The Japanese actor, Ikuta Toma, with boyish good looks will soon feature in a new movie where he will play a diverse role may surprise to many of his fans – he is set to play the role of a transgender woman in the latest film by female director, Ogigami Naoko (荻上直子). The title of the upcoming film is Karera ga Honki de Amutoki wa and is the first film in 5 years by Ogigami, whose works have received tons of support from women, in particular.
According to Ikuta Toma, playing the role of a transgender woman is very challenging but it is a very rare opportunity. Ikuta Toma is a Japanese actor signed under Johnny & Associates Inc. and is well-known for his roles in Hanazakari no Kimitachi e and Honey and Clover dramas which are inspired by the popular manga and anime series. He is also known by the nicknames “Toma-chan” and “Tomasu” by his fans.
As for the director, Ogigami Naoko studied film at the University of Southern California in the United States for 6 years. Some of her popular works include Megane and Kamome Shokudo.
The film Megane won the Manfred Salzberger Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2008. Her previous movies have been described as providing emotional healing, but for the latest movie, Karera ga Honki de Amutoki wa, the director mentioned that it will not be emotionally healing at all.
In Karera ga Honki de Amutoki wa, the story centers on three main characters who are the transgender woman, Rinko (played by Toma Ikuta), Tomo who is a girl that was neglected by her mother (played by Kakihara Rinka), and the uncle of Tomo who is also the lover of Rinko (played by Kiritani Kenta). The main theme of the movie is about the life of an unconventional family and will be released in Japan on the 25th of February 2017.
It will be interesting to see how Ikuta Toma plays this new role when it is released. However, in the meantime check out some of the other films directed by Ogigami Naoko, and see why they have been said to be emotionally healing!