Just two months out from it’s premiere date of January 8, the upcoming NHK Taiga for 2012 started filming last month and the first stills have started to trickle out. Starring Matsuyama Kenichi, Tamaki Hiroshi, Fujiki Naohito, Matsuda Shota, Daito Shunsuke, Okada Masaki, and Fukada Kyoko, Taira no Kiyomori tells the life of the titular general of the late Heian period in Japan who started the first samurai-based (as opposed to civil-based) government.
Kenichi plays Kiyomori while Hiroshi plays his life long rival Minamoto no Yoshitomo. I wrote about the casting a few months ago here, so I shant repeat it all again. The early stills looks fabulous. I’m loving how well matched the two leads are in screen presence, physical stature, and acting prowess. And I don’t think I’ve seen Kyoko look this radiant in years. Of course, I just want to pinch my darling Shunsuke’s cheeks, he’s so cute. Continue reading