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Kusanagi Tsuyoshi to star in Kudo Kankuro's new movie 'Chugakusei Maruyama'

July 7, 2012 @ 6:19 am
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On July 6th, it was announced that SMAP's Kusanagi Tsuyoshi will star in Kudo Kankuro's new movie, 'Chugakusei Maruyama'.

It's already been four years since scriptwriter and actor Kudo directed his last movie 'Shonen Merikensack', but now he's back with another original story written by himself.

'Chugakusei Maruayam' is a family drama in Kudo's unique style.A young junior high school student "Maruyama" with a lewd mind meets a mysterious single father (Kusanagi), who recently moved to the same multi-unit apartment complex. It's a story about the personal growth of Maruyama and how he discovers the things that are truly important in life.

The young junior student will be portrayed by Hiraoka Takuma, who played the fourth son "Shiro" in the TV drama '11 Nin mo Iru!', for which Kudo provided the script. His parents will be played by Nakamura Toru and Sakai Maki. The drama's filming began on June 13th.

Kusanagi commented, "The absurdities of the story made me laugh really hard when I read the script for the first time. When we began with the filming, however, I could feel a depth to all of it and the warmth of the characters amidst all the laughing. Director Kudo is a very interesting person, but above all, he knows how to make you laugh."

Director Kudo explained, "It's my first movie in four years, and if I were to describe it in only a few words, I'd say that it's an action movie set in a multi-unit apartment complex." He continued, "Kusanagi is playing the hero of this apartment complex, a hero born from the wild fantasies of a junior high school student. I have already acted together with Kusanagi before, but it's the first time for him to appear in one of my works. Right now, he's talking about how fun and interesting the filming is, but we are only halfway done, and we're still in the rainy season. Negligence is forbidden!"

The filming is scheduled to finish on July 25th, and the whole production will be done sometime in December.

'Chugakusei Maruayam' will open in cinemas nationwide in 2013.

Source: eiga.com

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