Updated as of Aug 13th! Translation added!
Asano, Horikita break new ground in film on manga artist Akatsuka
TOKYO, Aug. 13 KYODO
Actor Tadanobu Asano and actress Maki Horikita recently said that they were able to break new ground as comic performers by conquering their embarrassment during shooting of a film on the late legendary manga comic artist Fujio Akatsuka.
''At first I was kind of hesitant but I have totally lost the sense of shame now,'' said Asano, referring to his struggle to follow Akatsuka's hilarious behavior in the film ''Korede Iinoda!!'' (This Is How It Should Be), which depicts the collaboration between the artist and a magazine editor.
Asano, 36, also said it was an honor to play the role as he has been a big fan of Akatsuka, who died in 2008 at age 72 and was a pioneer in the field of so-called gag manga in postwar Japan featuring surreal and slapstick humor.
Horikita, 21, who played the role of the editor, said, ''I just didn't want to do anything silly like striking that pose of his, but now I know it feels good,'' referring to the trademark pose of surprise struck by a popular character of Akatsuka's manga stories in the 1960s.
~by Kyodo News
Cast of film on Akatsuka strike trademark pose
Aug. 13 TOKYO, Japan
Actor Tadanobu Asano and actress Maki Horikita (both C) and other members of the cast of the movie ''Korede Iinoda!!'' (This Is How It Should Be) about the legendary manga comic artist Fujio Akatsuka strike his trademark pose during a promotional event in Tokyo on Aug. 2, 2010. (Kyodo News)
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