Charyn — “I don’t want my face to be seen.
A famous temple in Osaka, Katsuo-ji Temple. Sosuke Takaoka, 40, threw coins into the offertory box, clasped his hands together, and slowly closed his eyes. His bent arms were so well-developed that even over his clothes you could tell they were rising.
I have been coming to this temple at every milestone since I moved to Kyoto five years ago. I came here today not to ask for anything, but to report that I will continue to do my best.”
On May 31, Takaoka held a press conference in Kyoto to announce his debut as a fighter.’ This is an unexpected turnaround for a man who has been out of the limelight since announcing his retirement from acting in August 2008.
He said, “I had been approached to do a film for more than half a year, but I had always turned it down. But when I thought about my age (40), I became attracted to the challenge of putting my energy forward while I was still physically able to do so. My son is also a big part of my life. I want to show my son how cool I am and have him think, “Dad, you are strong. About two months ago, I officially decided to compete, and I started training in earnest. I started training in earnest about two months ago, and it’s been very exciting, as it’s my first experience with mitts and sparring.
Takaoka, who made his acting debut in 1999, has appeared in such films as “Patchugi! and “ROOKIES,” and has garnered attention as a promising young actor. ‘ He married actress Aoi Miyazaki (36) in 2007, but they divorced in 2011, and he has been called a “disturbing actor” and a “bombshell” for his sudden criticism of Fuji TV on SNS and for his arrest in an assault case. He moved to Kyoto five years ago.
He moved to Kyoto five years ago, remarried a civilian woman, and became the father of two children. Since retiring from acting, he has had a variety of occupations, including a funeral director, a demolition business, and a bar clerk. As he politely answered reporters’ questions, Takaoka no longer had the rough image he once had, but instead exuded a calm and mature atmosphere.
He was not the rough and tumble man he once was, but a calm, mature man. Even now, I can’t do anything I don’t agree with. However, when I was in my 20s, I was in a good mood and blamed others for things that didn’t go well. But now, I don’t expect much from people anymore. Not in a negative way, but I have come to understand that people have their own lives, and each person has a different perspective.
Currently, while managing the apparel brand “LAMPS,” he also launched a YouTube channel in June. In June, he opened a YouTube channel.
I am not an exposé type of person (laughs). I’m just going to talk about how I’ve been living my life.
Takaoka will make his debut on June 12 at “KYOKEN 21,” to be held at the Sakai City Industrial Promotion Center in Osaka. Will he continue to work as a fighter?
I don’t think I’ll be competing in a major organization after my debut. I am concentrating on the fight in front of me. I am looking forward to seeing what kind of results I can achieve.
So, will he ever return to show business?
Unless the current entertainment industry, which is dominated by a few “old men,” changes, I don’t see a return to the entertainment industry. I will not return to a world that is all about profit and money-making. However, I may be able to carve out a new path for myself. I still love acting.
During our interview, some visitors who noticed Takaoka were asked to wish him good luck. He is still very well known. We hope that he will return to the stage not only as a fighter but also as an actor, and show us the performance of a man who has mastered both the sweet and the sour sides of life.
Photo by： Kei Kato