First Look at the Taiga for 2012 Taira no Kiyomori Starring Matsuyama Kenichi and Tamaki Hiroshi

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

A Star Studded Cast Gears Up for the 2012 Taiga Taira no Kiyomori

Who has watched a Taiga in your lifetime? Any Taiga will do. My last one was 2010’s Ryomaden due to my Fukuyama Masaharu bias, but I mostly skip all the ones in in the last decade or so. This year’s … Continue reading