It seems that my favorite actor list has grown again. I have written a post called Actors/Actress I always Watch No Matter How Crappy The Movie Is, ( I can’t believe it was three years ago)…my list now has grown because of one movie.
His name is Satou Takeru (佐藤健)…yup!! a Japanese. He is now in the same league as Cillian Murphy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, and Sandra Bullock.
Before I saw Rurouni Kenshin, I always thought that the most promising young actor from Japan was only Matsuyama Ken’ichi. He awed me so much after seeing him as L in Death Note. He then awed me again with his quirky character in Detroit Metal City. I like Matsuken but I don’t follow all his movies.
It’s a different thing with Satou Takeru. He makes me wants to see all his movies and TV series.
This is not love at first sight (just like all my favorite actors, there’s always one specific moment that made me so into them and their movies, like Cillian with Breakfast on Pluto and Paul Bettany with DaVinci Code). Takeru-kun moment is with Rurouni Kenshin.
I first saw Takeru-kun (kun is a Japanese term for someone younger. Satou Takeru is still 25 years old, so I have the right to call him Takeru-kun 😉 ) in Kamen Rider Den-O. When I first knew that Takeru-kun is going to be Himura Kenshin I was like…”what? that overly boyish looking boy is going to be Kenshin?? seriously??“. Takeru-kun was too cute and too childish and has no aura to be cool at all (that was what I thought back then)
I liked Takeru-kun in Beck because he has this innocent face that makes you want to protect him from everything. But even so, I still didn’t consider him in my favorite actor list. He was just another young actor in Japanese Dorama.
In Mr. Brain, he acted as a young genius pianist who had short memory. He couldn’t remember what happened after several hours. He was okay there, but not that memorable.
And then…he became the famous Samurai X…Himura Kenshin. That’s when I started liking him more and eager to see more of his previous works.
He was mesmerizing as the famous hitokiri. Anyone who loves anime surely has seen Samurai X and he embodied that character so well. I have to admit that he made a fan out me after seeing Kyoto Inferno. I like him in Rurouni Kenshin but I like him even more in this second movie.
Another reason that makes me a fan is because he is not just another pretty face in Japanese Idol industry. He really has talents. During the making of Rurouni Kensin, Takeru-kun practiced a lot, he did the stunt himself. He was as fast as you seen it in the movie.
Here’ Takeru-kun practicing his movement. There’s also another video where it shows him practicing on the set during break.
Here’s him with Kamiki Ryunosuke (the one playing Soujiro).
He’s not even using wire for this stunt.
After seeing those videos, I read more about him and it turned out he is good at b-boying…a dance like break-dance; No wonder he can keep up with Kenshin’s speed in the movie. (wait till 0:43)
He is also really good at playing Rubik cube
I have so much to catch up with his movies and TV series but right now I am eager to see him in Ryoma Den, his role in that series has brought him the role as Himura Kenshin.
I am going to close this post with”
Welcome to the club Takeru-kun 🙂
Ps. In case you are wondering: no, he hasn’t taken Cillian Murphy’s place yet 😉