kajiwara (manga)
Release Date: June 16, 2012

Teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMMHfhdAsjU


Troubled high school student Makoto arrives in Tokyo to exact revenge from a past incident. He then falls in love at first sight with Ai (Emi Takei), a daughter raised in a wholesome family. Around Makoto and Ai are Iwashimizu (Takumi Saito), who has feelings for Ai and Gamuko (Sakura Ando), a gang member who eyes Makoto.


Satoshi Tsumabuki - Makoto Taiga

Emi Takei - Ai Saotome

Takumi Saito - Iwashimizu
Sakura Ando - Gamuko
Ito Ono - Yuki Takahara

LOVE Satoshi Tsumabuki CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!!
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Kobayashi Takeshi to produce the music for Miike Takashi’s “Ai to Makoto”

On March 9th, it was revealed that hit producer Kobayashi Takeshi will be handling all the tracks for Miike Takashi’s upcoming movie ‘Ai to Makoto‘, starring Tsumabuki Satoshi and Takei Emi.

‘Ai to Makoto’ is based on a popular manga series written by Kajiwara Ikki. It depicts an intense story about youth and love, featuring ‘Taiga Makoto’ (Tsumabuki), who is a juvenile delinquent high school boy, and Saotome Ai (Takei), who is a pure high school girl.

Kobayashi has produced a total of ten songs, including three original songs that were written especially for the movie. Of course they songs aren’t just background music, as the whole cast had to tackle multiple singing and dance performances for the songs in addition to acting out their roles. Tsumabuki, for example, had to sing Saijo Hideki’s “Hageshii Koi“, while Takei had to sing Kitayama Osamu’s “Ano Subarashii Ai Wo Mouichido“.

Of course they won’t be the only ones gracing the big screen with various singing and dance performances. Saito Takumi, Ono Ito, Yo Kimiko, Ihara Tsuyoshi, and Ando Sakura will all be performing various well-known songs, while actor Ichimura Masachika received the honor of singing one of the three original songs.

Another highlight will be the performance of the theme song, “Ai to Makoto no Fantasia“, written exclusively for the movie by Hitoto You. All of the unique choreography will be handled by Papaya Suzuki.

Also appearing in the movie are Maeda Ken and child actor Kato Seishiro.

A short yet electrifying teaser for the movie has already been revealed a while ago, but those who’ve missed it can check it out below.

“Ai to Makoto” will be released in Japan on June 16th.
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Full trailer for Miike Takashi’s “Ai to Makoto” starring Tsumabuki Satoshi & Takei Emi

Today, the full trailer for Miike Takashi’s upcoming live-action adaptation of the popular manga “Ai to Makoto” was released on the movie’s official website.

“Ai to Makoto” follows the turbulent romance between the high school delinquent ‘Taiga Makoto’ (Tsumabuki Satoshi) and the pure high school girl ‘Saotome Ai’ (Takei Emi).

Aside from your everyday high school brawls and the romantic moments in between, the movie also features several singing and dancing performances. The entire score was produced by Kobayashi Takeshi and will feature several classics as well as three original songs. Papaya Suzuki choreographed all of the dances.

In the trailer we can get a first glimpse at the contrasting personalities and lives of the two protagonists, the soothing and cool performances, and the great supporting cast – which includes Saijo Hideki, Yo Kimiko, Ihara Tsuyoshi, Ando Sakura, Ichimura Masachika, Maeda Ken, Ono Ito, Kato Seishiro, and a special appearance by Hitoto You. The latter also wrote the movie’s theme song, “Ai to Makoto no Fantasia“.

Kariyushi58’s ending song “Warattete Kure yo“, which was announced earlier, is also featured at the very end of the trailer.

“Ai to Makoto” will open in Japan on June 16th. You can check out the trailer below!

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This is going to be a "musical-ish" movie???? Why is Satoshi singing?! WHAT THE....I was expecting something else!!
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Tsumabuki Satoshi tries to describe his upcoming movie ‘Ai to Makoto’ again

On April 18th, director Miike Takashi and actors Tsumabuki Satoshi and Saito Takumi attended an event called ‘Miike Takashi presents Otono Dake no Koukan’ in Tokyo. Tsumabuki and Saito are both appearing in Miike’s upcoming movie ‘Ai to Makoto’.

The reporters were very interested whether Tsumabuki would be able to describe ‘Ai to Makoto’ in a better way than he previously did at a recent PR event for the movie. The movie is the fourth live-action adaption of Kajiwara Ikki’s popular manga of the same name from the 1970s. It follows the turbulent romance between the high school delinquent ‘Taiga Makoto’ (Tsumabuki) and the innocent high school girl ‘Saotome Ai’ (Takei Emi). The music for the movie and all its musical scenes are produced by famed music producer Kobayashi Takeshi.

Last time Tsumabuki described it as a “messed up movie” and stated that he doesn’t get it at all, which aren’t exactly the right words to promote a movie but caused everyone to burst out in laughter. Of course, he was quoted in headlines the following day, which made him feel a bit embarrassed.

This time he commented, “I really reflected on my words. Normally you should say something like that it’s an ‘extraordinary’ movie.” However, after a short pause he added, “I still don’t get the movie, though. And there’s more! This miracle of a movie doesn’t even fit into a genre. It’s an action, love, and comedy movie, as well as a musical. I think there needs to be a new genre called ‘Ai to Makoto’.”

Fortunately Miike himself, who clearly enjoyed the event because he was allowed to drink and smoke, agreed with him, “It’s a movie that pretends to be a stupid movie from beginning to end.” He continued, “You can find both extremes in the press, some are praising it to the skies while others are just frowning in despair. Even I told myself during the filming, ‘You really did it now, didn’t you…?’ Last year I went to Cannes with ‘Ichimei‘, but I doubt that I’ll be able to go again this year with this movie.”

Tsumabuki and Saito both had to wear a gakuran (school uniform) again in the movie, despite being 30 years and older themselves. The former commented, “I just told myself that if Ihara Tsuyoshi is able to wear one (in this movie), then I’ll be able to wear one too. (laughs)”

Saito added, “Ihara is 48 years old, right?“, which surprised Miike. “He’s 48? If I knew he was 48, I wouldn’t have offered him the role!”

Asked about their young co-star Takei, Saito commented in a very old fashioned way, “It felt like she’s from a new breed of humans.”

‘Ai to Makoto’ is opening in cinemas on June 16th.

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‘Ai to Makoto’ to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival.

On April 19th, it was announced that film “Ai to Makoto” (to hit theaters on June 16th) was exclusively invited to be shown at France’s very own Cannes Film Festival from May 16th to the 27th, and will be a part of their midnight showing.

For Miike Takashi (51) director, this will be the second time 2 years in a row that he will be showing his movie in the Cannes Film Festival. He commented, “I believe I made a movie only the Japanese can make. It would be great if the guests at Cannes could enjoy this movie.”

Lead actor Tsumabuki Satoshi (31) followed up by adding, “It would be great if we can convey a message that there are people in Japan who are trying out interesting endeavors.”
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