Kikkake wa YOU! Movie Trailer April 16, 2011Posted by Nights4Saturn in Jpop, Kikkawa You.
Back when it was originally announced that Kikka was going to debut as a soloist it was made known that not only would her first single be called “Kikkake wa YOU!” but that she would also get starring role in a movie of the same name. From the name of the song most people, myself included, thought that the movie would be a documentary about her debut similar to her Kikka Channel series on Youtube.
The movie’s trailer was released earlier this week, and frankly I’m still trying to wrap my head around it:
Well we were right, kinda.
The movie is certainly going to be about her debut, but I don’t think anyone expected it to be, you know, a dramatization.
Kikkawa You filmed a movie about Kikkawa You debuting as an idol while Kikkawa You was in the process of debuting as an idol. Also, Kikkawa You and Kikkawa You do indeed appear to be the same. Yup.
Now despite the fact that this is blowing my mind I can’t deny how awesome of a concept this is. She’s playing herself in a dramatic movie about current events in her life. It’s absolutely ridiculous. And that’s why it works.
It does bring up an interesting question though: Were the Kikka Channel videos staged as well (as the movie trailer is very obviously showing)?
I honestly don’t know, but I think I’m going to lean on the side that at least some of them were real. At about 17 seconds into the movie trailer you can see her in a recording studio in a plaid dress, the same one she was wearing in Kikka Channel #4. She’s even sporting the same hairstyle, and what looks to even be the same jewelry. The difference comes in the recording studio itself. The one featured in Kikka Channel has the microphone situated 180 degrees compared to the one in the movie. Additionally the camera man for the movie would have been seen by the mounted camera in Kikka Channel. Sure, they could both be shots from different recording sessions that day but I still think it’s an interesting observation.
Some are even going so far as to suggest that Kikka’s idol act was nothing more than ploy to promote the movie. I frankly find this a little hard to believe. Why would they go to the trouble of writing, composing, recording and producing three different B-sides if she would cease activity after the movie? Also why would Hello! Project keep such a close relationship with her (opening the Winter concerts, and allowing her to promote her movie at Berryz concerts) if she was indeed a “false” idol?
Oh, and speaking of Kikka’s acting, this isn’t even the first time she’s been in a movie. Unbeknown to me at the time I actually attended her world cinematic premier.
Yup, she had a minor role in Mano Erina’s Kai-Ki: Tales of Terror from Tokyo, specifically in the “Tsukimono: The Possessed” story. She got one scene to herself, and it was pretty good. I don’t really want to describe as I don’t want to give anything away… ^^; (Speaking of which, when the heck are we going to get a Western DVD release?!?)