Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sabu takes his trouble to the small screen with "Troubleman"

by Chris MaGee

Director Sabu (a.k.a. Hiroyuki Tanaka) didn't enjoy the kind of huge success in Japan with his "Kanikosen (The Cannery Boat)" as the original novel that his feature film was based on. That hasn't stopped the 45-year-old director from doing his cinematic thing though. As we reported last August Sabu had his 6-minute short chase film "Dash & Cash" streaming on the Japanese website for Tony Scott's "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3". Now news comes from Jason Gray that Sabu is bringing his eccentric style to television with the TV Tokyo series "Troubleman".

"Troubleman", which is currently airing on TV Tokyo on Friday nights just after midnight, stars NEWS member Shigeaki Kato as an average guy who can't avoid getting involved in the troubles of his neighbours and friends... thus "Troubleman". A search through YouTube didn't result in any clips from "Troubleman", but I would put good money on the fact that there'd be at least one chase scene in the series.

For more info on "Troubleman" (in Japanese) check out its official TV Tokyo page here.

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