I was a little nervous when I opened the door to the Hiroshima Daiichi theater for the first time, wondering if it was some kind of a seedy world awaiting me there. But inside, there was a unique world depicted by the dancers, and the audience, illuminated by the mirror ball, and I was quickly transported to a strange, faraway place.
It was a world where one could feel fragments of what might be called, "youth" and a love that has been kept in the back of one's mind for a long time; like a old love from long ago. I would be very happy if you could experience the glittering world of the strip, the strong lives of the theater's president and the dancers, and how beautiful the women are in a cinematic way through this film.
When I met with Director Tokigawa and Mr. Yokoyama in Hiroshima about two and a half years ago, we heard about the closing of the strip joint theater and discussed whether we could somehow preserve its appearance through this film.
I had always thought that it was strange that it's always Tokyo highlighted in TV shows, and films. I am convinced that we should be filming more in other cities, and that those cities have something that Tokyo does not.
I believe that : Dancing in her Dreams has become a film with a rich "Hiroshima" color because we had the opportunity to work with the amazing people of Hiroshima. I hope that I can come shoot here in Hiroshima again someday.
It has been two years since I shot this film, yet I can vividly recall the memories of that time. It was such an “serious film" for me to shoot.
This film was completed with the cooperation of many people in Hiroshima, a city I love. I would like to thank them from the bottom of my heart.
This is a moody film filled with various forms of love.I will never forget the days of filming in Hiroshima, where my body and soul were soaked in the atmosphere of the city.
I would be happy if you could also feel the atmosphere of the Hiroshima Daiichi Theater through the screen.
Strip theaters are disappearing all over Japan.I wanted to somehow make a film about the breath of that era and the people who lived in that era.
The culture of the Showa era is projected on the screen, in the era of Reiwa, while also depicting the Heisei era.
It is as if I have returned to my youth, and my heart is thrilled.
“Dancing in her Dreams" is a film about men and women.
It is a film about youth. Above all, it is a film about dreams.
Please come and see this beautiful story of youth.
I have danced many times on the stage of Hiroshima Daiichi Theater.It is a place filled with many memories for me.
It has been 22 years since I made my debut as a stripper. I have been allowed to dance on stage for such a long time, and this piece is an extension of that experience. I am very happy to be able to perform in a film that will be etched in the history of the strip.