Boichi interviewed by Shonen Gahosha
Shonen Gahosha: What are your favorite movies and those that you would recommend to the readers?
Boichi : I love cinema. I learned lots of things watching movies and reading books about cinema. Besides, in university, my final study memorandum was about the seventh art. I’m really fond of SF movies. To tell you the truth, I always dreamt of drawing a SF manga. My favorite movies are : 2001, Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the third kind, Star Wars, Terminator, Alien. As for those that affected me the most, I’ll say Predator, Robocop, Alien – Resurrection. I watched those three when I was in high school and I can tell you that it was a huge shock. That explains that they had a huge influence on my work. Beside SF, there is a movie that I recently found and which really took me in, it’s called Black Hawk Down. I learned a lot of things while watching it. I really liked the story !
Shonen Gahosha: What influence had cinema on your work?
Boichi : When I start a new manga project, I buy lots of DVD’s, which serves as documentary support. It happened when I started Sun Ken Rock, for example. The action happens in Korea and is centered around a Korean gang. So I bought some korean movies around that subject. That’s why, if you watch those movies, you might understand Sun Ken Rock even more. If I had to recommend some movies useful to the readers of Sun Ken Rock, I’d say : Number 3, The President’s Last Bang and A Bittersweet Life. There is also a Japanese serial novel, Sunadokei (« The Sandglass ») which really helped me. Obviously a movie like The Godfather also influenced my work on Sun Ken Rock. For me, it’s the best gang movie ever, because it takes into account State and Society. As for me, I am trying my best to make Sun Ken Rock a work of that kind.
Shonen Gahosha: A lots of fans are impressed by your characters charisma, starting with Ken. What is, for you, the definition of a charismatic figure ?
Boichi : Thanks ! I really appreciate it! It’s those kinds of compliments that give me the strength to go on ! Personally, I am convinced that I can do even better as a mangaka. For me, the charisma of a man comes first from his strength of character. Giving his all to fulfill his goal, he doesn’t hesitate to question himself… In short, to have a will. It’s something essential, be it in his dream fulfillment, in love or studies. But, it doesn’t mean that will is enough. Staying true to himself, it’s also a fight of every moment ! For me, a charismatic man needs to have the spirit of a warrior. Talking about Ken, he came from nothing, he didn’t had a dream, nor hope, nor will.nd when he began to have a dream, he gave his all to fulfill it. But he also happens to have regrets or to do his introspection. Ken is someone who lives with a lots of remorse. It’s my opinion that is what give him so much charisma and the fact that I draw him with so much strength.
M. Boichi, thanks for answering our questions.