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9:12 am - 12/28/2013

Kimura Takuya to Star in TV Asahi’s Period Drama Special





It was announced that SMAP‘s Kimura Takuya will star in TV Asahi‘s 55th anniversary offering in a special drama titled “Musashi Miyamoto“. The 2-part special drama is based from Yoshikawa Eiji‘s novel of the same title, which depicts Musashi’s life as a swordsman that captured the heart of Japanese people.

The drama will highlight Musashi’s battle with his rival Sasaki Kojiro in “Battle of Ganryujima“; as well as Musashi’s 3-part battle with the Yoshioka clan. Although Musahi is seen like “Superman”, the drama will show that the real life hero also has weaknesses, frustrations, as well his struggles to advance.

Yokochi Ikuei, the drama’s producer, considered Kimura for the role because he is the only one who could show the strength of Musashi together with his mysterious charm.

Also, expect the actions scenes to be different from the conventional period drama. Kimura, who practiced Kendo back in Elementary school, is set to challenge “wire action”; CG will also be in full use; and a 10 minute sword fight will be included. Known action director, Tanigaki Kenji, who was responsible for the action scenes in “Rurouni Kenshin”; as well other Hollywood action movies, will be responsible for the intense fight scenes that will beautifully highlight the drama.

It has been 19 years since Kimura starred in a TV Asahi drama with “Kimi wa Toki no Kanata e” and 8 years since Kimura acted in a period  movie with Yamada Yoji’s “Bushi no ichibun”.

Musashi Miyamoto” have started filming in Kyoto and will air on March 2014.

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This is obviously a way for KimuTaku to "redeem" himself after andoroido was such a ratings fail. Oh, this also proves that TV Asahi not hiring Johnny's is just a rumor or they got a huge pay-out. XD

win03die 28th-Dec-2013 09:32 am (UTC)
"redeem"? nice try ;)
Ando Lloyd had a weird plot for a jdrama; not a casual-watcher friendly one at all. People expected it to be light airy and it wasn't (me included). 13% isn't great but it's not a failure either for its timeslot (right after the taiga and competing with f.e. 行列のできる, which dominates the ratings every week in this slot, usually with over 15%). The prime drama slot, getsuku, got barely above 11.

This jidaigeki been in the planning since last spring/summer.
To get both 軍師官兵衛 as the taiga (a great story, very fitting for taiga and the theme of 2014) and Musashi's story as a two-part special, is luxury.
Wonderful stories. Can't wait!
exdream1999 28th-Dec-2013 09:41 am (UTC)
For real, Ando Lloyd was obviously filmed way in advance because of the effects, and that this has been filming while Ando Lloyd was airing. Dramas are planned/cast a year in advance quite often, sometimes even earlier, hence why his hair has been growing out for since the beginning of the year.

Ando Lloyd's rating were quite good for current drama ratings, especially with it's sci-fi elements coupled with an intricate plot, and it's not like it was the worst rated of the golden time dramas this season....
asth77 28th-Dec-2013 12:30 pm (UTC)
Lol please Ando Lloyd ratings were not good at all for KimuTaku. It's the first time in 17 years that the first ep was not 20+ ratings.
Like lbr @ KimuTaku's success this year.
And it wasn't good at all compared to Sakai Masato's dramas, esp considering Ando lloyd came just after Hanzawa Naoki which should have given Ando Lloyd a big advantage since everyone turned the tv on hoping for some new Hanzawa Naoki impact and a great season. Finally it def advantaged Legal High 2 instead of Kimu.
exdream1999 28th-Dec-2013 12:53 pm (UTC)
I'm talking about compared to the average drama rating currently, ratings like Hanzawa's are rare these days, and Hanzawa had the advantage of being based on a popular novel series, and hype.
To act like every actor who's been a big star since the 90's can pull the same ratings they always have to is willfully ignore the ratings MOST dramas get nowadays, there's plenty of other actors who can't get the 20%+ ratings they used to, that's all I'm saying. (Also, the first episode was .8% away from being 20%, like honestly, OMG, such disappoint, much fail, wow.)

Of course people were going to watch Legal High 2 instead of Ando Lloyd, because people are following the lead actor, that's obvious. how are people who liked watching a story about a banker in Nagoya going to stay for one about an android? Also, sure many people watched the first episode of Legal High 2, but many also tuned out, given that it dipped below 20% after the first ep. and kept dropping.
win03die 28th-Dec-2013 05:34 pm (UTC)
Well I won't go to say they were good. Moderate, I can give ;)
But certainly not a failure, as op stated.
sibylblack 28th-Dec-2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
Yoshikawa Eiji's "Musashi" is so good. Looking forward to seeing Kimura playing the part ♥
islandgurl84 29th-Dec-2013 02:21 am (UTC)
yatta \o/ excited for Takuya in a jidaigeki again! I love the Musahi Miyamoto story and he can definitely pull it off! I found Ando Lloyd entertaining,imagine getting Takuya twice as an action star Lloydo, a terminator like android and the charming,genius professor/researcher Reiji, every week?! The sci fi drama had subtle gems and insights into human relationships and feelings embedded in every episode and emotions/feelings that use to differentiate humans from the man made creations are no longer the default as somehow in the future the capacity of even robots to feel like humans can be programmed.But hey, I'll watch Takuya,even if he's just brushing his pearlies.
mit_souko 29th-Dec-2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
I really look forward to this. I love the Musashi story and I love Kimutaku. I agree with many others that the ratings weren't that shabby for Ando. Most dramas these days seem to have difficulty just staying above 10!
aibada 29th-Dec-2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
hasbeen
kawaii_neko23 30th-Dec-2013 03:57 am (UTC)
Ugh...I can't stand all this hate now a days for Kimutaku. The man will have his ups and downs in his career, he's been around for 20+ years. Why does every fandom make it such a big fucking competition now, especially international fandom which pretty much only cares about ratings.
charingyu 30th-Dec-2013 08:03 am (UTC)
I agree ♥
asth77 30th-Dec-2013 12:20 pm (UTC)
Girl, international fandom?? Please read the thread on Majide.
They are 10x worse.

Edited at 2013-12-30 12:20 pm (UTC)
kawaii_neko23 2nd-Jan-2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
I don't consider Majide fandom, they are a bunch of neck bearded douchbags who basically hate EVERYTHING that is remotely popular. International fandom has a real nasty problem of caring ONLY for ratings, album sales and hating on other fandoms that is not there own and its just so boring.
asth77 2nd-Jan-2014 09:45 pm (UTC)
and you are assuming that in comarison japanese fandom doesn't do the same?
kawaii_neko23 6th-Jan-2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
Nope, not necessarily. I know that Japanese fandom does the same, but as this is mostly an international fandom site and international fandom tends to be more vocal (not to mention what we are all apart of for the most part) so in turn they can get on my nerves the most. Just an observation, of course everyone is NOT like this, most people just follow their fandoms calmly.
asth77 7th-Jan-2014 08:34 am (UTC)
What does it mean following the fandoms calmly... no one went wild over this issue lmao?? you can't even say one bad thing about KimuTaku's career? Come on now, no one wished the death of his family, it's just comments about ratings. And so what?
You know,that's what I dislike a lot about Intl jpop culture fandom contrary to you. Everything has to be raindows and cookies, as soon as someone dares to have a nuanced opinion they're a hater. Ppl aren't robots who "follow calmly their fandoms". They are human and they have nuanced opinions,negative opinions without necessarily being haters. Sigh @ this post, are ppl 12 or something?
sibylblack 30th-Dec-2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
This.
sawsan88 30th-Dec-2013 01:43 pm (UTC)
Despite what everyone says I'm actually really excited about this SP !!! ~
zekhoee 30th-Dec-2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
I guess he has indeed been great (I was unfortunately not able to witness it); anyway, in my books, he definitely still is.
If I were to think otherwise, I suppose I would not spend my time reading this post and leave a comment.

Really looking forward to this SP.
edneichon 31st-Dec-2013 08:35 pm (UTC)
Asahi rumor. mmm.. first time i read that. Aiba manabu seems pretty solid to me. I'm very glad for Kimura, he'll do an amazing work.. haters can go &/%F***k78tfdugu
hipployta 2nd-Jan-2014 04:00 am (UTC)
He probably arranged this contract this before Ando Lloyd started airing since it's already filming and involved CGI...
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