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Takeru in a new drama Ryomaden, in January, 2010
Takeru will be in a new drama called Ryomaden, in January, 2010, which will be aired on NHK. 49 episodes for this 49th NHK Taiga drama. Hope to see Takeru for lot of episodes.
This drama will take place in old Japan, in Edo period with samourai and all the things. Takeru will play Okada Izo who was an assasin from a group called The Four Hitokiri (manslayer) of the Bakumatsu. They opposed the Tokugawa shogunate (and later, supported the Meiji Emperor). These four samurai were warrior elite and widely considered undefeatable by normal people.

On Tuesday, NHK unveiled the primary cast members for next year's taiga drama "Ryomaden." A total of 21 names were officially announced.

It was already known that Masaharu Fukuyama is playing the lead as Sakamoto Ryoma. Although Ryoko Hirosue has been cast as his first love, there will be at least two more key female characters: Yoko Maki as his wife, and Shihori Kanjiya as a swordswoman he encounters.

The rest of the roster includes Tetsuya Takeda, Teruyuki Kagawa, Nao Omori, Wakako Shimazaki, Kaoru Okunuki, Yo Oizumi, Takeru Sato, Jun Kaname, and Pierre Taki, most of whom have never appeared in a taiga drama before.

Filming is scheduled to start at the end of August, and the series broadcast will begin in January.
Source : Tokyograph

Some info about Okada Izo (Takeru's character) :
Okada Izō (岡田 以蔵, 1832–June 3, 1865) was a Japanese samurai of the late Edo period, feared as one of the four most notable assassins of the Bakumatsu period. He was born in Tosa to the gōshi Okada Gihei, who had been a peasant but had bought the gōshi rank. Izō and Tanaka Shinbei were active in Kyoto as assassins under the leadership of Takechi Hanpeita.
Source : Wikipedia

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Takeru as an assasin!!

also a samurai!!

I cant wait XD

It seems to be a long series, I wish I can see Takery in lots of episodes..
NT | URL | 2009/07/20/Mon 12:51 [Edit]
@ ct : the only taiga I watched was Fuurin Kazan (because of Gackt ! lol).

I'm still wondering why they choose Takeru to play Izo, as I read he was a samourai feared by everyone. Even the age difference is curious. Does it really suit Takeru ? 0_o

If he's as the younger version like Goemon, it would be ok, but in this case... I don't know ! lol

Did you see Goemon ?
Miyu | URL | 2009/07/17/Fri 15:56 [Edit]
I cannot wait for this taiga! So many people I like in one drama. heh. Truthfully, I'm not a big fan of taiga, I feel the acting is quite a stage acting and there's not many flexibility with the camera work. But since the subject itself (Sakamoto Ryoma) is one of the most interesting man in Meiji Restoration, then, I probably will want to watch this the whole time, not just for Takeru alone.

Takeru will have to act older, since there's only three years age difference between Ryoma and Izo (20 years between Fukuyama-san and Takeru!), I cannot wait. His character probably look a little like his Goemon character.
ct | URL | 2009/07/16/Thu 16:45 [Edit]
@ vivi : yeah ! it's cool, ne ?! Good for Takeru be in a historical drama ! His character seems to be an imposing samourai that everybody fear, I'm curious to see how Takeru will play this...
Miyu | URL | 2009/07/16/Thu 13:59 [Edit]
takeru as an assasin?
its gonna be an interesting role for him ^^
vivi | URL | 2009/07/16/Thu 13:31 [Edit]

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