Written by: Gabriel Castillo
Published on: August 3, 2021 at 6:30 PM PHT (GMT+8)
The official Twitter of RADWIMPS posted on Tuesday that their new song "Utakata-Uta" (Ephemeral) featuring Masaki Suda will be digitally released on August 6th. This new title serves as the theme song of the film "Kinema no Kami-sama" (God of Cinema) set to open in theaters on the same day. Both Yojiro Noda (lead vocalist of RADWIMPS) and Masaki Suda will also appear in the film. This new release comes with a digital jacket using a photo masterfully taken by Okada Miko to express the song’s nostalgic feel and showcase the intersection of human lives.
In addition, Suda will make a guest appearance as RADWIMPS takes the stage at the outdoor music festival FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL ’21 set from August 20th to the 22nd at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata. This will be the first time the ensemble performs Utaka Uta live on stage.
RADWIMPS is a Japanese rock band that first formed back in 2001 as the five original members formed the group during their first year of high school. They debuted independently in 2003 and then joined the major label Toshiba EMI in 2005. Their popularity rose after releasing "Radwimps 4: Okazu no Gohan" in 2006. Their success continued with titles that topped Oricon’s singles chart such as "Order Made" (2008) and "Dada" (2011). The group released the album "Your Name" in 2016 which provided the soundtrack of a film with the same name directed by Makoto Shinkai. The film was a global hit and the soundtrack boosted the fame of Radwimps around the world, even reaching number two on the Billboard World Album chart. Back home, Your Name was certified Double Platinum by RIAJ and became the band’s best-selling album with over half a million copies sold. The band’s success continued and in 2019 they provided the soundtrack for Makoto Shinkai’s "Weathering with You" which debuted at number 3 on the Oricon Albums chart, peaking at number 2, and won several awards. Following their international success, Radwimps planned their world tour with performances around the United States, Canada, and Mexico back in July 2020 but the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to cancel.
Taisho Sugo, with the stage name Masaki Suda, is a Japanese actor and singer. His career in film started with roles in the live action series "Kamen Rider". Suda’s first award came in 2014 when he won Newcomer of the Year from the 37th Japan Academy Prize for his role in "The Backwater". Since then, he has been nominated for and won numerous awards. He appeared in many live action versions of anime such as Assassination Classroom, Death Note, and Gintama. He also dubbed for the 2019 superhero flick Shazam and covered the role played by Zachary Levi. His musical career debuted in 2017 with his first single "Mita Koto mo Nai Keshiki" which peaked at number 5 on the Oricon’s singles chart. Since then, Suda’s released two albums (2018 and 2019) and several singles including "Niji" in 2020 which peaked at number 2 in Oricon’s singles charts.
Kinema no Kami-sama is a live-action film adapted from Harada Maha’s novel of the same title. Yamada Yoji serves as the director and screenwriter with Asahara Yuzo as a screenwriter. The film stars Kenji Sawada, Masaki Suda, Mei Nagano, and Nobuko Miyamoto. Check out the traler below and synopsis from shochikufilms:
Go (Kenji Sawada) is a passionate gambler but a deadbeat dad, and his wife Yoshiko (Nobuko Miyamoto) and family have given up on him. Nevertheless, there’s one thing that Go has always been wholeheartedly devoted to: movies. He and Terashin, the owner of a repertory cinema he frequents, are old friends from their days working at a film studio. In their youth, Go (Masaki Suda) and his colleagues spent every waking moment chasing their dreams, surrounded by great directors and famous stars who represented Japan’s golden age of motion pictures. However, when Go and Terashin both fell in love with a young woman (Mei Nagano) whose family ran a diner, the wheels of fate started to wobble... In this tale of love and friendship spanning a lifetime, the “god of cinema” that Go has worshipped since he was young will transcend time, and work a miracle in the lives of one family...