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Takizawa Hideaki in Fuji TV Friday Prestige New Year Special Project ‘HAMU’

Last month, we posted a couple of pictures of Takki being spotted filming a drama in Tokyo. Now there’s finally an official announcement!

Takki will be starring in a special drama called “Hamu – A Man of the Security Police Force”, and it will be the first drama scheduled to be aired as a part of FujiTV’s “Friday Prestige” New Year Special in January 2014. The last time Takki starred in a FujiTV Friday Prestige drama was a year ago, in the special drama “Akutou”.

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In this drama, Takki plays the role of Lieutenant Natsuhara Shinji (32), who works for a special unit within the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department Public Security Bureau. His unit calls themselves “Hamu” which may seem odd at first since it literally means ham in Japanese. But it actually comes from the kanji “公” in “公安” (public security). The top part of “公” is ハ (ha) and the bottom part is ム (mu)… thus, ハム (hamu).

Hamu works as a behind-the-scenes police force, so to speak, shutting down terrorist operations, assassinations, and other serious crimes before they happen to avoid causing disturbance within Japan. They closely monitor dangerous criminals, gather information about terrorist organizations, and take full-force yet discrete action when they sense suspicious activity. With such a huge responsibility on their shoulders, they must stay undercover and even allow criminals to get away with certain things so that the overall progress of their undercover operation isn’t jeopardized.

This is a police drama that is said to be full of speed and overwhelming suspense. At the press conference, Takki said it’s his first time taking on a role of a police detective and believes he’ll be able to show another side of himself through this drama. He has always wanted to take on action scenes, so in a way, being a part of this production was a wish come true for him. This drama will make the audience question “what’s is justice to you?” and with such a superb and fitting cast, he believes they’ll be able to convey a sense of power and strength to their viewers.

You can find more detailed information about the story behind the cut…

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It seems like Takki will be in this year’s Film Festa! Man, how long has it been? ^^;

Starting from August 1st to September 1st, it will be screened three times a day at Tokyo Dome City Hall. The film is approximately 2 hours long. Tickets are 1,500 yen and will be on sale starting in the middle of July.

You can check out the Johnny’s Film Festa 2013 website HERE. Dunno why it looks like a Halloween theme… It’s kinda too early for that, no? lol

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Takki will be making an appearance in this year’s Jingu Gaien Hanabi Taikai, which will be taking place on Saturday, August 17 from 19:30~20:30. This year, the other guests will include Takki’s sempai, Kinki Kids too!! Tanoshimi ni!!

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…. This man is crazy!!! *lol*

Completely out of the blue, our beloved Tono accepted an offer from TBS to star in their documentary (as part of their special series called “Television Future Heritages”) where he was to go on a “close-up investigation” of a lava lake to find out how and why such a phenomenon exists. This whole thing occurred at the beginning of June, within the Marum volcano of the Republic of Vanuatu (northeast of Australia). But what’s more impressive is that Takki is the first Japanese person to ever step foot inside the mouth of this volcano!

Takki was there for 10 days but of course, he wasn’t there alone. In addition to the camera crew, he was also with a team of experts and specialists. Takki also took a rappelling course in Japan before he went on this location shoot. The lava lake was 400 meters down from the mouth of the volcano, but it took them a while to execute this mission due to bad weather conditions (such as heavy fog, rain and volcanic gases). During this time, they had to wait and live in tents on the summit of the Marum volcano.

When conditions were finally good enough to enter the volcano, Takki went in wearing a gas mask (and of course, he was equipped with a camera) as he was carefully rappelled down into the volcano. For safety reasons, he was only allowed to go down 100~200 meters, but even from there, he was quite in awe as he explained his impression of the lava lake: “I couldn’t even put it into words. It made an impact on me. Being roped down into this (whole different) world, I could feel the heat and hear the powerful sound of the boiling magma… In a way, it was as though I was at the entrance of Hell. At the same time, I was so moved by the experience that I felt like I wanted to stay there forever.”

The documentary is called「奇跡の絶景ミステリー 地球46億年!大自然の神秘はこう創られた」(“Miraculous Scenic Mystery, Earth at 4.6 Billion Years! How Mother Nature’s Mysteries Are Produced”) and will be aired on 17 July at 9pm on TBS.

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J’J Takizawa Hideaki DVD & Blu-Ray: June 12, 2013

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DVD Box -Director’s Cut Edition-
J’s Journey Takizawa Hideaki Nanbei Juudan 4800km
12 Episodes (4DVDs) + Bonus (1DVD)
Total Run-time: 273mins + 92mins bonus
List price: 14,700yen
First press bonus: J’J South America Travel Diary
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Blu-Ray Box -Director’s Cut Edition-
J’s Journey Takizawa Hideaki Nanbei Juudan 4800km
12 Episodes (4discs) + Bonus (1disc)
Total Run-time: 273mins + 92mins bonus
List price: 18,060yen
First press bonus: J’J South America Travel Diary
Buy @ CDJapan | Amazon | HMV Tower | NTV

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