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Junichi Okada and Yu Yokoyama cast in new movie

09:59 JST June 14, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Novel "Tenchimeisatsu" will be adapted to the big screen (photo thanks to Eiga.com)

Junichi Okada (V6) and Yu Yokoyama (Kanjani8) will play rivals in an upcoming movie being made by an Academy award-winning director, reports Eiga.comSports Hochi, and Sponichi Annex today.


Yojiro Takita, who won an oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2009 for “Departures”, is adapting popular period novel “天地明察 (Tenchimeisatsu)” for the big screen.  Written by To Ubukata, the story follows Harumi Shibukawa (later known as Santetsu Yasui), a Go player and astronomer who lived in the Edo period (around the 17th century) and is famous for revising the Chinese lunisolar calendar for Japan.


It has been reported Okada has been cast as the lead role of Harumi, while actress Aoi Miyazaki will play Harumi’s wife, and Yokoyama will play Harumi’s rival.

“I want to put my heart into this role so that maybe I can give viewers courage and hope in playing a man who pushes forward and puts his life into working on this (lunisolar) calendar, how he takes things straight on, and who’s surrounded by people who have his back,” Okada said.


The movie’s director also said he expected big things from Okada.

“When I tried to picture my main character looking straight at the stars, I thought of Okada-san’s eyes and how they show a certain kindness, but also a strong will,” Takita said.


The movie will begin shooting on June 16 and is scheduled to be released in 2012.

  1. 10:11 JST June 14, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Momo thank for this info!!! nice Yoko movie!!!
    do you know something about this http://www.cyzowoman.com/2011/06/post_3687.html

    • 23:18 JST June 14, 2011 at 11:18 PM


      Thanks for commenting!

      I read the cyzo article a few days ago, but didn’t really take it too seriously.
      I dunno. I just don’t see Johnny’s taking another risk with another group so soon?
      But will keep my eye on the situation.

      Momo xoxo

  2. Jana
    15:44 JST June 14, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Thank you for the info! I love Okada’s acting, can’t wait for his movie!

    • 23:20 JST June 14, 2011 at 11:20 PM


      It’s going to be cool! And I like the Miyazaki x Okada team up 😀

      Momo xoxo

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