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Posted: Thursday May 17, 2012 @12:42 a.m. PST
“Helter Skelter” has taken a heavy toll on Japanese actress Sawajiri Eriki, as she has been reported to be on hiatus due to poor health conditions since early May.
According to Tokyo Hive, Sawajiri was forced to cancel her promotional activities for her comeback film, and might not even be able to appear on the premiere of the movie in July if her health condition does not improve.
“Because of her poor physical condition, the promotional events will be canceled,” a media statement from her agency said.
Causes of her health’s deterioration were not officially known, but sources believed that her leading role in the adaptation of Okazaki Kyoko’s manga about a top idol, Ririko, who undergoes a full-body plastic surgery and becomes famous but then suffers the aftereffects, could have a negative impact on her physical and mental well-being.
The movie generated some buzz since it has some challenging sex scenes and it was Sawajiri’s first movie role since the controversial “Closed Note”.
“In her upcoming movie, she’s challenged herself to intense sexual scenes. She’s an actress who becomes absorbed into her roles, so the heroine Ririko wouldn’t leave her body for a long time. She seemed to be down,” said a source from the film industry.
“It’s filled with scenes of mental confusion; it’s a dangerous role so it’s not strange that her spirit would fall apart. I don’t have the courage to have our actresses play the role,” another source said.
Her agency has said that Sawajiri was advised by her doctors to take a good rest for a while and would only be resuming her activities at the appropriate time by her doctors.
According to BonyEntertainment02, The first teaser for Helter Skelter live-action film adaptation.
The film is due for release in Japan on July 14, 2012.
Actress Erika Sawajiri makes her return to the big screen after a 5 year hiatus.
The movie based on Kyoko Okazaki’s manga “Helter Skelter” (published by Shoudensha in 2003). Manga “Helter Skelter was the 2004 Grand Winner of the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.
☆ PLOT ☆
Top star Ririko undergoes multiple cosmetic surgies to her entire body. She’s looked upon as an icon for beauty. As the toll of her multiple surgies begins to take its toll, Ririko makes the lives of those around her miserable as she tries to deal with career and personal problems.
Director: Mika Ninagawa
Writer: Kyoko Okazaki (manga)
☆ CAST ☆
Erika Sawajiri – Ririko
Nao Omori – Prosecutor Makoto Asada
Shinobu Terajima – Ririko’s manager Michiko Hata
Kiko Mizuhara – Kozue Yoshikawa
Kaori Momoi – Hiroko Tada
Mieko Harada – Hisako Wachi
Yosuke Kubozuka – Takao Nanbu