“To the Greatest Love”

NEMOTO Shuko started her theater company, GEKKAN NEMOTO SHUKO, when she was 19, and has written and directed all its works. She continually searches for new forms of expression, not only in theatrical performances but also in screenplay writing and new forms of musical plays with musicians.

To realize this play, despite the hindrances caused by COVID-19, all the actors rehearsed remotely and met in person for the first time on the night before the opening, which was streamed in real-time from an empty theater. The performance boldly reveals the production process, including a pre-show talk between NEMOTO and OMORI Seiko its music writer, and NEMOTO giving feedback to the actors for the next day’s performance after the play. This video presents the content as it was streamed.

The story is about two relationships: one between a man and a woman, and the other between two sisters. All are around the same age and have their own emotional struggles. What does it mean to love and care for one another? One who feels self-doubt and the other who cares for that person awkwardly try to find the right words for each other.

Presented by: The Japan Foundation (JF) (https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/)

<Performance Credits>
The 18th GEKKAN NEMOTOSHUKO presents: “To the Greatest Love”

Written, directed, and planned by NEMOTO Shuko(https://gekkannemoto.wixsite.com/home

Performers:ITO Marika, FUJIMATSU Shoko, KOHINATA Seiichi, YASUKAWA Mari, riko
Video appearances:NEMOTO Shuko, OOMORI Seiko
Music: OOMORI Seiko
Promotional art:AI☆MADONNA
Cinematography:YU-KI NINOMIYA
Stage Managers:AOKI Norio, TAKEI Yuki, MATSUSHITA Kiyonaga
Stage Design and Costume:YAMAMOTO Kie
Lighting:SAITO Kei
Hair & Makeup:NINOMIYA Miharu
Stage Assistant:TAHARA Emi
Wardrobe supervisor:FUJIBAYASHI Sakura
Production Coordinators:ITO Kana, ADACHI Sari
Public Relation:TANAKA Haruka
In cooperation with:Nogizaka46 LLC, letre Inc., SEINENDAN, FATHER’S CORPORATION, INC., cheese-film, avex entertainment inc.

Reference from The Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Bible Gateway. https://www.biblegateway.com/ (Original work published 2001), 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 17

World Premier:November 4th-8th, 2020
*This broadcast is from opening night on November 4th, 2020

<Subtitling Credits>
English Translation: UENO Madoka
Korean Translation: Hong-i LEE
Thai Translation:BIPAM, Pornchai WITAYALERDPAN
Franch Translation: Miyako SLOCOMBE
Russian Translation: Vladlena FEDYANINA

End date of distribution: 31/3/2023 (18h in Japan time)