Monday, October 12, 2009

Inoue Mao Staff Diary
12th October 2009

Darling wa Gaikokujin Party!
12th October 2009 06:31

We had a party to celebrate the completion of 'Darling wa Gaikokujin' the other day!
When the cuts from the overseas location were shown on screen, the Japanese staff members were delighted!
Seemed like it was very cold but also really fun, I'm so jealous♪

During the party, the lottery was the big climax!!
Mao-san won mentaiko (*laugh*)
I look forward to it arriving at the office!

It opens next spring and there's still half a year to go but I think it's going to be a really great film!
Everyone, please look forward to it ne!!


Actor Enjoyed Filming in Westfield
Sherr said town reminded him of Iowa home.
Westfield Patch

Jonathan Sherr is an Iowa native making his way in the world of foreign actors working in Japan. Last week that career brought him to Westfield.

Sherr is the male lead in "My Darling is a Foreigner," a Japanese romantic comedy filmed partially in Westfield during two days last week. Sherr's character in the film is an American living in Japan who falls in love with a Japanese woman, portrayed by Mao Inoue. Following a series of cultural differences Sherr returns home to Westfield, where Inoue follows him and they reconnect on the front lawn of the Presbyterian Church.

Sherr enjoyed his time in his fictionial hometown, saying it reminded him of his real hometown of Fairfield, Iowa.

"It's a great town, a truly American town," Sherr said of his time in Westfield.

Sherr majored in Japanese in college and then landed a job with a Tokyo company. While living in Tokyo he found himself getting to know more and more actors and discovered there was a growing community of foreign actors working exclusively in Japan.

"I got a little bored with the corporate life and was looking for something different," Sherr said. "I made friends who were actors and this was something I wanted to try."

His career has included a variety of roles in Japan leading up to the current film, his first movie lead, casting him opposite Inoue, one of the most famous actresses in Japan. Inoue was unavailable for comment for this story, with film producers saying her office had not approved interviews while she was in Westfield.

Sherr said he was a bit intimidated by the scope of being the male lead and working alongside Inoue. He said that he enjoyed being able to work with her.

"She's extraordinarily talented and I had to raise my game," he said. "I started out overwhelmed by the scale and speed it was moving. It took a while to catch up and she was instrumental in that. The more I worried, the more I held it up. She was instrumental in helping me relax."

Sherr hopes this movie has a societal impact on Japan. He said there has been a history of cultural clashes in marriages between Japanese citizens and foreign citizens, which has been growing in number. He hopes the film will be able to highlight the issue and show how the couples can come together.

Outside of hoping to make a positive impact on Japanese culture, Sherr said the entire work of his first feature film lead has been a positive experience and that he is looking forward to more.

"It's exciting," Sherr said of the project. "Hopefully it leads to good places. I thoughly enjoyed myself when I wasn't panicking."


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On Tuesday, October 13, 2009 6:23:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous wrote...

Loving every minute of this!

:o) Gunga


On Wednesday, October 14, 2009 8:47:00 AM, Anonymous atskv9 wrote...

Thanks! Lol, Mao is always winning things in lotteries.


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