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Kuu Hizuri


Kuu Hizuri
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Kanji クー・ヒズリ
Rōmaji Kuu Hizuri
Stage Name 保津 周平 Hozu Shuuhei (former)
Live-action Name Tien Ming
Personal Information
Gender Male
Age In early 40's
Status
Relatives Juliena Hizuri (Wife)
Kuon Hizuri (Son)
Occupation Hollywood Actor[1]
Company LME (former)
Debut
Manga ACT.102

 Kuu Hizuri (aka by his former stage name, Shuuhei Hozu) is a famous Japanese actor who persued his career in America and became a Hollywood actor. He is Kuon Hizuri's father and the husband of the famous model and actress, Juliena Hizuri. His motto in life is "love and peace".[2]

PersonalityEdit

At first glance, Kuu seems to a nice and genuine celebrity[3] but turns out to be snobby and harsh to Kyoko[4][5]. But, after Kyoko sees that Sho is "making his undeafeated legend"[6][7] and decides to reject all the bully roles lined up for her, Kuu helps her and gives her acting advices.[8] It is later revealed that Kuu was only acting harsh to Kyoko so Ren will go and meet him, but Kuu is actually kindhearted.

When Kyoko played as "Kuon", Kuu and Kyoko's bond get closer and they get to know each other better. He is also a man with a very big appetite – he can eat food for 50 in one meal. He and his family is close-knit and outdoorsy, as described by Kuon. They also like having meals together because he and Juliena are usually always away for work. Kyoko claims he is an 'idiot parent' because he overly-adores his wife and kid.

AppearanceEdit

It is unknown what his natural hair color is, but he dyed his hair blonde to blend in with his wife and son, who have blonde-colored hair. Kuu has hazel-colored eyes. His body, posture and face structure is what Kuon resembles from him.

When Kuu was seventeen years old, he had black hair with blonde highlights for his role as Kyoushirou.

BackgroundEdit

Kuu Hizuri is an internationally renowned Hollywood action star who came to Japan to promote his movie, Pray Of Color. Kyoko was in charge of looking after him during his stay in Tokyo. He is also Kuon Hizuri's father, the husband of Juliena and a close friend Lory Takarada.

Hozu Shuuhei is Kuu's stage name from twenty-something years before. His most famous role was Katsuki Tachibana in the drama Tsukigomori.

Kuu eventually retired from Japanese show business and to pursue an acting career in America. Before he left, he held a grand funeral for the stage name.[9] An estimated 50,000 people attended. After that, he started using his true name, Kuu Hizuri. Kuu later admits the reason why he gave it such a grand funeral was because he couldn’t abandon and discard it just like that, after it had served him so well.

Kuu is half-Japanese and half-American.[1]

PlotEdit

Dark Moon arcEdit

He is mentioned to play the piano prior to his role in Dark Moon. He could play Chopin's Fantaisie, which is a difficult piece to learn and is the main theme of Dark Moon.[10]

Kuu's arcEdit

When Kuon started becoming depressed, he turned to his old boss, Lory Takarada, for help. Lory came as soon as he called and tried to take Kuon away to Japan, later Kuu and Juliena will refer to him as a kidnapper. Juliena was away when Kuon left and because she didn't get to say good-bye, Kuu claims that she didn't start a conversation with him for six months and constantly says that she hated him.

Juliena eventually understood. When he was heading for Japan to promote his movie, he stopped Juliena from coming with him, by promising to bring back a video message for her.

When he was in Japan, he stayed at the Tokyo Imperial Herald Hotel.[11] However, He and Lory encountered a problem when Kuon refused to meet with him. Lory thought of making Ren come to them if Kyoko was involved. He claims if Kuu tortured Kyoko enough to make her cry and run to complain to Ren, his son will definitely come to him. He convinced himself that if he moved with his jealous heart, he would be able to accomplish his goal.

Kuu encountered a problem with Kyoko because he came to eventually like her. However, he became frustrated with her when he overheard her turning down several villain roles merely because she was expected to repeat her scary performance as Mio.

He took her under his wing for an acting exercise[12] and taught her how to develop observation and imagination skills while acting as his son Kuon. He was astounded that Kyoko was able to produce an excellent version of Kuon – though as a 10-year-old Kuon instead of a 15-year-old one.

When Ren and Kuu started talking, Kuu says that there is actually a reason why he came back to Japan.[13] Kuu said that up until now, him and Juliena guarded his position as 'Ren Tsuruga'[14] but even for just five minutes, he asks if they could have 'Kuon' back.[15] Because according to what Julie told him[16], she only has three months to live.[17]

Ren says he almost believed it's real.[18][19] Kuu says that it seems like Julie's feelings have been stretched so far that it no longer is a joke. He's not blaming him, but it's the kidnapper who took him away.[20]

Ren then said that he kind of feels guilty to call back Jelly Woods just to change him back to 'Kuon' for five minutes.[21] Kuu then makes the Liberty Statue gesture and was happy to finally come back with Julie with a smile.[22]

He also learned about Kyoko’s strained relationship with her mother. When she claimed that she would have wanted him as a father, Kuu said that she was still his child.

After an interview in Sunrise TV, he and Ren met in the studio. It was brief and impersonal; it looked like a senior actor who was complimenting a junior actor.[23] However, seeing Kyoko playing Kuon compelled Ren to meet with Kuu at the Takarada Mansion. Kuu managed to convince Ren to send a message for his mother who has been pining for news of Kuon.

In the video Kuon recorded, Kuon repeated Kyoko's words about believing in their own possibilities, a message that brought home to Kuu, Kuon and Kyoko's similarities.

QuotesEdit

  • (to Lory Takarada about Kyoko Mogami) She's not afraid, doesn't like to lose, and is full of guts[24]
  • (to Kyoko Mogami) You want to become an actress, then use your brains. Just because they tell you to act like Mio doesn't mean you need to be bound by Mio when you act. Even if you stray from your portrayal of Mio, if it has impact the viewers will be convinced. If you just keep true to the script, you can create the rest yourself. The duty of an actor is to breathe life into a role. And I think you'll be able to polish your skills as an actress by acting the bullying roles differently each time.[25]
  • (to Ren Tsuruga) Will you stop talking in the past tense? I still love my son from the bottom of my heart. Even if people think he's someone with a twisted point of view who has become tough and harsh. No one can replace him. He's my only lovely son![26]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Skip Beat! Fanbook - Love Me!
  2. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 19, Chapter 112, Page 26
  3. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 17, Chapter 102, Page 6
  4. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 17, Chapter 102, Page 8-9
  5. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 17, Chapter 102, Page 19-25
  6. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 18, Chapter 104, Page 7
  7. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 18, Chapter 104, Page 16-22
  8. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 18, Chapter 104, Page 27-31
  9. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 10, Chapter 55, Page 23
  10. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 13 Chapter 75, Page 10
  11. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 17, Chapter 102, Page 16-18
  12. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 18, Chapter 104, Page 31
  13. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 19, Chapter 110, Page 28
  14. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume Volume 19, Chapter 110, Page 29
  15. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume Volume 19, Chapter 110, Page 30
  16. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume Volume 19, Chapter 110, Page 31
  17. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume Volume 19, Chapter 110, Page 32
  18. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 19, Chapter 111, Page 3
  19. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 19, Chapter 111, Page 4
  20. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 19, Chapter 111, Page 5
  21. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 19, Chapter 111, Page 11
  22. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 19, Chapter 111, Page 14
  23. Skip Beat! Manga Series:Volume 18, Chapter 108, Page 16-18
  24. Skip Beat! Manga Series VizMedia (3-in-1 Edition): Volume 18, Chapter 103, Page 398
  25. Skip Beat! Manga Series VizMedia (3-in-1 Edition): Volume 18, Chapter 104, Pages 427-429
  26. Skip Beat! Manga Series VizMedia (3-in-1 Edition): Volume 19, Chapter 110, Pages 41-42

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