Jun Matsumoto and Kasumi Arimura to tackle a “beautiful bed scene” in “Narratage” movie

Arashi’s Jun Matsumoto and Kasumi Arimura will be starring in the movie “Narratage”. The movie will be be released in autumn 2017. The two last worked together as siblings in FUJI TV’s “Shitsuren Chocolatier” in 2014. Producer Shinji Ogawa says the movie will also include a “beautiful bed scene”.

“Narratage” is based from Rio Shimamoto’s novel of the same name, written in 2005 at a young age of 20. The movie will be directed by Isao Yukisada (Crying Out Love in the Center of the World, Pink & Gray). The title, which refers to the technique used in film and theater to reproduce the past through recollection and words, is built on the narration of the heroine.

Takashi Hayama (Jun Matsumoto), a high school teacher is reunited with his former student Izumi Kudo (Kasumi Arimura), now a university student, and both fall into a deep but forbidden love.

This is Matsumoto’s first movie in 4 years after “Hidamari no Kanojo” in 2013 and also the first time in the teacher role. During “Shitsuren Chocolatier”, Matsumoto and Arimura played as siblings, this time they will be playing as lovers and will even be challenging a bed scene. Filming started earlier this month.

Matsumoto will play high school teacher Takashi Hayama “Feeling and accepting love may differ for each person, but I think we all share that moment of empathy that moves our hearts. I will do my best together with all the staff” .

Arimura will play Izumi Kido. She has appeared in the movie “Biri Gal” (2015) and “I am a Hero” (2016) and is also appointed as the heroine for the new NHK Asadora drama that will start April next year. “We will portray a universal love. After watching the movie, I hope it will leave a lasting impression on your mind. Along with the cast and staff, I will do my best”.

(via Sanspo, Oricon)

  • Comments

    • Himi Tsu

      Might be difficult to watch with the siblings image still on my mind but I must give it a try :)

    • anne

      lmao i still can’t forget his birthday present to her
      he was definitely into her at one point

      • me

        lol! Kasumi was spoiled by Jun much ^^

      • Midna

        Apparently he gave gifts of this nature to others like Kaela Kimura and someone else I forgot LOL. Maybe hes a giving guy xD

        • aaa

          Aragaki Yui…He give her 21 pcs phone strap

          • Midna

            LOL he’s too much XD

      • Reileen

        Totally not out of character for Matsujun tho

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      • Midna

        BEST!!! FACE!!!

    • ren

      i m so no thanks @ this entire project sorry jun

    • Tintin

      Ugh. Why her? I’ve seen some of her acting works and tbh, she’s one of the blandest Japanese actress I’ve seen regardless of who you pair her with. Why not Yuriko Yoshitaka (where is she btw?) since Jun seems to be fond of her in one of HnA’s episode and every time she makes appearances in Arashi variety I notice Jun looking at her and being attentive to her. And Matsujun, why this project? I was expecting too much after 99.9!

      • lada

        I love Yuriko Yoshitaka but she has a more mature image than what the character requires. Also she suits Nino much more than Jun. I didn’t notice much chemistry or interaction with Jun whenever she’s on their shows.

        I don’t mind Arimura. A lot did praised her acting in her recent tear jerker drama and japan academy award nominated movie role. She’s still a boring choice though. They should go for Nana Komatsu or NIKAIDO FUMI.

        At first this project was a big NOPE for but after reading some promising stuff on the original novel, it might be good. The teacher student relationship doesn’t sound that bad since its a former student and she’s an adult. Also the affair probably started after his wife was incarcerated for attempting to murder his mother. Pretty mess up complicated plot with lots of grey linings.

      • JSu.

        Should be Nikaido Fumi if you ask me.

      • frey

        Since the student here is still a college student and Yuriko Yoshitaka is already in her late 20s she might not the best person to fit the role, i think.

    • frey

      Arimura Kasumi again?
      Japan, where the hell are your other talented young actress?
      Loads of CM contracts and afetting the lead role in next asadora, and now this, she’s being overpushed huh…. I just don’t understand this girl’s appeal at all… or is it just me? I think she’s cute, but that’s that, compared to other actresses, her face is just average. Her acting isn’t bad but isn’t that good either. Personally I think Nounen Rena is a better actress than her. Must be the power of the agency. Nowadays those young actresses are seriously everywhere, like Hirose Suzu, Yamazaki Kento, Fukushi Sota, and Arimura Kasumi…..

      • Esha

        Yamazaki Kento is wonderful. I like his acting.. But tired of Hirose Suzu. She doesn’t have an appeal.. Why she is everywhere I don’t understand.

        Ai hashimoto would have been the best.

        • Buzz

          Kento is good but overly exposed which is weakening his acting and loosing his potential. Hirose Suzu is okay I don’t think she bad actress but it disturbing to see her in dark roles like these since she is too childish and young.

          Ai or Nikaido are suited for these stuff.

          • Esha

            good to know that you too consider Ai to be a suitable candidate. I still remember her performance in Confessions movie.
            As far as Hirose Suzu is concerned ,I don’t say that she is bad actress. But as per me she lacks appeal. I can see here everywhere i.e. CMs,dramas and movies. Talent agencies are over exposing some actors making them boring. They should be wise in managing their career.

            • Buzz

              Yes I don’t like how these Agencies are exposing these talents and make you tired seeing them over and over again even though they can be good and versatile exp Suda Masaki who is quiet good but have 10 movie in one year.

              • Overpush is still overpush though. It kills others’ potential to grow

                • frey

                  Yeah. And they’re also still young, i’m sure they will stay in the entertainment industry for long, and being hated at young age can greatly affect your future career, wouldn’t it?

                  It’s also unfortunate that Kasumi even tops a public survey as the most hated actress this year.
                  http://www.channelcinema.com/ranking/actressworst.html

                  • Esha

                    In my hate list as of now are new actresses – 1. Fukada Kyoko 2. Hirose Suzu
                    Fukada has forgotten acting. With age and experience she should improve but reverse is happening. Hirose Suzu didn’t impress me at all.For me she is bland.

                    Both did so much work last year. Kind of saturated with them. Want fresh faces.

                    • Buzz

                      I don’t see much of Fukada Kyoko around but I saw her in two things and I agree she is quiet bland but that’s just in two roles from what I’v seen her.If there is an actress I really dislike it would be Arimura . She and Gouriki Ayame I felt sorry who ever they co-star with them.

                      • Esha

                        Honda Tsubasa can be added to bad-actors list. Her acting is meh..

                      • Buzz

                        Forgot this one too but I only saw her in one role.

                • Lada

                  No it doesn’t. If others are talented enough, they can be scene stealers with their supporting roles. The talented ones have proven this. Don’t blame the demand towards the deserving talented ones (fumi nikaido, suda masaki). Blame the managing companies PUSHING the bland ones (fukushi sota, arimura, half of yamaken stuff)

                  • The problem is that there is only less than 10% of these scene stealers and talented (even some super talented) actors that manage to get what they deserve and worthy of their talents and hard work. In the end of the day, the winner(s) take all and I found such culture almost as detrimental as your usual gori-oshi.

                    I hope those high-profile filmmakers take notice and give more equal chances to everyone as long as they deserve it.

          • frey

            I don’t consider Suzu as a bad actress either, but being literally everywhere can make netizens get tired of them. Suzu and Kasumi are already being bashed for being overpushed, as far as calling them gorioshi. Well, especially in Girls Channel, this news isn’t received happily. There are many other young and promising actresses in their age but we barely see them again nowadays.

      • Lada

        Nikaido Fumi would have been more interesting.

        • Buzz

          I think Nikaido would fit the bill for roles like these and make it feels less awkward even though she younger than Arimura by a year.

        • Fumi is out-right overkill and she herself already appears way too much as well. I’d like to see more new faces. Jun Yoshinaga from Still The Water might be better choice. Even if we have Mayu Matsuoka playing darker stuff it will make my day.

          • Lada

            If they are going for the popular overkill ones, which they are, Fumi is the best choice. She never acted with Jun so that aspect make it fresher than Arimura.

      • Phoenix

        What’s wrong with YamaKen?

        • frey

          I have nothing against his acting, but as I said, he’s everywhere.

          Especially shoujo manga adaptations…..

    • Buzz

      I feel sorry for Jun to accept to play a pedophile role that required a sex scene it could effect people perspective of him and out of all of the young actress it with Arimura Kasumi most dull girl in the industry which make me felt more bad for him!!

      • lada

        Pedophile? The ethics is questionable for a teacher to have an affair with their student, but the affair was when she’s a FORMER student and attending university. Her character is not a child.

      • frey

        Actually the novel has much darker story than you might think.

    • Esha

      wow… excited for the movie.. cant wait

    • Midna

      I’m seriously not here for this. We went from glorious 99.9 to this?!

      • Reileen

        This is not some shojo manga adapted movie lol
        If we base from the novel plot, the character will definitely be more challenging than 99.9
        It’s from the same director of Crying Out from the Center of the World and Pink & Gray, both have a very dramatic dark atmosphere

        • Midna

          I know

          But I still don’t like it. I’m not a fan of major power differences, and I hate teacher/student stories, even if she was a former student. Add in the fact that he has a wife (though their relationship is a bit messed too), the whole premise is just very dark and I’m Not a fan tbh. That, and Arimura’s acting is bland. I wanted something cute and romantic like Hidamari no Kanojo. Honestly, I wouldn’t have mind as much if they actually casted a much better actress.

          • Lada

            I was expecting a darker complex role for Jun after 99.9 but not a dark romance. A dark thriller sort of Ninagawa Mika visuals and a cruel character for him would be perfect. Tbh i’d be disappointed if his next project is cute & romantic and oh so streotypical Jun bread butter like Hidamari no Kanojo, so this was a better option. Arimura might still has some potential to surprise since her recent works are slowly getting acclaimed.

          • Reileen

            Oh I understand but I was just under the impression that a lot of fans wants the dark, crazy, different character route for their faves instead of the safe cute roles esp for Matsujun who has had his fair share of the same kind of roles

        • Lada

          Reileen, just wanna say thank you for your johnny’s related articles. I’ve been waiting for the cm article and you came through. Hope arama will pick up on Ohno Shinobu no Kuni news once they announced the other cast members. I was so bummed out when non-english jent sites covered the first announcement.

          • Reileen

            Oh thanks, will try do do so!
            I was just being OC I wanted the chart thingy for some posts but I have to scrap it to save time
            Even if I want to, I refrain from doing the scandal/ dating posts bec I can’t translate lengthy stuff, I’m not fluent in Japanese lol too complicated for me

            • Lada

              Thanks again :). You’re doing a great job. Tbh, i just wanted interesting trending stuff to be posted here (preferably immediately lol) for the comments. That’s what makes aramadidnt fun back in the days. With Johnny’s scandals there’s bound to be other translated sources on twitter and readers can fill in the details in the comments so a gist or some picture evidence would be fine. Just maybe add some baiting question at the end to encourage comments like “do you approve of this pairing arama?”- something like that.

    • Anna

      I don’t know yet what to think about this… :/ got to wait for some first teaser to come out to see what tone they choose. I heard the novel’s very good though.

    • Reileen

      Same director as Pink & Gray, has anyone seen Yuto’s image shattering bed scene in Pink & Gray??

      • me

        i watch pink & gray on my flight to tokyo for watching 10Ks! concert, and quite surprised seeing the bed scene…such an un-expected scene and twisted story for me since i didn’t know/read the novel! LOL
        but i have to salute yuto for that
        *wondering if this is kinda advise that he’s asked for from Yoshida-san XDDD

        • pinkchole

          Can you tell me what the ‘twist’ for pink & gray was. I watched it and I genuinely just did not know what the hell was going on. (Spoiler!!!: so it was actually all a movie, yuto is actually the best friend who wasn’t doing so well in the entertainment world and he goes on to become famous cause of the book he published about his best friend.) was that supposed to be the big twist?

          • me

            well, it is a big twisted for me since i don’t know/read the novel. so i don’t know that the story is just a movie where yuto actually is the writer of the novel who playing his famous friend in the movie! LOL
            and i thought he is already dead from the beginning where the movie is kinda flashback. stupid me! XDDD

            • pinkchole

              Oh. No you’re not stupid! I was just expecting something really big, like a major twist so I was a bit disappointed and kept thinking ‘maybe that’s not the twist, maybe I missed it’

      • eplizo

        Did you watch it online or from a DVD/in theatres? Cause I can’t find that film with Eng subs anywhere lol. :/

        • Reileen

          I haven’t seen it actually, but the DVD was released just a few days ago and the bed scene cut was being shared everywhere by fans
          It’s probably gonna be subbed by some HSJ comm

          • eplizo

            Ah thanks! I somehow assumed it was already out on DVD for a long while now lol. No wonder I couldn’t find it anywhere lmao. Can’t wait for it to get subbed.

    • This pairing makes me feel weird, especially because she acted as Jun’s little sister before and she is/was his kouhai’s girlfriend so I have that strong image of her being a very young, cute girl while Jun is a man in his 30’s already. I’m afraid I’ll have to pass on this one.

    • riikkkkaaaa

      Aiba: What are you doing to my sister?!
      Nino: What are you doing to my student?!

      Jun: She’s my sister and my student lol

    • byebicycle

      was so not into this when it got announced, but then i read that she’s a former student instead of a current high school student, and that it’s an award-winning novel, so… i’m a little bit less “eh” then before. still “eh” bc ugh arimura kasumi who’s basic as hell in my eyes (plus her smile always feels fake to me… though that’s probably just me, i don’t think that’s her fault). also don’t think she’ll have any chemistry with jun… she just seems like such a young child compared to him. kind of… grosses me out tbh. but w/e, i hope it’s good in spite of all that, i guess.

    • I see we all feel the same way. Arimura Kasumi just does not sit well with me. There is something about her that just…..makes me frown. And then I hate student/teacher stories so…not that excited. Jun, what made you okay with this?

      • lada

        There’s something about Arimura that looks off lol. I remember when she’s battling Baba Arashi with the little kid, she had this poker face on that looks a bit creepy.
        I think Jun okayed this because he had read the bestselling novel and knows that its a challenging role. Well, I hope he’s not forced to act in it just for the sake of paying his bills.

    • Historia Lenz

      I was hoping to see Jun in an action/suspense movie after 99.9, but this… Hopes shattered! XD

    • Janey

      When I read about this my reaction was Arimura again. Well the theme is matured and I know Jun will deliver again but I think Yoshita Yuriko is much better since I really want them to be paired or Emi Takei will fit the role also. I just don’t like Arimura’s acting, have watched her dramas and really not moved by it. But she’s very cute.

      • lada

        Both Yuriko & Emi no longer fit the innocent highschool/next door uni girl type this movie needed. I like both but it just wouldn’t work considering there’s not enough age gap with Jun. The story purposely wanted to make people feel uncomfortable. Someone fresh like nana komatsu, Nikaido fumi or Hashimoto Ai makes much more sense.

        • Buzz

          Nana Komatsu is also everywhere her acing can be a bit cringy but maybe depends on the role but she will be much more refreshing than Arimura to be with Jun.

    • Riri

      Love Matsujun to death, kasumi.. Ehh idk.. Whatever movie Jun is in, I know he’ll definitely nail it with his good acting and irresistable good looks, as for kasumi, not so sure, yeah she’s cute, but i’ve seen a few of her projects and yeah, her acting is bland, didn’t really feel anything while watching her, it was just like.. Okay.. But really looking forward for this movie, can’t wait to watch another Matsujun movie ever since The Girl In A Sunny Place. But ofcourse this movie is definitely a whole different story, it has more of a dark vibe into it and ofcourse not your typical love story, this is definitely going to be cringey and uncomfortable to watch, which is what will make it awesome, deep and stuck in our heads, which is what the movie’sreally aiming for. So can’t wait, as for the cast, really hope they pull it off. Fingers crossed.