Ayase, Miki Nakatani…Kimura’s “Nobunaga Film” “Aura of God” Photo
This is going to have a tremendously positive impact.
The “Gifu City Industry and Agriculture Festival – Gifu Nobunaga Festival” will be held in Gifu Prefecture on November 5 and 6. According to the local Juroku Research Institute, the economic ripple effect will amount to 3.945 billion yen. Of this amount, 1.261 billion yen will come from the food and beverage industry and approximately 568 million yen from the lodging industry. The total number of visitors is expected to reach 600,000.
Needless to say, the biggest reason for the economic effect is the participation of actor Takuya Kimura (49). The festival has been canceled for the past two years due to the new coronavirus, so it will be even more exciting to see him there.
On November 6, Mr. Kimura will take part in a parade dressed as Nobunaga Oda. The parade will wind its way through the city, but to avoid confusion, the number of spectators is limited. Of the 15,000 applicants, nearly 970,000 people applied. In fact, the ratio of applicants was 64 times higher than that of applicants. I heard that the local Gifu Broadcasting Corporation is planning to broadcast Mr. Kimura’s parade live.
Kimura’s participation in the “Nobunaga Festival” was triggered by the movie “THE LEGEND & BUTTERFLY,” which will be released in January next year. This is a major production commemorating Toei’s 70th anniversary, with a total production cost of 2 billion yen. The “Legend” in the title represents Nobunaga Oda, played by Kimutaku, and the “Butterfly” represents Nobunaga’s wife, Princess Nohime, who was nicknamed “Kicho. Princess Nohime is played by Haruka Ayase (37).
We would like to introduce the overwhelming divine aura of the actors appearing in this “Nobunaga movie,” whose release is eagerly awaited, by showing you some of their treasured photos.
Kimura and Ayase in fierce conflict.
Ayase plays the role of Princess Nohime, the daughter of Doso Saito (Kinya Kitaoji), a warlord based in Gifu (formerly Mino).
In the movie, Nobunaga and Princess Nohime are not on good terms from the beginning. In the movie, Nobunaga and Princess Noh were not on good terms from the beginning, but rather they were at loggerheads because of a political marriage. Princess Nohime, played by Ayase, has a manly personality and often lashes out at Nobunaga. Gradually, however, the two come to understand each other. The story is that the couple strengthens their bond as they work toward unifying the country.
In addition to Ms. Kimura’s performance, Ms. Ayase’s portrayal of the complicated inner life of Princess Nohime is also excellent. Ms. Ayase has appeared in numerous historical dramas, including “Taikoki: The Man Called Sal” (2003, Fuji TV), “Satomi Hakkenden” (2006, TBS), and the NHK historical drama “Yae no Sakura” (2001). She is also very good at projecting herself onto historical characters.
Miki Nakatani (46) plays Kagamino, the first lady-in-waiting of Princess Nohime.
This is not the first time that Ms. Nakatani has appeared in a film based on Nobunaga; she also played the role of Nobunaga in the drama “Nobunaga Oda: The Fool Who Took Down the Country” (TBS), which was broadcast in March 1998.
In the same drama, Ms. Kimura also played the role of Nobunaga. This drama attracted attention as Ms. Kimura’s first attempt at a period drama. It became a huge hit, recording a 21.8% viewer rating, and can be said to be one of Mr. Kimura’s best-known works.
With such a profound background, it is no wonder that the “Nobunaga Festival” is so exciting.
Photography： Yuri Adachi, Takayuki Ogawauchi, Yusuke Kondo, Yasuko Sakaguchi, Keisuke Nishi