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11:43 pm - 01/28/2013

Sakurai Sho to star in a new drama in april



Sakurai sho will be starring in a new drama on Fuji Tv called 'Kazoku game' (The Family game). “Kazoku Game” is based on Honma Yohei’s award-winning novel of the same name, and it has been adapted into live-action movies several times with one starring late actor Matsuda Yusaku, and two special dramas starring Kaga Takeshi as well as two drama series starring Nagabuchi Tsuyoshi.

The movie adaptation especially, which was directed by late film director Morita Yoshimitsu, received several awards.

The story revolves around an eccentric home tutor named “Yoshimoto” (played by Sakurai), who is hired to teach the second son of the Numata family. While being tossed around by the weird and unconventional home tutor, the remedial student and his family gradually start changing. Though the previous movie/dramas featured a fiercely competitive high school entrance examinations as its main theme, the 2013 version will also feature some modern problems like bullying and school refusal.

Apparently, Sakurai has had a home tutor in his actual life when he was in junior high school and high school. He stated, “I hope to reflect on my memories from those days [into] the drama, and I want to make it a drama that gives you a tinglly feeling when watching it with your family.” Regarding his “bizarre” role, he said, “I’m already excited that I will be able to show a new side of me.”

It focuses on a dysfunctional middle-class nuclear family—each family member is connected not internally, but through the social roles they are expected to take on, and the pressure of these social expectations further accelerates the breakdown in their communication.

Plot summary of the movie
The Numata family consists of the father, Kōsuke (Juzo Itami); mother, Chikako (Saori Yuki); and two sons, Shinichi (Jun'ichi Tsujita) and Shigeyuki (Ichirōta Miyagawa). Shigeyuki is a junior high school student. He will soon be taking a high school entrance examination. Unlike the high school student brother, Shinichi, who lives up to the father's expectations, Shigeyuki’s grades are poor, and he is only interested in roller coasters. The father finds a private tutor, Yoshimoto (Yusaku Matsuda), for Shigeyuki and imposes all responsibilities for his exam on the tutor. Yoshimoto's behaviour is extremely strange, including kissing Shigeyuki and hitting him painfully hard. Even though Yoshimoto is a seventh year student of a third-rate university, Shigeyuki’s marks become better and better. Eventually he passes the exam for the high school. At a family celebration, Yoshimoto begins to riot, hitting people, pouring wine on their heads, and throwing spaghetti around wildly.


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arara_chan 28th-Jan-2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
Yaaay new Sho-drama! :D Sounds strange but anyway! xD
apneatic_melody 29th-Jan-2013 12:17 am (UTC)
Ilu Sho, but good luck in the inevitable comparisons to Matsuda "ultrabamf" Yusaku, you'll need lots of it.

That said, I'll definitely watch this. Hope it gets a decent screenwriter and supporting cast.
buyme_arashi 29th-Jan-2013 11:26 am (UTC)
the screenwriter: http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Muto_Shogo
I enjoyed JOKER and Hanakimi was pretty crazy.

The director is the same one who made the awesome crime dorama, Strawberry Nights.

Pretty promising.
mizumi10 29th-Jan-2013 12:47 am (UTC)
Looking forward to this! And maybe I'll watch the 1980's version as well. I think this drama is very suiting for him.
hatachi20 29th-Jan-2013 01:31 am (UTC)
I wonder who the lucky boy that gets to kiss Sho is...
cleotine 29th-Jan-2013 09:43 am (UTC)
my thoughts exactly!
corlee1289 29th-Jan-2013 01:34 am (UTC)
SHO! <3
meoinkie2 29th-Jan-2013 01:46 am (UTC)
so Sho will be the tutor?
interesting..as it seems the tutor's character is kind of weird
looking forward to this
edneichon 29th-Jan-2013 02:04 am (UTC)
Mukyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG ~ my reaction when i found out.
Looking forward to the super odd private tutor Sho-kun! *O*
lillie_frost 29th-Jan-2013 02:11 am (UTC)
This sounds awesome and I'm excited for Sho, but I can't help but think Nino would've been better for this
tush_jp 29th-Jan-2013 04:03 am (UTC)
+1
love323able 29th-Jan-2013 02:13 am (UTC)
Sounds interesting!

Another single for theme song pls XD

Tho I can't help think how his schedule is probably soo hectic

Edited at 2013-01-29 02:19 am (UTC)
katzsong 29th-Jan-2013 02:28 am (UTC)
That's my first though as well. Hope the guy stays healthy through all of it :)
and would love to see Sho as a weird or over-the-top tutor XDD
helenmaldon 29th-Jan-2013 03:26 am (UTC)
I've seen this movie!! It was like super super DARK and really critical of middle-class and Japanese society. I can't wait to find out what Sakurai's role, hope it's the tutor (though it's odd to imagine him in something so dark...)
energenki 29th-Jan-2013 05:30 am (UTC)
Oh, really? Well if it's dark, I'm even more excited. Honestly I think he'll be really good at that kind of thing. His roles are always kind of silly or cute (in general), and that's the image he gives out on TV and stuff too, but you can just tell that he's got a darker side underneath that and he is a pretty serious person aside from the "idol"-y stuff, so hopefully he'll really lock into this and get to show that here. I'm really, really excited for this (even though I will probably feel gross about 80% of the time while watching this, if it's how that summary made it sound, haha). :D
ohmiyaplz 29th-Jan-2013 03:26 am (UTC)
8DDDDDDD

/excited
tush_jp 29th-Jan-2013 04:05 am (UTC)
so sho kun is going to be super busy....
new variety and now drama all starts in same season...
chesutoberry 29th-Jan-2013 04:44 am (UTC)
http://www.nipponcinema.com/trailers/the-family-game-trailer

looks like the movie itself is a comedy... (the old one)
georgiaannaa 29th-Jan-2013 07:27 am (UTC)
YOHOOOO!!!
inachan89 29th-Jan-2013 09:36 am (UTC)
So Sho is gonna die this year?The guy is freakin busy.
And i don't know if i want a single out of this,i'm still waiting for Aiba and Nino's ones lol
energenki 29th-Jan-2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
The guy doesn't like being lazy...lol
satsumatsu 29th-Jan-2013 09:40 am (UTC)
it seems sakurai-san likes to work his ass off...

but: EXCITED!
cleotine 29th-Jan-2013 09:41 am (UTC)
Good news! But I wonder which role Sho will get? The tutor??
Ahhh, looking forward to this! I hope Arashi will sing the theme song...
myjulien 29th-Jan-2013 11:25 am (UTC)
I loved this film and the news is intriguing but I'm still hesitant about my feels on this.
buyme_arashi 29th-Jan-2013 11:34 am (UTC)
I'm expecting they'll change it a lot for tv but still hoping it retains alot of the craziness and message from the original.
buyme_arashi 29th-Jan-2013 11:30 am (UTC)
Wonder if he'll smack the boy around like the original. I wish he would but recent cases against physical punishment that lead to suicide might hinder the aggression.
asaphira_sachi 30th-Jan-2013 01:57 am (UTC)
That's what I was wondering too. I feel like the mindset of that time period is an important part the story, and I don't know how those themes will fair in "current times".
kazuna_miu 29th-Jan-2013 12:46 pm (UTC)
wow.. this drama sound great... conflict in family.. it will become angst drama, right? yeah... i'm waiting for this...
reyahh321 29th-Jan-2013 01:41 pm (UTC)
Yoshimoto's behaviour is extremely strange, including kissing Shigeyuki and hitting him painfully hard. (-u- )


Really? fufufufu
*reads fics somewhere*

dyan1219 29th-Jan-2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
Guy loves being busy. Gimme my Last Hope cameo <3
hoshinayuki 29th-Jan-2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
Yatta~!

Sho-chan's new movie XD
Sho's role seems to fit him! Somehow reminds me of The Quiz Show 2...
A super busy year for Arashi and Sho-chan with many filming and even hosting a new variety show.
Gambatte ne~

Edited at 2013-01-29 04:39 pm (UTC)
sawsan88 29th-Jan-2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
YAY!!! I'm super excited for this!!!<3


kanu_x 31st-Jan-2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
I loved Enomoto's weirdness so I'm going to definitely love Sho's character. :D
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