[Exclusive] Takeru Satoh’s First Appearance in Singapore
19 November, 2015
Takeru Satoh gained his popularity from his first leading role in ‘Kamen Rider Den-o’, and even more so for the drama ‘Rookies’ in the following year. He is currently most known as the lead in recent film adaptations of popular anime ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ and its sequels. Takeru was recently awarded the “Best Actor” for the Tokyo Drama Awards 2015, on top of all the accolades for his acting career. In his most recent film, ‘Bakuman’, he played alongside Ryunosuke Kamiki for the second time, as a manga artist, which is set to release in Singapore cinemas from 19th November.
Takeru was invited to Singapore for the first time to ‘SUUPAA JAPAN’, an event organized by Wakuwaku Japan, as a special guest together with performers such as TRIQSTAR and DJ banvox. During the press conference, the various participating acts, including Takeru, came together to introduce themselves to the Singapore media a day before the actual event.
With the spectacular response for the dramas and films, Takeru is very grateful that he is gaining his popularity even outside Japan. “I’m much honored to be representing Japan for this event. For the film ‘The Emperor’s Cook’, I’ve put in a lot of emotions and effort so I’m really happy that this drama is very well-received. I’m looking forward to meeting my fans tomorrow at SUUPAA JAPAN.”
“There are actually a lot of roles I’ll like to try out, but recently I’ve been wanting to try out a role which requires special make-up and make myself unrecognizable to the public.” Takeru gave it a thought while being asked if he would like to challenge himself further with a different character.
“I wasn’t really good at drawing initially, but I practiced a lot for this movie, and now I’ve gotten a little bit better.” For the upcoming film ‘Bakuman’, Takeru explained how he prepared for his role as a talented manga artist.
When asked about which character, Kenshin in ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ or Natsuki in the drama ‘Bitter Blood’ felt closer to himself, he explained that neither one is similar to his own personality. “In fact, Kenshin is someone who’s not even human-like, so if I really have to choose, then it will be Natsuki.”
“I really love music, but because I’ve got many friends who are great musicians and they are all very talented people, I’ll leave this to them.” Takeru shared his thoughts on whether he will venture out and join his pals anytime soon in the music industry.
“I like to read mangas a lot, since I was very young I was surrounded by all the manga collections. Even for now, I’m still reading ‘Hunter X Hunter’ and ‘One Piece’. I read others too, but these two are my all-time favorite. ” Takeru added that his younger sister aspired to be a manga artist, and thus his parents’ house has even more manga collections than those at his own place.
In ‘Bakuman’, Takeru’s character drew manga to gain the affection of the girl he likes. “Personally I’m into playing Ping Pong with my friends at the bar these days, so if I want to get the attention of the girl that I like, I’ll tell her that – ‘I’ll win the match for you’.”
“Someone once told me that I have a palm line that is similar to a great historic character in Japan, so I’ll guess that’s my best feature.” Takeru cheekily answered the question on what he likes most about himself in terms of physical attributes.
“It’s pretty difficult to choose my favorite roles so far as there were a lot, but I’d say ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ for movies, and ‘The Emperor’s Cook’ for dramas. I had a lot of fun while filming ‘Rookies’ too, since the main roles were made up of around 10 guys, we really enjoyed ourselves on set.” Out of so many different characters he played, both in dramas and in movies, Takeru highlighted these titles which left him with a lot of fond memories.
When he was asked about the award he recently received, Takeru explained that it definitely gave him pressure. “Since the expectations of the viewers will be higher now, I will have more responsibility while choosing roles in the future so that I can perform better.”
“Ryunosuke and I are very good friends, especially where we co-stared in 2 movies now. Ryu is only 21 years old, and in my opinion he’s the only one who possessed the innocence and purity when it comes to acting at his age, which I see no one else has.” Takeru on how he felt this time round while working with Ryunosuke Kamiki for ‘Bakuman’.
Takeru tends to focus more on the message that the drama or the movie is trying to tell, and who are the target viewers, when asked about how he would usually decide on the roles. “I will think about the message behind the storyline, and whether it’s necessary and timely to pick the role.”
“I do have many different actors and actresses I would like to collaborate in the future. Just recently I attended the Busan Film Festival, and had the chance to meet Mark Chou from Taiwan, and people from different countries as well such as China and Korea. We talked about collaborating in the near future, and I do hope it’s not an empty promise. I hope it will come true.”
“This year is indeed a very fruitful and fulfilling year for me. After receiving the award for ‘The Emperor’s Cook’, I’m actually very excited about moving on for the following year.” With the ending of 2015 coming soon, Takeru stated that he does not really have plans for next year specifically as of now, but he is definitely looking forward to it.
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