Arashi Previews ‘Pika☆nchi 2.5’ Movie and Expands Screening

Originally set for a limited screening at the TOKYO DOME CITY HALL for the whole month of August, Arashi’s movie “PIKA☆★☆NCHI LIFE IS HARD Tabun HAPPY” screening will be expanded to four more cities. It has sold-out all 250,000 tickets within the day after sales launched last July 13. To make the movie more accessible to fans, extra screenings are now scheduled in Hokkaido, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. The movie is set to mobilize an audience of 363,000.

As part of the group’s 15th year anniversary, this movie spin off comes 10 years following the 1st and 2nd movies in 2002 and 2004. The second movie is also widely referred to as Pikanchi Double, but this release is being positioned as Pikanchi 2.5, not Pikanchi Triple. The reason for this will be revealed during the movie.

V6’s Inohara Yoshihiko provided the movie’s draft. The first movie is based on his life story and Inohara is also expected to appear in the new movie. Other casts include Mizukawa Asami, Akiyama Natsuko, Uechi Haruna, and Matsubara Chieko.

You can check out the movie preview and more below.


Movie plot:

Set in Yashio Danshi, a large scale apartment complex in Shinagawa Ward. Shun (Aiba), Bon (Matsumoto), Takuma (Ninomiya), Haru (Ohno) and Chu (Sakurai), five men who spent their youth in the area, grew up and all too quickly went their separate ways. However, certain circumstances brought the group back together again for the first time in ten years.

In their hands, they held the notebooks Haru had given the four of them ten years ago when they set off on their own. “From now on, whenever something difficult or great happens, write it in here,” the young man said. The five men start talking about the ten years they’ve been apart while referencing their notebooks. Now that they’re in their thirties, issues that weren’t a problem in the past have started cropping up.

What troubles do each of them possess? And what is the reason they’ve gathered for the first time in ten years?

Additional Screening

  • Hokkaido: Oct 28-Nov 2
  • Nagoya: Dec 20- Dec 21
  • Osaka: Nov 5- Nov 19
  • Fukuoka: Nov 3- Nov 8

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