This is the Sohu Exclusive interview, media from China (
Why Furuyuki is really popular there >_<
) that had taken for 5 hours!!
link of interview
And thanks to Jun for translating this interview!!!
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]New “Pretty Boy” Exclusive Interview: Furukawa Yuki’s 49 Private Questions Part 1
[Editor’s Note]: Who is Furukawa Yuki? “New Pretty Boy” that born from new Japanese version of “Itazura na Kiss”, the most hot crispy fried chicken in drama fans’ hearts.
(TL note: This is what I translated from the sentence, it sure is WEIRD, an analogy I supposed. You know, Chinese articles using many analogy like that~)
He has ten years of experience living overseas, in Japan he has been called “Returness” (TL note: child that come home from overseas), graduated from prestigious university——Keio University, he also can speak English fluently. In many people’s eyes, among the actors, he’s the closest “Irie Naoki” of the original work, many agree cast him as examples of elite virtuous person that perfectly natural. “Itazura na Kiss” is his 23 years-old debut, the first drama that truly feature him as a male lead. Not optimistic from the start, but now (“Itazura na Kiss”) get praised as the most attractive drama this year, Furukawa said he himself also felt a little inconceivable. Recently, he accepted an exclusive interview with Sohu Entertainment.
Part 1. Chapter “Itazura na Kiss”: Talk about Furukawa Yuki’s Acting
Behind Itazura na Kiss’ popularity, there is Furukawa’s years of effort that accumulated into the outbreak——before he play many small roles in other drama. Same as many of young peoples of Heisei era, Furukawa frankly said, until the third years of university, he still unsure about his future road, confused in the participation of job hunting war, coincidentally chosen as “Mr. Keio” (Keio University’s election for championship title, TL note: the most handsome man in Keio University), with mind “just want to challenge new things”, he participate in Horipro (Japanese Entertainment House, Hori Production, in short Horipro) audition, and finally found things that he really want to work hard for. Toward “Itazura na Kiss”, toward acting, he has his own unique theory.
Q.: From what opportunity that you got starred in this drama?
A : This drama is from audition selecting the roles, at that time I’m performing at a theater in London, unable to attend audition in Japan. So using iphone and Japan domestic connections (network video) auditioning, then processed by the crew.
Q : Before “Itazura na Kiss~Love in Tokyo”, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan already filmed this drama, and the reputation was good. This time before the shooting, have you accordingly feel the pressure (worry about the former drama have so many “gems”)? Before shooting, have you seen performances of Zheng Yuanchang and Kim Hyun-joong?
A : There’s no pressure. The original work manga have this certain long time loyal supporter, because I really want to play this character, “Irie” (character that received many loves), I feel the pressure. But I haven’t seen Zheng Yuanchang, Kim Hyun-joong drama version, because if I watch them, unseenly it will influence my acting, instead my characteristic won’t show. With mind “let’s create a new drama version”, I shoot this drama.
Q : When you interpreting “Naoki” character, what you feel the most difficult thing is?
A : Naoki-kun is a person that demand “perfect” no matter what (perfectionist), in audiences’ eyes he is almost flawless ideal boy. How to approach his “idealism” to the maximum degree, is the most difficult when I act as him. Everyday while I’m considering how to “approach” him, I’m shooting at the same time.
Q : (Could you give a detailed example?)
A : For example, (when I) try to fathom his eyes’ experssions. Usually when my eyes are wide open like this, (my eyes’ expressions) not too sharp (while said, pointing his big, cat-like eyes), (if you) see the image in the drama you’ll know, I deliberately narrowing my eyes’ size (to approach “Naoki“‘s cool impression, eyes’ expression must a bit arrogant). Besides Naoki basically is a super-silent person, I rely on facial expressions more to express his emotions. But every expressions’ change don’t have big difference, therefore I have to figure out the subtle differences of various expressions, I also put a lot thought about it.
Q : When you act this role, the archetype of Naoki, Mr. Nishikawa Shigeru gave you any suggestions?
A : No. I basically thinking independently, while dicussing with the director, I perform at the same time.
Q : Just now you said with director discussing how to interpret role, then so far when Director Nagata Koto guide your acting, which one that give you the deepest impression (for example, what acting detail that you must correct, and the likes)?
A : Each director have a different style of directing, while Director Nagata belong to the type that give freedom and space to the actors to act. For example, when shooting some scene, she will first look at my interpretation, if it feels OK then it will pass. If she see that my performance is not satisfying, she will on the spot give advise to revise (my acting). Naoki-kun don’t like to laugh, his laugh timing also decided by myself (after thinking about it), like points of expression, I can discuss it together with director.
Q : Compared with other versions, Furukawa-san interpretation of Naoki make people see a new charm. Many fans praise Furukawa-san’s version, “both have consistent and cool image, also so far (compared to) many versions make most people feel Naoki is warm”, for this point, how you see it?
A : Um…… Um……, I deliberately didn’t act with this awareness, (Reporter: In other words, this kind of “warm” is just naturally showed?), en, you can say it like that.
Q : Furukawa-san personally also have science background, experience of studying abroad, which side that you yourself feel is the most similiar with “Naoki”?
A: As you said, with Irie-kun we both have science background, we both can speak English (he didn’t say “good at speak English”, we can see Furukawa’s modest side), we both a person that “don’t want love” (make people feel not too kind), even usually do not laugh too loud, a rather quiet person.
Q : The same with “Naoki”, Furukawa-san self since student days also getting girls’ attention, right?
A : No, don’t have any popularity. When in high school, I almost never spoke with girl classmates. I am a very shy person, I never take the initiative to start a conversation with girls, moreover I have a very shy personality.
Q : You spent high school days in Canada, United States, right? (Taking local culture into account, it should be a lot of opportunity to meet girls)
A : Although it’s abroad, but it was almost always around Japanese students (I’m attending a local Japanese school), I never take initiative to talk with girls. Up till now, I’m still like this (I still have this kind of personality).
Q : In the contrary, Furukawa-san’s side that different with Naoki is?
A : Irie-kun is considerably unconcerned. (Though others first impression of me is not too kind) But I’m not up to that extend. For example, he receive love letter from a girl, he will simply say “I don’t need it!” If I’m the one who receive it, I surely will say thank you to the other person, and then accept the letter.