Sandra: You know, I’ve been to the set to watch filming. I’ve seen hundreds of actors dressed up as soldiers, it’s so dusty and all. Is it really possible for them to spend many hours just to take this one single scene of hundreds of soldiers??
Takeshi: Yes. Sometimes it does take that long.
Sandra: They’re just standing there. It’s cold and nothing (to do)..plus it’s windy and dusty.
Takeshi: Well, they don’t know what’s going on either. They’re actually kind of pitiful too, because they don’t know what’s going on. I think their part is kind of hard actually.
Sandra: Agree. I think it is so tough, especially when you guys have horse riding scenes. For example, Takeshi had a scene where he attacks and tries to block other weapons. Man. Is it total chaos when filming these scenes? Is it hard?
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Sandra: How many times did you have to film it to get it right?
Takeshi: I think it took a week. And I’m still running! *laughs*
Sandra: A week? Actually we just so a few frames of it. *laughs* Are there…*laughs* are there scenes where while you were running..*laughs*..you go like, “Director, just get a double (stuntman) for me!!*laughs*
Takeshi: *laughs* If it is a far scene, I think there was…Because sometimes we won’t be there. And when the character needs to be there, then we just need a substitute at that time to make it work.
Sandra: Tell me about a scene where it’s just the three of you (leading characters).
Takeshi: Well, we’re mostly assigned one after the other…It won’t be like acting on stage, it’s usually separately done.
Sandra: I always think that actors usually don’t give it all during rehearsals. I think they give it all (emotions) only when the camera is rolling. Then other (actors) would be like “oh…so that’s how you were thinking of doing it?” *laughs Do you have that experience, where you saw one actor go 100% in an emotional scene so you follow along?
Takeshi: Hmm.. I think it was okay. There was more scenes of the two of them. My scenes were mostly by myself. Mine were mostly watching them, their reactions and not with them, conflicting with them.
Sandra: That’s advantageous for you then. You watch them fight and you just observe.
Takeshi: Because they have more scenes together. So I watch their communication and do my own.
Sandra: *laughs* Then like I said, you got it made for you.
Takeshi: Well, it was still tiring. Because it requires showing emotions.
Sandra: Well, let me ask you. Is it harder to be in movie with just 3 men (as main characters).
Takeshi: Actually, the more actor there is, the tougher it gets. Because the things that the Director wants from the film is just so much. Because he would want to talk about the eldest, second or the youngest brother or maybe about this girl… So after that, it’s finished. He would listen to Jet or Andy, hmm…they bought have a point. Or Takeshi has a point too. But he’s a very nice guy, he’d listen to ideas. But actually it’s the easiest thing to do to just do as the Director says. I think it would be the most precise and wise thing to do.
Sandra: *laughs* But that’s not what I heard from Andy. He said the Director is not very decisive. He said the Director lets you do whatever you want.
Takeshi: What I mean is…there’s a lot that the Director wants to get done.
Takeshi: Right, most Directors are like that anyway.
Sandra: Ah..so he lets you do it (play the part) first and let’s see later. Is there any specific scene from the movie that you think is the toughest for you ever, something you’ve never done before. Like you said that scene that took a week to film…well, I remember seeing that filming where you were killing Jet’s character. It was raining and all, and the ground was dirty. How about that one? was that the hardest scene for you?
Takeshi: Well, that was tough also. It also took a week to film that.
Sandra: Yeah. You were just getting beaten up by Jet, breaking your arms.
Takeshi: yeah, it was supposed to rain. But the weather turned out good, so we can only film a little bit each time. So once it got dark, we immediately filmed.
Sandra: So you were wet for one week and cold for one week. So what do you do in those scenes where you have to be all wet?
Takeshi: Well we wear clothing that protects us from the water, similar to raincoats.
Sandra: What about the head? water still drips down to your neck.
Takeshi: *laughs* I just learned then that I only have one hat. And that hat kept on shrinking and shrinking! *laughs So later I looked at the hat again, it looked ugly!
Sandra: But you had a substitute/double
Takeshi: Well, his was also shrinking too! Because we didn’t really plan for me to be wearing that particular costume.
Sandra: So you didn’t have time to make more hats? Then what happened? It’s just wrapping tightly around the head?
Takeshi: *laughs* Right…
Sandra: Did it keep falling in fight scenes
Takeshi: Yes. That’s why it felt so weird. Costumes can actually be a burden in fight scenes if they aren’t well planned for.
Sandra: Many people said that your style (in the movie) was different. You were always scene as gently, clean. This film showed the rough side of you…very manly.
Takeshi: Thank you
Sandra: Unlike how you are all cleanly shaved now, you won’t have that manly effect. *laughs At that time, did you like your new look?
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