Death Trance Opening Day Onstage Greeting
Death Trance, the J-action film that had gathered the attention of the world well before its opening, faced its first day on May 20; an onstage greeting by the director and cast took place at the Roppongi Cinemart.
Death Trance is the debut work of Shimomura Yûji, who worked as action director for such films as Versus and Shinobi: Heart Under Blade. At last year’s Cannes Film Festival, when an advance trailer was shown it sparked a huge response, and it was determined that the film would open in Japan and America simultaneously as well as in other locations throughout the world.
Director Shimomura spoke of the film’s highlights, saying, “My goals were a never-before-seen view of the world and Tak Sakaguchi’s action. Because I wanted a world that resembled an overturned toy box, I was very particular about the little details.” Tak Sakaguchi, who worked in the dual roles of star and action director and who challenged himself to virtually knock down his own health with ‘real hitting,’ greeted the crowd, saying, “With the extent of the support that everyone gave us, I felt that I wanted to do the kind of action in which I staked my life.”
During the onstage greeting, Mr. Suga introduced stories from the shoot, noting, “Sakaguchi does nothing but ad-lib!” Director Shimomura also commented, “Editing was difficult [because his performance differed with each take].” Sakaguchi responded with wry grins, making it possible to get a sense of the frank atmosphere of the shoot location.
Death Trance plays at the Roppongi Cinemart and other locations nationwide from the 20th of May. In connection with the film’s release, you can access the Cannes Film Festival special trailer, special highlight scenes from the film, and special contents from the original comics via media distributed electronically on your cellphone. Please see the official site for information about how to access these special features.
As the Death Trance official site no longer exists, there is no link information provided for it.