One morning in late May, when the sun was shining like summer. Near Katase Enoshima Station (Kanagawa Prefecture), filming was underway for “Midsummer Cinderella” (Fuji Television), a “Geki 9” drama series for the July season. It is a love story unique to the “Tsuki 9” series, which depicts the love lives of eight men and women.
This must have been the first day of shooting. Before filming began, the heroine Nana Mori (21), Shoutarou Mamiya (29), Arashi Shirahama (29), and Toshihisa Hagiwara (24) gave speeches expressing their enthusiasm for the role. Mori was seen smiling and pumping his fist in the air. During the filming of the action scenes that followed, Mori’s expression was serious as she received acting instruction.
Speaking of Mori, her exposure dropped drastically for a while in 2009 due to the reported trouble over the transfer of her agency. However, since the beginning of this year, she has continued to make rapid progress, appearing in movies and commercials.
This time, she is a heroine in “Tsuki 9,” so you could say that she has made a full comeback. Hirokazu Kore-eda, the director who cast Mori in the Netflix drama “Maiko-san-chi no manai-san,” often talks about her in interviews.
(A source close to the entertainment industry says, “In the case of Mori, she was blessed with the opportunity to work on terrestrial TV dramas.
In Mori’s case, there are very few actresses of her generation who can play the lead in terrestrial TV dramas. Kaya Kiyohara, Hikaru Takahashi, and Noa Tsurushima are all of the same generation, but Mori’s presence stands out.
During a break, Mori chatted with Mamiya and others, showing off her bubbly smile. It is likely that we will see more of this smile on TV in the future.
From theJune16and 23, 2023issues ofFRIDAY
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