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The new "Onihei Hankacho" starring Koshiro Matsumoto is currently being filmed at Shochiku Studio in Kyoto!

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of period novelist Shotaro Ikenami, his masterpiece "Onihei Hankacho" is being filmed at Shochiku Studios in Kyoto.

On Wednesday, June 7, 2023, a press conference was held to announce the regular cast of the new "Onihei Hankacho. The cast includes Koshiro Matsumoto as the lead actor, Atsuko Sendo as Hisae, wife of Heizo Hasegawa, Yuri Nakamura as Osama, a secret agent, Shohei Hino as Hikokonju, a secret agent, Yasukaze Motomiya as Chusuke Sajima, a top yoroshi, Yosuke Asari as Chugo Kimura, Yosuke Sakai as Yusuke Sakai, Yurai Kubota as Koheiji Sawada, Tokio Emoto as Juzo Ono, a young Kihei, and Tetsuo Emoto as Tetsuzo Ono. The role of young Tetsuzaburo Hasegawa, known as "Tetsushi of Honjo," will be played by Somegoro Ichikawa, the eldest son of Koshiro Matsumoto.

The new "Onihei Hankacho" will be SEASON 1: "Onihei Hankacho: Honjo Sakurayashiki," a two-hour special to be broadcast and distributed in January 2024; "Onihei Hankacho: Blood Feud," a film version to be released in May of the same year; and "Onihei Hankacho: Deku no Juzo" and "Onihei Hankacho: Blood Headed Tanbei" serial series, to be broadcast and distributed after May of the same year. Onihei Hankacho: Blood Feud" and "Onihei Hankacho: Blood Head Tanbei," which will be broadcast and distributed after May of the same year. SEASON 2 is scheduled to be produced in May of next year, with the aim of creating a series.

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At the press conference, a reporter asked Koshiro, "What are the differences from Onihei played by your predecessors, and what is your enthusiasm for this film?" Koshiro was asked by a reporter at the press conference, "How does this film differ from the Onihei played by his predecessors, and how are you enthusiastic about this film? My theme is to express the strength of Onihei, which is why he is called Oni no Heizo.

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Do you want the younger generation to watch period dramas?" Somegoro answered, "As my father (Koshiro) often says, period dramas can be enjoyed as a kind of fantasy. I would like people to watch them without thinking too hard.

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In closing, Koshiro said, "'Onihei Hankacho' is a work about how people live, a human drama about bonds, compassion, love, and affection. The appeal of period dramas is that they make us feel that Japan is rich and interesting, and I hope that the Onihei Hankacho will make period dramas even more exciting and that as many people as possible will watch them.

Koshiro says, "I was one of those people who watched my uncle's (Nakamura Kichiemon) Onihei just because he was so cool," and smiles, "When my father (Koshiro) is on set dressed as Hasegawa Heizo, I feel as if I've gone back in time because he is the same person in the role, and it's a strange feeling as if a future version of myself is in front of me. Somegoro. Although it will be broadcast and distributed from next year and made into a movie, the past and present of Onihei, played by father and son together, are still to be seen.

Shotaro Ikenami 100th Birthday Project "Onihei Hankacho" SEASON 1

  • Ikenana Seitairou-saii 100-nen Keikaku "Onihei Hanka Kouchou" Season 1
  • 2-hour special "Onihei Hankacho: Honjo Sakurayashiki" / January 2024 Broadcast and distribution
    Onihei Hankacho: The Movie "Onihei Hankacho: Blood Feud" / May 2024
    Onihei Hankacho Deku no Juzo" and "Onihei Hankacho Blood-headed Tanbei" / Broadcast and distribution from May 2024
  • https://onihei-hankacho.com/
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