[Johnny’s] Toma staring the Movie version of “Ningen Shikkaku”



生田はフジテレビのドラマ「花ざかりの君たちへ」でブレーク。放送中のフジ系連続ドラマ「魔女裁判」に主演するなど、若手実力派俳優と呼ばれる。 製作側は生田について「端正な顔立ちが太宰にそっくり。『人間失格』の主人公は太宰が自分自身をモデルにしたといわれるだけにピッタリです。映画は初めて だけに、無限の可能性を秘めているのも魅力」と期待している。



[2009年5月13日7時56分 紙面から]


Toma will be staring in the original movie version of Ningen Shikkaku.

This “Ningen Shikkaku” is nothing near to the drama (of KinKi). Its written by Japanese famous writer – Osamu Dazai.

“Ningen Shikkaku” (English : No longer human), despite it being serialized as a work of fiction in 1948 is narrated in the first person and contains several elements which betray an autobiographical basis, such as suicide—a recurring theme in the author’s life. Many also believe the book to have been his will, as he took his own life shortly after the last part of the book (it was serialized) was published, in June 13, 1948. This is not accurate, though, as he had started work on it long before.

“No Longer Human” paints the portrait of the life of Ōba Yōzō (大庭葉蔵 ?), a troubled soul incapable of revealing his true self to others and who is instead forced to uphold a facade of hollow jocularity. The name of the main character, Ōba, is actually taken from one of Dazai’s early works, “Petals of Buffoonery” (道化の華 ?).

Ōba refers to himself throughout the book using the reflexive pronoun “Jibun” (自分 ?), whereas the personal pronoun “Watashi” ( ?) is used both in the foreword and afterword to the book by the writer, whose name is unclear.

Dazai might have been a sufferer of Complex post-traumatic stress disorder whilst writing the book.[1] Mike Lew has praised the book for expressing male sexual trauma.

– From Wiki


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