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Johnny’s senior will have supporting role in Toma Ikuta movie

09:02 JST September 20, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Johnny’s star Noriyuki Higashiyama (43) will have a role in Toma Ikuta’s upcoming movie “源氏物語 (Genji Monogatari)”, it was revealed yesterday, reports Sponichi Annex and Sankei Sports.

Higashiyama will play Heian period noble Fujiwara no Michinaga, who had inspired the Genji Monogatari story to be made in the first place.

The star has already played the title role of Genji in the story’s 1991 TV drama special for TBS.

“I feel incredibly privileged to have been asked to work on the same project for the second time in my life.

“I’m not going to lose to Ikuta! (laughs),” Higashiyama said.

Although they both belong to the same agency, the two actors have not many opportunities to work together.  The most recent being in 2003 – 2004 when Ikuta had appeared in PLAYZONE.

The role of Genji Monogatari creator Murasakishikibu has been given to Miki Nakatani (34).

Filming for the movie begins today, and the movie is expected to be released next year.

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