I think I will always be extra fond of this film as this was the first film I saw Takahiro Nishijima in and in turn led me AAA and the Dreamwidth fandom. I picked the film up at the film festival last summer (2010) based on a recommendation of the guy at the stall – so it was all quite random really.
I re-watched this a couple of weeks ago – mostly because my folks were out and its not really a film for parental viewing. Last time I watched it in my room prayin’ my mom wouldn’t walk in during ..well.. most of it actually, but I am sure anyone who has seen the film knows which scenes I mean! Watching the extras (which I hadn’t done before) to see the behind the scenes of Nissy at work shows he is SO darned dedicated. There is a scene where he breaks a car window with bis elbow. Holy Wow does he really put some strength into it even though the glass doesn’t break and its only when it REALLY hurts that actually stops. He also is talking in the van about how he injured his leg (cue a cut to him being piggy backed away at top speed injured) and how at the hospital they told him he shouldn’t run cos he might snap his tendons as its cold and he hasnt had enough sleep.. he said he told them “shut Up” and then laughed.
“This story convinced me that love can do anything in this world” – Nissy
He really likes this kind of story he says but my own main thought is that its actually a very bold and gutsy film to say you will do. It has so many elements that can ‘shock’ an audience as much as delight them. I don’t know much about his own image with fan, but whatever it is, I am impressed with his choice of film and without doubt the level of acting skill he has.
“If I seriously want to give a message to people then i have to challenge my limits. I crossed them. The message won’t reach if I don’t ” – Nissy
Watching him film the scene in th church car park when he is praying in the rain in the middle of winter and he is shivering but still manages to smile and wave at the camera. He then makes me laugh when he imitates ‘Miss Scorpion’ and makes a silly face and voice.
The film is better the second time around, at 4 hours long its a lot to take in at once but really I totally adore the Yu and Yoko love story. I particularly like the scene at the beach before the heavies from Zero church show up and they are just sitting on the sand together.
Seeing how Nissy acts on stage, in photoshoots and variety shows clearly highlights how good an actor he is in the role of ‘Yu’ in ‘Love Exposure’. His expressions are just perfect, when he sees Yoko walk into the classroom, and then later when Koike shows up. His ability to just go insane and scream and fight and look as though he is going crazy, makes me wonder where this comes from, and what he had to tap into to get to that. Watching the film, I really believe he is Yu.
I’m definitely keen to see more of his acting once the subtitles are done for ‘tumbling’ and ‘ghost world’!