It has been announced that V6‘s Junichi Okada will star in NHK‘s Taiga drama slated to air on 2014. The said drama is titled, “Gunshi Kanbee” (Kanbee strategist), where Okada will play the role of Kanbee Kuroda (Kanbei Kuroda or Yoshitaka Kuroda), a legendary strategist for Hideyoshi Toyotomi during the turbulent days of Warring State Period. Kanbee is known to be ambitious and have plans in taking the country for himself from the “three heroes”- Oda Nobunaga, Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and Ieyasu Tokugawa. Furthermore, Kanbee is known as a Christian-convert, loyal to his wife, loves poems, and tea ceremonies.
“Gunshi Kanbee” is Okada’s debut in Taiga drama. “I want to play a multi-faceted role like Kanbee that is rich in humanity. As the strongest no.2, he [Kanbee] has an image that makes Hideyoshi scared of him because he can do too much. [Kanbee] is an uncanny and attractive person who plays the roles of a military commander and schemer, ” Okada commented regarding the huge role that he has to play.
Nevertheless, Okada also shared that he has always love history and have dreamed of becoming a history teacher.
“Gunshi Kanbee” will start shooting on Aug 2013 and is slated for broadcast on Jan 2014.
- Additional Casts Annoucement for NHK’s “Gunshi Kanbee” (jnewseng.wordpress.com)