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There was a rumor a month ago, that Kimura Takuya (or rather, his management team) is aiming to get the leading role for NHK Taiga 2012. Back in 2009, it was rumored that NHK approached Takuya for Sakamoto Ryoma role in RYOMADEN, but his side rejected the offer. And now, due to Tsuki no Koibito's low ratings and Ryomaden's good ratings, they regretted they didn't take the taiga offer, so now they're aiming for the next taiga in 2012.

And today, the title for NHK Taiga 2012 has been announced. It's TAIRA-NO-KIYOMORI. Although there was also a novel with Taira-no-Kiyomori as the lead, which is "Heike Monogatari" written by Yoshikawa Eiji, this drama will be written with an original script by Fujimoto Yuki. Kiyomori lives in the end of Heian period, 1118-1181. He is well-known in the historical records as the atrocious dictator. He has a very bad image for his viciousness in history, so people are bewildered why would NHK pick such a historical figure as the leading character? The producer and the director in the press conference today explained that while the character in the drama will be an anti-hero character, indeed, but it will be told in a totally different perspective that has never been mentioned in the historical records before. The producer said, rather than a dictator, Kiyomori is more of a mischevious scoundrel / ruffian in his mind.

Kiyomori has a mysterious background as he is an orphan since childhood, he doesn't know whom his parents are. He was adopted by the head of the Taira clan, and he became the successor. In his youth, before he became a military general, he had once held control of a group of pirates in the inland sea and he became the King of Pirate of the sea! The producer said he can already clearly see an image in his head, that Kiyomori would stand on top of the tip of a sinking ship with a big sword in his hand.

The filming will start August next year. Filming locations are Hiroshima prefecture, Hyogo prefecture, mostly in the west Japan. They will cast 50 actors and actresses *just* for the main characters.

source: http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20100804-00000017-eiga-movi

Wow! Forget abt Ryoma! Forget abt Genji! I want Takuya to get this role!!!! Which other actor can play the King of Pirates as perfect as Kimura Takuya????? hahaha..... (for those who don't know, his radio prog What's Up Smap is considered as a sailing ship and he's the captain of the ship.... the official website has the pirates theme as well^^  he's always called "captain" by fans when it's related to WUS. I'm not sure when did this WUS-Pirates theme started, pls let me know if anyone knows^^  But perhaps it's related to the fact that Takuya is a HUGE FAN of One Piece, the anime.)

Anti-hero? Mischevious scoundrel / ruffian?? Gosh, please let it be Takuya!!! NHK, you know what to do right??
And Iijima-san, yoroshiku onegaiitashimasu!!! XDDD



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Aug. 4th, 2010 12:26 pm (UTC)
Speak of the devil... : )
Aug. 4th, 2010 12:37 pm (UTC)
haha! so you've been lurking my blog!
Aug. 4th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
Even before I registered on LJ too. :D
But seriously, I hope Kimura clinches this deal if he's even trying.
Aug. 4th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
pls, pls, pls let Kimura-kun get this role!!! It seems very intriguing and charming, moreover it's set in my fav period of Japanese history!!! (*0*)
Aug. 4th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Your favorite is Heian, really? Why?
Heian reminds me of Goro's Onmyouji and I hate that drama.
So somehow I always relate Heian as a very dark period XD
Aug. 4th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
Your favorite is Heian, really? Why?

Well, during my first year at university (I have a degree in Japanese language and literature), I had a Literature examination and "Genji Monogatari" was the first novel I analysed. I don't like "Casanova" characters either, but at that time I didn't know anything yet about ancient Japan, nor its history and culture, so I was deeply charmed reading Lady Murasaki's descriptions of the Imperial Palace, the isolated life of courtesans, their elegance, their poetry and writings... I started understanding what life was like in ancient Japan through Genji Monogatari, so I also loved dearly the period in which it is set, even now.
It's a precious memory connected to my university days, the best period of my life, when I studied Japanese things every day...it was like a little miracle for me!^^
Aug. 4th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Ahh, I see. so it's because of the first period you get to know too, and not because something the Heian have that the other periods don't have^^

For me, my favorite is Sengoku, bcoz it's the time when main historical figures tried to unify Japan^^ Plus I love the women's hairstyle in this period, more than the bakumatsu period hairstyle, hehe^^
Aug. 4th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
the scoundrel/ruffian part kinda reminds me of Kimura's portrayal of Oda Nobunaga and we also do know that Nobunaga had a dark side to him..

i am also hoping Kimura will be considered for this role and if and when he is let's hope management would have the good sense to consider it carefully.

ah King of Pirates!! it seems like the taiga producer has Kimura in his mind.. =D
Aug. 4th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes... Oda Nobunaga... I need to watch that drama once again now!^^

My favorite Kimura's jidaigeki drama is Chuushingura 1/47, though, so far. The swordfighting scenes were memorable!
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
oooh! Now I'm back! hahaha! Hope they will cast Kimura-san!!! =) Will watch all his Taiga movies again to get the feel of it. *lol*

thanks for this news!
Aug. 4th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
haha, pls do. I'm currently rewatching Oda Nobunaga^^
Aug. 4th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
2012 Taiga..Kimura
I thought Kimura was perfect in his Oda Nobunaga role. I love Oda even tho he was a cruel man in many ways. However, he was brilliant and would have gone on to wonderful events if only he had not been so sadly betrayed. Kimura is great in taigas and this one should suit him. I might have chosen a later period but there is something exciting in having him as a pirate leader. I imagine that will be a short section of the taiga however.

I was sorry that Kimura did not take the Ryoma role. He could have done well with it and indeed much better than the Moon Lovers. Badly balanced and wrong casting doomed that drama.
Aug. 4th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
Re: 2012 Taiga..Kimura
I imagine that will be a short section of the taiga however.

I thought so too, at first. But then again maybe not, after I dig up more info, seem like the Taira clan is already a clan who rules the Inland sea since Kiyomori's adoptive father's era, and they have route access to China and did some trading business there.

Wow, it would be interesting if they have some scenes in the 12th century of China too!!*v*

Oh yes, one of the article says, they want to make this drama as the Heian version of "Godfather"... mwahahahaha.... didn't Kimura do a parody skit of "Godfather" too???? LOL.
Aug. 5th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
go captain .. !! go !!!! i'll volunteer to be ur ship washer.. ;-)
Aug. 5th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
Taiga 2012 Kimura
Hi yanie.
Well I can see they might think of a 'Godfather' treatment' but that does not really make it a light morsel.
If they develop the pirate leader concept it will be exciting for Kimura. Just don't let him think of Johnny Depp when he build the role. ! ! !
It would seem they will concentrate on the warlike aspects of this character and not over do any marriages or relationships. This will suit Kimura I think. He seems to want to lighten up on the romance these days. I have hopes that in a few years he will be old enough to really deal with a hot and heavy love story. Wishful thinking...? Maybe

Aug. 5th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
Re: Taiga 2012 Kimura
Yes, this will suit Kimura. But actually, pls dont get your hopes high. There's only like 10% chance for Kimura to get the role XD A rumor is just a rumor, and it was quite a weak rumor, as well.

Esp. I just read a news article that the producer might cast an actor in his 30s for the lead role, but maybe NOT an "ikemen" XD

So right now, pls consider this just as my wishful thinking, minna! XD Sorry~
Aug. 5th, 2010 08:22 am (UTC)
please please be true!!! but does he need to grow his hair long again? as much as i think he's way better looking than most guys with long hair but i'd rather him with short hair...
Aug. 7th, 2010 12:40 pm (UTC)
but if he gets this role, how they combine with 20th anniversary of SMAP debut? /I want SMAP's tour in the next year/
Aug. 7th, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
Hoo~ I didn't think of that^^

But it's alright. Although the filming will start in August, it doesn't mean, Kimura would have to start filming in August, because usually the first few episodes will have the child actor or teenage actor playing the leading character first, in taiga dramas ^_^

But then again, there's only little chance for the rumor (and my wishful thinking) to come true. So I don't think you have to worry much abt it^^
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