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T.M.R at Spider-Man 2

by Jonathan Mays, Jul 15th 2004
Fresh off a performance at Pacific Media Expo, Takanori Nishikawa (T.M. Revolution) made another quick trip to Los Angeles. T.M.R was selected to record Spider-Man 2's Japanese theme, "Web of Night." As part of the deal, he also got the chance to walk the red carpet at the film's world premiere. Of course, he couldn't leave without giving a few words first.

-Before the Premiere-

How do you feel about attending the "Spider-Man 2" world premiere?
As a Japanese musician, I feel extremely honored to walk a red carpet in America. I'm very happy that my music is now used for both Japanese animation aired in the US (Gundam Seed on Cartoon Network) and a Hollywood movie for Japan at almost the same time.

What are you wearing today?
I'm wearing a crested kimono. It's a traditional Japanese outfit, and it actually bears my family crest, "Maru Mokkou." Since it's a formal occasion I wanted to wear attire in the most formal Japanese style.

How did you learn that you were invited to the world premiere?
I heard that I was invited a week before the world premiere. It was on the way back from recording my weekly radio show in Japan. At first I didn't know what they were talking about.

You've released albums and performed concerts in the US, and now your music is selected for the summer's biggest Hollywood blockbuster.
When my album was released for the first time in the US last year, everything was unclear and I had no idea how the huge American market would perceive me. It was like moving blindly in the dark. But when I heard that my activities in the US were highly valued in the process of selecting an artist (to sing the Japanese theme song), I felt that the dots I've made in the US started to connect and become a line. When I'm offered good opportunities like this in the future, I want to keep trying actively.

-After the Premiere-

How was walking the red carpet?
I don't clearly remember what just happened! [laughs] I was very nervous.

And the movie?
It was great. I liked it very much. I also enjoyed watching people's reactions to the movie in the theater. In Japan people are so into a movie that it feels like they watch it individually. Over here, I felt like I was watching it together with another audience, as if I were watching a live show.

The "Web of Night" single hits Japanese stores on July 28th. As a bonus, the disc also includes "Tears Macerate Reason" from his latest album, as well as an English version of "Web of Night."

Thanks to Yuriko Inagaki and Tofu Records for the photos.

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