On 27 March, it was announced that Riko Fukumoto, who won the Grand Prix 2016 at Toho Cinderella Audition, which also were awarded to exceptional actresses Masami Nagasawa and Minami Hamabe, would appear in the historical movie “Nomitori” (directed by Yasuo Tsuruhashi, to be premiered on 18th May).
Fukumoto plays Omitsu – the daughter of the landlord who owns the ancient Nagaya style house, where the protagonist Hiroyuki Kobayashi (Hiroshi Abe) who is ordered by the Overlord, lives and works as a flea-catcher for dogs and cats.
In this role, she has unreciprocated love for the teacher named Tomonosuke Saeki who teaches literacy for free (played by Takumi Saito).
Trailer reveals the scene when Fukumoto is focusing on the shooting.
Fukumoto was born on 25 November 2000 in Osaka Prefecture.
At the 8th Toho Cinderella Audition in 2016, after being interviewed, she bested 9508 contestants winning the Grand Prix and later debuted in the entertainment world.
In the video released this time, Fukumoto shares her feelings about the filming: “I was very nervous.” or when she expresses her impressions on her co-actors Abe and Saito during the breaktime.
The movie is based on historical novel “Nomitori Samurai” by Shigeo Komatsu (Kobunsha).
It is a story about the samurai who has 2 jobs at the same time: “Nomitori – catching fleas for cats” and “Nomitori”- bringing love for the women.”
Besides, Shinobu Terajima, Etsushi Toyokawa, Morio Kazama, Shinobu Otake, Maeda Atsuko, Bunshi Katsura,…also appear in the movie.