Today it has been announced that Arashi's Sakurai Sho (28) is going to be starring in his first doctor role in the movie "Kamisama no Karte" that will open sometime next year.
Production is being handled by the team that already brought us "Crying Out Love, In the Center of the World". Sakurai was already overwhelmed by the script, "It was such a tear-jerker!" He will play an internist dealing with medical care in Matsumoto, Nagano. Actress Miyazaki Aoi (24) is going to play the woman at his side. It's the first time the two of them are working together.
Kurihara Ichito (Sakurai) is a young doctor who is going to experience a lot of different patients in Matsumoto, e.g. a woman with terminal cancer. All patients and their tragedies somehow influence his own life. However, "Kamisama no Karte" won't just be a completely depressing and sad drama. There will be eccentric characters and friends of Kurihara that are going to loosen the serious atmosphere whenever it seems appropriate. The production team knows what they are doing, so there should be no concern on that end.
"Working in the field of community medicine (chiiki iryou), you always have to deal with >life< itself. Through Ichito and all his troubles, you are going to see how difficult it actually is for many people to just >live<. It's going to show you how important it is to have some kind of light in your life." He earnestly explained the message of the story.
In the movie you are not only going to see Sakurai as a doctor, you will also witness him as a devoted husband. Miyazaki will play his wife Haruna, a professional mountain photographer. As mentioned above, it's their first time working together. Sakurai about Miyazaki, "With Miyazaki it will be no problem playing a married couple overflowing with love, because there is such a soft atmosphere surrounding her." Miyazaki is looking forward to the filming that will start in September as well. "By getting into the role of the strong and kind Haru I'd like the filming to be just as relaxed as her character." She said.
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