Kazuya Kamenashi Takes On Twenty Plus Roles In Satoshi Miki’s Upcoming It’s Me, It’s Me (Ore Ore)


Kazuya Kamenashi is due to take on the incredible task of twenty plus role for Satoshi Miki (In the Pool, Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers, Adrift in Tokyo, Instant Swamp) upcoming adaptation of  Tomoyuki_Hoshino’s award winning novel It’s Me, It’s Me (Ore Ore). (Winner of the 5th 2011 Kenzaburō Ōe Prize).  Due to go into production this May 10th, with production ending mid-June, Kazuya Kamenashi’s characters will range from an career woman to an high school student.

The title of this novel is not easy to translate. In Japanese, ore is a slightly gruff, familiar first-person pronoun normally used only by men. The title alludes to the “ore ore scams” that have become a serious social problem
in Japan in recent years. These are perpetrated by young men who telephone elderly strangers
and pretend to be a son in distress. The aim is to gull the victim into transferring “urgently needed funds” into the conman’s bank account.

The novel opens with a series of random events that lead the protagonist to acquire a stranger’s mobile phone. He uses the phone to con an easy ¥900,000 out of the stranger’s mother. At this stage, the reader expects a contemporary crime story depicting the mores and values of modern society. Instead, the novel takes a bizarre and unpredictable twist and enters the realm of absurdist fantasy.

For some reason, the mother remains convinced that the protagonist is her son, even after meeting him face to face. When the narrator returns to his parents’ home, he is startled to find another ore living there and to learn that his mother no longer recognizes him. The number of these ore characters increases steadily, until society is overrun with people claiming the same identity. The competing egos wind up killing and eating one another. This blackly humorous work satirizes the modern identity crisis and the erosion of family and community
ties in contemporary society.

It’s Me, It’s Me (Ore Ore) – Kazuya Kamenashi

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