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06/07, Short Shorts Film Festival Report.

06/06, midnight, All-night Screening at TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills

From left: Saitô Takumi, Tak Sakaguchi, director Yamaguchi Yûdai.

From left: Saitô Takumi, Tak Sakaguchi, director Yamaguchi Yûdai.

Yesterday at the TOHO Cinemas Roppongi Hills, from midnight on, there was a continuous all-night screening event. At the beginning, the director Yamaguchi Yûdai and stars Tak Sakaguchi and Saitô Takumi of HAMMERHEAD = MEN, one of the films screening, took the stage for a greeting.

The incresingly popular and on the rise Saitô Takumi; his high-flying style in this movie is a must-see!

The incresingly popular and on the rise Saitô Takumi; his high-flying style in this movie is a must-see!

The two good-looking actors seemed very fresh-faced and the sold-out hall was almost entirely women. When the director, along with Sakaguchi and Saitô took the stage, a resounding cheer went up.

HAMMERHEAD = MEN is a short film special feature for the DVD release of Elite Yankee Saburo, which opened to the public this February. The film is an adaptation of the original breakthrough, million-selling gag manga, but here [in the short film] supporting characters in the original have been raised to starring status. Yomiyama Takeshi, played by Tak Sakaguchi, establishes the absurdity with the hammer placed on his head. On the other hand, the short-coat clad delinquent, played by Saitô Takumi, also has his attractive image spoiled and shattered. In the talk after the screening, the three received thoughts from the audience, who noted “This craziness, which exceeded even Tarantino, is the best!” During the talk, demonstrating their extremely close relationship through mutual teasing, they thoroughly conveyed the atmosphere of the frolicking filming.

After the screening of HAMMERHEAD = MEN, six films selected from among the best of past SSFF screenings, and seven films of surpassing beauty that were regrettably not chosen for this year’s Japan category, as well as five films from past Academy Award short film selections were screened until six in the morning.

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