Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Abe Sadao, Takeuchi Yuko, Matsuda Ryuhei, Eita & Tsumabuki Satoshi to star in new movie "Dono, Risoku de gozaru!"

Abe Sadao will be leading a big-name cast in the new movie "Dono, Risoku de gozaru!" which is set in the middle of the Edo era 240 years ago and features how the commoners fight against the elites in a money battle. Abe takes on the role of a true figure Kokutaya Juzaburo who works together with another 8 commoners to lend money to the noble clan and distributes the interest income received to the residents of the Yoshioka relay station. Other cast members include Eita who plays a tea master Sugawaraya Tokuheiji, Tsumabuki Satoshi who plays Juzaburo's younger brother and is the owner of a brewery, Takeuchi Yuko who plays a widow named Toki and manages the eating house at the relay station and Matsuda Ryuhei who plays Kayaba Moku, a ruthless official in the clan who manages the finances. Takeuchi's character will be depicted as holding a torch for Juzaburo. Among them, Takeuchi is acting in a period movie for the first time while Matsuda is acting in his first period movie in 10 years. Co-stars also include Terawaki Yasufumi, Kitarou, Chiba Yudai, Hashimoto Ichiro, Nakamoto Ken, Nishimura Masahiko, Kusabue Mitsuko and Yamazaki Tsutomu.

With regard to the casting, the director Nakamura Yoshihiro commented that he had spent the longest time to date on this compared to his past projects because he needed to consider the ages, looks, images and impressions which the viewers have of them so as to achieve a balance among the 9 commoners and the woman who is a supporter of them. As Takeuchi's character is a fictitious character, Nakamura explained that he went to check on her profile on Wikipedia and noticed that she had never been in a period movie thus decided to offer her the role as one of the key reasons was that he wanted to see her with her hair bundled up as in the Edo era. The two had also recently worked on his horror movie "Zane" so Takeuchi was pleasantly surprised to be approached by Nakamura so soon after that. As for choosing Matsuda as a cold and ruthless official, Nakamura said that he had worked with Eita and Matsuda 9 years ago in his movie "Ahiru to kamo no coin locker" and noticed how Matsuda was so calm and collected on set that it sent shivers down his spine. As such, he felt that Matsuda would be suited to bring out the scary side of his character.

The movie will be shown in cinemas from 14 May 2016.

Source: Cinema Cafe

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