After directing the award-winning Always - Sunset on Third Street
series, Yamazaki Takashi goes back even further in time with the time-travel jidaigeki war drama Ballad - Namonaki Koi no Uta
. Inspired by an adventure from Crayon Shin-Chan
, the story is presented through the eyes of a mischievous young boy, played by Takei Akashi, who time travels back to the Warring States era. SMAP's Kusanagi Tsuyoshi (Sinking of Japan
), Aragaki Yui (Koizora
), and Osawa Takao (Midnight Eagle
) form a fated romantic triangle that leads to feudal war. As can be expected from Yamazaki, special effects are integrated organically into Ballad
to re-envision Sengoku era Japan and to create the film's impressive war scenes.
General Ijiri of Kasuga (Kusanaga Tsuyoshi) is a fierce warrior whose bravery on the battlefield has earned him the title of "demon". In matters of love, however, he can neither advance nor retreat. Ijiri and Princess Ren (Aragaki Yui) have been in love since their youth, but they are held back by class differences. To protect her clan, Ren acquiesces to marrying powerful warlord Okurai of Kitiganto (Osawa Takao) - until an accidental visitor from the future changes her mind. Enraged by her betrayal, Okurai wages war against Kasuga.
Blu-ray Special Collector's Edition comes with 5 postcards, 44-page booklet, and 2 bonus DVDs containing making of, interviews, stage greeting, VFX making, and other special features.