The upcoming movie Slaveman released in theaters on March 10, 2017. It is the latest work by Director Noboru Iguchi, who previously worked on The Machine Girl and Karate-Robo Zaborgar.
Slaveman is about an independent filmmaker, Takeshi (Yuichi Nakamura/Kamen Rider Zeronos of Kamen Rider Den-O). He who wants to film his crush (Kayako Okuda). During the filming, they witness an attack by a super powered being. Takeshi finds a mask and camera, which gives him special powers.
Yahoo interviewed the star, Yuichi Nakamura, about his role as Takeshi.
First, please tell us about how you ended up appearing in this work.
Since I previous took a break from acting, I decided that I wanted to study acting again. I participated in Director Iguchi’s workshop. The movie slowly came to life, and I was happy to appear in it. Most of my co-stars also participated in the workshop. There was a lot of communication, even though the filming was done over a short period. I think that the Director made use of all of our charms.
What kind of things did you do at the workshop?
It was held irregularly over a year. I went from interacting with others to acting like a zombie (laughs). There were different actions at the beginning and it was normal, but it was all through the worldview of Director Iguchi. When we were zombies, we were all surrounded by walls, and without special effects makeup. It was a unique experience and a surreal scene. At the end, everyone returned to normal after acting so serious. It was also funny (laughs).
Is there anything you learned that you used while acting?
The Director’s instructions were incredibly interesting. I was surprised and a little confused when we first met. I was able to challenge myself because I knew the Director’s personality and that he was also an actor. I felt more pressure. However, I think that I was able to play more roles because I was able to share my words and thoughts at the workshop.
Have you taken the Director’s advice during your acting role?
Yes. There was a scene where the Director gave me strict instructions, and I had to do 3 different takes. I don’t know which one was used (laughs). In the story where fate changes little by little, the character also changes and grows. I worked with the Director to display as much growth and change as possible.
How was the shooting?
At 9PM, we had to ask some performers to return, or I wouldn’t have been able to finish a scene. We were told it would take 10 days to shoot, but it was actually 5 days. Even though it was almost dark outside, it was bright due to the camera technology. There are action scenes with lots of cuts and switches between roles and scenes. That’s why it was hard to have a lot of spare time. Each person had to concentrate with each cut.
Five days? That doesn’t seem like much time.
At the last shoot, I was already tired. I was relieved when I finished because I had a fever. The scene where I’m filming with a hand camera and when I met Okuda were images I took while shooting. There was also a request from the director that he wanted those kinds of pictures. If I didn’t participate in the workshop, I would not have been able to do such “on the spot” scenes. I think that self-shooting scenes are real independent movies with some ad-lib attached. When I was shooting, I thought “I would be happy it the Director used this in the film.”
Is there anything you would like to try in the future?
I want to be able to take pictures by myself. I want to do action scenes, and just everything, if possible. Since I was absent from acting, I can’t act like an amateur and do what I want to do. I want to take on the challenge of the action and show it to the Director! I would also like to play animal roles and other challenges.
Finally, please tell us some highlights and points to pay attention to?
I think the Director’s worldview is packed into this film. I think a new tokusatsu hero was born. I think it can be enjoyed by men who like tokusatsu and women. Also, the director seems to like romance, but he says “Since I cannot take on romantic work, I should put try to do some romantic parts this time.” (laugh). I think this is a hero that will protect the Earth and save the world.
Check out the Slaveman trailer here: (Warning, contains violence)