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Beat Takeshi to play war criminal Hideki Tojo in TV drama

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Comedian and film director Beat Takeshi, 61, will play the role of class-A war criminal Hideki Tojo in a special TBS drama titled “What the War Meant.” The drama will document three months before the Pacific War between September to December in 1941, featuring the political confrontation between politicians and ministries in the decision-making process.

Tojo was not only prime minister but ran several different ministries at the same time during the war.

The broadcast date has not yet been decided, according to TBS.

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Isn't it nice how winners of wars can put labels on the losers.

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Isn't it nice how winners of wars can put labels on the losers.

What? Like Tojo and the Imperial military brought so much prosperity and happiness to the people of Japan? Don't forget that the only person who ever "shot" Tojo was an angry Japanese after the war ended.

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Now why would he want to play such a person? Come on Beat, stick to what you do best, gangsters.

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Wouldn't that be like Will Ferrell playing the role of Douglas MacArthur?

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rjd_jr "Come on Beat, stick to what you do best, gangsters."

...gangster ? Tojo was not so different !

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no... MacArthur was a hero who rid the Pacfic of an aggressive and inhumane foe.

I hope we get to see him hanged at the end...

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Wouldn't that be like Will Ferrell playing the role of Douglas MacArthur?

and another typical type-cast role for Ferrel to add.

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Tatanka. Sentimentalists like to look at the war period in Japan as some great natsukashi era when Japan was great and everything was wonderful. They forget that it brought death to nearly an entire generation of young men here. It left countless fatherless children. It broke the hearts and health of the loved ones left behind. And it destroyed the entire nation.

Winner or loser. WWII destroyed a lot of lives on both sides. All those responsible for the war, on all sides, should be viewed with distaste and disgust. If we do not, we risk allowing petty sentimentality to lead us down the road to the arrogance and short sightedness that leads to war.

Tojo was a war criminal. Not unlike Truman for dropping the A-bomb on cities twice when it could have made the same powerful impression dropped somewhere less or unpopulated. Tojo led Japan to self destruction. Truman used the death of two cities to impress a point upon the Russians. Both were wrong.

Sad to see Takeshi taking this role.

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Not the first WWII role for Beat.....remember "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawerence" with David Bowie? Beat did a fantastic job in that one.

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Oh, by the way, I believe he was tried as a war criminal in that one too and hanged at the end on the movie.

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He was great in Merry Christmas Mr.Lawerence. But that film was quite anti-war.

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NeoJarnal:

Kitano played Sgt. Hara in the movie, an enlisted man.

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Doesn't Takeshi have two very different persona? When he is hitting people over the head with a giant plastic hammer he is "Beat". When he is directing or acting he is Kitano, Takeshi. His filmography is quite extensive and includes several international award winners. The headline for the article should probably reflect that difference.

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Beat Takeshi is more than a gangster actor. As ointed out by techall, Sgt Hara in Merry Christmas MrLawrence was one of his earlier roles and imo one of his best roles. Playing the charachter of Hideki Tojo doesn't make Takeshi any worse or unadmirable. History is history and it has to be told so that it won't be repeated. It only becomes a problem when one blatantly covers up history or distorts history that it becomes a problem. There are no winners or losers in a war as everyone pays a price in that humanity loses.

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Lets see if they portray him as a 'tortured soul' who was only doing what he thought was best for beautiful Japan!

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A TBS drama eh? I'm predicting additional crimes against broadcasting.

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All those responsible for the war, on all sides, should be viewed with distaste and disgust. If we do not, we risk allowing petty sentimentality to lead us down the road to the arrogance and short sightedness that leads to war.

I don't feel distaste and disgust for America, U.K., Russia and the allies. I feel thankful they won the war. If Japan, Germany and Italy won, the world would be a much more terrible place today.

It's hard for people to undersand, but there are some things worth fighting for.

Moderator: Readers, please focus your comments on Beat Takeshi's drama.

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Isn't it nice how winners of wars can put labels on the losers.

Isn't it nice how one loser has problems with history and one doesn't?

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Shouldn't it say Prime Minister??????????????? He will be playing the role of Prime Minister not war criminal.

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From the title, "What the war meant", it seems that this will be a broader topic than a Tojo bio.

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Playing Tojo is like playing Hitler. I hope they don't twist history, because Japan is famous for it, even in England.

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ECC is behind this. Seen the posters on the train. They taught him German and dyed his hair blond.

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I Like Beat Takeshi, I think he should be good in the role

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Zatoichi rules!!!

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It'll be interesting to see the spin they put on this movie, war-criminal or a misunderstood patriot doing this best for Japan.

A few months ago I watched a fairly new Japanese movie about the Cowra breakout in Australia. It seemed to stick to history quite well, so we can only hope with this new movie about Tojo it will be (fairly) historically accurate.

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rjd_jr,

Now why would he want to play such a person? Come on Beat, stick to what you do best, gangsters.

But he is, my dear rjd, he is!

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All those responsible for the war, on all sides, should be viewed with distaste and disgust. If we do not, we risk allowing petty sentimentality to lead us down the road to the arrogance and short sightedness that leads to war.

Medieval times, I don't remember England invading Poland, or the U.S. Korea, China, Singapore and Hawaii. In other words, read some history before you post, as I imagine Beat Takeshi has! ( Hope that's "on topic" enough for you, JT!)

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Medieval times,

Sorry, I should read posts more carefully. Behind you all the way, mate!

Tatanka,

Go and spray paint your ultranationalist fatigues and your black van hot pink, and then watch the movie before posting about stuff you don't understand. Then think about what deliberately causing the deaths of millions of people might cause YOU to be labelled! And the have a nice life. Peace!

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He'll have to do something about his hair, undye it redye it. And shave some off.

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