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Naoki Kobayashi – Earthquake Bird #LFF2019

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Japanese actor, Naoki Kobayashi, told us about why he was drawn to the role of Teiji in Wash Westmoreland’s thriller Earthquake Bird.

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PODCAST | Sarah Bradbury interviews Naoki Kobayashi, actor of the film Earthquake Bird.

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Japanese actor, Naoki Kobayashi, told us about why he was drawn to the role of Teiji in Wash Westmoreland’s thriller Earthquake Bird from the red carpet at the BFI London Film Festival. He explained how he connected to the film set in 1989 Tokyo and his experience of working with Wash as a director and opposite actress Alicia Vikander.

Earthquake Bird: Lucy (Vikander) is a buttoned-up, MUJI-clad translator who has been in Japan for five years and is desperate to blend in. Her reticent nature hides old scars. There’s also the fact that people around her keep dying – accidentally or otherwise. After a street encounter with hot photographer Teiji (Naoki Kobayashi), she quickly finds herself under his spell, despite all the warning signs. And the pot is stirred further when American nurse Lily (Riley Keough) – all blowsy sexual confidence and cultural naïvety – arrives in town and Lucy experiences some frightening impulses. Wash Westmoreland (Colette) has crafted a moody and intriguing update on 1980s psycho-sexual thrillers, shifting the emphasis onto the psychology of the female protagonist. Alicia Vikander is astonishing in a role that explores cultural fascination, belonging and obsession.

To discover more about the film, click here.

  • Reporter
    Sarah Bradbury
  • Guest
    Naoki Kobayashi
  • Interviewee role
    Actor
  • Film title
    Earthquake Bird
  • Festival section
    Thrill
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