In the evening of mid-June, lively laughter of men and women was echoing at a corner of an intersection in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. In the center was Hiroki Sato (28), a popular member of both “EXILE” and “FANTASTICS from EXILE TRIBE”. Next to him were Haruka Kudo (23), a former member of “Morning Musume。 Haruka Kudo (23), a former member of Morning Musume, and actress Karen Miyama (26) are next to him.
While I was thinking, “I’m so envious to have two beautiful women in my life,” I spotted other handsome men nearby. The two are actors Ryosuke Soda (25) and Kodai Matsuoka (25). The sighting was apparently not private, but a scene from a photo shoot.
The shooting that day was for the drama “Around 1/4” (TV Asahi), which just started on July 9. The drama is based on the popular manga of the same title, and is an ensemble drama about young people in the sensitive period of their lives around the age of 25 (around quarter). Since the work deals with complex human relationships, the three actors, who are popular among young people, are attracting attention as to how they will perform.
The location shooting began in the evening and continued after dark. Although the filming lasted for a long time, no one showed any signs of fatigue. The teamwork was evident in the scenes where all five members were together, including the staff chatting and laughing while waiting for the next scene.
Sato-san, who is playing the lead role in a terrestrial TV drama for the first time, is quite enthusiastic. He takes the initiative to talk to the other cast and crew members on site, and gets them excited. In terms of acting, he is steadily improving his ability to catch up with and surpass TAKAHIRO, a senior member of the group whom he says he admires.
The scene was filled with enthusiasm, not to be outdone by the early summer heat.
PHOTO： Ichiro Takatsuka