We felt that this was the best way for us to make our first feature film.
How did you two collaborate when you wrote the script?
Their film Kakuto, directed by Iseya and written by and starring them both, was made under the auspices of producer Hirokazu Kore-eda, with whom Iseya worked as an actor on After Life and Distance.
We started pre-production only six months after he became involved.
TK: The entire shooting period was only thirteen days.
Of course we had to show what those characters are like and how they look at life.
As long as the backbone was strong, as long we shot the subplots with care and as long as we edited everything the right way, the audience wouldn't get bored.
Kameishi, what were you doing at that time, three years ago? My two brothers run a clothing brand and shop, so I helped out with that too. YI: During the development process, when we asked his advice, he decided to come on board as producer.
Iseya: We were both already busy with other things, but we wanted to develop a film project together and make a film, even if it would take us a long time to realise it. Of course we were really happy, because from working with him in the past I know I can really trust him.YI: Taka-san wrote the basis of the story and the subplot about the cop, and I wrote the subplot about the crazy young guy.This character doesn't really have a lot of story to explain his character, but I wanted to have him say some interesting lines.Sometimes enthusiasm can be the most powerful force in cinema.Case in point: actors Yusuke Iseya and Takamasa Kameishi.But I think that behaviour hasn't essentially changed over the years.