Cats and Crew 20th Century Boys

MIRAI MORIYAMA as Kakuta Profile

Born in 1984, Hyogo prefecture.

Filmography: Fish Story (Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura / 2009), One Million Yen Girl (Directed by Yuki Tanada / 2008), Smile (Directed by Takanori Jinnai / 2007), School Days (Directed by Kentaro Moriya / 2005), Crying Out Love, in the Centre of the World (Directed by Isao Yukisada / 2004), Revolver -Aoi Haru (Directed by Takeshi Watanabe / 2003)

Character

Kakuta is a comic book artist. By publishing his work online he violated the New Youth Protection and Cultivation Act resulting in his imprisonment at Umihotaru Prison. At the maximum security cell he meets Otcho and they break out of prison. They form an unlikely partnership.

Interview

About Chapter Two:

I'm a big fan of the 20th Century Boys manga series. When I read it, I realised that the character of Kakuta was modelled after the late, great Osamu Tezuka, the God of Manga, both spiritually and physically. When I was offered the role I was intrigued. Before shooting began I visited Naoki Urasawa to ask him what he thought was important in the portrayal of a manga book artist. I got the impression from our discussion that actors and manga book artists have similar creative impulses. I don't draw very well but I can identify with my character's creative impulses. I tried to keep in touch with Kakuta's struggle and dedication to his creativity.

MIRAI MORIYAMA as Kakuta About Chapter Three:

I researched how to draw manga; drafting and sketching and everything. But what were required in the shooting were diving underwater, swimming, climbing, running and being confined in a cell. So when in the final chapter I finally got to play a manga artist drawing a manga, I thought, "Ah, it was worth it." I was also happy to have met Kakuta's manga artist pals, Ujiko Ujio. My character's personal hero is Otcho who he follows around. In the story he draws a manga based on Otcho and I'm curious about what kind of manga it would be.

1999, 2006 Naoki Urasawa, Studio Nuts, Shogakukan 2008-2009 “20th Century Boys” Film Partners 2008-2010 4Digital Media

MIRAI MORIYAMA as Kakuta