We do all know that Japanese idols and pretty boys are a-dime a-dozen.
You could get them anywhere as we see them dance, prance and generally look pretty. In our beloved Jimusho alone, many young boys (and not a few young men) line-up for the chance to debut formally as a true-blue Japanese idol. For every Jun Matsumoto, there wait ten other hopeful young boys waiting for the day that they too, will be front-and-center to stardom. While some do get their time, some will grow old and age still part of Johnny’s Jr. (the trainee unit’s name) dancing behind kids whom came after theyr first started training. While some will remain with the group, some will choose to quit to pursue other interests. And of course–there’s the rare case of the Jr. who everyone keep asking, “when is he debuting?” Especially if he is very talented and appealing…
Take the case, for example, of talented thespian and adorable eye candy Ikuta Toma.
Since his dorama debut with a guest role in Hana Yori Dango (as the avenging brother out to get Domyoji), he is now considered one of the best young actors in Japanese entertainment. His breakout role as Shuichi Nakatsu for Hana Zakarino Kimitachi E (Hana Kimi) has earned him Best Supporting Actor honors from three different award-giving bodies. His next drama, as the shy architecture student Yuta Takemoto in Hachimitsu to Kuroba earned him another best supporting actor nod.
Since then, Toma has starred in different drama and television shows and has headlined not a few stage productions which highlighted his talent and his appeal as an actor. Not to mention the numerous magazine covers bearing his likeness, the most notable of which is that AnAn cover —
And now, as further testament to his talent, comes this news from this source:
“Tohma Ikuta (25) will play the lead role in a movie adaptation of one of Japan’s most famous classic romance novels, “源氏物語 (Genji Monogatari, The Tale of Genji)”, it was announced yesterday, reports Nippon TV, Sports Hochi, and Sankei Sports.
“源氏物語 (Genji Monogatari, The Tale of Genji)” was written by noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu in the 11th century, and recounts the life and loves of a Japanese emperor’s son, called Hikaru Genji.
Kadokawa Pictures president and executive producer Tsuguhiko Kadokawa had been chasing after Ikuta for the past year to get him to play the role of the world’s most irresistible man.
Ikuta has been reported to have said that he had been approached by the movie’s producers while filming “人間失格 (Ningen Shikkaku)” in 2009.
“Mr Kagokawa had kept saying ‘I want to make 源氏物語(Genji Monogatari) with Tohma Ikuta’.
“I’m sincerely happy that it’s really going to happen,” he said.
Kagokawa Pictures is the same film company which had distributed “人間失格 (Ningen Shikkaku)”, giving the actor more motivation for his new project.
“It is my pleasure to be able to work with Kagokawa Pictures, the people who gave me my movie debut, a second time and I want to channel that feeling into my filming.
“I want as many people as possible to know who Hikaru Genji is,” he said.
With a budget of more than 10 billion yen, film producers plan to make the story a large-scale action and fantasy romance, complete with computer graphics. It will also be the biggest budget film Ikuta has worked on to date.
Filming will begin in September and is scheduled to finish by December this year. A release date has not been announced, but it will be some time in 2011.
The original novel is considered to be the world’s most famous Japanese literature piece, describing the customs of the aristocratic society of Heian period Japan through Genji’s romantic life. However, more than 80 English editions of the novel exist, with five different translations, due to the novel’s complex nature. The original Japanese version is unreadable to an average Japanese person, and has over the years been modernized. This has created new problems, mainly that some of the original meanings have been lost.”
So, Johnny-san, I ask you again–what’s keeping you from debuting Ikuta Toma? After all, he is one of the most talented guys in your stable. Give the guy what’s due to him!