March 2016 ushers in a fantastic list of casting news!
Shochiku’s The Magnificent Nine (殿、利息でござる！) is the movie that reunites Satoshi Tsumabuki and Eita after Dororo (where they play brothers) and Wakamonotachi (also as brothers). It is also the movie reuniting Eita with Sadao Abe – they were also brothers in No More Cry!!! [ the exclamation points are part of the movie ]. Based on the story “Kokudaya Juzaburo” from the novel “Mushi no Nihonjin” by Michifumi Isoda, The Magnificent Nine is set in an unnamed town where the people are suffering from so much debt. Here are the details from AsianWiki:
Residents in a town have a hard time due to the land tax and forced labor. 9 people, including Juzaburo Kokutaya (Sadao Abe), worry about the future of their town. They then set up a plan to save the town. The plan is to lend large amounts of money to han (historical term for the estate of a warrior) and distribute the interest annually to the residents, but if they’re caught they will lose their lives.
Olympic and world champion ice skater Yuzuru Hanyu also joins the cast.
— 映画『殿、利息でござる！』 (@tono_gozaru) November 10, 2015
At this point in their careers, I think Eita lost some points when it comes to leveling up further with his acting career – he needs that elusive leading role that Shun Oguri (and Toma Ikuta) are enjoying with much success. Of course, Eita fans may disagree with me since he rocks in every role whether supporting or main ones. I know how awesome he can be on Tv series and compared to Tsumabuki, he has a more established dramatic presence on television. Speaking of Satoshi, aside from his collaboration with Yoji Yamada, his screen presence in The World of Kanako continues to haunt me – he was crazy in his role as one of the detectives in that movie! If you have not seen it yet, I invite you to do so – Tsumabuki’s interaction with Koji Yakusho is just hilarious!
With Shota Matsuda getting his fans excited via Dias Police: Ihou Keisatsu, his co-star in Liar Game is doing a reunion with Death Note, as she was just announced to be part of the 2016 movie cast. Erika Toda had a great 2015, with Kakekomi and April Fools.
Speaking of Death Note, Masaki Suda, one of the main stars, continues to grab high-profile roles – this time he’s playing a less challenging character opposite Nana Komatsu in Oboreru Knife (溺れるナイフ). Of course, Komatsu and Suda are both in Distraction Babies, the movie headlined by Yuya Yagira.