The 46th Japan Academy Awards ceremony was held in Tokyo on March 10, and “A Man” (directed by Kei Ishikawa), a movie released last fall, was honored with a total of eight awards. Satoshi Tsumabuki (42), who played the lead role in the film, won the Best Actor Award, his second award in 12 years, after winning the award for “Bad Man” (directed by Sang-Mi Lee) at the 34th Academy Awards.
Tsumabuki plays Kido, a human rights lawyer who is asked to investigate the background of a “certain man” who turns out to be a different person after his death. As he pursues the truth about the man who lived as a stranger, the story reveals that he was tormented by a certain profile of himself. Like the murderer in “The Bad Guy” and the gay young man in “Anger” (directed by Sang-Mi Lee), which Tsumabuki has played in the past, this is a rather difficult role. Tsumabuki, who is known for being a perfectionist, carefully prepared for the role by attending court hearings, interviewing current lawyers, and playing with the child actor who plays his son,” said a film magazine editor.
To commemorate this accomplishment, a teach-in stage greeting for “A Certain Man” was held at a movie theater in Tokyo in late March. Tsumabuki took the stage after the film was over,
Tsumabuki said, “Even when I have received recognition for my own work, I have always said, ‘No, I can’t do it. I’ve always thought, ‘I’ve only done really bad plays. I always thought, ‘I’ve only done really bad plays,’ even when I was doing my own work that had received recognition. I always think, “No matter what I do, I can’t do it. I think I can only look at the work itself subjectively, so I don’t think I can look at it objectively, but the more I look at it, the more I wonder, “How is it? I think that the more I think about it, the more often it is evaluated.
(from “Model Press” distributed on March 20) He also expressed a rather harsh evaluation of himself.
At 8:00 p.m., as the office shuttle carrying Tsumabuki emerged from the venue, several female fans approached him holding colored cards. When a woman called out, “Mr. Tsumabuki,” the car stopped and the back seat window opened. Several female fans rushed to the car. Tsumabuki accepted the colored paper and wrote his autograph on it. Normally, when an actor leaves the theater for a stage greeting or other event, the staff surrounds the car and does not even allow him to approach, but the staff around the car kept a quiet eye on him. This may be another example of Tsumabuki’s perfectionist approach to his fans.
PHOTO： Yusuke Kondo (1st and 4th)