Producer Eriko Ogawa talks about the charm of Yuta Nakamoto (NCT 127, YUTA), who made his first full-fledged acting challenge and his first appearance in the movie “HiGH & LOW THE WORST X (Cross)”, which is currently open to the public (below, the content of the main story is discussed).
NCT 127・YUTA, charisma is amazing! Cut of the scene “HiGH&LOW THE WORST X”This work is a sequel to “HiGH & LOW THE WORST” (2019), a crossover work between the “HiGH & LOW” series and Hiroshi Takahashi’s “Close” and “WORST” comics (“High” is officially spelled “Ladder”). In front of Fujio Hanaoka (Kazuma Kawamura), the principal of the evil high school, Ryo Suzaki, the strongest man played by Nakamoto, and Kohei Amakai, the worst man (Ryoki Miyama / BE:FIRST). RYOKI) led by Senomon Technical High School stands in the way.
Regarding the appointment of Nakamoto, who is a member of the global next-gen group NCT 127 and is based in South Korea and active around the world, producer Ogawa said, “While thinking of creating some kind of entertainment for this work, a collaboration with foreign artists was initially planned. In the midst of this, when LDH started collaborating with Korean artists such as Ma Dong Seok, a lot of information started coming in and the name came up. It was Yuta-san” he explains.
“The script writing and casting were happening at the same time, and we expanded the direction to have Yuta play the character ‘Susaki’, who originally existed in the book. There was no confirmation as to Whether or not he would be able to come to Japan, but I don’t think anyone, including the director and screenwriter, could have imagined “Susaki” other than Yuta. In that sense, “Susaki” in the finished script. I think it’s Yuta’s “Susaki” no one else can play”, revealing behind the scenes of the production.
Nakamoto delicately voices Suzu, who is the “strongest man” who is strong in fights, but complicated things in his heart. “When I was still in high school, I went to South Korea, and I’m sure there must have been unimaginable angst before I could stand on the front lines of the harsh world of entertainment in South Korea. Intuitively, I felt that there was something in common with the character… However, what I felt while filming with Yuta was not the heavy atmosphere mentioned above, but the feeling of being shared among all.Despite his unparalleled kindness and sense of touch, he continued to push hard without slowing down, no matter how tight the schedule was.
Also, “As mentioned above, I first felt something close to the character ‘Susaki’ and the story that Yuta-san carried, but actually, Susaki in the last scene was more important than the ‘shadow’ part. I feel like the soft expression that emanated from it was the part that related to Yuta himself.” Also, looking back on filming, “at the time it was a corona disaster, and filming was quite difficult, but I feel like everyone who was on the scene of this work was encouraged by Yuta’s determined appearance.” He praised Nakamoto’s “determination”. (Editorial Service, Fumiko Umeyama)