Home > News
  print button email button

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009

Mentor in upcoming Ultraman movie to boast the smooth lines of Koizumi

Staff writer

Junichiro Koizumi, one of the most popular politicians in recent decades, has kept a low profile since stepping down as prime minister in September 2006 and retiring from politics after the Aug. 30 election.

Ultraman King Junichiro Koizumi
Ultracool: Junichiro Koizumi will provide the voice for Ultraman King in the next installment of the Ultraman superhero movies. ULTRA GINGA DENSETSU PRODUCTION COMMITTEE

But the charismatic Koizumi's voice will stage a comeback of sorts — as that of a doyen to Ultraman — when "Dai-Kaiju Battle: Ultra Ginga Densetsu, The Movie" ("Great Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend, The Movie"), hits the silver screen Dec. 12.

Koizumi, a kabuki fan and eloquent speaker, will provide the voice for Ultraman King, a legendary elder of the gigantic Ultraman, who came to Earth to defend humans from space monsters.

"We asked Mr. Koizumi to play the role because Ultraman King is an elder of Ultraman, and because he delivers a speech in the movie," producer Akimoto Okagawa of Tsuburaya Productions said.

"Mr. Koizumi led the country. His voice is persuasive and (has the tone) of an experienced man," Okagawa said.

Koizumi first rejected the offer but changed his mind when his son, Shinjiro, a rookie Lower House member, urged him to play the role, saying he liked watching Ultraman when he was a child, according to Okagawa.

"Mr. Koizumi also watched the TV series, together with Shinjiro. He remembers and can sing the song of 'Ultraman Taro,' " Okagawa said. The latest installment in the space hero series will be distributed by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

We welcome your opinions. Click to send a message to the editor.

The Japan Times

Article 2 of 9 in National news

Previous Next

Back to Top

About us |  Work for us |  Contact us |  Privacy policy |  Link policy |  Registration FAQ
Advertise in japantimes.co.jp.
This site has been optimized for modern browsers. Please make sure that Javascript is enabled in your browser's preferences.
The Japan Times Ltd. All rights reserved.