Director Yoshihiro Nakamura (“Golden Slumber,” “Team Batista no Eikou”is working on his next film, based on a novel by newspaper reporter-turned-author Gen Araki. Titled “Chonmage Purin,” the movie will star NEWS member Ryo Nishikido (25) in his first big screen role.
“Chonmage Purin” is a strange tale about a young samurai from the Edo period named Kijima Yasube (Nishikido) who slips through time, winding up in the present day. He meets a single mother (Rie Tomosaka) and her 6-year-old son, and through this encounter, he becomes a popular pastry chef.
For the pastry chef role, Nishikido has been undergoing special training at a well-known school since December. He is also practicing for the samurai scenes. He will appear with various hairstyles in the film, which will naturally including the chonmage (topknot).
Filming starts on February 6, and theatrical release is planned for early summer. The supporting cast includes comedian Hiroki Konno, Shiori Kutsuna, Hitomi Sato, Keisuke Horibe, Yuji Nakamura, and Jun Inoue.