One afternoon, in a park next to the Osanbashi Bridge in Yokohama, a large number of staff members gathered for a large-scale film location shoot. Three men and a woman were walking side by side while about 100 extras playing spectators were enjoying a festival with clowns, juggling street performances, and stalls.
The two men are Takayuki Yamada (39) and Kengo Kora (35). Kora is appealing to Yamada, who has long hair and wears a no-tie suit, with a sense of desperation. After about 30 minutes of filming, the actors returned to the car.
Yamada and Kora have surprisingly never worked together in a movie or drama before. However, Yamada starred in the 2006 drama “Shiryakko” (TBS), and when it was made into a movie in 2011, Kora played the same role. Since then, they seem to be aware of each other as actors,” said a TV station insider.
Yamada plays the role of Hattori Hanzo in the NHK historical drama “Dousuru Ieyasu. His unique character, who hates ninjas despite being a ninja chieftain, has been the talk of the town, and his strong presence is sure to stand out in this movie as well.
From the March 3 and 10, 2023 issue of FRIDAY
PHOTO： Yusuke Kondo