Takako Matsu previously played the role of the leading lady in HERO, where Takuya Kimura (41) plays an unorthodox prosecutor, in both the 2001 series and the 2007 movie, but passes on the title to Kitagawa this time around.
"Kimura and Kitagawa have already been together in a Monday-9 drama 4 years ago, in Tsuki no Koibito, so they're already familiar with each other. Kitagawa said that she didn't watch too much TV 13 years ago because she was busy with her high school entrance exam studies, but watched HERO religiously. She's actually happy to be part of this production." - (Fuji TV staff)
But there are also some concerns about this, as her previous project Akumu-chan The Mu-vie was a huge flop.
"One of the biggest reasons for this is that it got crushed by the mega hit Frozen. Despite all the efforts they put into promoting the movie by casting Momoioro Clover and making Keiko Kitagawa join them in a time-exclusive unit "Kimo-Kuro Z", the movie still didn't do too well. Though you still cannot deny that Frozen had a hand in the results, Kitagawa has now been branded as 'an actress who cannot make people come see her at the movie house'." - (movie industry insider)
Kitagawa has already emerged into a star from her generation of young actresses, and is said that she potentially has 8.3% of ratings with her. But she was at 10.5% a year ago, so there's also this feeling that she's already past her prime.
"Actually, other TV networks and competing agencies are kinda hoping that Kitagawa brings with her that 'bad luck' of her flopped movie when she does HERO." - (showbiz production representative)
And it is also said that this drama with KimuTaku will have bearing on Kitagawa's future.
"Even Kimutaku, Mr. Ratings himself, hasn't been able to get the numbers recently. His drama Ando Lloyd on TBS last year averaged 12.78%. This is a remake of a mega hit drama, so the passing mark will be about 18%."
And if this drama flops, there's the danger that Kitagawa will be turned into the scapegoat.
"They say that this is the reason why Takako Matsu turned down the role, but it's not a rarity where they blame the actress when KimuTaku and other Johnny's talents dramas have bad ratings. When this doesn't do well, we can already see how people will start saying 'If only Matsu played the role instead...'. Kitagawa's actually been placed in a pretty tight spot."
Will they be able to produce a hit that has the ability to do away with all these doubts and concerns? People will now switch focus to Kitagawa's acting, as well as the drama's ratings.
Do your best Ando Lloyd w
I'm gonna watch if Kitagawa will take her clothes off
There's no appeal to Kitagawa even if she goes nude. She'd actually look much better in undies or a bikini.
Looks like Johnny's Jimusho took the preemptive strike and immediately took precautionary measure here
I don't think that will be the case. KimuTaku's been repeatedly mass-producing dramas with low ratings.
Keiko Kitagawa as Takako Matsu's replacement? No way.
To think that it's already been proven that Love Generation, Long Vacation, and HERO's high ratings were all because of Takako Matsu w
It's really a mystery to me why they haven't used Takako Matsu who's currently hot property
Will Abe-chan be in this?
Hey KimuTaku, having a leading lady that's over a decade younger than you is pitiful
Kitagawa shouldn't bother doing this, she should ride the Sailor Moon 20th anniversary bandwagon a bit more and just leave KimuTaku there
Kimu should change his path and start doing dandy old man roles. No to idols over 40.
Hero is good
KimuTako's the one who's been flopping. This drama was fun because of the exchanges between KimuTaku and Rerigo- *(Let It Go---Matsu). Are they stupid?
We're not in an era where we would have trouble relating to conversations at work even if we don't watch KimuTaku's drama, so there's no need to watch daddy idols
I was thinking "So will KimuTaku once again be the one who will give the present this year in the Father's Day commercial?" But then I realized that Father's Day has just passed.
Nah, KimuTaku and Fuji Tv will definitely be at fault no matter how you see it. But Fuji really has no sense since they're not using the in-demand Matsu and Abe from Thermae.
It's over for them the moment they can't even put the blame on KimuTaku
But it'll definitely flop. Don't blame Keiko Kitagawa.
HERO will get the ratings regardless of who's cast. That's if they can recreate it with the same quality.
I don't think that it'll be a major bomb, but I guess that it will just be so-so
Even if it flops, people can just say "because it's from Fuji" so no problems for Kitagawa's side
I'm gonna watch if Kitagawa does a Sailor Moon cosplay
Was Karei naru ichizoku the last KimuTaku drama that had good ratings? Then it just went on a decline from there, right? If KimuTaku's drama ratings are good, it's thanks to KimuTaku. But if the ratings are bad, the co-stars and the screenplay take the stick. There's just nothing good out of this for the cast and the staff, everyone except KimuTaku.
If this gets about 10% from the waning Fuji then you can call it a success
I never really thought anything about her in the past, but she really is pretty. She's slim, but she's got nice curves on her body line.
The moment Takako Matsu avoided this already signalled doom for this.
That eccentric and absurd character was good while he was young, but it's so unappealing if the current KimuTaku would still portray it that way.
And another thing, I don't want to see Kitagawa, Yoshitaka, and Kiritani anymore.
Akumu-chan's still running in cinemas so you can't really call that a flop. And instead of comparing between Kitagawa and Matsu, I think it makes more sense to compare Kimura's popularity then and now.
If Takako Matsu was a no-go then they should've just cast Haruka Ayase who was already there in the previous one
It just means that Takako Matsu has achieved a status where she doesn't even have to appear in serial dramas anymore
It looks seriously boring without Matsu. Did she really decline the offer?
Takako Matsu's already 37, so maybe she can't do romantic flicks anymore?
And now they come back to rely on the HERO brand just because they've been struggling to get ratings. It's neither Kimura's nor Kitagawa's fault, it's all the producer's responsibility.
Keiko Kitagawa sure is fine, I bought her photo book. Well, I won't be watching this drama though.
Wow, Kimura will still be in a Monday-9? w
He's sure hanging in there, huh w
It's not a matter of casting KimuTaku or not, it's just that we're not in an era where people can just sit back, relax, and watch TV on a Monday night anymore.
Everyone works at that time. And it's not overtime work so you can have more money like during the bubble economy. They're doing overtime these days so the company won't go bankrupt. Whether people are in the services industry or whatever, people will work as long as there's pay, since there will be no more tomorrow if the company closes. So don't go making dramas at times like these, jerks!
I remember watching the first episode of the old series and realizing that it wasn't KimuTaku who's good but more like the police were too stupid. I just stopped after that.
Why will Kitagawa be the scapegoat? Kimura's the lead so it has to be his responsibility.
I'm guessing that this will be a drama where we'll all say
"Cho mateyo has really gotten old"
I honestly thought Ando Lloyd was fun.
I hope they do that again without giving a crap about ratings.
Come to think of it, I haven't been seeing Yuji Oda anymore after her leading lady was deemed the scapegoat
FujiTV, station of rehashes and three-hashes
Ehhhhh!! No Takako Matsu!? Then this is worthless! Not that I hate Kiatagawa, though.
It'll be KimuTaku's fault if it flops, but Keiko Kitagawa never really brings in ratings in the first place
Keiko Kitagawa's period flick set in the restaurant was good. She was really pretty there. I wonder how HERO will turn out. I'm guessing 18% for the first episode and the finale, then everything else will hover around 15%. I'm also curious about the theme song.
Fuji loves to pin all the responsibility on specific individuals for the ratings. That's not how it is, it's all because their employees are talentless and have zero sense.
Keiko Kitagawa's pretty clever, so I get the feeling that she'll survive in the industry even if she's past her prime
KimuTaku and Kitagawa may be a good fit height-wise, but what about the size of their faces? Will they be put together side by side?
I guess it's really about the strength of one's agency backing him up. Even in Haruna Kawaguchi's case, she was the co-lead (in Otto no Kanojo) together with Sawa Suzuki, but all the reports pointed to Haruna Kawaguchi and pinned all the blame on her.
Johnny's lead + Keiko Kitagawa as the heroine
14.4% Buzzer Beat
16.9% Tsuki no Koibito (Next to Shinohara and Lin)
15.9% Nazotoki wa dinner
11.4% Dokushin Kizoku
Worst case 13~14% 18% tops, probably.
I think it'll be acceptable, but will have no more sequels in the future.
Ando Lloyd was the only drama in 20 years where KimuTaku never managed to get above 20% for even 1 episode
Matsu herself has earned considerable dignity as an actress along with her age. Just the thought of someone like her still playing the role of KimuTaku's clumsy little kouhai is too much of a stretch. If she were to be in the drama, it'd all be so weird if she wasn't a prosecutor who's much better than KimuTaku. How could she be cast in these circumstances?
Takako Matsu has really become a distant figure
Matsu has turned into an actress where it'll be a waste unless she's the lead of a movie
I wanted Takako Matsu and Abe-chan to take part in this, but a 37-y/o and 50-y/o reprising their roles and retaining those personalities will be tough to watch
Too bad, they would've gotten 20% if Matsu were to sing here w
Will he still try to portray someone younger than his age, with long hair and that brown jumper?
KimuTaku should actually be portraying a proper villain, even in a movie
HERO, huh. Damn, I actually like this franchise. If they just put effort into this, I think it would at least get an average of 11%. There were quite a number of good dramas with rich plots this season. They should just do this diligently. It also has the name value to boot.
I would've watched if Hiroshi Abe was in it
Ando Lloyd was KimuTaku's only drama in 20 years which got below 15%, but Shibasaki was never blamed, and all the bashing was directed at KimuTaku. It's actually Abe's camp who blames the heroine when he bombs.
I don't think it'll be a hit, but it won't be a massive flop either. The first episode will probably get over 15%, then will teeter around 13%.
Not just Matsu, but there's no Abe-chan, Nene Ohtsuka, Katsumura nor Kodama-san. There's no one who looks good, and it's all these old guys who are just good at acting. It'll visually look bad unless there's a really good villain.
I find it amusing how they're already looking for the scapegoat even before the drama starts
Original Thread: 【芸能】北川景子、木村拓哉(41)主演「HERO」コケたら“戦犯”扱いに(関係者談)
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