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So, by now, you all know that NHK is going to have a taiga in January about Gou, the wife of the 2nd Tokugawa shogun. One of the cast members is Seto Koji, who will play Mori Ranmaru. Judging from the plot synopsis and what I've read up on regarding the history being shown, I suspect Koji's role will be limited to one or two episodes at most, unless there is a lot of flashbacking to childhood. Ranmaru is chiefly well-loved in Japan for his self-sacrifice.
 
Ranmaru as an historical character is so interesting, especially since he really encapsulates cultural differences between East and West regarding sexuality, gender, and basic morality. Plus, here's this young man who is revered for his loyalty and devotion, and the fact that the lord he was devoted to was a mass-murdering ruffian as reviled as Ranmaru is loved doesn't change anything. If anything, it makes Ranmaru's actions more noble. Ranmaru is still considered a role model for young Japanese men today, so it is no wonder that even a small role of him is important, the same way that a walk-on role for someone playing, say, Martin Luther King would have to be treated respectfully in the US.
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So, by now, you all know that NHK is going to have a taiga in January about Gou, the wife of the 2nd Tokugawa shogun. One of the cast members is Seto Koji, who will play Mori Ranmaru. Judging from the plot synopsis and what I've read up on regarding the history being shown, I suspect Koji's role will be limited to one or two episodes at most, unless there is a lot of flashbacking to childhood. Ranmaru is chiefly well-loved in Japan for his self-sacrifice.
 
Ranmaru as an historical character is so interesting, especially since he really encapsulates cultural differences between East and West regarding sexuality, gender, and basic morality. Plus, here's this young man who is revered for his loyalty and devotion, and the fact that the lord he was devoted to was a mass-murdering ruffian as reviled as Ranmaru is loved doesn't change anything. If anything, it makes Ranmaru's actions more noble. Ranmaru is still considered a role model for young Japanese men today, so it is no wonder that even a small role of him is important, the same way that a walk-on role for someone playing, say, Martin Luther King would have to be treated respectfully in the US.

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Jul. 13th, 2009 02:28 am
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 Lookie! The Otomen trailer clipped from the Super Drama Festival! 


Otomen

Jul. 13th, 2009 02:28 am
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 Lookie! The Otomen trailer clipped from the Super Drama Festival! 


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