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Fly Me to the Saitama (2019) Poster

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Mineo Maya came up with the story in 1982, when he was living in Saitama Prefecture. He never completed the story as in 1983 he moved to Yokohama and felt the story was too touchy.

Thus while part of the film is based on Maya's comic, the rest (three-quarters approximately) is based on an original story.
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The male character Momoni Hakuhodo is played by a female actress Fumi Nikaidô.
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This is the second time Ryô Katô has worked on a live-action adaptation of Mineo Maya's comic, after Patalliro! (2017).
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Hideki Takeuchi hired Sôhei Tanikawa as cinematographer because Tanikawa hails from Saitama and so Takeuchi could consult with him on whether the humor was acceptable.
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The opening credits in the rice fields are based on tambo ato (rice paddy art), a tradition of planting different types of crops/plants to make images in fields. There is a tambo ato festival held regularly at Saitama.
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The film was part of the line-up at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival in Toronto, Canada in 2019.
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