“GARO: Kami no Kiba” World Premiere Report
GARO: Kami no Kiba (Fang of God) took part in the 2017 Tokyo International Film Festival, with the cast & director appearing on stage after its special screening to discuss it.
After the first public screening of the movie, the 3 Makai Knights, villain of Goldstorm Sho and director, Keita Amemiya appeared on stage for a talk show.
Keita Amemiya was the first to speak, “Firstly, I’m quite relieved. I’m very moved to see everyone come to a place like this to watch it. I brought some good looking men with me, so please enjoy them, if you like.”
Lead actor, Wataru Kuriyama, who plays Ryuga Dogai, added: “My strength of my feelings is shown in my attire! I’m so blessed to be walking on the Tokyo International Film Festival red carpet because of GARO. I have 5 years history working on GARO, I’m happy to be a part of it again.”
Masahiro Inoue, previously known for his titular role in Kamen Rider Decade, and played the role of villain, Jinga, talked specifically about the filming itself: “It wasn’t too particularly difficult, but if I was pressed to say, wearing a sort of skirt, kicking was a problem. Kicking forward was fine, but a sidekick was hard to do.” Inoue showed off perfectly the different types of kicks to the audiences awe.
The event had an English interpreter on stage for the non-Japanese attendees and Ikeda tried his best to speak English while on stage, but quickly made a joke, “We made a breast movie!” in referring to an ad-libbed line, trying to get to get them to translate the word into English. The others exclaimed toward him, “This is the Tokyo International Film Festival!” However, Kuriyama joined in with the English jokes by referring to Masahiro Inoue as “Markun” (Mark-kun).
Ikeda became serious, “It’s rare to perform a role again after 4 or 5 years. I’m so glad I got to create something with a staff and cast that are like family.”
Tsunenori Aoki / Aguri
Tsuenori Aoki, who plays the role of Aguri, spoke about times prior to filming the movie:
When I heard they were making the next one, I hoped that they would give me a call, so participating is a dream come true. Filming was hard, but on set was very harmonious. The staff & performers became one and filmed everything smoothly. There was some dangerous action too, but the hard work paid off and happy with what we did.
Amemiya followed up with, “The most expensive costume this time was Aoki’s. Didn’t we spend a third of the budget on his?” He revealed that he fussed over Aoki’s glasses and arrowheads were made of pure silver. “The arrowheads attached to my leg alone were 300,000 yen or something?” The actors and the audience and gasped together.
With the event wrapping up, Amemiya gave a comment, “Out of everything until now, this had the calmest filming, all because of everyone involved had a good connection. It was a really great job to work on. I want GARO to expand further, so I ask for everybody’s support.”
Amemiya went on to say that the movie was made specifically for “the fans”.
Kuriyama followed up with, “This was compilation of the Ryuga series, GARO’s story continues. I continue on as GARO! I will never remove GARO from my profile! I’m so proud of it. I want keep always doing GARO! But, I would like to appear in other various media too,” ending with a joke.
Afterwards, GARO appeared on stage to pose for photos with the cast & director.
GARO: Kami no Kiba will open at Japanese theaters on 6th January 2017.
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