“Tokyo MER” (for Mobile Emergency Room) was created as a tribute to the heroes of the pandemic. What started as a humble show of gratitude would go on to become a hit TV series in 2021. This year, it is set to become one of the highest-grossing films in Japan.
This month, Filipino audiences can watch “Tokyo MER” when it opens exclusively in Ayala Malls Cinemas on November 22. Reprising his TV role as lead doctor, Ryohei Suzuki leads the film’s cast and is joined by notable newcomers. This includes Japanese idol boy band SixTONES’ Jesse as Tomohiro Shiomi, and Anne Watanabe as Tomo Kamoi.
The movie is directed by Aya Matsuki. It takes place two years after the TV series and is set in the Yokohama Landmark Tower. For authenticity, the city’s fire department and medical supervisors were consulted for the project. “In terms of the story, it matches the setting of spreading MER across the country [creating more MERs], and the Tokyo MER team is also close enough to rush to the rescue,” said screenwriter Tsutomu Kuroiwa.
Of the new additions to the cast, producer Ami Yagi said that Kamoi is cool but ‘shows her loveliness as a human being’. “I cast Anne Watanabe because I thought she would be able to embody this character,” Yagi said.
Yagi also stated that Jesse’s character, Shiomi, is ‘a character who grows out of his shell’. “I was hoping that it would be similar to how Jesse himself tackles roles that he has never played before,” Yagi states.
From Encore Films and distributed by Warner Bros., don’t miss the movie adaptation of Tokyo MER, exclusively in Ayala Malls Cinemas starting November 22!
Photos from Encore Films PH