Today we filmed a promotion video at a cafe in Shibuya.
If you work in this industry you can start seeing locations that were used in other movies. This cafe, for instance, was also used in the movie “Babel”.
In THE NEXT a key character named “Chiharu” is an idol. She is the younger sister of Kazami Shiro, and represents Japan as its top idol. She is also a friend of one of Hongo’s students, Kotomi. The promotion video is for her new single “Platinum Smile”. It’s a song within a movie, but the production is of an actual promotional video. The director said that “we’re putting this on the DVD as a special feature!”, so the DVD might include the full uncut video! You can also watch the video on the official website.
The toughest part of this day was the feathers that fly behind Chiharu.
These feathers were actually blown into the air with an electric fan. There were so many feathers that we kept picking up the feathers off the ground and had to throw them on top of the fan over and over. It felt like I was in a comedy skit. I couldn’t even hear “Platinum Smile” in my head, rather I heard fitting comedic music.
I learned that when people exceed their limits, they just have to laugh.
[Translated by Pal. Originally posted on 9/21/2007 @ Kamen Rider THE NEXT Official Blog]