Several years ago, the production company that used to be headed by the late heartthrob Yujiro Ishihara staged a contest to find the “Yujiro Ishihara of the 21st Century.” Among the aspiring young actors who entered the contest was Kotaro Koizumi, whose politician father was not yet prime minister. Kotaro didn’t win.
Later, of course, his father won big, and thus Kotaro won big, too, riding his father’s coattails into an acting career. Monday night on TBS at 9 p.m., Kotaro takes his first leading role in a dramatic production. The drama is a contemporary remake of the 1956 hit movie “Kurutta Kajitsu (Crazy Fruit),” which starred, of all people, Yujiro Ishihara. However, before you start thinking that the guy who won the contest was robbed, bear in mind that Kotaro will not be playing the part that Yujiro played.
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