"The films Ken Takakura appears on are formed based on the fact he always has some other person superior to him," says the scriptwriter. A person with power as well as a rebellious person is a king of the mountain no one stands above. That's not good, says he. Know your imperfection and weigh yourself from the viewpoint of those superior to you. Protect those who you cherish at the risk of your life. People need such "a weight," says he. From "The Last Words To Drama," coauthored with former TV producer, Hiroyoshi Usui.
"April 16 2019
from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"