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INTERVIEWS/REVIEWS: Kaori Momoi HollywoodNewsWire.net  "Memoirs Of Geisha"  photo
Sukiyaki Western Django
Interview by: Izumi Hasegawa
Sep 9, 2008
Kaori Momoi - Sukiyaki Western Django

Q1: Can you tell me how you got involved in this project?
A: Director Miike talked to me at first. I had known him since he was assistant director. When he was working on Director Kazuo Kuroki's "Tomorrow – Ashita" (1988), they say I bullied him, though I don't remember. (laughs) So he made up his mind never to use this actress when he becomes a director. And after that, I met him in a bar one day, and as I was not aware of that at all and I liked Takashi Miike very much, I asked him to give me a part in his movie. He immediately said "never!" (laughs) So I tried to flirt on him after that but he kept saying no. Then finally, he gave me a part in "Izo" (2004), and I was really impressed by his way of directing. His direction was out of any pattern I had ever seen. I have been working with many Japanese directors, from young ones to veterans, but he is so crazy, genius, and his sense is quite pop. Not many Japanese people have...

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