Sunday, September 13, 2009

Abe Hiroshi: Crazy Campy Cool

Written by Mike Crandol
He's been stepped on by Godzilla, crossed paths with Musashi and Yoshitsune, and wielded the sword of Alexander the Great. He filled Mifune Toshiro's shoes in a remake of a Kurosawa Akira classic, and he's worked with the best of Japan's current crop of filmmaking masters, including Iwai Shunji and Kore-eda Hirokazu. Abe Hiroshi just might be the luckiest guy at work today in Japan's entertainment industry. The one-time model's quirky, atypically handsome features allow him to essay suave dramatic leads, over-the-top comic book heroes and villains, and comedic clowns with equal believability. Abe Hiroshi has played them all, and if you've seen the exuberant energy he's put into any of the crazy characters he's portrayed, you know he's having a blast doing it.

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