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Q&A for “Mitsuko Delivers” took place after a screening of the movie at the 2011 Busan International Film Festival on October 12, 2011. Appearing as speakers are actor Ryo Ishibashi, actress Riisa Naka and director Yuya Ishii. AsianMediaWiki editor Ki Mun was there and transcribed/translated the session.Yuya Ishii (director) - Hello. I am Yuya Ishii, the director of this movie. This is my first time visting Busan. I arrived here yesterday and will leave tomorrow. I am having a good time and hope you had good time watching my film. Riisa Naka (actress) - (speaks Korean) Hello, I am Riisa Naka. I’m glad to meet you. Busan is the best! (speaks Japanese) This is also my first time visiting Busan. I had a good time, like having the “ttaemiri” (bath & skin scrub). I would be happy if you watch this movie not one time, but many times. Ryo Ishibashi (actor) - (speaks Korea) Hello, I am Ryo Ishibashi. I am really grateful you have come today. Thank you. AUDIENCE QUESTION - Question for Riisa Naka, last year you came to Bucheon (PiFan) and at that time you played a young girl in the movie “Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” but this time around you play a young pregnant woman. You seem to play diverse characters? Riisa Naka (actress) - When I acted for the movie “Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” I was in my late teens. Now, I’m 21-years-old. In 2 years, I went from acting as a girl to a pregnant woman. To be honest with you, I thought it was a bit early to perform as a pregnant woman for my age. I was initially surprised that I was portraying a pregnant woman, but my character Mitsuko is quite different than an ordinary pregnant woman. She’s more fearless than an ordinary young pregnant woman. While performing the role, I realized my type of character could really exist. The jump did come quickly from performing as a girl to a pregnant woman. AUDIENCE QUESTION - Question for Riisa Naka, your character expresses herself freely in this movie. I get the feeling you are an energetic actress. Any artists in particular that inspires you? Riisa Naka (actress) - There’s a lot of actors and actresses I respect. When it comes to inspiring me personally I look up to Lady Gaga a lot. I admire her. After the earthquake & tsunami in Japan, Lady Gaga visited Japan. At one of her appearances I got the chance to say hi to her. At that time I felt power from her and her performance. Even though we work in different fields, I feel energy from her and she has inspired me greatly. AUDIENCE QUESTION - Question for Riisa Naka, your character is aggressive. In your view, what are some positives and negatives of Mitsuko’s character. Riisa Naka (actress) - If somebody like Mitsuko is around me I think everything would be arranged well. Mitsuko would say “okay let’s go” and everything would be done as it should. I don’t have many people like Mitsuko around me, but I think it would be good to have that kind of person around. As long as she doesn’t bring around a group of people to help influence me. 

Q&A for “Mitsuko Delivers” took place after a screening of the movie at the 2011 Busan International Film Festival on October 12, 2011. Appearing as speakers are actor Ryo Ishibashi, actress Riisa Naka and director Yuya Ishii. AsianMediaWiki editor Ki Mun was there and transcribed/translated the session.

Yuya Ishii (director) - Hello. I am Yuya Ishii, the director of this movie. This is my first time visting Busan. I arrived here yesterday and will leave tomorrow. I am having a good time and hope you had good time watching my film. 

Riisa Naka (actress) - (speaks Korean) Hello, I am Riisa Naka. I’m glad to meet you. Busan is the best! (speaks Japanese) This is also my first time visiting Busan. I had a good time, like having the “ttaemiri” (bath & skin scrub). I would be happy if you watch this movie not one time, but many times. 

Ryo Ishibashi (actor) - (speaks Korea) Hello, I am Ryo Ishibashi. I am really grateful you have come today. Thank you. 


AUDIENCE QUESTION - Question for Riisa Naka, last year you came to Bucheon (PiFan) and at that time you played a young girl in the movie “Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” but this time around you play a young pregnant woman. You seem to play diverse characters? 

Riisa Naka (actress) - When I acted for the movie “Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time,” I was in my late teens. Now, I’m 21-years-old. In 2 years, I went from acting as a girl to a pregnant woman. To be honest with you, I thought it was a bit early to perform as a pregnant woman for my age. I was initially surprised that I was portraying a pregnant woman, but my character Mitsuko is quite different than an ordinary pregnant woman. She’s more fearless than an ordinary young pregnant woman. While performing the role, I realized my type of character could really exist. The jump did come quickly from performing as a girl to a pregnant woman. 


AUDIENCE QUESTION - Question for Riisa Naka, your character expresses herself freely in this movie. I get the feeling you are an energetic actress. Any artists in particular that inspires you? 

Riisa Naka (actress) - There’s a lot of actors and actresses I respect. When it comes to inspiring me personally I look up to Lady Gaga a lot. I admire her. After the earthquake & tsunami in Japan, Lady Gaga visited Japan. At one of her appearances I got the chance to say hi to her. At that time I felt power from her and her performance. Even though we work in different fields, I feel energy from her and she has inspired me greatly. 


AUDIENCE QUESTION - Question for Riisa Naka, your character is aggressive. In your view, what are some positives and negatives of Mitsuko’s character. 

Riisa Naka (actress) - If somebody like Mitsuko is around me I think everything would be arranged well. Mitsuko would say “okay let’s go” and everything would be done as it should. I don’t have many people like Mitsuko around me, but I think it would be good to have that kind of person around. As long as she doesn’t bring around a group of people to help influence me. 

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On October 12th, actress Naka Riisa, actor Ishibashi Ryo, and director Ishii Yuya attended the ‘16th Busan International Film Festival‘ (BIFF) and greeted the audience after the screening of their movie “Hara ga Kore Nande“.

Naka immediately left for South Korea after finishing the 68th performance of the recurring play “Dokurojo no Shichinin” on the 11th, and greeted the audience in Korean with a slightly husky voice. The audience in the sold out theater were pleasantly surprised by the Korean greeting and gave her a warm welcome. This year it’s the first time the actress attended the film festival.

In “Hara ga Kore Nande”, Naka plays a charming and incredibly kind pregnant woman called ‘Hara Mitsuko‘, who constantly tries to help and cheer up the people around her, despite having her own problems of not having any money and not knowing the father of the child. Earlier this year, her movie “Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo” opened in South Korea as well and she also gained a lot of fans with her drama roles, such as in “Yankee-kun to Megane-chan” and “Shiawase ni Narou yo“. The fact that all three screenings of “Hara ga Kore Nande” at BIFF are sold out is another proof of her popularity.

About playing a pregnant woman, she commented, “‘Oh right, I’m pregnant!’ This is such a powerful role that I often forgot that I’m actually playing a pregnant woman. I think that a pregnant women have a lot of things to worry about, but it would be nice if there were more pregnant women like Mitsuko.” Further she added, “People who match this movie will become a more positive attitude again, which is not just important for people in Japan but for everyone in the world who is troubled by some really bad things.

Ishibashi, who plays a somewhat shy and pitiable man, commented, “So far I played seven roles of villains and was killed just as much (laughs). This time I survived until the end (laughs). I often thought, how nice it would be if I lived a life as simple as the life of the character I’m playing in the movie.

In Japan, “Hara ga Kore Nande” is going to open on November 5th.

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