The movie “Between the White Key and the Black Key” features actor Sota Ikegami in a dual role, portraying two pianists whose destinies take a dramatic turn over the course of one fateful night.
The movie “Between the White Key and the Black Key” is based on the memoir “Between the White Key and the Black Key: Jazz Pianist Elegy – Ginza Edition” by Hiroshi Minami, who is not only a jazz musician but also a talented essayist. The memoir depicts his youth during the three years he spent as a pianist, performing at cabarets and upscale clubs. The screenplay for the movie was jointly written by Masataka Tomioka and Tomoyoshi Takahashi, who daringly adapted Minami’s memoir into a “one-night story.” In the film, the protagonist Hiroshi Minami from “Between the White Key and the Black Key: Jazz Pianist Elegy – Ginza Edition” is divided into two characters, “Minami” and “Hiroshi,” representing two jazz pianists. The story unfolds as their destinies take a dramatic turn during one fateful night. In the movie “Between the White Key and the Black Key,” the performances of the two pianists portrayed by Sota Ikegami are key, along with the contribution of Crystal Kay as a jazz singer, Kazuya Takahashi as a guitarist, and Kei Matsumaru as a saxophonist. The music, especially the performance scenes involving professional musicians like Crystal Kay and Kei Matsumaru, adds significant highlights to the film. Film “Between the White and Black Keys” Synopsis The setting is Ginza, a nightlife district in the late Showa era. Hiroshi, an aspiring jazz pianist with dreams for the future, unexpectedly finds himself playing “The Godfather Theme” at a small cabaret one day. However, the only person allowed to request that song is the chairman of a yakuza syndicate that controls the Ginza area, and only the favored and talented pianist, Minami, is permitted to perform it. Breaking the unwritten rules of Ginza’s nocturnal world, Hiroshi becomes entangled with Minami. As the destinies of the two pianists intertwine, the night in Ginza takes a dramatic turn.
(Details) Title: “Between the White and Black Keys” Release Date: October 6, 2023 (Friday) Cast: Sota Ikematsu, Yurina Hirate, Tsuyoshi Muro, Crystal Kay, Kei Matsumaru, Kota Kawase, Hikohiko Sugiyama, Kumi Nakayama, Kenso Fukutsu, Bob MiHidaka, Shirō Sano, Yoriko Horaguchi, Takashi Matsuo, Kazuya Takahashi Director: Masataka Takeuchi Screenplay: Masataka Takeuchi, Tomoyoshi Takeuchi Music: Akimi Uotani Based on the novel “Between the White and Black Keys” by Hiroshi Minami (Published by Shogakukan Bunko) Distributor: Tokyo Theatres Production: “Between the White and Black Keys” Production Committee