The movie “Kingdom: The Fires of Fate” was released on July 28, and its box-office revenue exceeded 1 billion yen in the first three days. The film took the top spot in the weekend movie attendance ranking despite its first appearance in theaters.
Set in the Spring and Autumn period of China’s Warring States Period, the film is an epic tale on a grand scale about a young boy, Nobu (Yamazaki), a war orphan who aspires to become a great general, and a young king, Eimasa (Ryo Yoshizawa), who aims to unify China.
In this third installment, a large army from neighboring Zhao, which harbors a long-standing grudge, suddenly invades the capital of Qin. Ei Masa appoints the legendary Wang Ki (Osawa Takao), a general who has been away from war for a long time, as general-in-chief. When asked by General Wang Qi about his resolve before the “Battle of Banyang,” Eimasa recounts his memories of his former hostage in Zhao who brought light to him when he was in darkness.
At the opening speech, Yoshizawa, a fan of the original story, said, “I thought that if I was going to do this, I wanted to play Eimasa. He also commented that he felt “destined” to play the role of Eimasa. Yoshizawa also revealed that although he is only 9 years old, he “loved the role so much that I had been begging him to let me play it since the first filming of the series. He was so fond of the role that he had been begging me to play it since the filming of the first series.
The scene where Eimasa, who has closed his heart after becoming a prisoner, meets the pure-hearted and maternal Shika and regains his feelings is beautiful, and Yasuhisa Hara, who wrote the original story, said, “I cried while watching it.
Anne, who plays Shixia, said, “The most surprising thing for me was when I saw the previous “Kingdom” films,
When Anne, who plays Shikatsu, watched the previous “Kingdom” films, she said, “What surprised me the most was the perfection of Aimasa. When I turned my head to look at him, I had a sudden feeling of ‘Oh, this is Eimasa.
He also said, “The most surprising thing for me was the perfection of Eimasa. For actor Ryo Yoshizawa, the role of Eimasa is a role that he wanted and won.
On the other hand, to Yoshizawa,
“To be honest, it wasn’t me.
On the other hand, there is a role that Yoshizawa took on while worrying, “To be honest, it’s not me.
One such role is that of Manjiro Sano, aka “Mikey,” the legendary leader of the Tokyo Manjikai, in the movie “Tokyo Revengers,” which is currently in theaters.
Yoshizawa says that he “got over it” when he saw the casting of young actors such as Takumi Kitamura, Yuki Yamada, Atsushi Maeda, Kento Nagayama, Nijiro Murakami, and Shotaro Mamiya, all of whom are leading the Japanese film industry, and that he always asked himself “what it means to play Mikey” (Yoshizawa). He says that he played the role while constantly asking himself “what it meant to play Mikey.
In “Tokyo Revengers 2: Halloween in Blood,” released on June 30, Tokyo Manjikai and Valhalla clash on a huge location set (an abandoned car lot) unparalleled in Japanese film history. 146 cars are stacked on top of each other in a battlefield that resembles a live concert venue. The curtain rose on a show of blood and gore as the two teams of more than 200 people emerged from the 146 cars stacked on top of each other on a stage reminiscent of a live concert hall.
Mikey, with his long blond hair and topknot over his bare upper body, stood out among the crowd. The scene in which sparkling particles of light made of lame body powder fell from above the head of this handsome, handsome national treasure overflowed with a divine atmosphere, as if we were watching a scene from a myth,” said a director of a production company.
Eventually, the scene of “black impulse,” which only Yoshizawa could play, arrived.
Mikey gets mad at Ittora (Murakami Nijirou), who has accidentally beaten Mikey’s brother to death, even though they have formed Tokyo Manjikai together, and continues to beat him unprovoked. The scene where Mikey’s blonde hair turns red from the returning blood is so powerful that even the filming location becomes silent. I was particularly horrified by the look in his eyes as they were filled with anger.
The director himself said, “I was pumped with adrenaline” and “It had been a long time since I had such an emotional outburst in a play. In fact, he himself says that there was a risk of breaking bones because he kept hitting himself with what looked like a bucket full of blood glue.
Seeing this look in Yoshizawa’s eyes reminded me of the sharp gaze that Aimasa, played by Yoshizawa, had attracted in the first film of the “Kingdom” series released in ’19.
In this film, Yoshizawa plays the dual role of Drifting, Nobu’s childhood friend, and Eimasa, the young Qin Shi Huangdi, who is a mirror image of Drifting. Drifting, a slave war orphan, and the young king who aims to unify China. To play the exact opposite roles
“I wanted to delve deeply into their humanity so that the audience could tell who was playing which role, Drifting or Eimasa, just by looking at them at first glance.
I wanted to delve deeply into the human character.
While Drifting is a rough and ready performer who learned swordsmanship in his own style, Eimasa’s sword is an orthodox sword worn by the royal family. What is also surprising is the way he looks at the audience. I am not the only one who felt Ryo Yoshizawa’s high potential as an actor in the charisma that exudes from the depths of Eimasa’s sharp gaze as he issues a message in the midst of battle.
Can Japanese entertainment really compete on a global scale? In a film industry facing such a challenge, Ryo Yoshizawa shines with his “Kingdom” series and “Tokyo Repengers” series. He may be the one and only person of whom the Japanese film industry can be proud.
Text： Ukon Shima (Broadcaster and 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 numerous 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.