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Eita (27) and Kenichi Matsuyama (25) will be co-starring as train otaku in a new movie by Yoshimitsu Morita (The Family Game, The Mamiya Brothers) called Bokutachi Kyuko: A-Ressha de Ikou.
Pictured left are Matsuyama and Eita, sporting “pair look” cardigans and fully ensconced in their new dweebish personas. In the film, their characters meet each other by chance while riding on the same train.
Morita, himself a train enthusiast since childhood, has been planning the film for several decades and reportedly intends to incorporate 80 different trains in the film.
Additional cast members include Keiko Matsuzaka (58) and Shihori Kanjiya (24). In keeping with Morita’s own enthusiasm, most of the main characters in the film have been named after Shinkansen and limited express trains such as “Kodama”. “Komachi”, “Azusa”, and “Hokuto”.
Filming began in early September and wrapped on October 19th. A theatrical release is slated for next fall.
Sources: Tokyograph, Sponichi Annex »
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2 items from 2010
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