VIVANT” starring Masato Sakai “thorough secrecy” but shocking “drama content” leaked by a related party just before broadcast. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

VIVANT” starring Masato Sakai “thorough secrecy” but shocking “drama content” leaked by a related party just before broadcast.

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Masato Sakai stars in “VIVANT,” a drama for which TBS is betting its corporate fortune. Can the “Hanzawa Naoki” duo deliver results? ……

Finally, “VIVANT,” a TBS Sunday drama starring Masato Sakai (49), will start on July 16. The first episode will be a 108-minute special. It is no exaggeration to say that TBS has “put its corporate fortunes on the line” with this production.

The cast includes Sakai in the lead role, along with Hiroshi Abe, Fumi Nikaido, Momori Matsuzaka, Koji Yakusho, and many others. Among them, Yakusho said, “I won’t accept anything other than the lead role.

“I don’t accept any roles other than the lead role.

Yakusho is said to have “never accepted anything other than the lead role.

The additional cast is also tremendous.

The first 18 cast members, including Ryo Ryusei, Takaya Sakoda, and Kento Hayashi, were announced, and now 19 more have been announced. From the past Sunday Gekijo cast, we have Rei Dan, Gaku Hamada, Yasufumi Hayashi, and Toru Baba. From the world of theater and musicals, Mitsuo Yoshihara and former Takarazuka top star Ryo Tamashiro will also appear.

From the Kabuki world, Yajuro Bando, familiar from last year’s NHK historical drama “Kamakuradono no 13-nin,” as well as Saruya Ichikawa and Shozaburo Ichikawa will appear for the first time. From the voice acting world, Megumi Hayashibara, who portrays Rei Ayanami in “Neon Genesis Evangelion” and Ai Haibara in the “Detective Conan” series, will participate in the TBS drama for the first time.

A source at the TV station said,

It shows the seriousness of TBS.

The film is a collaboration between Sakai and “Hanza”.

The film is a completely original story written and directed by Katsuo Fukuzawa, who has worked with Sakai on the “Hanzawa Naoki” series, as well as the original story. The cast is a compilation of “Fukuda’s connections”. According to a person involved in the drama

According to a source close to the drama, “It will not end as a one-shot, but will be made into a series. Mr. Fukuda, who is full of adrenaline, is already working on a plan for a third series, and there is talk of a movie version. There is even talk of a movie version.

He says, “But how is it really going to be done?

However, how is it really going to be ……?

With such a large cast, it is only natural that the scripts have already been distributed to all parties involved. When we asked industry insiders who had read the scripts, we received a variety of opinions.

I imagined a drama like ‘Hanzawa Naoki’ or ‘Mito Komon,’ but in fact, there are plenty of action scenes, like ‘Mission: Impossible’ starring Tom Cruise. You can’t miss even a single moment of the gripping action sequences.

On the other hand, a manager at a stage-related office had this to say.

On the other hand, a manager at a stage agency had this to say: “It’s inevitable because there are so many actors in the show, but I think it’s difficult to focus on each one of them and consider their personalities. As the story progresses, you may find yourself asking, ‘What is that person’s name? as the story progresses. The story unfolds so quickly that if you miss it once, you may have a hard time getting back to it.

Also, although the drama has been attracting a lot of attention because of its splendid cast, not all of them will appear in the drama until the very end. A person involved in the drama mentioned above said, “Some of them will only appear in one episode.

There are people who only appear in one episode. In fact, one of the main cast members simply “left” the show early in the story.

If you think about it calmly, it is natural. If we had to keep this many actors until the end, it would affect their other work.

He also said, “The TBS station has been working on the story for a long time.

Within the TBS bureau, as time went by, people began to say, “We can’t afford to make a mockery of this.

“We can’t afford to fail.

The pressure to “not flop” is increasing as time goes on at TBS. What kind of judgment will be made by the viewers after the first broadcast?

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