Shinobu Terashima Shinobu Toyokawa Etsushi, who made us feel doomed in the movie “The Demon Over There”. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Shinobu Terashima Shinobu Toyokawa Etsushi, who made us feel doomed in the movie “The Demon Over There”.

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The duo of Etsushi Toyokawa (left) and Shinobu Terashima (center), who have played the “shape of love” many times, are truly a match made in heaven….

The movie “The Demon Over There,” in which actress Shinobu Terajima stars with Etsushi Toyokawa, is a shocking film depicting the “ill-fated love” of Jakucho Setouchi, who died last year at the age of 99 after an affair. In the last scene of the film, Terashima is dressed as a nun in vestments, and it was as if we were watching Jakucho Setouchi herself, who had accepted both the sacred and the profane throughout her life, and even felt a sense of the divine.

The film is about Harumi Setouchi (Jakucho), a popular female writer, Mitsuharu Inoue, a leading postwar writer on war and discrimination, and Inoue’s wife, who knew of their relationship but remained faithful to him.

This film adaptation of the classic novel by novelist Arano Inoue, who is also the eldest daughter of Inoue and his wife, depicts the special relationship between the three real-life characters. Terashima and Toyoetsu, who play the lead roles in the film, have played out the forms of love between a man and a woman with great passion, and there were high expectations for the return of the famous duo even before the film’s release,” said a person involved in a wide-ranging TV show.

However, the filming was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Unable to meet Jakucho Setouchi at the time of the rapid spread of the infection, Terashima struggled with his role. In the midst of all this, the fact that Jakucho and Mitsuharu Inoue share the same birthday gave him a big hint.

The fact that they share the same birthday means that they also share the same star sign. In fact, Terashima and her husband, Laurent Gnassia, also share the same birthday, so although they are of different genders, they are like magnets who are attracted to each other. Terashima became convinced of this as they filmed together.

Jakucho and Mitsuharu are drawn to each other with a strong bond. However, Shinobu Terashima and her “fated partner” Etsushi Toyokawa also share a strong and deep bond, having first worked together on “Yawarakana Seikatsu” (2006), which, like this film, was directed by Ryuichi Hiroki and written by Haruhiko Arai. The following year, the two actors worked together on Junichi Watanabe’s much-talked-about “Ai no Ryuke (Love in Execution),” in which they played out the ultimate form of love in a physical performance.

She said, “If I hadn’t met my husband, how could I not fall in love with him after playing the role of a couple who love each other so much? I also played a married couple in “Love in Execution” and the drama “The Tale of Osamu Dazai,” and as I got older, I was able to play the role of a “demon over there,”” he said. Etsu also says, “In a previous life, we must have been twin actors who traveled all over Japan together.

When they took a bath together before shaving and Toyoetsu washed Terashima’s hair, I felt a kind of bond that only the two of them could understand,” said a person involved in a wide-ranging TV show.

The scene depicting their “farewell” to each other, in which Terashima is ordained as a priest, was eye-catching.

The scene depicting their “parting” was a sight to behold. “Terashima himself seemed to have made up his mind about 70% that ‘Shinobu Terashima would shave her head,'” said a wide-angle source. She even said that she had in her mind the words of a weekly magazine that ridiculed her for not shaving her hair after taking off so much of her clothes. Her husband Laurent pushed her to shave her hair, saying, “It’s absolutely cool,” but she could have chosen to play the role with a wig. But why did she go to such lengths?

I was surprised that he would go that far,” she said. She is a rare actress who makes me think that I have to carry that feeling with me as a co-star.

She leaves the priesthood in order to break off the relationship between a man and a woman. Terashima, who shot the scene of their final encounter the day before, sobbed after the shoot because she felt sad thinking, “This is the last time I will see her. But when he actually shaved his hair, he said, “I didn’t do it to throw it all away.

“I shaved my head not to throw it all away, but to live,” he said. I came to think of it that way.

She revealed, “I shaved my head not to throw everything away, but to live. Terashima’s godly appearance as a nun may have been born from such thoughts.

Since winning all the film awards in 2003 for her starring role in the movie “Akame 48 Falls: Attempted Shinju”, Terashima has been willing to take off her clothes and put aside everything at home to play a role in numerous films. Why has Shinobu Terajima lived such a challenging life as an actress?

Terashima was born in Otowaya, a prestigious Kabuki family. Her father was Onoe Kikugoro VII, a living national treasure, and her mother was the famous Showa-era actress Tomiji Junko, but she was never allowed to leave the Kabuki stage.

When she was five years old, her younger brother, Kikunosuke Onoe V, was born, and she experienced the humiliation of having all eyes turn to her younger brother.

Shinobu Terajima, who has delved into the life of Jakucho Setouchi in this film, has been a great inspiration for the actress. I am not the only one who is looking forward to her next film with her “fated partner” Etsushi Toyokawa.

  • Text Ukon Shima (Broadcaster, Video Producer)

    He is involved in program production in a wide range of genres, including variety, news, and sports programs. He has also planned and published many books on female TV announcers, idols, and the TV industry. While working on documentary programs, he became interested in history and recently published "Ieyasu was dead in Sekigahara" (Takeshobo Shinsho). She is also publishing the e-book series "Ibun chakurezuregusa" (Different Stories about Craftsmen).

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