Ishida Mitsunari was Tokugawa Ieyasu’s last and greatest enemy in unifying Japan, but in the NHK historical drama “Dare Ieyasu,” Mitsunari may be his “savior. But it is not Ieyasu, but Matsumoto Jun (39) who may be the “savior” in the NHK Taiga Drama “Dare Ieyasu.
In mid-June, the cast for the second half of “What to Do About Ieyasu” was announced, and it was learned that kabuki actor Nakamura Shichinosuke (40) will play the role of Ishida Mitsunari.
Shichinosuke, whose father was Nakamura Kanzaburo XVIII, who died in ’12 at the age of 55, and whose elder brother is Nakamura Kankuro VI (41), took the name Nakamura Shichinosuke II at the age of 3 and is now regarded as one of the best female actors in the Kabuki world. This is the fourth time he has appeared in a number of Taiga dramas. Although all of his appearances were short, he left a strong impression with his excellent acting ability.
This is his first major role as Ishida Mitsunari, but there is no doubt that he will show a presence that will eclipse that of the main actor.
In a comment to the press on his portrayal of Mitsunari, Shichinosuke said, “I am sure that he will show a presence that will eclipse that of the main actor,
In a comment to the media, Shichinosuke said, “In playing the role of Sansei, I am very happy that my friend Matsumoto Jun will play the leading role in his first Taiga drama, and I will do my best to play the role of Ishida Sansei to help him as much as possible.
I will do my best to play Ishida Mitsunari so that I can help him as much as possible and make the drama better. As Shichinosuke said, he and Matsujun were classmates at Horikoshi High School and best friends. When Shichinosuke appeared as a guest on “Arashi ni shiyagare” (NTV) in February 2007,
We went to school together every day. One of the girls told me we were dating.
One of the girls told him that they were dating. Matsujun is said to be more pleased than anyone else with Shichinosuke’s love for Sansei. The reason for this is not only that Shichinosuke is his best friend, says a person involved in the drama’s production.
When Matsumoto was approached to play Ieyasu, he was reluctant, but in the fall of 2008, his senior at Johnny’s, Junichi Okada (42), said to him, ‘I think you should definitely do it. Ieyasu,” and Shun Oguri (40), who was with him, said, “That’s good. It is a well-known episode that he made up his mind to do the job after being told to do it after me.
However, as a condition for accepting the role, Matsumoto pleaded with NHK, “Please have Shichinosuke Nakamura play the role of Mitsunari Ishida. I heard that it was an absolute requirement that Shichinosuke, who is a close friend of Matsumoto’s and a senior actor in terms of historical dramas and the number of times he has appeared in Taiga dramas, should play the role of Mitsunari Ishida.
The 27th episode was broadcast on July 16, and managed to maintain a double-digit average household rating of 10.0% (figures are for the Kanto area, according to Video Research), but there is no sign that viewers have stopped coming back.
The main feature of this work is that the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu is depicted from a new perspective. It is unlikely that Sansei and Ieyasu were actually best friends, but there is no doubt that Shichinosuke is Matsujun’s “savior.
PHOTO： Kojiro Yamada (Shichinosuke Nakamura) and Keitaro Nakagawa (Jun Matsumoto)