The official poster for Taira no Kiyomori is pretty, isn’t it? Very striking and a great visual image of Matsuyama Kenichi as the titular character. A month away from it’s premiere date, the upcoming 2012 Taiga has finally released it’s trailers. The tagline for the dorama reads: The Hegemon of the Seas, the King of the Warriors. A great looking trailer of course cannot guarantee a good end product, but so far I like what I’ve seen. It all comes down to lead Matsuyama Kenichi being just too awesome for words, exuding this gritty magnetic connection with the camera. I’m now understanding why he’s likely a perfect casting choice, because Kiyomori appears to be this period oddity amongst his clansmen, and he ventures out to conquer the seas before returning to set up the first Japanese Bakufu. I’m definitely checking this out.
Don’t these two hotties look yummy? Fujiki Naohito plays a famous poet in the Imperial government and is a friend and ally to Kiyomori. NHK is ridiculously strict with it’s copyrighted works, especially with it’s Taigas, so it’s not available on Youtube and I can’t embed the trailers from other streaming sites. Click on the link to watch the kickass trailers. You won’t regret it.
Click here for the first trailer.
Click here for the second trailer.
Click here to watch the lead of 2011’s Taiga Gou, the lovely and talented but ultimately miscast Ueno Juri, in the traditional baton passing ceremony where the lead of the current Taiga presents a ceremonial gift to the lead of next year’s Taiga along with some words of advice. As an annual tradition, the two leads exchanged gifts originating from the regions where their respective Taiga are set. Juri brought Echizen crab from Fukui prefecture for Kenichi, who returned the sentiment by giving her Kumano brushes from Hiroshima.