Late August–Yokohama Ryusei (26) showed up at a boxing gym in Tokyo under a light rain, making a surprise visit to the gym as a promotion for his movie “Haru ni Shatteru,” which was released on August 25. He practiced boxing with children. Yokohama plays the role of a boxer in the film, drawing on his experience as a world champion in Kyokushin Karate when he was a junior high school student.
Although he started boxing to prepare for his role, he soon fell in love with the sport and obtained his Class C license in June of this year. The owner of the gym where he paid a surprise visit to Yokohama took his hat off to him.
Mr. Yokohama’s boxing is at the professional level,” he said. I watched him train, and his fundamentals were solid, and his ability to absorb and visualize his opponent’s tactics was truly amazing.
On the day of the event, he was tired from his daily hard work and wasn’t feeling well. I told him, ‘You don’t have to do jumping rope,’ but he said, ‘It’s the foundation of boxing,’ and he did it well. I was really impressed by the way he actively talked to the children even when the cameras weren’t rolling,” said Hero Bando, president of United Boxing Gym.
Yokohama won the Japan Academy Award for Best New Actor in 2008 for his roles in the films “Aiuta: Yakusoku no Nakuhito,” “Nigare, Gunsei,” and “Cheer Boys! Yokohama attracted attention in 2008 when he won the Japan Academy Award for Best New Actor for his role in the film In the movie “Ryuwano Tsuki”, he passionately played a “DV fiancee” who violently assaults the heroine. He won the Best Supporting Actor Award at the 46th Japan Academy Awards. Although he often plays cool roles, he reveals a surprising side in his private life.
Yokohama says, “He is shy and doesn’t talk much to people on his own. It is true that on set, he is absorbed in his own world and is rarely seen talking to his co-stars. However, once she gets to know them well, she has a cute side, asking them to take her out to dinner.
Yokohama is not just a good-looking guy, but he is both stoic and friendly. His future activities as a boxer are also worth keeping an eye on.
Interview and text by： Himotaro Machida PHOTO： Yuri Adachi