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Aoi Nakamura

July 4, 2011

The "When You Wish Upon A Star" actor discusses his career, ambition, and his Tokyo city inspirations

  • Text by Ayumi Seki

Aoi Nakamura got in to the industry after he won a talent audition in 2005. In his new movie “When You Wish Upon a Star” ("Hoshi No Furu Machi"), directed by Koji Kawano, the 20-year-old, fresh faced actor is playing a high school student who struggles to find his own future and place to grow. Nakamura says: “I’m shy and never get used to be in front of people,” but with four movies and one play in 2010, and six movies already waiting to be released this year, we beg to differ.

Satellite Voices: Why did you want to become an actor?
Aoi Nakamura:
 I wasn’t planning on being an actor. My parents recommended that I apply to an audition and I accidentally won. I was confused when I won, and wondered if I could keep this job. I didn’t like to be in front of people...

But the biggest motivation was coming to Tokyo. I’m from Fukuoka, the southern part of Japan, and came to Tokyo about four years ago. I did lots of things, met many different people. These are the reasons why I’m still acting.. I’m always asking myself if I have potential as an actor, but right now, I’m having a good time.

SV: What is the most exciting thing as an actor?
Aoi Nakamura:
 
You play a character that is given to you. The character sometimes has different way of thinking from me, and I like it. Also, you can have chance to do something you’d never do in your real life.

SV: "When You Wish Upon a Star" is based on comic written by Hidenori Hara. Is there a difference acting as a comic character?
Aoi Nakamura:
 
Not really. The story is real, and you can feel characters are actually living in somewhere in the world. It was easy to get into the character. If we decided to make a live-action version of the film based on a comic, we have to be free from the comic. That’s the reason of making a live-action film, not animation, I think... If you want to stick with the image of the comic, then you can read the comic.

SV: What kind of film would you like to try next?
Aoi Nakamura:

I like physical stuff, so I’d like to try an action film. I recently watched “Kick Ass" and it was fantastic! I like that silliness and craziness, it makes you feel good. I'd rather watch a positive movie than a negative one. I want the audience to leave cinemas feeling happy.

SV: Did you feel any difference after you came to Tokyo?
Aoi Nakamura:

 People from the countryside often say “Tokyo is dirty and full of too many people,” but I disagree. In fact, there are many beautiful places in Tokyo. The sky is not shallow either.

SV: Where and what were you doing when the earthquake happened?
Aoi Nakamura:


 I was working in Shinjuku. When the first shake came, I didn’t think it was going to be such a big deal. But the shake became bigger and longer, and people around me started losing composure. It was when I got scared. I couldn’t watch TV or get through on my mobile, so it was shocking when I saw what was happening on TV after a while. Now, my production company launched a charity and I’m helping it too.

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