Takashi Miike, the director of ’13 Assassins’, ‘Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai’ and ‘Audition’ brings us his new achievement For Love’s Sake (a.k.a. Ai to Makoto) on June 10th 2013. It is a Bollywood-style musical action/comedy/love story based on Kajiwara Ikki’s 1973 manga series.
What’s it about?
For Love’s Sake is a classic boy-meets-girl story where the girl is innocent, young schoolgirl and the boy is who else than a tough young gangster. To make things more interesting Takashi Miike breaks the rules in this one with musical numbers (the music is written by popular music producer Kobayashi Takeshi), tongue-in-cheek humour and plenty of violence scenes. If that’s not enough to wake your curiosity, the film is starring talented, versatile actor Satoshi Tsumabuki as Makoto the young gangster, and 18-year old national beauty Emi Takei as Ai, the schoolgirl in love. Fair warning; be prepared to change your definition of what pure romance can be.
Director Takashi Miike solicited unforgettable performances from his actors and created a unique love story filled with emotional pain, humour, violence and tenderness. Miike was born in 1960 in Osaka, Japan and graduated from film school in Yokohama. He quickly became one of Japan’s busiest film makers. In recent years his work has gained a high international profile, with “Thirteen Assassins” screening as world premiere in Venice in 2010 and “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai” as the first 3D film to compete for the Palme d’Or in Cannes.
Who’s in it?
As Makoto in For Love’s Sake, Satoshi Tsumabuki effortlessly expresses nihilistic attitude, inner emotional turmoil, latent sensitivity and convincing physical power in the film’s furious fight scenes, which he just can’t get enough of during the entire film. Satoshi Tsumabuki was born in 1980 in Fukuoka and he made his acting debut in 1998. His first lead role was in 2001 hit “Waterboys,” which won him the best newcomer award at the 25th Japan Academy Awards. For his role in 2010’s “Villain” Tsumabuki won best actor at the Japan Academy Awards, gaining deeper respect for his talent. He will star in Yoji Yamada’s upcoming Yasujiro Ozu homage “Tokyo Family,” released in 2013.
This is Emi Takei’s first major feature film role, but nonetheless she makes a huge impression personifying the innocent, unconditional love of the massive “jun’ai” (“pure love”) sub-genre wholly inspired by Ikki Kajiwara and Takumi Nagayasu’s original manga. Ai is a privileged schoolgirl who’s got everything going for her, until she meets Makoto and falls head over heels for him.
Born in 1993 in Aichi Prefecture, Emi Takei first gained notice after winning two prizes at the 11th Japan Bishojo national beauty contest and after that she began appearing in popular TV dramas and made her way to being one of the most in-demand young actresses in Japan.
The creative team behind the film consists of a screenwriter Takayuki Takuma, cinematographer Nobuyasu Kita, and production designer Yuji Hayashida. Takeshi Kobayashi was in charge of the soundtrack while dancer and actor Papaya Suzuki provides the film’s memorable choreography.
Watch the trailer below to get a glimpse of this epic story.