Higashiyama, Nakatani, Kubozuka join "Genji Monogatari" cast

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2010-09-21 - Three more main cast members have been revealed for the "Genji Monogatari" movie that was announced in August. Starring actor Touma Ikuta (25) will be joined by Shonentai member Noriyuki Higashiyama (43), actress Miki Nakatani (34), and actor Yosuke Kubozuka (31).

"Genji Monogatari," directed by Yasuo Tsuruhashi, retells the classic story of the same name, also known as "The Tale of Genji." Ikuta was already known to be playing the part of Hikaru Genji. Higashiyama will take on the role of the political figure Fujiwara no Michinaga, while Nakatani will play the noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu. Kubozuka has been cast as the onmyoji Abe no Seimei, serving as an associate of Fujiwara no Michinaga.

Higashiyama once played the role of Hikaru Genji in a 1991 drama special on TBS.

"Genji Monogatari" began shooting on Monday. As previously announced, the film will be released in 2011.

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