Asking if they’re friendly with each other normally, they reply simultaneously, “We get along great.” Having both aimed to become actors from a young age and pursued it ever since, they probably understand each other well. That in itself brings to mind the relationship of friendly competition between the characters they play, Kamiki’s Rei Kiriyama and Sometani’s Harunobu Nikaido.
The film is the story of pro shogi player Rei Kiriyama and the people around him, depicting also the town in which they all live. The apartment in which Rei Kiriyama resides is impressively situated, facing a flowing river. Asking Kamiki about where they actually filmed, he says it was the “Sumida Riverside seen from Asakusa.” On the same topic I ask him what part of Tokyo he likes, and Asakusa comes up again.
“It’s laid-back. The shopping streets have a great vibe, and I feel a closeness with the people here.”
Sometani adds his two cents.
“The same goes for the Sumida River, but there’s a lot of scenery in the film that I’m personally familiar with. It’s a trite thing to say, but for me it’s an area where I can feel a touch of humanity.”