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GACKT will appear in the movie “What if Tokugawa Ieyasu became Prime Minister” to be released on July 26th playing the role of the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Oda Nobunaga!

“If” Tokugawa Ieyasu were the prime minister, how would he lead Japan today? “If” a great historical figure appeared in Japan during the coronavirus pandemic, how would it overcome the crisis?
Such a dream-like “what if” will come true on the big screen!

When the original work was published in 2021, it became a hot topic with “catchy and interesting settings!” It became a huge hit, selling over 110,000 copies, which is unusual for a business novel, and it has even been made into a comic. What if Tokugawa Ieyasu became Prime Minister?” (Author: Akito Manabe, Publisher: Sunmark Publishing).

The story is set in Japan in 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, where a cluster of infections occurred in the prime minister’s office and, unsurprisingly, the prime minister suddenly died. In Japan, where anxiety is swirling, the government’s last resort, faced with an unprecedented crisis, is to “resurrect historical figures using AI to form the strongest cabinet.” As the “Strongest Hero Cabinet”, great figures who have carved their names in the history of Japan, which everyone knows, gather together wearing parliamentary badges in order to save Japan from a predicament!

An entertainment movie that depicts the grand generation gap between modern Japan and historical greats will be released nationwide on July 26th (Friday)!

The megaphone for this work is a home run hitter in the Japanese film industry who has led numerous live-action comedy adaptations to big hits, such as “Thermae Romae” (2012) and “Fly to Saitama” (2019). Directed by Hideki Takeuchi.

The main character, Risa Nishimura, who is a new reporter for the political department of a TV station and aims to get the scoop on the most powerful cabinet, will be played by Minami Hamabe, a nationally-known actor who has never stopped appearing in popular dramas. In addition, Eiji Akaso, one of today’s most active young and talented actors, will play Ryoma Sakamoto, a genius at the end of the Edo period who was appointed Chief Cabinet Secretary among historical greats, and will become the Prime Minister who is attracting attention and leading the strongest Cabinet and Japan. – Tokugawa Ieyasu will be played by Mansai Nomura, a treasure in the Kyogen world and a unique actor.

And now, we have revealed two new great people who have joined the Strongest Hero Cabinet!

GACKT will play Oda Nobunaga, the intimidating Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry with innovative ideas and overwhelming charisma, and Naoto Takenaka will play Hideyoshi Toyotomi, the Finance Minister who is an unprecedented upstart and has excellent production skills!

Tokugawa Ieyasu, Oda Nobunaga, and Toyotomi Hideyoshi are highly popular among historical greats as the Three Heroes of the Sengoku Period. These three heroes come together in a miraculous way in this work! Oda Nobunaga is the strongest and deadliest revolutionary in history, known for saying, “If you don’t cry, kill me!” GACKT will play Nobunaga, who is appointed as the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry to confront the Japanese economy, which has cooled down due to the coronavirus pandemic, because he excels not only in military force but also in economic policies such as Rakuichi Rakuza!

Supporting Prime Minister Ieyasu is an unlikely rival from the Sengoku period!? Will the “Great Jazz”, who have weathered the turbulent waters of all eras, be able to save modern Japan?
Popular great figures such as Murasaki Shikibu, Prince Shotoku, Masako Hojo, Tokugawa Yoshimune, Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, etc. will appear one after another! Don’t wait with anticipation!!
The ultimate hero entertainment movie created by the strongest hero cabinet with a gorgeous cast and blockbuster maker director Takeuchi is here! Please pay attention!

When playing Nobunaga, I was especially conscious of speaking in a lower tone than usual and expressing his strength as the Demon Lord of the Sixth Heaven, as well as the nervous and intimidating atmosphere that keeps others at bay. Because of the role I was preparing for, I spent the entire time filming thinking that I shouldn’t get along with the other cast members, so I may have looked bad (lol) Director Takeuchi said, “As a Japanese “I want you to play the coolest Oda Nobunaga in the movie,” he said to me at the beginning of filming, and to be honest, I didn’t think there was a problem with that. (Laughs) Director Takeuchi can be described in one word as a “human toy box.” I have a picture of the completed form in my head, and we move closer to that worldview. There were times when I didn’t understand the intention at first, but when I looked at the finished work, I realized that there was a good balance between the strength of the dialogue, the tempo and clarity, and the strength of the scenes. He is truly a genius. I would be very happy if this work could be a step toward a brighter future for Japan in terms of theme. I hope that everyone will see it and that it will reach their hearts.

Work summary
Title: What if Tokugawa Ieyasu became Prime Minister?
Release date: Friday, July 26, 2024
Original work: “What if Tokugawa Ieyasu becomes Prime Minister?” (Author: Akito Manabe Publisher: Sunmark Publishing)
Director: Hideki Takeuchi (Nodame Cantabile, Thermae Romae, Fly to Saitama) Cast: Minami Hamabe, Eiji Akaso, GACKT, Naoto Takenaka, Mansai Nomura
Screenplay: Yuichi Tokunaga (“Fly to Saitama”)
Music: Face 2 fAKE (“Fly to Saitama”)
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Translation: GACKT ITALIA Team

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