[2012 J-Movie] Ooku: Emonnosuke Tsunayoshi Hen

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■ Movie: Ooku: Emonnosuke Tsunayoshi Hen
■ Romaji: Ooku: Emonnosuke Tsunayoshi Hen
■ English title: The Castle of Crossed Destinies
■ Japanese: 大奥[右衛門佐・綱吉篇]
■ Director: Fuminori Kaneko
■ Writer: Fumi Yoshinaga (manga)
■ Release Date: December 22, 2012
■ Runtime: ---
■ Language: Japanese
■ Country: Japan

Plot :
In the inner chambers of the Shugun's castle, 3,000 men attempt to vie for the affection of the female shogun.

1. Based on the 4th-6th volumes in the manga series "Ooku: The Inner Chambers."
2. Related titles: 1. The Lady Shogun and Her Men | Ohoku (2010)
2. Ooku: Arikoto Iemitsu Hen (TBS / 2012)
3. Ooku: Emonnosuke Tsunayoshi Hen (2012)


Masato Sakai - Emonnosuke Tsunayoshi

Miho Kanno - Tokugawa Tsunayoshi

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2nd Ōoku Film's Teaser Centers on Female Shogun's Harem Member

Japanese production company Asmik-Ace Entertainment streamed a 30-second teaser trailer for the Ōoku: ~Eien~ Emonnosuke-Tsunayoshi Hen live-action film last Wednesday.

The film adapts volumes 4 to 6 of the award-winning Ōoku: The Inner Chambers manga by Fumi Yoshinaga. The story take place in an alternate-history version of medieval Japan, in which a bizarre disease has dwindled the male population. This has led to a matriarchal society where women outnumber men by 4 to 1. The shogun and de facto ruler of Japan keeps her own harem of men, or Ōoku.
The film casts Masato Sakai (Honey and Clover's Shūji, Buddha: The Great Departure, Aoi Bungaku Series) as the Ōoku member Emonnosuke and Miho Kanno as the fifth female shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi (family name first). Fuminori Kaneko (Kisarazu Cat's Eye, Ikebukuro West Gate Park) is directing and Minako Kamiyama is handling the scripts. The film will open on December 22.

The teaser notes that another live-action adaptation, the Ōoku: ~Tanjō~ Arikoto-Iemitsu Hen television series, will premiere this October as an adaptation of the manga's volumes 2 to 4. In the show, Sakai will play a different character named Arikoto, a monk who became an Ōoku member. Mikako Tabe (Kimi ni Todoke's Sawako) will play the third female shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu. Kaneko and Kamiyama are working on the television series as well as on the December film.

An earlier 2010 film adaptation starred Arashi J-pop group member Kazunari Ninomiya (Tekkonkinkreet, Letters From Iwo Jima) and singer/actress Kou Shibasaki (Battle Royale, Dororo, Sekai no Chūshin de, Ai wo Sakebu) as Shogun Yoshimune. Viz Media published the seventh volume of the manga in North America last month. The manga won the 2009 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and it also won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2009.

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First Glimpse of Ooku ~ Eien ~ Emonnosuke . Tsunayoshi-hen

Ooku ~ Eien ~ Emonnosuke . Tsunayoshi-hen, the followup to the 2010 hit movie, Ooku, that starred Shibasaki Kou and Ninomiya Kazunari, goes back in time from the eight shogun Yoshimune to the story of the fifth shogun Tsunayoshi. Tsunayoshi’s reign corresponded with the Genroku era in the Edo period, a time which marked a reinassance in Japanese culture, and the set of Ooku ~ Eien recreates the splendour of this golden age with magnificent backdrops and gorgeous costumes.

In a fictional world where the roles of men and women have been reversed because of a mysterious epidemic that has led to a drastic decline in the population of males, it is the destiny of the female shogun Tsunayoshi played by Kanno Miho to carry on the Tokugawa lineage. Consumed by insecurity and loneliness, she continuously seeks love from the 3,000 handsome men that surround her.

However, the inner palace is worlds apart from paradise. Among the crush of males is the darkly charismatic Emonnosuke. Sakai Masato stars as Emonnosuke who bears a striking resemblance to the third shogun Iemitsu’s beloved Arikoto. Originally a poor court noble, Emonnosuke has risen through the ranks of the inner palace to hold the position of the inner palace’s general supervisor. A man who lives for power more than love, he maneuvers in secret and gets close to Tsunayoshi in an attempt to use her to fulfil his ambition.

Emonnosuke systematically takes advantage of Tsunayoshi but his ambition will not be fulfilled so quickly. Tsunayoshi is made to bed countless men in order to conceive an heir without even mourning the death of her dead daughter. Her anguished cries calling herself a “vile woman” is beyond Emonnosuke’s imagining and he struggles with his ambition. Then, there is scheme of Tsunayoshi’s doting father Keishoin, played by Nishida Teruyuki, which fans the flames of male jealousy and amplifies tragic, beautiful love.

Other cast members in the movie which debuts on 22 December include Ono Machiko, Emoto Tasuku, Kaname Jun, Ichige Yoshie, Yuki Saori, Kudo Kankuro, Enoki Takaaki, Kiriyama Ren, Ryusei Ryo, Mitsushima Shinnosuke, Kaku Tomoharu, Nagae Yuki, Miura Takahiro.

But before that, TBS’ upcoming Ooku ~ Tanjou ~ Arikoto . Iemitsu-hen, the drama counterpart to Ooku ~ Eien, will depict the untold story of the birth of an inner palace with the gender roles reversed during the reign of the third shogun Iemitsu, and the pure love of a man and woman ripped apart in that process. Would it be an entertaining romp of palace intrigue, factions, male preening and fawning with good acting? What happens when what was once a patriachal society is suddenly turned on its head and women, particularly those of the nobility, who are used to being submissive, dependent and powerless have traditionally male roles and responsibilities, thrust on them in order to keep society functioning? How much would the gender roles change?

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MISIA to collaborate with Tomoyasu Hotei on "Ooku" theme song!

Singer MISIA and guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei will be collaborating for the first time on "Back In Love Again", the theme song for the upcoming film "Ooku: Eien [Emonnosuke Tsunayoshi-hen]", which stars Masato Sakai and Miho Kanno and hits theaters December 22.

"Eien" is the second installment of the "Ooku" series, following the 2010 hit film "Ooku" (starring Kazunari Ninomiya), which earned 2.3 billion yen at the box office. MISIA sought out Hotei, whom she admires and respects, to help her write a song that would express the "eternal love" between Masato Sakai's Emonnosuke and Miho Kanno's Tsunayoshi and thus this collaboration between the Queen of Japanese Soul and the Emperor of Rock Guitarists came to be.

MISIA commented, "It was a very stimulating and inspiring collaboration. "(Hotei) created a wonderful melody that pierces through the heart with a sharpness. I was moved by the beauty and groove of each note he played. During recording, I thought to myself, 'I don't want this to end, I want to listen to this forever.'"

Hotei also had high praise for MISIA, commenting, "playing guitar next to the best vocalists is the greatest pleasure for a guitarist. MISIA's voice is so powerful it could reach the heavens, it was very exciting to hear her." "I pray this gem of a love song reaches the hearts of all the lovers out there," he added.

"Eien" will serve as sequel to the TBS drama "Ooku: Tanjou [Arikoto Iemitsu-hen]", also starring Masato Sakai, which will air every Friday at 10pm starting October 12. The theme song for the drama, titled "DEEPNESS", will also be provided by MISIA.

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