Tuesday, February 15, 2011
It was revealed on the 14th that Aibu Saki (25) will star in NTV's Wednesday night drama (starts 13th April at 10pm) for the spring season. Her love interest is played by Hayami Mokomichi (26) and her best friend by Kuriyama Chiaki (25). Titled リバウンド (Rebound), the drama sees Aibu donning a fatsuit as she portrays a woman weighing about 85kg.
Born to a family running a pork cutlet restaurant, she grows up with a fondness for eating pork cutlets and cakes. By 6th grade in junior high she weighs 60kg and in her 20s, she tips the scale at 85kg. Dumped by her boyfriend over the weight gain, she resolves to slim herself down and gave up on the cakes she loves. She loses 37kg on a diet and lands a job in the editorial department of a fashion magazine.
On an assignment, she goes out to interview a pastry chef (Hayami Mokomichi). When she eats the 'forbidden' strawberry shortcake, she loses her resolve and starts eating her beloved cakes again. From then, her seemingly smooth-sailing life starts to break down as she falls in love with the 'ore-sama' Mokomichi and stands to lose her job in the fashion magazine if she keeps on gaining weight. This is the third time she is working with Mokomichi, the latest one being Zettai Kareshi in 2008.
Aibu herself has no experience with diets. In junior high, she swam at nationals and has never gone through a weight rebound. Before filming, she will have to go through 2 to 3 hours of preparation including prosthetic makeup. "I get nervous thinking what I will look like the first time I put on the special makeup. It's an original story and I feel it's worth the effort. I'm really looking forward to it," she commented. The makeup is handled by 'Make-up Dimensions', the company responsible for works done in Atsuhime, Tenchijin and JIN. About a month ago, she went to the studio to get herself measured and her suit is currently in production. The released photo was done with CG effects.
The drama hopes to address the obsession with diets and the impossible restrictions on food that women go through. It will also deal with the notion that thinness equals beauty and the meaning of real beauty.
- On Tuesday, February 15, 2011 1:25:00 PM, somnia wrote...
that sounds really intersting. i'm looking forward to watch it
- On Wednesday, February 16, 2011 12:35:00 PM, Lora wrote...
I adore these two actors, mainly because of Zettai Kareshi. However, if these two have done three dramas together (including this plus Zettai Kareshi and Regatta), how come Yamapi and Maki aren't in the minds of the producers?! Or even Jun and Mao, I wanna see them in another drama other than HanaDan.