Bayside Shakedown” Sequel Report… Yuji Oda and Toshiro Yanagiba, who got their break as “Uncle”, change their mind to OK the project. | FRIDAY DIGITAL

Bayside Shakedown” Sequel Report… Yuji Oda and Toshiro Yanagiba, who got their break as “Uncle”, change their mind to OK the project.

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With Eri Fukatsu on location for the movie “Bayside Shakedown: The Final” released in September ’12.

There have been a series of reports that the filming of the sequel, the fifth film in the “Odoru Daisousasen” movie series, will be cranked in February ’24.

The film is a movie version of the drama series of the same name (Fuji Television) that began airing in 1997. The setting is a fictional police station in Odaiba, Tokyo, Fuji Television’s home turf. It is a classic detective drama that depicts an incident and the arrest of the culprit by the police officer who is the main character.

It was a drama that was distinctly different from previous detective dramas in that it depicted the tactics between the main police department and the local police department, the power struggle within the department, and the conflict between the elite police bureaucrats and the detectives in charge. One of the selling points of the drama was the conflict and tactics between “Detective Shunsaku Aoshima,” played by Yuji Oda (56), a former successful salesman who quit his job to become a police officer, and “Shinji Muroi,” played by Toshiro Yanagiba (62), a deputy director-general of the National Police Agency.

The first episode of this unique detective drama had low viewer ratings. Thereafter, the ratings continued to rise steadily, and after the broadcast ended, a special edition and an extra episode were produced. The drama was even made into a movie,” said a TV magazine reporter.

Four movies have been produced since “Odoru Daisousasen The Movie” was released in 1998, and “Odoru Daisousasen The Movie 2: Blockade the Rainbow Bridge! was the highest grossing Japanese live-action film of all time, grossing 17.35 billion yen, a record that has yet to be broken.

If the sequel is cranked in February, it should be released by the end of next year. It has been 11 years since “Odoru Daisousasen the Final: A New Hope” (released on September 7, 2012).

Still, why wasn’t a sequel made, even though many fans had hoped for one?

When asked about his best-known work, everyone mentions “Odoru Daisousasen” (Bayside Shakedown),” said Mr. Oda. That’s how strong the image of “Detective Aoshima” is. I heard that Mr. Oda was concerned that his image would become entrenched. I think this is the reason why the production side did not give the OK for a sequel production when we approached them about it.

Oda was also known to be very particular about the production process of the films in which he appeared.

He was very sharp at the time,” said an employee of a film distribution company. He was very passionate about his work, but when he was not satisfied with the direction or the script, he would stop filming. He sometimes clashed with staff members, and some of them even said, ‘I don’t want to work with Mr. Oda.

Oda has become much more rounded now that he has passed the age of 50.

There used to be a story that only drinks that Mr. Oda specified were allowed in the waiting room, so I did have an image of him as a difficult person. When I actually met him, he was not that difficult.

Recently, he has become much more rounded and smiles when he interacts with the staff, and I have not heard of any clashes. I’m also taking on new roles.’ In 2011, I played the role of an old man magistrate in “Sikkou! 〜(Fuji TV), in which he played an old man marshal. It is safe to say that Aoshima’s image has been wiped out.

On the other hand, Yanagiba, who played the antagonist, was once rumored to have had a disagreement with Oda, and there were rumors that he might have rejected the sequel for that reason, but according to a Fuji Television source,

According to a Fuji Television source, “They have different personalities, so it’s not like they’ve become that close, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get along. It seems that the rumor spread that Mr. Oda gave a bad impression of Gibba-chan’s performance, or that Gibba-chan was asked about Mr. Oda at some event and jokingly said, “I don’t like him.

The “disagreement” is a complete lie. However, the rumor that Yanagiba did not want to play the role of Muroi was not entirely wrong.

When he appeared as a guest on “Arashi ni Shyagare” (NTV) in 2011, the members confronted Yanagiba about the rumor, and he confessed that he hated the role of Muroi, who wrinkled his brow and didn’t move an inch, even though he liked to express himself physically and act in the role. He told an episode during filming in which he asked the producer to ‘make Muroi a martyr because I can’t do it,'” said a TV magazine reporter.

However, his wife, who watched the first episode, said, “This role is cool,” and he decided to continue.

This year, Yanagiba’s role as a “bad father” in the NHK TV series “Boogie Woogie” has been well received, and he is becoming popular among the younger generation as well. He is expected to have another breakthrough, but at the same time, the image of “Shinji Muroi” has faded. Many fans would like to see the “wrinkled brow and not moving an inch” performance that the two actors have brought with them in their new mood.

If we can see the two actors, who have grown more austere, co-starring or even duking it out, the anticipation for the sequel will only increase.

A scene during the location shooting of “Bayside Shakedown” (April 2, ’10)
On location for the movie “Odoru Daisousasen The Final,” which was released in September ’12.
A scene from “Sicko” on location. Acting? Acting or just plain acting? Oda’s back looks sore (April 21 and 28, 2011 issues)
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