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大切なことはすべて君が教えてくれた 01

stephany-310:

From Sato Takeru photobook ‘ALTERNATIVE’
Takeru × Taka Cross Talk<1>
~translation~
On a calm night, several months after the travel to South Africa, at the counter in a cozy little sushi bar in Tokyo, were Sato Takeru and Taka, the vocal of ONE OK ROCK.
Since Taka was born in April and Sato in March, they are in the same year in school. And they say flatly about each other that ‘He is my boy friend, my girl friend, my closest friend, my husband, and my wife’. This statement shows ‘the closest friend’ is not enough to express their relationship; something is lacking; something is wrong.
One is an actor, the other is a musician. The stage where they perform is different but holding each other in respect, they have shown their problems and inner thoughts frankly to each other.
How is Sato Takeru in the eyes of Taka, who knows Sato Takeru’s real face best? And how does Sato talk about Taka? In what point are they attracted to each other? What differences do they have? What do they feel empathy for? —-
The twenty-five-year-olds started drinking and talking face to face, after they toasted with a glass of beer, eating their favorite sushi.
 
-How long have you known each other?
 
Sato: OK, then let’s start with our encounter. I came to know ONE OK ROCK from a co-star in a drama. I was scouted when I was in the second grade in senior high school, and made a debut in a mid-night drama in the third grade. And one of my co-stars told me. He was an actor and singer at the same time. He said, ‘In my class in high school, there is a member of a rock group ONE OK ROCK and the vocal of the group is an awesome singer and super hot. Why don’t you try listening to them?’ If I remember right, we were in some fast food shop. We both listened to a song together eating hamburgers, sharing an earphone. The song was ‘Do you know a Christmas?’ (a self-produced indie CD) It begins with Taka’s vocal, and the moment I heard his voice, ‘This guy is terrific! What a good singer!’ I thought. I remember that clearly. And then, I heard that ONE OK ROCK would hold a live concert at the school festival in Taka’s high school and went to see them. It was when I was in the third grade in high school.
Taka: I didn’t know Takeru was there, right?
Sato: Of course. We’d never met each other yet. But the moment I saw the live concert, I thought, ‘Really cool, these guys! What’s this!?’ Not only the songs but their performance was super cool. After that I became a fan of ONE OK ROCK. In those days, Ryota and Toru, the members of OOR, were living in the dormitory of Amuse (a production company), when I myself was getting busy at work and commuting from the dormitory. So I talked to Ryota and Toru, ‘Seriously, OOR, so awesome!’ (watching the documents) Well, OOR made a major debut with ‘内秘心書’ (released on April 25, 2007) , right? I watched its PV and thought, ‘Really cool!’ and started to go to their live concerts and kept going afterwards. So probably, on Taka’s part, he may have realized, ‘A man named Sato Takeru often comes to see us’, but suddenly, things took a mysterious new turn LOL
Taka: As I recall, when we did a live in SHIBUYA-AX, Takeru came to greet us at the back stage for the first time. I was rather shy of strangers, but I was really happy as he said, ‘I like ONE OK ROCK’. And I felt a little excited and said, ‘Thank you. Let’s hang out soon.’ And we exchanged our phone numbers, probably?
Sato: No, we didn’t, no. lol We didn’t at all. We didn’t meet for a while after that. I had a long term I’d been just another fan of OOR. The next single after ‘内秘心書’ was ‘努努-ゆめゆめ-‘ (released on July 25, 2007), and after that, ‘完全感覚Dreamer’ (released on Feb 3, 2010). Probably it was around the time of ‘完全感覚Dreamer’ that we made friends, right?
Taka: Oh, did we? How old were we? In our twenties?
Sato: We were over twenty at least. Well, what I remember is that I was on speaking terms with other members of OOR to some extent, but I never talked to this person at all. His performance was really cool, but I didn’t know what kind of person he was as a human, so I felt kind of distance between us a little. Then one day when I was shopping in Harajuku, I happened to see you.
Taka: What? I don’t remember at all.
Sato: Taka was extremely modest at that time, you know. Since a mutual friend was there, we talked a little and I found him low-profile. After that we came across each other several times but, anyway, it took us a very long time to make friends. lol And finally we got over our shyness and started to talk to each other. Since I’m a fan, I repeatedly said, ‘OOR, seriously terrific!’ and Taka replied, ‘Thank you’. lol
-When did it happen?
Sato: I don’t remember at all.
Taka: Was it when ‘Kamen-Rider Den-O’ started?
Sato: Much later. At the age of twenty, or twenty-one? No, it might be when I was nineteen. Ah, I have no idea. Anyway, we came to eat out together and we ate hot pot saying, ‘Winter makes us lonely, right?’ lol We both got lonely easily, I guess. And then we suddenly started to meet regularly. Was it the chicken hot pot restaurant in Nakameguro?
Taka: Yes, yes. We often went there.
*It may take some time before I post the next part. Please be patient m(_ _)m                                                                                    stephany_310

stephany-310:

From Sato Takeru photobook ‘ALTERNATIVE’

Takeru × Taka Cross Talk<1>

~translation~

On a calm night, several months after the travel to South Africa, at the counter in a cozy little sushi bar in Tokyo, were Sato Takeru and Taka, the vocal of ONE OK ROCK.

Since Taka was born in April and Sato in March, they are in the same year in school. And they say flatly about each other that ‘He is my boy friend, my girl friend, my closest friend, my husband, and my wife’. This statement shows ‘the closest friend’ is not enough to express their relationship; something is lacking; something is wrong.

One is an actor, the other is a musician. The stage where they perform is different but holding each other in respect, they have shown their problems and inner thoughts frankly to each other.

How is Sato Takeru in the eyes of Taka, who knows Sato Takeru’s real face best? And how does Sato talk about Taka? In what point are they attracted to each other? What differences do they have? What do they feel empathy for? —-

The twenty-five-year-olds started drinking and talking face to face, after they toasted with a glass of beer, eating their favorite sushi.

 

-How long have you known each other?

 

Sato: OK, then let’s start with our encounter. I came to know ONE OK ROCK from a co-star in a drama. I was scouted when I was in the second grade in senior high school, and made a debut in a mid-night drama in the third grade. And one of my co-stars told me. He was an actor and singer at the same time. He said, ‘In my class in high school, there is a member of a rock group ONE OK ROCK and the vocal of the group is an awesome singer and super hot. Why don’t you try listening to them?’ If I remember right, we were in some fast food shop. We both listened to a song together eating hamburgers, sharing an earphone. The song was ‘Do you know a Christmas?’ (a self-produced indie CD) It begins with Taka’s vocal, and the moment I heard his voice, ‘This guy is terrific! What a good singer!’ I thought. I remember that clearly. And then, I heard that ONE OK ROCK would hold a live concert at the school festival in Taka’s high school and went to see them. It was when I was in the third grade in high school.

Taka: I didn’t know Takeru was there, right?

Sato: Of course. We’d never met each other yet. But the moment I saw the live concert, I thought, ‘Really cool, these guys! What’s this!?’ Not only the songs but their performance was super cool. After that I became a fan of ONE OK ROCK. In those days, Ryota and Toru, the members of OOR, were living in the dormitory of Amuse (a production company), when I myself was getting busy at work and commuting from the dormitory. So I talked to Ryota and Toru, ‘Seriously, OOR, so awesome!’ (watching the documents) Well, OOR made a major debut with ‘内秘心書’ (released on April 25, 2007) , right? I watched its PV and thought, ‘Really cool!’ and started to go to their live concerts and kept going afterwards. So probably, on Taka’s part, he may have realized, ‘A man named Sato Takeru often comes to see us’, but suddenly, things took a mysterious new turn LOL

Taka: As I recall, when we did a live in SHIBUYA-AX, Takeru came to greet us at the back stage for the first time. I was rather shy of strangers, but I was really happy as he said, ‘I like ONE OK ROCK’. And I felt a little excited and said, ‘Thank you. Let’s hang out soon.’ And we exchanged our phone numbers, probably?

Sato: No, we didn’t, no. lol We didn’t at all. We didn’t meet for a while after that. I had a long term I’d been just another fan of OOR. The next single after ‘内秘心書’ was ‘努努-ゆめゆめ-‘ (released on July 25, 2007), and after that, ‘完全感覚Dreamer’ (released on Feb 3, 2010). Probably it was around the time of ‘完全感覚Dreamer’ that we made friends, right?

Taka: Oh, did we? How old were we? In our twenties?

Sato: We were over twenty at least. Well, what I remember is that I was on speaking terms with other members of OOR to some extent, but I never talked to this person at all. His performance was really cool, but I didn’t know what kind of person he was as a human, so I felt kind of distance between us a little. Then one day when I was shopping in Harajuku, I happened to see you.

Taka: What? I don’t remember at all.

Sato: Taka was extremely modest at that time, you know. Since a mutual friend was there, we talked a little and I found him low-profile. After that we came across each other several times but, anyway, it took us a very long time to make friends. lol And finally we got over our shyness and started to talk to each other. Since I’m a fan, I repeatedly said, ‘OOR, seriously terrific!’ and Taka replied, ‘Thank you’. lol

-When did it happen?

Sato: I don’t remember at all.

Taka: Was it when ‘Kamen-Rider Den-O’ started?

Sato: Much later. At the age of twenty, or twenty-one? No, it might be when I was nineteen. Ah, I have no idea. Anyway, we came to eat out together and we ate hot pot saying, ‘Winter makes us lonely, right?’ lol We both got lonely easily, I guess. And then we suddenly started to meet regularly. Was it the chicken hot pot restaurant in Nakameguro?

Taka: Yes, yes. We often went there.

*It may take some time before I post the next part.
 Please be patient m(_ _)m
                                                                                    stephany_310

stephany-310:

From Sato Takeru photobook ‘ALTERNATIVE’
Takeru × Taka Cross Talk&lt;4&gt;
~translation~
Exchanging cups of ‘sake’, they’re gradually changing the subject to their change and improvement since they first met till now.
 
Sato: Taka has mellowed, compared with what he used to be.
Taka: It’s thanks to my friends who are always around me, including Takeru. I never know whether I have changed or not by myself, you know, because I’m living my current life. But looking at my friends around me, I notice Takeru, for example, has also been changing little by little. I notice it because I am near him. At the same time, I, who can notice his change, have changed, I think… Then I can challenge the next thing. Yes, it’s my friends. Those who are around me explain something plainly, not by words, but by mood, I suppose.
Sato: Probably I’ve changed quite a lot, I think. And there are a lot of reasons for that. The most significant change is that I came to be more and more known, isn’t it? After all when I first met Taka, people in the world didn’t know me at all, but now, fortunately, most people somehow know me. Since the relationship starts in this situation, I’m getting shyer and shyer to the strangers. When I was in my teens, I wasn’t aware that I am shy, but now I think I’m shy and it’s hard for me to open up my mind.
—More people approach you because you’re the famous Sato Takeru, I guess.
Sato: So I’m getting more and more inclined to protect the ‘Sato Takeru’. For example, if I should show a tired look just a little, they might say, ‘He is a cold person’. The more I get into such a mind, the less normally I can behave with people.
Taka: In that sense, our relationship has changed and I feel we are becoming something like a ‘husband and wife’ LOL.
Sato: My boyfriend, girlfriend, closest friend, husband, and wife. We’re married persons, two of us, right?
Taka: It’s rather hard to explain to others lol. But suppose here is a person named Takeru and I’m his wife, right? If, after years, my husband brings up quitting his job to be a farmer in the country, I won’t stop him. He is such a person. It’s no use stopping him. So I’ll enjoy the situation. I’ll never stop him.
Sato: Right.
Taka: You can try. Then share what you’ve got with me, I feel. You’d do so, too, I think, right?
Sato: He sometimes says something on the impulse of a moment, so in that case, I’d say, ‘There might be another way like this’. But if he decided so after thinking, really thinking a lot, I will never stop him. The reason why our relationship is something like that of boyfriend-girlfriend is that when I went to see a live … I go to almost all the OOR lives … then I should sometimes go to a live where this guy is in the worst condition, having a cold. I see a live when he is in his best condition, too, you know. When I’m watching a live like he is in terrible condition having a cold, my feelings are just like Minami-chan’s, who is watching Tatsuya’s baseball game in the comic ‘Touch’, or Touko’s, who is watching Aniya in ‘ROOKIES’. It’s the manager’s feelings. Though the audience around me is in fever, I’m watching him from the seat, saying to myself, ‘Hang in there, Taka!’
Taka: I had a policy not to go to his workplace often. For where Takeru comes is of course my workplace, but it’s a live and a live is, say, ‘the place to show to others’, right? Takeru won’t invite me to ‘the place to show to others’ stubbornly. The Amuse actors’ live at the end of the year, for example. ‘Never come. If you come, I don’t even care anymore’, he says LOL. In our relationship, I am a wife and Takeru is a husband these days, I think. I didn’t understand what he says about Minami-chan in ‘Touch’ till recently. But last year, I visited the shooting site, because I insisted I had to see the shooting site in order to create a song for ‘Rurouni Kenshin’. At that time, ‘Ah, this is what Takeru has always said’, I thought.
Sato: I can’t tell the detail because it has not been released yet, but he came to see the scene that you could exactly call the ‘death-struggle’. 
Taka: This is what the phrase ‘I felt like running away’ means, I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh! … Just awesome …’ Takeru is always doing his best at any time, I know, and we went to eat out together during the shooting, many times. When I’m tired, I go home at my timing, but Takeru never fails to come even after the shooting is over. He says, drinking delicious beer, chatting idly with his best friends, and going home is the best thing for him. I think it would be better to take it easy and return home to go to bed because he has the shooting early in the morning the next day. But he never fails to come along with us when I say, ‘Let’s go to another place.’ If someone there is distressed and wants to have somebody listen to him, for example, Takeru is sure to come and listen to him. I’d seen him like that and visited the shooting site of the ‘Rurouni Kenshin’, where I realized he had come to us after such a tough job. I had a renewed respect and thought he is just terrific.

*to be continued :)

stephany-310:

From Sato Takeru photobook ‘ALTERNATIVE’

Takeru × Taka Cross Talk<4>

~translation~

Exchanging cups of ‘sake’, they’re gradually changing the subject to their change and improvement since they first met till now.

 

Sato: Taka has mellowed, compared with what he used to be.

Taka: It’s thanks to my friends who are always around me, including Takeru. I never know whether I have changed or not by myself, you know, because I’m living my current life. But looking at my friends around me, I notice Takeru, for example, has also been changing little by little. I notice it because I am near him. At the same time, I, who can notice his change, have changed, I think… Then I can challenge the next thing. Yes, it’s my friends. Those who are around me explain something plainly, not by words, but by mood, I suppose.

Sato: Probably I’ve changed quite a lot, I think. And there are a lot of reasons for that. The most significant change is that I came to be more and more known, isn’t it? After all when I first met Taka, people in the world didn’t know me at all, but now, fortunately, most people somehow know me. Since the relationship starts in this situation, I’m getting shyer and shyer to the strangers. When I was in my teens, I wasn’t aware that I am shy, but now I think I’m shy and it’s hard for me to open up my mind.

—More people approach you because you’re the famous Sato Takeru, I guess.

Sato: So I’m getting more and more inclined to protect the ‘Sato Takeru’. For example, if I should show a tired look just a little, they might say, ‘He is a cold person’. The more I get into such a mind, the less normally I can behave with people.

Taka: In that sense, our relationship has changed and I feel we are becoming something like a ‘husband and wife’ LOL.

Sato: My boyfriend, girlfriend, closest friend, husband, and wife. We’re married persons, two of us, right?

Taka: It’s rather hard to explain to others lol. But suppose here is a person named Takeru and I’m his wife, right? If, after years, my husband brings up quitting his job to be a farmer in the country, I won’t stop him. He is such a person. It’s no use stopping him. So I’ll enjoy the situation. I’ll never stop him.

Sato: Right.

Taka: You can try. Then share what you’ve got with me, I feel. You’d do so, too, I think, right?

Sato: He sometimes says something on the impulse of a moment, so in that case, I’d say, ‘There might be another way like this’. But if he decided so after thinking, really thinking a lot, I will never stop him. The reason why our relationship is something like that of boyfriend-girlfriend is that when I went to see a live … I go to almost all the OOR lives … then I should sometimes go to a live where this guy is in the worst condition, having a cold. I see a live when he is in his best condition, too, you know. When I’m watching a live like he is in terrible condition having a cold, my feelings are just like Minami-chan’s, who is watching Tatsuya’s baseball game in the comic ‘Touch’, or Touko’s, who is watching Aniya in ‘ROOKIES’. It’s the manager’s feelings. Though the audience around me is in fever, I’m watching him from the seat, saying to myself, ‘Hang in there, Taka!’

Taka: I had a policy not to go to his workplace often. For where Takeru comes is of course my workplace, but it’s a live and a live is, say, ‘the place to show to others’, right? Takeru won’t invite me to ‘the place to show to others’ stubbornly. The Amuse actors’ live at the end of the year, for example. ‘Never come. If you come, I don’t even care anymore’, he says LOL. In our relationship, I am a wife and Takeru is a husband these days, I think. I didn’t understand what he says about Minami-chan in ‘Touch’ till recently. But last year, I visited the shooting site, because I insisted I had to see the shooting site in order to create a song for ‘Rurouni Kenshin’. At that time, ‘Ah, this is what Takeru has always said’, I thought.

Sato: I can’t tell the detail because it has not been released yet, but he came to see the scene that you could exactly call the ‘death-struggle’.

Taka: This is what the phrase ‘I felt like running away’ means, I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh! … Just awesome …’ Takeru is always doing his best at any time, I know, and we went to eat out together during the shooting, many times. When I’m tired, I go home at my timing, but Takeru never fails to come even after the shooting is over. He says, drinking delicious beer, chatting idly with his best friends, and going home is the best thing for him. I think it would be better to take it easy and return home to go to bed because he has the shooting early in the morning the next day. But he never fails to come along with us when I say, ‘Let’s go to another place.’ If someone there is distressed and wants to have somebody listen to him, for example, Takeru is sure to come and listen to him. I’d seen him like that and visited the shooting site of the ‘Rurouni Kenshin’, where I realized he had come to us after such a tough job. I had a renewed respect and thought he is just terrific.

*to be continued :)

stephany-310:

From Sato Takeru photobook ‘ALTERNATIVE’
Takeru × Taka Cross Talk&lt;5&gt;
~translation~
—Before he started ‘Rurouni Kenshin’, Takeru-san was so ready to do it that he said, ‘If my action was not good, I will quit my job as an actor.’ And you saw such Takeru-san in the shooting site. What else did you think?
Taka: Only Takeru kept doing his own action without stunt double, right? It’s not a matter of whether he is young or whether he is the lead actor. I think he’s really great. I don’t know the world of actors but Takeru has an idea that an actor who can’t do his action by himself is finished. Basically, Takeru is a little … perkier than I LOL.
Sato: No, no, no. I’m almost as perky as you, right? We’re the same in that point lol.
Taka: It depends on the way people take you. As for me, I sometimes express myself in an indirect way. But he is ‘rock’, you know. In my opinion, he is quite a rock and I have to follow his good example on the contrary. He said things like that decisively and exactly carried it out. It is not a matter of great or not. He is just awesome. It’s his spirit. So when I was watching him in the shooting site, I felt something beyond description. I felt like crying.
Sato: I haven’t seen either Rurouni Kenshin part 2 or part 3, but Taka has already seen both. Of course they were not complete works, though.
Taka: (feelingly) They were good…
Sato: Even the lead actor hasn’t seen them yet (lol).
Taka: They were great, really.
—Do you talk about your impression after seeing his work?
Taka: I talk quite a lot.
Sato: Yes, he does.
Taka: Shall I repeat it without change?
—Yes!
Taka: I thought it was perfect. Actually he didn’t put spirit into it for nothing. I know how busy he has been and about his private life, so my heart was really gripped by the gap, or … what should I say … as I am a performer myself. But I don’t know how hard to act that particular role will be because I am not an actor. I said to him, ‘Well, it was really a good film. You really did your best!’
Sato: I can’t say anything because at this point I’ve never seen the films. I want to see them. I envy you. I want to see them (lol). Come to think of it, I very well remember the time when it was decided that ONE OK ROCK should produce the theme song of Rurouni Kenshin 1.
Taka: I was terribly happy.
Sato: Before it was officially decided, at the stage where they were thinking of ONE OK ROCK for the theme song and deciding it would be OK, you were performing live in Okinawa, right?
Taka: Yeah, we were.
Sato: I was also in Okinawa to watch it. I don’t remember if it was before or after the live, but two of us went to eat out in a steak restaurant. You knew I was shooting ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ at that time, right?
Taka: I knew it.
Sato: And I told Taka that ONE OK ROCK was most likely to be chosen to produce its theme song.
Taka: I was so happy.
Sato: Yeah, happy. I was really happiest ever since I started this job.
Taka: Me, too. ‘The time has come! Moving with the flow, the new generation should take the throne!’ I thought. I was always talking about such things with Takeru. I may sound imprudent but I had an idea that ‘It makes no sense to let older generations keep on doing. Isn’t it the time we should make a big leap?’ Well, in fact, I didn’t say in such strong words. (lol)
Sato: Well, but it had such a nuance.
Taka: After all, though we are different in career, we have the same feelings. We’ve been doing our job, feeling, ‘Who will go if we don’t go now?’ So I was really serious and the moment the theme song was decided for us to do, I was super happy. I tell you what. I do it in a totally different way from usual one when I produce music for the work where Takeru appears. When I did it for Rurouni Kenshin 1, I was driven by a very strong feeling that I should definitely make it a good one. Of course all I can do is to make a song and provide it. But I wanted to show ONE OK ROCK was making ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ together, involving our fans. So I didn’t want to make it seem that we were just making the theme song. I watched the film many times, as well as spot movies, I thought a lot about what kind of song is the best for this movie. I also investigated about the sound further. There is work called ‘mix’ and I’d never asked more people to do that work before. Usually we have a certain engineer-san to make recordings and he does the mix after the recording. But we didn’t do that for this song. I transmitted the song to about four mixers at one time and decided which sound was the best. I worked on it very seriously, more seriously than ever before. Then they decided to let us produce music for the second film ‘Kyoto Inferno’. This made me feel that the film was mine. We were just one of those who were making the film, I felt. In short, in making a film, you need many different teams, such as the director, actors, cameramen, audio, lighting technicians, construction coordinators, and so on. And I felt we were among the members of those teams.
Sato: This is the first time I heard about mix. But I realized your eagerness. Taka himself said, ‘This is my best work ever’. To hear the song, ‘This is great!’ I myself thought. And we shared common view, ‘Yes! This is exactly the theme music!’
Taka: We did.
Sato: At your home, we two did.
Taka: At that time, I was so much convinced that it was the only song that I could give full marks among the songs I had made. And I was all the happier because it was the theme song for the film where Takeru played the lead.
Sato: I listened to the song for the first time at Taka’s home together with him.
Taka: Yes.
Sato: As usual, in your room.
Taka: I played it, saying, ‘I’ve made an excellent song’. That song starts with the piano. OOR has just one or two songs that start with the piano. Besides, to those songs, piano part was added afterwards. Only that song was made by piano from the start to the end and then introduced the guitar, bass, and drums afterwards. Really good songs don’t take so much time to compose. They are made kind of quickly. When I was making songs with the members of OOR, we sometimes shared that kind of feelings, but when I was doing it alone, I had never felt it. In making songs with the members, we sometimes say, ‘Wow, this is terrific!’ but when alone, I had really never felt, ‘Wow, I’ve made something great!’ But this is the only song I felt so. So when Takeru called on me, I let him hear just a part of the song. Takeru has remembered that intro since then. I developed it further into that song at last. I let Takeru hear the song for the second film first, like the first one, earlier than the director, probably.
Sato: The theme song for the second film is also really good. I want everyone to hear it played in the film. It’s a really good song.

*To be continued. And the next part will be the last :)

stephany-310:


From Sato Takeru photobook ‘ALTERNATIVE’

Takeru × Taka Cross Talk<5>

~translation~

—Before he started ‘Rurouni Kenshin’, Takeru-san was so ready to do it that he said, ‘If my action was not good, I will quit my job as an actor.’ And you saw such Takeru-san in the shooting site. What else did you think?

Taka: Only Takeru kept doing his own action without stunt double, right? It’s not a matter of whether he is young or whether he is the lead actor. I think he’s really great. I don’t know the world of actors but Takeru has an idea that an actor who can’t do his action by himself is finished. Basically, Takeru is a little … perkier than I LOL.

Sato: No, no, no. I’m almost as perky as you, right? We’re the same in that point lol.

Taka: It depends on the way people take you. As for me, I sometimes express myself in an indirect way. But he is ‘rock’, you know. In my opinion, he is quite a rock and I have to follow his good example on the contrary. He said things like that decisively and exactly carried it out. It is not a matter of great or not. He is just awesome. It’s his spirit. So when I was watching him in the shooting site, I felt something beyond description. I felt like crying.

Sato: I haven’t seen either Rurouni Kenshin part 2 or part 3, but Taka has already seen both. Of course they were not complete works, though.

Taka: (feelingly) They were good…

Sato: Even the lead actor hasn’t seen them yet (lol).

Taka: They were great, really.

—Do you talk about your impression after seeing his work?

Taka: I talk quite a lot.

Sato: Yes, he does.

Taka: Shall I repeat it without change?

—Yes!

Taka: I thought it was perfect. Actually he didn’t put spirit into it for nothing. I know how busy he has been and about his private life, so my heart was really gripped by the gap, or … what should I say … as I am a performer myself. But I don’t know how hard to act that particular role will be because I am not an actor. I said to him, ‘Well, it was really a good film. You really did your best!’

Sato: I can’t say anything because at this point I’ve never seen the films. I want to see them. I envy you. I want to see them (lol). Come to think of it, I very well remember the time when it was decided that ONE OK ROCK should produce the theme song of Rurouni Kenshin 1.

Taka: I was terribly happy.

Sato: Before it was officially decided, at the stage where they were thinking of ONE OK ROCK for the theme song and deciding it would be OK, you were performing live in Okinawa, right?

Taka: Yeah, we were.

Sato: I was also in Okinawa to watch it. I don’t remember if it was before or after the live, but two of us went to eat out in a steak restaurant. You knew I was shooting ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ at that time, right?

Taka: I knew it.

Sato: And I told Taka that ONE OK ROCK was most likely to be chosen to produce its theme song.

Taka: I was so happy.

Sato: Yeah, happy. I was really happiest ever since I started this job.

Taka: Me, too. ‘The time has come! Moving with the flow, the new generation should take the throne!’ I thought. I was always talking about such things with Takeru. I may sound imprudent but I had an idea that ‘It makes no sense to let older generations keep on doing. Isn’t it the time we should make a big leap?’ Well, in fact, I didn’t say in such strong words. (lol)

Sato: Well, but it had such a nuance.

Taka: After all, though we are different in career, we have the same feelings. We’ve been doing our job, feeling, ‘Who will go if we don’t go now?’ So I was really serious and the moment the theme song was decided for us to do, I was super happy. I tell you what. I do it in a totally different way from usual one when I produce music for the work where Takeru appears. When I did it for Rurouni Kenshin 1, I was driven by a very strong feeling that I should definitely make it a good one. Of course all I can do is to make a song and provide it. But I wanted to show ONE OK ROCK was making ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ together, involving our fans. So I didn’t want to make it seem that we were just making the theme song. I watched the film many times, as well as spot movies, I thought a lot about what kind of song is the best for this movie. I also investigated about the sound further. There is work called ‘mix’ and I’d never asked more people to do that work before. Usually we have a certain engineer-san to make recordings and he does the mix after the recording. But we didn’t do that for this song. I transmitted the song to about four mixers at one time and decided which sound was the best. I worked on it very seriously, more seriously than ever before. Then they decided to let us produce music for the second film ‘Kyoto Inferno’. This made me feel that the film was mine. We were just one of those who were making the film, I felt. In short, in making a film, you need many different teams, such as the director, actors, cameramen, audio, lighting technicians, construction coordinators, and so on. And I felt we were among the members of those teams.

Sato: This is the first time I heard about mix. But I realized your eagerness. Taka himself said, ‘This is my best work ever’. To hear the song, ‘This is great!’ I myself thought. And we shared common view, ‘Yes! This is exactly the theme music!’

Taka: We did.

Sato: At your home, we two did.

Taka: At that time, I was so much convinced that it was the only song that I could give full marks among the songs I had made. And I was all the happier because it was the theme song for the film where Takeru played the lead.

Sato: I listened to the song for the first time at Taka’s home together with him.

Taka: Yes.

Sato: As usual, in your room.

Taka: I played it, saying, ‘I’ve made an excellent song’. That song starts with the piano. OOR has just one or two songs that start with the piano. Besides, to those songs, piano part was added afterwards. Only that song was made by piano from the start to the end and then introduced the guitar, bass, and drums afterwards. Really good songs don’t take so much time to compose. They are made kind of quickly. When I was making songs with the members of OOR, we sometimes shared that kind of feelings, but when I was doing it alone, I had never felt it. In making songs with the members, we sometimes say, ‘Wow, this is terrific!’ but when alone, I had really never felt, ‘Wow, I’ve made something great!’ But this is the only song I felt so. So when Takeru called on me, I let him hear just a part of the song. Takeru has remembered that intro since then. I developed it further into that song at last. I let Takeru hear the song for the second film first, like the first one, earlier than the director, probably.

Sato: The theme song for the second film is also really good. I want everyone to hear it played in the film. It’s a really good song.

*To be continued. And the next part will be the last :)

クローズZERO (2007)

Oguri Shun for クローズZERO (2007)

クローズZERO (2007)

Oguri Shun and Kuroiki Meisa for Lupin III (2014, photo source) and Crows Zero II (2009, own edit)

As appropriate.

As appropriate.

Anonymous:
Hi, can you recommend some good period show/movies?

wednesdaydreams:

Mini Series

  • Brideshead Revisited (1981) (w Jeremy Irons)
  • Henry VIII & His Six Wives (1994)
  • Pride and Prejudice (1995) (w Colin Firth) (the beginnings of mass hysteria over a period film figure lololol)
  • Daniel Deronda (2002)
  • Charles II: The Power & the Passion (2003) (w Rufus Sewell, Helen McCrory, Rupert Graves)
  • Henry VIII (2003) (w Helena Bonham Carter, Emily Blunt, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Ray Winstone) 
  • North & South (2004) (Richard Armitage. This is the one drama/miniseries that caused mass hysteria)
  • Elizabeth I (2005) (Helen Mirren & Jeremy Irons)
  • The Virgin Queen (2005) (Anne Marie Duff and Tom Hardy)
  • Jane Eyre (2006) (Ruth Wilson)
  • Sense & Sensibility (2008)
  • Little Dorritt (2008)
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles (2008) (Gemma Arterton & Eddie Redmayne)
  • The Devil’s Whore (2008) (Michael Fassbender, Andrea Riseborough)
  • Emma (2009) (Romola Garai & Jonny Lee Miller)
  • Wuthering Heights (2009) (Tom Hardy) 
  • The Pillars of the Earth (2010) (Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell)
  • Any Human Heart (2010) (Matthew MacFadyen, Hayley Atwell, Sam Claflin, Holliday Grainger)
  • The Crimson Petal and the White (2011) (Romola Garai & Gillian Anderson
  • Mildred Pierce (2011) (Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood)
  • Birdsong (2012) (Eddie Redmayne, Clemence Poesy)
  • Parade’s End (2012) (Benedict Cumberbatch, Rebecca Hall)
  • Restless (Hayley Atwell , Charlotte Rampling, Michelle Dockery)
  • Great Expectations (2013) (Gillian Anderson)

STRONGLY DO NOT RECOMMEND: THE WHITE QUEEN unless you want to get VERY ANGRY about potentially awesome female characters being HORRIBLY WRITTEN. WILL ONLY RECOMMEND BECAUSE I LOVED ANEURIN BARNARD AND DAVID OAKES 

ALSO DO NOT RECOMMEND: NEW WORLDS. TERRIBLE SEQUEL TO THE DEVI’S WHORE. WTF???

TV Series 

  • Downton Abbey
  • The Bletchley Circle
  • The Hour
  • Mad Men
  • Outlander
  • The Borgias
  • The Tudors
  • Penny Dreadful
  • The Musketeers
  • The Paradise
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Movies 

We’d be around here forever if I unleashed the entire catalog of period films I’d recommend, so I’m going to narrow down to a list of films I think are lesser known, that more people should watch. For full list of recommended period films, please go here 

  • Northanger Abbey (2007 TV movie with Felicity Jones)
  • Persuasion (2007 TV Movie with Sally Hawkins and Rupert Penry Jones)
  • Angel (2007) (Romola Garai & Michael Fassbender)
  • Anne of the Thousand Days (1969) 
  • Camille (1936) (Greta Garbo, Robert Taylor)
  • Cheri (2009) (Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates)
  • Christine (1958) (Alain Delon & Romy Schneider)
  • Cracks (2009) (Eva Green)
  • The Edge of Love (2008) (Keira Knightley, Cillian Murphy)
  • Dangerous Liaisons (2012) (set in 1930s Shanghai with Zhang Ziyi)
  • Dangerous Beauty (1998)
  • The Banquet (2006) (loose adaptation of Hamlet with Zhang Ziyi and Zhou Xun)
  • Red Cliff I & II (2009-2009)
  • Jezebel (1938)
  • La Reine Margot (1994)
  • Quartet (1981)
  • The Story of Adele H (1975)
  • Tess (1979)
  • Maurice (1987)
  • Nosferatu (1979)
  • The Innocents (1961)
  • Howard’s End (1987)
  • A Room With a View (1985)
  • Remains of the Day (1993)
  • The King and The Clown (2005)
  • The Sword with No Name (2009)
  • That Hamilton Woman (1941)
  • 8 Women (2002)
  • Far From Heaven (2002)
  • Made in Dagenham (2008)
  • Vera Drake (2004)
  • Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
  • Populaire (2012)
  • The Age of innocence (1993) 
  • Masquerade (2012)
  • The Invisible Women (2013)
  • Belle (2014)

I’ve been looking for this kind of list for so long!