Masato Sakai stars in film based on real-life marriage swindler
Actor Masato Sakai will be taking on the lead role in “Kuhio Taisa,” the second feature-length film directed by Daihachi Yoshida (“Funuke Domo, Kanashimi no Ai wo Misero”). The movie is based on writer Kazumasa Yoshida’s “Kekkon Sagishi Kuhio Taisa,” a nonfictional account of a real-life marriage swindler in Japan who took a total of roughly 100 million yen from several women between the 1970s and the 1990s.
The model for Sakai’s character is “Captain Kuhio,” a Japanese man who passed himself off as a pilot for the U.S., telling grandiose lies to women and promising them a payout from the military if they married him. In Yoshida’s movie, the character will be portrayed more humorously, making mistakes such as spelling errors on his own business card.