Created on May 15, 2011
Updated on January 23, 2013
Yakusho Koji portrays WWII naval commander Yamamoto Isoroku
Posted on May 14, 2011 by tokyograph
Yakusho Koji (55) is set to star in a film called "Rengo Kantai Shirei Chokan: Yamamoto Isoroku", directed by Narushima Izuru. He
will play the part of Yamamoto Isoroku, who was the commander-in-chief of Japan's Combined Fleet during the attack on Pearl Harbor
in World War II.
The movie is a 1 billion yen project that has been in the works for the past four years. It promises to show a side of Yamamoto that has
not been publicly known before, and the production staff declared that it wants to present an image of a Japanese leader should be.
Born in 1884, Yamamoto grew up to become a graduate of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy in 1904, and he served during the
Russo-Japanese War. He later studied at Harvard University, then was promoted to captain within the Japanese Navy in 1923.
He continued to rise in the ranks, though he was personally opposed to many of the military actions taken by Japan before and during
World War II. Although he was strongly reluctant to engage in war against the United States, Yamamoto was responsible for the
planning of the preemptive attack on Pearl Harbor, which Japan hoped would be devastating enough to prevent the American naval
forces from being able to interfere with Japanese operations in the Pacific.
After his defeat at the Battle of Midway, Yamamoto died in 1943 during a flight to the Solomon Islands when his aircraft was
ambushed by American fighter planes.
The movie appears to focus on portraying Yamamoto as one who loved peace, cherished his subordinates, and agonized after
becoming commander-in-chief. The production team describes Yamamoto as someone who thought about human life and the future of
Japan, and who possessed decisiveness and a forward-looking international sensibility. Because of Japan's current plight due to the
recent Tohoku earthquake and Fukushima nuclear crisis, the staff also hopes to somehow present the meaning of true leadership.
According to a quote from someone involved in the project, Yakusho was the only actor ever considered for the role, and the movie
would have been canceled if he turned it down. He was offered the part during the summer two years ago, and he accepted during the
winter of last year.
The battle scenes will make extensive use of CG and special effects. Filming starts in Tokyo on May 15, and will continue in various
parts of Japan with cooperation from the Ministry of Defense.
Toei plans to release the movie in theaters on December 23, 2011.
January 23, 2013
On January 22, Koji Yakusho's official site announced that Yakusho was nominated as 'Best Actor' for the 36th
Japan Academy Award following his roles in two films, namely "Waga Haha no Ki" / "Chroicle of My Mother"
and "Rengo Kantai Shirei-Chokan: Yamamoto Isoroku" /ADMIRAL YAMAMOTO: The Untold Story of the
The Japan Academy Award Ceremony will be held on March 8, 2013.
"Rengo Kantai Shirei Chokan: Isoroku Yamamoto started showing today. Koji Yakusho and the main cast
members greeted the audience from the stage at Marunouchi Toei movie theater in Ginza, Tokyo.
Here is the photo gallery site.
The official site has been updated and we can now see the full trailer.
The official site for this film has bee updated and we can now see the teaser trailer and the making of the film.
Here's a photography of some main cast members for this film. You can see another image of Koji Yakusho as
June 15, 2011
The other cast members have just been annpunced.
They are Hiroshi Tamaki, Teruyuki Kagawa, Asaka Seto, Reina Tanaka, Toru Masuoka, and Yoshihiko
(Source: Sports Hochi )
Tokyograph translated the above news:
"Tamaki Hiroshi joins Yakusho Koji in Yamamoto Isoroku film
Tamaki Hiroshi (31) will play a key role in the big-budget movie "Rengo Kantai Shirei Chokan: Yamamoto
Isoroku",it has been revealed. The movie, which was announced in May, stars Yakusho Koji (55) as Yamamoto
Isoroku, the commander-in-chief of Japan's Combined Fleet during the attack on Pearl Harbor in World War II.
Tamaki is taking on the part of Shindo, a reporter at a newspaper called the Tokyo Nippou. At the time of the
war, newspapers held a huge amount of influence, and the prevailing opinion was to go to war against the United
States. However, Shindo meets Yamamoto for an interview, and as he listens to Yamamoto's desire to avoid a war
with the United States, he changes his own mind and becomes conflicted about his stance on the war.
Kagawa Teruyuki (45) will play Shindo's boss at the Tokyo Nippou. Other reporters are being played by Masuoka
Toru (54) and Hakamada Yoshihiko (37). Seto Asaka (34) will play the proprietress of a small restaurant that the
reporters frequent, and Tanaka Lena (31) is a dancer who is another one of the restaurant's regular customers.
"Rengo Kantai Shirei Chokan: Yamamoto Isoroku" opens in theaters on December 23, 2011."
|Rengo Kantai Shirei Chokan:Yamamoto Isoroku
ADMIRAL YAMAMOTO: The Untold Story of the Pacific War
Koji Yakusho ... Yakusho Koji
Hiroshi Abe ... Yamaguchi tamon
Mitsugorﾃｴ Bandﾃｴ ... Hori
Akira Emoto ... Yoneuchi
Mieko Harada ... Yamamoto's wife
Masatﾃｴ Ibu ... Nagano
Nobuko Miyamoto ... Yamamoto's mother
Takeo Nakahara ... Nagumo
Ikuji Nakamura ... Ugaki
Kippei Shiina ... Kuroshima
Rena Tanaka ... Dancer
Toshirﾃｴ Yanagiba ... Inoue
Director: Izuru Narushima
Writers: Yasuo Hasegawa & Kenzaburo Iida
Music: Taro Iwashiro
Release date: December 23, 2011
Press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (December 10, 2011)
with Koji Yakusho, Izuru Narushima and producer Shohei Kotaki