Higashide Masahiro to act as shogi player Habu Yoshiharu in the new movie "Satoshi no Seishun"
Higashide Masahiro will be playing shogi player Habu Yoshiharu in the new movie "Satoshi no Seishun" which is due to be shown this autumn. The film features Matsuyama Kenichi as the talented shogi player Murayama Satoshi who died at the young age of 29 and achieved 7 championship titles by 1996 which nobody had achieved before then while Higashide will play the 25-year-old Habu who was the biggest rival of Murayama at that time. Higashide commented that he was very happy and motivated about participating in this movie even before filming began especially since he is a shogi lover himself and had played against professional shogi player Watanabe Akira in a TV programme before. In preparation for the role, Higashide borrowed the same pair of spectacles used by Habu when he won his 7th title and had spent a lot of time studying the famous shogi games played by Habu and observing his mannerisms and gestures.
Co-stars in this movie include Lily Frankie, Takeshita Keiko and Sometani Shota.