The birth of another Taiga couple!
Last Nov 28th , the production conference for “Kaizoku to Yobareta Otoko (A man called pirate)” starring V6‘s Okada Junichi happened in Tokyo. The said movie will be directed by Yamazaki Takashi who also directed the much-acclaimed movie “Eien no Zero“. Consequently, “Kaizoku to Yobareta Otoko” is also written by Hyakuta Naoki who also wrote “Eien no Zero”.
Based from a bestselling novel that sold over 1.7 million copies, it tells the story of Kunioka Tetsuzo (Okada Junichi), a man who lost everything after the war , but finds his luck in petroleum business. Joining the cast is Ayase Haruka in the role of Kunioka’s wife. Ayase starred in NHK’s 2013 taiga “Yae no Sakura” that was followed by Okada’s “Gunshi Kanbee”, which makes them the “taiga combi couple”.
Rounding-up the cast are Yoshioka Hidetaka, Sometani Shota, Kobayashi Kaoru, Suzuki Ryohei, and Pierre Taki.
I haven’t seen “Eien no Zero”, I have it in my movies folder but I’m too lazy to watch it yet. However, I know that the movie won numerous awards including the “Best Actor” for Okada and became a best-selling movie so I think that the production is pressured to make this one as big as Eien. There were lot of criticisms about Eien no Zero being a “right-wing propaganda” and I can also see that in this new movie “A man called pirate”. Nevertheless, best of luck to Okada and the whole cast of this movie.