On Monday, May 8, cast and crew from the new film “Tatara Samurai” visited the Official Residence of the Consul General of Japan in Los Angeles to hold a press conference, preceding the official red-carpet premiere of their film in the United States at the Egyptian Theatre later that evening. The panel, hosted by ELEVEN ARTS President and CEO Ko Mori, consisted of writer/director Yoshinari Nishikori, executive producer HIRO, and actors Akira, Sho Aoyagi, and Naoki Kobayashi. Fans may know HIRO, Akira, and Naoki as members of the 19-member Japanese dance & vocal group EXILE, while they may also recognize Sho Aoyagi from his extensive work on television dramas and as a member of the theatrical company Gekidan EXILE.
“Tatara Samurai,” a period film about a young man from Shimane Prefecture torn between becoming a samurai to protect his village and continuing as a swordsmith using the region’s iron-making method (known as “tatara-buki”), won the Best Artistic Contribution award at the 40th Montreal World Film Festival in Canada last fall. An entire working village was created in Shimane just for the movie and is now accessible to visitors of the area. After completing its film festival circuit around the globe this spring, “Tatara Samurai” will make its official debut to the public in Japan on May 20th and the U.S. on June 2nd.
For more information about “Tatara Samurai,” visit https://tatara-samurai.jp/.
|From Left: HIRO, Akira, Sho Aoyagi, Consul General Akira Chiba,
Mrs. Chiba, Naoki Kobayashi, and Yoshinari Nishikori
|"Tatara Samurai" cast and crew