Highlights of the first half of the historical drama “Kamakura no Dono no 13inin” (NHK). The 18th episode, “The Man Who Danced at Dannoura,” was aired on May 8, and comments on social networking sites went wild over the gruesome battle scene in which Yoshitsune Minamoto, played by Masaki Sugata, wears a large suit of armor and flies through the air.
The drama depicts an unpredictable power game among 13 vassals, including the second regent Hojo Yoshitoki (Oguri Shun), who supported the first shogun of the Kamakura shogunate, Minamoto no Yoritomo (Oizumi Hiroshi). Against this backdrop, the peculiar character of Yoshitsune, a madman who combines innocence and brutality, drew a great deal of attention” (wide-show insider).
In the scene where Yoshitsune meets his elder brother Yoritomo, he expresses his emotion and says
Yoshitsune cries out innocently, “It’s my brother!”
Yoshitsune cries out innocently, “It’s my brother!” On another occasion, he suddenly visited Masako (Eiko Koike), a court lady, and begged her to sleep on his lap.
It was a dream.
On the other hand, during a rabbit hunt, when a wild samurai demanded that he return a rabbit he had killed, Yoshitsune easily shot his opponent in the chest with a bow and arrow. Masaki Sugata gives a truly lively performance as this insane Yoshitsune.
When the battle of Minami-Pei begins, “Yoshitsune Sugata” finally shows his true colors. In “Ichinotani no Kassen”, he devises an outlandish surprise attack, and he plays the tactics of Kajiwara Kajitoki (Nakamura Shido), a military magistrate who prides himself on being a man of wisdom.
Even a child could come up with such a thing.
He is a man of great wisdom and wisdom. The warfare of Kajiwara Kagesutoki (Nakamura Shido), who prides himself on being a man of wisdom, was turned on by a number of viewers who saw him as an incarnation of Hachiman Daibosatsu.
Until now, it has been the norm for a “good-looking” actor to play the tragic hero in Yoshitsune. However, Yoshitsune Sugata is not bound by such conventional wisdom at all. However, when we read “Azuma Kagami” and “Tale of the Heike,” which are the basic historical documents for this film, we find that Yoshitsune, as recorded in the historical record, burns down houses when he gets into a battle. When he sailed to Yashima during a storm, if the local boatmen were reluctant to sail, he threatened them, saying, ‘If you don’t let us sail, I’ll kill you.’
However, it would be unwise to characterize Yoshitsune as a mere tyrant. This is because there is a secret hidden in Yoshitsune’s war tactics, which he did not hesitate to use any means necessary.
When Yoshitsune was a young boy, he trained himself on Kurama Mountain in Kyoto, where a military book including “Sun Tzu” was hidden by Kibi Makibi 400 years ago. Oniichi Hogen (Imadegawa Yoshien), an Yin-Yang master, found them and handed them down to Yoshitsune, calling them “Tora no Maki” (The Tiger’s Scroll). It is believed that Yoshitsune read through these books, which were unknown to anyone at the time, and formulated his tactics and battle plans for Ichinotani, Yashima, and Dannoura.
Yoshitsune Sugata is a man who truly lives up to Sun Tzu’s “Art of War,” which states, “War is a sophistry.” He is no less a character than Nobunaga Oda, played by Shota Sometani in “Kirin ga Kuru” and Yoshinobu Tokugawa, played by Tsuyoshi Kusanagi in “Seiten wo Sukuke”. It is no exaggeration to say that he breathed new life into the Taiga Drama.
Shun Oguri, who has played the lead role with Sugata many times, describes Sugata, who plays Yoshitsune, as an unfathomable person. The high potential of actor Masaki Sugata, who creates a new image of Yoshitsune without showing any signs of distress on set, is nothing short of remarkable.
Takuya Shimizu, the show’s production supervisor, also praised the actor, saying, “He is a wonderful actor whose plays are hard to take your eyes off. He also expressed his gratitude for the chance for Sugata to play Yoshitsune at his current age. It is even possible that Sugata will play the leading role in a major historical drama in the future.”
In fact, there is a secret to Masaki Sugata’s acting.
Sugata’s right eye is slightly higher than his left eye, so he uses the left and right sides of his face differently depending on his performance. For example, when his right face is shown, he plays a bad role. When the left face is shown, he plays the role of a soft good guy. When he appeared on “Tokio Kakeru” (Fuji TV), he revealed that he uses the left or right side of his face when he looks back.
In episode 18, before the battle of Yashima, Kajiwara Kagesetoki (Nakamura Shido) was asked, “What are you talking about?
You’re all over the place!
(Shido Nakamura) before the battle of Yashima. Later, he says
I’m going to say what I think. Forget it.”
and apologizes to Kagetoki later, the left face is shown. Before the battle of Dannoura, he tells Kagetoki
He was reprimanded, “You are not a general’s character.”
He stands up in a rage. After the kyogen play was over, he asked Kagesatoki
Was that all right?
The left side of his face is shown in the scene where he asks Keiji, “Was that all right? The ultimate scene is the scene where, in the middle of the battle at Dannoura
The rower is not a soldier. We must not kill them.
Hatakeyama Shigetada (Nakagawa Taishi) admonished, “Rowers are not soldiers.
I don’t care.
The right side of his face is on display in the scene where he says, “I don’t care. The brutal and insane Yoshitsune Sugata has the right face. The calm and cool Yoshitsune Sugata wears the left face. The left face is used for Yoshitsune Sugata, who is calm and cool-headed.
After destroying the Heike clan, the battle with his elder brother, Yoritomo, finally begins. Which face will he show at the end, the left or right? It will be interesting to see which face he will show at the end.
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 published "Ieyasu was dead in Sekigahara" (Takeshobo Shinsho).
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