INTERVIEW WITH Hisaaki Takeuchi - Actor, Producer

Hisaaki Takeuchi is an actor and producer, known for Immortal Hero (2019).

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Tell us about your background and when did you decide to become a producer and actor? 


My main mission is to bring happiness to many people as a religious person in Happy Science. That is my life work, but I also started to work in entertainment business since 2008. As a producer, I got involved in several projects and as an actor, this is my second film. This is my first film as a leading actor.


Films that inspired you to become an actor and producer? 

 

I think many of us have an experience of empathizing the characters and cry like babies because the film touches our heart. Films give very big impacts on each one of us. Therefore, I want to produce films which make people happy, and films which God wishes for. I keep challenging myself that.  

My all time inspiration is “Spiderman”. Like I did, I assume many people are encouraged by how Spiderman struggles against himself to be a hero, and stands up from loneliness. 


Who is your biggest influence?  


It’s the executive producer, Ryuho Okawa. He is my teacher and this film is based on this person’s true story. The cause of the reason why I began to think I want to create films is because of his teachings. By producing films, I want to help other people by healing their sadness and sufferings, and make them happier. And also I want to grasp the unhappiness happening in the world and do something for that. 


What were some of the challenges you had to face in making your films? 


It was difficult to portray the inner “hero-ness” of the main character. What if the Savior appears in the modern world, gets sick suddenly, and about to die, what would he think and act? I read all the biographies of great men, starting from bible and Buddhist scripts and I researched about “hero-ness” penetrates through them thoroughly. I found them putting everything on their missions despite of everything else. In the time of decision in life, can you leave behind family, work, or something very important to you and stake your own life for the country or the world? That was the mindset I had to carry inside of me and it was challenging.


Do you have a favorite genre to work in? Why is it your favorite?


Live action films. Numbers of staff including director and actors fight for one movie on set. I believe films are generalized art form, so all the staff’s passion and desire decide the quality of its project and it touches the audience. The biggest happiness for me is when we finish a project and hear from the audience how they are touched.  


What’s your all-time favorite movie and why? 


“Spiderman”(2002). I feel the origin of hero in his life-steps. How he chooses his life for the people in NY as a hero not for his girlfriend. 

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If you could work with anyone in the world, who would that person be?


Great leaders of the world like Lincoln and George Washinton.  And also Steven Spielberg.


Tell us something most people don't know about you.


I practice spiritual trailing and I can channel spirits as a spiritual expert. Only when the master, Saniwa, is there though. (Saniwa: One who has the ability to examine if the possessing status is done by high spirits and a good deity)


The one person who has truly believed in you throughout your career. 


This film’s director, Mr. Akabane. He watched over me putting all my life acting as a starring. Also, he exploited my potential and gave me the courage to be the leading actor. 


What was the most important lesson you had to learn as actor and producer?


The film was not made by one person. Almost thousands staff put their love to it. As a general producer and leading actor, I tried to be the most passionate one. That burning desire spread to staff and all the casts, and the quality of the film went up. Therefore, I think it’s important to know one person’s passion can be the source of everything and can motivate everybody else in the team. 


Is it harder to get started or to keep going? What was the particular thing that you had to conquer to do either?


I think it’s harder to get started. I had to overcome my feeling of unsure-ness whether I have enough acting ability or I am influential enough as a leading actor since I started acting last year. 


What keeps you motivated? 


Belief in God. I am a priest and I live for the love of God and happiness of the people in the world.

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How has your style evolved?


I worked as a secretary of Ryuho Okawa for ten years, and then I started to expand my work as a producer, screenwriter, actor, and singer. My motto is the words from Japanese man, Yuzan Uesugi, “You can accomplish anything if you do it. Nothing will be accomplished unless you do it.”


On set, the most important thing is: 


As a leading actor, I think it’s important to know the purpose of each scene precisely. If the main actor gets lost its purpose or meaning, the project dies. 


The project(s) you’re most proud of: 


Our previous feature animation film, The Laws of the Universe - Part I.


The most challenging project you worked on. And why?


The most challenging project I worked on was this film. Since this story is based on the executive producer, Ryuho Okawa’s true story, I wanted to create it as energetic as possible. I pursued the best from acting, producing, music, and other things thoroughly to make the true story of a man whose heart stops moving because of edema of lungs and heart failure, revived from life, and accomplishes his mission to inspire and save the lives of millions.


What are your short term and long term career goals? 


My short term goal is to make this film hit to millions in the world and get No.1 in the weekend box office in Japan. My long term goal is to get the Academy Awards in live-action or animation films as a general producer. This is a big goal, but I won’t give up.


Your next projects? 


We are already working on the next project, which will start filming this October. Also, we are working on animation film, which will be released in Japan in 2021.


Please share with us where people can find you on social media, so our readers could keep track of your career.


Currently, I don’t have my personal website, but please follow the official website and social medias of Immortal Hero!


Official Website ⇒ http://www.immortal-hero.com/

Facebook ⇒ https://www.facebook.com/hsproductionsww/

Twitter ⇒ https://twitter.com/HSproductionsWW

Instagram ⇒ https://www.instagram.com/_hsproductions/

YouTube Channel ⇒ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpKOIR9s8MchXDSAVLEUZEQ