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1:23 pm - 02/17/2013

Matsuyama Kenichi to be a loser if his stage play fails?


2 years of bad luck! Matsuyama Kenichi is facing more problems this year after his Taiga drama "Taira no Kiyomori" got the lowest average rating of 12.0% in the Taiga drama history.

His first attempt at a stage play "Tooi Natsu no Gogh" opens on 3 February at Akasaka ACT Theatre so he is busy preparing through the rehearsals. However, contrary to the efforts he has put in, ticket sales are slow.

The ACT Theatre can accommodate 1,300 guests but other than the first day, the seats aren't even half-filled. If the Taiga drama had been a success, this would have brought about the same effect to Matsuyama's first leading role in a stage play. However, the Taiga turned out to be a major flop. Despite extensive publicity efforts, it is worrying as to how many non-Matsuyama fans he can attract to the theatre.

To add on to his troubles, Matsuyama's wife Koyuki gave birth to their second child in South Korea and was involved in the controversy of leaving the hospital without permission. This almost led to a lawsuit by the hospital over unpaid hospitalization charges which were later settled. In order to wipe away the lingering after-effects of the Taiga failure, Matsuyama's attempts at resurrecting his career are further hampered by such unwanted controversies around him.

Matsuyama is due to release his first book "Haisha" (Loser) at the end of March and he chose this name because of his drop to rock-bottom after "Taira no Kiyomori". If his stage play flops too, that would be a critical blow to his career. Despite being once said to be the Johnny Depp of Japan due to his acting skills, if this downward spiral continues, Matsuyama will then become a true loser.

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ohprecioustime 17th-Feb-2013 07:31 am (UTC)
depressing I quite like him but that taiga drama was a disaster

but also adding to his problems, he looks really old like soon him and his wife will match
zsutzy 17th-Feb-2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
could you tell me why it was a disaster? I could watch only the first 4 episodes with subtitle and I liked them very much.
crystalluvshun 18th-Feb-2013 02:02 am (UTC)
I have yet to watch the Taiga, but it is generally considered a 'disaster' because it was a disaster in the ratings, it was by far, the lowest rated Taiga drama in history...there were even several times when the ratings fell into single digits, and it was the first ever Taiga to have ratings in the single digits.

Why the low ratings? Well, I heard many people in Japan just wasn't interested in the story & the characters.

Edited at 2013-02-18 02:06 am (UTC)
zsutzy 18th-Feb-2013 02:08 pm (UTC)
ah thanks, this was the first Tiaga drama I tried to watch :d I liked the scenery and the story was ok for me seemed so accurate.
dearmisterecho 17th-Feb-2013 07:52 am (UTC)
this blasphemy
wapiko 17th-Feb-2013 08:06 am (UTC)
Despite being once said to be the Johnny Depp of Japan due to his acting skills,

wait what
umbrellaphone 17th-Feb-2013 09:10 am (UTC)
The writing of this article...Also, the book releases end of this month, not March.
rainbow_yarn 17th-Feb-2013 10:10 am (UTC)
awww I know nothing of this guy, but I always liked those posters for this drama, so I was hoping it was a good one and that he was doing well... good luck to him.
arashic5 17th-Feb-2013 11:21 am (UTC)
Ugh matsuken deserves better than all this shit
inachan89 17th-Feb-2013 11:45 am (UTC)
Was the drama that bad?Poor Matsuken,though i didn't know he was considered the Johnny Depp of Japan lol
crsg 17th-Feb-2013 12:05 pm (UTC)
Lol wut. This article is bull (not to mention poorly written).
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myharu 17th-Feb-2013 02:47 pm (UTC)
p.s.: could this also be the low popularity period caused by marriage, as experienced by Eita?

hmm maybe, also there was a "most liked/dislike actress" poll and Koyuki came up in the disliked poll and I wonder if there's a connection between that as well

but who knows really
jennyhime 17th-Feb-2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
Did Eita really have a low popularity pint after the marriage, I can't remember. He did the Miike film and then did some theatre.
norringtons 17th-Feb-2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
this post is really depressing. :(

never have i heard him called the johnny depp of japan though, lol. i've only ever heard takeshi kaneshiro called the asian johnny depp.
sibylblack 17th-Feb-2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen everything he's done, but I think he's really talented. I hope these are just silly rumors.
jennyhime 17th-Feb-2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
It's true that the taiga failed but did anyone watch it, was it because of bad cast,story or something else?

The biggest problem to the image might be Koyuki (why did she give birth in SKore anyway)walking out and not paying hospital bills but that's not Matsuken's failt. It's lack of judgement from Koyuki's part. Now most likely they had to pay extra to smooth things over.
crystalluvshun 18th-Feb-2013 02:05 am (UTC)
well, I heard many people in Japan just wasn't interested in the story and the central character.
crystalluvshun 18th-Feb-2013 02:08 am (UTC)
I really feel bad for MatsuKen, he really is a talented actor...but every celeb has his/her ups and downs afterall. I hope his career recovers, it's just a waste of his talent if it doesn't.
jotei_elizabeth 18th-Feb-2013 02:28 am (UTC)
It's you and me against the world. Whether in low or high ratings, I'll still watch your dramas/movies/plays. To me, you're the best!!
spitfire_bijoux 18th-Feb-2013 06:13 am (UTC)
I think he's being too hard on himself. He's amazing, and a lot of his other stuff has been successful. Chill, L. We can't win them all.
arara_chan 18th-Feb-2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
Aww I like him... ganbatte Matsuken~
stole_away 19th-Feb-2013 05:11 am (UTC)
he can act very well, this is so ugh
captxfizz 19th-Feb-2013 03:31 pm (UTC)
This man is still forever amazing in my eyes
catharsisss 20th-Feb-2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
Came in to lol at the title. He's a fine actor and he's not going to spiral into the depths of actor hell anytime soon. I'm a fan of his but I don't like these long-ass Taiga dramas. Hope he is in a new drama soon.
tsukino_aki 22nd-Feb-2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
well everyone has their down time. I actually think he has to take care of himself more, he has been gaining weight and looks like a slump bag after he got married.
shahadalmakki move ahead Matsuken ,,,do not mind28th-Feb-2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
peace be upon you

Matsuken is a very special gifted person ,, he changed all my mind after i saw one of his movies ,,
why people just remember the one bad thing and forget the hundred good thing!!!
don't let the world change your smile Kenichi ,,let your smile change the world ...
and happy birth day for 5/3/1985
may Allah bless him

yours truely
Shahad Al Makki from Iraq

Edited at 2013-02-28 07:51 pm (UTC)
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