It's been announced that Kitagawa Keiko and Fukada Kyoko will be co-starring with each other for the first time in the upcoming horror movie "Roommate", which will be directed by Furusawa Takeshi.
"Roommate" is based on the novel of the same name released back in 1997 by Imamura Aya, who passed away earlier this year. Though many of Imamura's works have been adapted into dramas since the 1990s, this will mark the first film adaptation for her work.
The film centers around a shared room. The protagonist "Hagio Harumi" (Kitagawa) meets a nurse Nishimura Reiko (Fukada) at a hospital she was in due to a traffic accident, and they hit it off with each other. Eventually, they decide to start a room share together after Harumi was discharged from the hospital. One day, Harumi sees mysterious incidents occur one after another caused by Reiko's bizarre actions. Soon, things go as far as murder. When Harumi starts feeling in danger, someone who exactly looks like Reiko with the name "Mari" appears in front of her.
Kitagawa commented, "I want the viewers to feel the impact I felt when I first read the script, so I have to express the impact through my acting as Harumi." Regarding Fukada, she said, "She usually gives me a calm and soft impression, but I'm amazed how she acts different depending on the scene. I'm just trying my best to catch up to her."
Fukada also left a comment, saying, "When I read the script, I couldn't imagine how it would end, so I wanted to express the elation I felt in the film. Though it's a very difficult role, I would like to be able to trick the viewers, while consulting with the director and enjoying myself."
The filming already began in early May and is said to be end within June. "Roommate" is set for release this fall.