Just a short note to spazz about Riida's new period movie in which he'll play a badass ninja!!! To be released in July 2017.
He's currently undergoing training for those slick action moves, plus learning how to throw nasty shurikens of course!
Off the top of my head, I can recall SMAP's Shingo playing the lead character in the live action of manga Ninja Hattori-kun.
And of course there's Tackey who is Nezumi the vigilante guy in his NHK drama, and in his butai Takizawa Kabuki.
I don't know any earlier, sorry. Higashi maybe?
Anyways, I so wanna plan my 2017 summer holiday to coincide with Shinobi no Kuni, same as I did for Kaibutsu-kun movie - I saw it on Ohchan's birthday 5 years ago fufufu! Cos I couldn't go for Kokuritsu BW back in Sep'11...long story. So Riida's movie was the next best thing...plus there was Koya directed by Ninagawa-san, Jun's butai however tickets were way too $$$, only bought goods in the end.
Kaikun movie was childish and not fantastic by any means, and I was surrounded by all kids on a Saturday morning! But it was the whole fangirling experience in 3D!!! Sad that the 7-11 bento curry (movie tie-in) was completely out of stock when I wanted to get one on the way home - IT WAS ONLY 5PM AT THAT TIME MIND YOU!... SOB.
Poor Ohchan's schedule would read something like this - Drama shoot, Waku Waku Gakkou, Movie shoot, Arena con! That excludes the regular weekly VSA and Shiyagare shoots orz. Don't forget his radio show AD. No rest for our dear Riida!