Hyadain to Provide Screen Music for the Live-action Film of Akiko Higashimura’s “Kuragehime”
Composer and music producer “Hyadain”, Kenichi Maeyamada, has been chosen to make the music for “Kuragehime” (Princess Jellyfish), the new movie starring Rena Nounen, which has been creating a buzz lately. This will be the first time that Maeyamada, who has previously provided various pieces for famous musicians, has himself attempted to create the background music for a movie.
The producer of Kurage Hime, talking about his reasons for requesting this music, explains, “Maeyamada has made music for all kinds of genres, such as commercials, anime, and games; his music is always catchy and stays with you for a long time. I believe that by adding Maeyamada’s music to this story about highly individual characters, we will add an additional layer of individuality.”
The recipient of this request, Maeyamada, comments, “I have plenty of experience with music for games and anime, but this was the first time that I have added music to a live action movie, so I felt really honored. In contrast to songs, these pieces have the role of reflecting the emotions of the supporting characters. I really made an effort to get a good result.”
Describing his visit to the filming location, he says, “I’m not even sure how many times I just said ‘Wow!’… The Tensuikan Apartment has actually been built inside this giant studio. I really got a sense for the massive scale of movies. I felt the air of the Tensuikan on my skin and breathed in the smell and I think this allowed me to connect with the world of the movie to an even greater extent.” After receiving this inspiration, Maeyamada made 36 pieces for Kurage Hime. His music brings out the at times comical and at times dramatic nature of the movie, which is about otaku girls facing down the dangers which confront them.
Kurage Hime / Trailer
The story revolves around a group of young otaku women, each with their own specific area of interest, who all live together at an apartment complex called “Amamizukan” in Tokyo. In general the women tend to shun the need for having any men around, and thus refer to themselves as “Amars” (nuns).
Supporting cast members include Masaki Suda as Kuranosuke, Hiroki Hasegawa as the woman-fearing Shu, Chizuru Ikewaki as railway otaku Banba, Lina Ohta as Three Kingdoms otaku Mayaya, singer Tomoe Shinohara as old man enthusiast Jiji, and Azusa Babazono of the comedy duo “Asian” as Japanophile Chieko.
Nounen’s character Tsukimi is an aspiring illustrator who befriends a young woman at a local tropical fish shop who actually turns out to be a cross-dressing young man named Kuranosuke. Soon, Amamizukan is threatened with demolition and Kuranosuke begins helping the girls become successful in order to save their beloved apartment building.
Taisuke Kawamura (Nodame Cantabile, L DK) will direct the film and Toshiya Ohno (Watashi no Yasashikunai Senpai) is handling the screenplay. In addition, Kumiko Iijima — who’s recently designed outfits for colorful pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu — is in charge of the film’s costumes.
Filming of “Princess Jellyfish” is set to begin in May, with a release planned for December 2014.
Kurage Hime official website : http://www.kuragehi.me/
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