Minami Hamabe, Eiji Akaso, and Mansai Nomura co-star in the movie “What if Tokugawa Ieyasu became Prime Minister?”

Minami Hamabestars, Eiji AkasoThe movie “What if Tokugawa Ieyasu Becomes Prime Minister” co-starring Mansai Nomura is scheduled to be released nationwide on July 26, 2024. Hideki Takeuchi of the “Fly to Saitama” series is the director, and Yuichi Tokunaga is in charge of the screenplay.

This work is a film adaptation of Akito Manabe’s business novel of the same name. As the world is thrown into chaos by the coronavirus, a cluster outbreak occurs in the prime minister’s office and the prime minister suddenly dies. The government’s plan was to use AI to revive historical figures and create the strongest cabinet. Prime Minister Tokugawa Ieyasu, Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, Murasaki Shikibu, Prince Shotoku, Hojo Masako, Tokugawa Yoshimune, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, and other “great men” will participate in the cabinet. While Japan is in a frenzy, Risa Nishimura, a young TV station employee who wants to be a female announcer, approaches Ryoma Sakamoto, a government spokesperson, to get the scoop, but by some chance she notices the dark motives swirling behind the great Jars. Put it away.

Hamabe, who stars as Risa, said, “This is the first time I’ve worked with director Takeuchi since “Onna Nobunaga,” and he directed the scenes in a way that was easy to understand during filming. He has a great sense of the tempo and rhythm when creating a work. “I learned a lot myself,” he said about the shoot. Akaso, who plays the role of Ryoma Sakamoto, said, “It’s my first time to see historical dramas and great people.I hope to enjoy it by using the power of wigs and makeup.”Mansai, who plays the role of Tokugawa Ieyasu, said, “I’m going to create a combination of period dramas and modern dramas. I feel like the story will take a big leap forward and we’ll be able to explore it deeply as entertainment.”

Takeuchi also said, “I’ve been waiting! Ieyasu, Ryoma, Nobunaga, and Hideyoshi, historical heroes that all Japanese people know, the Japanese Avengers are going on a rampage! As a history buff, I was really enjoying filming.” Manabe said, “I would be happy if many people would be excited about this film, and as an audience member myself, I would like to get excited about this movie.I hope that this will become the driving force to change a society and politics that are filled with a sense of stagnation.” I think so,” he wrote. The music will be provided by Face 2 fAKE of “Fly to Saitama”.

Minami Hamabe comment

The character I play, Risa Nishimura, is a reporter for a television station. Due to her work, she may be a little harsh, but she is a straightforward and lovable woman.
The thing that gave me the most energy after reading the script for this work was seeing all the great figures from various eras come together!
Just thinking about meeting everyone at the photo shoot makes me excited.
Not only that, but since the story is set in Japan during the coronavirus pandemic, I felt that it was something that would happen in the real world, and I was very attracted to the thought-provoking story. I’m also really looking forward to being able to be a part of the all-star cast, who will be playing the roles of great people.
This is the first time I’ve worked with director Takeuchi since “Onna Nobunaga”, and he was very easy to understand during filming. He has a great sense of tempo and rhythm when creating a piece, and I’ve learned a lot from him.
“Moshi Toku” is a work that is like a reward for myself to end 2023. I want to move forward with my role and play the role freely and happily until the end.

Eiji Akaso Comment

My name is Eiji Akaso and I will be playing the role of Ryoma Sakamoto. When I first received the script, I was excited from beginning to end as I read how the great people who appeared in this era behaved and how they influenced people today. After reading it, I felt positive, and at the same time, I was also drawn to the strong message. This time, I will be playing the role of Ryoma Sakamoto, but it will be my first time playing a historical figure or a great figure. I hope you enjoy using the power of wigs and makeup. The release date is a little early, but I hope everyone is looking forward to it. We’re still filming, so I’d like to do my best to play Ryoma Sakamoto, who lived through a tumultuous time.

Mansai Nomura comment

The filming was such a dream-like moment that I was so excited that it was like seeing a wax museum filled with the country’s great figures lined up in luxurious motion.
When I received the offer, I jumped at it because a situation where historical dramas and modern times are connected was the ideal story for me, and although I have received offers for historical dramas, It was my first time seeing Tokugawa Ieyasu, one of the three great heroes.
As the Prime Minister, I sit in a key position, but the fact that I listen to and judge the opinions of those around me has some overlap with my own daily life.
The appeal of this work lies in the connection between great figures and the present day, the idea of ​​bringing great figures back to life through AI, and the interesting point of view of how to overcome the coronavirus pandemic through this.
With Risa, played by Minami Hamabe, being involved, and the combination of historical drama and modern drama, the story will take a big leap forward, and I feel like it will be able to explore deeply as entertainment. Masu.

Hideki Takeuchi comment

I’ve been waiting! Ieyasu, Ryoma, Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, historical heroes that every Japanese person knows, the Japanese-made Avengers go on a rampage! As a history buff myself, I really enjoy photographing the chemical reactions created by great people. The more earnestly Mansai-san and the dream team of actors play the role of the strongest cabinet, the more surreal and humorous the strong mismatch between modern society and great figures becomes!! Will Japan change? What does it convey to the Japanese people living today, transcending the eras? We would like to deliver a movie that is both “fun and deep.”

Akito Manabe comment

I was excited to hear that this work, which I wrote with the intention of making it into a film, has finally been made into a movie, and that Hideki Takeuchi, who is well-known in the industry, is directing it. And I’m looking forward to seeing Mansai Nomura play the “big-hearted” Ieyasu, an unprecedented role.
In this work, Minami Hamabe and Eiji Akaso play the role of connecting the present day with the great heroes, but there is also a question of how we, who live in the present day, create history. It contains a message.
The talents of two of today’s most representative young people are sure to deliver this in the best possible way.
I would be happy if many people would be excited about this movie, and as an audience member myself, I would like to get excited about this movie.
I hope this will become the driving force to change a society and politics that are filled with a sense of stagnation.

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