Miura Haruma will appear in the love-suspense themed movie “5 Minutes to Tomorrow” alongside Liu Cecilia, Chang Joseph, Chang Chen and Tang Wei. The movie is based off the popular novel of the same title by Honda Takayoshi and is directed by Isao Yukisada.
Miura plays the role of a young Japanese man that repairs clocks and has been living in Shanghai for 1½ years, his co-star Liu plays a double role as two twins.
Director Isao described the film as “a love story between two people that can happen anywhere in the world”. It’s also a joint project with China and Japan. This will be Miura’s first project in the Chinese market. He has also been studying the Chinese language for this reason.
During the press conference in Shanghai, Miura commented that both Liu Cecilia and Chang Joseph were “actors that can act from their hearts” and that “they were really fun to work with”. Furthermore, he said that “there was a moment during a certain important scene with Cecilia that the staff’s moods changed a lot because of her realistic acting. I really respect her, she can easily lift up the spirits of everyone in the filming area, and I felt that I should work even harder”. Joseph also commented that Miura answered the director’s requests perfectly.
Filming for “5 Minutes to Tomorrow” started at the end of October in Shanghai, and will also be continuing in Mauritius.
The movie is set to release in April 2014 for theatres in China and Japan, as well as in May 2014 at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
Before acting in “Eien no 0 (The Eternal Zero)”, I had never acted in a setting that had war as it’s theme. When the discussion for this movie came to me, I thought that I might be able to show a new side of myself again, so I raised my hand for it and accepted.
■ The person named Saeki Kentaro
I play the part of Saeki Kentaro, who, after graduating university, fails the bar examination many times, and just around that time, his grandmother dies and he finds out that his grandfather was not his real grandfather, and for that reason, he is asked and somewhat forced by his freelance writer older sister to start investigating about their real grandfather.
Having done that, my interest in this began to grow even more and more. So far, one of the differences between us is studying for the bar examination, but it’s not only this that I end up wanting to know about, I want to know about my own grandfather and about my family, that’s the kind of acting role it is.
The drama starts when Kentaro hears about his real grandfather’s upbringing, and pursues the origin of his roots. That’s why, when it was decided that I’d appear in this film, I thought of doing the same kind of thing myself.
■ Thinking of how my grandfather, who was a student-soldier, felt [T/N: A “student-soldier” is a student who was over 20 years old and was taken out of school to participate in the 2nd World War due to a shortage in military forces.]
My grandfather was someone who experienced war too.
My grandfather died 3~4 years ago, so I asked my mother. He didn’t actually go to the battlefields but, he was called in as a student-soldier, and it seems like he took the kamikaze squad’s aptitude test. His eyesight wasn’t very good so, apparently he failed it but, if he had good eyesight and passed the test like other people did, maybe I wouldn’t have been here right now. When I think about that, I feel a surge of emotion that I can’t express with any words.
As for my grandfather, at the school he was studying in, his friends passed tests and received training one after another, he understood the reality of lives being scattered away from experience, I’m sure that it was really heart-breaking, and that it was frustrating. When I sympathize with those kind of feelings……. I think that it’s a period that’s unimaginable to have happen in the present.
■ Looking for my own roots
I think that if I didn’t receive the offer for this role, that maybe I wouldn’t have this much knowledge on my grandfather. At that time, I don’t really know what kind of mental state my grandfather was in but, after the war ended, he studied frantically, and became a school teacher. He worked very hard as a teacher and became a principal, and received an item called the Order of the Sacred Treasure from the Emperor.
I knew a little bit about it before I started this film but, I didn’t really give much thought to what kind of item it was, why it was valuable, or why it was sent to my grandfather.
However, when I knew what kind of period my grandfather and others were living in, I believe that this blood line, of being able to put so much effort into things while going through difficult situations, is flowing through me too, I started to believe that even if I have difficult experiences ahead of me, I’m sure that I have the ability to put all my effort into it.
■ There’s a significance to look back on the past
This time, I became really positive after knowing about my own roots but, there might be many negative things waiting for me too. I might dig and find out things that I didn’t want to know about. However, I believe that knowing about how you are here now, and knowing about your upbringing are things that are connected to your growth as a person.
We’re approaching an age where the generation of those who experienced war is ceasing to exist. Now, when you’ll watch “Eien no 0” this season, if your grandfathers or grandmothers are alive, I hope that you’ll ask about their many experiences and look back on the past with them. I believe that younger people will be able to know for themselves about the circumstances of them being here now and about their existence.
I think that it would be great if the movie creates the chance for such occasions, and I also believe that it’s a film that has the power to do so.
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