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Higashiyama already fit enough to tackle samurai role

10:48 JST September 3, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Noriyuki Higashiyama (43) has revealed he is just as fit as his younger Johnny’s juniors that he can go into filming a physically-demanding movie without special training, reports Eiga.com.

Higashiyama will star in a movie-adaptation of  Shuhei Fujisawa’s short story novel “小川の辺 (Ogawa no Hotori)”, which follows a samurai who is ordered to attack his sister’s husband.  The film portrays the conflict between family love and clan life.

While it may seem to be a lot to ask a 43-year-old actor to do all of the intense fighting scenes, it has been reported that Higashijima will not require any special training.  The film’s sword-fighting supervisors have said the actor’s personal training regime has already made him fit enough to tackle the characteristic fighting techniques of medieval Japan.   Higashiyama said he had never missed a day of doing 1000 sit ups, and said he runs an average 100 km every month.

At a press conference, Higashiyama said he was confident about staying true to the book’s original character.

“I have been fortunate to come across a piece of work that has shaken my soul.  What choice does a man make when he is at a crossroad.

“Fujiasawa’s words always make me think about bonds, conflict, and what is true kindness.  I want to use all of my energy to portray those ideas through my character,” he said.

“小川の辺 (Ogawa no Hotori)” will be directed by Tetsuo Shinohara and will be released during the summer of 2011.

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