I’m currently glued to my laptop, engrossed in a Japanese TV drama called ‘Huurinkazan'(風林火山). The taiga series was broadcasted by NHK last year and ran for 50 epidodes. That’s alot of catching up to do for me.
It all began when I was trawling for some Gackpoid MAD videos in niconico douga and chanced upon ‘Fuurinkazan -Koppepan ‘. Some genius came up with bread related lyrics for the orchestral OP of the drama series and I got hooked on the song.
Koppepan! Jam nuttara Anpan!!!
Seeing that Gackt is acting as some warlord in the show, I decided to give the drama series a try, just to see if Gackt could act. (-w-;)
In the end, I was completely bought over by the acting and comical antics of Uchino Masaaki as the protagonist, Yamamoto Kansuke and the flawless Kabuki-esque performance of Ichikawa Kamejirou as Takeda Harunobu (later known as Takeda Shingen).
Trailer plus interview: Uchino Masaaki (with the eye patch) is so adorable-! Uh hoh!
Gackt appeared as Nagao Kagetora (later known as Uesugi Kenshin) in the later episodes. I was too distracted by his collagen-pumped up lips and effeminate appearance to appreciate his acting. He made a fearsome warlord look like a geisha …
Kagetora was about to shoot Kansuke for failing to deliver the 100 guns on time and for refusing to betray Takeda Shingen. At that crucial moment, the guns arrived under secret order from Takeda Shingen who was worried for Kansuke’s life. Oyakatasamaaaa~~~~~vvv
Thank goodness Yamamoto Kansuke and Takeda Shingen get the most airtime. (TwT)
I’m particularly drawn to the evolving personality of Takeda Shingen which Ichikawa Kamejirou expressed easily with his fine acting skills. From an innocent, sympathetic youth to a raging, paranoid warlord to a wise and cunning strategist. Ichikawa makes Takeda Shingen a character easy to love by both the protagonist Yamamoto Kansuke and the audience.
Check out Ichikawa’s acting prowess…How did he managed to contort his face like that?!
I also enjoyed the convincing act as Yamamoto Kansuke by thespian Uchino Masaaki. He could make his eyes wet with tears in a second when Kansuke is touched by Takeda Shingen’s benevolence. Masaaki also limped about so convincingly I was wondering if he had something tied to his foot to make him do so. I particularly enjoy his expressions when Kansuke is scheming something or is put into a comical situations like having to provide marriage counselling services to Takeda Shingen.
There are other lovable characters like Sanada Yukitaka (Yukimura’s grandfather) who fed the unconscious Kansuke horse shit (a family remedy…?) after Kansuke was shot with a gun.
As for Uesugi Kenshin by Gackt … (-_-|||) … I’ll have to wait and see in the 38th episode onwards when Uesugi Kenshin starts to battle with Takeda Shingen.