Watanabe Ken’s supporting cast for “Hayabusa” revealed

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A press conference was held on Monday to reveal the main cast for the big-budget movie “Hayabusa: Harukanaru Kikan,” which stars actor Watanabe Ken. Watanabe, who plays the project manager of the Hayabusa space probe, was on hand to introduce his fellow cast members.

Besides Watanabe, the film brings together Eguchi Yosuke, Yoshioka Hidetaka, Natsukawa Yui, Ozawa Yukiyoshi, Ishibashi Renji, Nakamura Yuri, Fuji Tatsuya, and Yamazaki Tsutomu.

Toei first announced details about the “Hayabusa” movie this past May. Takimoto Tomoyuki is directing the film, which reportedly has a budget of 1.5 billion yen.

“Hayabusa: Harukanaru Kikan” is scheduled to premiere in Japan on February 11, 2012.


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  • AK

    Why did Hollyweird never make a movie about the Voyager probes? Because it would never sell.

    Why did Hollyweird make a movie about Apollo 13? Because the human drama in it would sell.

    Same applies here. No matter how star packed this movie is, it will never be a block buster. The plot simply doesn’t allow it. It’s a story for nerds, but not for the average movie goer. Why? There is no human drama in it, no actual danger. The characters won’t face mortal danger, they won’t have to overcome impossible odds. At worst they could have lost an unmanned probe. Compare this with Apollo 13, where NASA could have lost 3 men in space. But NASA didn’t. They overcame the impossible odds and brought the crew home.

    I will watch it, but I’m not expecting it to be a success.

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