Fukuyama was nowhere to be seen in the completion party, but his "silhouette" was apparently seen at the raffle drawing.
"One of their prizes for the raffles was a REGZA, which Fukuyama-san endorses, and there was also a prize there coming from the supposedly missing 'Hiko Seijuro', which was a pair of roundtrip tickets to Hawaii. It was much more expensive than the prizes that the other actors have contributed." - (movie insider)
There's also news that Sato himself offered Fukuyama to play the role. "When Sato-kun was in Fukuyama-san's radio program last year, he directly asked Fukuyama-san to play the role of Seijuro Hiko. Fukuyama-san apparently agreed to that, and the agency gave their go signal." - (movie insider)
Then why can't they announce it yet? This has something to do with their production costs. "This 2-part sequel has already cost them over \3 billion. They will also need to spend for advertising and promotions, and the 2 movies will have to gross a combined total of 8 billion at the box office in order to avoid losses. For this, they'll take a look at the advanced ticket sales first and depending on the result, they will also make Fukuyama-san take part in the promotions to increase the hype surrounding the movie." - (same source)
I'm Fukuyama but I'm not in the movie, you know?
Abe-chan for the part, please
- 主役と事務所が同じだな。ゴリ押しだろ。Same agency as the lead actor.
Riki Takeuchi would be a good Hiko
I prefer seeing Hiroshi Fujioka playing the role of Kamen Rider!
- 藤岡弘さんの方がビッグキャストだよね。気は優しくて力持ちって雰囲気が超ステキ！Hiroshi Fujioka's the bigger name.
The air that he emits of being gentle and strong, that's so wonderful!
Fukuyama fits the image of Shinsengumi's Hijikata
- もうお爺ちゃんだろたしか剣心が３０超えてんだからミスキャストすぎるThis Hiko person is already a granddad, right?
While Kenshin's over 30.
This is a miscast.
- イケメンじゃだめだ。比古は男前じゃなきゃ。Don't go with an ikemen.
Hiko should be 'handsome'.
- それこそ阿部ちゃんとか？福山さんは竜馬合ってたけど比古はどうだろうThen Abe-chan fits the bill perfectly.
Fukuyama-san was good as Ryoma, but I wonder about Hiko.
- そもそも佐藤健が剣心のイメージじゃない！まだ俺の方がよかったBut Takeru Sato isn't Kenshin's image in the first place!
I would look better.
Isn't Fukuyama too thin? Hideaki Ito would've been a better choice.
He showed off his upper body on Ryomaden, and he was surprisingly muscular.
Well, the description "tall, ikemen old-dude" fits him well
- アクション出来る奴にしろってガトツの二の舞じゃねぇかCast someone who can do action roles.
This'll just be the 2nd coming of the gatotsu.
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