Hello my friends and a Happy Halloween to you! During the weekend, I was reading the Japan Times and found out that Tatsuya Nakadai will receive the Cultural Merits. I was happy for him. He has done some superb samurai flicks, but his best was Kagemusha, directed by Akira Kurosawa in 1980. To tell you the truth, the role was originally given to Shintaro Katsu, the actor who did the Zatoichi films in the 1960s and 70s. That brings me to my point. What actor plays the Nobunaga role the best? Takuya Kimura and Ken Watanabe comes to mind. If you have seen Kagemusha, you probably have a good chance to see what Nobunaga looked liked in his prime. Daisuke Ryu played the role perfectly. No questions asked. Everything was a 10 in my mind. Look at the physical features. Skin, height, and weight was perfect Slim and masculine. Kurosawa did his homework! Daisuke Ryu still had a bit of pretty boy in him. His voice tone was again, great. Just looked how Nobunaga was upset that his spies were not giving him the correct information. Nobunaga riding the horse and more important, his love of foreign toys. The armor from Europe, guns, and the priests. Later near the climax of the film, Nobunaga sang his favorite noh song "Atsumori." Look at his clothes closely. Kurosawa had to use the Nobunaga painting located at the Choukouji Temple in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture. I have never been to Choukouji, but plan to the near future. If you have any doubts, just read some of Luis Frois's diary on Nobunaga. You will be amazed! This what Nobunaga looked during at his best. I have not seen any director since Kurosawa who have taken the time to pay attention to detail.
Nobunaga no tame!