Junichiro Koizumi moves into voice acting to become Ultraman King
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, 67, has agreed to be the voice of Ultraman King in “Mega Monster Battle - Ultra Galaxy Legend: The Movie,” after his son and first-term House of Representatives member Shinjiro Koizumi, 28, urged him to accept the part.
The role is the first of its kind for Koizumi and he initially refused, but Shinjiro, a big fan of the Ultraman series, called him to say he should do it - that it was just his voice and he didn’t have to act or anything in the movie. Koizumi recalled memories of watching the show with Shinjiro and his eldest son Kotaro, 31, and he agreed to take the job.
He began voice recording last month, with staff in the studio saying he was impressive and that they were reminded of his grand speeches during his career as a politician. One of his lines read: “We have to continue the fight, and support the weak. Rise again, warriors of the Land of Light. For peace and justice! For all the universe!”
His character Ultraman King is considered to be the god or elder of all Ultra heroes, with a height of 58 meters and a top flight speed of Mach 10. He lives on his own on the King Planet, and is said to be 300,000 years old.
Koizumi said he was looking forward to watching the finished product and lauded it for being something all generations of the family can enjoy.
“Ultra Galaxy Legend: The Movie” opens in cinemas on Dec 12.