Shuri, who has been cast as the heroine in an upcoming morning drama, confronts her “past she doesn’t want to remember
Actress Shuri (32) has been announced as the heroine of NHK’s morning drama “Buki Ugi,” which will start in the second half of 2011, and has already attracted a great deal of attention.
The drama is an original work modeled on Shizuko Kasagi, the “Queen of Boogie” known for her postwar hit “Tokyo Boogie Woogie” and other songs. She was a signboard girl at a public bathhouse in Osaka before moving to Tokyo to pursue her dream. The film depicts the turbulent life of Shizuko, whose cheerful and joyful singing and dancing voice and melodies gave courage and hope to the Japanese people in the postwar era and catapulted her to the status of a national star.
Shuri performed “Tokyo Buki Ugi” at the audition. Toshitake Fukuoka, the production supervisor, praised her performance, saying, “She sang and danced vividly, and the stage looked like a flower blooming in a flash. He also praised her performance, saying, “Her personality and charm that cannot be expressed in words, her core strength, and her charming smile were impressive.
Shin Adachi, who wrote the script, also commented
Mr. Shin Adachi, who wrote the script, also gave high praise to Shuri, saying, “Shuri’s rich facial expressions that change like a cat’s eyes and her slightly husky voice fit the image of the heroine that we, the staff, had in mind.
The actress has received high praise for her performance.
This is the fourth time for Shuri to play a heroine in a morning drama. This is the fourth time for Shuri to try out for the heroine of a morning drama, and due to age restrictions, this was her last chance to audition for the role, and she was successful in winning the crown.
Shuri was 20 years old when she made her debut as an actress in the drama “3nen B-gumi Kinpachi Sensei Final – ‘The Last Gift Words’ 4-hour SP” (TBS). In other words, she was a late bloomer. After auditioning for the difficult role of a junior high school student who is five years younger than her actual age and in love with Mr. Kinpachi, she landed the part.
Shuri began ballet at the age of 4 and studied at a ballet school in England at the age of 15. However, she suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon, an avulsion fracture of her ankle, and repeated injuries. After returning to Japan, she took the high school equivalency examination and entered university. She devoted herself to training while undergoing rehabilitation, but had no choice but to give up ballet.
Shuri was so despairing that she thought it would be better to die, but the late Shun Shioya, who ran an acting school called “Actors Clinic,” saved her. Without him, the actress Shuri might not have been born.
Shuri’s parents are actors Yutaka Mizutani and Ran Ito. If one is to survive in the entertainment industry, the word “Nisei” is inevitably attached to one’s life.
Shioya understands Shuri’s distress and says
Shionoya understands Shuri’s anguish and says, “You’ll be fine, so hang in there. Keep on acting.
She encouraged her and kept pushing her back.
Shuri first gained attention when she appeared in the 2004 morning drama “Toto-chan” (NHK) and continued to hone her acting skills mainly on stage. In 2005, she appeared in the much-talked-about drama “Rebirth.” She left her mark with a passionate performance as the maniacal wife, and in 2006, her role as a cool nurse in the Sunday drama “Blackpean” (both on TBS) drew a strong response. Then, in November of the same year, Shuri’s fame was cemented. In November of the same year, the movie “Just by Being Alive, Love,” which would cement Shuri’s fame, was released in theaters. which would solidify Shuri’s fame.
The film is based on the novel of the same title by Motoya Yukiko. The main character, played by Shuri, is Neiko, who suffers from manic-depressive illness and is a recluse, suffering from hypersomnia. She lives with her boyfriend Tsunaki (Masaki Suda), an editor of a gossip magazine, and spends her days lashing out at him because she cannot control her emotions well. Tsunaki’s ex-girlfriend, Ando (Riisa Naka), appears in front of Neiko and forces her to take a part-time job at a cafe.
Shuri says that when she read the script, she knew she wanted to play the eccentric and troublesome character of Neiko. She says, “I read the script and knew I wanted to play the eccentric and troublesome character of Neiko, but I couldn’t change her. But the way she struggled to do her best, I couldn’t think of her as someone else’s problem.
Shuri’s mind was filled with the days of despair when she lost her dream of becoming a ballet dancer and was in the depths of despair. Before the crank-in, Shuri spoke frankly to director Kousai Sekine about the bad times and pain she went through in the past, confronting “her own past, which she did not want to remember.
The scene in the latter half of the film in which Neko takes off her clothes and runs through the shopping arcade in an emotional outburst is a famous scene that was created by Shuri herself confronting that painful time in her life. The sight of her completely naked and shedding tears of freshness was like a halo shining on her.
For this film, Shuri won the Japan Academy Prize for Best New Actor. It was a moment for her to reach a new stage as an actress,” said a director of a production company.
It will be interesting to see what kind of role Shuri will play as the heroine of the morning drama. It will be interesting to see what kind of role she will play.
About Shizuko Kasagi, who is the model for the “Boogie Woogie” morning drama, Shuri said, “She is very energetic on stage, but behind her smile, she is a very charming person. But behind that smile, there was a lot of hard work. I hope I can play the role while comparing that range of emotions with my own.
Shuri is about to face herself again and take on the life of the tumultuous Shizuko Kasagi. If she is able to play the role to the hilt, no one will be able to say that she is “a shining star of her parents” anymore…
Text： Ukon Shima (Broadcaster, Video Producer)
He is involved in program production in a wide range of genres, including variety, news, and sports programs. He has also planned and published many books on female TV announcers, idols, and the TV industry. While working on documentary programs, he became interested in history and recently published "Ieyasu was dead in Sekigahara" (Takeshobo Shinsho). She is also publishing the e-book series "Ibun Chakurezuregusa" (Different Stories about Craftsmen).
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