Band of Brothers (2001)
"Band of Brothers is a ten-part television World War II mini-series based on the book of
the same title written by historian and biographer Stephen Ambrose. It was co-produced by
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks after their successful collaboration on the Academy
Award winning World War II film, Saving Private Ryan (1998). The mini-series first aired
in 2001 on HBO and still runs frequently on various TV networks around the world.
The mini-series centers on the experiences of E Company ("Easy Company") of the 506th
Parachute Infantry Regiment, United States Army 101st Airborne Division and one of its
officers, Richard Winters (played by Damian Lewis), from Easy's basic training at Toccoa,
Georgia, through the American airborne landings in Normandy, Operation Market Garden,
the Battle of Bastogne and on to the end of the war.
The events portrayed in the mini-series are based on Ambrose's research and recorded
interviews with Easy Company veterans. A lot of literary license has been taken with the
episodes, and other reference books will highlight the differences between recorded history
and the film version. All of the characters portrayed in the mini-series are based on actual
members of Easy Company; some of them can be seen in prerecorded interviews as a
prelude to each episode (their identities, however, are not revealed until the close of the
A new 10-part mini-series from the creators of Band of Brothers (Steven Spielberg, Tom
Hanks, Gary Goetzman), called The Pacific, is in development. The new mini-series will
focus on the Pacific Theater of Operations and the United States Marine Corps. The project
is due out in 2009, although this is subject to change. "
Created on September 11, 2008
Koji Yakusho did the dubbing of the
the voice of Maj. Richard D.
June 1, 2002 (From Koji Yakusho news)
Koji Yakusho is now challenging a new experience. He is now dubbing the part of a British
actor, Damien Lewis in an American TV serial drama with ten episodes, called, "Band of
Brothers"produced by Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hunks. Damien Lewis' role is Richard
This drama is due to be released through a Japanese satelite TV station, WOWOW from July
27, 2002. Answering why he had accepted this new dubbing job, Yakusho said:"This drama was
not merely a war drama."
As is well known, Yakusho's voice is usually soothing and pleasant sounding.
Many Yakusho fans are now looking forward to this TV drama.