HIT ME ANYONE ONE MORE TIME Press Notes and Photos From Toho and Pony Canyon
Source: Toho Co., Ltd., Pony Canyon
Official Site: kiokunashi-movie.jp (Japan)
A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE
“I have no recollection…”
Koki Mitani’s long-awaited new film is a hilarious “political comedy”!!!
Toho Co., Ltd. and Pony Canyon have provided SciFi Japan with press notes and high-res photos from HIT ME ANYONE ONE MORE TIME (記憶にございません！, Kioku ni Gozaimasen!), an all-new film by the popular screenwriter, producer and film director Koki Mitani (A GHOST OF A CHANCE, THE KIYOSU CONFERENCE), master of laughter and emotion. His 8th full length feature film is set in the world of politics,
Prime Minister Keisuke Kuroda is widely despised by his people and his approval ratings are the lowest in the history of Japan. One day while delivering a speech, a rock is hurled at him and knocks him unconscious. When he comes to the next day, his memory is lost and he is transformed from a ruthless, money and power-hungry politician to a simple, honest and very ordinary”old guy.” To avoid a national crisis, his mental state is kept secret from the people, his cabinet and even his family. With the help of his inner cadre — his private secretaries — Keisuke somehow manages to keep the government running.
Eventually, he is liberated of all restraints and confronts the needs of Japan with a newfound earnestness and a true desire to change the nation…
Playing Prime Minister Keisuke Kuroda is Kiichi Nakai (GOOD MORNING SHOW), a trusted actor who has been featured in many of Director Mitani”s films. The Prime Minister”s loyal secretary Isaka is played by Dean Fujioka (NINJA THE MONSTER, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST) in his first Mitani film.
Yuriko Ishida (ERASED, CAFE FUNICULI FUNICULA) also appears for the first time in a Mitani film as the Prime Minister”s wife Satoko. Masao Kusakari (ESPY, ULTRAMAN: THE NEXT) will play the powerful Chief Cabinet Secretary Daigo Tsurumaru. Kusakari recently appeared in the popular NHK Taiga Drama SANADA MARU also written by Director Mitani. Another veteran Mitani actor, Koichi Sato (UNFORGIVEN, TIME TRIP APP), plays Furugori, a freelance tabloid journalist who blackmails Prime Minister Kuroda.
Japan’s greatest actors assemble for Director Mitani’s latest film! An all-star cast will vie for laughs in this vintage Mitani film. It’s coming to you in 2019!
A man wakes up in a hospital bed with no idea where he is. His memory is lost. He sneaks out of the hospital, then sees himself on the TV news. The prime minister of Japan was rushed to the hospital when a rock knocked him out in the middle of a speech. He is, in fact, the most powerful man in Japan. He is so reviled by his citizens that one of them actually knocked him out with a rock!
A subordinate takes him to the prime minister’s residence. “You are the 127th Prime Minister of Japan. The people hate you and call you the worst prime minister in the history of our country. No one must find out that you have amnesia. It must be kept top secret. We are the only ones who will know.”
Only three private secretaries know the truth. He doesn’t know the names or faces of any of his cabinet members, the location of the main conference room of the Diet or his own son’s name let alone the policies he was advancing. He is blackmailed by a freelance tabloid journalist who claims to know of his condition and approached by a mistress who he doesn’t even recall. It seems his wife is cheating on him and his son is heading down a dark path. To top it all off, the president of the United States is scheduled to visit!
An amnesiac with nothing to lose regains his ideals and dreams, dragging foreign dignitaries, political rivals, private staff, the press, his family and the entire nation along with him! What fate awaits…?
Japanese Release Date: September 13, 2019 (Nationwide Roadshow)
Run Time: 127 Minutes
Keisuke Kuroda: Kiichi Nakai
Secretary Isaka: Dean Fujioka
Satoko Kuroda: Yuriko Ishida
Daigo Tsurumaru: Masao Kusakari
Journalist Furugori: Koichi Sato
Nozomi Banba: Eiko Koike
Suga: Yuki Saito
Susan Saint James Narikawa: Yoshino Kimura
Akane Yamanisi: Yo Yoshida
Yuichiro Yanagi: Takashi Yamaguchi
Heitaro Ozeki: Kei Tanaka
Onoda: Zen Kajihara
Minoru Nanjo: Susumu Terajima
Koga: Takahiro Fujimoto
Mansaku Nonomiya: Takaya Sakoda
Kagetora Masubuchi: Rolly (JARU JARU)
Yashiro: Junpei Goto
Wada: Emma Miyazawa
Atsuhiko Kuroda: Tatsuomi Hamada
Director: Koki Mitani
Screenplay: Koki Mitani
Producer: Kuga Maeda, Kazutoshi Wadakura
Cinematographer: Hideo Yamamoto
Distributor (Japan): Toho
International Sales: Pony Canyon
©2019 Fuji TV ©Toho
About Toho Co., Ltd.
Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of the Godzilla films, as well as most of the films by the world-renowned director, Akira Kurosawa. Besides film production, Toho also distributes Japanese films (earning the highest box office receipts for decades in Japan) as well as foreign films through its subsidiary, owns first class movie theaters throughout Japan, produces legitimate plays and musicals, and has more than 100 entertainment-related subsidiaries.
About Pony Canyon Inc.
Pony Canyon has been at the forefront of Japan’s video entertainment industry. Pony Canyon also develops digital software, utilizing the latest interactive and multimedia technology. Pony Canyon is a part of the Fuji Media Holdings Inc. which is Japan’s largest and influential media conglomerate.